Monday, 4 July, 2022

Tigers handed a drubbing

Lose series to Sri Lanka

Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das struck fifty each before Bangladesh lost their last five wickets for just 13 runs in the post-lunch session on the final day of the series-deciding 2nd Test to suffer a massive 10-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Shakib struck 58 off 72 balls while Liton made 52 runs as the pair put up a 103-run stand for the sixth wicket to give Bangladesh a slight lead over the visitors on day five after they lost Mushfiqur Rahim (23) in the early morning to totter at 53-5.

But Sri Lankan pacer Asitha Fernando produced a fiery spell after the lunch break where he dismissed both the set batsmen -- Liton and Shakib -- to bring his side back on top before he removed the tail quickly to wrap up Bangladesh innings for 169 runs.

The 24-year-old pacer also completed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as he finished with 6-51 in the second innings.

Asitha, who earlier claimed 4-93 in the first innings, finished with a 10-wicket feat in the match and became only the third seamer after India’s Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan to achieve the feat on Bangladesh soil.

Sri Lanka openers -- Dimuth Karunaratne (seven not out) and Oshada Fernando (21 not out) -- then took only three overs to score the required 29 runs to help the visitors win the series 1-0. The first Test of the series in Chattogram earlier ended in a draw. Resuming an overnight score of 34-4, Bangladesh lost Mushfiqur’s wicket within the first half an hour of the final day’s play after pacer Kasun Rajitha (2-40) bowled him through a brilliant inswinger.

Shakib hit Rajitha three fours in the same over after he opened his account to show his intent in the innings while Liton managed to play with a defensive mindset on the other hand in the remaining part of the first session.

Liton also completed his 2,000 Test runs in the same session when he reached 41 – becoming the third quickest Bangladeshi batsman to reach the feat (in 56 innings) after Mominul Haque (47 innings) and Tamim Iqbal (53 innings).

Shakib smashed Dhananjaya de Silva for a boundary in the last ball of the first session to complete his 27th Test fifty as Bangladesh went into the lunch break at 149-5 – having an eight-run lead over the visitors.

Bangladesh then witnessed yet another batting collapse – the third time in the match – in the penultimate session that dashed their all hopes to end the game in a draw.

The collapse started when Liton was dismissed by Asitha after the bowler took a stunning catch off his own bowling before Shakib was caught behind a few overs later off the same bowler.

Mosaddek Hossain (nine) was trapped in front by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis before Asitha dismissed Taijul Islam (one) and Khaled Ahmed (0) in successive deliveries to bowl out the hosts cheaply in their second innings.

Khaled’s getting out on zero gave Bangladesh another embarrassment in the match as they made a total of nine ducks in the match – the joint-most by a team (alongside West Indies and India) in a single Test.

Asitha was named player of the match for his maiden 10-wicket haul while Angelo Mathews was adjudged player of the series for scoring 344 runs in the series.

Sri Lanka earlier scored 506 runs in their first innings to get a 141-run lead over Bangladesh, which made 365 runs after electing to bat first.