Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Test Day 5: Iqbal leads the way as Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka for the first time

Herath and Mushfiqur pose with the trophy after the series ended as a 1-1 draw

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Bangladesh’s 100th Test was not only a historic one for the entire nation, but it will forever be known as the match in which they defeated Sri Lanka for the first time in Test history.

On Sunday, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored a vital 82 to guide Bangladesh to a four-wicket win on the final day of the second Test in Colombo, which ended the two-match series as a 1-1 draw.

Starting off the day on 268/8, Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal added 50 runs to their 30-run partnership, during which Dilruwan brought up his half-century before being run out by Subashis Roy for 50 off 174 balls, which included six boundaries.

Dilruwan scored his fourth Test fifty

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Sri Lanka ended up being bowled out for 319, which set Bangladesh a target of 191 to win, when Lakmal was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan for a career-best 42.

Shakib was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Mustafizur Rahman snapped up three and Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 191 to win, Bangladesh got off to a horrible start as Sri Lanka stand-in captain Rangana Herath removed Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes in successive deliveries.

Having been reduced to 22/2, Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman steadied the ship with a 109-run stand, during which Iqbal surpassed his fifty, before he was sent packing by Dilruwan for 82 off 125 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.

Iqbal made his 22nd half-century in Test cricket

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Sabbir went on to make 41 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan.

Even though Shakib and Mosaddek Hossain fell shortly after, captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi mopped up the remaining runs to lead their side to an incredible win.

Dilruwan and Herath claimed three wickets apiece.

Herath was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “We have a lot of areas to improve. This is not the time to talk about it. We will talk with the coaches. I don’t know (1000 first-class wickets?). I am going for more.”

Mushfiqur was thrilled to have won the match and ended the series as a 1-1 draw, and said: “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 lot of partnerships in the bowling. I really enjoyed it. If you look at the last few series, we have played some good cricket.”

Iqbal was named Man of the Match, and said: “I think this win started when we lost the match in Galle. We had a long chat with the coach, and the players stepped up. The way the bowlers bowled in the first innings was quite exceptional. That changed the whole thing. When you are chasing this kind of total, you have to be a little aggressive. Me and Sabbir were talking in the middle to look for runs. All came good except the last shot. The coach has backed us a lot. We are very lucky to have him.”

Shakib was named Man of the Series, and said: “This was a very important win. It wasn’t easy. We had to come back strongly after the first Test. I just play my shots. As I said, the way Chandimal batted in the first innings, it told me if I apply myself I could score runs.”

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