Sri Lanka starts chasing hefty score, loses opener Karunaratne

 . Last updated on July 6, 2018, 2:37 PM
Sri Lanka starts chasing hefty score, loses opener Karunaratne
Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah added an unbeaten 83 hauling the score to challenging heights for Sri Lanka.

The first inning of Bangladesh in the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka came out as a perfect example of ‘Morning shows the day’. The score of 513 for all out is a strong figure that could dominate Sri Lanka for the rest of the game. Batting for more than a day, until the morning session of second day, Bangladesh presented several strong scores throughout the inning. The best among them was the knock of 176 runs by Mominul Haque. His high score was followed by the score of 92 off Mushfiqur Rahim and the unbeaten knock of 83 from captain Mahmudullah. At the beginning of the inning the striking scores from Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes adding 52 and 40 respectively, put the inning at an intensive momentum.

By the latter part of the inning, Mahmudullah played as the prime scoring engine. He partnered with the lower order keeping the inning alive and marching ahead to the hefty score. In the second day, the captain played for 49 runs in the first session. Being patient enough to wait the break, the player kept on adding runs slowly, to keep the inning ticking. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka bowlers kept on attacking the order end taking down wickets once in every while. Throughout the line-up, Mahmudullah played a slow inning becoming aggressive only while partnering with the last wicket, Mustafizur Rahim.

The players partnered for more than 9 overs after Taijul Islam, the tenth wicket, was removed by Rangana Herath for a single run. At the moment, the inning was at 478 for 9 wickets. The figures bolstered to 513 for 10 wickets by the 130 over when Bangladesh wrapped up their inning. In the inning Sauranga Lakmal took 3 wickets along with 3 wickets by Rangana Herath. Lakshan Sandakan finished with two wickets, while Kusal Perera took down a single batsman.

Chasing the challenging high-score, Sri Lanka started to bat before the tea break. Playing 15 overs in the stretch before tea, the team scored 50 runs losing the opening wicket of Karunaratne. The opener was removed at duck in the third over. Playing more than 10 overs together, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjay de Silva played for 49 runs, batting at 13 and 37 respectively.

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