Tue, 11 May 2021

Tea Bangladesh 251 and 112 for 3 (Mominul 27*, Mushfiqur 1*, Jayawickrama 2-31) trail Sri Lanka 493 for 7 dec and 194 for 9 dec (Karunaratne 66, de Silva 41, Taijul 5-72) by 325 runs

Praveen Jayawickrama chipped away at Bangladesh who went to tea on 112 for 3, staring at a difficult road towards survival in the remaining four sessions of the second Test. The 22-year old left-arm spinner has so far taken two wickets to go with his six-wicket haul in the first innings, the visitors looking short of a proper answer when facing him in this game.

Mominul Haque showed a bit of resistance, batting from an off-stump guard against Jayawickrama. He was unbeaten on 27, alongside Mushfiqur Rahim who arrived 3.1 overs before the tea interval.

Jayawickrama has now become the third Sri Lankan bowler to take eight wickets on Test debut, equalling Akila Dananjaya and Ajantha Mendis' hauls. But it was offspinner Ramesh Mendis who gave Sri Lanka the first breakthrough. He took a thin edge from Tamim Iqbal after the left-hander had struck three fours and a six in another rapid start. But to that beautifully flighted delivery, all he could do was poke at it, edging to the wicketkeeper.

Saif Hassan, who has struggled in his short Test career, hit out at the Sri Lankan spinners, taking five fours and a six. Some of his shots were downright slogs, although it was perhaps to put the bowlers off their lengths, or at least give him some confidence through quickly runs. He however holed out at cover point off Jayawickrama, having made 34 off 46 balls.

Jayawickrama bowled a fine spinning delivery that went through the defenses of Najmul Hossain Shanto and straight into the stumps. Shanto, who made 163 followed by two ducks, scored 26 off 44 this time.

The wicket further established the changed nature of the Pallekele pitch with the ball spinning sharply, particularly out of the rough.

Sri Lanka had earlier declared on 194 for 9 in their second innings with Dimuth Karunaratne top-scoring with 66. He struck seven fours and a six in his 78-ball innings, which took him to 428 runs in the Test series. Karunaratne added 73 for the fourth wicket with Dhananjaya de Silva, who chipped in with 41. Sri Lanka lost most of their wickets on the fourth day trying to bat aggressively, helping Taijul Islam to a five-wicket haul, his second on foreign soil.

Praveen JayawickramaDimuth KarunaratneDhananjaya de SilvaBangladeshSri LankaSri Lanka vs BangladeshICC World Test ChampionshipBangladesh tour of Sri Lanka

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

More Bangladesh News

Access More

Sign up for Bangladesh News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!