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Bangladesh restrict Sri Lanka to 71/2 at lunch on Day 1 of 2nd Test at Chittagong

Dimuth Karunaratne started well but failed to capitalise on it © AFP
Dimuth Karunaratne started well but failed to capitalise on it © AFP (File Photo)

Feb 4, 2014

Bangladesh started Day One of the of the second Test at Chittagong with a much improved show compared to their innings defeat in Mirpur to peg Sri Lanka back to 71 for two at lunch.

Sri Lanka won the toss elected to bat, looking to carry on from where they left off in the first Test. Bangladesh made three changes to their line-up from the first Test, where they were beaten by the visitors.

Sri Lanka made two changes to their starting XI with their strike bowlers, Rangana Herath and Shaminda Eranaga sitting out due to injuries. Ajantha Mendis and pacer Nuwan Pradeep have replaced them.

On a rather slow wicket, runs were hard to come by and it was spinner Sohag Gazi who got the first scalp for Bangladesh, trapping first Test centurion Kaushal Silva leg before for 11.

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne however played plenty of good shots and was looking good for a big score but got out rather cheaply at the stroke of lunch, slashing a wide delivery straight to Mahmudullah off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain for 31.

Veteran batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane ensured that Sri Lanka didn’t lose further wickets, steering the score to 71 but Bangladesh had every reason to be pleased with their performance in the first session.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 71 for 2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 31, Kumar Sangakkara 15*; Al-Amin Hossain 1 for 18) vs Bangladesh.

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