Sri Lanka still remains at the top after the second day’s play from 2nd Test of SL vs Ban 2021 Test series despite a well fashioned middle order collapse by Taskin Ahmed and his fellows.
Bangladesh bowlers had their best day at the office in Sri Lanka on the second day of SL vs Ban 2nd Test in Pallekele, but Dickwella and Ramesh Mendis didn’t let them led the day. The home side finished at 469 for 6 at stumps. Dickwella and R Mendis’s unbeaten 87-run seventh-wicket stand did the recovery for the Lankans while their middle order batters were battling hard to survive.
The second day’s play was interrupted twice in the final session. The first interruption was there for 20 minutes due to a drizzle then at 4.15 pm due to bad light. Eventually, umpires called the day off at 5.04 with Dickwella’s unbeaten run-a-ball 64 and his partner Mendis on 22.
However, this partnership wasn’t that flawless as it sounds like. Bangladesh could have their 6th wicket if Najmul Hossain Shanto didn’t drop Mendis at the second slip. So far, that was the second sitter put down by Shanto in this match.
He dropped the Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne on the first day while he has just 28 on the board, and he ended up making 118! Both dropped catches were of Taskin Ahmed, who could have a decent bowling figure with an already impressive performance.
Taskin brilliantly started the day’s play with two accurate spells in the morning session. Lahiru Thirimanne get caught behind off Taskin on 140, after just adding 9 runs to his overnight score. Taskin’s next victim was Angelo Mathews, who get caught behind, with Liton Das diving nicely to his right to complete the catch. Even though, Mathews survived a sharp-edged caught behind on the third ball he faced off Taskin while none of the Bangladesh fielders heard any sound.
Taskin hardly gave away anything, as he combined well with fellow seamers Shoriful Islam and Abu Jayed for 18 of the 26 overs in the first session, when Sri Lanka managed only 43 runs. When Dhananjaya de Silva fell to Taijul Islam shortly before lunch, Sri Lanka had lost three wickets for 15 runs inside eight overs.
Oshada Fernando and Pathum Nissanka then added 54 for the fifth wicket before they fell within 5$@ balls after lunch. Nissanka, who was dropped on 10, fell to a sharp incoming delivery from Ahmed. Fernando made 81 off 221 balls with eight fours, before being caught down the leg side as wicketkeeper Das anticipated a predetermined lap-sweep off Mehidy Hasan Miraz to smartly move to his left and complete the catch.
However, the rest of the day belonged to Dickwella, as he counterattacked Bangladesh with a combination of sweeps, cuts and drives. Mendis, though, was mostly defensive, though he did smash Shoriful Islam for a four down the ground.
It was a welcome change of pace for Sri Lanka who looked to be following their first day mantra of a slow start, and then raising their run-rate in the second session. Ahmed and the rest of Bangladesh bowlers, however, didn’t allow them this comfort this time, picking wickets at regular intervals.