An excellent all-round performance led Bangladesh to their maiden Test win in Sri Lanka in their 100th test to level the two match series 1-1 on Sunday the 19th of March 2017 at the P Sara Oval Colombo. The visitors won by a margin of four wickets.
Dinesh Chandimal’s century in the first innings helped Sri Lanka to 338 but Bangladesh posted 467 with a better all-round batting performance. Shakib Al Hasan top scored with 116 in 159 deliveries for the visitors.
As Dimuth Karunaratne was the only stand out performer in the second innings, the hosts only managed to post 319. The visitors were given a target of 191 to chase.
The Lankan spinner did pretty well to dismiss the Bangladesh top order but the wickets fell a little too late. Eventually, the tigers got there with 4 wickets to spare.
Tamim Iqbal was adjudged player of the match for his contribution on the final day.
“I really thought that we could defend it, because we have played games with India and Pakistan and defended low scores. We also had three spinners. When we got two early wickets, I felt the same way, but after lunch they were in an attacking mood and scored some quick runs. That’s where the match slipped from us in the fourth innings,” said Rangana Herath.
Shakib Al Hasan was announced player of the series.
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