De Silva hits ton in strong Sri Lanka reply

Friday, February 02, 2018

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CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) — Dhananjaya de Silva struck a century and shared 187 runs in an unbroken second-wicket stand with Kushal Mendis as Sri Lanka gave a strong reply to Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong yesterday.

De Silva made an unbeaten 104 while Mendis hit 83 not out, guiding Sri Lanka to 187-1 at stumps on the second day.

Earlier, Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal took three wickets each to help the visitors dismiss Bangladesh for 513 in their first innings.

The pair came together after spinner Mehedi Hasan got rid of Dimuth Karunaratne for a duck shortly after Bangladesh's innings ended with skipper Mahmudullah Riyad unbeaten on 83.

De Silva led Sri Lanka's batting charge with his aggressive approach and brought his fourth Test hundred off 122 balls with a cover drive off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.

This is de Silva's second- successive Test century after scoring an unbeaten 119 in Sri Lanka's last match against India in New Delhi in December.

The hosts, who resumed the day on 374-4, added 139 runs to their overnight score with Mahmudullah leading the charge on the second day.

Mahmudullah added 58 runs with debutant Sunzamul Islam for the eighth wicket, after three quick wickets rattled the home side early in the morning.

Spinner Herath brought Mominul Haque's majestic knock to an end in the third over of the day when the left-handed batsman flicked a catch to Mendis at forward short leg. He made 176.


Bangladesh first innings (374-4 overnight)
Tamim Iqbal b D Perera 52
Imrul Kayes lbw b Sandakan 40
Mominul Haque c Mendis b Herath 176
Mushfiqur Rahim c Dickwella b Lakmal 92
Liton Das b Lakmal 0
Mahmudllah not out 83
Mosaddek Hossain c Sandakan b Herath 8
Mehedi Hasan run out 20
Sunzamul Islam St Dickwella b Sandakan 24
Taijul Islam b Herath 1
Mustafizur Rahman c Dickwella b Lakmal 8
Extras (nb 4, w5) 9
Total (all out; 129.5 overs) 513
Fall of wickets: 1-72 (Tamim), 2-120 (Kayes), 3-356
(Mushfiqur), 4-356 (Liton) , 5-376 (Mominul), 6-390
(Mosaddek), 7-417 (Mehedi), 8-475 (Sunzamul), 9-478
(Taijul), 10-513(Mustafizur)
Bowling: Lakmal 23.4-4-68-3 (nb2, w1), Kumara 15-1-79-
0 (w1), D. Perera 27-4-112-1 (nb2), Herath 37-2-150-3,
Sandakan 22-1-92-2 (w3), Dhananjaya 5-0-12-0
Sri Lanka first innings
D Karunaratne c Kayes b Mehedi 0
K Mendis not out 83
D De Silva not out 104
Extras 0
Total (one wicket. 48 overs) 187
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Karunaratne)
To Bat: D. Chandimal, N. Dickwella, R. Silva, D. Perera, R.
Herath, S. Lakmal, L. Sandakan, L. Kumara
Bowling: Mustafizur 7-1-31-0, Sunzamul 15-1-52-0,
Mehedi 8-0-45-1, Taijul 17-3-56-0, Mosaddek 1-0-3-0
Toss: Bangladesh
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Marais Erasmus (SA)
TV Umpire: Joel Wilson (WI)
Match Referee: David Boon (AUS)

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