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Perera takes 5 as SL crush Bangla

Dhaka: Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera picked up five wickets as Sri Lanka thumped a fragile Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs in the first Test, here, at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, in Mirpur, on Thursday.

Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498-run margin, were bowled out for 250 in their second essay after lunch on the fourth day. Perera, a 31-year-old playing only in his second Test, finished with five for 109 while seamer Suranga Lakmal took three as the hosts were dismissed in 51.5 overs with a day to spare.

Bangladesh failed to cope with Sri Lanka’s pace and spin assault and lost their last nine wickets for 215 runs despite an even-paced pitch. (AFP)