Karunaratne, Oshada fifties power Sri Lanka after Mushfiqur 175* lifts Bangladesh to 365

Dimuth Karunaratne (70 not out) and Oshada Fernando (57) have put Sri Lanka on course for a strong reply to Bangladesh’s 365 in the first innings of the second Test.

Oshada scored his first half-century in eight innings before Ebadot Hossain took him out to break the 96-run opening stand.

However, Fernando pressed on to take the islanders to 143 for two at stumps, still trailing Bangladesh by 222 runs, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.

Mushfiqur Rahim put up the first 200-plus stand for the sixth, or lower wicket in Test cricket after a team lost its first five wickets for 25 or less the day before, with Litton Das (141).

Mushfiqur remained unbeaten on 175 as Kasun Rajitha (5-64) and Asitha Fernando (4-93) grabbed four more wickets between them on the second day to end the hosts’ first innings.

In the first session on Tuesday, Mushfiqur and Litton extended their partnership to 272 - Bangladesh’s highest against Sri Lanka for any wicket surpassing Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur’s 267 in 2013 in Galle.

Rajitha then snared Litton in the eighth over of the day.

After Mosaddek Hossain registered the fourth duck of the innings, Mushfiqur paired with Taijul Islam for the eighth wicket to add 49 to the score. Fernando then sent Taijul packing for a thin edge back to the wicketkeeper.

But two more ducks from Khaled Ahmed and Ebadot equalled Bangladesh to the joint-most in a Test innings with five previous instances in the second session.

In response, Sri Lanka openers began confidently. Oshada survived a review for caught behind in the first over but soon set in with early boundaries.

He survived an lbw shout on 39 and then charged at Shakib Al Hasan for a tough caught and bowled opportunity which the southpaw failed to latch on to. Oshada danced down the track to Shakib again to launch him for a straight six and reach his fifth Test half-century.

With Oshada receiving the majority of the strike early on, Karunaratne looked assured and rarely went for big shots. However, he did not miss any scoring opportunities on either side of the wicket.

Karunaratne was lucky when Ebadot hit him on the boot on 36 and an lbw appeal was turned down. Replays confirmed that a review would have overturned the umpire’s decision. He was then dropped off Taijul a run later.

After the opener breezed to his 29th half-century, Kusal Mendis had to work hard for his 49-ball 11. Shakib ended his laboured innings by trapping him in front.

Sri Lanka then sent in Rajitha to accompany Karunaratne as nightwatchman until stumps.