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De Silva hits ton in strong SL reply

De Silva hits ton in strong SL reply

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh: Dhananjaya de Silva struck a century and shared 187 runs in an unbroken second wicket stand with Kushal Mendis as Sri Lanka gave a strong reply to Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong on Thursday.

De Silva made an unbeaten 104 while Mendis hit 83 not out, guiding Sri Lanka to 187-1 at stumps on the second day.Earlier, Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal took three wickets each to help the visitors dismiss Bangladesh for 513 in their first innings.

The pair came together after spinner Mehedi Hasan got rid of Dimuth Karunaratne for a duck shortly after Bangladesh’s innings ended with skipper Mahmudullah Riyad unbeaten on 83. De Silva led Sri Lanka’s batting charge with his aggressive approach and brought his fourth Test hundred off 122 balls with a cover drive off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.The hosts, who resumed the day on 374-4, added 139 runs to their overnight score with Mahmudullah leading the charge.

Mahmudullah added 58 runs with debutant Sunzamul Islam for the eighth wicket, after three quick wickets rattled the home side early in the morning.Spinner Herath brought Mominul Haque’s majestic knock to an end in the third over of the day when the left-handed batsman flicked a catch to Mendis at forward short-leg. He made 176.

Bangladesh won toss

Bangladesh 1st Innings

Tamim Iqbal b D Perera 52

Imrul Kayes lbw b Sandakan 40

Mominul Haque c Mendis b Herath 176

†Mushfiqur Rahim c Dickwella b Lakmal 92

Liton Das b Lakmal 0

*Mahmudllah not out 83

Mosaddek Hossain c Sandakan b Herath 8

Mehedi Hasan run out 20

Sunzamul Islam St Dickwella b Sandakan 24

Taijul Islam b Herath 1

Mustafizur Rahman c Dickwella b Lakmal 8

Extras (nb 4, w5) 9

Total (all out; 129.5 overs) 513

Fall: 1-72, 2-120, 3-356, 4-356, 5-376, 6-390, 7-417, 8-475, 9-478, 10-513

Bowling: Lakmal 23.4-4-68-3 (nb2, w1), Kumara 15-1-79-0 (w1), D. Perera 27-4-112-1 (nb2), Herath 37-2-150-3, Sandakan 22-1-92-2 (w3), Dhananjaya 5-0-12-0

Sri Lanka 1st Innings

D Karunaratne c Kayes b Mehedi 0

K Mendis not out 83

D De Silva not out 104

Total (1 wicket; 48 overs) 187

Fall: 1-0

To Bat: *D Chandimal, †N Dickwella, R Silva, D Perera, R Herath, S Lakmal, L Sandakan, L Kumara

Bowling: Mustafizur 7-1-31-0, Sunzamul 15-1-52-0, Mehedi 8-0-45-1, Taijul 17-3-56-0, Mosaddek 1-0-3-0

Test debut: Sunzamul Islam (Bangladesh)

Umpires: R Tucker (Austrlia) and M Erasmus (South Africa). TV Umpires: J Wilson (West Indies). Match Referee: D Boon (Australia)