Sri Lanka’s spinner Rangana Herath took six wickets in the second innings against Bangladesh on Saturday. He became Test cricket’s most successful left-arm spinner as they defeated Bangladesh by 259 runs in the first Test at their home Galle.
Herath ended bowling 20.2 overs, five maidens, six wickets 59 runs, his 32nd five or more wicket haul. He took total in the test to 366 wickets which break the record of New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori’s 362 wickets.
His six wickets helped Sri Lanka’s to dismiss Bangladesh for 197 runs in the second innings.
The 38-year-old Sri Lanka’s spinner Herath said about his record after winnings by 259 runs over Bangladesh. “I would say kind of a big achievement, but I must thank every single person who has supported me – the support staff, my family – I want to say thank you to all of them.”
“Everybody chipped in and I must congratulate everyone because it is a team effort.”
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In the morning, off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took two wickets to cause the collapse in Bangladesh innings before Herath took charge of Sir Lanka bowling unit.
Sri Lanka has scored 62 runs in 11 overs since the lunch break.
Mushfiqur fell to Sandakan for 34 runs before Herath removed Liton for 35 runs to expedite the win.
Mushfique refused to blame the pitch for their defeats; he said “”I thought the wicket is still pretty good to bat, it does not look like a day five wicket. It came down to how we batted on the final day and the first session was going to be crucial, but we unfortunately lost wickets.”
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Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis was named man of the match for his heroic 194 runs in the first innings; he said “I am extremely happy about the achievement and thank Rangana Herath and rest of the team for the support,”