Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day March 19, 2017

Tamim 82 seals Bangladesh's landmark win in 100th Test


Bangladesh 467 (Shakib 116, Mosaddek 75, Sarkar 61, Mushfiqur 52, Herath 4-82)and 191 for 6 (Tamim 82, Dilruwan 3-59) beat Sri Lanka 338 (Chandimal 138, Mehedi 3-90) and 319 (Karunaratne 126, Shakib 4-74) by four wickets
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A win on foreign soil against a strong home side was Bangladesh's dream for a long time. They achieved it in their 100th Test by beating Sri Lanka with four wickets to spare at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.

There were plenty of nervy moments though, especially after Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed with 29 still required in the 191-run chase. Then, umpire S Ravi adjudged Mushfiqur Rahim lbw, only to be overturned on review. In the next over, Rangana Herath could not hold on to a rather tough return catch offered by Mosaddek Hossain.

Mosaddek continued to attack, hitting the next ball over cover for four. Two more boundaries took Bangladesh within six runs of their target. But the debutant fell before the win could be achieved. Eventually it was a Mehedi Hasan sweep that took the team over the line, sparking wild celebrations.

It was Bangladesh's first win over Sri Lanka in Test cricket. They came into this game on the back of a timid performance in Galle. Then they had to deal with the messy axing of Mahmudullah and a late injury to wicketkeeper Liton Das. It must have been difficult to summon the focus needed to level the series.

A target of 191 in the fourth innings of an away Test is still tough terrain for Bangladesh. Herath and offspinner Dilruwan Perera were able to extract sharp enough turn that Tamim Iqbal could do little more than survive. He struck his first boundary after 41 balls at the crease and shepherded Sabbir Rahman through a 109-run third wicket partnership. That Bangladesh were once 22 for 2 was long forgotten.

Tamim Iqbal's 82 set up Bangladesh's series-levelling win © AFP

Tamim and Sabbir became comfortable with time at the crease. Out came the inside-out drives and cheeky reverse sweeps and up came Herath and Dilrunwan's hands to scratch their heads. The spinners were totally hit off their lines after lunch.

Tamim reached his fifty off 87 balls, and then launched Herath through extra cover for four and a six over long-on that landed on the second floor. But on 82, he skied Dilruwan towards mid-on and Dinesh Chandimal ran back to complete a sharp catch. Sabbir was lbw for 41 with DRS coming to Sri Lanka's aid.

Herath would have hoped for things to happen differently on his 39th birthday. He had after all gave his team a good chance by picking up two wickets in two balls in the morning. Soumya Sarkar was caught at long-off playing an unnecessarily aggressive shot and Imrul Kayes followed him to the pavilion by nicking off to slip. The home side was on top at that point, having extended their overnight score of 268 for 8, to 319 in the first hour. Dilruwan and Suranga Lakmal added 80 runs for the ninth wicket. Both fell within five balls of each other; Lakmal made 42 off 48 balls while Dilruwan made 50 off 174.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • hussyy on March 21, 2017, 22:19 GMT

    Btw the perfect Bangladesh ODI playing XI for me- 1. Tamim 2. Soumya 3. Sabbir 4. Musfiqur 5. Shakib 6. Liton 7. Mosaddek 8. Mehdi 9. Kamrul 10. Taskin 11. Mustafizur

  • uddina0698815 on March 21, 2017, 18:28 GMT

    Contribution of Shakib in 2nd Test much grater than Tamim. Shakib deserved to be the man of the match.

  • MD on March 21, 2017, 10:16 GMT

    Cricket is a psychological game rather than physical, at least among the top teams. With the 2nd test win, BD is in high moral strength. If they can continue the sail in SL , they will be one of the toughest opponent in upcoming Champions Trophy.

  • Muthuvel on March 20, 2017, 18:58 GMT

    Nice BD is a good team now, thats great.Next up its Afganistan/Ireland.

  • caftab9163100 on March 20, 2017, 18:53 GMT

    well done Bangladesh, we want more good matches.

  • niaz on March 20, 2017, 18:14 GMT

    Bangladesh, Pakistan, Srilanka and Afganistan should play a lot more 4 or 5 day cricket with themselves (like with A or B teams). India has so many batsmen with FC average of 50+, For these teams it would benefit to have regular matches/tours. I guess Srilanka/Pakistan already have many exciting batsmen, this will benefit all the nations in the long run. It will also help the selection process.

  • Andy on March 20, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    @Batuwantudawe: Why to bring in Aus & Ind over here, since you brought it up, Aus squad that toured India is far way better prepared & has a better prepared squad than the one that toured SL. Hobart test was the turning point for Aus,

  • Andy on March 20, 2017, 18:00 GMT

    @Emon_Das: India's record in SL is decent, its outside Asia India struggled for lack of quality pacers through the years but I wonder why every match should be compared with India or any other team. The match was between SL & BD, if there were any comparisons to be made, it was of these 2 teams. Not some Aus, SA or Ind who are not even part of the series.

  • sl on March 20, 2017, 13:27 GMT

    Issue with SL batsman is that after they get a significant score, they give press conference saying they answered critics and don't understand impotrtance of scoring consistiantly. One good score and that will be it for few months. Hardly anyone in the team is consistent.

  • wimals9183211 on March 20, 2017, 11:48 GMT

    Quite opposite to what Herath says it is reported in SL media today how the match has been taken so lightly by all those concerned. It is reported Sri Lankans were cocky & on the fourth day morning the middle order batsmen below number six were told to relax & to report to the ground only half an hour prior to the start of game. How shocking is this taking bangla so cheaply. so no surprise to what happened.

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