After winning the first Test of the two-match Test series in Sylhet by overpowering Bangladesh by a whopping 328-run, Sri Lanka continued on their own merry way, proceeding to whitewash the home team by 192 runs in the second Test in Chattogram. With this resounding victory, Sri Lanka leapfrogged to fourth position in the WTC standings, with Bangladesh slumping to the penultimate place.

After six Lankan batters scored half-centuries in the first innings, the hosts were bowled out for a meagre 178 in their first innings, granting a mammoth 353-run lead, from which they could never truly recover. Even after reducing Sri Lanka to 157/7 on which they declared setting a monumental target of 511 to be chased down by Bangladesh, the Bangla Tigers fell short by 192 runs, with Mehidy Hasan Miraz stranded on 81* (110), being Bangladesh’s highest run-getter in the fourth innings of the match.

Notably, Kamindu Mendis, the eventual Player of the Series, bowled for the very first time in his nascent three-match Test career in the final innings of the series, with the ambidextrous cricketer scalping three wickets in a splendid 10-over spell.

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Sri Lanka move to fourth in the standings

India and Australia, both the countries winning four of their previous five Test matches, sit on the first and second position respectively on the ICC World Test Championship points table for the 2023-25 cycle. 

New Zealand (third) and Sri Lanka (fourth) share the same PCT (50%), but the Kiwis are ranked a place above the Lankans due to having a superior points tally. 

Pakistan, West Indies, and South Africa take the fifth, six, and seventh spots, respectively, with Bangladesh on ninth and England, with the least PCT of 17.50% are at the bottom-most position (ninth).

Latest WTC 2023-25 Points Table

Position       Team Played Won  Lost Drawn Points Deductions  PCT
     1       India     9    6   2     1    74          2 68.51
     2    Australia    12    8   3     1    90          10 62.50
     3 New Zealand     6    3   3     0    36          – 50.00
     4    Sri Lanka     4    2   2     0    24          – 50.00
     5     Pakistan     5    2   3     0    22          2 36.66
     6  West Indies     4    1   2     1     16          – 33.33
     7 South Africa     4    1   3     0    12          – 25.00
     8  Bangladesh     4    1   3     0    12          – 25.00
    9    England    10    3   6     1    21          19 17.50

Last Updated: April 3, 2024, after Sri Lanka’s win against Bangladesh in the second Test of the series

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