Sri Lankan cricketer Dimuth Karunaratne (L) plays a shot as Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim looks on during the second Test of the series at Colombo's P Sara Oval. Photo: AFP
Riding a valiant century from Dimuth Karunaratne 126 Sri Lanka posted 268 runs for 8 to lead Bangladesh by 139 runs when the umpires called stumps on day-4 of the second Test match of the series at Colombo’s P Sara Oval on Saturday.
Dilruwan Perera was batting on 26 and Suranga Lakmal on 16 . Shakib AL Hasan and Mustafizur took three wickets each in Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings.
Bangladesh struck early in the morning session when Mehedi Hasan Miraz went past the gates Upul Tharanga (26) with a beautiful turner with his first ball. Since then Bangladesh bowlers have struggled to trouble the batsmen.
Karunaratne and Mendis, who scored 194 in the first innings at Galle, looked comfortable in patiently negotiating some sharp turners from Bangladesh spinners while Subashis Roy and Mustafizur Rahman produced good bounce from the pitch.
The islanders resumed on an overnight score of 54 for no loss after Shakib Al Hasan’s century gave Bangladesh a hefty first innings-lead of 129 runs
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain, Wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Subashis Roy
Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (Wicketkeeper), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (Captain), Suranga Lakmal and Lakshan Sandakan