Jayawickrama, Mendis set up Sri Lanka’s victory push


Bad light cut short Sri Lanka’s charge to a series win on the fourth evening of the second Test in Pallekele.

Bangladesh were tottering at 177 for 5 when play was called off an hour before the scheduled close.

Despite losing three wickets before tea, Bangladesh continued to bat aggressively in the final session, perhaps mindful of the pitch continuing to offer sharp turn and bounce to the spinners.

Ramesh Mendis, the offspinner, took three wickets while Praveen Jayawickrama, the debutant left-arm spinner, picked two to take his match tally to eight wickets.

He is now the third Sri Lankan after Akila Dhananjaya and Ajantha Mendis to take so many wickets on Test debut, eight wickets on Test debut.

Jayawickrama struck to remove Saif Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto before tea. Hassan struck five fours and a six in his 34, before holing out to cover point off an ungainly shot.—Agencies