Bangladesh falter after Mathews and Chandimal hit tons
May 26 2022 11:45 PM
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews (left) and Dinesh Chandimal take a run during the fourth day of the secon
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews (left) and Dinesh Chandimal take a run during the fourth day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday. (AFP)

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Sri Lankan seamers cut through the Bangladesh top order in the second innings after centuries from Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal gave the visitors a commanding lead in the second Test in Dhaka yesterday.
Bangladesh were a dangerous 34-4 at stumps on the fourth day and still need another 107 runs to ward off an innings defeat.
The visitors were all out for 506 runs in the day’s final session, with Shakib Al Hasan claiming his 19th Test five-for and pacer Ebadot Hossain finishing 4-148.
The hosts fell into trouble in the sixth over as Asitha Fernando delivered opener Tamim Iqbal his second duck of the Test, returning after a catch in second slip from Kusal Mendis.
Najmul Hossain (two), Mominul Haque (0) and Mahmudul Hasan (15) followed him in quick succession as Fernando and Kasun Rajitha ripped through the top order to finish with 2-12 and 1-12 respectively. Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, who shared 272 in the first innings and slammed a century each, finished the day on 14 and one.
It followed a day of struggles with the ball, with Bangladesh unable to make any breakthrough until after tea.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib blamed “fear of failure” for their collapse.
“We tend to think that if we make a few mistakes the result will go against us,” he said. Sri Lanka’s Oshada Fernando hailed Mathews and Chandimal for taking the side to a commanding position.
“It was a very even game when Chandimal came into the crease, but that partnership helped us dominate and put us in a very strong situation,” he said.
Mathews finished Sri Lanka’s spell at the crease unbeaten on 145 while Chandimal made 124 in the pair’s 199-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
The pair dominated the Bangladesh bowlers before Ebadot took Chandimal, with the final five wickets falling in 41 runs. Mathews, who faced 342 balls and struck 12 fours and two sixes in his second century of the series, was given out caught-behind off Khaled Ahmed on 94 but survived on review.
He was given leg-before again off Mosaddek Hossain at 105 but the decision was reversed. Chandimal enjoyed a similar lucky spell in the morning session after a caught-behind call on the fourth ball of Mominul’s first over was overturned. Two balls later the right-hander narrowly survived a stumping chance on 44. He later hit Ebadot for two successive fours before reaching his century with a single in the same over.
Chandimal hit 11 fours and a six in his 219-ball innings.


Bangladesh first innings 365
Sri Lanka first innings
Oshada Fernando c Najmul b Hossain 57
Dimuth Karunaratne b Shakib 80
Kusal Mendis lbw b Shakib 11
Kasun Rajitha b Ebadot 0
Angelo Mathews not out 145
Dhananjaya de Silva c Liton b Shakib 58
Dinesh Chandimal c Tamim b Ebadot 124
Niroshan Dickwella c Liton b Shakib 9
Ramesh Mendis lbw b Ebadot 10
P Jayawickrama c Liton b Shakib 0
Asitha Fernando run out 2
Extras (lb8, nb 2) 10
Total (all out; 165.1 overs) 506
Fall of wickets: 1-95 (Oshada), 2-139 (Mendis), 3-144 (Rajitha), 4-164 (Karunaratne), 5-266 (Dhananjaya), 6-465 (Chandimal), 7-482 (Dickwella), 8-501 (Ramesh), 9-502 (Jayawickrama), 10-506 (Fernando)
Bowling: Khaled 23-3-85-0 (nb1), Ebadot 38-4-148-4, Shakib 40.1-11-96-5, Mosaddek 12-1-38-0, Taijul 49-10-124-0 (nb1), Mominul 3-0-7-0

Bangladesh second innings
M Hasan c Mendis b Fernando 15
Tamim Iqbal c Mendis b Fernando 0
Najmul Hossain run out 2
Mominul Haque c Dickewella b Rajitha 0
Mushfiqur Rahim not out 14
Liton Das not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w1) 2
Total (13 overs; four wickets) 34
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Tamim), 2-19 (Najmul), 3-19 (Mominul), 4-23 (Mahmudul)
Bowling: Rajitha 6-3-12-1, Fernando 6-2-12-2 (w1), Jayawickrama 1-0-9-0

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