Lankans take control in series decider

Kalerkantho Online   

9 February, 2018 16:24 PM

Lankans take control in series decider

Dhananjya de Silva lifts one over extra cover. Photo: AP

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Sri Lankans took control in the series decider of a two-Test series against host Bangladesh as they extended their lead to 286 runs, with 4 wickets in hand in the second day’s play at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.

Having 222 runs in the 1st innings, Sri Lanka opened the second innings and already scored 174 runs for 6 wickets in 54th over where Roshen Silva 43 and Dilruwan Perera were on batting for the side.

Earlier, Bangladesh resumed the 1st innings on the second day with overnight score of 56/4 in 22 overs and finished on 110/10 in 45.4 overs, giving Sri Lanka a 112-run lead in the 1st innings, before the lunch break.

The Tigers went through a messy innings of 23.4 overs, losing six wickets for 54 runs on the day where overnight Mehidy Hasan Miraz (38* off 78 b; 2x4; 1x6) was the only batsman could hold the nerves till the end to add 33 runs more with his overnight collection.

Another overnight batsman Liton Kumar Das (25 off 54b; 3x4) played 11 balls on the day’s innings to add one run more with his previous score before being bowled out by Suranga Lakmal on 73/5 in 27overs.

Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad (17 off 46b; 2x4) was bowled out by debut all-rounder Akila Dananjaya, giving a 46-ball company to Miraz to carry the team collection to 107/6 in 42.2 overs from where Akila started his spin show of 3 for 20 in 10 overs.

The Tigers lost their five wickets--Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Taijul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman -- within a span of three runs off 3.1 overs, from 107/6 in 42.2 overs to 110/10 in 45.4 overs, to end the innings with shame.

Akila Dananjaya and Suranga Lakmal equally shared six wickets in the innings conceding 20 and 25 runs respectively while Dilruwan Perera got two wickets for 32 runs.


With UNB input