After the first Test ended in a high-scoring draw on what was a batting paradise in Pallekele, the track in the second Test provided equal competition between bat and ball as debutant spinner Praveen Jayawickrama ran through the Bangladesh batting unit twice to become the first Sri Lankan bowler to claim a ten-for in his maiden outing.
Batting first, Sri Lanka racked up dec 7/493 thanks to hundreds from its openers Dimuth Karunaratne (118) and Lahiru Thiramanne (140) and half-centuries from Oshada Fernando (81) and Niroshan Dickwella (72*).
Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh with 4/127. In reply, Bangladesh, despite a 92 from opener Tamim Iqbal, could only manage 251 as Jayawickrama (6/92) ran through their batting unit with a six-wicket-haul.
Sri Lanka then added 194 more runs to their first innings lead of 242 to set Bangladesh a fourth-innings target of 436.
In reply, each of the Bangladesh top-6 got a start but they failed to convert them into a big score as Ramesh Mendis (4/103) and Praveen Jayawickrama (5/86) ran through their batting to help Sri Lanka notch up a 209-run victory.
The 209-run win is Sri Lanka’s second victory in the ICC World Test Championship campaign and they end their stint at the 8th spot with 27.8 PCT points.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, finishes with the wooden spoon after having failed to win a single Test during the cycle.
The World Test Championship final will be played between table-toppers India and second-placed New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton between June 18-22.
Here’s a look at the ICC World Test Championship Table: