Sri Lanka lost four wickets for 105 runs at lunch. The second session resumed with a boundary on the first ball from the bat of Kusal Mendis. But he was bowled by Abdur Razzak on the next delivery as he departed scoring 68 runs.
Taijul Islam dismissed Niroshan Dickwella for 1 in the next over. The Tigers were on top of the Lankans. But Roshen Silva settled things down with Dilruwan Perera. They put on 52 runs for the seventh-wicket.
However, Taijul struck in the last hour. He dismissed Perera for 55-ball 31. Roshen got debutant Akila Dananjaya to stick with him on the wicket. This pair frustrated Bangladesh with a 43-run stand. Economical Mustafizur Rahman got the better of him with a cutter in the last over the session.
Dananjaya left the crease after scoring 20 off 26. Sri Lanka were 205/8 at tea. Mustafizur struck again after the tea break with the wicket of Rangana Herath. Taijul sent back Roshen to close up Sri Lanka’s innings for 222 runs in 65.3 overs. It’s their lowest total against Bangladesh in Tests.
Roshen made 56 off 124 with 3 fours and a six. Taijul and Razzak bagged four wickets each. Mustafizur took two wickets in his economical spell.
Sri Lanka 222 allout in 65.3 overs (K Mendis 68, Roshen 56; Razzak 4/63, Taijul 4/83)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com