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Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Bangladesh crash to innings defeat

The Report by Charlie Austin

September 22, 2005

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Sri Lanka 457 for 9 dec (Dilshan 168, Samaraweera 138, Vaas 65, Hossain 4-108, Rasel 4-129 ) beat Bangladesh 191 (Fernando 5-60) and 197 (Shahriar Nafees 51) by an innings and 69 runs
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How they were out



Chaminda Vaas took the early wickets on the third day before the Sri Lankan spinners took over © Getty Images
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Sri Lanka's bowlers clinched victory on the third morning of the second Test, capturing the last six Bangladesh wickets for 66 runs to complete an innings-and-69-run win and a 2-0 series whitewash.

Chaminda Vaas started the final slide early on the third morning with a clever and supremely skillful spell of swing bowling on a flat pitch. Mohammad Ashraful (26) was set up with an inswinger and then dragged forward to one that nipped away just enough to catch the outside edge. Thilan Samaweera, the Man of the Match for his first innings 138, took a fine low catch at first slip.

Shahadat Hossain, the nightwatchman, did not last long either as he too was outsmarted and lulled into a false sense of security by some outswingers and then bowled by a curling indipper as he offered no stroke. Vaas finished with 3 for 36 from 13 overs and then handed over the job to the spinners.

Aftab Ahmed (25) and Khaled Mashud (18) battled away for a while before Rangana Herath, spinning the ball sharply and bowling with a generous loop, found the outside edge of Ahmed's bat. Muttiah Muralitharan followed up by pinning Mashud lbw and then Herath snapped up the tail to finish with 3 for 52.

Bangladesh, bowled out for 191 and 197 in a total of just 105.2 overs, were left bitterly disappointed at the end, with Habibul Bashar, their captain, once again laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of the top order.

"We really needed big runs from our top order but despite some of the batters making good starts that did not happen - we are making it very difficult for ourselves," he told reporters after the match.

Bangladesh's four consecutive innings defeats before lunch on the third day will increase the pressure on the ICC to review their current ten-year programme and perhaps reduce the number of Tests Bangladesh are forced to play against the top Test nations.

Sri Lanka's win ended a long and successful home season. It proved to be a honeymoon start for Tom Moody, the new coach, but tougher times lie ahead now in India, New Zealand and Australia during the next four months.

How they were out

Mohammad Ashraful c Samaraweera b Vaas 26 (136 for 5)
Edged an outswinger low to first slip

Shahadat Hossain b Vaas 1 (139 for 6)
Shouldered arms to an indipper

Aftab Ahmed c Samaraweera b Herath 25 (172 for 7)
Beaten in flight and edged to slip

Khaled Mashud lbw b Muralitharan 18 (194 for 8)
Trapped in front as Murali spun one from round the wicket

Mohammad Rafique b Herath 9 (196 for 9)
Bowled through the gate

Syed Rasel c Jayasuriya b Herath 1 (197 all out)
Lofted to mid-on

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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