Dhaka - Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera picked up five wickets as Sri Lanka thumped
fragile Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs in the first Test in Dhaka on
Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498-run margin on first innings, were bowled
out for 250 in their second knock after lunch on the fourth day at the
Perera, a 31-year-old playing in his second Test, finished with five for 109
while seamer Suranga Lakmal took three as the hosts were dismissed in 51.5
overs with a day to spare.
Bangladesh, who resumed the day at 35-1, failed to cope with Sri Lanka's
pace and spin assault and lost their last nine wickets for 215 runs despite the
The hosts were reduced to 197-9 before the last-wicket pair of Rubel Hossain
and Al-Amin Hossain boosted the total with lusty hitting during an entertaining
partnership of 53 runs off 38 balls.
Rubel made 17, while Al Amin returned unbeaten on a quickfire 32 off 18
balls that contained four sixes and one boundary.
Bangladesh, who made 232 in their first innings, conceded their highest Test
total of 730-6 declared. Three Sri Lankans hit centuries including Mahela
Jayawardene, who scored an unbeaten double-ton.
Sri Lanka have now won 14 of their 15 Tests against Bangladesh, eight of
them by an innings margin, and drawn the other.
On their previous tour in 2008-09, Sri Lanka had won the first Test by 107
runs and the second by 465 runs.
Bangladesh, who languish at the bottom of the Test rankings at number 10 - lower
than unfancied Zimbabwe - have lost 68 of their 82 Tests since gaining full
status in 2000.
They have won four Tests, two each against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.
Opener Shamsur Rahim was dismissed off the second ball of the day, fending
at a vicious short ball from Shaminda Eranga and edging a catch to
wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal.
Number three Marshall Ayub had scored 18 when he gloved a bouncer from to
Kaushal Silva at short-leg as Bangladesh slipped to 50-3.
The hosts reached 102 before Perera broke through by trapping Shakib Al
Hasan leg-before for 25.
Mominul Haque smashed eight boundaries in a fluent 50 off 57 balls, but the
assault did not last long as he became Perera's second leg-before victim.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled by Perera for 14 off what became the last
ball of the session, but Nasir Hossain (29) and Sohag Gazi put on 33 for the
seventh wicket after the break.
Gazi hit a 19-ball 23 with two fours and as many sixes before being
leg-before to Lakmal.
The second Test starts in the port city of Chittagong on February 4. It will
be followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.
Bangladesh 232 and 250; Sri Lanka 730-6 declared.