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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka first Test

Tigers’ batting collapse helps Sri Lanka lead

Published : 23 Mar 2024 09:30 PM
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It was day belonged to the bowlers when bowlers of visitors and the hosts shared 12 wickets on the second day of the first Test of two-match series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. 

Despite the bowlers dominating the day, Sri Lankan batters ended the first innings with 211 runs ahead. 

However, for the Tigers it was another disaster batting display when the Sri Lankan seamers ran through Bangladesh's line-up and demolished them for paltry 188 runs in their first innings and Sri Lanka to secure a 92-run first-innings lead.  

Bangladesh bowlers though exhibited some encouraging display but the batters frustrated much when they were struggling right from the starting of their innings. 

After bowling out Sri Lanka when Bangladesh started their innings there were only 10 overs remaining of the day one and inside 10 overs Tigers lost their top three batters, Zakir, Nazmul Shanto and Mominul with 32 runs were on the scoreboard.  

Day two was started with opener Mahmudul Hassan Joy and night watchman Taijul Islam.

But the disaster of the second was started with the departure of Joy who could add only three runs when Lahiru Kumara made the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka to reduce Bangladesh four for 53. 

Shahadat Hossain joined with Taijul, but the middle order batter looked ill at ease when facing the Sri Lankan pace trio Vishwa Fernando, Kashun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara     from the very beginning. Shahadat finally offered the wicket to Lahiru when the batter pushed forward a knee-high ball out the off stump, as the ball gets an edge off the shoulder of the bat to go to Dhananjaya Di Silva at slip.

After irresponsible display of top batters, Litton Das joined Taijul and this time it looked that Tigers were going to recover the damage. But after being settled on the crease Litton went to play a full-length delivery from Lahiru Kumara without getting to the pitch of the ball, left a gap between bat and pad, as the ball just shattered the stumps and Bangladesh reduced to five for 53 at lunch.        

After Litton Das leaving pitch for 15 runs Bangladesh saw real trouble, as rest of the batters got out in quick successions, as Bangladesh innings ended on 180 runs when Taijul Islam was the highest scorer with 47 runs.

Litton was the second highest scorer with 25 followed by Khaled Ahmed scoring 22 off 28 balls with two sixes and a four. 

Sri Lankan second innings was not also stress-free when Nahid Rana kept his momentum of day one with sending back Nishan Madushka and Kushal Mendis in a span of 13 balls to throw a big threat reducing Sri Lanka 32 for two wickets.

Nahid Rana earned a feat of five wickets haul at Test debut after getting Kushal Mendis out.  Nahid became the sixth bowler of Bangladesh have taken the five wickets haul at debut the other five players are Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Mohammad Manjural Islam, Elias Sunny, Sohag Gazi and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. 

However, after Nahid’s five wicket haul Mahidy Hassan Miraz trapped Dinesh Chandimal Lbw for a duck and that was the last wicket on day for Bangladesh. Sri Lanka, though lost two early wickets for 32 and reduced to 64 for four, Dimuth Karunarantne (52), Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya (22 not out) fought against strong attacks and finished the day on 119 runs for five wickets with 211 runs lead.