Chandi­mal leads fight­back

New Straits Times - - Sport -

COLOMBO: Di­nesh Chandi­mal’s gutsy 86 not out helped Sri Lanka over­come a wob­bly morn­ing ses­sion and reach 238 for seven on the open­ing day of the sec­ond and fi­nal Test against Bangladesh yes­ter­day.

Opt­ing to bat first against a Bangladesh side play­ing their 100th Test, Sri Lanka lost four wick­ets in the morn­ing ses­sion at the P Sara Oval be­fore Chandi­mal propped up the hosts who won the first Test by 259 runs at Galle.

Ch a n d imal hit only four bound­aries in his pa­tient un­beaten knock and was clos­ing on his eighth Test cen­tury af­ter facing 210 balls.

Skip­per Ran­gana Herath was giv­ing him com­pany bat­ting on 18 at stumps while Dhanan­jaya de Silva and Niroshan Dick­wella chipped in with an iden­ti­cal 34.

For Bangladesh, pace­man Mustafizur Rah­man and off-spin­ner Me­hedi Hasan Mi­raz claimed two wick­ets apiece.

Mosad­dek Hos­sain made his Test de­but for Bangladesh.

Bats­men Im­rul Kayes, Sab­bir Rah­man and Is­lam have all been re­called to the start­ing XI.

Sri Lanka left out fast bowler Lahiru Kumara be­cause of in­jury and added an ex­tra bats­man in Dhanan­jaya de Silva. Agen­cies

Di­nesh Chandi­mal

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