Bangladesh pull off historic

Win over Sri Lanka
 COLOMBO, March 19: Opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 82 runs in the second innings as Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo today.

The rare win for Bangladesh – just their fourth away from home and first against Sri Lanka in 18 attempts – ended the two-Test series in a draw after the visitors endured a 259-run loss in the opener in Galle. Chasing a target of 191, teenage batsman Mehedi Hasan hit the winning run after an anxious half hour in the final session on the fifth day, getting Bangladesh across the line in 57.5 overs.

Tamim laid the groundwork with his 22nd Test fifty, teaming up with Sabbir Rahman who made 41 runs and shared 109 for the third wicket with the left-hander. Sri Lanka struck in phases through spinners Dilruwan Perera and skipper Rangana Herath, who grabbed three wickets each, but lacked the cutting edge to deny Bangladesh from celebrating their 100th Test match in style. – AFP


Sri Lanka 1st innings 338

Bangladesh 1st innings 467

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 268-8): D Perera run out 50, R Herath lbw b Taijul 9, S Lakmal c Mosaddek b Shakib 42, L Sandakan not out 0. Extras: (B-4, LB-8, W-1) 13. Total: (all out in 113.2 overs) 319. Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-143, 3-165, 4-176, 5-177, 6-190, 7-217, 8-238, 9-318, 10-319. Bowling: Roy 16-4-36-0, Mehedi 24-0-71-1, Mustafizur 23-3-78-3, Shakib 36.2-9-74-4, Mosaddek 3-0-10-0, Taijul 11-1-38-1.

Bangladesh 2nd innings: Tamim Iqbal c Chandimal b Perera 82, Soumya Sarkar c Tharanga b Herath 10, Imrul Kayes c Gunaratne b Herath 0, Sabbir Rahman lbw b Perera 41, Shakib Al Hasan b Perera 15, Mushfiqur Rahim not out 22, Mosaddek Hossak c Dickwella b Herath 13, Mehedi not out 2. Extras: (B-4, LB-1, W-1) 6. Total: (six wickets in 57.5 overs) 191. Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-22, 3-131, 4-143, 5-162, 6-189. Bowling: Perera 22-1-59-3, Herath 24.5-2-75-3, de Silva 2-0-7-0, Sandakan 6-1-34-0, Lakmal 2-0-7-0, Gunaratne 1-0-4-0.

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