Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, 2014
The Lankans sweep the series
The visiting Sri Lankans handily took the third ODI to sweep the series adding to their victories in the T20 and Test series. The Bangladeshis promised both to score north of 300 and also below 200 in a see saw batting with most batsmen giving away their wickets at strange moments to see them stutter to a 240/8. Youngster Mominul Haque was the standout with 60.
Sri Lanka rested their Big 3 but their youngsters very able took over for them. Kusal Perera scored his maiden ODI century and Chandimal chipped in with a solid 64 as the visitors won facilely with six wickets to spare.
Sri Lanka take ODI Series 2-0
Kumar Sangakarra and a cavalcade of Bangladeshi batsmen helped end Bangladesh's stellar record of not having lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2011. Sangakarra's 100 helped the Lankans reach a solid score of 289/6 and then the Bangladeshi batsmen displayed a fascinating exhibition of needless dismissals to hand Sri Lanka the series. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Anamul Haq were the ones who stayed at the crease longer while the others perished at a time swinging at everything at a time when the required run rate was well under control.
Sri Lanka wins after being at 67/8
Bangladesh loses the opening match of the ODI series to Sri Lanka after having the visitors in deep trouble at 67 for 8 after they were put in to bat. Sri Lanka were struggling to reach 100, but an unbeaten half century from Thisara Perera led them to a solid 180. Bangladesh started very well with the help of Shamsur and Mominul but once the former was run out the hosts stuttered in their chase and were all outstill 13 runs in arrears.
Sri Lanka takes T20 series (just barely)
Sri Lanka won both the T20 matches of this series off of the final ball. Both the matches were thrillers that see-sawed between the two teams but to the utter heart-break of Bangladesh fans, the visiting Lankans went away the victor.
First T2I, Sri Lanka 168 for 7 (Kusal 64, Sunny 2-17) beat Bangladesh 166 for7 (Anamul 58, Kulasekara 2-29) by two runs. Seconf T20I, Sri Lanka 123 for 7 (Sangakkara 37, Thisara 35*, Mortaza 2-29) beat Bangladesh 120 (Sabbir 26, Malinga 3-20) by three wickets.
Second Test with Sri Lanka ends in a draw
Mominul Haque's unbeaten century helped Bangladesh draw the second and final test against Sri Lanka with the tourists taking the series 1-0.
Sri Lanka had given Bangladesh an unlikely target of 467 to score in 3 and odd sessions, who were 271/3 when stumps were drawn at the Chittagong Zahur Ahmed Stadium. Both sides agreed on a draw as soon as Mominul Haque reached his third Test 100 during the post-tea session. All rounder Shakib Al Hassan was unbeaten on 43.
Earlier Sri Lanka had scored a massive 587 during their first innings, the highlight of which was Kuram Sangakarra's first triple century. Bangladesh in return scored 426 in their first innings marked by a record second wicket partnership between Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman both of whom went on to score centuries/
Sri Lanka in their third innings declared on 305/4 to give Bangladesh the improbable target.
Shamsur, Kayes make a record second wicket partnership
Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rahman led the fightback in reply to Sri Lanka's 587 with a record second-wicket unbeaten partnership for Bangladesh with 201 runs. It is also the second best partnership for any wicket after Mushfiqur and Ashraful's 267-run 5th wicket stand against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2013. Both batsmen looked relatively solid despite few streaky shots. Kayes, who is unbeaten at 91, took on a particular liking for Nuwan Pradeep who conceded far too many no balls leaking 20 runs in an over. Shamsur is unbeaten at 93 as both approaches tons.
Uphill task for hosts after Sangakkara maiden triple
Chittagong crowd will have a lot to take away as they witnessed sheer excellence from the stalwart innings of Kumar Sangakkara's bat for his maiden triple ton. The left-handed batsman was dismissed by Nasir Hossain on the last ball attempting a slog over long on, but not after inflicting severe damage of 319 runs that boosted Sri Lanka's total to 587. In a stark contrast to his disciplined and well-composed attack of Sri Lanka, Tamim Iqbal fell prey to Lakmal with his stumps rattled, as Shamsur and Kayes got lives subsequently. Shot selection of Bangladeshi batsmen remains a concern and the hosts will have little solace in Shakib al-Hasan's fifer, the highest of the Bangladeshi bowlers. Bangladesh is trailing by 501 runs with 5 penalty runs added as the ball hit keeper's helmet from Tamim while taking shy at the stumps.
Sangakkara joins 300 club
Shakib al Hasan's dismissal of Lakmal and Mendis had little impact as Kumar Sangakkara continued his merry way past 300 with Sri Lanka piling on 579 runs for a loss of 9 wickets. Shakib trapped both of them lbw while being taken to the cleaners on 148th over for 17 runs by Sangakkara. Sangakkara joins the likes of Andy Sandham, Donald Bradman and Brian Lara as he continues unbeaten at 315. Sangakkara also became the fastest to reach 11,000 runs.
Sangakkara makes double as SL leads strongly
With Mushfiqur Rahim and Abdur Razzak out injured, Tamim took on the vice captaincy role but offered little resistance to the Lankan batting. Sangakkara made his third double-ton against Bangladesh, and his ninth so far, only behind Bradman. Earlier the replacement keeper Shamsur Rahman missed an easy stumping off Kithuruwan Vithanage.
Spinners reward with late flurry
It was definitely Sangakkara's day with his unbeaten knock of 160, but it was Mahmudullah who was a happy fellow at the day's end. The birthday boy made a key breakthrough of Jayawardene and Sangakkara 178 run-partnership. Earlier Sri Lanka were subjected to pretty ordinary bowling from the hosts with the duo making a crucial partnership of 178 runs before Jayawardene was trapped lbw by Riyad at 72. A couple of late wickets by Shakib al Hasan saw the day end with Sri Lanka cruising nicely at 314/5. Although Sangakkara remains not out at 160, it promises to be an interesting first session tomorrow.
Spinners earn quick breaththrough as SL reach 300
New ball seemed to do the trick for Bangladesh as a steady 67 run partnership by Chandimal and Sangakkara saw a breakthrough by Shakib al-Hasan. Earlier birthday boy Mahmudullah removed the dangerous Jayawardene. Sangakkara is cruising solidly past 150 with Sri Lanka reaching 300/4.
Mahmudullah strikes as Sangakkara builds ton
Late wicket by Mahmudullah Riyad earned but few smiles as Sangakkara rebuilds innings.after a classic 34th Test ton. Mahmudullah earned the key breakthrough of a 178 partnership dismissing Jayawardene leg before wicket. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat putting up 282 for loss of 3 wickets. Injured Abdur Razzak is out for the day as Bangladesh takes the new ball.
Bangladesh lose first Test by an innings and 248 runs
Bangladesh is 0-1 down losing the first Test at Mirpur by an innings and 248 runs. Sri Lanka's first innings total of 730 runs sealed the fate for Bangladesh, as the hosts wobbled throwing away their wickets at regular interval. Bangladesh were bundled out for 250 trailing 498 runs in their second innings. Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene top scored with an unbeaten 203 runs. Mominul Haque's 57-ball 50, the highest of the Bangladesh second innings was hardly enough to take the match to final day as the innings folded after lunch on Day 4.
Shamsur called up for Test
The BCB announced the preliminary squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka. Imrul Kayes gets called back on the back of his strong domestic performances and as part of the A team. Shamsur Rahman is uncapped in Test and finds favor with the selectors on recent form. He had recently scored 267 in the domestic first class tournament.
Naeem Islam and Anaul Haque were dropped. The former despite a run of good results still resulted in him coming after Marshall Ayub who will play at 3. The latter has had a string of bad performances.
"Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes have been picked over Naeem Islam and Anamul Haque because their form over the last six months has certainly been a factor," said chief selector Faruque Ahmed. "The team management will decide who among these two will play. We have kept a back-up opener. Our input will be there if the management wants to know why we picked them both."
Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Marshall Ayub, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes