Sri Lanka dominates opening day

Sri Lanka ended the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh in a strong position, reaching 60 without loss after bowling out the hosts for 232 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Monday (January 27).

Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal shared seven wickets between them after Sri Lanka had won the toss and put Bangladesh in, and Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Kaushal Silva (30) stayed unseparated till stumps as Sri Lanka ended the day 172 runs behind.

The day started with Shamsur Rahman, the debutant opener, putting on 35 runs with Tamim Iqbal, before Eranga dismissed Iqbal for six. In a space of 24 runs, Bangladesh then lost four wickets. Marshall Ayub was lbw to Angelo Mathews, Lakmal dismissed Monimul Haque and Rahman became Eranga’s second victim.

With Bangladesh in a spot of bother at 59 for 4, Shakib Al Hassan and Mushfiqur Rahim consolidated the innings with a partnership of 86 runs before Rangana Herath trapped Shakib in front for 55. Nasir Hossain followed soon after that – caught behind off Eranga – before Rahim added 53 for the seventh wicket with Sohag Gazi.

After having taken Bangladesh past the 200-run mark, Rahim was lbw to Lakmal for 61 and the tail did not offer much resistance. Eranga picked up the last wicket, ending with 4 for 49 as Bangladesh was bowled out in 63.5 overs. Lakmal picked up 3 for 66.

Sri Lanka had included Kithuruwan Vithanage in place of Prasanna Jayawardena, who had to fly back home because of his father’s ill health, in the playing XI. Sri Lanka Cricket announced the passing of his father in a statement later in the day. Dinesh Chandimal donned the gloves in Jayawardena’s absence.

Bangladesh had left out Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak from their initial squad, and gone in with three quick bowlers in Rubel Hossain, Robiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain.

(Courtesy:International Cricket Council)