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Praveen Jayawickrama bursts into top 50 after 11-wicket haul on Test debut

Praveen Jayawickrama’s 11 for 178 in Sri Lanka’s 209-run win over Bangladesh in their second Test in Pallekele has helped him enter the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings at No. 48. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 118 and 66 in that game, moved up from No. 15 to No. 11.

Twenty-two-year-old Jayawickrama’s match haul was the best by a Sri Lankan on Test debut. He took 6 for 92 in the first innings as Bangladesh were bowled out for 251 in response to the home side’s 493 for 7 declared. And then, when Bangladesh were chasing 437 for an unlikely victory, Jayawickrama chipped in with 5 for 86…

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