Karunaratne, Thirimanne tons make Bangladesh toil
The first day of the second Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has gone to the batters as Sri Lanka put 291/1 against Bangladesh at stumps.
Sri Lanka chose to bat first as they included Ramesh Mendis and debutant Praveen Jayawickrama to hold grip of the match with spin. Meanwhile, Bangladesh handed Test cap to left-arm seamer Shoriful Islam, the 19-year-old, who was the only wicket-taker of the day.
The Dimuth Karunaratne-Lahiru Thirimanne opening pair put on 209 runs, their third consecutive century stand. No other Sri Lankan pair have achieved such feat.
The opening two sessions of the day went dry for bowlers, although Najmul Hossain Shanto put Karunaratne down off Taskin Ahmed’s bowling in the morning. The Sri Lankan skipper struck his 12th Test hundred on the back of career-best 244 in the last game.
Karunaratne’s stay was put to an end by Shoriful soon after tea interval. He departed making 118 runs from 190 balls, of which 15 met the boundary rope.
Thirimanne went to his third Test century, second versus Bangladesh, in 212 balls to create another history. Karunaratne and Thirimanne are now the second Sri Lankan opening pair to score hundreds in the same innings. Marvan Atapattu-Sanath Jayasuriya had done it twice.
The first day’s play is parallel to first Test’s fourth day where Bangladesh remained wicketless. Taskin (0/69 in 17 overs) has been left disappointed despite bowling well in phases. The spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam could only keep the scoring rate in control.
Thirimanne, who is on 131* off 253 with 14 fours, has an opportunity to go past his Test-best 155* which was against the same opposition eight years back.
One-down Oshada Fernando has made 40* off 98 in unbroken 82-run stand.
Sri Lanka 291/1 in 90 overs (Thirimanne 131*, Karunaratne 118, Oshada 40*; Shoriful 1/52)
Stumps- Day 1