March 17 (ANI): All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored a brilliant century to put Bangladesh in control of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval here on Friday.
With his team chasing a victory target of 191, teenager Mehedi Hasan hit the winning run after an anxious half-hour in the final session of the fifth day - getting Bangladesh across the line in 57.5 overs.
The visitors were all out for 467 runs to establish a 129-run lead in the first innings over their Sri Lankan hosts, who were bowled out for 338 on the previous day at the P Sara Oval.
Perera then removed Sabbir through a successful review after the bowler's initial appeal for a leg-before was rejected, giving Sri Lanka an outside chance for a win.
Elated with the win, Shakib said, "It's a great feeling to win a Test match, especially in Sri Lanka".
Mendis, who scored 194 in the first innings at Galle, looked comfortable in patiently negotiating some sharp turners from Bangladesh spinners while Subashis Roy and Mustafizur Rahman produced good bounce from the pitch.
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Bangladesh struck early in the morning session when Mehedi Hasan Miraz got Upul Tharanga (26) with a attractive turner with his first ball.
"If we get a few wickets then we will be in the driving seat, but if we don't get wickets and they play well, then they will be in the driving seat", Shakib said.
"We made this appeal to India in about June or May past year", he said. Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga remained not out with 25 runs each.
Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan claimed two wickets in two balls in the final hour as Sri Lanka reduced Bangladesh to 214-5 at the close after the latest in a string of collapses by Test cricket's newest team. Rahman made 42 before being trapped lbw by Perera.
Sri Lanka, however, successfully got reviewed another decision to send the southpaw back before tea after he paired with Sarkar for Bangladesh's third successive 50-plus opening stand in the series. The duo shared 80 runs for the ninth wicket before Bangladesh separated them through a run out.