Bangladesh put in strong batting performance in 100th Test

By Max Wade | March 17, 2017

Report: Day 3, 2nd Test, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 2017

Shakib Al Hasan hit his fifth Test hundred to help Bangladesh surpass Sri Lanka's first innings total of 338 and give the visitors a handy lead. © AFP

A high-scoring affair continued on the third day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with the tourists being dismissed for 467 before the Sri Lankan openers produced a valiant 54-run stand to reach stumps 75 runs behind.

The action was highlighted by a century from Shakib Al Hasan and a memorable 75-run knock on debut from Mosaddek Hossain, which saw the visitors gain a lead in the match.

Rangana Herath celebrated his 1000th first-class wicket after he dismissed Mustafizur Rahman for a golden duck. Herath joins Muttiah Muralitharan as the only Sri Lankan cricketers to achieve the milestone.

The day was a successful one for Bangladesh — two strong partnerships ensured that they would surpass Sri Lanka's first innings total of 338. The first was the 90-run sixth-wicket partnership between Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim, before the latter was bowled by Suranga Lakmal with the new ball freshly added to his arsenal.

Video: Lakshan Sandakan talks to reporters after the third day's play

Shakib continued to add to the total with Mosaddek, taking the seventh-wicket stand to 131 runs before Test cricket's most-successful left-arm spinner Herath rained on the parade of the Bangladeshi debutant, having him stumped on 75 runs.

Herath was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers. He finished the innings with four wickets, including two in two balls, in his 34.1 overs. Lakshan Sandakan also finished the innings with four wickets, the most notable of which was that of Shakib on 116 to end the biggest partnership of the Bangladesh innings.

The last three wickets saw another 46 runs added to the total for the tourists, who ended their innings with a 129-run lead, before the Sri Lankan openers survived the efforts of the Bangladesh bowlers to reach stumps unscathed and only 75 behind.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga both finished the day on 25 runs each through the 13 overs bowled before stumps was taken.

Bangladesh ended the day in the box seat, although they were unable to take an early scalp from the home side.

The day also marked only the second time Bangladesh have managed a first innings lead in a Test match away from home, the other occurring in 2013 in Galle.

© Island Cricket


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