May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Debutante’s six counters put Sri Lanka in the driver’s seat


PALLEKELE: Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama took six wickets in his debut to sack Bangladesh for 251 and give Sri Lanka a prominent lead on Saturday on day three of test two.

22-year-old Jayawickrama’s six for 92 improved Upul Chandana’s record to six for 179 in 1999 when he won his first cap against Pakistan in Dhaka.

Jayawickrama, a replacement for injured Lasith Embuldeniya, had a modest record in first-class cricket but impressed Pallekele giving Sri Lanka a solid 242-point lead in the first inning.

He was supported by Ramesh Mendis, who took two wickets.

Sri Lanka, who said earlier today with 493 points for seven, did not apply the follow-up and had 17 points for two at the stumps with two days of play remaining and a 259-point lead.

The tourists had got off to a good start with the forerunners adding 98 runs for the first wicket.

Jayawickrama then claimed his first test wicket when Saif Hassan was caught at the ravine for 25. Ramesh Mendis went on to portray Najmul Shanto for a duck in the next.

A 52 point stand followed between Tamim and captain Mominul Haque before Jayawickrama broke the stand. The outer edge of Tamim was grabbed by Lahiru Thirimanne at the slip.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque rebuilt the innings as Bangladesh hit 200 with no problem, but in the last class before tea Jayawickrama trapped Mushfiqur’s leg before the wicket for 40.

In the last session, Bangladesh collapsed, losing six wickets for 27 races.

Returning to their day-to-day score of 469 for six, Sri Lanka said after 3.3 passes after adding 24 points.

The statement came 15 minutes into the morning session after Ramesh Mendis was fired to end a 111-race partnership with Niroshan Dickwella for the seventh wicket.

Taskin Ahmed has a career-best four-for-127 record.

Sri Lanka risks falling to its lowest position in the world rankings if they fail to beat Bangladesh in this second and final test.

The first test ended in a draw after a racing festival with both teams scoring 1,289 points for the loss of just 17 wickets in five days. – AFP