Sri Lanka won the second Test by 10 wickets and clinched the series 1-0 thanks to disastrous performance by top-order batters on Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The first match of the series ended up in a draw in Chattogram.
With this win, Sri Lanka secured a crucial 12 points and passed Pakistan in the points table of the ICC World Test Championship. On the other hand, Bangladesh missed a great chance to achieve some points for the current cycle of the Test Championship.
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Bangladesh were down to 24 for five in the first innings of this match. Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das rescued them from that collapse hitting a century each. In the second innings, they again lost four under 25 runs. And this time, none came up with the efforts like the Mushfiqur-Liton partnership, and subsequently Bangladesh suffered a big defeat with about two sessions to play on the final day.
The Mushfiqur-Liton duo was unbeaten at the end of day four. So the expectation was high from them. But Mushfiqur only could deliver 23 this time, and he was dismissed in the morning session.
The onus was on Shakib Al Hasan, Liton and Mosaddek Hossian to stretch the innings as much as possible. On the fifth wicket, Liton and Shakib added 103 runs and hinted at something bigger like the sixth-wicket stand of the first innings, but an outstanding bowl-and-catch effort from Asitha Fernando removed Liton for 52 when Bangladesh were stuttering at 156 for seven.