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Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

SL defeats Bangladesh - Rangana Herath becomes most successful Left-Arm Spinner

SL defeats Bangladesh - Rangana Herath becomes most successful Left-Arm Spinner

Sri Lanka skipper Rangana Herath bagged six wickets as Bangladesh batsmen staged one of their worst performances in recent times to suffer a humiliating 259-run defeat in the Galle Test. They added 69 runs - the first half-century stand for Sri Lanka for the opening wicket in 2017 - before Karunaratne's stay came to an end when he failed to keep a pull down.

Sri Lanka dismissed Bangladesh for 197 runs in its second innings in the penultimate session of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Herath needs 34 more Test wickets to get 400, and if matches are played per-schedule, Sri Lanka play six further home Tests this year before they are due to go overseas for a bilateral tour. While Tharanga continued to find the ropes regularly, Mendis departed while attempting to do the same, failing to clear deep mid-wicket off Shakib Al Hasan, having earlier managed a maximum in the same region.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was gutted to have lost, and said: "I thought the wicket is still pretty good to bat, it does not look like a day five wicket". He didn't give us any chance, he batted really well.

Sandakan triggered the slide in the post-lunch session when he ended a sixth-wicket resistance that lasted for 19.2 overs after the visitors were reduced to 104 for 5 in the first hour. "There was a slight hope but we didn't play well and we didn't deserve to draw the game".

While Mehedi Hasan made a decision to take the aggressive route, he was running out of partners as Mustafizur Rahman became Herath's fifth wicket, playing down the wrong line to be bowled by the left-arm spinner.

Mushfiqur brought up his 16th test 50 off 107 balls but fell to rival skipper Rangana Herath who claimed 3-72.

Liton Das then attempted an ill-advised shot over mid-wicket, only to get a leading edge to Tharanga at short cover, thus becoming Herath's 363rd Test victim.

Rangana Herath conceded 400 career wickets would be "nice to have", while reiterating that at 39, he considers his future in the game after every series.

The two teams will now face each other in the last Test in Colombo, starting March 15.

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