Sri Lanka have clinched the two-match Test series 1-0 after a 215-run win against Bangladesh in the second Test at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur. Bangladesh have lost a Test series at home after about three years.
Bangladesh were 57/2 at lunch after Sri Lanka made 226 in their second innings with a massive 338-run lead. Bangladesh lost the wickets of openers – Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes – early in the run-chase.
Bangladesh looked to be aggressive. Mominul Haque lost his wicket soon after the lunch as he outside-edged Rangana Herath. He left scoring 47-ball 33. Liton Das (12) and skipper Mahmudullah Riyad (6) didn’t stay too long at the crease as debutant Akila Dananjaya struck.
The hosts were still in hopes when Mushfiqur Rahim was at the crease. But middle-order’s most dependable batsman was stumped off Herath. He scored 25 off 51 with 4 fours.
Sabbir Rahman’s poor run continued as he was dismissed for 1 to Dananjaya on his second ball he faced. Dananjaya took his fifth wicket by sending back Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Bangladesh tail-enders gave their wickets away in no time. Sri Lanka bowled them out for 129 runs in 29.3 overs. Dananjaya picked up his maiden five-for, 5 for 24. Veteran Herath scalped 4 for 49.
A total of 681 runs have been scored in this match for 40 wickets. It’s the second-lowest match aggregate in Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Test matches.
Sri Lanka 222 and 226 allout in 73.5 overs (Roshen 70*, Karunaratne 32; Taijul 4/76, Mustafizur 2/37)
Bangladesh 110 and 129 allout in 29.3 overs (Mominul 33, Mushfiqur 25; Sandakan 5/24, Herath 4/49)
Sri Lanka won by 215 runs
Man of the Match: Roshen Silva (56 & 70*)
Man of the Series: Roshen Silva (235 runs)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com