Sri Lankan spinner Praveen Jayawickrama got off to a dream start scoring 11 wickets to seal a 209-point victory over Bangladesh in the second test at Pallekele on Monday.
Chasing an impressive 437 to win, Bangladesh were sacked for 227 in the opening session of the final day after resuming at 177/5 as Sri Lanka finished the game and the series 1-0, after 90 minutes of play. .
22-year-old left-hand owner Jayawickrama was named player of the match after winning 11/178 in his first Test appearance adding five wickets in the second inning to his six in the first.
Jayawickrama said it was a dream come true just to get a place on the test team.
“It was a childhood dream to play for Sri Lanka one day,” Jayawickrama said. “Having 11 wickets in the game is just amazing.”
He thanked the senior players for their encouragement. “They just told me not to bother when the batsmen go after bowling, just to be patient and do the basics well,” he said. “I’m happy that everything worked out today.”
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who was named the two-game player of the series for scoring 428 points in three innings, said Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis have worked well as a team.
“Ramesh also gave him (Jayawickrama) a lot of help on the other side, in terms of building up the pressure,” Karunaratne said. “This bowling partnership was good, and they had a deal because they also play for the same club.”
Non-spinner Ramesh Mendis fired four batsmen as Bangladesh’s 10 second-round wickets were taken by slow bowlers.
Jayawickrama hit in the third over on Monday, winning his ninth wicket of the game when he trapped Liton Das lbw with a ball that went straight and set a Sri Lankan record for a Test debutant, surpassing 8-44 from Akila Dananjaya against the same opposition. in Dhaka in 2018.
Mendis was substituted after a 15-plus spell in which he took two wickets and the bowling change worked immediately when part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva hit with his second delivery.
Taijul Islam, on two, attempted a late cut, but only managed to pass it against goalkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Mendis returned to have Taskin Ahmed caught by Dimuth Karunaratne on an upper edge as the defender moved to his left of the cover point.
Jayawickrama then mopped the tail. Mehidy Hasan fell the first to take the young bowler’s game in double digits, before Jayawickrama sealed the test and streak three balls later when he trapped Abu Jayed’s leg previously.
Bangladeshi skipper Mominul Haque said despite the series loss he was happy with the team’s strike in the first test.
“There are definitely a lot of positives,” said the Bangladesh skipper. “Losing the show doesn’t mean I lost everything. There will of course be criticism, but we did well as a batting group in the first test.
He said winning the draw was also crucial as the wicket didn’t offer much for bowlers on the first two days when Sri Lanka struck.
“From day three, there was a lot of help for the bowlers,” he added.
Jayawickrama is the 16th test cricketer to take 10 wickets or more in his debut, but only the second this century after Australia’s Jason Krejza, who took 12 wickets against India in Nagpur in 2008.
The first test was fired after an avalanche of races, with both teams scoring 1,289 for the loss of just 17 wickets over the five days.