Sri Lanka take lead against Bangladesh
- Author: Jo Lloyd Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 0:30
Bangladesh have clinched a historic four-wicket win in their 100th Test match, as well as their first Test victory against Sri Lanka, to secure a series draw. Tamim Iqbal (49), Soumya Sarkar (61), Sabbir Rahman (42), Mushfiqur Rahim (52), Mosaddek Hossain (75) - everyone played run-fetching and responsible knocks to take their team's score to 467 at the end of the innings, gaining a lead of 129 runs.
It was a one-star show for Sri Lanka in the following innings. Tail-enders Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera built up a crucial partnership for Sri Lanka and took the lead to 190.
Sri Lankan openers Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne were both 25 not out when the players left the field for the day.
Visitors Bangladesh registered their first ever victory against Sri Lanka when they beat them by 4 wickets on Day Five of the second and final Test of the ongoing series at the P Sara Oval, Colombo. "Three of our main batsmen got out in one phase". We had the belief in the end stages, though unfortunately, we lost Shakib.
"What made me happy was how we understood the value of the match even when we were ahead or behind in the game". If we can get 200-plus, it's a good score. We know how tough they are.
Mustafizur helped Bangladesh bounce back in the contest with quick strikes in his second spell as Mendis edged an angular ball outside the off-stump to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for 36. The way the bowlers bowled in the first innings was quite exceptional.
Asela Gunaratne was adjudged leg-before for seven off Shakib without offering any shot before Mustafizur struck again to hand Dhananjaya de Silva a duck.
Perera scored his fourth Test fifty off 174 balls while tailender Lakmal smashed 42 off 48 balls.
Karunaratne was unbeaten on 67 for his fifth Test half-century, hitting six boundaries.
The hosts, who had won the first match by a huge margin of 259 runs at Galle, were off to a brilliant start in their second innings but the middle-order collapse didn't allow them to set a formidable target for Bangladesh.
Taijul Islam removed Herath, who was equally stubborn but Bangladesh were yet to find an answer for Perera's ultra-defensive batting, much-needed effort for Sri Lanka though.