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RESULT
2nd Test, Mirpur, May 23 - 27, 2022, Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh
365 & 169
(T:29) 506 & 29/0

Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets

Player Of The Match
4/93 & 6/51
asitha-fernando
Player Of The Series
344 runs
angelo-mathews
SL 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 36 runs
SL: 29/0CRR: 9.66 
Oshada Fernando21 (9)
Dimuth Karunaratne7 (9)
Ebadot Hossain 1-0-5-0
Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-7-0

And with that it's a series wrap from myself, Ankur and the team. Thanks for keeping us company, it's been a pleasure.

Sri Lankan Captain Dimuth Karunaratne: "I think we knew we needed a couple of wickets today to bowl them out. The fast bowlers were fantastic and they really gave us the momentum. When you come here we were expecting to get some wickets from the spinners, but I think we only got three wickets from them. So overall it's a learning experience but yes, I am disappointed. With series against Australia and Pakistan coming up, we will need them to step up. But overall really happy with how the team has done, especially those who hadn't done well in the recent past. Nice to see the coming into some form. I would also like to dedicate this win to the Sri Lankans back home who are having a tough time, I hope this brings them some joy in a difficult period."

Player of the Series goes to Angelo Mathews, for his 199 in the first Test and 145 not out in this one: "There's nothing better than getting a Test series win. They gave a real good run for our money and it's a good feeling to beat them. I thought both the wickets were good, even if the one if Chittagong was a little flat. I felt this was a very good wicket, little bit of life for the fast bowlers as well. And it started going up and down a bit, and that made it difficult for both the batters and the bowlers later on. But credit to our bowlers. I was feeling confident after getting start, and happy to make it count."

Player of the Match goes to Asitha Fernando for his match figures of 10 for 144: "There was a bit of a grass on the first day, and that helped. And after the second and third days the bounce was variable, and we had to bowl it in the right places. I want to thank Kasun, it was combined effort from us, and it was a well worked out game plan."

Litton Das is named the MVP for the match for his 193 runs across two innings, including a first innings century.

Bangladesh Captain Mominul Haque: "It's been disappointing. We have to work hard, we didn't do well in key moments, but there were some positives. Feel sorry for Mushi and Litton who played so well. But Sri Lanka put a lot of pressure on with the new ball. It's all about a mental game, if you're not mentally strong it's very difficult to come back in the next series. We have to look after our bowling as well, especially pace bowling."

Ruchira: "Asitha not just the first Sri Lankan seamer since Chaminda Vaas to pick 10 wickets in a Test, he is the only seamer in the history of Sri Lankan Test Cricket to take a 10 wicket haul, except for Chaminda Vaas."

Harshit Agrawal: "Also on the bowling front Ebadot and Shakib were waging lonely battles. Other bowlers/bowling allrounders were ineffective with both bat and bowl. They missed Mehidy badly. "

Joydeepsinghgil: "In this match 5 half centuries 4 centuries 11 ducks and more than 100 runs partnership for 6th wicket thrice and 10 overall wickets by an bowler what a test match was that at its best"

2.01pm So Sri Lanka complete a well deserved win here in Dhaka. After they clung onto a draw in Chittagong while second best for large parts of that Test, they arrived in Dhaka with renewed vigour. The fast bowling pair of Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando set the tone on the first morning itself, reducing Bangladesh to a scarcely believable 24 for 5. Then the home side hit back, as Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim put on a mammoth 272-run sixth wicket stand, helping Bangladesh to a somewhat par 365 first innings total. Sri Lanka's batters though responded strongly, including a 199-run sixth wicket partnership of their own between Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, and secured a 144-run lead. A lead that would balloon in stature after Sri Lanka's seamers once more ripped into the Bangladesh top order reducing them to 23 for 4, and then 53 for 5 this morning when Mushfiqur fell. But then for a third time in the Test, the sixth wicket proved a stumbling block as Shakib and Litton put on 103 together. But as Sri Lanka have done so many times through this Test, they struck immediately after the lunch break, and within an hour had bowled out the hosts. And the target of 29 was all but a formality from that point on. Aside from the form of the likes of veterans like Mathews and Chandimal, the biggest takeaway from this series will undoubtedly be the performance of the seamers. Asitha today became the first Sri Lankan seamer since Chaminda Vaas to pick 10 wickets in a Test, while Rajitha, who only broke into the side as a concussion sub in the first Test, ended this one with seven scalps of his own, including a first innings five-for. Having come into this series with serious question marks around their seam bowling stocks, Sri Lanka's new head coach Chris Silverwood must be absolutely chuffed. As for Bangladesh, they were good in patches, especially in the first Test, but weren't able to put Sri Lanka away. And when the tables were turned, while they fought hard, the experienced middle order was just left with too much to do. This is now a third straight home Test series defeat.

2.6
1
Ebadot Hossain to Fernando, 1 run

And Oshada gets the winning run. Length outside off, punched into the covers and Sri Lanka secure a 10 wicket win! And with that they take the series 1-0.

So one run to win.

2.5
1b
Ebadot Hossain to Dimuth Karunaratne, 1 bye

Short and very wayward down leg. Keeper does well to get a hand on this.

Ananya: "Even though they have lost here... BD had their moments too in this match. Just that their top order sans Tamim was not consistent. Rahim, Litton and Shakib had waged lonely battles...!"

2.4
Ebadot Hossain to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run

Back of a length on middle and leg, nudged to midwicket.

2.3
Ebadot Hossain to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run

Good length but very wide of off, left alone.

2.2
Ebadot Hossain to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run

Good length, and beats the forward defence on the outside edge with some shape away.

2.1
4
Ebadot Hossain to Dimuth Karunaratne, FOUR runs

Well Dimuth certainly hopes so. Full, just outside off and he opens the face and caresses this past backward point.

So just six to win then. Is this the last over of the series? Here's Ebadot.

OACL: "What a talented line of pace bowlers SL has got: Chameera, Kumara, Rajitha, Vishwa, Binura, Asitha - plenty to choose from now. Hope the spinners come good in the AUS tour to give the selectors the good kind of headaches. "

end of over 27 runs
SL: 23/0CRR: 11.50 
Oshada Fernando20 (8)
Dimuth Karunaratne3 (4)
Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-7-0
Taijul Islam 1-0-16-0
1.6
Shakib to Fernando, no run

Good length on the stumps, stays back and defends.

1.5
4
Shakib to Fernando, FOUR runs

Short, wide and dispatched! This was dragged from outside off and pulled down to the deep midwicket boundary.

1.4
1
Shakib to Dimuth Karunaratne, 1 run

Flat on the pads, on a length, clipped down to deep midwicket off the back foot.

1.3
Shakib to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run

Good length on the stumps, nudged into the onside.

1.2
2
Shakib to Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 runs

Tossed up outside off, and this is driven crisply through the covers by Dimuth. Just reeled in a foot from the boundary by Tamim tracking back.

1.1
Shakib to Dimuth Karunaratne, no run

good length on the stumps, pushed back to Shakib on the front foot.

Shakib now.

I can't find the comment, but someone predicted that tea would be had at the team hotel. Now's your moment my man.

end of over 116 runs
SL: 16/0CRR: 16.00 
Oshada Fernando16 (6)
Dimuth Karunaratne0 (0)
Taijul Islam 1-0-16-0
0.6
6
Taijul to Fernando, SIX runs

And now he comes down the track and lofts this to the long-off boundary! Sri Lanka want this done with quick.

0.5
4
Taijul to Fernando, FOUR runs

Tossed up on off, and this is pushed at with soft hands on the front foot. Goes down to the third man boundary off the outside edge.

Reshad: "Bangladesh will need to play attacking cricket here. No point spreading the fielders and save boundaries. Close in the fielders and let the bowlers bowl in tight length. They can't avoid the defeat but at least can make the match a bit more competitive. " Well they've heard you. Slip, leg slip, and short leg all in place here.

0.4
Taijul to Fernando, no run

Goes for the sweep again, and this time he's struck on the front pad. Got a good stride in and once given not out. But Bangladesh call for the review. And this looks close on replay. Pitching outside, but is it hitting in line? No, the impact is outside the line. Review lost.

0.3
4
Taijul to Fernando, FOUR runs

Tossed up again, and the sweep is top edged but safe! Flies to the backward square leg boundary.

Kanchana Rathna: "This is the only 10'fer by a srilankan fast bowler in a test match barring great Chaminda vass'. That's incredible!"

0.2
Taijul to Fernando, no run

Good length, flighted outside off. Defended on the front foot.

0.1
2
Taijul to Fernando, 2 runs

Tossed up on a length, and it's an inside edge to start! But it flies past the man at leg slip down to the fine leg boundary.

Taijul Islam with the ball to start things off.

Danish Jawaid: "WIll SL win by 5 wickets?? top 5 going down cheeply and 6th wkt doing the trick again??" The synergy might just bust a hole in the multiverse.

Alright then the players are making their way out. It's Oshada and Dimuth opening for Sri Lanka as expected.

Litton Das and Shakib al Hasan briefly threatened to take Bangladesh to safety but once Litton went via a brilliant return catch by Asitha Fernando, the rest followed quickly. Asitha ripped through the lower-order to pick up 6 for 51 -his best figures in Tests - and 10 for the match. The Sri Lanka seamers were phenomenal, taking nine between them in the first innings and eight in the second. But the match was really set up on the fourth evening when Bangladesh were reduced to 23 for 4. Bangladesh only lead by 28 here. Sri Lanka openers will come out in about ten minutes to wrap this up.

55.3
W
Asitha Fernando to Khaled, OUT

make that six as he cleans him up! Ten for the match for Asitha Fernando. It was full and straight, Khaled swung across the line but missed it completely as it crashed into the stumps. Bangladesh have been bundled out

Khaled Ahmed b AM Fernando 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Khaled Ahmed is the last man

55.2
W
Asitha Fernando to Taijul, OUT

big appeal and given lbw. It was full and straight, he looked to clip it leg side but was beaten by pace to be struck seemingly in front. Taijul reviews. Did it pitch on? There's no bat involved. It's pitching in line and clipping off stump. That's Asitha Fernando's five-for, his first in Tests

Taijul Islam lbw b AM Fernando 1 (22m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10