Tuesday 6 January 2009 

Sri Lanka Wrap Up Enormous Win Over Bangladesh

Sri Lanka Declare 623 Ahead Of Bangladesh
Sri Lanka Declare 623 Ahead Of Bangladesh
© REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi (SRI LANKA) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh to seal a 465-run win on day four of the second and final Test in Chittagong, bowling their hosts out for 158 in their second innings after they set them 624 to win.

With Thilan Samaraweera and Tillakaratne Dilshan approaching centuries overnight, it had been assumed that once those two either got out or got to triple figures, the innings would be declared but not so as Sri Lanka batted on until lunch, leaving themselves five sessions to bowl out Bangladesh.

Samaraweera fell for 77 when he was trapped in front by Shakib Al Hasan but Dilshan did complete his century, his second of the match and seventh overall, going on to hit 143 in 175 balls.

Chamara Kapugedera was unbeaten on 60, having hit one four and three sixes and Chaminda Vaas had made 20 when Mahela Jayawardene finally decided that 624, coincidentally the amount of runs he and Kumar Sangakkara put on together against South Africa in 2006, would be a suitable target to set Bangladesh, closing Sri Lanka's innings on 447 for six.

Bangladesh's batting quickly disintegrated and they looked as if they would struggle to make 124 as Ajantha Mendis grabbed three wickets in the afternoon session.

Only Tamim Iqbal (17) and Raqibul Hasan (10) reached double figures as the hosts plunged towards a huge defeat with Chaminda Vaas and Dilhara Fernando picking up a wicket apiece.

There was some resistance from Mushfiqur Rahim (43) and Shakib Al Hasan (46) before Dilshan ran away with the man of the match award by ripping through the tail to finish with four for 10 as Sri Lanka completed the fifth-biggest win margin in terms of runs.

Sri Lanka won the first Test in Mirpur by 107 runs where Bangladesh made 413 runs in the final innings.

© Cricket World 2009

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