Feb 8, 1 month ago

Sri Lanka on top after 14-wicket day

http://sportsinfo.lk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG_0748-1024x615.jpgSri Lanka on top after 14-wicket day

Bangladesh end first day at 55/4 after Mendis, Roshen half-centuries help visitors post 222.

Abdur Razzak made a fruitful comeback to the Test arena after four years, returning a career-best 4/63 to bowl Sri Lanka out for 222 in 65.3 overs on the first day of the second Test at Dhaka. However, the visitors, led by Suranga Lakmal, struck back with four top-order wickets to wrest any advantage.

At the end of the first day, Bangladesh were 56/4 in 22 overs, still trailing Sri Lanka by 166 runs with just six wickets in hand. Liton Das, the wicketkeeper-batsman, was unbeaten on 24, and had Mehidy Hasan for company on five.

With Bangladesh packing their side with three spinners and the lone paceman in Mustafizur Rahman, there wasn’t much surprise that Sri Lanka opted for first strike upon winning the toss. It was even less of a surprise that Mehidy and Razzak opened the bowling for Bangladesh, and Rahman came on to bowl only in the 12th over after the third spinner, Taijul Islam, had been given a go too.

By then, Razzak, back in the Test side for the first time since February 2014, had sent back Dimuth Karunaratne, stumped after coming down the pitch by Das for three.

Kusal Mendis looked good at one end after opening the innings, but Razzak was on a roll. After Islam had accounted for Dhananjaya de Silva, Razzak got his second and third in quick succession, first getting Danushka Gunathilaka to slap one to Mushfiqur Rahim at mid-off and then, next ball, getting one to loop and drift through Dinesh Chandimal’s defences to have the Sri Lanka captain bowled.


The good thing for Sri Lanka was that they were scoring quickly, reaching lunch at 105/4 with Mendis, who had stroked nine fours and a six in getting to a good 64, and Roshen Silva in the middle. But in the first over after the break, Razzak was at it again, beating Mendis with his dip to bowl the half-centurion for 68 after he had pulled the first ball after the interval for four.

Silva took charge of the innings following Mendis’s dismissal, and after Niroshan Dickwella had become Islam’s second victim, forged a 52-run partnership with Dilruwan Perera for the seventh wicket. Rahman was brought back into the attack for only his fourth over – the 42nd of the innings – and could have got his first scalp had Sabbir Rahman managed to hold on to a simple chance at second slip. The scoreboard read 143/6 at that stage and before Perera could make Bangladesh pay for the lapse Islam had his man, caught off bat and pad at silly point by Mominul Haque for 31.

Akila Dananjaya, the debutant, scored a quick 20 but Rahman had him and Rangana Herath out in quick succession on his way to returns of 2/17.

That left Bangladesh with only one wicket to get, and Islam got one to grip, turn and bounce to go off Silva’s gloves to Das behind the stumps, the batsman falling for 56, off 124 balls with three fours and a six. Islam finished with figures of 4/83 while Rahman chipped in with two wickets.

Sri Lanka came out in their defence of 222 with all guns blazing. Lakmal got rid of Tamim Iqbal (4) off just the fourth ball of the innings, with the opener spooning a return catch to the bowler.

Haque, fresh from a century in each innings of the previous Test, was run-out in the very next over, although he had only himself to blame. Kayes, having played a crunching drive to mid-off set off for a regulation single. Haque, not expecting the throw to be at his end, lumbered for the run, and merely plonked his bat into the crease, rather than grounding it in. Dickwella, the Sri Lankan ‘keeper, whipped off the bails to send the batsman on his way for a duck.

Mushfiqur hung around for a rather fortuitous 22-ball 1, but his luck finally ran out when he shouldered arms to Lakmal only to see his off-stump splattered. At the time, Bangladesh were 12/3, but Kayes and Das staged a brief revival with a 33-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, late in the day, the former was trapped in front for 19 off Perera, and Sri Lanka walked back in the happier side.

Source | icc-cricket


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