Sri Lanka’s solid start in reply to Bangladesh’s 365

Dhaka, May 24 (AP) A 95-run opening stand between openers Dimuth Karunaratne (70 not out) and Oshada Fernando (57) helped Sri Lanka respond to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 365 runs in the second Test. At the end of the second day’s play on Tuesday, 143 runs for two wickets started well.

Sri Lanka’s team is still 222 runs behind Bangladesh and has eight wickets left. Kasun Rajita (zero) was present at the crease along with skipper Karunaratne at stumps.

Karunaratne hit seven fours in his unbeaten 127-ball knock while Fernando hit eight fours and a six in his 91-ball knock.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 175 and his record sixth-wicket partnership with Liton Das helped Bangladesh recover from a poor start to 365 in the first innings.

Mushfiqur and Das came to the crease when Bangladesh lost five wickets for 24 runs. At the end of the first day’s play, the score was 277 for five.

Rajita ended the partnership on the second day on Tuesday in the eighth over by getting Das caught at second slip. The two shared a record partnership of 272 runs in which Das scored 141 runs.

Three balls later, Rajita sent Musadk Hossain (0) to the pavilion. Meanwhile, Mushfiqur completed 150 runs in 291 balls.

Asit Fernando dismissed Taijul Islam (15) and Khalid Ahmed (0).

Mushfiqur hit 21 fours in his unbeaten innings of 355 balls.

Rajita has taken five and Fernando has taken four wickets.

Karunaratne and Fernando then gave Sri Lanka a good start. During this, Fernando completed his fifth half-century of Test career in 74 balls with a six against Shakib Al Hasan (one wicket for 19 runs).

However, he could not stretch his innings too long and was caught by Ibadat Hossain (1 for 31).

Karunaratne completed his half-century in the 32nd over of the innings with a single off the first ball of prayer.

Shakib ended his 11-run knock by Kusal Mendis, who was hospitalized during the first day’s play on Monday due to chest pain.

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