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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test

Tigers suffer series defeat


Published : 27 May 2022 09:09 PM

Bangladesh suffered a huge defeat of 10 wickets in the second Test match against Sri Lanka during Day 5 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.

With this loss they lost the series 1-0 as the previous Test in Chattogram was drawn.

So Sri Lanka complete a well-deserved win here in Dhaka. The fast bowling pair of Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando set the tone on the first morning itself, reducing Bangladesh to a scarcely believable 24 for 5. 

Then the home side hit back, as Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim put on a mammoth 272-run sixth wicket stand, helping Bangladesh to a somewhat par 365 first innings total. Sri Lanka's batters though responded strongly, including a 199-run sixth wicket partnership of their own between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, and secured a 144-run lead.

A lead that would balloon in stature after Sri Lanka's seamers once more ripped into the Bangladesh top order reducing them to 23 for 4, and then 53 for 5 this morning when Mushfiqur fell. But then for a third time in the Test, the sixth wicket proved a stumbling block as Shakib and Litton put on 103 together. 

A counter-punching Shakib brought his 27th Test fifty in the last ball before lunch with a boundary off Dhananjaya de Silva, before Asitha drove the hosts' collapse after lunch. As Sri Lanka have done so many times through this Test, they struck immediately after the lunch break, and within an hour had bowled out the hosts.

He took the scalps of both Liton and Shakib soon after the break, claiming four of the last five wickets after dispatching openers Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Tamim Iqbal the previous day.

Ramesh Mendis trapped Mosaddek Hossain for nine before Asitha wrapped up the Bangladesh innings with the wickets of Taijul Islam and Khaled Ahmed in successive deliveries.

The target of 29 was all but a formality from that point on. Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews, who was unbeaten on 145 in the first innings, won the player of the series award.