2nd Test, Colombo (RPS), Mar 16-19 2013, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
240 & 265
(41.4 ov, target 160)
346 & 160/3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Birthday boy Herath stars in Sri Lankan win

Rangana Herath marked his birthday with a seven-wicket haul that set Sri Lanka up for victory in the Colombo Test

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Devashish Fuloria
Scorecard summary
Bangladesh240(83.3 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka346(111.3 overs)1st Innings
Sohag Gazi3/111(39)
Bangladesh265(100.4 overs)2nd Innings
Tamim Iqbal59 (107)
Jahurul Islam48 (170)
Sri Lanka160/3(41.4 overs)2nd Innings

So that is the end of our coverage of this series, it's been a pleasure with all the feedback and comments. Siddharth Ravindran, Andrew Fernando and Mohammad Isam will write a lot later today, but I am done for now. Catch you later. DF signing off, ciao ciao.


Angelo Mathews: "We were put under a little bit of pressure in the first innings, but Sanga and Chandimal scored those useful centuries. Sanga works unbelievably hard, and what more can you ask from Rangana Herath. After Murali, Herath has been the man for us. We have a lot to improve upon and lot to learn. Bangladesh played really well and put us under pressure, but i never really doubted my team."

Mushfiqur Rahim: "We were probably 100 runs short in the second innings. I am not thinking of giving up wicketkeeping. We are really playing well over the last one and a half years. Couple of young guys came through - Nasir, Mominul - and Ashraful came back as well. They played really well against Sri Lanka in pressure situation. Hopefully they will get better with time."

Kumar Sangakkara is the Man of the Series (441 runs): "That's what you have to do in Test cricket. Concentration is a very important part of batting or anything. There is no secret - preparation, hard work and you have to be 100 % before the match day - mentally, physically, and technically. This was a tough Test for Angelo, against Bangladesh you expect to win, but that also puts a lot of pressure. Lots of young players in the side, they will only get better. Bangladesh will walk away with positives. We were surprised the way they played the first Test, they really played well and tested us. Congratulations to Mushfiqur, Ashraful and their bowlers "

Coconut Donkey: "Sanga concedes that Lara, Tendulkar, Ponting and Kallis are the greatest of the modern era and happy to be mentioned in that company.."

Rangana Herath get the Man-of-the-Match award: "I just wanted to bowl the right thing. If you take yesterday's position when Bangladesh was 100 for 2, the game was in balance, but after that we took in under control with those two late wickets."

Dilshan gets an award for fastest 50, Abul Hasan gets an award for hitting two sixes, and Chandimal gets a phone for being a smart player. (What has cricket come to...)

sathish2888: "No award for hitting the winning run?"

Misam: "Who got the award for the most comprehensively done homework?"

AshFan: "No awards for reading the commentry on cricinfo?"

Sri Lanka take the series with a seven-wicket win in the second Test. First win for Angelo Mathews. But it didn't come easy. There was a run-fest in Galle, and it was all hard-work here. The difference was Sanga's century in the first innings and Herath's amazingly accurate bowling that gave him 12 wickets in the match. It was Herath's match in the end.

Mark: "It's a pity. Bangladesh were competing hard in this series until yesterday's collapse. They must have been dreaming up until then of a first shared series against major opposition. Even so, this must be their most consistent ever series against a strong side." --- Well said Mark, they had a very strong start to the innings before they gave it all away.

Shamalka: "Win is a WIN! This is not only the time SL depended on a lone performer to win a match so Mathews won't mind it whether it came on a single-handed performance or on an team effort. He'll take it from both hands since he won his 1st ever series as SL Test captain. We done Mathews & the team! A Special thanks to World Class Sanga & ever reliable Herath!"

Some serious performances from both sides - Sanga, Herath, Mushfiqur's double, Dilshan, Chandimal, Ashraful, Nasir, Gazi, Mominul .. the list goes on and on.. I was particularly impressed with the bowler's from both sides who bowled tirelessly in these two matches with little help...

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Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, 1 run
fuller delivery outside off, the batsman drives it in the air, through the gap at cover...
Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, no run
comes down the pitch and yorks himself with the flighted delivery

The field comes in now.. Before this ball, there was a long-on, long-off and a deep midwicket

Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, 1 run
on the pads, it is dabbed towards midwicket for a single
Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, no run
fuller delivery outside off, the batsman defends off the front foot

Karnain: "Will Mathews get the chance to hit the winning runs on his maiden test victory?"

end of over 413 runs
SL: 158/3CRR: 3.85 
Lahiru Thirimanne12 (35)
Angelo Mathews12 (30)
Sohag Gazi13-1-47-1
Mohammad Ashraful3-0-6-0

Cham: "@Raji: Yes, Hashan did bowl using both hands in the last over of 96' world cup match against Kenya who were trying to chase about 150 runs off that over"

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run
full delivery, defended to the leg side
Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, 2 runs
full and flighted outside off, he guides it past backward point for a couple
Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run
full delivery outside off, the batsman drives it to the off, straight to Jahurul at silly point.. he could have had him some other day

can't seem to get published : "its my understanding as a learned expert in the art of cricket that all bowlers employ both arms in the action of bowling."

Sohag Gazi to Mathews, 1 run
goes back and nudges it to backward square leg for a single
Sohag Gazi to Mathews, no run
flighted delivery on the stumps, defended back down the pitch
Sohag Gazi to Mathews, no run
tossed up outside off, pushed back to the bowler
end of over 401 runs
SL: 155/3CRR: 3.87 
Angelo Mathews11 (27)
Lahiru Thirimanne10 (32)
Mohammad Ashraful3-0-6-0
Sohag Gazi12-1-44-1
Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, 1 run
goes on the back foot and dabs it to the leg side for a quick single
Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, no run
tossed up on the leg stump, defended back to the bowler
Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, no run
pushed through outside off, he comes forward and defends
Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, no run
tossed up delivery on the middle, defended to midwicket

Raj D: "Congrats to Angelo and the boys a "win is a win" sometime you have to win ugly and grind out the result and SL have been very professional in doing so. Well done for BD for making it a good test contest. Cheers"

Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, no run
pushed through on the stumps, the batsman is late to bring his bat down
Mohammad Ashraful to Mathews, no run
flatter delivery on off, defended to midwicket off the back foot

Vinay: "I read somewhere that Tagenarine, Shivnarine Chanderpaul's son can bat equally well right and left handed but opts for left handed. Can someone verify this please?"

end of over 393 runs
SL: 154/3CRR: 3.94 
Lahiru Thirimanne10 (32)
Angelo Mathews10 (21)
Sohag Gazi12-1-44-1
Mohammad Ashraful2-0-5-0
Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run
low full toss, he is unable to get it away, hits it straight to cover
Sohag Gazi to Mathews, 1 run
short and slow on the stumps, the batsman goes back and punches it to deep midwicket
Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
139 runs (289)
11 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
53 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
LD Chandimal
102 runs (176)
8 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
HMRKB Herath
HMRKB Herath
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesBangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Rangana Herath
Player Of The Series
Kumar Sangakkara
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2082
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days16,17,18,19 March 2013 (5-day match)
Richard Illingworth
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
David Boon