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  • 5:42 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 321/4 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 166, Niroshan Dickwella 14: It’s stumps! Sri Lanka cameback strong with Asela Gunaratne and Kusla Mendis playing commendable knocks. Taskin got rid of Gunaratne but Mendis is still at the crease. Bangladesh’s aim on Day 2 will be to restrict the hosts as early as possible, getting Mendis out.

  • 5:11 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 287/3 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 150, Asela Gunaratne 85:150 comes up for Mendis, a brilliant knock from the batsman. But credit has to be given to Gunaratne as well, who played the perfect partners at the other end. Things will get tougher for Bangladesh with only two specialist spinners and the pitch deteriorating quickly.

  • 4:45 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 266/3 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 136, Asela Gunaratne 79: A huge partnership between Gunaratne and Mendis now which has put the Bangladesh bowlers under pressure. Bangladesh need wickets and that is the only thing that can save the day for them. 150-run partnership between the two, and the first six of the innings off Mendis’ bat. Too many errors by the fielders.

  • 3:55 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 197/3 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 103, Asela Gunaratne 43: A brilliant knock under pressure, 100 for Kusal Mendis. Second international Test ton for the player. Gunaratne at the other end has played exceptionally to change the course of the game and accelerate the run-rate.

  • 2:41 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 155/3 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 80, Asela Gunaratne 26: It’s tea! The difference between the top-order and the middle-order is the footwork. Mendis has improved his footwork and looks a lot more comfortable shuffling across. Gunaratne has been very mobile at the crease, going at backfoot, making room to hit boundaries. Frequent boundaries have also helped reduce the pressure. 63-run partnership between the two at tea.

  • 2:21 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 124/3 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 62, Asela Gunaratne 15: A brilliant knock coming from Mendis. Kept his calm amidst fall of wickets and has held the innings single-handedly. Gets to his fifty. Gunaratne on the other hand, has played a few attractive shots already.

  • 2:00 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 96/3 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 45, Asela Gunaratne 4: BIG, BIG WICKET! Chandimal departs for 5. The Bangladesh bowlers managed to frustrate the big man by restricting the runs, be it single or boundary. Credit goes to Mushfiqur’s captaincy. Fooled by the famous off-cutter, gives a catch to Mehedi at gully. Gunaratne immediately releases the pressure hitting a four.
    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c Mehedi Hasan b Mustafizur Rahman 5 (54)

  • 1:32 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 86/2 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 41, Dinesh Chandimal 3: To Bangladesh’s credit, they have kept the runrate under control. Early wickets have put on pressure on the hosts. Sri Lanka need boundaries more frequently. They need more singles as well. A boundary comes as I type, Mendis cuts through point.

  • 1:19 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 73/2 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 29, Dinesh Chandimal 3: Back from lunch and Shakib Al Hasan has been brought in. Varying his pace slightly to beat Chandimal. Mushfiqur utilising Subhashis for as long as possible. Shakib bowling fuller length ones.

  • 12:34 PM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 61/2 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 19, Dinesh Chandimal 1 : It is lunch. Sri Lanka lose yet another wicket before lunch, as Mehedi removes set Karunaratne. Dinesh Chandimal is the new man in and will have to take charge of the batting.
    OUT! Dimuth Karunaratne b Mehedi Hasan Miraz 30 (76)

  • 11:55 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 60/1 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 19, Dimuth Karunaratne 30: Almost got the outside edge off Mendis there, Subhashis. Beautifully bowled, getting good seam movement. Pitching at good length and got the ball away from Mendis this time. Lack of footwork from Mendis though.

  • 11:48 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 54/1 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 16, Dimuth Karunaratne 27: Bangladesh introduce spin and it is Mehedi Hasan and not Shakib. 50 is up for Sri Lanka and a partnership is building between the two at the crease.

  • 11:30 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 39/1 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 8, Dimuth Karunaratne 20: An appeal after long, Mustafizur thinks he has got something there. Missing the stumps. ‘Slow track’, opines my colleague Kaustubh Mayekar, who is in for the India match. Quick update from that, India lead Australia by 187 runs.
    Meanwhile, another appeal, this time from Taskin. It is very high, hits the batsman over thigh guard.

  • 11:15 AM IST
  • 11:08 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 30/1 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 7, Dimuth Karunaratne 17: Taskin playing with the pace. However, too many short balls will reduce the impact. Subhasis also mixed in a few bouncers as surprise element. Boundary, reduces the pressure. Mendis plays it fine. It is drinks.

  • 10:55 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 26/1 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 3, Dimuth Karunaratne 17: Mustafizur yet to find the right length. None of the batsmen taking risks with Subhasis, leaving the ones they are not sure about. Most of Karunaratne’s recent dismissals were lbws, Mustafizur might want to bowl a bit more closer to the stumps.

  • 10:49 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 22/1 vs Bangladesh | Kusal Mendis 0, Dimuth Karunaratne 16: That spell explains WHY Subhasis has beenpicked. Exceptionally good seam-position and consistent with it, Subhasis gets Bangladesh the first breakthrough. Got it in from off-stump and the ball hits the stump as Tharanga misses. Hat-trick chance off the next as Kusal Mendis edges it to Litton Das. But it is a no ball for over-stepping.
    OUT! Upul Tharanga b Subashis Roy 4 (14)

  • 10:22 AM IST

    LIVE: Sri Lanka 15/0 vs Bangladesh | Upul Tharanga 4, Dimuth Karunaratne 10: Well, Bangladesh are playing with three pacers. With regulars Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman, Subhasis Roy has been included. So far, Mushfiqur has used Taskin and Mustafizur. Some impressive deliveries from Taskin. Decent start by the Lankan openers.

  • 10:02 AM IST

    BAN XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das (wk), Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Subashis Roy

  • 10:01 AM IST

    SL XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (c), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan

  • 9:37 AM IST

    Toss: Sri Lanka have won the toss, and have elected to bat first on good looking pitch

  • 9:35 AM IST

Sri Lanka have won 13 of 15 Tests against Bangladesh © IANS, Getty Images
Sri Lanka have won 13 of 15 Tests against Bangladesh © IANS, Getty Images

Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog post  for Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2016-17, first Test at Galle. This is the first Test of the two-match series and here you will get all the live scores and updates from the match. The match will be played at the Galle International Stadium. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh  are scheduled to play two Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in the series. In the absence of regular captain Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath leads the hosts in the Test series while Mushfiqur Rahim will lead Bangladesh in the two Tests. Full cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Galle

The ground brings back memories of a brilliant innings for Mushfiqur, who had scored a double-ton here in 2013. Bangladesh in a way look a sorted side with Tamim Iqbal scoring 136 runs in the practice match. Shakib Al Hasan has earlier performed exceptionally well in Sri Lanka and will be expected to shine again. Names who will be interesting to see are Mehedi Hasan, Sabbir Rahman and Mustafizur Rahman, the young guns of Bangladesh brigade, who are on their first outing to Sri Lanka. Due to the injuries Mushfiqur suffered recently, he is likely to be replaced by Litton Das  behind the stumps.

Sri Lanka will look to maintain their winning streak as they have won  14 out of  16 Tests they have played against Bangladesh. Dinesh Chandimal will be back in the side and will be the backbone of Sri Lanka’s batting. Young sensation Asela Gunaratne will be interesting to watch out for. Herath can prove to be a game-changer.

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (c), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Subashis Roy, Rubel Hossain