Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal points his bat at Bangladesh fielder Soumya Sarkar during the Sri Lanka first innings.
It took Bangladesh only a matter of five minutes to display their inexperience in the five-day game when one rash shot led to the fall of a flurry of wickets that left them fighting to gain a valuable first innings lead on a P Sara Oval pitch that had something on it for the bowlers.
The visitors were cruising at 192 for two wickets in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings of 338 when Imrul Kayes who was one of four changes Bangladesh made for the Test played an awful pull shot off left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan when the situation didn’t demand one and was ruled out lbw for 34. His dismissal ended a threatening stand of 62 with Sabbir Rahman.
What followed next was pure mayhem as Sandaken trapped Taijul Islam, sent as nightwatchman also lbw for a golden duck. Shakkib Al Hasan hit the hat-trick ball to the mid wicket boundary but off the next over Suranga Lakmal got rid of the other set batsman Sabbir Rahman who gloved a catch to leg gully with his score on 42.
Within the space of six balls the entire complexion of the game had changed as Bangladesh lost three wickets for six runs so that by stumps on the second day of the second Test they were 214-5. They have two new batsmen at the crease former captain Shakib Al Hasan (18) and Mushfiqur Rahim (2) their two most experienced pair whom Bangladesh will look to extract them out of this deep hole they have fallen into. They trail Sri Lanka by 124 runs with five wickets in hand.
For the third successive time in the series Bangladesh’s middle order batsmen threw away the advantage given them by their openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar.
The two figured in stands of 118 and 67 at Galle and yesterday they put together another noteworthy effort of 95 with Sarkar going onto score his third consecutive fifty. Tamim’s share in the partnership was 49.
The morning session was all Sri Lanka’s as vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal went onto score his eighth Test century and his fourth against Bangladesh to help his team recover from a shaky 70-4 to a respectable total of 338.
Any chance of Bangladesh making short work of the remaining Sri Lankan wickets was thwarted by Chandimal who played an innings full of character as he lifted his team from a tricky position to their final total.
Chandimal unbeaten on 86 overnight duly completed his century off 244 balls with six fours.
Soon afterwards with his score on 112, the DRS came to his aid for the third time when he was given out caught behind by umpire S Ravi, but on review he was given not out.
Chandimal shared in two 55-run stands with Herath (25) and Suranga Lakmal (35) as they frustrated the Bangladesh bowlers throughout the entire morning session adding exactly 100 runs for the last three wickets.
The lunch interval was stretched by 15 minutes because of a last wicket stand of 33 between Lakmal and Lakshan Sandakan (5 n.o.) before Bangladesh finally managed to remove the last obstacle before them, but not before Lakmal had exchanged a few choicy words with the Bangladesh fielders who thought he was running down the middle of the pitch. (Daily News)