Sri Lanka A v Bangladesh A, Colombo, 2nd day March 26, 2007

Sri Lanka A aim for sizable first-innings lead

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh A 201 for 7 (Hossain 51) trail Sri Lanka A 395 (Vandort 114, Mubarak 55, Silva 75, Haque 6-106) by 194 runs

Sri Lanka A took a firm grip on the match by reducing Bangladesh A to 201 for 7 on the second day at the Colombo Cricket Club ground. Sri Lanka A were dismissed for 396 earlier in the day and were poised to gain a significant first-innings lead.

Resuming on 296 for 5 on the second day, Kaushal Silva and Upul Chandana extended their overnight partnership to 103. Chandana contributed 43 before Enamul Haque jnr trapped him leg before and Silva was dismissed for 75 in the same manner with the score on 372. The tailenders posed no problem for Haque who sliced through their the lower order to finish with 6 for 106.

Bangladesh's openers, Jahurul Islam and Mehrab Hossain jnr, gave them a solid start by adding 69 for the first wicket. Once Dammika Prasad broke through Islam's defences, Sri Lanka A began picking off wickets at regular intervals. Hossain top-scored with 51 and Tushar Imran contributed 31. Mahmudullah remained not out on 37 with Mosharraf Hossain who had just come to the crease with Bangladesh A still trailing by 194 runs. Sujeewa de Silva, Rangana Herath and Chandana picked up two wickets each for Sri Lanka A.