Shakib stars for Bangladesh

New Straits Times - - Sport -

COLOMBO: Shakib Al Hasan struck his fifth hun­dred and com­bined in a sev­enth-wicket stand of 131 with debu­tant Mosad­dek Hos­sain to give Bangladesh a handy first-in­nings lead on the third day of the sec­ond and fi­nal Test against Sri Lanka yes­ter­day.

Play­ing their 100th Test, Bangladesh, were bowled out for 467 in the fi­nal ses­sion, lead­ing Sri Lanka by 129 runs, after the 21-year-old Mosad­dek be­came the fi­nal wicket to fall for 75.

Sri Lanka reached 54 with­out loss in their sec­ond in­nings at stumps, re­duc­ing the deficit to 75, with open­ers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tha­ranga both un­beaten on 25 each.

After re­sum­ing on 214-5, all­rounder Shakib, who made 116, and cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim stead­ied the in­nings for Bangladesh with a stand of 92 be­fore the lat­ter was bowled by pace­man Su­ranga Lak­mal with the new ball for 52.

That brought Shakib and Mosad­dek to­gether and the duo stubbed out Sri Lanka hopes of get­ting a lead with their res­o­lute part­ner­ship.

After Shakib fell to Lak­shan San­dakan, Mosad­dek and Me­hedi Hasan Mi­raz con­tin­ued to frus­trate the hosts, who lead the two-match se­ries 1-0, with an­other stand of 33.

Sri Lanka cap­tain and spin­ner Ran­gana Herath, 38, then re­stricted the lead with two wick­ets in as many balls to fin­ish with 482, which also saw the left-arm spin­ner bring up 1,000 first-class wick­ets.

San­dakan picked up four wick­ets for 140. Reuters

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