SRI LANKA VS BANGLADESH, 2ND TEST
Cricbuzz Staff •
Live Score Updates
Bangladesh 364/6 (100.5 Ovs)
Mosaddek 44 (66)
Sri Lanka 338
Dilruwan Perera 28.5-5-74-0
Day 3: 2nd Session – Bangladesh lead by 26 runs
Late strikes revived Sri Lanka on Day 2. © AFP
Mosaddek impresses in his debut innings: The 21-year old middle-order batsman is made of sterner stuff. He has already hit 7 first-class hundreds, his highest score is a whopping 282 and he’s proving that he’s ready for Test cricket. After a slightly nervy start, he has opened up and played some delightful shots. With Shakib for company, runs are flowing for the visitors. Troubled times ahead for the hosts? They haven’t made things easy for themselves. Dickwella drops a tough chance and Shakib gets another life on 67.
Shakib drives Bangladesh into lead: The visitors have been patient since lunch – happy to grind out runs and ensuring that they don’t lose any wickets. With four wickets remaining in the shed, can Bangladesh get a handy first-innings lead?
LUNCH: The visitors will certainly relish their food with Rahim and Shakib having put them in a strong position. They added 102 runs for the loss of Rahim in the morning session and now trail the hosts by a mere 22 runs.
FIFTY for Shakib: The Bangladesh all-rounder had a charmed life, dropped late yesterday and a couple of close calls today, but he has now reached his 22nd Test fifty. Can he make the hosts pay for the missed chances? By the way, Bangladesh have crossed the 300-run mark.
WICKET: Sri Lanka took the second new ball the moment it was available and Lakmal struck with it almost immediately. He enticed Rahim into a loose drive, burst through his defences and sent the middle-stump pegged back. A much needed wicket for the hosts, the two batsmen looked well poised to get Bangladesh as close to Sri Lanka’s total of 338 as possible. More importantly, it has opened up the visitors lower-order to a hard new cherry.
Sri Lanka lose a review: After a confident LBW appeal is turned down off his bowling, Herath wants a review. The only suspicion was the point of impact. Hawk-Eye comes to Rahim’s rescue as it returned umpire’s call on impact. The ball was certainly crashing into middle-stump, but the batsman can’t be given out.
Fifty for Rahim: The Bangladesh captain is in the midst of a purple patch and he brings up yet another half-century, his 17th in Tests. This one has come from just 66 balls and has taken the fight back to the hosts’ corner. Bangladesh now trail Sri Lanka by just 52 runs.
Shakib survives again: It’s not turning out to be a great morning for the hosts. First, the runs are flowing from the bats of both batsmen and for once – when they get an opportunity, they make a royal mess of it. Massive misunderstanding between the two batsmen and Shakib was all but stranded. He put in a big dive, but even that wouldn’t have saved him, only if the throw was decent enough. It’s a wayward one though and the Bangladesh all-rounder scrambles back towards safety.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: Bangladesh seemed to have given away the initiative late on the second day but Shabib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim – are wrestling it back their team’s way. The deficit is now down to double digits as well. Too early to say, but can Bangladesh gain a first-innings lead?
Positive start from Bangladesh: Having finished Day 2 on a helter skelter mode, Shakib and Mushfiqur looked relaxed as play started on the third day. Herath kept faith in his two successful bowlers, Lakshan Sandakan and Suranga Lakmal – as he continued his hunt for wickets.
BUILD UP: Both teams ended Day 2 on an even keel. Chandimal brilliant ton and a defiant ninth-wicket stand with Suranga Lakmal helped Sri Lanka edge ahead by accumulating 100 runs in the morning session before getting bowled out. Bangladesh were solid in reply, courtesy a 95-run opening stand between Tamim and Sarkar. Then the two fell in quick succession. Sabbir Rahman did some quick scoring to rebuild but the final four overs changed the face of the game once again. Lakshan Sandakan picked two in as many deliveries, including the nightwatchman. Lakmal then sent back Sabbir – or should I say Sabbir then threw away another good start? Shakib did some blind hitting too, surviving twice in closing minutes of play. Bangladesh, effectively, are 124 behind Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 338. Shakib and Rahim to resume the innings. Stay tuned.
Hello and welcome to our live blog for Day 3 of the second Test between the hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.