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Sri Lanka stretch lead to 312 to take control of Dhaka Test

Akila Dananjaya picked three wickets
Akila Dananjaya picked three wickets

Sri Lanka 222 & 200-8 (Roshen 58no) v
Bangladesh 110 (Dananjaya 3-20)
Second Test, Dhaka, day two

Akila Dananjaya picked three wickets on day two to wrap up Bangladesh for 110 following which a determined unbeaten half-century from Roshen Silva stretched Sri Lanka's lead to 312 runs with two wickets in hand in the second Test in Dhaka.

Bangladesh resumed the day with a score of 56 for four. Mehedi Hasan (38 not out) tried to be positive with a six and a four in the first two overs but Suranga Lakmal (3-25) got his third wicket when he castled Liton Das (25).

Mehedi along with Mahmudullah (17) consolidated the innings with a 34-run stand as Bangladesh crossed the 100-run mark. Dananjaya (3-20) dented Bangladesh's hope when he removed Mahmdullah and Sabbir Rahman (0) in a span of four deliveries and in his next over, he had Abdur Razzak (1) caught off his own bowling.

It was a matter of time before the innings came to an end as a double strike from Dilruwan Perera (2-32) accounted for Taijul Islam (1) and Mustafizur Rahman (0) to dismiss the home side for 110 runs and secure 112-run first innings lead.

Bangladesh negated the two overs before lunch as they conceded nine runs off the deficit. Razzak (1-60) provided the breakthrough after the restart when he trapped Kusal Mendis (7) LBW. He opted for a review but it went in vain.

Dhananjaya de Silva (28) decided to attack the Bangladesh bowlers with three boundaries in the 10th over as Sri Lanka crossed 50 runs in the 15th over. Taijul (2-72) and Mustafizur (3-35) provided some respite to Bangladesh when they removed Dhananjaya and Danushka Gunathilaka (17) respectively as the session ended with a score of 87 for three.

With a single in the first over of the final session from Dinesh Chandimal (30) helped Sri Lanka reach 200-run lead. Double strikes from Meheid (2-29) and Mustafizur did hurt Sri Lanka a bit but Roshen (58 not out) weathered the storm and remained unbeaten as Sri Lanka went on to post 200 for eight at stumps, having a lead of 312 runs heading into the third day.

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