Bangladesh’s Second Test Against Sri Lanka: Day 3

Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 175 took Bangladesh to a strong position at the end of day two of the second cricket test against Sri Lanka, despite Dimuth Karunaratne leading the visitors’ charge with the bat, mounting a strong response.

Back to back century for Mushfiqur Rahim, he was unbeaten at 175 | Daily Excelsior

Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando put on a 95-run opening stand to boost Sri Lanka after the host team was bowled out for 365 in 116.3 overs just after lunch on day two. Karunaratne was not out on 70.

On day two after lunch, Ebadot Hossain took the wicket of Karunaratne in the 26th over, putting Bangladesh in a good position. Kusal Mendis then came to the crease and, despite not scoring many runs, batted well to see Sri Lanka through to the end of the day. 

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Before the end of the second day’s play, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan gave Bangladesh another necessary breakthrough. This time the number one all-rounder trapped Kusal Mendis lbw for 11. Though Mendis had returned to the team after being hospitalized with chest pain on Monday.

Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets in the morning session to leave Sri Lanka struggling on 210-4 at lunch on Day 3 of the second test. Karunaratne was the key wicket, bowled for 80 as Bangladesh fought their way back into the match. 

Bangladesh's Second Test Against Sri Lanka Highlights: Day 3
Sri Lanka was 210/4 before the lunch and looking comfortable while scoring runs | Bangladesh Cricket

Sri Lanka needed to score some quick runs after the break to get back into a strong position. At the interval, Dhananjaya de Silva was batting on 30 and Angelo Mathews, who scored 199 in the first test, was on 25, having combined for an unbeaten 44-run stand for the fifth wicket.

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Both the batsmen made 102 runs partnership which had helped the visitors keep them alive in the Dhaka test after losing two quick wickets in the morning session. Shakib Al Hasan picked up De Silva’s wicket in the final hour of the day. Sri Lanka still trails by 83 runs. 

According to the Sport News BD experts, the second test against Sri Lanka is heading for another draw. Bangladesh will need to strike early in the first session of Day 4 and look to gain any sort of lead. The game is rescheduled to resume half an hour early to recover the lost time today. 

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