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Bangladesh wins its
historic 100th Test
COLOMBO---Bangladesh clinched a historic
four-wicket win in their 100th test match, also
their first ever test victory against Sri Lanka, to
secure a series draw yesterday.
Needing 191 to win, the tourists reached their target
losing six wickets in the final session. Tamim Iqbal top
scored with 82, his 22nd test half-century and shared 109
runs for the second wicket with Shabbir Rahman (41).
Sri Lanka spinners hit back with four late wickets but
it wasn't enough to prevent an upset win for Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka batted first having won the toss and made
338 in its first innings. Bangladesh was bowled out for
467, a 129-run first innings lead. Sri Lanka then made
319 in its second innings.
Iqbal and Rahman stalled a potential collapse of Bang-
ladesh's chase with a 109-run partnership for the third
wicket after Sri Lanka captain Rangan Herath took two
wickets in successive deliveries to leave the tourists
struggling on 22 for two.
Iqbal faced 124 deliveries for his 82 runs that included
seven boundaries and a six. He was brilliantly caught
by Dinesh Chandimal in the outfield off offspinner Dil-
ruwan Perera. Rahman made 42 before being trapped
lbw by Perera.
Shakib Al Hasan was bowled by Perera on 15 and
Mosaddek Hossain (13) was caught by wicketkeeper
Nirishan Dickwella off Herath.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim remained unbeaten on 22.
Mehedi Hasan scored the winning runs for Bangladesh.
"Really feel great," Rahim said. "After losing the first
test we knew that if were play to our potential we are
good enough to beat this side, although they won the
first test convincingly.
"It will be a big boost for the team because in the last
few test series we played really well but didn't get the
result we wanted."
Of the 17 test matches played between the sides pre-
viously, Sri Lanka won 15 while two were drawn.
Perera took three wickets for 59 while Herath had
three for 75.
Earlier in the morning session Sri Lanka resumed their
second innings on 268-8, a lead of 139 runs, and added
another 51 valuable runs in the morning session to set
Bangladesh a target of 191, thanks mostly to Dilruwan
Perera and Suranga Lakmal, who put on 80 runs for the
Perera patiently completed his half-century but was
then run out for 50 at the non-striker's end following a
mix-up on a misfield.
Lakmal added one more to the total before he fell for 42
in the next over, bringing an end to the innings. Herath,
the veteran left-arm spinner had opener Saumya Sarkar
caught at long on by Upul Tharaga for 10 with a cleverly
disguised shorter ball, then he dismissed Imrul Kayes
for a golden duck when he found a thick edge and Asela
Gunaratne held a sharp chance at slip, leaving Iqbal and
Rahman to rescue the innings.
"We must look to minimise our mistakes," Sri Lanka
captain Herath said. "We made a lot of mistakes specially
when batting and on the field. We missed two or three
catches and that cost us the match."
The hosts won the first test by 259 runs. (AP)
Bangladeshi cricket fans wave their national flag and cheer after the Bangladesh cricket team clinched a historic
four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in their 100th test match, as they celebrate in Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday.
The Bangladesh team also had their first ever test victory against Sri Lanka, to secure a series draw yesterday.
Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates their
victory over Sri Lanka by four wickets against Sri Lanka
on day five of their second test cricket match in
Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 338
Bangladesh 1st Innings: 467
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
D. Karunaratne c Sarkar b Shakib
U. Tharanga b Hasan
K. Mendis c Rahim b Rahman 36
D. Chandimal c Rahim b Rahman 5
A. Gunaratne lbw b Shakib 7
D. de Silva c Rahim b Rahman 0
N. Dickwella c Rahim b Shakib 5
D. Perera run out
R. Herath lbw b Islam
S. Lakmal c Hosssain b Shakib 42
L. Sandakan not out
Extras: (4b, 8lb, 1w)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-143, 3-165,
4-176, 5-177, 6-190, 7-217, 8-238,
Bowling: Subashis Roy 16-4-36-0
(1w), Mehedi Hasan 24-0-71-1, Mus-
tafizur Rahman 23-3-78-3 , Shakib Al
Hasan 36.2-9-74-4 , Mosaddek Hos-
sain 3-0-10-0, Taijul Islam, 11-1-38-1.
Bangladesh 2nd Innings
T. Iqbal c Chandimal b Perera 82
S. Sarkar c Tharanga b Herath 10
I. Kayes, c Gunaratne b Herath 0
S. Rahman lbw b Perera
S. Al Hasan b Perera
M. Rahim not out
M. Hossain c Dickwella b Herath 13
M. Hasan not out
Extras: (4b, 1lb, 1w)
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets) 191
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-22,
3-131, 4-143, 5-162, 6-189.
Did not bat: Taijul Islam,
Subashis Roy, Mustafizur Rahman.
Bowling: Dilruwan Perera 22-1-59-3,
Rangana Herath 24.5-2-75-3,
Dhananjaya de Silva 2-0-7-0,
Lakshan Sandakan 6-1-34-0,
Suranga Lakmal 2-0-7-0 (1w),
Asela Gunaratne 1-0-4-0.
Toss: Won by Sri Lanka.
Result: Bangladesh won by 4 wick-
Series: Two-match series drawn 1-1.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan,
and Sundaram Ravi, India.
TV Umpire: Marais Erasmus, South
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft, Zim-
Tom Harrison, chief execu-
tive of the England and Wales
Cricket Board, believes shak-
ing up the domestic Twenty20
structure will ensure English
cricket can control its revenue
While interest in the NatWest
T20 Blast rose last year, the cur-
rent format is still viewed by many
as a poor relation to the highly lu-
crative Indian Premier League or
the Big Bash League in Australia.
Harrison has arguably been
pushing hardest to change that
dynamic and a new eight-team
tournament is in the pipeline for
its inaugural staging in 2020.
The competition has already
caused some controversy as
streamlining the number of par-
ticipants could leave some coun-
ties out in the cold, but Harrison
hopes it can go a long way to-
wards self-sustaining cricket in
Harrison outlined that the ECB
is heavily reliant on international
cricket - a market it cannot control
and where Indian television audi-
ences can generate large streams
of income - and seeks to address
"International cricket is com-
ing under pressure with successful
ICC events on the one side and do-
mestic T20 leagues on the other,"
Harrison told the Times.
"We are the outliers in this de-
bate in that we rely on Test crick-
et and international cricket for
over 90 per cent of our revenue.
We don't control international
cricket, if there is risk there we
need to look at it. We need to de-
rive our revenue from something
we control, and that something is
"The game has been compla-
cent about revenues from the
Indian market. That's dangerous
and we're about to find out how
dangerous that is because it's
changing. English cricket can do
an awful lot about plotting its own
destiny but can do very little about
how the Indian television viewers
respond to its product.
"We've grown fat on the reve-
nues from India and we need to
recognise that our business needs
to be self-reliant."
In an ever-changing landscape,
Harrison also revealed he would
be in favour of trialling four-day
Tests in a bid to improve the for-
Day-night Tests have already
proved overwhelmingly successful
in Australia, where England will
play an Ashes match under lights
for the first time at Adelaide in
Before then England will play its
first day-night Test against West
Indies in August.
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