Colombo, March 19: Bangladesh racked up a thrilling four-wicket victory over Sri
Chasing 191 to win, Tamim Iqbal struck a fine 82 before skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (22 not out) carried Bangladesh over the finishing line on a dramatic final day at the P Sara Oval here.
It sealed the tourists' first win over the Sri Lanka in the format as they squared the two-match series 1-1. The fact that it comes on their century of Tests added to the weight of the triumph.
Bangladesh became the fourth team to win their 100th Test matches after Australia, the West Indies and Pakistan. After playing 100th Test, Bangladesh
"This was a very important win," Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said after the match.
"It wasn't easy. We had to come back strongly after the first Test. I just play my shots. As I said, the way (Dinesh) Chandimal batted in the first innings it told me if I apply
Skipper Mushfiqur added, "Obviously, feel great. The bowlers did a great job - Mustafiz and Shakib's spells were outstanding on a flat track. It showed the character of the team. The boys really stepped up under pressure and there were
On Sunday, the momentum swung like a pendulum through the three sessions before Bangladesh came out on top.
With the track producing sharp turn and bounce, Sri Lanka skipper and birthday boy Rangana Herath landed a double blow by removing Soumya Sarkar (10) and Imrul Kayes (0) early on in their chase.
But Bangladesh had chopped the target down under 50 by then.
Bangladesh looked to the experience of the Shakib-Mushfiqur pair, particularly after the all-rounder's
But Perera once again struck after tea break to remove Shakib who played on to leave his team five wickets down, still 29 away from the coast.
Whatever fear of defeat had loomed at that point disappeared when Mushfiqur took charge. He overturned an on-field
In the morning, Bangladesh bowled Sri Lanka out for 319 and were set
Perera was eventually run out after his fourth Test half-century.
Shakib returned 4/74 while Mustafizur picked up 3/78 for Bangladesh. Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam chipped in with a wicket apiece.