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Comprehensive win for Sri Lanka

Michael van Dort hammered an unbeaten half-century to guide Lanka to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first Test.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 17:29 IST

Michael van Dort hammered an unbeaten half-century on Friday to guide Sri Lanka to an easy eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in their first Test match.

The opener struck 10 boundaries in his solid knock of 64 off 105 balls as Sri Lanka cruised to the victory target just before lunch on the fourth day.

Captain Mahela Jayawardene (26) drove a ball to the boundary to take his team to 166 and to their sixth Test win against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka needed only 163 runs to win and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series after off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan marked his 100th Test match with a record-making six wickets.

On Thursday Muralitharan became the world's first cricketer to take more than 1,000 wickets in international cricket.

His world record came when he claimed six wickets for 54 Bangladesh's second innings was wrapped up for 181, giving Sri Lanka a victory target of 163.

Bangladesh promised improvement after scoring 319 in its first innings thanks to a brilliant century (136) by Mohammad Ashraful. Their bowlers also did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 338, a slim 19-run first innings lead.

But the home side crumbled to Muralitharan, allowing Sri Lanka to seal the victory a day early.

Sri Lanka began the fourth day at the overnight score of 25 for no loss. But they suffered an early setback after pacer Syed Rasel dismissed Upul Tharanga before he could add to his overnight score of 19.

Kumar Sangakkara missed a half-century after he was caught and bowled by spinner Enamul Haque.

Sri Lanka have won all the six Test matches they have played against Bangladesh, some of those by an innings.

The second and final Test match of the series starts March 8 in northern town of Bogra.


Bangladesh 1st Innings: 319, Sri Lanka 1st Innings: 338, Bangladesh 2nd Innings: 181, Sri Lanka 2nd Innings: M van Dort not out 64, U Tharanga c Nafees b Rasel 19, K Sangakkara c&b Haque 46, M Jayawardene not out 26, Extras (b-5, lb-4, nb-2) 11, Total: (for two wkts in 37 overs) 166.

Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-115

Bowling: Rasel 8-4-18-1, Hossain 8-1-39-0, Haque 9-2-50-1, Rafique 8-0-28-0, Ashraful 2-0-16-0, Kapali 2-0-6-0.


Umpires: Steve Bucknor (West Indies), and Asad Rauf (Pakistan).

TV Umpire: Aktaruddin Shahin (Bangladesh).

Match Referee: Clive Lloyd (West Indies).

Result: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets.

Series: Sri Lanka lead 1-0.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 17:29 IST