Rangana Herath spun his web yet again as he helped Sri Lanka to an emphatic 259-run win over the visiting Bangladesh team in the first test at Galle.
Herath, before Murali retired: 84 wickets in 46 inns, average 37.13; after Murali retired: 282 wickets in 98 inns, average 25.24. #SLvBan
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) March 11, 2017
Spinners bowl Lanka to another home win!
Chasing a mammoth 457 to win, Bangladesh were in a steady position at the end of Day 4. Soumya Sarkar, who was unbeaten with a half-century at stumps yesterday, was dismissed off just the second delivery of the day. Asela Gunaratne the bowler. Mominul Haque's poor run with the bat continued as he soon followed Sarkar, thanks to Dilruwan Perera. Perera also got Tamim Iqbal for 19 and Bangladesh batsmen were struggling at 83/3.
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Mushfiqur Rahim (34) and Liton Das (35) showed some resistance, but they too crumbled to the Lankan spinners. Shakib Al Hassan and Mahmudullah couldn't contribute much and Mehedi Hasan's brave innings of 28 was cut short by Herath. With nothing going their way, the visitors were bowled out for 197 in 60.2 overs and the game ended a few overs after lunch.
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) March 8, 2017
Rangana Herath was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 6-59 to his name. With this, Herath now has 363 test wickets to his name, overtaking Daniel Vettori's 362, to become the left-arm spinner with most scalps. Dilruwan Perera dismissed two batsmen while Sandakan and Gunaratne contributed with a wicket apiece.
For his 194 in the first innings, Kusal Mendis was awarded the Man of the Match award.
Sri Lanka: 494 and 274/6 dec
Bangladesh: 312 and 197 (S Sarkar 53; R Herath 6/59)
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 259 runs and take 1-0 lead in the series.