Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day March 15, 2017

Sharp Bangladesh keep Sri Lanka in check


Sri Lanka 238 for 7 (Chandimal 86*, Mustafizur 2-32, Mehedi 2-58) v Bangladesh
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Isam: Bangladesh looked prepared for the landmark

Sri Lanka fought back in the final 75 minutes of play in Colombo through an obdurate eighth-wicket partnership between Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath, but Bangladesh won the day, making a fine start to their landmark 100th Test. When bad light stopped play at 5.16pm, they had taken seven wickets and given away only 238 runs.

Chandimal was unbeaten on 86 off 210 balls with four fours, in a great display of solidity against a Bangladesh attack that consistently threatened. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan took two wickets each, while Subashis Roy, Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam backed them up with controlled spells taking one wicket apiece.

Bangladesh overcame some of the disadvantage of losing the toss with Mustafizur and Mehedi making crucial early strikes. Mustafizur tempted opener Dimuth Karunaratne to play away from his body and had him caught at gully by Mehedi, who then took over and took out not one but both centurions from the Galle Test - Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga.

Mendis ran past a drifter and was stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim, who took over the gloves with Liton Das injured, and Tharanga was caught at slip after jabbing at a classic offspinner's delivery. Roy then claimed the morning session for Bangladesh when he trapped Asela Gunaratne lbw for 13, which left Sri Lanka on 70 for 4 at lunch.

Things changed in the afternoon though. Chandimal, recognising the importance of batting through the innings, did not hit a single boundary in the session as he helped Sri Lanka up their score by 79 runs for the loss of only one wicket. That wicket came in the 48th over when a fluent Dhananjaya de Silva tried to pull Taijul Islam's left-arm spin and was instead bowled. Sri Lanka's largest partnership of the innings - 66 runs in 19.4 overs - had been broken. It might have ended a lot sooner if not for DRS. In the 39th over, Shakib had got the on-field umpire's approval for a catch off the inside edge at slip, but with Chandimal opting for the review, replays showing no conclusive evidence of bat being involved.

Sri Lanka began the third session positively, taking four fours off Subashis, but Shakib made up for it from the other end when he removed Niroshan Dickwella, who had struck three of those boundaries, for 34. Mustafizur followed that up by having Dilruwan Perera caught at second slip to reinforce Bangladesh's dominance.

Sri Lanka's hopes now rest with their captain Herath, who successfully challenged Aleem Dar ruling him lbw, and Chandimal. They had put on 43 runs in 18.3 overs, before dark clouds descended over the P Sara Oval, forcing early stumps.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Taleka3404742 on March 16, 2017, 11:26 GMT

    Very good cricket match. Test cicket at its best. SL somehow managed to win the first test by producing dust bowls. But this test belongs to BD. BD is known to play fearsome cricket and they are making Srilankan cricketers and fans shivering. Hoping for a sportive performance from SL unlike 1st test.

  • MD on March 16, 2017, 8:46 GMT

    BD 70/0, SL was 70/4. Now to see who lucks last.

  • Muhammed on March 16, 2017, 8:16 GMT

    Yeah.... What a performance by S. Ravi..... Already 3 of his decisions are overturned. Should Dharmasena made that much of mistakes...... hahahaha

  •   Ishtiaque_Khan on March 16, 2017, 7:19 GMT

    Bangladesh's performance has been erratic and inexplicable. Despite of being a fan of the team, I can't put up any excuses for this abysmal performance that has ruined all the good work done in the initial stages of the match. From 70/4 to 338 is an excellent achievement, and I am quite sure Sri Lanka is well on the way towards winning this.

  • sdas132310417 on March 16, 2017, 7:07 GMT

    BD might get all out today for 150 something and will lose with a huge deficit.

  • Raman on March 16, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    Chandimal you beauty..... what a fantastic player you are....You showed your bashers who you are.... what you are capable of .... and how to play test cricket patiently. Mr. SJ also got his humble pie.

  • Mahmudul on March 16, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    #CHATHURA BANDARA pitch has slow turn but not bounce look how low the keeper caught the balls. I think the uneven bounce made it very hard to score runs. But Chandi scored at his will when he was set. All thanks to him. He showed god like temperament. He really loves to score against our team. This is his 4th ton against us. Hope he achieves same success against all team. Absolutely brilliant batting. I think Sl has now a substantial total to win the game but still a good batting wkt this Herath needs to deliver for his team.

  • sdas132310417 on March 16, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    Such a pathetic captain mushi. BD will never become a good test side unless this immature, no-idea-what-i-am-doing captain steps down. Mushfique's keeping is also not good recently. Just play as a batsman and hand down the captaincy to shakib or tamim or anyone else. Really pathetic to see the super defensive fielding/ ridiculous bowling change which was helping the opposition batsman to take runs at ease.

  • robinl5153544 on March 16, 2017, 7:05 GMT

    Very poor sportsmanship from the BD captain.

  • emdad17435774 on March 16, 2017, 6:59 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket should learn something from Dinesh Chandimal how play test Cricket

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