Sun | May 28, 2017

Bangladesh grabs win in 100th test

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim (right) celebrates their victory over Sri Lanka by four wickets as Sri Lankan captain Rangana Herath watches on day five of their second test cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):

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 Sunday.

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 were 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 Bangladesh'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 Dilruwan 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.

UNBEATEN 22

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 previously, Sri Lanka won 15 while two were drawn.

Perera took three wickets for 59, while Herath had three for 75.

The hosts won the first Test by 259 runs.