SLC Development XI v Bangladeshis, Warm-up game, Colombo September 8, 2005

Javed Omar stands amid the ruins


SLC Development XI 109 for 2 (Kalavitigoda 54*) trail Bangladeshis 195 (Omar 81, Baisya 54) by 86 runs

Bangladesh's struggle on their tour of Sri Lanka continued as they were bowled out for a meagre 195 in a warm-up game against the Sri Lanka Cricket Development Squad XI in Colombo.

Gayan Wijekoon, the seam bowler, and Gihan Rupasinghe, the legspinner, bagged three wickets each for the home side and it was mainly Javed Omar's defiant 81 that saved the Bangladeshis from humiliation. Omar struck 11 fours off 109 deliveries while Tapash Baisya made a quick 54 off 76 balls with six fours and a six. Aftab Ahmed was the only other batsman to reach double-figures.

The Sri Lankans were 109 for 2 in reply when bad light forced an early closure on the opening day. Shantha Kalavithigoda, who was recently included in the Test squad, got them off to a steady start - after a 67-run opening stand with Harsha Vithana - and was unbeaten on 54 at stumps.

This is the only practice game ahead of a two-Test series that begins at the Premdasa Stadium on Monday. Bangladesh were whitewashed 3-0 by Sri Lanka in a preceding one-day series.