Bangladesh reach 5-316 in Sri Lankan Test

Rachel Hardy
March 18, 2017

March 17: All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored a brilliant century to put Bangladesh in control of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval here on Friday.

Tamim Iqbal was out for 49 just before the break but Soumya Sarkar remained unbeaten on 40 at the P. Sara Oval, with Bangladesh still trailing Sri Lanka by 243 runs after bowling out the hosts for 338 in the morning.

It means the hosts still lead Bangladesh by 124 runs after making 338 in their first innings, thanks largely to a fighting century by Dinesh Chandimal.

Captain Rangana Herath and left-arm wrist spinner Sandakan took four wickets each for Sri Lanka. Soumya Sarkar and skipper Mushfiqur scored 61 and 52 respectively.

Herath trapped Mehedi and Mustafizur lbw with consecutive balls to bring up 1,000 first-class victims and Mosaddek's hopes of a century were ended when he misjudged a delivery from the veteran spinner to leave Dickwella with a simple stumping.

Sandakan then trapped Imrul Kayes plumb in front to dismiss him for 34 and then successfully reviewed a not out decision to remove nightwatchman Taijul Islam off the next ball.

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Shakib, who had been dropped on 11 on day two, was put down again on 67 and punished Sri Lanka's wastefulness with a well-constructed fifth Test ton, in Bangladesh's 100th Test.

Shakib Al Hasan (18 not out) was batting with Mushfiqur Rahim on 2.

Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal plays a shot during the second Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Bangladesh had lost the first Test by a huge margin of 259 runs.

They steadily kept the scoreboard ticking, cropping up 62 runs for the third wicket but with four overs left in the day the tourists were rocked. Chandimal, who struck only four boundaries on the opening day while helping his side recover from 70-4, batted aggressively on the second day to hit 10 fours and a six overall in his innings.

But Mosaddek continued the charge at the other end with a stroke-filled half-century and added 33 more with Mehedi Hasan Miraz (24) before Herath landed a double blow to cut the lower order resistance short.

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