Bangladesh struggling in 339-run chase

Faith Castro
February 11, 2018

Sri Lanka have strengthened their grip on the second Test against Bangladesh, increasing their second innings lead to 312 runs on day two.

All-rounder Mahedi Hasan and U-19 vice-captain Afif Hossain are among the five uncapped players, named in the 15-man Bangladesh squad for the first T20I against Sri Lanka, beginning February 15 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.

Dananjaya had eight wickets on debut, including his 3-20 in the first innings.

The first test at Chittagong was drawn.

Hearth surpassed Pakistan great Wasim Akram's tally of 414 to be the most successful left-arm bowler in the history of Test cricket.

With the comfort of a huge target to defend, Dananjaya ran through the Bangladesh line-up, taking 5 for 24 on his Test debut.

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The hosts suffered an early jolt in the mammoth chase when Tamim Iqbal fell as early as the second over, leg-before to Dilruwan Perera with the review failing to come to his aid.

Herath scalped Mominul Haque (33) and Mushfiqur Rahim (25) too after the lunch break before Dananjaya stepped on to the scene and did the rest. These are also the 3rd fewest Sri Lanka needed to bowl out a team in an innings with all the top three coming against Bangladesh.

Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 70 runs.

It took a bowling change to end the stubborn partnership as Taijul Islam, after being struck for a boundary, accounted for Lakmal and Herath off successive bowlers to signal the end of Sri Lanka's innings.

Besides Abdur Razzak, Taijul Islam finished with figures of 4/83 while the lone pacer Mustafizur Rahman chipped in with two wickets.

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