Sri Lanka bowled themselves to a position of strength despite a rally by Bangladesh tailender Mashrafe Mortaza on the second day of the second and final Test here. Spinners Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan shared seven wickets to bowl out the hosts for 208 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lankas 384.
It was Mortaza who spared Bangladesh the ignominy of following on,adding 63 for the last wicket with Shahadat Hossain after they were reeling at 145-9. Mortaza hit eight fours and two sixes. Sri Lankan openers Malinda Warnapura and Prasanna Jayawardene took the visitors to 13-0 in their second innings at close for an overall lead of 189.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 384 all out (T Dilshan 162,C Kapugedera 96,Shakib 4/109) and 13/0; Bangladesh 208 all out (M Mortaza 63,A Mendis 4/71)