Sri Lanka Makes it Big – Bangladesh Trailing

Lahiru Thirimanne , Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh 135 for 2 (Ashraful 65*, Mominul 35*) trail Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec (Thirimanne 155*, Chandimal 116*) by 435 runs


Centuries by Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal extended Sri Lanka’s domination on the second day, allowing for a declaration at 570, for the loss of only four wickets. Having been on the field for four and a half sessions, Bangladesh had the better part of the afternoon to regroup and script their reply, and ended the day on a satisfying 135 for 2 with a set Mohammad Ashraful at the crease. Though the visitors had a long way to go, they had the platform to go about their first target of going past the follow-on mark.

The most satisfying aspect of Sri Lanka’s performance was that two of their batsmen earmarked for the future, scored centuries. Thirimanne and Chandimal didn’t allow Bangladesh to snatch the initiative at any stage. While Thirimanne was watchful, cutting out risky shots, Chandimal focused on acceleration as Sri Lanka worked to a plan of getting quick runs before a predictable declaration.

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