Times24.net: Bangladesh cricketer Mehedi Hasan Miraz celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Sri Lankan cricketer Dimuth Karunaratne during the first day of the second and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on 15 March, 2017. Photo: AFP
Sri Lanka faced early jolts as Cutter master Mustafizur Rahman and spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz picked up three early wickets in the first hour of Day-1 of the 2nd match of Joy Bangla Cup series at P Sara Oval, Colombo on Wednesday.
Mustafiz made the early breakthrough in the Bangladesh’s 100th Test dismissing Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne (7 off 32b; 1x4) in the fifth over of the innings.
Left-hand Karunaratne was caught by Miraz at gully when he was trying to play a cover drive of a Mustafiz outside off stump bowling, leaving the team at 13/1 in 8.4 overs.
Three overs later, Miraz picked up BKG Mendis by delivering a tricky ball which dipped on Mendis as he lunged a long way forward but this one held its line.
Bangladesh’s skipper-cum wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim rode the bounce, collected it cleanly and whipped the bails off. Miraz did his job in the 5th delivery of 3rd spell.
Young spinner Miraz hit again in the 16th over dismissing left-hand batsman Upul Tharanga when the hosts were at 35/3.
Dinesh Chandimal and Asela Gunaratne were batting on 8 and 0 runs respectively till filing this report at 11:50am.
On Wednesday morning, Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath won the toss and opted to bat in the second Test against Bangladesh at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.
Bangladesh, who are playing their 100th Test match, suffered a blow on the eve of the match when wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das was ruled out with a rib fracture.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim returns to wicketkeeping duties while batsman Mosaddek Hossain was handed his Test debut.
Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman and Taijul Islam were also called up to the Bangladeshi starting line-up with Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah and Taskin Ahmed making way.
Sri Lanka, who lead the two-Test series 1-0, made one change to the team that won the first Test in Galle by 259 runs, bringing in Dhananjaya de Silva for Lahiru Kumara.
Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Subashis Roy.