Bangladesh lost 6 wickets for 54 runs this morning © AFP
Bangladesh lost 6 wickets for 54 runs this morning © AFP

We saw 14 wickets fall on the opening day of the second Test at Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka. The trend continued on the second day as well. Bangladesh lost the remaining 6 wickets for 54 runs, conceding a lead of 112. Suranga Lakmal and Akila Dananjaya took 3 wickets each. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, promoted to No. 6, gave his all to lift Bangladesh, but wickets kept tumbling at the other end. He remained unbeaten on 38 including 2 fours and a six.

Liton Das and Mehedi were at the crease at the start of day’s play. However, Liton could add a solitary run to his overnight score of 24. After consistently leaving balls outside off, the impatient Liton jabbed one away from his body and dragged it onto the stumps.

Then came some respite for the hosts. Captain Mahmudullah steadied the ship with Mehedi, adding 34 for the sixth wicket before Dhananjaya outfoxed the former with a tossed-up delivery. The slump was such outrageous that Bangladesh lost their last 5 wickets for 3 runs. Dhananjaya took two more, Dilruwan Perera got one, and Taijul Islam ran himself out.

Sri Lanka batted for 2 overs before lunch, scoring 9 for no loss.

Sri Lanka 222 (Kusal Mendis 68, Roshen Silva 56, Dilruwan Perera 31; Abdur Razzak 4 for 63, Taijul Islam 4 for 83, Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 17) and 9 for no loss ( Dimuth Karunaratne 6*, Kusal Mendis 3*) lead Bangladesh 110 (Imrul Kayes 19, Liton Das 25, Mehedi Hasan 38*; Suranga Lakmal 3 for 25, Akila Dhananjaya 3 for 20) by 121 runs.

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