The second Test in Colombo is the 100th Test for Bangladesh and could very well prove to be the added boost that the team needs to get back into the series and find the leveller. After the 259 run loss in Galle, Bangladesh need to pull through and started off nicely on the opening day with four wickets in the first session after Sri Lanka opted to bat first. The post-lunch session hinged towards the hosts but Bangladesh drew back in the final session. Dinesh Chandimal’s fighting 86 kept Sri Lanka going. The pitch, however, won’t make it easy for Bangladesh and the weather, once again, could play a part in the next four days.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test Day 1 Updates:
1715 hrs IST: STUMPS! Umpires call for early stop to the proceedings on the opening day. The imminent storm could have hurt the pitch and the umpires rightly decide to stop play in the 84th over with Sri Lanka on 238/7. Dinesh Chandimal is on 86 and Rangana Herath on 18. Mustafizur Rahman and Mehedi Hasan both picked up two wickets.
1643 hrs IST: OUCH! Herath smacks the ball and it hits Imrul Kayes right on the lower foot as he tries to move away at the forward short leg. Physio comes out to tend to him. Looks bad. Off come the socks and he’s limping off the field of play. That’s bad news for the visitors. Expect him to sit out the remainder of the day
1615 hrs IST: Drinks at Colombo. Sri Lanka are 199/7 after 69 overs. Don’t think we’d be able to finish 90 overs today
1548 hrs IST: GONE! Dilruwan Perera goes for 9 and Sri Lanka are 195/7. Mustafizur Rahman delivers it wide and pitched up, Perera tries to slash it but ends up getting an edge which Soumya Sarkar takes at first slip. Good catch to quickly get the hands up and snap that up
1543 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal continues to remain strong in the middle. He’s up to 55 now and has Dilruwan Perera for company.
1520 hrs IST: GONE! Dickwella is bowled by Shakib. A poor shot makes it six-down for the hosts. Shakib with a full delivery on leg stump from around the stumps, the batsman tries to reverse sweep it past point. But he played it a touch too early, misses the ball completely and has his stumps dismantled.
1442 hrs IST: TEA! Very good session for Sri Lanka after that rocky start in the morning. They’re on to 149/5 with Dickwella on 11 and Chandimal on 54. 79 runs in that session with single wicket lost
1439 hrs IST: Dickwella looks to sweep Mehedi but misses it completely. Tossed up from around the stumps but that’s an optimistic review as they get. Rightfully turned down as the ball was going way down the leg side.
1417 hrs IST: New man in for Sri Lanka is Dickwella
1415 hrs IST: GONE! Dhananjaya looked to pull Taijul but it didn’t rise as much as it should have, stays low and the Sri Lanka batsman plays all over it. Didn’t help that the ball skidded through and in the end hit middle and leg. Against the run of play that and Bangladesh have broken the 66-run stand
1406 hrs IST: FIFTY! Fifty for Dinesh Chandimal. He brings up his 12th Test fifty with a resolute show. 50 runs from 110 balls with three boundaries. Suffered early onslaught from Bangladesh bowling but has grown in confidence since
1400 hrs IST: GONE? Soft signal is not out as Dinesh Chandimal sweeps Taijul Islam and gets a top edge that is taken by Mehedi Hasan. Lovely take to slide forward, hands forward and then take it. Or that’s what the Bangladesh players are claiming. Tough call whether it carried before the bounce or after. TV umpire has another big call to make. And that stays not out. Cheers all around as Chandimal moves to 46 and Sri Lanka are 129/4
1324 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal is caught leg before by Shakib Al Hasan. REVIEW. Strides forward trying to defend the delivery which pitches on middle and leg stump. The ball is going on to miss the stumps and Chandimal survives. Original decision has been overturned. No way to be sure for TV umpire Erasmus that there was an inside edge to go for the bat-pad catch for first slip.
1245 hrs IST: Second session underway in Colombo. Dinesh Chandimal is joined by Dhananjaya de Silva in the middle. Subashis Roy and Shakib Al Hasan have the ball.
1203 hrs IST: LUNCH! Sri Lanka are 70/4 after the first session. It belonged entirely to Bangladesh from the word go. They’ve bowled with discipline and made the most of the help from the pitch
1201 hrs IST: GONE! Change in bowling does the trick for Bangladesh. Subashis comes on to bowl the final over before lunch. Angled delivery full on stumps and Gunaratne is caught pad-first. Plump in front. Doesn’t even wait for the umpire’s decision and finger to go up. He walks and Bangladesh strike on the stroke of the lunch break
1117 hrs IST: GONE! Mehedi Hasan gets his second. Upul Tharanga edges it and it is taken low by Soumya Sarkar at first slip. Tharanga looks to defend and play it down but the ball spins away and gets some extra bounce to eke an outside edge that is held on to with ease
1100 hrs IST: GONE! Kusal Mendis departs to Mehedi Hasan. Kusal lunges forward to play it early and before the ball could turn but this one maintains its line and Mushfiqur, behind the stumps, is quick to hold on and remove the bails in a flash. Mendis is long way forward and no need for a TV review.
1041 hrs IST: GONE! Karunaratne goes for an expansive drive on the up to Mustafizur but only manages to get an outside edge that goes flying to Mehedi Hasan at gully. That is very well taken by the Bangladesh spinner.
1039 hrs IST: First bowling change of the morning as Mehedi Hasan comes on to bowl. On the last ball of the over, he sees Tharanga leave confidently or was that a very nervous leave? Either way, it is very close to the stumps as keeper collects the ball into the gloves. Incredible how it didn’t bowl him out.
1016 hrs IST: Beautiful start for Bangladesh with the new ball. Both the bowlers getting the ball to beat the outside of the bat, getting some leg before shouts going and now Karunaratne survives. Gets an outside edge and the ball finds the small gap between second and third slip. Neat bowling to start things off
1005 hrs IST: Dimuth Kuranartne and Upul Tharanga come on out to bat and open the Sri Lanka innings. Subashis Roy and Mustafizur Rahman have the ball
1001 hrs IST: TEAMS:
SRI LANKA: Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (capt), Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan
BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Taijul Islam, Subashis Roy, Mustafizur Rahman
Changes for the teams: Dhananjaya de Silva comes in, Lahiru Kumara out for Sri Lanka. Four changes for Bangladesh. Mosaddek Hossain gets his Test debut. Imrul, Taijul and Sabbir are back in the side with Mominul, Mahmudullah, Liton and Taskin missing out
1000 hrs IST: TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat first
1000 hrs IST: Hello and good morning for the second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka are looking to build on their massive 259 run win in Galle and ensure a series whitewash. On the other hand, Bangladesh would look to level matters at a ground which has over the past produced results and not gone on to be a draw-friendly pitch. Will that stay the same? We’d find out. Meanwhile, reasons to celebrate for Bangladesh administrators with the country playing their 100th Test match.