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Sri Lanka swallowed Bangladesh – 1st Test

Zia Rana January 30, 2014

Sri Lanka 6-730 declared (Mahela Jayawardene 203*, Kaushal Silva 139, Kithuruwan Vithanage 103*, Shakib Al Hasan 3-159) beat Bangladesh 232 (Mushfiqur Rahim 61, Shakib Al Hasan 55, Shaminda Eranga 4-49) and 250 (Mominul Haque 50, Al-Amin Hossain 32*, Dilruwan Perera 5-109) by an innings and 248 runs.

The mighty Lankan Lions humiliated the Bengal Tigers with a massive defeat in the opening Test as the home batsmen were bowled out twice within four days.

The hosts surrendered for 232 runs in the first innings followed by 250 in the second whereas the tourists declared their only innings at 730 for the loss of six mere wickets.

Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding unbeaten knock of 203.

The first Test of the two match series concluded on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Mahela Jayawardene - A mighty unbeaten knock of 203

Mahela Jayawardene – A mighty unbeaten knock of 203

Earlier, Bangladesh commenced the day four at 1-35 in 9 overs whereas Shamsur Rahman and Marshall Ayub were batting at 9 and 11 runs respectively. The first was gone without adding any run to his overnight score and his partner departed at 50 for 18. Mominul Haque along with Shakib Al Hasan tried to stop the invasion of the Sri Lankan bowlers but succeeded in lifting the score to 102. Shakib Al Hasan was declared leg before wicket off Dilruwan Perera for 25 and Mominul Haque completed his third Test fifty with a boundary. The latter became the next victim for 50 as the total touched 133 and his skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim, became the next casualty for 14.

The middle and lower order batting of the Bengal Tigers was unable to sustain the pressure of the rival bowling and the wickets kept on crumbling at regular intervals. Al-Amin Hossain secured his end for 32 and the entire innings of the hosts was rolled back for 250 after 51.5 overs.

Dilruwan Perera was the star of the day with five wickets, Suranga Lakmal held three whereas Shaminda Eranga and Rangana Herath shared one wicket each.

Sri Lanka clinched the first Test with a huge margin of an innings and 248 runs and leads the series at 1-0.

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