Tamim 82 powers Bangladesh to victory in their 100th Test

Tamim Iqbal scored 82 runs in the historic chase for Bangladesh
Tamim Iqbal scored 82 runs in the historic chase for Bangladesh

Bangladesh 467 & 191-6 (Tamim 82) beat
Sri Lanka 338 & 319 (Karunaratne 126) by four wickets
Second Test, Colombo, day five

Tamim Iqbal scored a vital 82 as Bangladesh chased down 191 runs in the final innings with four wickets in hand on the fifth day to win the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo and level the two-match series 1-1.

The win was also Bangladesh's maiden triumph over Sri Lanka in Test cricket and incidentally it also came in the 100th game in the longer format for Mushfiqur Rahim's men.

Sri Lanka started the day at 268 for eight. With a couple of boundaries in the third over of the day from Dilruwan Perera (50), Sri Lanka pushed the lead past the 150-run mark and few minutes later, he also brought the 50-run partnership with Suranga Lakmal (42).

In the 107th over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman (3-78), Perera survived a review for LBW. Just after bringing his half-century, an indecision in running led to the dismissal of Perera ending his 80-run stand with Lakmal.

In the next over, Shakib Al Hasan (4-74) completed his four-wicket haul, when he had Lakmal caught at long-off to dismiss Sri Lanka for 319. The target for Bangladesh was set at 191 runs.

In the eighth over of the chase, Rangana Herath (3-75) dealt a major blow when he accounted the wickets for Soumya Sarkar (10) and Imrul Kayes (0) in successive deliveries. Bangladesh went into lunch at 38 for two.

As the boundaries continued to flow in the second session, Tamim went on to complete a determined fifty and had the company of Sabbir Rahman (41), who looked good at the other end as well.

With a six and a four in the 30th over, Tamim took Bangladesh past the 100-run mark and five overs later, the 100-run stand between the two players came as well.

Perera (3-59) got Sri Lanka back into the game when he had Tamim caught at long on and two overs later, used a review to trap Sabbir Rahman (41) LBW. Sri Lanka went into tea at 156 for four, needing 35 more runs to win.

On resumption, Shakib (15) was castled by Perera and four overs later, Rahim (22 not out) used a review to overturn the original decision of out. Herath had Mosaddek Hossain (13) caught behind when Bangladesh needed two runs to win which they eventually got in 57.5 overs to complete a four-wicket win.

The win has also helped Bangladesh level the series. Tamim bagged the man of the match while Shakib won the man of the series award.

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