Rangana Herath picked up 2 wickets © AFP
Rangana Herath picked up 2 wickets © AFP

Sri Lanka are on top of their game at lunch on Day Five of the second Test against Bangladesh at P Sara Oval, Colombo. Bangladesh lost 2 wickets and put up 38 runs, chasing 191 after the Sri Lankan tail contributed to push their team’s score to 319 at the end of their innings. After a middle-order collapse, Sri Lanka fought back with Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal building up a crucial partnership for the ninth wicket. Tamim Iqbal (22*) will resume batting with Sabbir Rahman (6*) as the teams start the second session of the day. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

Dilruwan resumed batting with Lakmal on Day Five in search of quick runs. Lakmal’s body language from Day Four itself made it clear that he was there to hit freely. He kept on scoring rapidly and Dilruwan, too, matched steps with him. The two put up a partnership of 80 runs before Dilruwan departed for a terrible run out. He scored 50 runs, while Lakmal added 42 before departing. This was the highest partnership for the ninth wicket in Tests for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh. They pushed the lead from 139 to 190 and created pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar came out to open for Bangladesh. Dilruwan opened bowling with Rangana Herath from the other end. Dilruwan produced early chance, as he got an edge off Soumya Sarkar’s bat in the third over of the innings itself. However, Asela Gunaratne at first slip could not get his hands on it and it ran for a lucky boundary.

Rangana Herath got Sri Lanka their first breakthrough, removing Sarkar for 10. Herath bowled it slow and pitched it a bit short. Sarkar came down the track to hit it hard, but it landed in the safe hands of Upul Tharanga at long-off. Herath struck again the next ball, sending Imrul Kayes back for a golden duck. Kayes played a loose shot on an outside-off-stump delivery and edged it to Gunaratne at first-slip.

The back-to-back wickets put pressure on Bangladesh, and they will now need a good partnership between Tamim and Sabbir Rahman.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 338 and 319 (Dimuth Karunaratne 126, Dilruwan Perera 50, Suranga Lakmal 42; Mustafizur Rahman 3 for 78, Shakib Al Hasan 4 for 74) lead Bangladesh 467 and 38 for 2 (Tamim Iqbal 22*, Soumya Sarkar 10; Rangana Herath 2 for 11) by 153 runs.