Sri Lanka 587
Bangladesh 86/1 (25.0 ov)
Bangladesh trail by 501 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes steadied the Tigers’ first innings after opener Tamim Iqbal was dismissed in the first over against Sri Lanka on the second day of Chittagong Test today.
The visitors scored 587 runs in their first innings, anchored by ace batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s 319.
Bangladesh scored 86 for the loss of one wicket off 25 overs at the close of the day’s play, with Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes unbeaten on 45 and 36 respectively.
The first blood was drawn off the Tigers in the very first over when Bangladesh had yet to score any run.
The low delivery from Suranga Lakmal saw Tamim on the back foot and touched the stump to silence the home crowd at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Imrul Kayes, who returned to national squad after a long time, joined Shamsur Rahman on the crease to guide the hosts safely through the day’s play.
Starting their second-day innings at 314 for 5, Lankans lost Kithuruwan Vithanage and Dilruwan Perera in quick succession in 110th and 111th over on 35 and 1 runs respectively.
But Mendis kept his nerve on to accompany Sangakkara to post a huge total. He scored 47 before Shakib Al Hasan sent him back trapping him leg before.
Shakib stroke again four overs later, in 144th over, picking up the wicket of Lakmal.
Much to the relief of the local crowd, Sangakkara, who gave the foundation to the massive Lankans total, finally stopped in the 157th over, giving a catch to Sohag Gazi off a delivery from Nasir Hossain.
He hammered 32 boundaries and eight over boundary in his.
He became the fastest to 11,000 Test runs, getting there in just 208 innings.
West Indies batting great Brian Lara remains the second fastest scoring the 11,000 in 213 innings.
Shakib grabbed five wickets for 148.
Nasir Hossian picked up two wickets while Al Amin, Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah one wicket each.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is not keeping behind the stumps today due to an injury to his left hand.
Shamsur Rahman has replaced him behind the stumps.
Mushfiq was hurt on the field yesterday while attempting to hold on to a delivery which went down the leg side.
An X-ray report this morning suggested that he had slightly damaged his finger.
In the first match of the series, Lankans defeated the Tigers by the huge margin of an innings and 248 runs.
The Lankans have a nearly flawless record against Bangladesh, when it comes to Test cricket.
Of the 14 matches that the two teams faced, Sri Lanka have won 13 of them.