March 16, 2017 - 3:34pm
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar settled down at the crease after an anxious start during the post-lunch session of day-2 of the second Test of the series against Sri Lanka at Colombo’s P Sara Oval today.
Although both batters endured some good spells early on, they took Bangladesh to 38 after 12 overs. When the Sri Lankan bowlers erred in line or length, they were quick to take advantage and kept the scoreboard moving.
Earlier, Sri Lanka were finally dismissed at the end of the morning session of day-2 when Subashis Roy removed Suranga Lakmal with the hosts reaching 338 after 113.3 overs.
Lunch was taken after the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s first innings. Dinesh Chandimal held the innings together with his 138. The 8th and 9th wicket stands of 55 followed by the 33-run partnership for the last wicket enabled the hosts to reach a fighting total in the end.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz was the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh with his 3-90 in 21 overs. Mustafizur Rahman, Subashis Roy and Shakib Al Hasan captured two wickets each.
The last wicket of Sri Lanka’s first innings was taken by Subashis Roy when Lakmal went for the pull too early, and the ball lobbed to third man from the back of the bat and was safely taken by Soumya Sarkar.
Last bat RAS Lakmal c Soumya Sarkar b Subashis Roy 35 (45b 2x4 1x6) SR: 77.77
Fall of wicket 338/10 (113.3 ov); Partnership: 33 runs, 7.3 overs, RR: 4.40 (Lakmal 28, Sandakan 5)
Mehedi was denied a wicket in the 110th over when Mustafizur dropped Sandakan at midwicket. Shakib took a review in the 107th over but it was turned down by the third umpire.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz gave Bangladesh the crucial wicket of Dinesh Chandimal during the morning session of day-2 with the hosts at 305 for 9 in 106 overs.
Mehedi got his third, and this time he sent back Chandimal for 138. The batsman looked to smash the ball over midwicket, but could not clear the fielder at the edge of the ring. The responsible knock from Chandimal came to an end, and he returned to the dressing room to a standing ovation from the home crowd and his teammates.
Last bat LD Chandimal c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehedi Hasan Miraz 138 (300b 10x4 1x6) SR: 46.00
Fall of wicket 305/9 (105.6 ov); Partnership: 55 runs, 14.5 overs, RR: 3.70 (Lakmal 7, Chandimal 48)
The record ninth wicket partnership of 46 runs in 13 overs between Lakmal and Dinesh Chandimal continued to frustrate Bangladesh bowlers, and denied them the opportunity to clean up the tail quickly.
Chandimal was given out by the on-field empire S Ravi in the 101st over bowled by Mustafizur Rahman. The ball was slower and fuller outside off, Chandimal was too early into the stroke. When the umpire responded to the spontaneous appeal from behind the wicket, Chandimal immediately signaled for the review.
The review turned out to be successful for Sri Lanka as replayed showed there was no contact with the ball, consequently, the caught behind decision was overturned.
Fortune continues to favour the brave…
Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal brought up his 8th Test ton as Sri Lanka crossed 250 in their first innings during the morning session.
The Sri Lanka batsman reached his milestone in the 95th over bowled by Taijul Islam. The leading edge from Chandimal’s bat rolled into the gap between cover and point and the batsman acknowledged the applause of his teammates as he completed the single. Watchful, yet timely knock…Chandimal held the innings together.
Shakib Al Hasan gave Bangladesh the early breakthrough on day-2 when he dismissed Sri Lanka stand-in captain Rangana Herath for 25 to leave the hosts in a spot of bother at 250 for 8 in 91.1 overs.
The Chandimal-Herath resistance is broken and Shakib strikes! Shakib delivered it full and outside off, the ball slightly drifted away. Herath did not account for that and tried to drive but got a thick edge to slip where Soumya Sarkar completed the catch.
Last bat HMRKB Herath c Soumya Sarkar b Shakib Al Hasan 25 (91b 2x4 0x6) SR: 27.47
Fall of wicket 250/8 (91.1 ov); Partnership: 55 runs, 26.3 overs, RR: 2.07 (Herath 25, Chandimal 24)
Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath batted with grit and determination during the morning session of day-2. The eighth wicket partnership between the batsmen crossed 54 runs in 25.4 overs, and kept the Bangladesh bowlers at bay. Chandimal was batting on 90 from 230 balls and Herath 25 from 90 when Sri Lanka reached 250 for 7 in 91 overs.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain, Wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Subashis Roy
Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (Wicketkeeper), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (Captain), Suranga Lakmal and Lakshan Sandakan
Umpires - Aleem Dar and S Ravi
TV umpire - M Erasmus
Match referee - AJ Pycroft
Reserve umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge
source: Daily star