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Reckless Bangladesh taste awful defeat

Sri Lanka win Test series 1-0
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Reckless Bangladesh taste awful defeat
Sri Lanka cricketer Akila Dananjaya (L) celebrates after taking the wicket of the Bangladesh cricketer Mehedi Hasan during the third day of the second Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh plunged in abysmal fashion, paying the price of reckless shot, inadvertent planning that culminated to a humiliating 215 runs-defeat to Sri Lanka inside two and half days in the second and series deciding Test at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday..

Chasing an improbable target of 339, they kept playing wretched shots, instead of forcing to prolong the Test some more time before they were shot out for 123, just one after the lunch on day three yesterday, handing Sri Lanka 1-0 victory in the two-match Test series. The first Test in Chittagong ended in a draw.

It was no wonder the slow turning wicket would be more helpful for the Sri Lankan much-vaunted spin attack but batsmen’s recent form on home track prompted the team management to go for a result, despite a huge risk involved in it, according to stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad. The plan still looked inadvertent, given they knew they wouldn’t get the service of their best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

The wicket that should offer turn and bounce from the first over of the game was a brainchild of Bangladesh’s then coach Chandika Hathrurusingha who used this tricks successfully against England and Australia, but Bangladesh knew this ploy won’t work against sub-continental team Sri Lanka. And when Hathurusingha himself is in the opponent’s dressing room, this plan should be trashed.

“It’s a bold approach to get a result,” Mahmudullah said, “given the batsmen’s superb form on this kind of surface. But we didn’t expect we would collapse such way”

Similar to first innings collapse in which they lost five wickets for three runs, Bangladesh lost last five for 23 runs in the second innings. The target was improbable on an increasingly deteriorating wicket but what Bangladesh could do to show the fighting spirit which was badly missing.

Bangladesh indeed lost the match before they went to chase the innings. The wicket was as treacherous as was ever but chances were given freely. Only four batsmen made it double figure and none of them survived more than 51 deliveries—they attacked as if it was the only way. At the end of day two, Mehedi Hasan Miraj said Bangladesh could chase 300 plus target in this wicket but the intention was nowhere.

“Intent, that was missing, that we lacked,” Riyad said but he too didn’t show any intent on his first series as the captain. Basically Riyad’s dismissal sparked the collapse as off-spinner Akila Dananjaya came to the party to finish with five for 24 in his debut. He overall had eight wickets in the match, including three for 20 in the first innings. He was at his menacing best, leaping the ball off the length repeatedly. Only patience could help batsman adjust with the length, however,  Bangladeshi batsmen had no patience. The Sri Lankan spin trio of Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath shared 10 Bangladesh second-innings wickets— Dananjaya returned figures of  five for 24 while left-arm spinner Herath had four for 49 and Perera one for 32.

Herath became the highest wicket-taker in Tests as a left-arm bowler, eclipsing Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram’s 414 wickets in the process.

Mominul Haque was the highest scorer for Bangladesh in the second innings with 33 while Mushfiqur Rahim made 25. Sri Lanka ended its second innings on 226, adding to its 222 from the first innings. Bangladesh scored 110 in its first innings.

The visitors added 26 runs from its overnight total of 200 for eight earlier on the day. Roshen Silva, who guided the lower order, was unbeaten on 70. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam struck twice in his first over of the day to wrap up the Sri Lankans innings. Taijul was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh with four for 76 while pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman grabbed three for 49.

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