Herath bagged 2 wickets in the session    Getty Images
Rangana Herath bagged 2 wickets in the session Getty Images

Rangana Herath struck early on Day Two of first Test to reduce Bangladesh to 467 for 7 by lunch. Bangladesh were headed for a strong start on the opening day courtesy Mominul Haque’s century. Mominul was dismissed early on Thursday and was followed by Mosaddek Hossain in the very first session of the day that brought Sri Lanka somewhat back in the game. A run out by Lahiru Kumara handed Sri Lanka the third wicket of the session. The hosts were later revived by Mahmudullah who remained unbeaten at 49 at lunch alongside Sunzamul Islam at 23.

Unbeaten at 175 at stumps of Day One, Mominul looked well set for his maiden double-hundred. Unfortunately, he could score only a solitary run on Thursday morning before edging Herath’s full-length delivery to short leg, where Kusal Mendis took a tricky catch. Four overs later Mosaddek Hossain, new man in, fell prey to Herath as well. Mosaddek danced down the pitch to whack Herath along the ground. He instead hit straight to Lakshan Sandakan at mid-on as the ball turned in to him. He scored only 8.

Mahmudullah and Mehedi Hasan went on to build a brief partnership before the latter called for an unnecessary third run and got himself run out for 20. Bangladesh were 417 for 7 at this point.

Mahmudullah survived the session and played a commendable knock that helped Bangladesh recover well. Though Herath kept producing chances here and there, Mahmudullah showed his experience in play. Sunzamul, too, batted well. They built up the third fifty-run partnership of the innings. Despite losing 3 wickets, Bangladesh scored 93 runs in the session.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 467 for 7 (Tamim Iqbal 52, Mominul Haque 176, Mushfiqur Rahim 92, Mahmudullah 49*; Suranga Lakmal 2 for 63, Rangana Herath 2 for 129) against Sri Lanka