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Colombo, Mar 19, 2013, Reuters:

Cricket Second Test:: Left-arm spinner bags seven as hosts thump Bangladesh by 7 wickets

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara struck half centuries as Sri Lanka coasted to a seven-wicket series-clinching victory over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the second and final Test on Tuesday.

The win had been set up by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who celebrated his 35th birthday with career-best figures of seven for 89 and his 200th Test wicket as Bangladesh were earlier bowled out for 265 in their second innings.

Dilshan hit a brisk 57 off 73 balls that included six fours and Sangakkara continued his amazing form in the series to score 55 from 85 balls with eight fours.

It was the first time in four innings that Sangakkara had been dismissed below 100. He was named man of the series with a total aggregate of 441 runs. The pair added 94 for the second wicket and after they were dismissed, Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews with 13 apiece carried Sri Lanka to their victory target of 160 for the loss of three wickets.


Dilshan was bowled by Robiul Islam playing an ambitious drive and Sangakkara was also bowled when he tried to sweep Sohag Gazi and the ball trickled onto his stumps.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne's early wicket for 16 offered only scant hope to Bangladesh, who recorded their first ever draw against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test last week. Left-handed Karunaratne was adjudged lbw after he did not offer any shot to a Islam delivery.

Earlier, Herath claimed a match haul of 12 for 157 and joined the 200 Test wicket club as Bangladesh folded before lunch. Bangladesh, having resumed at 158 for four, lost their ninth wicket two minutes before the scheduled lunch break which was delayed by 15 minutes for an extended morning session.

Herath struck immediately in the first over of the day, dismissing overnight batsman Mominul Haque (37) when short-leg fielder Dimuth Karunaratne took a bat-pad catch. Nasir Hossain left without troubling the scorers, yorked by Herath after going for an ambitious drive. Those two quick wickets pushed Bangladesh onto the back foot but skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (40) refused to give up.

score board

BANGLADESH (I Innings): 240

SRI LANKA (I Innings): 346

BANGLADESH (II Innings, O/n: 158/4): Iqbal b Eranga 59, Jahurul st Chandimal b Herath 48, Ashraful b Herath 4, Mominul c Karunaratne b Herath 37, Mahmudullah b Herath 0, Rahim c Mathews b Herath 40, Nasir b Herath 0, Gazi c Lakmal b Herath 26, Abul (not out) 25, Rubel b Dilshan 7, Robiul b Eranga 10. Extras (B-1, LB-4, NB-4) 9. Total (all out, 100.4 overs) 265.

Fall of wickets: 1-91, 2-96, 3-143, 4-143, 5-160, 6-171, 7-202, 8-228, 9-239.

Bowling: Kulasekara 12-0-36-0, Lakmal 9-1-26-0, Herath 36-9-89-7, Dilshan 25-4-62-1, Eranga 15.4-3-39-2, Mathews 3-2-8-0.

SRI LANKA (II Innings): 
Karunaratne lbw Robiul 16, Dilshan b Robiul 57, Sangakkara b Gazi 55, Thirimanne (not out) 13, Mathews (not out) 13. Extras (B-2, LB-1, NB-3) 6. Total (for 3 wkts, 41.4 overs) 160.

Fall of wickets: 1-31, 2-125, 3-135.

Bowling: Robiul 11-0-42-2, Abul 4-0-21-0, Gazi 13-1-47-1, Rubel 3-0-16-0, Nasir 4-0-11-0, Mahmudullah 3-0-12-0, Ashraful 3.4-0-8-0.

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