DHAKA, Jan 28 (AFP): 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 today.
Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375-5 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.
Bangladesh’s 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 60-0, had moved to 118 when left-hander Karunaratne was snapped up at short cover off Shakib just before lunch.
Bangladesh 1st innings: 232
Sri Lanka 1st innings (overnight 60-0): D Karunaratne c Robiul b Shakib 53, K Silva lbw b Shakib 139, K Sangakkara c Nasir b Al-Amin 75, M Jayawardene not out 42, D Chandimal b Shakib 40, S Lakmal c Nasir b Gazi 0. Extras: (b8, w12, nb6) 26. Total (for five wickets, 108.2 overs) 375. Fall of wickets: 1-118, 2-273, 3-302, 4-374, 5-375. Bowling: Robiul 14-1-43-0, Al-Amin 25-2-87-1, Rubel 17-0-74-0, Gazi 16.2-3-44-1, Shakib 27-4-94-3, Mominul 6-0-20-0, Nasir 3-0-5-0.