A record stand of 191 between Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim staved
off the inevitable for much of the day. Ashraful, captaining in his first series,
remained unbeaten on 129, his fourth Test century and the third against Sri
Lanka. Young Mushfiqure Rahim, 22, was brought in to replace veteran Khaled
Mashud, justified his selection with 80.
The previous best partnership was 187 between Habibul Bashar and Shahriar Nafees
for the 2nd wicket against Australia at Fatullah last year. Incidently, it was
Bashar was the overnight batsman with Ashraful when Bangladesh resumed their
innings this morning. After Bashar fell early for another poor score, Mushfique
joined Ashraful and the two kept Sri Lanka at bay for almost two sessions.
It was onlty after Mushfiqur Rahim fell just after tea to Muttiah Muralitharan.
That triggered the usual collapse as Bangladesh lost their last five wickets
in under an hour an hour, sliding from 269/5 to 299 all out.
Day 2 managed to reprise day 2 of the first Test. Sri Lanka showed their dominance
on the 2nd day on the back of a masterful double hundred by Kumar Sangakkara.
Shahadat Hossain was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, bowling with control
and aggression on the 2nd day. Unfortunately the other Bangladeshi seamers Mashrafe
and Sharif had an off day and did not lend him much support. In the end, Sri
Lanka declared at 451/6 with a healthy 389-run lead.
Bangladesh started their second innings positively and defiantly. Openers Javed
Omar and Shahriar Nafees raced to 48 in only just 6 overs until Nafees edged
an widish one from Vaas to trigger the all too familiar collapse. When stumps
were drawn Bangladesh was staring at yet another innings defeat with the scoreboard reading
Day 1 - from bad to worse
Bangladesh's batting disintegrated to their lowest ever Test score (62/ao)
on the first day of the 2nd Test versus Sri Lanka. Lasith Malinga (4-25) and
Muttiah Muralitharan (4-14) were in stunning form and by lunch 9 batsmen had
made the long walk back to the pavilion. Rajin Saleh was the only one who offered
any resistance with the only double digit score of 21.
In reply, Sri Lanka were at a healthy 154-1 when play ended early. Michael
Vandort fell early at 14 but Malinda Warnapura (79no) and Kumar Sangakkara (51no)
led Sri Lanka to a lead of 92 by the close.