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Tigers suffer humiliating defeat


Published : 25 Mar 2024 09:05 PM

Tigers suffered their second largest defeat in Test to Sri Lanka when they went down by 328 runs in the first match, as the visitors led the two-match Test series by 1-0 on Monday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.         

From the very first day it was predicted that the first Test would not last for five days, when the visitors Sri Lanka were all out for 280 runs and the host Bangladesh lost three wickets.  

But it was hard to imagine that Bangladesh could not score the runs in their two innings that Sri Lanka scored in their second innings.

Bangladesh were all out for 188 runs in the first innings and could manage 182 in their second innings when Sri Lanka scored 418 runs in their second innings following 280 of the first innings.

In fact, after the disastrous first innings and awful start of the second innings, it was not hard to imagine that Bangladesh was going to suffer the humiliating 328 runs defeat when they folded their second innings on 182 runs chasing to a massive 511 runs.

Despite there were one and a half day in hand, and Bangladesh needed 511 runs but it’s very much reality that it would be quite impossible for the host to reach the Everest height target. But it was unexpected that they would miserably go down.   

It was second largest defeat of Bangladesh in Test cricket to Sri Lanka when the biggest one was 465 runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram in 2009.

That time Bangladesh was mere a nine-year old Test babe, when they had the Test status in 2000, but it has already 24 years gone, they are now yet a newcomer in the Test arena.      

However, there was one of the inspiration that this time Bangladesh has a team of good combination of young and experienced.  

Unfortunately, it was very tough time Bangladesh cricketers had in the three and a half day of the first Test when they were struggling in both batting and bowling department. 

Though the bowlers deserve some credits for bowling out the Sri Lankans in both innings with taking all 20 wicket, batters’ woeful performances disappointed all.       

Specially, the bowlers did well in the first innings when they appeared with a great threat taking five wickets for 83 runs and reduced the Sri Lankan first innings to 146 for seven wickets. Though the two late order batters played unexpected 100 runs (102 each batter) knocks to help Sri Lankan to a respectable position.

At the initial stage of the second bowlers also raised hope to make it competitive when at one stage they reduced Sri Lanka to 126 for six wickets and that time Sri Lanka was leading with 218 runs. 

But it was unfortunate that, captain Dhananjaya de Siva and Kamindu Mendis just repeated their first innings hitting tones and this time the former scored 108 and the latter 164 runs to bring the Sri Lankan innings beyond the reach of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh batters stuttered in chasing to Everest like target given by Sri Lanka, though Mominul Haque fought alone Mehidy Hasan Miraz gave accompany him for a while. 

Mominul scored 87 runs when Mehidy Miraz scored 33 runs, 66 in sixth wicket stand but that was not enough even to reduce the margin of defeat.