Bangladesh bounce back as bowlers dominate first session
Bangladesh have turned around their fortune in the first session of day 2 as the pitch starts offering more for the bowlers. The visitors have taken 3 wickets in the session for 43 runs only in 26 overs.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Oshada Fernando started the day very cautiously as they scored only 22 runs in first hour of the day. Credits also went to the Bangladeshi bowlers who did really well to keep the Sri Lankan batsmen quiet.
In 105th over of the match, pacer Taskin Ahmed, who bowled really well from the beginning, finally got the breakthrough as he trapped Thirimanne behind the wicket to Liton Das. The opener was able to add just 9 more runs in the session and scored 140 runs off 298 balls with 15 fours.
In Taskin’s next over, Angelo Mathews fell into an outside edge but Bangladeshi players didn’t notice that and Mathews survived from being out at golden duck. However, it didn’t cost the Tigers much as Mathews got out in the next over off Taskin scoring just 5 runs.
Another wicket fell for the hosts as Bangladesh registered their one of the most impressive performance with the ball away from home in Tests. Spinner Taijul Islam took the wicket of last match centurion Dhananjaya de Silva in 112th over which remarked Bangladesh’s session fully. Dhananjaya scored just 2 runs.
Sri Lanka go to lunch at 334/4 in 116 overs. Oshada (65*) and Pathum Nissanka (0*) will resume the next session of the day.
Earlier, Dimuth Karunaratne-Thirimanne opening pair put on 209 runs, their third consecutive century stand. No other Sri Lankan pair have achieved such feat. Karunaratne scored 118 runs off 190 balls.
Sri Lanka 334/4 in 116 overs (Thirimanne 140, Karunaratne 118, Oshada 65*; Taskin 2/86, Shoriful 1/59, Taijul 1/62)
Lunch- Day 2