Sri Lanka dismantled Bangladesh to win the first test at Galle by 259 runs as the first two session saw flurry of wickets to see hosts complete a dominant win.
Rangana Herath led from the front as he was on song with the ball in hand to take six wickets go past New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori as the most successful left arm spinner in the history of test cricket. Galle always present a stern challenge to teams that bat last on the surface as it was no exception in this case as Bangladesh surrendered easily to fold for 197 runs to see Sri Lanka win the game inside two sessions.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das were the only batsmen for Bangladesh to offer some form of resistance while the others fell to pressure created by Sri Lankan spinners. Opener Soumya Sarkar was first to go for 19 runs as he was dismissed by Asela Gunaratne in the first over of the final day of the test match to see flurry of wickets throughout the day. Dilruwan Perera trapped Mominul Haque leg before while Tamim Iqbal also perished to see Bangladesh placed at 83 for 3 after 20.5 overs.
Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah fell for low scores to see Bangladesh capitulate and get bundled out in 45 overs with almost 53 overs remaining in the day’s play. Rangana Herath was pick for Sri Lanka among bowlers while Kusal Mendis was named man of the match for his superb 194 runs in the first innings.