Bangladesh-SL Test: Tigers placed comfortably after end of day two
Dhaka, May 16: The Bangladesh team had planned to stop Sri Lanka before 400 runs. Right-arm offspinner Naeem Hasan has done it in the best bowling of his career. After batting, it was necessary to spend the day without any hindrance. Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy did that with confidence.
Bangladesh finished the second day's play with an unbroken 76-run partnership between the two openers. Sri Lanka were all out for 397 in the first innings. As a result, Bangladesh is now 321 runs behind the visitors. Tamim and Joy will start the third day's play with 39 and 31 runs respectively.
Tamim and Joy were a bit shaky at the start as they went down to bat in their first innings. Tamim gave a chance in the slip in the second over off Asitha Fernando. However, Kushal Mendis could not catch it. Meanwhile, after seeing the replay, the umpire declared the delivery no ball.
Joy escaped being bowled for a short ball at the end of the next over. Vishwa Fernando hit the inside edge of his bat as he tried to drive the delivery inside. After brushing the stump, the ball went to the boundary. That was the first four of Bangladesh's innings.
After that, for the rest of the day, two Tiger openers played the Sri Lankan bowlers with ease. At the end of the day, they added 76 runs in 19 overs. Tamim made 35 off 52 balls with 5 fours. Joy hit five fours in his 31-run innings from 66 balls.
Earlier, Sri Lanka started day two on 258 runs for 4 wickets. They added another 139 runs in 63 overs. Angelo Mathews could not score a double century for just 1 run. He was dismissed for 199, thereby becoming the 12th batsman in the world to be out for that score.
Naeem took six wickets for Bangladesh by conceding 105 runs. This is the best bowling figure of his career. Besides, Shakib took 3 wickets for 60 runs in 39 overs. Taijul took the other wicket of the Lankans.