Roshen Silva remained unbeaten at tea © AFP
Roshen Silva remained unbeaten at tea © AFP

Roshen Silva‘s damage-control took Sri Lanka to 205 for 8 at tea on Day One of the First Test against Bangladesh. At Mirpur on Thursday, Sri Lanka were off to a shaky start, losing their top four in the very first session of the day. Coming back from lunch, Abdur Razzak struck for the fourth time, breaking the only strong partnership, sending Kusal Mendis back. At tea, Roshen Silva (45) remained unbeaten at the crease and will be joined by Rangana Herath.

Bangladesh spinners left the visitors rattling as they bagged 3 wickets in the second session. Razzak got the first breakthrough of the session. Mendis, well set on 68, came down the pitch but failed to read the turn and got bowled.

Taijul backed Razzak, removing Niroshan Dickwella the next over. Dickwella, too, charged down the pitch a tad early, and the ball ran past under his bat to hit the stumps.

Dilruwan Perera spent some time at the crease after the dismissal, building a fifty-run partnership with Roshen. Then Taijul struck again. The umpire signalled LBW, but Dilruwan reviewed the decision to reveal there was an inside edge before the ball hit his pad. Unfortunately, that meant he had to be given out caught, for 31.

The last wicket of the session went to Mustafizur Rahman, the only pacer Mahmudullah used so far. Sri Lanka scored 100 runs in the session, losing 4 more wickets.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 205 for 8 (Kusal Mendis 68, Roshen Silva 45*, Dilruwan Perera 31; Abdur Razzak 4 for 59, Taijul Islam 3 for 74) against Bangladesh.