Rangana Herath breaks Wasim Akram's Test record in Sri Lanka's win over Bangladesh

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Herath notched up his 415th Test dismissal in Sri Lanka's win.

Sri Lanka veteran spinner Rangana Herath accomplished another milestone on Saturday as the visitors beat Bangladesh by 215 runs in the second Test at Mirpur to capture the two-match series 1-0.

Herath picked up the final wicket to fall as Taijul Islam’s attempted slog-sweep went straight into the hands of Danushka Gunathilaka at the boundary. The wicket completed a four-wicket haul for the 39-year-old spinner and was his 415th Test dismissal.

With that, the orthodox spinner has overtaken Pakistan great Wasim Akram’s 414 scalps to become the highest left-armed wicket-taker in Test history.

Herath is now the 12th highest wicket-taker in history of the five-day format, two wickets behind India’s Harbhajan Singh and four behind South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

Among currently active cricketers, only James Anderson (523) and Steyn have picked up more Test wickets than the former Sri Lanka skipper.

Just last week, Herath had another feather in his bludgeoning cap when he became only the third Sri Lankan bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas to complete 500 dismissals across all formats in international cricket. That feat had come in the first Test against Bangladesh which had ended in a draw.

The wily bowler now has 415 wickets from 89 Test appearances for Sri Lanka with an average of 28 and a best of 9-127. He has picked up a five-wicket haul in Tests a staggering 33 times over the course of his career while registering nine 10-wicket hauls.

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Akila Dananjaya is new Sri Lanka star as spinner's five wickets defeats Bangladesh

David Cooper 10/02/2018
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Sri Lanka won the second Test match in the series. / AFP PHOTO / Munir UZ ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed five wickets in an innings on debut as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 215 runs in the second Test to win the two-Test series 1-0 in Dhaka on Saturday.

Set a target of 339 runs, a collapse-prone Bangladesh were all out for 123 in 29.3 overs in their second innings in the second session of the third day, without offering much of a challenge.

Dananjaya finished with 5-24 to take his match haul to eight wickets while experienced Rangana Herath claimed 4-49.

Sri Lanka bowled out Bangladesh for 110 runs in the first innings to take a 112-run lead after they made 222 runs in their opening innings.

The visitors’ victory was never in doubt after they posted 226 runs in their second innings, resuming the third day’s play on 200-8.

Roshen Silva remained unbeaten on 70, adding 48 runs with fellow overnight batsman Suranga Lakmal for the ninth wicket to extend their lead on a difficult pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled Lakmal for 21 to end the partnership before he trapped Herath leg-before off the next ball to wrap up the Sri Lanka innings.

Taijul finished with 4-76 taking his tally to eight wickets in the match but Bangladesh were always in the back foot once they started their second innings on a massively turning wicket.

Sri Lanka began their victory push as Dilruwan Perera removed opener Tamim Iqbal for two in just the second over of the innings.

Herath got rid of Imrul Kayes before the lunch break as wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella took a catch, just a ball after he hit the left-arm spinner for a six.

Herath added Mominul Haque (33) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25) to after the lunch break before Dananjaya stepped on to the scene and did the rest.

Silva, who also scored 56 runs in the first innings, was man of the match.

The first Test ended in a draw in Chittagong.

The two teams will now play two Twenty20 internationals with the first match in Dhaka on February 15.

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West Indies' T20I tour of Pakistan confirmed for March 2018, trilateral series in the United States also on the cards

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The three-match series will take place at the end of March.

West Indies’ much waited tour of Pakistan for a three-match T20I series has been confirmed to take place in March, 2018.

Attending the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi confirmed the developments to DawnNews.

The West Indies had originally been scheduled to tour Pakistan at the end of 2017 but thick smog cover and a reluctance on the part of several senior players had seen the series being postponed indefinitely.

Sethi has said that the three matches will be held at the end of March at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore which was also the venue for the historic T20 series with an ICC World XI in September last year.

Along with the confirmation of the Caribbean side’s visit, Sethi also said that he has signed a trilateral series involving Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh to be held in August 2016.

The series has been proposed to take place in the United States of America with Florida and Houston being touted as some of the likely venues.

This will be the first time that the Pakistan cricket team will play on American soil. West Indies have already had a taste of playing in the global superpower when the T20 matches against India last year were held in the States.

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