Sri Lanka Claim Victory on 3rd Day
Sri Lanka Claim Victory on 3rd Day, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
Sri Lanka completely destroyed Bangladesh, with a 215-run win on just the 3rd day of their 2nd test, defeating the hosts to now lead the series 1-0.
Akila Dananjaya: The New Hero
Akila Dananjaya may have been new to the international test scene, but he showed no signs of first-time jitters, as he made a 5-for in one innings, to make for an unprecedented 8-wicket haul.
Dananjaya terrified Bangladesh's batsmen with his unique overspin, which kicked up violently at Liton Das in the 20th over after flying off the handle of Liton's bat, to then land in the hands of Kusal Mendis at short leg.
The brutal bowler continued to launch an assault made of pure intimidation, upon his opponents, who all but quivered behind their pads as they found themselves unable to adjust to his deliveries in time to bear much fruit. Another victim was claimed in the person of Sabbir Rahman, who in the 26th over, after Dananjaya's over-spinning terror volleyed from his glove to his front pad, before Mendis showed up at short leg again for a simple catch.
Such would be the confrontational pattern of attack-and-surrender whenever Dananjaya took possession of the ball, with the batsmen of Bangladesh finding themselves unable to issue even the slightest response in defense.
Rangana Herath Takes 4 for 39
Dananjaya may have been the dominant hero of the 2nd test, but he was certainly not alone in his eminence, as Rangana Herath etched his name into the annals of history, with his 415th wicket, making him the most successful left-arm bowler in all of test cricket.
Moreover, Sri Lanka's fielding depth was sealed by the cat-like instincts of wicketkeeper, Niroshan Dickwella, who sprung at nearly everything that came to him, playing a vital role in at least five major catches throughout Bangladesh's final innings.
Bangladesh have significant homework to catch up on, as they revisit the drawing board to decipher what led to their frighteningly rapid collapse at the hands of visitors, while Sri Lanka will look to keep a good thing going, while not undermining the capacity of their opponents to rise to the occasion when the right openings are presented.