Opener Kaushal Silva hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375 for 5 by stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, a lead of 143 over Bangladesh’s first innings total of 232 with five wickets in hand. The right-hander put on 118 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then teamed up with veteran Kumar Sangakkara (75) to add a further 155 runs for the second wicket.
Sri Lanka will resume on Wednesday looking to grab a really sizeable lead and have the hosts on the ropes in the first match of the two-Test series.
The hosts’ bowlers, who managed just one wicket in the morning session on the even-paced pitch, claimed four in the post-tea period to slow Sri Lanka’s run spree. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with three for 94, including the vital wicket of Silva. Sri Lanka, who started the day on 60 for no loss, had moved to 118 when left-hander Karunaratne was snapped up at short cover off Shakib just before lunch.
After a barren post-lunch period, Bangladesh removed Silva and Sangakkara in quick succession in the final session. They claimed two more wickets as Sri Lanka slipped from a comfortable 273 for 1 to 375 for 5.
Mahela Jayawardene was unbeaten on 42 when play was called off soon after the dismissal of nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal, from Sohag Gazi.
BRIEF SCORES: Bangladesh 232 (M Rahim 61, Shakib Al Hasan 55; S Eranga 4/49, S Lakmal 3/66) v Sri Lanka 375 for 5 (K Silva 139, K Sangakkara 75, D Karunaratne 53; Shakib Al Hasan 3/94)