Riding high on Kusal Mendis' century, Sri Lanka posted a big score in the first innings. In reply, Bangladesh showed tremendous fighting spirit as they ended Day 2 on 133/2. A century stand for the opening wicket ensured that 494 scored by the home team did not intimidate the visitors.
Kusal Mendis misses out on double century, Mehedi shines for Bangla
Starting off where they had left off yesterday, the Lankans continued their fine display of batting. Kusal Mendis, who was unbeaten on 166 on Day 1, proceeded with his fine strokes but was dismissed by Mehedi Hasan for 194. He was soon followed by Niroshan Dickwella who scored a half-century. Dilruwan Perera played some brisk shots as he brought up a half century for himself and elevated the Lankan total to 494. Mehedi Hasan was the pick of the Bangla bowlers with 4 Lankan wickets to his name. He dismissed the overnight pair to ensure that the score did not cross the 500-run mark.
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Opening stand steadies Bangladesh
With a high score on the board posted by the Lankans, the Bangladesh batsmen had a tough task on hand. The opening pair rose to the occasion as they added 118 for the first wicket. This is the third highest opening stand for Bangladesh in tests. Both Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal struck half-centuries in the process. Tamim scored 57 off 112 with 6 boundaries while Sarkar remained unbeaten at Stumps on 66 off 133 deliveries.
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Sri Lanka strike late in the day
As Bangladesh showed strong resistance, the Lankan skipper tried all his bowling options. However, luck favoured the Lankans towards the end of the day as Bangladesh lost two quick wickets. Trying to take advantage of an appeal for caught behind, Tamim tried to sneak a run only to realize that the ball was still with the wicket-keeper who did not wait to knock the bails off. Number 3 batsman Mominul Haque was soon sent back by Dilruwan Perera after being caught plumb in front of wickets for just 7 runs.
Soumya Sarkar and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim will start the day's proceedings on Day 3.
— Ethir Katchi (@sudhanks) March 8, 2017
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 494 (K Mendis 196, N Dickwella 75; M Hasan 4/113)
Bangladesh 1st innings: 133/2 (S Sarkar 66*, T Iqbal 57; D Perera 1/32)
Bangladesh trail by 361 runs.