2nd Test - Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh - Day 3 - (Kandy)
Bangladesh suffered a major collapse as they were bowled out for 251 after Sri Lanka declared at 493 for 7 on the third day of the second and final cricket Test as debut-making left arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama stepped in to grab six wickets at the Pallekele International Stadium on Saturday.
Bangladesh looked well set at 151 for 2 at one stage but crashed wholesale when opener Tamim Iqbal was caught at slip by Lahiru Thirimanne to a ball from Jayawickrama with his score on 92.
He hit 12 fours facing 150 balls after initially laying what looked like a solid foundation for a big total when he shared an opening stand of 98 with Saif Hassan who contributed just 25 before becoming Jayawickrama’s first victim in Test cricket.
On a pitch that became slow and made batting a difficult task, off-spinner Ramesh Mendis accounted for the wicket of first Test century-maker Najmul Shanto who was caught by Thirimanne at slip without scoring.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque rescued Bangladesh but with their partnership having realized 63 runs for the fourth wicket, Jayawickrama stepped in once again to claim his third victim.
He trapped Rahim leg-before for 40 and had Mominul dismissed the same way with the batsman on 49 with seven fours.
Jayawickrama then ensured Bangladesh were given no room for a return to the contest as he took three more wickets to end up with figures of 6 for 92 from 32 overs as the tourists were bowled out for 251, 242 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 493 for 7 declared.
The 22-year old Jayawickrama is a product of St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa and was brought into the squad after Lasith Embuldeniya suffered an injury on the recent tour of the West Indies.
He eventually replaced Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva who played in the drawn first Test at the same venue without taking a single wicket.
In their second innings, Sri Lanka reached 17 for 2, a lead of 259 runs with eight wickets and two days left to press home for a result.
Sri Lanka 493 for 7 declared (D Karunaratne 118, L Thirimanne 140, N Dickwella 77 not out) and 17 for 2
Bangladesh 251 (Praveen Jayawickrama 6 for 92)