Sri Lanka Player Ratings vs Bangladesh: Angelo Mathews and Asitha Fernando run riot in 1-0 Test series win

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Asitha Fernando engages in fist pump celebration after picking a wicket

Many expected Sri Lanka to struggle in away conditions and succumb in the series against Bangladesh, but the Lankan Lions emerged victorious 1-0 courtesy of performances from Asitha Fernando, Angelo Mathews, and Kasun Rajitha. The win propelled them to the fourth spot just above Pakistan in the WTC points table as Bangladesh linger in the eighth spot.  

Oshada Fernando (6/10) – Making a return to the Test side in place of an injured Pathum Nissanka, Oshada made a patient half-century in the first innings of the second Test before hitting the winning runs in the second innings.

Dimuth Karunaratne (7/10) – Partnering Oshada at the top, Karunaratne bagged two half-centuries while facing a total of 319 deliveries in the series. The duo provided much-needed stability at the top, something which Bangladesh lacked in the second match and proved to be the decisive difference between the two sides.

Kusal Mendis (6/10) – Mendis complained of chest pain in the second Test but was cleared of any major complications. He played a patient knock of 48 runs in the second innings to help Sri Lanka draw the first Test before notching up a half-century while batting first.

Angelo Mathews after scoring a century against Bangladesh

Angelo Mathews after scoring a century against Bangladesh

Angelo Mathews (9/10) – Ageing like fine wine, Mathews missed out on his double century by just one run in the first innings of the first Test while getting out on a duck in the second innings. He remained not out at 145 in the second Test as his comrades fell one by one. The 34-year-old ended the series as the highest run-scorer and proved once again that experience triumphs over everything in Test cricket.

Dhananjay de Silva (7/10) – Dhananjay de Silva was unable to make the most of the batting-friendly conditions in the first Test. However, he replied with a half-century in the second Test that saw him being a part of the century stand with Mathews for the fifth wicket. 

Dinesh Chandimal (8/10) – Chandimal bagged a century in the second Test as his 199-run partnership alongside Mathews for the sixth wicket turned out to be the highest one for Sri Lanka. Prior to that, he consumed 139 balls in the second innings of the first Test to force a stalemate before mustering a 66-run knock in the first innings. 

Niroshan Dickwella (6/10) – Protecting the lower order batsmen, Dickwella stayed put for 61 runs off 96 balls in the second innings of the first Test.  

Ramesh Mendis (3/10) – Mendis was unable to get his act going with both the bat and the ball. Unable to pick a single wicket, he just tallied 11 runs from two innings in the series. 

Lasith Embuldeniya (3/10) – Like Mendis, left arm off-spinner Embuldeniya didn’t trouble Bangladesh much with his variations as he picked up only one wicket in the first Test. As a result, he was forced to vacate his position in the second Test. 

Sri Lanka might have just found Suranga Lakmal’s replacement in the form of Kasun Rajitha

Sri Lanka might have just found Suranga Lakmal’s replacement in the form of Kasun Rajitha

Kasun Rajitha (9/10) – Coming on as a concussion substitute for Vishwa Fernando in the first Test, Rajitha ended up with 11 wickets from three innings. In the last eight years, the 28-year-old also became the first fast bowler to scalp a five-for in Dhaka.

Praveen Jayawickrama (3/10) – Replacing Embuldeniya, Jayawickrama failed to trouble Bangladeshi batters in the second Test as he failed to bag a single wicket. The pitches in Bangladesh are tailored for the spin bowlers and the Lankan players’ inability to extract the most out of it should be a cause of concern for the coaching setup.

Vishwa Fernando (3/10) – Vishwa bowled just eight overs being forced to leave the field after suffering a concussion. As a result, he didn’t make it to the second Test. Asitha Fernando (9/10) – Sri Lanka might just have found themselves a new and successful white-ball pair in Test cricket as Asitha complemented Rajitha perfectly to crumble the Bangladeshi batting order in the second Test. Varying his bouncers nicely with the outside-off channel deliveries, Asitha picked up 13 wickets to emerge as Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker in the series.

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