Dinesh Chandimal will be Sri Lanka's hope with the bat    Getty Images
Dinesh Chandimal will be Sri Lanka’s hope with the bat Getty Images

Bangladesh managed to build pressure on hosts Sri Lanka on Day One of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle on Tuesday. Sri Lanka were 61 for 2 at lunch on Day One. Rangana Herath won the toss and elected to bat. Upul Tharanga opened with Dimuth Karunaratne, but Sri Lanka s woes at the top of the order continued. Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed opened bowling, but Mushfiqur Rahim soon got Subhashis Roy on. Roy struck with his fourth ball, generating serious pace off the track; the ball hurried on to Tharanga (4) and hit the stumps. Jeevan Mendis edged one next ball and Liton Das took a good diving catch, but replays suggested that Roy had overstepped. Mendis (19*) continued till lunch along with Dinesh Chandimal (1*), who arrived after Mehedi Hasan Miraz bowled Karunaratne (30), who played on trying to cut one. Full cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Galle

Bangladesh s decision of going in with three pacers (backed by Mehedi and Shakib Al Hasan) in a Test in Sri Lanka came as a bit of surprise, more so because Sri Lanka included three spinners in their XI (Herath, backed by Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera). However, it was Roy, the third seamer, who got Bangladesh their first breakthrough. Roy has a smooth action, and can hit the deck at decent pace, rarely straying in line and length; however, the most dangerous aspect of his bowling is the fact that he often lands it on the seam and moves the ball awkwardly. The ball that got Tharanga came in from outside off and snuck in.

Though Mustafizur got good movement, he failed to find the right spot to pitch while Taskin tried to utilise the extra bounce that the pitch had on offer but remained unsuccessful. Interestingly, despite the fact that Galle pitch traditionally helps spinners (and the fact that Mehedi has struck once), Bangladesh have not yet opted for Shakib.

The Sri Lankan batsmen displayed an evident lack of footwork. However, they did the right thing to leave alone most deliveries they were unsure of. The decision of sending Tharanga a man who can bat anywhere in the line-up at the top was perhaps a bit surprising: not only does the middle-order look inexperienced in the absence of Angelo Mathews, there was also the option of opening with Niroshan Dickwella, who has been successful of late as an opener.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 61 for 2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 30, Kusal Mendis 19*; Subhashis Roy 1 for 15, Mehedi Hasan 1 for 6) against Bangladesh.