3 January 2009
Bangladesh had one of their brightest starts in Test cricket, but a blistering 162 from Tillakaratne Dilshan revived Sri Lanka from a precarious 75 for 4 and put them right on top at the end of the first day of the 2nd Test match at Chittagong Divisional Stadium today. Sri Lanka ended the day on 371 for 6 adding 306 runs in the last two sessions of the day with run rates well over 4.5 per over.
Dilshan formed two consecutive century partnerships with Malinda Warnapura and Chamara Kapugedera. He counter-attacked Bangladesh bowling attack after the hosts enjoyed the better part of the morning session. Dilshan was finally out on 162 in the 86th over of the day, but Kapugedera remained unbeaten on 93 at the end of dayâ€™s play.
Bangladesh bowlers were made to toil by the ruthless batting display of Dilshan and Kapugedera, but they had little support from their wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim who grassed 3 catches and missed couple of straightforward stumping opportunities. Dilshan was given another let-off on 78 by Imrul Kayes when he dropped a sitter at mid on. Bangladesh paid high price for those missed chances and in the process lost the control of the match.
Earlier Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. Mashrafe Mortaza produced the early breakthrough and removed makeshift opener Prasanna Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara in quick succession to reduce the tourists to 7 for 2. After Mashrafeâ€™s brace, Shakib Al Hasan picked Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene who could only manage 11 runs in his 100th Test appearance before edging Shakib to Mushfiqur Rahim. Sri Lanka went to lunch on 65 for 3 which soon became 75 for 4 when Samaraweera dragged a wayward delivery of Shahadat on to his stamps. However, Bangladesh failed to press on and had no answer to the remarkable fight back led by Dilshan.
Bangladesh made one change to their playing XI and brought in Enamul Haque Jnr. in place of Mahbubul Alam . Enamul did little to justify his inclusion as he struggled with both line and length and conceded 70 runs from 19 overs before picking the prize wicket of Dilshan late on the day. The move to drop disciplined Mahbubul Alam and keep errant Shahadat Hossain as the second pacer appeared to be another tactical blunder by the team management as Shahadat conceded nearly six an over and helped the opposition to gain control of the match with wayward deliveries which were rightfully dispatched to the boundary ropes.
Sri Lanka will look to bat long and bat once on the flat surface and the first session tomorrow will possibly decide the fate of Bangladesh in this Test match.