Sri Lanka near Test series victory against Bangladesh – Sport


CHITTAGONG: Prabath Jayas­uriya, Lahiru Kumara and Kamindu Mendis every claimed two wickets as Sri Lanka got here inside grasp of one other resounding victory within the second and closing Test on Tuesday.

Bangladesh had been 268-7 at stumps on the fourth day in Chittagong, nonetheless needing 243 runs for an inconceivable win.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz performed an unbeaten knock of 44 to take the sport into the fifth day with Taijul Islam accompanying him on 10.

Mominul Haque was the one different batsman to place up a battle, making 50 off 56 balls earlier than he was dismissed by the spinner Jayasuriya within the final over earlier than tea break.

Mominul denied that the workforce had lacked preparation.

“Playing home cricket and worldwide Test matches may be very totally different,” he stated.

Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das placed on 61 runs for the fifth wicket after Mominul’s dismissal.

Off-spinner Kamundu broke the stand as Nishan Madushka took a superb reflex catch at foolish level to dismiss Shakib for 36.

Liton received the underside edge in an try for a pull shot off Kumara to depart three overs later for 38.

Kamindu broke one other promising partnership of 46 runs between Mehidy and Shahadat Hossain, trapping the latter leg earlier than for 15.


Mahmudul Hasan (24), fellow opener Zakir Hasan (19), and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto (20) had been all despatched again cheaply.

Jayasuriya bowled Mahmudul to interrupt the 37-run opening stand.

Zakir gave a catch to Dhana­njaya de Silva off Vishwa Fern­ando at slip, and Lahiru clipped the bail of Najmul’s off-stump.

Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood praised Bangladesh’s preventing spirit.

“I believe Bangladesh performed properly in the present day. They put the strain again on the bowlers, they made life tough for us,” he stated. “I believe we bowled properly in patches — there have been durations after we might have bowled higher,” he added.

“I don’t assume we fairly had the consistency on this innings as we confirmed within the first innings with the ball, however fortunately our arduous work has put us in a powerful place”.

Resuming on 102-6, Sri Lanka batted for a bit over an hour so as to add 55 runs to their in a single day rating earlier than declaring at 157-7.

Angelo Mathews, unbeaten on 39 in a single day, high-scored with 56 runs. He was bowled by Shakib after making his forty first Test fifty. Jayasuriya was unbeaten on 28 when the declaration got here, together with Vishwa Fernando, who was eight not out.

Debutant tempo bowler Hasan Mahmud completed with 4-65 for Bangladesh. Sri Lanka had been lacking Dinesh Chandimal within the subject after he returned dwelling for a household emergency.

Sri Lanka, who’ve by no means misplaced a Test series to Bangladesh, thrashed the hosts by 328 runs within the first Test at Sylhet.


SRI LANKA (1st Innings) 531 (Kusal Mendis 93, Kamindu Mendis 92 not out, D. Karunaratne 86; Shakib Al Hasan 3-110)

BANGLADESH (1st Innings) 178 (Zakir Hasan 54; A. Fernando 4-34)

SRI LANKA (2nd Innings, in a single day 102-6):

N. Madushka c Mehidy b Hasan 34

D. Karunaratne b Hasan 4

Kusal Mendis b Khaled 2

A. Mathews b Shakib 56

D. Chandimal c Shahadat b Hasan 9

D. de Silva c Liton b Hasan 1

Kamindu Mendis c Liton b Khaled 9

P. Jayasuriya not out 28

V. Fernando not out 8

EXTRAS (B-5, LB-1) 6

TOTAL (for seven wickets decl, 40 overs) 157

DID NOT BAT: A. Fernando, L. Kumara.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-12 (Karunaratne), 2-15 (Kusal), 3-60 (Madushka), 4-72 (Chandimal), 5-78 (Dhananjaya), 6-89 (Kamindu), 7-132 (Mathews)

BOWLING: Khaled 11-2-34-2, Hasan 15-2-65-4, Shakib 10-1-39-1, Taijul 4-0-13-0

BANGLADESH (2nd Innings):

Mahmudul Hasan b Jayasuriya 24

Zakir Hasan c de Silva b V. Fernando 19

Najmul Hossain b Kumara 20

Mominul Haque c Kumara b Jayasuriya 50

Shakib Al Hasan c Madushka b Kamindu 36

Liton Das c Kusal b Kumara 38

Shahadat Hossain lbw b Kamindu 15

Mehidy Hasan not out 44

Taijul Islam not out 10

EXTRAS (B-9, LB-1, NB-2) 12

TOTAL (for seven wickets, 67 overs) 268

STILL TO BAT: Khaled Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-37 (Mahmudul), 2-51 (Zakir), 3-94 (Najmul), 4-132 (Mominul), 5-193 (Shakib), 6-197 (Liton), 7-243 (Shahadat)

BOWLING: V. Fernando 10-0-39-1, A. Fernando 12-1-52-0, Kumara 11-2-41-2, Jayasuriya 20-1-79-2 (2nb), De Silva 7-1-25-0, Kamindu 7-0-22-2

Published in Dawn, April third, 2024

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