Late strikes put brakes on Bangladesh

New Straits Times - - Sport -

COLOMBO: Bangladesh stut­tered and lost three wick­ets close to stumps Thurs­day af­ter Saumya Sarkar's flu­ent half-cen­tury gave them a dom­i­nant start to their first in­nings on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond cricket test.

Sarkar made 61 and shared a 95-run open­ing stand for the first wicket in re­ply to Sri Lanka's first in­nings score of 338 all out.

Bangladesh reached 192 los­ing just two wick­ets be­fore San­dakan (3-65) took two wick­ets in suc­ces­sive balls and seamer Su­ranga Lak­mal took a wicket in the next over to leave Bangladesh 198 for five.

Iqbal was one run short of a half-cen­tury when he fell lbw to left-arm spin­ner Ran­gana Herath at the stroke of tea. He was twice lucky in his in­nings af­ter Sri Lanka cap­tain Herath failed to re­view two lbw ap­peals which the um- pires had turned down.

Herath how­ever suc­cess­fully reviewed a third not out de­ci­sion.

Sarkar made 61 off 121 balls hit­ting six bound­aries. He was beaten and bowled by a goo­gly from left-arm wrist spin­ner Lak­shan San­dakan.

Im­rul Kayes made 34 be­fore be­ing trapped lbw by San­dakan. Night watch­man Tai­jul Is­lam de­parted in the next ball af­ter Herath used an­other re­view suc­cess­fully to ob­tain a lbw de­ci­sion in his fa­vor.

Sabir Rah­man (42) gloved a ris­ing ball from Lak­mal to Dhanan­jaya de Silva at leg slip.

Shakib Al Hasan (18 not out) was bat­ting with Mush­fiqur Rahim on 2.

Ear­lier Di­nesh Chandi­mal posted his eighth test cen­tury to lift Sri Lanka to 338 all out in its first in­nings.

Sri Lanka re­sumed day two on 238 for seven with Chandi­mal and Herath at the crease and was bowled out by lunch, adding 100 in the ses­sion.

Chandi­mal faced 300 de­liv­er­ies and hit 10 bound­aries and a six for his 138 runs, and re­ceived valu­able sup­port from the tailen­ders as the last three Sri Lankan wick­ets added 143 runs.

He shared part­ner­ships of 55 with Su­ranga Lak­mal (35) and Herath (25) be­fore he was even­tu­ally caught off Me­hedi Hasan's bowl­ing in the 106th over.

Off spin­ner Hasan fin­ished with 3-90, and Mustafizur Rah­man, Subashis Roy and Shakib tak­ing two wick­ets each.

Sri Lanka leads the two-match se­ries af­ter win­ning the first test by 259 runs last week. AP

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