Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Check, Day 3 in Pallekele, Full Cricket Rating: Hosts 17/2 at stumps, lead by 259

Highlights, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Check, Day 3 in Pallekele, Full Cricket Rating: Hosts 17/2 at stumps, lead by 259

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Day 2 report: Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella hit a run-a-ball 64 not out within the second take a look at to assist Sri Lanka attain 469-6 at stumps on the second day in opposition to Bangladesh on Friday.

Sri Lanka had misplaced two wickets in successive overs with its first-innings rating on 382 however Dickwella’s knock wrestled again the initiative.

Dickwella, an aggressive left-handed batter, displayed unconventional strokes and Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque was operating out of concepts to comprise him.

The 27-year-old Dickwella was notably harsh on the spinners. He swept the primary ball he confronted — from Mehidy Hasan — to the sq. leg boundary and continued to relish taking part in sweep and slog-sweep photographs together with some elegant drives.

Dickwella’s adventures continued in opposition to tempo in addition to he incessantly performed the ramp shot to the vacant third man boundary, a lot to the frustration of the opposition.

Quickly after tea, Dickwella was given out leg earlier than wicket to Taijul Islam when on 32 however he efficiently reviewed the choice and reached his 18th half-century in simply 48 balls.

Along with rookie Ramesh Mendis, Dickwella added 87 runs up to now for the seventh wicket as Sri Lanka edged nearer to the five hundred mark.

Dickwella is chasing his first take a look at hundred, having been dismissed twice this yr within the 90s. Mendis, who was dropped on 12 at second slip, was 22 not out as play was referred to as off early on account of dangerous gentle.

Oshada Fernando steadied the Sri Lankan innings within the morning session, including 104 runs for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne (140).

Fernando was dismissed when wicketkeeper Liton Das moved throughout and accomplished the catch after the ball hit the pad and deflected off the again of Fernando’s bat. His 81 got here off 221 balls with eight boundaries.

“It is vitally necessary to transform your fifties into a whole lot,” mentioned Fernando. “I believe by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, there will likely be some activate this floor.”

Sri Lanka is in the very best place with the wicket providing far more flip and bounce for the spinners than the drawn first take a look at.

Solely 65.5 overs have been doable on Friday and 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on Saturday to catch up for misplaced time.

“Not each ball is popping so it’s powerful to know the way the wicket will behave later within the sport,” Taijul mentioned. “I hope that it received’t be too dangerous. We have to bat effectively on this wicket.”

With inputs from AP

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