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Dhananjaya, Mendis keep Bangladesh at bay on day two

Kusal Mendis scored unbeaten 83 run knock
Kusal Mendis scored unbeaten 83 run knock

Bangladesh 513 (Mominul 176) v
Sri Lanka 187-1 (Dhananjaya 104no)
First Test, Chittagong, day two

Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis scored unbeaten 104 and 83 respectively as Sri Lanka went on to post 187 for one at stumps in response to Bangladesh's first innings total of 513 in the first Test in Chittagong.

Earlier, Bangladesh resumed the day with a score of 374 for four. Mominul Haque (176) could not continue his heroics from the first day as he fell in the third over of the day to Rangana Herath (3-150). Mosaddek Hossain (8) became the second victim of Herath when he holed to mid off.

As Mahmudullah (83 not out) was settling in, Mehedi Hasan (20) played positively with a six and a boundary but an indecision in running led to his dismissal. Mahmudullah and Sunzamul Islam (24) arrested the slide of wickets as Bangladesh went into lunch with a score of 467 for seven.

On resumption, Mahmudullah reached his half-century but his 58 run stand for the eighth wicket ended when his partner Sunzamul was stumped off Lakshan Sandakan (2-92).

Even though Bangladesh also lost Taijul Islam (1), Mahmudullah played a vital knock and shared a 35 run stand for the final wicket with Mustafizur Rahman (8) to help Bangladesh post 513 before they were dismissed.

Sri Lanka suffered an early setback in their innings when Mehedi (1-45) had Dimuth Karunaratne (0) was caught in the slips without troubling the scorers. Mendis (83 not out) was handed a reprieve when he was dropped in the slips in the fifth over.

Dhananjaya (104 not out) struck three boundaries in the final over before tea as the visitors reached 50 for one. The duo looked composed in the final session and Mendis even stepped up the gears with a six and a four.

De Silva reached his third Test fifty with a boundary in the 27th over and Mendis struck three more boundaries to bring a half-century of his own. As the boundaries were coming thick and fast, Bangladesh had a chance to come back when Mendis edged a delivery that was not taken in the slips.

In the final over, Bangladesh made three unsuccessful appeals, two against Mendis and one against Dhananjaya and in the process, they lost their allotted two reviews. With a boundary in the 46th over, Dhananjaya completed his second successive century in Test cricket as Sri Lanka ended the day with a score of 187 for one. They still trail Bangladesh by 326 runs.

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