Bangladesh Make History vs Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Make History vs Sri Lanka, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
Bangladesh snatched victory away from Sri Lanka, who emerged with a sharp lead on the 4th day, to claim the test title in history-making form in Colombo today. The win came within the context of a tense and unsettling test, with each day turning from being in favour of one team to the other, and marks the first win for Bangladesh on foreign soil, made all the more special in their 100th test encounter.
Tamim Iqbal led the charge for the embattled Bangladesh batsmen, ascending to a half century off of 87 balls, and eventually accruing 32 more before being caught by Dinesh Chandimal from a Dilruwan Perera delivery. Based on the theme of shifting "luck", it appeared that at that very point, with Bangladesh's good rhythm being broken, that Sri Lanka could take advantage of this opening and take back control.
After Tamim's dismissal, Sabbir Rahman, who had been part of that opening blast, kept his cool for at least four more overs, accelerating to 41 runs before he was given lbw following a Sri Lankan challenge of the umpire's decision against Sri Lanka's original call.
All of the P Sara Oval watched with bated breath as Bangladesh appeared unable to get ahold of themselves enough for any significant run-making to take place. Shakib Al Hasan then approached the crease, with his team's hopes resting on him heavily. However, the pressure proved to be unbearable, as he was bowled by Perera after the matter was referred to the third umpire.
With an ominous outlook on the horizon, large question signs began surfacing regarding whether Bangladesh could now successfully pull off the 191-run chase, having surrendered five wickets in such quick succession, and with serious consideration being given to Bangladesh's consistently dismal record concerning away tests.
However, between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mossadekk Hossain, with able assistance from Mehedi Hasan, the target was accomplished as quickly as doubt had surfaced, with the tension that had been thick throughout the atmosphere finally dissipating, to welcome the sumptuous smell of victory.