Lankan media slams team after Test defeat to Bangladesh

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Lankan media slams team after Test defeat to Bangladesh
A Sri Lankan man reads The Island newspaper which published an obituary for Sri Lankan cricket. (AP)

Colombo - Bangladesh's victory also coincided with the country's 100th Test

By AP/AFP

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Published: Mon 20 Mar 2017, 10:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 21 Mar 2017, 12:17 AM

Some 135 years after English cricket was declared dead and the Ashes shipped to Australia, Sri Lankan cricket was killed off by a newspaper mourning the loss to Bangladesh, the youngest Test-playing nation. 
The Island newspaper on Monday published an obituary for Sri Lankan cricket following the loss. "RIP Sri Lanka," read the headline. 
The paper carried a notice saying: "In affectionate remembrance of Sri Lankan cricket which died at the Oval on 19, March 2017." 
"The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Bangladesh," read the notice. The sports page also carried a cartoon depicting Sri Lanka Cricket president and the sports minister carrying a casket with "Sri Lankan cricket" written on it. 
Bangladesh won the second Test by four wickets on Sunday to secure their first ever win over Sri Lanka in 18 attempts. Sri Lanka have won 15 of those matches and two have been drawn. 
In 1882 The Sporting Times newspaper in England published a satirical obituary of English newspaper after Australia beat England on English soil, creating the Ashes series between the two countries that continues today. 
Bangladesh's victory also coincided with the country's 100th Test and helped the team even a two-match series. 
"Sri Lanka's darkest hour in Test cricket - lose to Bangladesh," read the Daily News headline which was also full of praise for Bangladesh. 
For Bangladesh this win was special because it showed how much they have improved as a Test nation," it said. 
Unless some radical actions are taken and changes made to uplift their game, Sri Lanka will struggle to beat teams like Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Ireland, the newspaper said.
The rare win for Bangladesh - just their fourth away from home and first against Sri Lanka in 18 attempts - meant the two-Test series was drawn after the visitors suffered a 259-run loss in Galle.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina phoned the team to congratulate them as hundreds of fans marched through the capital Dhaka, waving flags and chanting in celebration.
Sri Lankan skipper Rangana Herath said Sri Lanka would go back to the drawing board after suffering their first defeat of his captaincy.
"We have a lot of areas to improve, but this is not the time to talk about it. We will talk with the coaches," he said.


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