Praveen Jayawickrama bowls Sri Lanka to series victory in dream Test debut

Spinner takes 11 wickets as Bangladesh lose by 209 runs

Sri Lanka's Praveen Jayawickrama celebrates after he dismissed Bangladesh's Liton Das. AFP
Sri Lanka's Praveen Jayawickrama celebrates after he dismissed Bangladesh's Liton Das. AFP

Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama claimed a match-haul of 11 wickets in a fairytale debut as he bowled Sri Lanka to a 209-run victory, and a 1-0 series win, in the second test against Bangladesh in Pallekele on Monday.

The hosts took just over an hour to claim the last five Bangladesh wickets with Jayawickrama claiming three of them for a second-innings bowling figure of 5-86.

Replying to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 493-7 declared, Bangladesh were all out for 251.

Sri Lanka declared their second innings on 194-9, setting the tourists a daunting victory target of 437 and Bangladesh meekly folded for 227.

"There was a bit of pressure ahead of the debut but the captain and the senior players really helped me," Jayawickrama, 22, said after being adjudged player-of-the-match.

Home captain Dimuth Karunaratne heaped praise on Jayawickrama and young off-spinner Ramesh Mendis, who claimed four wickets in the second innings.

"Praveen was fantastic and Ramesh too," Karunaratne, who won the player-of-the-series award for his scores of 244, 118 and 66 in three innings, said.

"I think they need to play test matches regularly and build confidence, and if they do that they will fill the shoes of Dilruwan [Perera] and Rangana [Herath] for sure."

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haq rued losing the toss on a flat wicket which he felt determined "50%" of the outcome, but was also disappointed with their own batting effort.

"We lost this test in the first innings when we were bowled out for 250. We should have batted better," he said.

Jayawickrama is the 16th Test cricketer to take 10 wickets or more on debut but only the second this century after Australia's Jason Krejza, who took 12 wickets against India at Nagpur in 2008.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne was named player of the two-match series for scoring 428 runs in three innings.

The first Test was drawn after an avalanche of runs, the two sides scoring 1,289 for the loss of just 17 wickets over the five days.

Updated: May 3, 2021 01:26 PM

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