International desk – Bangladesh on Sunday won its centenary test match against Sri Lanka riding on Tamim Iqbal’s 82.
Tamim shared a century partnership with Shabbir Rahman to take Bangladesh to the brink of a historic win and their first ever victory against Sri Lanka.
Needing 191 to win, Bangladesh reached tea on the final day Sunday at 156 for four with a whole session to play.
Iqbal and Rahman stalled a potential collapse with a 109 partnership for the third wicket after Sri Lankan captain Rangan Herath took two wickets in successive deliveries to leave the tourists struggling on 22 for two.
ESPNCrickinfo.com reported a win on foreign soil against a strong home side was Bangladesh’s dream for a long time.
Bangladesh achieved it by beating Sri Lanka by four wickets in a performance that saw them dominate large periods of the game.
They had plenty of nervy moments though, especially after Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed with 29 still required in the 191-run chase.
Soon after, umpire S Ravi adjudged Mushfiqur Rahim lbw which was overturned on review. In the next over, Herath couldn’t hold on to a return catch offered by a powerful Mosaddek Hossain drive, the sport news site reported.
Tamim faced 124 deliveries for his 82 runs that included seven boundaries and a six. Rahman made 42 before being trapped lbw by Perera.
Earlier in the morning session Sri Lanka resumed their second innings on 268-8, a lead of 139 runs, and added another 51 runs to set Bangladesh a target of 191.
Perera patiently completed his half-century but was then run out for 50 at the non-striker’s end following a mix-up on a misfield.
Lakmal added one more to the total before he fell for 42 in the next over, bringing an end to their innings.
A bright start was made by the tigers to their run-chase before Herath struck twice in a row on his 39th birthday.
The veteran left-arm spinner had opener Saumya Sarkar caught at long on by Upul Tharaga for 10 with a cleverly disguised shorter ball.
He then dismissed Imrul Kayes for a golden duck when he found a thick edge and Asela Gunaratne held a sharp chance at slip.
Bangladesh 467 and 191-6 (Tamim Iqbal 82; Dilruwan Perera 3-59, Rangana Herath 3-75)
Sri Lanka 338 and 319 (Dimuth Karunaratne 126, Dilruwan Perrea 50; Shakib Al Hasan 4-74, Mustafizur Rahman 3-78)