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9 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 9 February, 2018 12:34:36 AM
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Casual batting approach lets Tigers down

Razzak, Taijul share eight wickets evenly
Sports Reporter
Casual batting approach lets Tigers down
Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman (C) delivers a ball during the first day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. AFP photo

On a pitch that offered turn and bounce aplenty, Bangladesh failed to draw a fine line between the positivity and over-aggression, letting Sri Lanka a chance to rule them on the very first day of the second Test yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

At the close of the day, Bangladesh were reduced to 56 for four after Sri Lanka compiled 222 in their first innings before being all out, one hour after the lunch session. Liton Das was batting on 24 with Mehidi Hasan Miraj on 5 and onus will be on them to prolong the partnership in a bid to take the lead, which would be crucial in determining the course of the game.

Surviving was not easy in this kind of pitch when it carried invariable bounce and Bangladesh batsman sank themselves being too shaky after the dismissal of Tamim Iqbal. Considered as the best batsman of the country, Tamim played a half-hearted shot in the third ball of the innings to throw away his wicket, before hitting a beautiful cover-drive boundary against Suranga Lakmal.

Situation got worsened when the centurion of the both innings of the first Test, Mominul Haque was run out comically, leaving Bangladesh four for two. Mushfiqur Rahim blocked everything thrown at him, sometimes looked painful but was dismissed with one of Lakmal-delivery in which he offered no shot.

Imrul Kayes and Liton Das looked set to bail the side out of danger before Dilruwan Perera had him leg-before on 19, just two overs before the close of the play. However Liton Das and Mehidi Hasan Miraj saw out those two overs without any fuss.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak ( four for 63) and Taijul Islam (four for 83) shared eight wickets to run through the Sri Lankan innings while Mustafizur Rahman grabbed two for 17 to clean up the tail.

Opener Kusal Mendis hit 98 ball-68, including 10 fours and one six while Roshen Silva who guided lower to help the side go past 200, made 56, his third fifty plus score in his only fourth innings.

Playing in his first Test since 2014, Razzak troubled the Sri Lankan batsmen on a Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium pitch offering turn and bounce. Razzak removed opener Dimuth Karurantne, who was stumped on 3. Mendis and another first-Test centurion, Dhananjaya de Silva (19), appeared set to form a big partnership before left-arm spinner Taijul Islam had de Silva caught at first slip, ending a 47-run partnership. Razzak then took wickets in consecutive deliveries, removing Danushka Gunathilaka (13) and Chandimal (0). Razzak struck again in the first over after lunch to remove Kusal Mendis on 68.

Silva added 52 runs with Dilruwan Perera to recover briefly from the collapse, and then 43 with Akila Dananjaya to help Sri Lanka go past 200.

SCOREBOARD

Sri Lanka first innings:

K. Mendis b Razzak     68

D Karunaratne st Liton b Razzak     3

D de Silva c Sabbir b Taijul     19

D Gunathilaka c Mushfiq b Razzak    13

D Chandimal b Razzak     0

R Silva c Liton b Taijul     56

N Dickwella b Taijul     1

D Perera c Mominul b Taijul     31

A Dananjaya c Mushfiq b Mustafiz    20

R. Herath c Mushfiq b Mustafiz     2

S Lakmal not out     4

Extras (lb 5)     5

Total (all out; 65.3 overs)     222

Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-61, 3-96, 4-96, 5-109, 6-110, 7-162, 8-205, 9-207, 10-222.

BOWLING    O    M    R    W

Mehedi    13    0    54    0

A Razzak    16    2    63    4

Taijul    25.3    2    83    4

Mustafizur    11    4    17    2

 

Bangladesh innings:

Tamim  c & b Lakmal     4

I Kayes lbw b Perera     19

Mominul run out     0

Mushfiqur b Lakmal     1

Liton not out     24

Mehedi not out     5

Extras (lb1, w1, nb1)     3

Total (4 wickets, 22 overs)     56

To bat: Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Abdur Razzak, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-12, 4-45.

BOWLING    O    M    R    W

S Lakmal    7    3    15    2

D Perera    8    3    25    1

A Dananjaya    3    1    4    0

R Herath    4    0    11    0

 

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