COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Bangladesh clinched a historic four-wicket win in their 100th Test match, also their first ever Test victory against Sri Lanka, to secure a series draw Sunday.Needing 191 to win, the tourists reached their target losing six wickets in the final session. Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 82, his 22nd Test half-century and shared 109 runs for the second wicket with Shabbir Rahman (41).Sri Lanka spinners hit back with four late wickets, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an upset win for Bangladesh.Sri Lanka batted first, having won the toss, and made 338 in its first innings. Bangladesh were bowled out for 467, a 129-run first innings lead. Sri Lanka then made 319 in its second innings.Iqbal and Rahman stalled a potential collapse of Bangladesh’s chase with a 109-run partnership for the third wicket after Sri Lanka captain Rangan Herath took two wickets in successive deliveries to leave the tourists struggling on 22 for two.Iqbal faced 124 deliveries for his 82 runs that included seven boundaries and a six. He was brilliantly caught by Dinesh Chandimal in the outfield off offspinner Dilruwan Perera. Rahman made 42 before being trapped lbw by Perera.Shakib Al Hasan was bowled by Perera on 15 and Mosaddek Hossain (13) was caught by wicketkeeper Nirishan Dickwella off Herath.UNBEATEN 22Captain Mushfiqur Rahim remained unbeaten on 22. Mehedi Hasan scored the winning runs for Bangladesh.”Really feel great,” Rahim said. “After losing the first Test, we knew that if were play to our potential we are good enough to beat this side, although they won the first Test convincingly.”It will be a big boost for the team because, in the last few Test series, we played really well but didn’t get the result we wanted.”Of the 17 Test matches played between the sides previously, Sri Lanka won 15 while two were drawn.Perera took three wickets for 59, while Herath had three for 75.The hosts won the first Test by 259 runs.
“That’s the plan (qualifying) because we have been missing AFCON for most years and I believe our time is now. If it is not now, then I don’t know,” Wanyama told Capital Sport.He added; “We have to be humble and take game by game. For us I think it’s a realistic chance and things are looking good, but still there’s lots of work to do. We have to stay on our feet and try to do the work.”Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama in training during a session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHis sentiments were shared by striker Michael Olunga who believes the team has placed itself in an advantageous position especially with the Ghana and Ethiopia results and has called upon his teammates to pull together and get the team across the line.“Of course the players now believe this is our time. We have a huge chance of qualification, but the job is not yet done. We have to keep working for the remaining games,” Olunga noted.Stars might book themselves a slot at next year’s Cup of Nations as early as this Sunday if they win against Ethiopia, but this will be determined on whether or not Sierra Leone will be admitted back to the qualification process.The Sierra Leonians were banned by FIFA over government interference and consequently their double header against Ghana cancelled.Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga attempts to make a pass under pressure from David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCAF in a statement on Thursday said the Leone Stars will only be reinstated once they fully comply with FIFA’s requirements. A source at CAF says there is the possibility of the West Africans being ejected off the qualifiers especially with little time left for qualification.If they are ejected, then Stars win against Ethiopia, they go to seven points with only the match against Ghana remaining. Ethiopia will remain on one with the three points gained from Sierra Leone deducted.But, if Sierra Leone remain in contention, then Kenya needs two win against Ethiopia then beat the West Africans in November to rubber stamp their tickets to Cameroon.But even before all that, Stars have a tough assignment against Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex at Kasarani on Sunday and their target is nothing short of three points.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama challenges winger Paul Were for the ball during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Ethiopia were very dangerous when we played against them in Bahir Dar and it is not a team we can take lightly. It will be 90 minutes on the pitch and we urge our fans to come out and support us and we will represent them with a result,” Olunga noted.Skipper Wanyama has also urged the side to be at their best and has also congratulated his teammates for their performance in Bahir Dar, saying they showed they can grind out results and will do so for the win on Sunday.“I have to congratulate the team for the character and mentality they showed in Bahir Dar in a full stadium. We had a very strong mentality because managing the game with such a crowd is not easy. The fans were behind them from the first minute and the players showed they are mature to give their best in such circumstances,” Wanyama noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama passes the ball in training during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama believes that the national football team has a decent chance of qualifying to next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after their win over Ghana and a draw over Ethiopia put them top of Group F.The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder believes that the current generation of players have what it takes to steer the team into Africa’s biggest stage and has vowed the team will work their socks off to get to Cameroon, breaking a 14-year drought.