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10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Bangladesh on verge of losing 2nd Test, series

SL take 312-run lead
Sports Reporter
Bangladesh on
verge of losing
2nd Test, series
Sri Lankan batsman Roshen Silva (R) reacts after scoring a half century as Bangladesh wicketkeeper Liton Das (L) looks on during the second day of the second Test match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh are on a knife-edge of conceding the second Test and thereby the series as Sri Lanka extended their lead to an improbable 312, just after the second day of the match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh’s successful fourth innings chase was 215 against West Indies in 2009, meaning they need to rewrite the history had they want to avoid the humiliation. On an increasingly deteriorating pitch that also offered turn and bounce aplenty and getting slower as the time progressed, survival perhaps is the toughest task of the world at the moment. The hosts’ fate was sealed after they were skittled out for 110 in their first innings, giving Sri Lanka a gigantic 112 runs lead.

While Bangladesh failed to draw a fine line between the positivity and over-aggression, something that the tricky pitch demanded, Sri Lanka executed this tactics to the precision. They are now 200 for eight as 14 wickets were fallen for the second consecutive days of the Test.

Roshen Silva was batting on 58, his second fifty plus knock in the match with Suranga Lakmal on 7. They have just two wickets at hands but with 312 runs lead, they are in no danger.

Silva held together the innings and kept the side in safe position amid Bangladesh bowlers regular strike. He hit nine fours in his almost chanceless knock, facing 94 balls when his colleagues struggled in the middle. Bangladesh didn’t help its cause by dropping as many as seven catches, which just compounded their woe.

With a big first innings lead, Dimuth Karunaratne gave Sri Lanka a solid start in the second innings. He got a strong support in Dhananjaya de Silva who played an attacking 24 ball-28.

Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan broke through just after tea, claiming the wicket of Karunarate for 32.

But Silva put on a 51-run partnership with captain Dinesh Chandimal (30), to help the side reach a position of dominance, before Mehedi broke the resistance of Chandimal with a delivery that kept low.

Chandimal could have been out on 6, when Mustafizur had forced him nick at first slip, but Sabbir Rahman put it down that eventually became costly. Sabbir latter dropped Lakmal, also off the bowling of Mustafizur at the same position.

Had he took those chances, Bangladesh might bat today to chase a smaller fourth innings target. The other five missed chances however didn’t cost the side much.

Pace bowler Mustafizur however bowled nicely toward the end of the day and caused a lower damage but Silva remained unconquered. Mustafizur finally ended the day on three for 35 while Mehedi Hasan Miraj and Taijul Islam grabbed two apiece. .

The Sri Lankans scored 222 in its first innings after winning the toss and deciding to bat.

Earlier, resuming the day Friday on 56 for four, Bangladesh lost five wickets for three runs in 20 balls to give Sri Lanka a big lead. Mehedi Hasan scored an unbeaten 38, the highest score for Bangladesh, while Liton Das made 25.


Sri Lanka first innings     222

Bangladesh first innings (overnight 56-4)

Tamim  c & b Lakmal     4

I Kayes lbw b Perera     19

Mominul  run out      0

Mushfiqur b Lakmal     1

Liton  b Lakmal     25

Mehedi not out     38

Mahmudullah b Dananjaya     17

Sabbir c Chandimal b Dananjaya     0

A Razzak c and b Dananjaya     1

Taijul run out     1

Mustafizur lbw b Perera     0

Extras (lb 2, w1, nb1)     4

Total (all out, 45.4 overs)     110

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-12, 4-45, 5-73, 6-107, 8-109, 9-110, 10-110.

BOWLING    O    M    R    W

S Lakmal    12    4    25    3

D Perera    11.4    4    32    2

A  Dananjaya    10    2    20    3

R Herath    12    1    31    0

Sri Lanka second innings:

D Karunaratne c Kayes b Mehedi     32

K Mendis lbw b Razzak     7

D de Silva b Taijul     28

D Gunathilaka lbw b Mustafizur     17

D Chandimal lbw b Mehedi     30

R Silva not out     58

N Dickwella c M Riyad b Taijul     10

D. Perera c Liton b Mustafizur     7

A. Dananjaya c Liton b Mustafizur     0

S. Lakmal not out     7

Extras (lb 4)     4

Total (8 wickets; 62 overs)     200

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-53, 3-80, 4-92, 5-143, 6-170, 7-178, 8-178.

BOWLING    O    M    R    W

A Razzak    17    2    60    1

Mustafizur    12    2    35    3

Taijul    19    2    72    2

Mehedi    14    3    29    2


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