27 December 2008
Shakib Al Hasan bowled his heart out to bag another five-for but failed to inspire his team mates as Bangladesh collapsed to 177 for 9 at the end of the second day, still trailing Sri Lanka by 116 runs in the first innings. This is Shakib's third successive five-wicket haul in as many Test matches as the left armer led Bangladesh's revival in the morning session of the second day.
Sri Lanka resumed the day on 172 for 6 and added 98 runs without losing any wicket. Masharfe Mortaza with the second new ball broke the 99 run partnership when he induced an edge from Chaminda Vaas. The wicket triggered Sri Lankan late order collapse and they lost the last 4 wickets for 23 runs.
Shakib picked Dammika Prasad and the prize scalp of Thilan Samaraweera to complete his fourth five wicket haul in Test cricket. Samaraweera fell 10 runs short of a richly deserving century after edging Shakib to the first slip as the last batsman of the Sri Lankan innings.
In reply, Bangladesh started well through Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes who shared a steady 44 run opening partnership. However, the introduction of spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan quickly changed the scenario as he removed Tamim Iqbal with the second delivery of his first over.
After Murali's strike, veteran seam bowler Chaminda Vaas returned for his second spell and picked the other opener Imrul Kayes and Bangladesh soon found them in a spot of bother. At this point Bangladesh desperately needed a responsible innings from skipper Mohammad Ashraful, but he had other plans in his mind and continued his inexplicable idiocy during crucial moments. He threw his wicket away with a flashy drive which could only reach as far as Tillakaratne Dilshan at cover who was placed at that position exactly for that shot.
After Ashraful's departure, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals although each and every top order batsmen managed to reach double figures but failed to hang on for longer periods.
Shakib Al Hasan (26) and Mehrab Jnr. (29) briefly raised the hope of a respectable total with 41 runs 6th wicket partnership. After Rangana Herath induced an outside edge from Mehrab Hossain Jnr., Muralitharan grabbed three quick wickets to complete his 11th five-for against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh were reeling on 177 for 9 when bad light stopped play on day 2. Bangladesh face the prospect of a huge first innings deficit and must raise their game to stay alive on the third day of the Test match.