Bangladesh start well; finish Day two on 86/1 trailing Sri Lanka by 501 runs
Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes looked in good touch in the final session of play.
Pacer Suranga Lakmal gave Sri Lanka a great start with a wicket of his first over © AFP (File Photo)
Feb 5, 2014
Bangladesh made a positive start after the early loss of opener Tamim Iqbal in the first over of their innings to finish the day at 86 for one in reply to Sri Lanka’s massive 587.
After Kumar Sangakkara’s monumental triple hundred grabbed the limelight earlier in the day, Bangladesh recovered well after pacer Suranga Lamkal bowled Bangladesh’s enigmatic opener in the first over for a duck. Sri Lanka would have been licking their lips to get a few more wickets by the close of play, but Imrul Kayes and Shamsur Rehman looked solid at the crease to see off any threat.
Sri Lanka is missing the lynchpin of their bowling attack, Rangana Herath due to injury and as a result, unable to make inroads in the final session of the day’s play on a wicket that has little sign of any demons.
Sri Lanka 587 ( Kumar Sangakkara 319, Mahela Jayawardene 72, Ajantha Mendis 47; Shakib Al Hasan 5 for 148, Nasir Hossain 2 for 16) lead Bangladesh 86 for 1 (Shamsur Rahman 45*, Imrul Kayes 36*) by 501 runs.