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Dimuth Karunaratne’s valiant half-century helps Sri Lanka take a lead of over 200

Bangladesh National Cricket Team are hosting Sri Lanka National Cricket Team in the first game of the two-match Test series. The game between the two teams commenced on Friday (22nd March) at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet.

After dominating Day 1 of the ongoing first Test, Sri Lanka made sure that they took command of the game on Day 2. The visitors first bowled magnificently on the day and then made sure they applied salt to the wounds of Bangladesh with their sensational batting performance. They now look like favorites to win.

BAN vs SL 1st Test Day 2 – Bangladesh innings: Vishwa Fernando troubles hosts with his four-wicket haul

Continuing with the overnight score of 32/3, Bangladesh didn’t have a great start with the bat on Day 2. Opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy (12) perished early as Lahiru Kumara was removed. The hosts came under immense pressure and were left tottering at 53/4.

Shahadat Hossain (18) tried to get going but he too couldn’t carry on the start that he got. Lahiru Kumara grabbed his second wicket of the day to keep his team at the top. Litton Das then joined Taijul Islam and the duo tried to bail the team out of the trouble.

The duo added 41 runs and looked quite settled at the crease. But Lahiru Kumara made sure that he brought his team back into the game again. He trapped Litton Das in lbw for 23 runs as Bangladesh saw themselves reeling at 124/6.

Taijul Islam at the other played a decent knock and fell just 3 runs short of his half-century. Kasun Rajitha removed him for 47 runs. After that, Mehidy Hasan Miraz (11), Shoriful Islam (15), and Khaled Ahmed (22) made valuable contributions as Bangladesh’s innings ended on 188 runs.

For Sri Lanka, Vishwa Fernando was the pick of the bowlers as he picked four wickets. Apart from him, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara grabbed three wickets each. Based on their sensational bowling, Sri Lanka took a massive lead of 92 runs in the first innings.

BAN vs SL 1st Test, Day 2 – Sri Lanka innings: Dimuth Karunaratne helps Sri Lanka take a lead of over 200 runs

Sri Lanka didn’t have the kind of start they would’ve wanted in their second innings. Opener Nishan Madushanka (10) fell early to Nahid Rana. Soon, Kusal Mendis (3) was back in the hut as the visitors were 32/2 inside the first hour of their batting.

Veteran Angelo Mathews (22) and Dimuth Karunaratne then tried to extend the lead for Sri Lanka. But Bangladesh yet again made a comeback as Taijul Islam removed Matthews before Mehidy Hasan Miraz chipped in and sent Dinesh Chandimal packing for a 10-ball duck.

Opener Dinesh Chandimal held the one made and sure that he kept the team in the bossing position. He hit a valiant half-century but couldn’t remain unbeaten at stumps on Day 2. He scored 52 runs before Shoriful Islam removed him.

Skipper Dhananjaya de Silva (23*) remained unbeaten at the crease as Sri Lanka ended the day on high. At stumps on Day 2, the visitors were 119/5 and have taken a massive lead of 211 runs.

BAN vs SL 1st Test, Day 2 – Brief Scores

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 280-10 (Kamindu Mendis 102; Khaled Ahmed 3/72)

Bangladesh 1st innings: 188-10 (Taijul Islam 47; Vishwa Fernando 4/48)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings : 119-5 (Dimuth Karunaratne 52; Nahid Rana 2/42)

BAN vs SL 1st Test, Day 2 – Full Scorecard

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka {PC: Sportzwiki}
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka {PC: Sportzwiki}
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka {PC: Sportzwiki}
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka {PC: Sportzwiki}

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