Abdur Razzak bagged a 3-for © Getty Images
Abdur Razzak bagged a 3-for © Getty Images

It was his first Test since February 8, 2014. Based on his recent First-Class form and after Bangladesh bowlers gave away 713 runs in Chittagong, the selectors picked 35-year-old Abdur Razzak for Dhaka Test and he ran through Sri Lanka in the very first session, bagging 3 wickets. While Kusal Mendis survived till lunch, scoring a half-century, his colleagues Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka and Dhananjaya de Silva departed for paltry scores. Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets to score 105 runs in the first session on Day One of the second Test, with Roshen Silva (5*) sticking around with Mendis (64*).

It is time for Sri Lanka to give Karunaratne’s spot in the batting order a thought. While both teams plundered runs aplenty on a flat Chittagong track, Karunaratne managed only 13 runs. He failed at Mirpur, too, scoring 3 and gifting Razzak his first wicket on return. An attempted shot down the track to a ball that whizzed past was not the best of ideas. Liton Das pulled off an effortless stumping.

Dhananjaya and Mendis then formed a brief partnership, giving Sri Lankan supporters hope of a repeat of Chittagong. Then Dhananjaya (19) perished to a perfect slider from Taijul Islam that took the edge and went to Sabbir Rahman.

Mendis’ calm approach helped him hold on at one end. Unfortunately, he lost two more batting partners, off consecutive deliveries. Gunathilaka, after contributing 13, went for a big hit and gave an easy catch to Mushfiqur Rahim at mid-off. Chandimal was undone before he could read the pitch, off the very first ball he faced: he came forward but could barely read the ball as it went past the bat and hit the stumps.

Roshen Silva got his maiden hundred in the previous match and will be expected to repeat a similar knock to revive his side post lunch alongside an experienced Mendis. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will want to keep the pressure on.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 105 for 4 (Kusal Mendis 64*, Dhananjaya de Silva 19; Abdur Razzak 3 for 24, Taijul Islam 1 for 35) against Bangladesh