Tamim Iqbal missed his fifty by a single run    AFP (File Photos)
Tamim Iqbal missed his fifty by a single run AFP (File Photos)

Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar got their team off to a strong start in pursuit of Sri Lanka s first innings total of 338. At tea on Day Two, the visitors were 95 for 1, losing Tamim at the stroke of tea. Just when it appeared the visitors will take tea without losing any wicket, Rangana Herath struck against the run of play to send back Tamim for 49, with the use of technology. Tamim was given out after Sri Lanka took a review as the on-field umpire had adjudged him not out. Sarkar remained unbeaten on 40. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

Bangladesh made no changes to their opening order, as Tamim and Sarkar walked out to bat in reply to the Lankan innings. Imrul Kayes, the regular opener who made a comeback to the side after an injury layoff, hurt his toe while fielding at forward short-leg on Day One. He, hence, did not come out to bat. As a matter of fact, there is no word on his availability in this Test as yet.

Nevertheless, the two openers played exceptionally well and did not give the Lankan bowlers any chance. Herath had no option but to start the proceedings with spin from one end, having played a sole pacer in Suranga Lakmal. Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, was introduced from the other end straightaway. It was a good move, considering both the Bangladeshi openers were left-handed batsmen.

But both Tamim and Sarkar used their feet well against Perera from the very beginning. Lakmal, from the other end, bowled a probing line early on. He even created a chance against Tamim, who was hit on the pads in the third over of the innings. Lakmal made a huge appeal, but his teammates, including the wicketkeeper, did not join him. Umpire turned it down, but it turned out that had the Lankans gone for a review, they could have got the first breakthrough. It was a lucky escape for Tamim, who made the most of it by batting sensibly.

Herath kept shuffling his bowlers, but success eluded him. Both Tamim and Sarkar went about their business in a nonchalant manner, as the conditions became better for batting. Herath did no wrong, except holding Lakshan Sandakan till the 23rd over.

And just when it appeared Lankans will have to take a sour tea without any success, Herath removed Tamim. There were two sounds as a Herath delivery wrapped on Tamim s pads, which prompted Aleem Dar to rule him not out. Herath went for a review, which suggested the ball had pitched in line, the impact was in line and it was hitting the stumps. Importantly, there was no bat involved. The decision had to be overturned. With this, Bangladesh went to tea at 95 for 1, trailing by 243. This has been an extremely good start for the tourists, and the session has clearly belonged to them.

Platform for a good score has been set. It will be interesting to see whether Bangladeshi batsmen can make good use of it. Earlier, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 338 in the first session. Dinesh Chandimal scored a fine hundred while Mehedi Hasan picked up 3 wickets.

Brief scores

Sri Lanka 338 lead Bangladesh 95 for 1 (Tamim Iqbal 49, Soumya Sarkar 40*; Rangana Herath 1 for 14) by 243 runs at tea on Day 2.