Experience Prevails 

Experience Prevails: Old is indeed Gold

by Shazeen Ifamy


  • Sri Lanka wins the test series vs Bangladesh after claiming victory in the second test by 10 wickets (Ban v SL). 

After the first test ended in a hard-fought draw, both teams went into the second test with an equal share of good performances and confidence. The second test also had good performances by players from both teams but Sri Lanka prevailed, in the end, to win the test by 10 wickets (Ban v SL).   

Award Winner:

  • Player of the Match 1st Test: Angelo Mathews (Ban v SL)

  • Player of the Match 2nd Test: Asitha Fernando (Ban v SL)

  • Player of the Series: Angelo Mathews (Ban v SL)

Where the Series was Won?

Before this series started I told my father that whoever scores the most runs for their respective team between Angelo Mathews, Denish Chandimal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shabik Al Hasan will win. The reason I said and believed in it was that in cricket and particularly in test cricket experience matters and just like I said, Sri Lanka went on the win the series as Angelo Mathews scored the most runs among the four (4), in fact, he finished as the highest runscorer of the series with 344 runs to his name (Ban v SL). 

What was the Surprise of the Series?

The surprise of the series was that the highest wicket taker of the series was a seamer (Asitha Fernando) (Ban v SL), as a fact, 2 out of the top 3 highest wicket takers of the series are seamers (Ban v SL). This was a surprise as this series was played in the subcontinent (Bangladesh) in which you generally expect spinners to take wickets over the seamer. 


Overall, this was competitive series as both teams gave it their throughout both matches respectively. However, Sri Lanka prevailed in the end as the experience of Angelo Mathews and Denish Chandimal along with the pace of Asitha Fernando allowed them to claim victory in the second test. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be disappointed with their performance especially after playing good cricket. In conclusion, Sri Lanka will be very happy as they didn’t just win the series but also gained valuable ICC Test Championship points and clean swapped the series awards along with their players topping the series charts: Highest Scores: Angelo Mathews and Most Wickets: Asitha Fernando (Ban v SL).

Notable Performances:

  • Liton Das (Bangladesh): 281 Runs, helped Bangladesh compete in the series (Ban v SL)

  • Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka): 73 Runs, helped draw the first test (Ban v SL)

  • Kasun Rajitha (Sri Lanka): 13 Wickets, helped Sri Lanka win the series (Ban v SL)

  • Nayeem Hassan (Bangladesh): 6 Wickets, helped Bangladesh restrict Sri Lanka (Ban v SL)

  • Taijul Islam (Bangladesh): 5 Wickets, helped Bangladesh draw the first test (Ban v SL)


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