Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh in the second Test by a massive margin of 209 runs at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Monday. With the victory, the home team also clinched the two-match series 1-0.
Debutant Praveen Jayawickrama was the main hero behind Sri Lanka’s epic win as he went on to take 11 wickets for 178 runs in the match. The left-arm spinner wreaked havoc, picking up a six-fer in the first innings and a five-wicket haul in the second essay.
Best bowling figures on Test debut:
- ND Hirwani (IND) 16 v West Indies, Chennai 1988
- RAL Massie (AUS) 16 v England, Lord’s 1972
- F Martin (ENG) 12 v Australia, The Oval 1890
- JJ Krejza (AUS) 12 v India, Nagpur 2008
- CV Grimmett (AUS) 11 v England, 1925
- CS Marriott (ENG) 11 v West Indies, The Oval 1933
- AE Hall (SA) 11 v England, Cape Town 1923
- Mohammad Zahid (PAK) 11 v New Zealand, Rawalpindi 1996
- AV Bedser (ENG) 11 v India, Lord’s 1946
- P Jayawickrama (SL) 11 v Bangladesh, Pallekele 2021*
Earlier, SL, after winning the toss, decided to bat first and put a huge total of 493-7 d on the board. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and opener Lahiru Thirimanne scored respective centuries, while Oshada Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella smashed 81 and 77 to contribute to the team’s total. In reply, Bangladesh were bundled out for 251, with Tamim Iqbal scoring the maximum 92 runs.
When it comes to the second innings, SL scored 194-9, with Karunaratne again making a big contribution of 66 runs, and Bangladesh got a massive target to win the contest. However, the visitors could only manage to reach 227, losing the game by 209 runs.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 493-7 dec. (Thirimanne 140, Karunaratne 118, Taskin 4/127) and 194- 9 dec. (Karunaratne 66, Islam 5/72) beat Bangladesh 251 (Tamim 92, Jayawickrama 6/92) and 227 (Jayawickrama 5/86, Mendis 4/103) by 209 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Congratulations @OfficialSLC a clinical performance indeed #SLvBAN the youngsters contributing was amazing to see and there is talent🤸♀️🤸♀️ Well done Praveen Jayawickrama specially .. Well done all 👏👏👏
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) May 3, 2021
Praveen Jayawickrama becomes first Sri Lankan bowler on debut to take 10 wickets (11/178) during the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh #SLvBAN #LKA #SriLanka #Cricket #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/58dDgUaZUT
— Sri Lanka Tweet 🇱🇰 💉 (@SriLankaTweet) May 3, 2021
Left arm spinners on Test debut seem to have a ball in recent times. Nauman Ali, Axar Patel, now Praveen Jayawickrama… Not to forget Lasith Embuldeniya as well. #SLvBAN
— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) May 3, 2021
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) May 3, 2021
Praveen Jayawickrama is the first bowler to take two 5-wicket hauls on Test debut since Narendra Hirwani vs WI in 1988. #SLvBD
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 3, 2021
Sri Lanka win by 209 runs and take the series 1-0 🎉
— ICC (@ICC) May 3, 2021
Praveen Jayawickrama finishes with 11 wickets on his Test debut.
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) May 3, 2021
10-wicket haul on Test debut for Praveen Jayawickrama.
He is the first Sri Lankan cricketer & overall 16th bowler to do this.
10-wicket haul on Test debut since 2000-
Jason Krejza (Aus) vs Eng, 2008
Praveen Jayawickrama (SL) vs Ban, 2021#SLvBAN
— Imran Hasan (@Imranhasan02) May 3, 2021
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) May 3, 2021
Memorable debut for Praveen Jayawickrama – six wickets in the first innings and five wickets in the second innings against Bangladesh and helped to win the Test series 1-0 for Sri Lanka. #SLvBAN
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 3, 2021
1st Sri Lankan & 16th bowler ever in the history of Test cricket to take 10 wickets or more in the debut match.
11 for 178 (6/92 & 5/86)
Take a bow PRAVEEN JAYAWICKRAMA.👏🏼
— Damith Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) May 3, 2021
Sri Lanka won by 209 runs
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) May 3, 2021