Tigers trailing 124 against Sri Lanka, 5 wickets in hand

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widenews desk: Bangladeshi Tigers collect 214/5 against Sri Lanka’s 338 in the 1st innings after day-2 against Sri Lanka’s 338 in the 2nd and last Test of the Joy Bangla Cup series at P Sara Oval, Colombo on Thursday.

Tigers are trailing by 124 runs with five wickets in hand. Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim were bating with 18 and 2 runs respectively before the bails were drawn for the 2nd day.

Soumya Sarkar showed a consistent form becoming the highest run getter (185) in the series for Bangladesh so far with the three successive half centuries in three innings. He stayed for 61 runs in the 1st innings on the day, following 71 and 53 runs in the two innings of Galle Test which Bangladesh lost by 259 runs.

For his 4th Test half century, Soumya Sarkar faced 121 balls on the day and fired six boundaries before being bowled out by Lakshan Sandakan to depart from the 2nd pair at 130/2 in 41.3 overs.

After the departure of Soumya, Bangladesh’s three batters — Imrul Kayes, Taijul Islam and Sabbir Rahman — were out within a span of six runs in six balls from 192/3 in 56.4 overs to 198/5 in 57.4 overs.

Tamim departed from the opening pair, firing six boundaries off 91 balls, as he was trapped lbw off Lankan skipper Rangana Herath’s spin bowling.

Sabbir Rahman scored 42 off 54 balls, including five boundaries, and was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva off Suranga Lakmal’s bowling at 198/5 in 57.4 overs.

Imrul Kayes stayed for 34 runs while Taijul Islam left the crease with duck, both were lbw by Lakshan Sandakan.

Lakshan Sandakan captured three wickets for 65 runs while Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath took one wicket each for 32 and 34 runs respectively.

Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal’s century of 138 helped Sri Lanka raise their tally to 338 for all in 113.3 overs in the first innings that ended at lunch on the 2nd day.

Young spin all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz took the scalp of Chandimal, who was caught by Mosaddek Hossain as his 3rd wicket.

Spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan dismissed skipper Rangana Herath (25 off 91b; 2×4), who was caught by Soumya Sarkar, to break the overnight 8th pair that contributed 55 runs in 26.3 overs to carry the team total to 250/8 in 91.1 overs starting from 195/7 in 64.4 overs.

Miraz captured three wickets for 90 runs while Mustafizur, Subashis and Shakib bagged two wickets each for 50, 53 and 80 runs respectively. Taijul Islam took one wicket conceding 34 runs.

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