Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 5th day March 19, 2017

Sixteen years, 18 tries, one win

In 2001, Bangladesh first played a Test against Sri Lanka. Sixteen years on, there are a host of milestones to celebrate in the same country
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3 Wins for Bangladesh in 46 away Tests prior to their four-wicket win over Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval. Their previous win away from home was against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2013. Their two other away wins came during their tour of West Indies in 2009.

9 Wins by Bangladesh in 100 Tests. Their previous win was against England at Mirpur in October 2016. They have won five Tests against Zimbabwe, two against West Indies and one each against England and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh are the fourth team to win their 100th Test after Australia, West Indies and Pakistan.

18 Number of matches Bangladesh have taken to record their first win over Sri Lanka. Only two other sides have taken longer to beat a particular opponent for the first time. New Zealand took 48 Tests to beat England, in Wellington in 1977-78. India took 25 Tests to beat West Indies, at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain in 1970-71.

7 Number of century partnerships for Bangladesh in the fourth innings of a Test before the 109-run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman in this Test. Their previous one had also involved Tamim and came in an away Test - against West Indies at Gros Islet in 2014-15.

10 Number of umpiring decisions overturned using DRS - the second-highest in a Test match. The Chittagong Test between Bangladesh and England last year had 11 decisions overturned tops the list.

0 Number of series drawn by Bangladesh in Sri Lanka prior to this series (they have been on four tours previously). Their previous drawn series was in Zimbabwe in 2013. Bangladesh have drawn three of their last five series that have featured two or more Tests.

4 Man-of-the-series awards won by Shakib Al Hasan in Tests - the most by a Bangladesh player. No other Bangladesh player has won more than one such award. Click here for a list of players to win most Man-of-the-series awards in Tests.

9 Number of fifty-plus scores by Bangladesh batsmen in this series - their highest in an away series. Their previous highest was the eight they had during the two-Test series in New Zealand earlier this year.

836 Runs by Tamim Iqbal in Test wins - the most by any Bangladesh batsman. His fifty in the second innings was his sixth fifty-plus score in wins. Four of his eight Test centuries have come in a winning cause. Shakib also has six fifty-plus scores in Test wins, including two hundreds, one of which came in the first innings of this Test.

0 Number of drawn matches in Sri Lanka in the last 15 Tests. The last Test which ended in a draw in this country was in 2014 at the SSC, Colombo involving South Africa. No other country that has hosted a minimum of 10 Tests in this period has gone without a draw.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo.com. @shiva_cricinfo

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  • SLMaster on March 20, 2017, 16:16 GMT

    Catching was bad by SL... but I think Mendis controversial decision was the turning point. It shocked everyone ... rest of the batsmen were annoyed with it.

  • Mohammad27902 on March 20, 2017, 14:26 GMT

    Congratulations to the Bangladeshi team and supporters from Pakistan! The signs of this turnaround in their fortunes have been there for some time now. The victory over England and the good showing against New Zealand were a portent. I think the most heartening aspect of this victory was Mustafiz ur Rahman's contribution to it.

  • cricfan71949873 on March 20, 2017, 14:01 GMT

    I belive they should replace Imrul Keyes and bring back Mahmudllah .

  • Udendra on March 20, 2017, 2:27 GMT

    Sri Lankans missed a trick here by sticking to traditional spin-friendly or flat tracks. They should have gone with a pace heavy attack .

  • cricfan3559795205 on March 19, 2017, 22:54 GMT

    @KOON10, the writer pointed here 0 series drawn. Bangladesh draw one match but lost the series. But this time Ban managed to draw the series.

  • gottalovetheraindance on March 19, 2017, 21:49 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh, hope u continue to improve as time goes by and u guys will get more tests to play. I like the drive energy and vision of this set up. As the good book says Where there is no vision the ppl perish. And that's exactly the predicament windies cricket has been in for the past 20 or so years. If both teams and Zimbabwe between the 3 of us we could put together a potentially world class squad. Powell, Tamim, Kraig as openers , monimul, bravo, mushi , dowrich, Blackwood, Chase, Shakib, Carlos, Jason, Joseph, Jarvis, Cummins, Gabriel, Roach, Bishoo, Narine, Hussain, miraz,Islam,

  • darookak on March 19, 2017, 16:31 GMT

    Spinners are back in the game as were pacers since Lily era

  • koon10 on March 19, 2017, 14:48 GMT

    Sorry, Bangladesh draw a test against SL in 2014 also. I have forgotten about that.

  • Anand_S on March 19, 2017, 14:01 GMT

    I am so happy for Bangladesh. A well deserved victory for a very hard working team. The speciality of beating a team that recently trumped Australia 3-0 is commendable. I hope this victory gives the much needed confidence and self belief this talented team needs to achieve more. Some of the tests Bangladesh lost from a commanding position was more a lack of self belief (in my opinion) that they did not know how to convert a good situation to an actual win. This win will definitely go a long way to their future successes. Wish to see them climb up like how SL themselves did two decades ago.

  • hypocaust on March 19, 2017, 13:16 GMT

    This was the 3rd time Shakib Al Hasan has scored a century & taken six or more wickets in a Test. Only Botham (who did it on five occasions) has achieved that feat more times than Shakib and no other player has done it more than twice.

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