Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2nd day March 16, 2017

Late wickets hurt Bangladesh's reply to SL's 338


Bangladesh 214 for 5 (Sarkar 61, Sandakan 3-65) trail Sri Lanka 338 (Chandimal 138, Mehedi 3-90) by 124 runs
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Isam: Bangladesh batsmen could have learnt from Chandimal

The two ends of the day were delicate and disastrous. Dinesh Chandimal took Sri Lanka out of a slippery slope, from an overnight 238 for 7 to a more comfortable footing of 338. Then, Bangladesh did what they have so regularly, giving away a good start and looking like a team hell-bent on self-destruction.

Chandimal gave Sri Lanka the cushion with his proficiency, ensuring that they moved quickly on the second morning. Along with Herath, the duo batted for 30-odd minutes before Shakib Al Hasan had the Sri Lanka captain edging to slip for 25. Then, Suranga Lakmal continued the lower order's good work with 35, most of which came during his 33-run last-wicket stand with Lakshan Sandakan.

But it was during the Chandimal-Lakmal ninth-wicket stand that Sri Lanka truly regained control. The duo added 55 runs in quick time, thanks mainly to Chandimal, who opened up with big hits down the ground after notching up his eighth Test century. He finished with ten fours and a six over square-leg off Mustafizur Rahman. Mehedi Hasan picked up three wickets, while Soumya Sarkar took four catches - a record for a Bangladesh fielder in a Test innings.

Sri Lanka could have jolted Bangladesh early in their reply had Rangana Herath not been shy in asking for a review in the third over. Tamim played Lakmal across the line and was struck in front; replays later confirmed that the umpire's not out call would have been overturned.

Tamim, on 2 then, survived on 23 when Sri Lanka again decided against using the review. This time, it was Dilruwan Perera who pinged him in front. That hardly deterred Tamim, however, and along with Soumya Sarkar, who stroked the ball nicely, put together a third successive 50-plus stand for the first wicket.

When Tamim eventually fell, at the stroke of tea, he had been trapped in front again, having missed a slider from Herath. This time, the review worked, and Tamim walked back one short of fifty, having played 91 balls.

Imrul Kayes, who replaced Mominul Haque at No. 3, got off the mark with an edged boundary, which was followed by a reverse sweep. Sarkar raised a fifty, but just like in Galle, fell soon after. With Sandakan pitching it up, Sarkar shaped to play towards cover but ended up leaving a big gap that allowed the ball to sneak through and hit the stumps. Just one ball prior, he had smacked Sandakan through covers, but given how he has failed to complete the job in every innings this year, the dismissal was not entirely unexpected. Sabbir Rahman and Kayes tried to keep the scoring rate at par with the previous partnerships, but seemed to search for far too many acute angles to find gaps.

Kayes had been handed a reprieve when he was dropped on 25 by Chandimal at deep square leg. But he couldn't make it count, missing a quicker delivery from Sandakan and sent back lbw for 34.

Next ball, Taijul Islam, sent out as a nightwatchman, was done in by pace as he was rapped on the pads by a fuller one. With umpire S Ravi not giving it out, Sri Lanka had to opt for another review and were successful again. Shakib Al Hasan played across the line off the hat-trick ball, but luckily for him, he had struck it well.

The slide worsened when a set Sabbir fell to Lakmal's leg-side trap that included a leg gully, short square-leg and a short midwicket. Seeing the field, he played a half-hearted pull that lobbed to leg gully and he was caught by Dhananjay de Silva for 42.

As if that weren't enough, Shakib kept pressing hard at Sandakan, and was lucky to survive. First, Upul Tharanga put him down a deep square leg, before Chandimal nearly got to another top-edged pull. Mushfiqur then quietly got under a bouncer from Lakmal to end the day.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Peter on March 17, 2017, 7:13 GMT

    What terrible fielding by Tharanga.He should never have been selected for this series.Before this series in SA & Australia, he dropped 3 simple catches in consecutive matches which cost the team a total of a mere 250 runs! How much will this drop off Shakib cost? He seems to have been practising Vollyball before the match.The selectors should resign.

  • yadava5614172 on March 17, 2017, 7:04 GMT

    Even though shakib is still batting not sure if he could convert it into century.....If Bangladesh play at least 40 overs and take 100 runs lead they will be in game otherwise really difficult for them....btw mossadek is great talent always wanted him to play. ...He deserve spot @5 BT for now he should try to utilise this opportunity and score 50-60 in this game....He along with liton das & mominul haque could serve Bangladesh for long periods in test....These player should play and bat up the order. ....btw shakib should realise there are players to replace him if he don't perform. ...This is chance for him to prove himself. ..even if wkts fall if he sticks he could redeem just a wkt away from win. ...but if last 4 wkts cost sl more than 120 runs they are in trouble.

  • desilv8838765 on March 17, 2017, 6:55 GMT

    Saw few SL supporters bragging about their 100 years old School cricket tournaments in SL ,but honestly what has their great school cricket has give them lately? cannot find a decent technically correct batsman who is neither cross bat slogger or stand and deliver slogger , their first-class cricket is so bad that they had to bring back once proven failures like Tharanga to fill the batting lineup . Now compared to that BD cricket future looks really good , young Shabbir looks like a star in the making , Sarkar is a solid opener , the debuetent Mossaddek looks well composed batsman and the 19 year old Mehedi hassan looks far better bowler than Hearth and Dilruwan in this game .

  • Cricinfouser on March 17, 2017, 6:53 GMT

    I hope that in this match new gift by sakib....all bengali pary for sakib...

  • Peter on March 17, 2017, 6:53 GMT

    A pertinent query regarding DRS.This is the scenario today's play- Herath bowling, MusfiqurRaheem attempts a sweep.Ball hits him on the front pad.Sri lankans appeal Umpire says not out.Herath asks for a review.Ball pitches in line , Hits him in line but deemed marginally ( 1mm) outside the line of off stump, ball tracking hitting middle stump.All 3 reds BUT HERE IS THE FUNNY BIT- because the umpire said not out it stays with the umpires call.My pertinent point is- what if the reason of the umpire giving it not out was because he thought there was an edge? But the 3rd umpire gives it as 'Umpires Call' for another reason! This is absurd.When the refereral is made for the review, the umpire should have to audibly say WHY he doesn't think it's not out and that the 3rd umpires decision should be based on this. In the example in today's play, if the umpire says on referral not out due to inside edge, The call would be OUT. Isn't this a fairer way to refer? Please forward this to the ICC

  • Md. Mahamudul on March 17, 2017, 6:52 GMT

    Very good to see Shakib started taking responsibility once again after a while. The inclusions of Moshaddek and Sabbir looking good altogether with Shakib's different attitude. I think, this is a nearing a settled squad only with a change or two in the bowling department according to the pitch conditions.

  • Manik on March 17, 2017, 6:42 GMT

    Mushy looks like straighten the ship as well as Shakib. When Shakib scores its just bonus for us; as we do not expect him to score more than 30 anyway.

  • rajeev9986700 on March 17, 2017, 6:25 GMT

    Herath has again underbowled himself. Bangladesh scores has inflated . Never appoint a bowler as they Captain. Batsman feared Herath and gifted wickets to lesser known Sandakan.

  •   cricfan4505434012 on March 17, 2017, 6:19 GMT

    Srilankan fielding standard is worst in past 2 years; what a delevery fir lakmal or this man take a bow

  •   swaroopbv on March 17, 2017, 6:18 GMT

    These Bangladeshi's will never win any test match nor will gain any respect until they learn to show sportmanship spirit and respect other team players. Shame on Mushfiqur Rahim calling himself captain of the team and behave like a kinder garten kid.

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