Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Check, Day 2 in Pallekele, Full Cricket Rating: Hosts attain 469/6 at stumps
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Day 1 report: Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne posted a whole lot and a double century stand as Sri Lanka reached 291-1 in opposition to Bangladesh on an ominous first day of the second Check on Thursday.
Captain Karunaratne scored 118 for his twelfth Check century, then Thirimanne hammered his third century and second this 12 months. He was 131 not out at stumps in tandem with Oshada Fernando, 40 not out.
“It’s the primary time I’ve scored back-to-back a whole lot, and (I’m) actually happy with that,” mentioned Karunaratne, completely satisfied to win the toss. “Nice to see Thirimanne getting 100, too. He’s been superb for us this 12 months however he has not gone on to covert his 50s into a whole lot. Good to see him getting there.”
The Bangladesh bowlers had little probability in opposition to the in-form batsmen on one other flat pitch, subsequent to the block on which either side scored greater than 600 runs with out being bowled out within the drawn first Check which completed on Sunday.
“There was not a lot for the bowlers on day one, however … the spinners have been getting some flip in direction of the tip of the day,” Karunarate mentioned. “I believe this wicket will deteriorate and we have to put up one thing like 600 runs after which put them below strain.”
Karunaratne was watchful within the first hour, settling in earlier than slicing free as soon as the ball received older. On 28, he was dropped at first slip and that proved to be expensive.
Recent from his career-best 244 final week, the skipper performed some elegant strokes forcing the bowlers to go in defensive mode. Towards the spinners, there was intelligent use of the ft, rotating the strike, and placing the unhealthy balls away.
For some purpose, Bangladesh held again its most skilled bowler, Taijul Islam, till after lunch. The left-arm spinner was launched solely within the thirty eighth over however by then each batsmen have been properly set. Along with off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, Taijul shared the majority of the bowling. The duo despatched down 41 overs.
Whereas the captain was free-flowing, Thirimanne was extra sedate. Out and in of the facet since he made his Check debut in Southampton 10 years in the past, Thirimanne is having an excellent 2021 after some technical changes to his recreation and slicing down some dangerous strokes. The self-discipline has paid wealthy dividends within the final two sequence and, at 131 not out, he is on his second highest rating.
The batsmen needed to commit a mistake to get out, fairly than be bowled, and Karunaratne threw away his wicket flashing at a supply and trying to ship it sq. on the offside. The ball was too near his physique and he was caught behind on 209-1 after going through 190 deliveries and hitting 15 boundaries.
He grew to become 19-year-old medium-pacer Shoriful Islam’s maiden take a look at wicket.
Within the final over earlier than stumps, it regarded as if Shoriful had a second as Thirimanne was given out leg earlier than wicket. Nonetheless, the choice was overturned after the batsman reviewed.
Fernando, after a disappointing first take a look at, was trying good unbeaten on 40. He and Thirimanne have a partnership of 82 runs.
“It looks as if Sri Lanka will get a giant rating,” Bangladesh batting coach Jon Lewis mentioned. “We are going to spend not less than one other couple of classes within the discipline, and it’s one thing now we have to take care of.
“The pitch nonetheless seems to be good in the meanwhile. We’ve got some batsmen with good type behind them after the primary Check.”
With inputs from The Related Press
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