Playing in only his 3rd International Test, Roshen Silva won both player of the match and player of the series awards by taking Sri Lanka to a comfortable 1-0 series win over Bangladesh at Mirpur over the weekend.
Sri Lanka beat hosts Bangladesh by 215 runs, dismissing them for 110 and 123 in the first and second innings after settling for a draw in the 1st Test at Chittagong.
Moving up the ranks
Silva climbed 29 places to 49th in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test batsman. Silva scored 56 and 70 not out on a pitch on which 40 wickets fell for 681 runs inside three days.
The only other Sri Lankan batsman to show some improvement in rankings was Kusal Mendis, who surprisingly opened the innings for Sri Lanka. Mendis climbed two places to take 21st place in rankings for Test batsman.
Skipper Dinesh Chandimal was pushed from 9th to 12th place, Angelo Mathews (24th), Dimuth Karunaratne 32nd (down by four places), Dhananjaya de Silva (38th) and Niroshan Dickwella 45th (down by four places).
In the bowlers’ column, Akila Dhanajaya bagged a five-for on his debut to take 58th place. Suranga Lakmal on the other hand, moved up three places to 30th position.
“We play in similar kind of wickets back home. We just wanted to play as normally as possible. I am not going to say it is a good wicket, but mentally we knew it was going to turn. Thank God, I didn’t get out [on] in the first few balls to Mustafizur Rahman. You must have seen it was really bad. I didn’t think that this would happen,” Roshen told the reporters in Mirpur before the end of the 2nd Test.
Roshen was forced to work his way through the innings when his side kept losing wickets from one end. He made it look ever so easy, keeping it calm and quiet throughout.
Sri Lanka as a unit is on 6th place in the ICC Test Rankings. They’re 5 points behind England and 6 points ahead of Pakistan.
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