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14 wickets fall on bowlers dominated day one in Dhaka

Suranga Lakmal picked two wickets for Sri Lanka
Suranga Lakmal picked two wickets for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 222 (Razzak 4-63) v
Bangladesh 56-4 (Lakmal 2-15)
Second Test, Dhaka, day one

After Abdur Razzak and Taijul Islam picked four wickets apiece dismissed Sri Lanka for 222 runs, the visitors bounced back to restrict Bangladesh to 56 for four at stumps on day one of the second and deciding Test in Dhaka.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. Kusal Mendis (68) started the innings with a couple of streaky boundaries, but Razzak (4-63) making a comeback after a period of four years had Dimuth Karunaratne (3) stumped.

Between overs six and 10, Mendis hit five boundaries as Sri Lanka reached 45 for one in the first 10 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva (19) too joined the onslaught as he hit a six and a four in the 13th over. Taijul (4-83) break the 47 run stand for the second wicket when he had de Silva caught in the slip.

With a six in the 25th over, Mendis completed his half-century but at the stroke of lunch, Sri Lanka's momentum was dented when Razzak dismissed Danushka Gunathilaka (13) and Dinesh Chandimal (0) in successive deliveries as they ended the first session with a score of 105 for four.

Razzak continued to torment the Sri Lankan batting as he had Mendis castled in the second delivery after the restart and from there only Roshen Silva (56), Dilruwan Perera (31) and Akila Dananjaya (20) showed resilience. However, Taijul was too much to handle for the middle order while Mustafizur Rahman (2-17) also picked two wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 222.

Bangladesh were handed early blow in their innings with Suranga Lakmal (2-15) having Tamim Iqbal (4) caught off his own bowling in the first over. It was also his 100th Test wicket.

Lakmal continued his good form as he castled Mushfiqur Rahim (1) in the ninth over while the hero of Chittagong Test Mominul Haque (0) was run out. Bangladesh were reeling at 12 for three and it soon became worse when Imrul Kayes (19) was trapped LBW by Dilruwan (1-25) as they ended the day with a score of 56 for four.

They continue to trail Sri Lanka by 166 runs with six wickets in hand heading into the second day.

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