Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    20.5 good ball. Drifted in at off stump at a good length, pitches and turns away sharply, along with bounce. Tamim has been coming across with the pad all along. Once more it shortens his reach. He's defending well in front of his body and it catches the shoulder of the bat and bobbles up easily for first slip 83/3
    15.2 got him! Gunaratne's awkward spinners from around the wicket have caused problems every ball he has bowled. It's floated in towards middle and off stump, pitches, spins away and clips the top of off stump. A perfect offspinner's ball. Sarkar thinks he's been given caught behind and wants to review it, no joy 67/1
    18.5 struck in front. He's been pulled forward against his instinct, gets one on the back of a length now and doesn't go back positively enough. Pitches on middle stump and straightens, traps him on middle stump and it's been given out. He has had a long discussion with Tamim, who tells him not to review it. He reviews it but walks away towards the pavilion. Didn't look he was convinced himself, but since he has made the signal, the review stands. There is no bat, confirms third umpire. It's pitching in line, hitting in line and clipping the top of middle stump. 80/2
    47.2 oh, my goodness! What a way to get out. This one is pitched on leg stump and spins away further down leg. Mushfiqur is trying to tuck it into the leg side, fine, but gets an edge to the wicketkeeper. Nirshan Dickwella continues to effect dismissals down the leg side. That's bad, bad way to get out. Bangladesh in serious trouble now 158/6
    27.4 leg slip dives forward to dismiss Shakib. This is looped at off stump, draws him forward and he's not to the pitch. Fends at it off the front foot, but it turns, catches his glove and balloons in front of Karunaratne who lunges forward to take it 104/4
    27.6 and another! Trapped in front by the arm ball. Goes slightly wide of the crease, pitches at middle stump, goes on with the angle. Mahmudullah has plonked his leg across, goes for the forward defence and bat hits his front foot as the ball sneaks by and hits him on the back leg in front of leg stump 104/5
    50.2 and another soft dismissal. And there is the record. Rangana Herath has surpassed Daniel Vettori to become the most successful left-arm spinner in Test cricket. He is mobbed but his team-mates and what a moment for Sri Lanka cricket. Coming to the delivery, it was nicely flighted by Herath and Das looks to slog it big over the leg side. Gets a leading edge for his troubles - went too hard at it - and the ball is held by the cover fielder who runs back a couple of steps to complete a fairly straightforward catch 166/7
    60.2 chips it to mid-off and that's the end of it. Six for Herath and Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead in the series. Flighted and drifting in from outside off. Given the drift, he cannot make good connection and he was also not to the pitch of the ball. Harmlessly sends it into the hands of mid-off and that will be it 197/10
    54.5 gone. Comes forward to defend, probably expecting the ball to come on with the arm. But it takes some turn and goes off the inside edge to the pad and lobs straight into the hands of Kusal Mendis at short leg 180/8
    56.4 five-wicket haul for Herath. For the 23rd time in Sri Lanka. Mustafizur expects this one to spin in a lot more and is playing for the turn. But the ball drifts in from outside off and goes on to beat the outside edge and uproot off-stump 194/9
    not out
    10 (b 1, lb 4, nb 4, w 1)
    197 all out (60.2 Overs, RR: 3.26, 251 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Soumya Sarkar, 15.2 ov), 2-80 (Mominul Haque, 18.5 ov), 3-83 (Tamim Iqbal, 20.5 ov), 4-104 (Shakib Al Hasan, 27.4 ov), 5-104 (Mahmudullah, 27.6 ov), 6-158 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 47.2 ov), 7-166 (Liton Das, 50.2 ov), 8-180 (Taskin Ahmed, 54.5 ov), 9-194 (Mustafizur Rahman, 56.4 ov), 10-197 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 60.2 ov)
    RAS Lakmal7.031201.7100
    MDK Perera15.006624.4000
    HMRKB Herath20.255962.9000
    DAS Gunaratne6.011612.6601
    PADLR Sandakan9.002913.2201
    CBRLS Kumara3.001003.3310

Close of Play

  • Tue, 7 Mar - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 321/4 (BKG Mendis 166*, N Dickwella 14*, 88 ov)
  • Wed, 8 Mar - day 2 - Bangladesh 1st innings 133/2 (Soumya Sarkar 66*, Mushfiqur Rahim 1*, 46 ov)
  • Thu, 9 Mar - day 3 - Bangladesh 1st innings 312
  • Fri, 10 Mar - day 4 - Bangladesh 2nd innings 67/0 (Tamim Iqbal 13*, Soumya Sarkar 53*, 15 ov)
  • Sat, 11 Mar - day 5 - Bangladesh 2nd innings 197 (60.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Herath eclipses Vettori


Wickets for Herath - the most by a left-arm spinner beating Vettori's 362. Among all left-arm bowlers only Akram (414) has more wickets.

Openers' double


No. of times Bangladesh have had 50+ opening stands in both innings of a Test, including this.

Rare high for openers


No. of 50+ opening stands for Sri Lanka in Galle in the last 13 innings since 2014, including the one between Tharanga and Karunaratne in the 2nd inns of this Test.

Mushfiqur's prolific 2017


Mushfiqur's average in Tests this year, 407 runs in 5 inns. He scored 159 & 13* in Wellington, 127 & 23 in Hyderabad and now 85 in Galle - all outside Bangladesh.

Mushfiqur in Galle


Runs scored by Mushfiqur in his only previous Test in Galle, in 2012-13, Bangladesh's first double-century. He has reached another fifty in this match.

Runs and wickets


Bangladesh's score in the first session of Day 3, in 25 overs. They scored at more than 3 runs per over, but lost four wickets.

Opening Woes in SL


Average opening stand in Sri Lanka in the last five years - Lowest in any country.

Good Venue


Number of matches won by SL at Galle from 28 Tests- Second most successful venue in SL(min-10 Tests) after SSC.