26 December 2008
Shakib Al Hasan bagged three wickets for 43 runs and Shahadat Hossain ably supported him with two wickets for 47 runs to put Bangladesh on top before bad light stopped play on day 1 of the first Grameenphone Test match at Sher E Bangla Stadium in Mirpur today. Sri Lanka finished the day on 172 for 6 after winning the toss and opting to bat first on a greenish surface. The start of the match was delayed for about 2 hours due to heavy fog.
Bangladesh could have been in a much stronger position at the end of days play if the umpires used common sense in decision making. They denied Bangladesh at least 5 legitimate LBW appeals which appeared plumb in TV replays. However, Bangladesh kept their spirit and struck at regular intervals to keep the tourists in check.
After the cautious start, Sri Lanka started to dominate the Bangladeshi bowling with a 95 run second wicket partnership between Michael Vandort (44) and Kumar Sangakkara (43). Shakib Al Hasan broke the partnership (119/2) and Sri Lanka lost their way and slumped to 139/4 at tea. Bangladesh picked another couple of wickets in the shortened last session of the match and will expect to clean up the tails early tomorrow morning. The match will start half an hour early on Day 2 to cover up the time lost on Day 1