Spinners strike as Sri Lanka begin victory push

Rangana Herath breaks Wasim Akram's record; becomes most successful left-arm bowler

Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath struck as Sri Lanka began their victory push in the second Test against Bangladesh after setting the hosts a 339-run target in Dhaka.

The victory inside three days meant the tourists sealed the series 1-0 after the first Test in Chittagong ended in a draw.

Dananjaya returned figures of 5-24 while left-arm spinner Herath had 4-49 and Perera 1-32.

Earlier on Saturday, Sri Lanka ended their second innings on 226, adding to their 222 from the first innings.

But Herath quickly inflicted significant damage, with Imrul Kayes (17) and Mominul caught behind and Mushfiqur Rahim (25) stumped by Niroshan Dickwella.

It took him sometime to go past Akram's record feat as Herath went wicketless in the first innings of the match, where Bangladesh were bowled out for mere 110; courtesy Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya's 3-wicket haul and Dilruwan Perera's 2-wickets apiece.

Roshen Silva remained unbeaten on 70, adding 48 runs with fellow overnight batsman Suranga Lakmal for the ninth wicket to extend their lead on a hard pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam struck twice in his first over of the day to wrap up the Sri Lankans innings. The first session belonged to Dananjaya, who is playing his first Test after 19 one-day internationals and nine Twenty20 games, returning impressive figures of 3-20 with his mystery spin.

Dilruwan Perera broke through the defences of the unsafe Tamim Iqbal.



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