Current Match Report – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Check 2021
Bangladesh bowlers customary a middle-order collapse for Sri Lanka, earlier than an unbroken 87-run seventh-wicket stand steadied the hosts
Bangladesh had their finest bowling day in Sri Lanka on the second day of the second Check in Pallekele, but it wasn’t sufficient to smell out the 87-run seventh wicket stand. Niroshan Dickwella and Ramesh Mendis led the restoration for the house aspect who completed at 469 for six at stumps, having batted fairly sedately for almost all of the second day whereas additionally shedding 5 wickets.
Play was suspended twice within the post-tea session – first for about 20 minutes attributable to a lightweight drizzle after which at 4.15pm attributable to dangerous mild. However the day was later known as off at 5.04pm with Dickwella unbeaten on a run-a-ball 64 with seven fours and his associate Mendis on 22.
Bangladesh had an opportunity to interrupt the partnership after the primary break in play, however Najmul Hossain Shanto dropped Mendis at second slip. That was the second sitter he had dropped on this match. He had earlier put down Dimuth Karunaratne on the primary day when the Sri Lanka captain was on 28, and he ended up making 118. Each dropped catches had been off Taskin Ahmed, who might have improved his already spectacular efficiency.
Ahmed began Bangladesh’s revival with two correct spells within the morning session, having Lahiru Thirimanne caught down the leg aspect on 140, who added simply 9 runs to his in a single day rating. Ahmed subsequent bought Angelo Mathews caught behind, with Liton Das diving effectively to his proper to finish the catch. Mathews survived a caught-behind off his third ball – additionally off Ahmed – since not one of the Bangladesh fielders heard the sting whereas replays later confirmed the spike.
Ahmed hardly gave away something, as he mixed effectively with fellow seamers Shoriful Islam and Abu Jayed for 18 of the 26 overs within the first session, when Sri Lanka managed solely 43 runs. When Dhananjaya de Silva fell to Taijul Islam shortly earlier than lunch, Sri Lanka had misplaced three wickets for 15 runs inside eight overs.
Oshada Fernando and Pathum Nissanka then added 54 for the fifth wicket earlier than they fell inside 5 balls after lunch. Nissanka, who was dropped on 10, fell to a pointy incoming supply from Ahmed. Fernando made 81 off 221 balls with eight fours, earlier than being caught down the leg aspect as wicketkeeper Das anticipated a predetermined lap-sweep off Mehidy Hasan Miraz to neatly transfer to his left and full the catch.
Nonetheless, the remainder of the day belonged to Dickwella, as he counterattacked Bangladesh with a mix of sweeps, cuts and drives. Mendis, although, was principally defensive, although he did smash Shoriful Islam for a 4 down the bottom.
It was a welcome change of tempo for Sri Lanka who appeared to be following their first day mantra of a sluggish begin, after which elevating their run-rate within the second session. Ahmed and the remainder of Bangladesh bowlers, nevertheless, did not permit them this consolation this time, selecting wickets at common intervals.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84