Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    31.2 what a rippah! It's the length that traps Mendis. He has to come forward to it, but Razzak does not let him get anywhere near the pitch. That means the batsman has to predict how much it will turn. Mendis underestimates as he tries to defend. And the ball skips past the outside edge to crash into the off stump 109/5
    5.1 does him in and Razzak is on the board after four years in the wilderness. Big smile from the veteran as he angles the ball into the left-hander, and it keeps drifting, making him panic, especially seeing as he's down the pitch. A hasty flick comes out, but by that time the ball has danced past the inside edge, spins through his legs and Liton Das behind the stumps does the rest 14/1
    16.3 ah, this is lovely bowling. More of this. A length ball, sliding so sharply into middle and drawing him forward. He pushes forward and the ball shaves the outside edge with turn and bounce 61/2
    27.1 that's a lousy shot, really. Why would you be playing that kind of a shot after getting your eye in on this kind of a track? Rocks on to the backfoot and dares to clear mid-off with a slap. Chips it straight over the fielder's head and he takes it comfortably with his hands reverse-cupped 96/3
    27.2 oh, what a delivery! That's a top delivery. Straight through the defences of Chandimal. Loopy sliding length ball, lots of revs on the delivery, draws Chandimal forward and gets it to rip away past the outside edge to flatten his off stump. Razzak - what a comeback into Test cricket he's having! On a hat-trick now 96/4
    65.3 appeal for caught behind and he's gone. A rippah to end the innings as Roshen. coming forward to defend what he thinks is a simple good length ball, suddenly spits up off the pitch, bounce so sharply that it takes a bit of the top glove through to the keeper 222/10
    32.1 keeps low! There's puffs of dust. There's stumps taking a battering. There's Sri Lankan batsmen trudging back shaking their heads every other minute. The chaos starts with Dickwella premeditating a move down the pitch. Taijul pulls his length back and pushes it through quicker. Then the pitch lends him a helping hand as the ball sneaks under the bat 110/6
    48.3 pins him in front of middle and leg, and given. Dilruwan asks for a review. Looped up on middle, Perera comes forward to defend and he has got a massive inside edge onto the pad. But that only rules out the leg before because the ball has been caught at silly point. That's a horrific review. Dilruwan was asking the non-striker if it was caught before referring it to the third umpire. Wicket lost and review lost 162/7
    57.1 in the air and taken. The slower one has done him in here. Mushfiqur at cover dives forward to complete the catch as Dananaya comes forward and pushes early, as he chips it in the air 205/8
    59.1 spoons a catch to short cover! The ghost of the bouncer traps Herath on the crease, when he really should have been going forward. Simple catching practice for Mushfiqur as the batsman throws his hands at a full delivery outside off 207/9
    not out
    5 (lb 5)
    222 all out (65.3 Overs, RR: 3.38)
    Fall of wickets: 1-14 (FDM Karunaratne, 5.1 ov), 2-61 (DM de Silva, 16.3 ov), 3-96 (MD Gunathilaka, 27.1 ov), 4-96 (LD Chandimal, 27.2 ov), 5-109 (BKG Mendis, 31.2 ov), 6-110 (N Dickwella, 32.1 ov), 7-162 (MDK Perera, 48.3 ov), 8-205 (A Dananjaya, 57.1 ov), 9-207 (HMRKB Herath, 59.1 ov), 10-222 (ARS Silva, 65.3 ov)
    Mehidy Hasan Miraz1305404.1500
    Abdur Razzak1626343.9300
    Taijul Islam25.328343.2500
    Mustafizur Rahman1141721.5400
    0.3 oh, gone! Tamim Iqbal's chipped a tame return catch and the crowd's gone silent. Tamim pays the price for being half-forward. That means he has to stretch out for his drive and he ends up chipping it from an awkward position. Lakmal gets down to his right on the follow through and snaffles it one-handed 4/1
    19.5 another shout for leg before, given but the batsman has reviewed straight away. Seems like there was an inside edge. Or has there? This could be bat hitting pad. Nothing on Ultra Edge. A loopy delivery that slides on with the arm. Imrul is playing for the turn and the ball pins him in front of middle and leg. Hitting leg stump as HawkEye confirms. Bangladesh have now lost a review 45/4
    1.3 looped up outside off, inviting the drive and he crunches it to mid-off. They set off for the single and the non-striker is pretty much jogging the single. Completely overlooks the throw from the fielder at the keeper's end. But, hang on, it only gets worse. Turns out he's covered decent ground and is nearly there. All he had to do was stretch forward and ground his bat. But he's limping forward with the bat in the air, holding it like a flag, making possible a run out that never should have happened. This is atrociously shoddy 4/2
    8.6 clearly, he hasn't learned anything from the previous two instances. He has seen how far Lakmal is getting his deliveries to come into the batsman and still dares to shoulder arms. It was just short of a good length, but this time, the bounce is just enough to clatter into off-stump. At the very least, he needed to shuffle across to protect his stumps but he fails to do that too. Add the dropped catch, too, and you can't get any more lucky than that 12/3
    26.6 bowled him! Lakmal gets another one! Three wickets for the pacer and it's his persistent line again that's done it. Another length ball at about a seventh stump line. Liton, who has been happy leaving and defending so far, goes after this and finds it hasn't risen as he expected. No feet, only hands. Angled bat induces an inside edge that finds it's way to off stump on the bounce 73/5
    not out
    42.2 through the gates and there's his maiden wicket! Tossed up nicely outside off, ball pitches outside off stump and grips & turns into Mahmudullah. He tries to drive but there's a big enough gap between bat and pad. Crashes into off stump 107/6
    42.5 another wicket! Soft dismissal. Full outside off, and spins into Sabbir. Tries to drive straight but it comes off the bat's inside half. Low catch from the captain at midwicket, and there's two in one over! 107/7
    44.2 there's his third! Full on off stump, and he check drives off the front foot. Lobs up straight back to the bowler. Simplest of catches 109/8
    45.3 beautiful work from short leg! Mendis the man there. Full ball on middle stump, that's tapped to short leg, but the batsman is out of his crease and Mendis is quick to throw the stumps down. Taijul is stranded and that wicket is all Kusal Mendis 110/9
    45.4 is that two in two? Full on middle stump and zipping straight through. Trapped in front of middle and leg and Dilruwan appeals for the lbw. Given by the umpire, but Bangladesh are reviewing. Impact was on middle and leg, and would've crashed onto leg stump. He's got to go, and Bangladesh concede a 112-run lead 110/10
    4 (lb 2, nb 1, w 1)
    110 all out (45.4 Overs, RR: 2.4)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.3 ov), 2-4 (Mominul Haque, 1.3 ov), 3-12 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 8.6 ov), 4-45 (Imrul Kayes, 19.5 ov), 5-73 (Liton Das, 26.6 ov), 6-107 (Mahmudullah, 42.2 ov), 7-107 (Sabbir Rahman, 42.5 ov), 8-109 (Abdur Razzak, 44.2 ov), 9-110 (Taijul Islam, 45.3 ov), 10-110 (Mustafizur Rahman, 45.4 ov)
    RAS Lakmal1242532.0810
    MDK Perera11.443222.7401
    A Dananjaya1022032.0000
    HMRKB Herath1213102.5800
    32.3 taken at midwicket! Karunratne steps down the track and hits it straight to the fielder. Length ball dipping at leg stump forces him to try and get the bat ahead of the pad. He manages it but can't keep the shot down 92/4
    6.5 Mendis has reviewed what will be a plumb lbw decision if he hasn't got bat on it...and it looks like he hasn't as he's struck ankle-height right in front of off stump. That's a terrible review. This is hitting leg stump. Misses the arm ball completely 19/1
    16.4 one too many from De Silva. Kept opening the face to balls on the stumps and it was inevitable that he would miss one. This is a length ball at middle stump, turning away. He exposes off and middle and loses the former as the ball spins past the open face. Taijul does well to push one up. 53/2
    25.5 full on off stump, the batsman walks across to the off side and drive straight, but he's played down the wrong line! Hits him full on off stump and Fizz's appeal for lbw is given. Another cutter, and that does the trick 80/3
    46.3 hits him low, and given by the umpire! Good length outside off but turning sharply into the Sri Lanka captain. The ball stays really low and foxes Chadnimal as he tries to play across the line. Hits him under his knee in front of off stump. The breakthrough after the drinks interval. How often have we seen that? 143/5
    not out
    53.1 Plucked out of thin air! Full on off stump, and it's swept well off the front foot, but straight to Mahmudullah at square leg. Not an easy catch as the ball was travelling, but he stuck his hand out, and the ball stayed in his palms. Big wicket 170/6
    55.2 what a comeback ball! Has that taken the outside edge? Dilruwan reviews after a short consultation. Good length outside off, and straightening after pitching. The batsman tried poking at it, and yes, it's taken a feather edge off the bat's bottom. Excellent catch from Liton, who was standing up to Fizz 178/7
    55.3 first-ball duck! Mustafizur is on a hattrick! Good length outside off, and once again that corridor does the trick. Pokes at it tentatively, and easily taken by Liton. Two in two! 178/8
    73.4 full on off stump, down on one knee, looking to slog sweep... but misses! Crashes into off stump and the captain shakes Taijul's hand. A useful knock comes to an end 226/9
    73.5 that's two in two! Sri Lanka have no reviews. Pitched up full outside off, spins into Herath and he misses his defense. Hits him on the pad and the umpire's quick to raise his finger. Did that hit outside off? We'll never know. Silva remains not out as Sri Lanka are all out for 226. 226/10
    4 (lb 4)
    226 all out (73.5 Overs, RR: 3.06)
    Fall of wickets: 1-19 (BKG Mendis, 6.5 ov), 2-53 (DM de Silva, 16.4 ov), 3-80 (MD Gunathilaka, 25.5 ov), 4-92 (FDM Karunaratne, 32.3 ov), 5-143 (LD Chandimal, 46.3 ov), 6-170 (N Dickwella, 53.1 ov), 7-178 (MDK Perera, 55.2 ov), 8-178 (A Dananjaya, 55.3 ov), 9-226 (RAS Lakmal, 73.4 ov), 10-226 (HMRKB Herath, 73.5 ov)
    Abdur Razzak1726013.5200
    Mustafizur Rahman1734932.8800
    Taijul Islam19.527643.8300
    Mehidy Hasan Miraz2053721.8500
    1.1 appeal for lbw, and given! Tamim reviews straightaway. Full outside off and turns into Tamim. He strides forward but the bat hits his boot and bounces away. The ball zips in and hits his front pad. No contact off the bat, and impact is umpire's call. Will go on to hit the stumps, so Tamim has to go! The impact was really close, but a little bit of the ball was in front of off stump. Big wicket for Sri Lanka! 3/1
    10.3 pays the price next ball! Full outside off, straighter one this time and his attempted defense takes the outside edge. Pushes hard at the ball, and the outside edge is easily pocketed by Dickwella 49/2
    16.1 given! Full outside off and Mominul plays for the turn. Goes straight through instead and takes a feather edge. Sharp take from Dickwella and it's the dangerous man who goes. Celebrations! Moves on to 413 wickets 64/3
    25.6 superb from Herath. A ball worth of getting the wicket that equals Wasim Akram's wickets tally. Tossed up on off stump, drawing him in but beating him in dip. Then it spins past his outside edge and into the keeper's grasp. In the middle of all this, Mushfiqur has made the decision to go out very late and he misses. Stumped. 102/6
    20.5 quicker one, and straight into forward short leg's hands! Good length on off stump and takes some extra bounce on this occasion. Comes off his bat's handle and flies towards the infielder. Plucks it out of thin air! 78/4
    24.1 got him at slip! Mahmudullah's haphazard approach against spin gets him out for the second time in the Test. Premeditates and steps out early. Akila pushes it flat, gets it to dip just back of a length and has the Bangladesh captain scrambling to try and get behind the line with anything he can. But his front leg has to go too far across and the weight hasn't moved forward. Beaten in flight and stuck - you don't get away at this level. Can only manage to follow it with his hands and parry it to Karunaratne 100/5
    26.1 lobbed to short leg. Sabbir is dismissed by Dananjaya for the second time in five balls. A regulation length ball onmiddle stump. Half a stride from the batsman as he stabs at this. Inside edge Glove onto front pad and a simple take for the fielder 102/7
    28.4 five for Akila! Floats it outside off, draws him forward and gets him to stab at it with hard hands. He's playing against the turn, away from the body and he's got a thin edge. It's another sharp catch from Dickwella, this was rising sharply 113/9
    26.4 looks to slog, and he's beaten. His trailing leg looks antsy as Dickwella takes the bails off. They've sent it upstairs....and he'll be out. The back leg is outside the crease as the keeper gathers this outside off and stumps him 104/8
    29.3 taken at deep midwicket! Rangana Herath's 415 Test wickets are the most by a left-arm bowler in Tests. Feeds him on the slog sweep, tossing this outside off. He takes the bait, and hits it quite well, but he can't clear the fielder on the boundary 123/10
    not out
    7 (b 6, lb 1)
    123 all out (29.3 Overs, RR: 4.16)
    Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Tamim Iqbal, 1.1 ov), 2-49 (Imrul Kayes, 10.3 ov), 3-64 (Mominul Haque, 16.1 ov), 4-78 (Liton Das, 20.5 ov), 5-100 (Mahmudullah, 24.1 ov), 6-102 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 25.6 ov), 7-102 (Sabbir Rahman, 26.1 ov), 8-104 (Abdur Razzak, 26.4 ov), 9-113 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 28.4 ov), 10-123 (Taijul Islam, 29.3 ov)
    RAS Lakmal301103.6600
    MDK Perera1003213.2000
    HMRKB Herath11.314944.2600
    A Dananjaya512454.8000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

9:30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.00

Match days

8,9,10 February 2018 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Thu, 08 Feb - day 1 - Bangladesh 1st innings 56/4 (Liton Das 24*, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 5*)
  • Fri, 09 Feb - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 200/8 (ARS Silva 58*, RAS Lakmal 7*)
  • Sat, 10 Feb - day 3 - Bangladesh 3rd innings 123 () - end of match

Match Notes

Bangladesh 4th innings Partnerships

1st3Tamim IqbalImrul Kayes
2nd46Imrul KayesMominul Haque
3rd15Mushfiqur RahimMominul Haque
4th14Mushfiqur RahimLiton Das
5th22MahmudullahMushfiqur Rahim
6th2Mushfiqur RahimSabbir Rahman
7th0Sabbir RahmanMehidy Hasan Miraz
8th2Abdur RazzakMehidy Hasan Miraz
9th9Taijul IslamMehidy Hasan Miraz
10th10Mustafizur RahmanTaijul Islam