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Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, 2007


2nd Test: Sri Lanka clinches series

A record stand of 191 between Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim staved off the inevitable for much of the day. Ashraful, captaining in his first series, remained unbeaten on 129, his fourth Test century and the third against Sri Lanka. Young Mushfiqure Rahim, 22, was brought in to replace veteran Khaled Mashud, justified his selection with 80.

The previous best partnership was 187 between Habibul Bashar and Shahriar Nafees for the 2nd wicket against Australia at Fatullah last year. Incidently, it was Bashar was the overnight batsman with Ashraful when Bangladesh resumed their innings this morning. After Bashar fell early for another poor score, Mushfique joined Ashraful and the two kept Sri Lanka at bay for almost two sessions.

It was onlty after Mushfiqur Rahim fell just after tea to Muttiah Muralitharan. That triggered the usual collapse as Bangladesh lost their last five wickets in under an hour an hour, sliding from 269/5 to 299 all out.

Day 2

Day 2 managed to reprise day 2 of the first Test. Sri Lanka showed their dominance on the 2nd day on the back of a masterful double hundred by Kumar Sangakkara. Shahadat Hossain was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, bowling with control and aggression on the 2nd day. Unfortunately the other Bangladeshi seamers Mashrafe and Sharif had an off day and did not lend him much support. In the end, Sri Lanka declared at 451/6 with a healthy 389-run lead.

Bangladesh started their second innings positively and defiantly. Openers Javed Omar and Shahriar Nafees raced to 48 in only just 6 overs until Nafees edged an widish one from Vaas to trigger the all too familiar collapse. When stumps were drawn Bangladesh was staring at yet another innings defeat with the scoreboard reading 69/4.

Day 1 - from bad to worse

Bangladesh's batting disintegrated to their lowest ever Test score (62/ao) on the first day of the 2nd Test versus Sri Lanka. Lasith Malinga (4-25) and Muttiah Muralitharan (4-14) were in stunning form and by lunch 9 batsmen had made the long walk back to the pavilion. Rajin Saleh was the only one who offered any resistance with the only double digit score of 21.

In reply, Sri Lanka were at a healthy 154-1 when play ended early. Michael Vandort fell early at 14 but Malinda Warnapura (79no) and Kumar Sangakkara (51no) led Sri Lanka to a lead of 92 by the close.


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