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Herath takes six as Bangladesh crumble to 259-run defeat

Sri Lanka 494 (Mendis 194, Mehedi 4-112) and 274 for 6 declared (Tharanga 115, Mehedi 2-77) beat Bangladesh 312 (Mushfiqur 85, Perera 3-53) and 197 (Liton 35, Mushfiqur 34, Herath 6-59) by 259 runs
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Sri Lanka's slow bowlers imposed their familiar chokehold over another fourth innings of a home Test match, uprooting batsmen as early as the second ball of the day, before sending the Test hurtling to its conclusion by the middle of the afternoon session.

Leading the final charge was Rangana Herath. He was unstoppable as ever in defence of a score, and picked up record for most career wickets for a left-arm spinner en route to figures of 6 for 59. This was his 29th five-wicket haul overall, and his 10th in the fourth innings - no one in the history of the game has got more than seven.

Batting in the fourth innings in Galle is among the most daunting of Test cricket's challenges, and although Bangladesh suggested they might approach the task with spunk on the fourth afternoon, fell away quickly on Saturday. This was their third day-five collapse in four matches, having also failed to draw matches in Wellington and Hyderabad. Save for a 19-over stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, there was little in the way of resistance. They were eventually all out for 197 - 259 runs short of Sri Lanka.

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Herath eclipses Vettori


Wickets for Herath - the most by a left-arm spinner beating Vettori's 362. Among all left-arm bowlers only Akram (414) has more wickets.

Openers' double


No. of times Bangladesh have had 50+ opening stands in both innings of a Test, including this.

Rare high for openers


No. of 50+ opening stands for Sri Lanka in Galle in the last 13 innings since 2014, including the one between Tharanga and Karunaratne in the 2nd inns of this Test.

Mushfiqur's prolific 2017


Mushfiqur's average in Tests this year, 407 runs in 5 inns. He scored 159 & 13* in Wellington, 127 & 23 in Hyderabad and now 85 in Galle - all outside Bangladesh.

Mushfiqur in Galle


Runs scored by Mushfiqur in his only previous Test in Galle, in 2012-13, Bangladesh's first double-century. He has reached another fifty in this match.

Runs and wickets


Bangladesh's score in the first session of Day 3, in 25 overs. They scored at more than 3 runs per over, but lost four wickets.

Opening Woes in SL


Average opening stand in Sri Lanka in the last five years - Lowest in any country.

Good Venue


Number of matches won by SL at Galle from 28 Tests- Second most successful venue in SL(min-10 Tests) after SSC.