Rajitha’s five-wicket haul propels Sri Lanka to victory in first test match against Bangladesh

SYLHET: Sri Lanka secured a decisive victory in the first test match of the series against Bangladesh, dominating proceedings on day four to claim a 328-run win, their second-largest victory margin by runs. The match saw Mominul Haque’s resilient innings, lasting 148 deliveries and accumulating an unbeaten 87 runs, supported by crucial partnerships with Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shoriful Islam.

However, Sri Lanka’s pace attack, led by Kasun Rajitha, proved too much for Bangladesh’s batting lineup, as they hunted down the last five fourth-innings wickets. Rajitha’s exceptional performance yielded a second career five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 5 for 56. Lahiru Kumara also contributed, taking the final wicket to seal the victory.

Despite Mominul’s standout performance, Bangladesh faltered, failing to build substantial partnerships and collapsing to 182 all-out in the fourth innings. Their inability to withstand Sri Lanka’s seamers was evident, with none of their batsmen apart from Mominul managing to surpass 35 runs or bat for more than 50 balls.

Sri Lanka’s dominance with the ball showcased the skill and intensity of their seamers, reminiscent of their previous tour of Bangladesh. With the quicks claiming all 20 opposition wickets, Sri Lanka’s Test seamers once again asserted their authority, emphasizing their proficiency in challenging conditions.

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