Herath leads Lanka’s crushing win over Bangladesh

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL rangana herath   –  Reuters cricket COMMENT SHARE × COMMENTS rangana herath   –  Reuters Sri Lanka Bangladesh March 11, 2017 Rangana Herath grabbed six wickets in the second innings to become Test cricket’s most successful left-arm spinner as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 259 runs in their first Test at Galle today.Herath finished with 6-59, his 23rd five or more wicket haul, which took his tally in Tests to 366 wickets, going past New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori, who has 362 wickets to his name.His exploits helped Sri Lanka dismiss Bangladesh for 197 runs in the second innings in less than two sessions on the fifth day after the visitors resumed play promisingly on 67-0.“I would say kind of a big achievement, but I must thank every single person who has supported me — the support staff, my family — I want to say thank you to all of them,” Herath said about his record.“Everybody chipped in and I must congratulate everyone because it is a team effort,” he said about the victory.Herath claimed four of the last five wickets that fell in the post-lunch session as Bangladesh were folded in 60.2 overs to hand Sri Lanka a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera claimed two wickets in the morning to trigger the collapse in Bangladesh innings before Herath took charge of Sri Lanka’s bowling unit.Bangladesh lost unbeaten-overnight batsman Soumya Sarkar in the second ball of the morning and failed to regroup as they lost wickets at regular intervals.Soumya got a leading edge off the first ball, which somehow missed a fielder. However, the next ball of medium pace Asela Gunaratne clipped the bails of his off stump to dismiss the left-hander with his overnight score of 53.Perera then struck in successive overs, trapping Mominul Haque leg-before for five before forcing a catch from Tamim Iqbal to Gunaratne at slip for 19.Herath delivered further blows when he removed Shakib Al Hasan for eight and handed Mahmudullah a second-ball duck in a space of three balls in one over.Shakib gloved a catch to Dimuth Karunaratne at leg slip while Mahmudullah was deceived by an arm ball, which hit his back foot, to be adjudged lbw.Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das put 54 runs for the sixth wicket but Sri Lanka wrapped the innings quickly once left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan broke the stand.Mushfiqur fell to Sandakan for 34 runs before Herath removed Liton for 35 runs to expedite the win.Mushfiqur refused to blame the pitch for their defeat.“I thought the wicket is still pretty good to bat, it does not look like a day five wicket,” he said.“It came down to how we batted on the final day and the first session was going to be crucial, but we unfortunately lost wickets.”Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis was named man of the match for his heroic 194 runs in the first innings.“I am extremely happy about the achievement and thank Rangana Herath and rest of the team for the support,” he said.The second Test, Bangladesh’s 100th, will be held in Colombo between March 15-19.last_img read more

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first_imgA land of ancient monuments, mysterious legends and a charisma that never fails to excite visitors, Egypt has long been a stalwart of many travellers’ bucket lists.While the political upheaval of the past five years has been a significant deterrent to tourism, 2017 has seen the country buzzing with renewed optimism sparked by a real resurgence in the number of people interested in travelling there.Sanctuary Retreats has been operating river cruises on Egypt’s Nile River for almost two decades, with a choice of four vessels offering a range of cruise itineraries and bespoke charters, and remains passionate about – and confident in – the destination.Michael McCall, Sanctuary Retreats’ director of sales Australia, NZ & Asia, comments, “The company is optimistic about Egypt’s stability and safety, and we are really buoyed by the strong level of renewed interest in it from both consumers and agents”.Indeed, Michael believes there has never been a better time to travel to Egypt. “Right now visitors to Egypt can still enjoy all of the major landmarks almost completely free of tourists, with quite a few previously restricted archaeological areas opening up to sightseers.”One thing is absolutely certain: Egypt’s ancient past lives on in its majestic monuments and relics created by one of the most impressive civilisations history has seen. And according to Michael there is simply no better way to experience them than a cruise along the mighty Nile.“Follow the river from Aswan to Luxor right through the heart of Egypt, and you can take in some of the best-known highlights including the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Unfinished Obelisk, Philae and Luxor. Plus there’s ample opportunity to explore the more remote, but equally spectacular, Dendera, Kom Ombo and Edfu temples along this section of the river”.Sanctuary Retreats’ four intimate river cruisers – Sanctuary Sun Boat III, Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, Sanctuary Nile Adventurer and Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau – each provides the perfect combination of elegant surroundings, luxury service and cultural itineraries for an unforgettable Nile experience.Perfect for a relaxing journey along the river, each ship combines timeless beauty, grace and cutting-edge efficiency with the discreet ambience of an exclusive club. Smaller than the average Nile cruiser, their designs ensure a more personalised service coupled with the leisurely pace of a longer cruise.Priced from just US$870 per person for a three-night cruise. Terms and conditions apply.last_img read more