Bowlers put Tigers on top

Dhaka,  Fri,  23 June 2017
Published : 15 Mar 2017, 13:16:23 | Updated : 15 Mar 2017, 13:16:51
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Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, second Test: Day 1

Pacer Subashis Roy has taken out Asela Gunaratne as Sri Lanka lost their fourth wicket at the stroke of lunch on the opening day of the second Test.

Gunaratne (13) was trapped leg before by the Bangladesh pacer, leaving Sri Lanka tottering on 70 for 4 in their first innings at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

The dismissal broke a 35-run fourth wicket resistance by Gunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal (27 not out).

Before that wily young spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz struck twice in quick succession to put Bangladesh on top early in the morning of the first day of their 100th Test.

Miraz’s well-flighted delivery dipped on Kusal Mendis (5) as the batsman lunged a long way forward. Mendis missed the ball, allowing Mushfiqur Rahim to whip the bails off.

After tossing up a flurry of deliveries that simply skidded on, Miraz took out Upul Tharanga (11) with one that did.

Mustafizur Rahman drew first blood for Bangladesh after Sri Lanka were off to a sluggish start.

Dimuth Karunaratne (7 off 32 balls) played a loose drive away from the body and Miraz held on to a stunning catch in the slips.

Bangladesh, who began with three successive maidens after being asked to field, made four changes to the lineup from Galle.

Liton Kumar Das had been ruled out for an injury the previous day while Mahmudullah’s exclusion was announced earlier as well. Mominul Haque and Taskin Ahmed were also dropped.

Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, and Taijul Islam were brought in and Mosaddek Hossain made his debut.

Sri Lanka Squad: 1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Asela Gunaratne, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Rangana Herath (capt), 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Lakshan Sandakan

Bangladesh Squad: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Subashis Roy, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
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