Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day January 30, 2014

SL inflict crushing innings and 248-run defeat


Sri Lanka 730 for 6 dec (Silva 139, Jayawardene 203*, Mathews 86, Vithanage 103*) beat Bangladesh 232 (Rahim 61, Shakib 55, Eranga 4-49) and 250 (Mominul 50, Perera 5-109) by an innings and 248 runs
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Sri Lanka recorded their second biggest ever Test win by an innings, wrapping up the first Test an hour after lunch on the fourth day with Bangladesh still 248 runs short of making the visitors bat again. An innings deficit of 498 was demoralising enough for Bangladesh to capitulate without a fight, and there was no stoic resistance from them to take the game to the fifth day, let alone save the game. Sri Lanka's seamers began the slide before the middle order succumbed to the offspin of Dilruwan Perera, who took a five-wicket haul in only his second Test.

Sri Lanka had batted themselves into position from which they would certainly not have to pad up again. The same pitch that produced 730 runs in a single innings was made to look like a seamer's paradise when Sri Lanka took the ball, causing the Bangladesh batsmen to hop and weave even on a fourth-day surface. In the end, Sri Lanka narrowly missed recording their biggest innings win, that of 254 runs against Zimbabwe 10 years ago.

The wickets in the morning were attributed more to good bowling from the visitors, and the aggressive approach from the hosts always gave the bowlers a sniff. The only cheer for Bangladesh was a brisk fifty by Mominul Haque, but it did little to wrest the initiative from Sri Lanka.

The overcast conditions were ripe for seam bowling and Sri Lanka prised out two wickets with the short ball. Shaminda Eranga's snorter off the second ball of the morning was too good for Shamsur Rehman who failed to pick the ball from the gloom and gloved it to the wicketkeeper. Marshall Ayub was impressive with his defense before he too was found wanting with his technique against the bouncer. Suranga Lakmal bowled round the wicket with a leg gully and short leg waiting and Ayub failed to fend it off, lobbing the ball to Kaushal Silva at short leg.

Bangladesh were firmly pegged on the back foot but the situation didn't deter Shakib Al Hasan and Mominul from going for their strokes. The seamers persisted with the short stuff and both left-handers were compulsive with the pull, though not all shots were in control. Mominul wasn't afraid to slash over the slips and point and Shakib too didn't restrain himself.

The introduction of spin, via Perera, sunk the hosts further. Shortly after Shakib brought up the fifty stand with a cover-driven boundary, he played back to Perera and was trapped lbw to one that went through with the arm. Mominul brought up his half-century, off just 52 balls before he too fell lbw to Perera, playing back. There was a semblance of doubt with the verdict, however, as replays indicated that the ball may have been sliding down the leg side.

Mushfiqur's wicket was probably the biggest blow, for he has shown on many occasions that he can occupy the crease, a quality many of his teammates have failed to show consistently. In the last over before lunch, he was beaten by flight going for the drive and bowled through the gate.

Nasir Hossain was the only specialist batsman remaining but he too succumbed to a poor stroke, skying the ball to mid-off, giving Perera his fourth wicket. The two Hossains - Rubel and Al-Amin - gave the crowd something to cheer with a blazing last-wicket stand of 53 in just 6.2 overs, but it wasn't enough to hide the embarrassment of their fourth-biggest innings defeat, that too at home.

Bangladesh have an extra day to ponder over the loss and rethink their combination for the Chittagong Test which begins on February 4. They picked three seamers on a pitch in Mirpur that had more bounce than a typical Bangladesh surface, but as Sri Lanka proved, in order to exploit it to the fullest you needed bowlers with extra yards of pace like Eranga and Lakmal. With the series at stake, Bangladesh could revert to a more spin-heavy attack and prove that their progress in 2013 was no fluke.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    @Zubair Arrayeen, don't be so judgmental. The way England is playing right now is an insult not only to test cricket but all cricket. Besides, India isn't playing all that well either.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Here is a question for everyone: Nazmul Hussain's bowling average in test is 38 whereas Rubel Hussain's bowling average in test is 81! Why isn't Nazmul in the team? We all know he is not "injured" since he is playing in the NCL. Even Melinga doesn't pay test cricket. If Rubel Hussain was trying to be like Melinga, why is he playing test and making a horrific record for himself?

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Looking at this test match, one starts thinking positive about Big Three thingy. These are useless matches, rather an insult to test cricket.

    Aus, Eng and India are too smart as they think of getting rid of such stuff.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    To many attacking shots played by Bd batsman. I thing it causes their downfall. Also Mushficker s poor wicket keeping another factor. they should play with proper wicket keeper.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Tamim should not be vice captain. Tamim and Shakib should concentrate more on their performance. prepare spining track and bring more spinners. Hope for the best.

  • Android on January 31, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    As a cricket loving country Bangladesh have come a long way.A slightly lesser history than Sri Lanka but somewhat of simillar back grounds.Sri Lanka doesnt boast to a huge talent pool like India n the same goes wt BD as well.So better infrastructure, better management .inspirational coaches and a nvr say nvr captain.Dav whatmore.Arjuna Ranathunga and excellent managers dd it for sri lanka.Dont see why BD cant get there as well.This is a dying sport we need more teams to play international cricket not tier 2 cricket.Break or make point for BD a concerned young well wishing fan of BD from SL.Kudos.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    very disappointing test defeatwe know our team noe plays as a unitas seen recently against new new zealand cireared thier mess and playing excllcent cricket against india.we must sit down and latk sense,and play test matches as it should be and play.wait for bad ball,leave ball out side the off stump unless it is .wait .short of cricket thier are more then 25 ways of getting runs,avoid the short where your weakness is exposed wait for bad ball,make the bowler tired,leave as much as you can,especially out side off of luck for the next test match and other matches to can do it with right approach.

  • Justin on January 31, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    This result doesn't reflect very well on Bangladeshi cricket. Sri Lanka is one of the weakest teams going around world cricket these days. At ODI level they are highly competitive, but at Test level they have a very weak bowling attack and their two champion batsmen, Sangakarra and Jayawardene are on the way out. I don't expect either of them to play beyond next year's World Cup. Bangladesh have been playing cricket at the highest level long enough to put in better performances than what they are now. Their batting and fielding was embarrassing! Remember, there's no shame in losing, it's the manner with which Bangladesh lost that is the problem and it gets repeated over and over and over again no matter who they play.

  • Ajith on January 31, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Great to watch Seniors and Newcomers blending together to win this game with an all round performance. Hopefully, they will keep the consistency and momentum going for a few more years. Selectors have done well to introduce young players to the big league in the recent past. Hats off to Marvan and Vaas for imparting their skills, knowledge and experience on these players.

  • mohammad on January 31, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    My dear fellow BD fans, don't defend the BD team by saying that other teams started playing test 50 years ago.Because this stats won't count anymore and also we improved a lot in the last year.We now believe in our ability.What happened in the first test could have been an outcome of mental pressure as players were unsure of their cricketing career.Even this Sri Lanka team digested the fastest chasing of 300 runs by Pakistan only a few days ago.So, keep yourself calm and hope for the best.