Rajitha bags fifer as Tigers’ struggle in morning session continues
Sri Lanka got off to a flying start on the second day of their second Test against Bangladesh as pacer Kasun Rajitha removed ton-up Liton Das and Mosaddek Hossain to complete his fifer in the first hour of the day's play at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Interestingly, Bangladesh, who were reduced to 296 for seven, lost all of their seven wickets in the morning session of the Test. Even yesterday, Bangladesh were 31 for five at the first drinks break.
Meanwhile, Rajitha became only the second Sri Lankan pacer to have bagged a five-wicket haul against Bangladesh in Tests after Dilhara Fernando, who was the first to pick up a fifer in Tests against Bangladesh back in Colombo in 2005.
Five for 57 in 24 overs (so far) is also Rajitha's career-best figure in Tests.
Both Sri Lanka pacers Rajitha and Asitha Fernando have been troubling the Bangladesh batters from the start of the day's play, with the Mirpur pitch assisting them with uneven bounce once in a while.
Liton was the first to fall, when he nicked a Rajitha delivery and was taken sharply at second slip, ending a record 272-run sixth-wicket stand -- the fourth highest partnership in Tests for Bangladesh and also the highest stand for the wicket.
Liton's brilliant 246-ball 141 has only enhanced his stats and extended his purple patch as the batter is only second to England's Joe Root in terms of runs scored in the last 12 months. Root scored 1272 runs in 27 innings in the last 12 months while Liton scored 825 in 14 innings during the same time.
Rajitha, meanwhile, scalped the wicket of Mosaddek Hossain two deliveries after removing Liton.