Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka produced bowling masterclass to bowl out the visitors Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second and final test and as a result, Sri Lanka had an easy target of 160 odd runs. Sri Lanka reached the target for the loss of just 3 wickets and won the 2 test series 1-0. The first test was drawn.
At the start of the morning session of the fourth day, Bangladesh’s total score was 158 and four wickets were down. The side’s lead was 52 runs. Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim were on the crease at 36 and 7 respectively. Mominul could add only one more run to the team’s and individual’s total as he was out by Herath. Next was the turn of Nasir to depart as he was clean bowled by Herath. At that time, Bangladesh’s lead was only 65 runs. The responsibility of steering team out of crisis lied with experienced Mushfiqur Rahim. He had a partnership of 31 runs with Gazi. He scored 26 valuable runs before being out by Herath. Abul Hasan also developed partnership with Mushfiq and remained not out in the innings at 25. The partnership was broken by none other than Herath when Angelo Mathews caught the ball at slip to rmove Mushfiq. He scored 40 runs. Bangladesh innings came to an end when the last two batsmen were unable to score enough and were removed by Eranga and Dilshan. Sri Lanka had a target of 160 runs to win the test match and the series.
To chase the target, Sri Lanka had a good start, although the hosts lost the first wicket of Karunaratne at 31 runs. He scored 16 runs. Dilshan and Sangakkara who had good partnerships in the past again showed class and made runs quickly, hitting boundaries when needed. Both scored half centuries and had a partnership of 94 runs. Dilshan was out on 57 while Sangakkara scored 55 runs. Sri Lanka achieved the target easily in 41.4 overs. Sangakkara was the top scorer in the series with 441 runs while Herath was the most successful bowler, getting his 200th test wicket and becoming third Sri Lankan bowler after Muralitharan and Vaas to achieve the feat. His 7 wickets for 89 runs is personal best bowling figures. The scoreboard is as follows:
Sri Lanka 346 (Sangakkara 139, Chandimal 102) and 160 for 3 (Dilshan 57, Sangakkara 55) beat Bangladesh 240 (Mominul64, Herath 5-68) and 265 (Tamim 59, Herath 7-89) by seven wickets