BCB XI clueless against Herath
Sri Lankans 36 for 2 trail Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 88 (Herath 6-16) by 52 runs
After ruling out play on the first day fog and bad light allowed only 53.1 overs on the second, but that was more than sufficient for the Sri Lankan spinners to roll over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI for 88 in Savar. The wrecker-in-chief surprisingly was not Muttiah Muralitharan but left-arm spinner, Rangana Herath, who was included in the touring party after Ajantha Mendis was ruled out with an ankle injury.
After the new-ball bowlers had nipped out a couple of early wickets Herath, who has played only 13 Tests since making his debut in 1999, ran through the young BCB side. Opener Imrul Kayes and Raqibul Hasan had taken the hosts to 47 for 2 before Herath struck five times in his next four overs. Muralitharan took two in two balls to put them in more trouble and only No. 8 Saikat Ali (22) provided any resistance.
The Sri Lankans' batting wasn't as impressive; Malinda Warnapura and Chamara Kapugedera were both dismissed for ducks before Michael Vandort and captain Mahela Jayawardene dragged the visitors to 36 off 19 overs.
This is the Sri Lankans' only practice match before the first Test gets underway in Mirpur on Boxing Day. Several of their practice sessions have also been hampered due to the fog.