31 Jan 2014

Sri Lanka thump Bangladesh in first Test

5:46 am on 31 January 2014

The Sri Lankan cricketers have beaten Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs with a day to spare in the first Test in Dhaka.

Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498 runs on the first innings, were bowled out for 250 in their second knock after lunch on the fourth day.

Sri Lanka took the game away from Bangladesh, compiling a massive 730 for 6 declared in their first innings.

Bangladesh, who languish at the bottom of the Test rankings at number 10 -- lower than unfancied Zimbabwe - have lost 68 of their 82 Tests since gaining full status in 2000.

They have won four Tests, two each against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

The second Test is in Chittagong next week.

It will be followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.