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Sri Lanka Take Charge In Mirpur

Shaminda Eranga celebrates a wicket
Shaminda Eranga (centre) took four wickets as Sri Lanka dominated day one against Bangladesh
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Kithruwan Vithanage catches Shamsur Rahman
Kithruwan Vithanage dives to catch Shamsur Rahman early in the day
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Bangladesh 232 (Mushfiqur Rahim 61) v
Sri Lanka 60-0
First Test, Mirpur, day one

Sri Lanka dominated the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur, bowling their hosts out for 232 and then closing on 60 without loss in reply.

Shaminda Eranga took four wickets as Bangladesh made a bad start before half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim (61) and Shakib Al Hasan (55) added some respectability to their score.

Debutant opener Shamsur Rahman and Sohag Gazi were the only other players to reach double figures, hitting 33 and 42 respectively.

Suranga Lakmal took three wickets, Rangana Herath two and Angelo Mathews one before openers Kaushal Silva (30 not out) and Dimuth Karunaratne (28 not out) made it to stumps unbeaten.

It was a good toss for Sri Lanka to win and they made good early inroads after deciding to bowl first.

Tamim Iqbal (6) was brilliantly caught at fine leg by Lakmal who had the presence of mind to throw the ball up as he stepped over the rope and collect it cleanly as he returned.

After Mathews struck to have Marshall Ayub trapped in front for one, Eranga had Rahman caught in the gully by Kithruwan Vithanage and the home side were 40 for three.

That became 59 for four when Mominul Haque (8) got himself caught in two minds and rather than going through with a pull shot, simply lobbed the ball in the air to Vithanage at square leg to give Lakmal his first wicket.

Shakib (55 in 91 balls) and Mushfiqur (62 in 122) then added 86 together for the fifth wicket to cautiously guide Bangladesh towards a stronger position.


Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Marshall Ayub, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (captain, wicket-keeper), Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (wicket-keeper), Angelo Mathews (captain), Kithruwan Vithanage, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal

Lakmal returned to trap Shakib in front after lunch and Eranga followed up with the wicket of Nasir Hossain, caught by wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal via his glove for four.

Rahim then forged another strong partnership, this time with Gazi, whose 42 came from 56 balls and the pair put on 53 to haul the home side past the 200-run mark.

Soon, though, Sri Lanka were back on top, Lakmal having Mushfiqur trapped in front and Gazi's cameo, which included six fours and a six, ended when he miscued Lakmal to Eranga.

Rangana Herath then bowled Rubel Hossain for two and the innings was wrapped up when Eranga picked up his fourth wicket, finishing with four for 49, as Robiul Islam (5) edged to Dilruwan Perera.

Bangladesh were desperate for a wicket or two before stumps but they were foiled by Karunaratne and Silva.

The former had reached 28 in 58 balls and the latter will resume on 30 in 57.

Sri Lanka were set to be unchanged from the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah until Prasanna Jayawardene returned home shortly before the match to be with his family following the death of his father.

Chandimal took over wicket-keeping duties with Vithanage into the side as an extra batsman.

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