Friday, January 18, 2019

Sri Lanka in control of Mirpur Test with 312-run lead over Bangladesh

  • Sports Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-02-09 21:53:58 BdST


Sri Lanka have taken control of the second Test against Bangladesh after skittling the hosts to a meagre 110 in their first innings.

The Lankans are 321 runs ahead of the Tigers with two wickets remaining after Day 2 of the match at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.

Like the first day, 14 wickets fell on Day 2 of the match, with Bangladesh lower order failed to hold on the collapse.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the top scorer with 38 runs while Skipper Mahmud Ullah’s 17, and Liton Das’ 25 helped the Tigers cross the 100-run mark.    

Bowlers Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera ran through the batsmen, taking Bangladesh’s last five wickets for only three runs as an unbeaten Miraz looked on from the non-striker’s end.

Dananjaya earned his first three-wicket haul in Test.

Suranga Lakmal, who took three wickets during Bangladesh’s innings, started Friday by bowling out wicket-keeper batsman Liton.

Sri Lanka also struggled at bat in the first innings, but a 68 from Kusal Mendis and a 56 from Roshen Silva carried the team to 222.

Abdur Razzak marked his comeback with a four-for in the first innings while Taijul Islam took as many wickets in the first innings.

Starting their second innings with a 112-run lead, Sri Lanka again struggled, but finally managed to extend the lead thanks to Roshen’s unbeaten 58.  

The first Test in Chittagong ended in a draw with Mominul Hoque scoring tons in both innings.