CHITTAGONG: Tillakaratne Dilshan gave a superb all-round performance to power Sri Lanka to a record 465-run victory over Bangladesh in the second and final Test here on Tuesday.
He made a century in each innings to set up the victory and then, capturing four wickets for only ten runs with his part-time spin in the final session of play on the fourth day, wrapped up the Test - and the series, which Sri Lanka won 2-0.
He was named both man of the match and of the series.
It was the fifth-largest win by runs in the history of the game. It was also Sri Lanka's biggest victory in 182 Tests and Bangladesh's worst defeat in 59 matches since gaining Test status in 2000.
After hitting an aggressive 162 in the first innings, Dilshan scored an impressive 143 in the second as the visitors set an improbable 624-run target for the hosts.
In reply, the Bangladesh batsmen put on a poor display, bowled out inside two sessions; they never really had a chance with the top five batsmen departing before tea, and then Dilshan ran through the bottom order as the hosts were bundled out for 158 in their second innings on the penultimate day to lose the match - and also the two-match series.
On a spinning track only middle-order batsman Shakib Al Hasan (46) and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (43) stood up to Dilshan, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, managing to delay the inevitable in a dismal Bangladeshi batting performance lasting just 49.2 overs.
Dilshan was brilliantly backed by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis who picked three for 57 to finish with a match haul of seven wickets.
Mendis started the slide when he took three quick wickets in his opening spell, removing opener Imrul Kayes (five), Junaid Siddique (four) and Mohammad Ashraful (seven) to reduce the hosts to 62-5 at the tea break.
Pacemen Dilhara Fernando and Chaminda Vaas grabbed a wicket apiece before the 32-year-old Dilshan finished the job in the closing session.
Bangladesh scored 413 in their second innings in the first Test at Dhaka while chasing 521 before going down by 107 runs.
Sri Lanka earlier declared their second innings at their lunch score of 447-6, built around Dilshan's 175-ball effort, which was studded with 14 fours and a six.
Dilshan became the fourth Sri Lankan to score two hundreds in a match after Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha and Aravinda de Silva.
Dilshan, 81 overnight, dominated the morning session with his aggressive batting to virtually put the match beyond Bangladesh's reach. He was the sixth man out, bowled by left-arm spinner Enamul Haque.
Thilan Samaraweera was the first to go, adding only five runs to his overnight score of 72. He shared a 145-run stand for the fifth wicket with Dilshan.
Chamara Kapugedera also joined the run feast, making 59 off 92 balls with three sixes and a four.
Bangladesh have now lost 52 of their 59 Tests, with six draws and a lone victory against lowly Zimbabwe.