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Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Murali spins Sri Lanka to victory

Charlie Austin

September 14, 2005

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Sri Lanka 370 for 9 dec (Samaraweera 78, Jayawardene 63, Dilshan 86, Rafique 5-114) beat Bangladesh 188 (Bashar 84, Herath 4-38) and 86 (Muralitharan 6-18) by an innings and 96 runs
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How they were out

Muthiah Muralitharan wrecked Bangladesh with 6 for 18 in the second innings © Getty Images
Bangladesh crashed to their eighth innings defeat in their last 10 Test matches, losing before lunch on the third day to Sri Lanka by an innings and 96 runs. Muttiah Muralitharan was the chief destroyer, creating middle order mayhem with his doosra, to finish with 6 for 18 and the Man-of-the-Match award.

Bangladesh started the day with their backs to the wall after Muralitharan's double-strike the previous evening, but they would have banked on offering sterner resistance. Unfortunately, it turned into a procession after Chaminda Vaas found the outside edge of Habibul Bashar's bat early.

Bangladesh were bowled out for just 86 in 27.4 overs, their lowest total in Test cricket. Ultimately, they paid the price for failing to capitalise on a good start on day one. If 153 for 2 had been converted into a 300 plus total then Sri Lanka would have faced some pressure on a turning track.

But left trailing by 182 runs after the first innings, defeat was inevitable. Their batsmen had played Muralitharan well in the one-day series, but with men surrounding the bat and the added pressure of the five-day game, Muralitharan proved too sharp an operator.

Tushar Imran (3) could count himself unlucky as a big offbreak hurried along the ground to hit the base of his off stump. But the others were more culpable. Aftab Ahmed failed to pick the doosra and was caught at slip. Mohammad Rafique top-edged a sweep and was caught at slip.

Lasith Malinga chipped in, bowling Khaled Mashud (15), the lone resistance, with his trademark toecrusher, a skill learnt and perfected while playing softball cricket in Hikkaduwa's coconut groves. He also accounted for Syed Rasel who was bowled, trying to run a length ball to third man. Malinga finished with 3 for 32 from six overs.

Muralitharan wrapped up the game, a full hour before lunch, when Enamul Haque Jnr, wandered aimlessly down the pitch and was stumped, the fourth player in the innings to be beaten by Muralitharan's doosra.

How they were out


Habibul Bashar c Sangakkara b Vaas 15 (39 for 4)
Edged swinging delivery

Tushar Imran b Muralitharan 3 (47 for 5)
Big-spinning off break that kept low

Aftab Ahmed c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 8 (50 for 6)
Caught at slip off doosra

Mohammad Rafique c Samaraweera b Muralitharan 4 (59 for 7)
Caught at slip after top-edging a sweep

Syed Rasel b Malinga 1 (73 for 8)
Missed a yorker

Khaled Mashud b Malinga 15 (83 for 9)
Tried to play it to third man and missed

Enamul Haque Jnr st Sangakkara b Muralitharan 2 (86 for 10)
Danced down the pitch to the doosra

Charlie Austin is Cricinfo's Sri Lankan correspondent

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Charlie Austin Sri Lanka editor When Charlie Austin left for Sri Lanka after graduating from Sussex University, he was a planning a winter's cricket in the tropics and a six-month stint with an environmental NGO. His mother's worst fears were soon realised when it became clear that he had fallen in love with the island. Six months have now become eight years and Colombo has become his home. He joined Cricinfo in February 2000 and now heads operations in Sri Lanka, responsible for both sales and editorial. He is also the director of a UK-based travel company called Red Dot Tours, and is currently ghosting Muttiah Muralitharan's autobiography.
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