Bangladesh’s dropped catch sums up first session
Sri Lanka have started cautiously in the series decider Test against Bangladesh in the first session at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in which Bangladesh’s dropped catch highlighted the session.
Home captain Dimuth Karunaratne made a decision to bat first on a wicket that has shades of greenery again like the first Test. But this time, Sri Lanka opted for two frontline seamers and two spinners while Bangladesh again brought in three frontline seamers.
Both teams have a handed a Test cap to an uncapped player for the match. Pacer Shoriful Islam replaced another pacer Ebadot Hossain for Bangladesh while Sri Lanka have added 22-year old spinner Praveen Jayawickrama in replace of another spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
Opener Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne started the proceedings very steadily as Bangladesh showed some excellent bowling in that first hour of the second and last Test of the series.The visitors created some real chances as they found Lankan openers’ edge multiple times. However, the best clear chance came in the 20th over of the innings.
Najmul Hossain Shanto missed an easy opportunity at slip in Taskin Ahmed’s last bowl of 20th over and gave the Sri Lankan captain a huge life at 28 runs. He ended the session scoring 32 runs off 85 balls. Other opner Thirimanne was unbeaten at 32 runs too.
Karunaratne reached a milestone during his innings as when he was only 8 runs away from his 5000th Test run. He’s the 10th Sri Lanka batter to achieve that record and just the second active batter with that many (the other is Angelo Mathews).
Sri Lanka go into lunch on 66 for 0 in 27 overs.
Sri Lanka 66/0 in 27 overs (Karunaratne 32*, Thirimanne 32*)
Lunch- Day 1