BAN vs SL.
BAN vs SL. Image: Sri Lanka Cricket

BAN vs SL: Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test. Sri Lanka clinched the two-match Test series against Bangladesh with a comprehensive 10-wicket win on Friday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

The onus was once again on senior players Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das to bail Bangladesh out from a batting collapse as the hosts were reduced to 34/4 on Day 4.

The duo seemed promising in the early overs of the final day with Mushfiqur fetching the gaps and rotating the strikes at ease. It took a Kasun Rajitha’s sharp in-swinger, that angled in across and rattled Mushfiqur’s stumps to end his resistance.

BAN vs SL: Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test

Sri Lanka dazzled Bangladesh despite Shakib Al Hasan’s determined knock

Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan joined forces with Liton Das as the duo flourished in their partnership. Shakib played the role of aggressor, slamming three boundaries in a row off Rajitha.

The southpaw smashed seven boundaries as he raced toward 26th Test fifty in 61 balls. Bangladesh walked into the lunch with Shakib and Liton’s composed alliance and a slim lead of eight runs.

Just after the lunch, the partnership was separated as Asitha Fernando returned Liton’s catch of his own bowling. Shakib, too, fell on 58 after Liton’s dismissal.

Sri Lanka Cricket Team
Sri Lanka Cricket Team. Image: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter

Asitha Fernando picked six wickets for 51 runs as Bangladesh were bowled out for 169 in the second innings.

Sri Lanka openers Oshada Fernando (21*) and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (7*) wasted no time in chasing the paltry score of 29 in just three overs.

Sri Lanka moves to fourth place in ICC World Test Championship 2021-23

With this clinical win against Bangladesh in the second Test, Sri Lanka climbed to fourth place in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points table.

Sri Lanka toppled Pakistan to secure the fourth position in the table with 40 points in six Tests with a win per cent of 55.56%.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh are reeling at the eighth spot with 16 points and a 16.7 win percentage. Their only win in the current WTC cycle came against New Zealand early in January.

Asitha Fernando
Asitha Fernando. Image: Sri Lanka Cricket/Twitter

There was a bit of grass on the first morning and it helped the seamers. Then the bounce got variable, needed to keep the ball in the right areas. I must thank Kasun, it was a combined effort to execute our game plan,” Asitha Fernando, player of the match, said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

BAN vs SL: Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test
BAN vs SL: Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to host Australia for three T20Is, five ODIs and a couple of Tests in the June-July period. The series begins on June 7 with the first T20I in Colombo.

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