Sri Lanka Ahead by 312 Runs on Day 2
Sri Lanka Ahead by 312 Runs on Day 2, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
The challenge was heightened on Day 2 of the 2nd test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as Bangladesh kick-started their battle with the ball, with a wicket-taking spell that endure for 8 wickets. However, Sri Lanka bounced back energetically when they had their turn with the ball, courtesy of the test debutant, Akila Dananjaya.
Dananjaya: A Danger to Bangladesh
Bangladesh got off to a fair start with Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who dismissed both Dilruwan Perera and Akila Dananjaya, taking his 2-wicket hall in the space of 29 balls.
However, Bangladesh's early successes were soon overshadowed by Newcomer to the T20 world, Akila Dananjaya, who set himself up as a hard act to follow; he used both ball and bat to help Sri Lanka take a firm chokehold over the 2nd test, from the day's very opening stages.
Dananjaya executed a most deceptive spin that curved cunningly out-then-in, kicking back at the batsman to send him for the shock of his life as he could not have predicted the swift change in pace and direction that presented itself.
Mahmuddulah was one of Dananjaya's fateful victims who attempted to step up to the ball with a forward guard. He was beaten though, as the ball shot between his bat and pads to blast away his bails and give Dananjaya his very first test wicket.
Dananjaya would go on to set his team's ryhthym and motivation to an unquenchable inferno, as he proceeded to send three bowlers packing within the space of only 7 deliveries. Sabbir Rahman got a thick edge to another inward-turning spin, edging one cleanly to Dinesh Chandimal, perfectly positioned at short mid-wicket. The confident rookie would then lay firm hands on a return catch, angled to him by Abdur Razzak
Kusal Mendis would then exercise his cat-like reflexes with a quick grab-and-stumping of a mishit by Taijul Islam, making the score 110/8.
Dilruwan Perera would receive the glory of having claimed the last wicket, bringing home the 112-run lead for Sri Lanka at the end of a day of dominance and excitement.
An unbeaten stand of 58 by Roshen Silva, along with some loose bowling spells by Bangladesh's spinners, would seal Sri Lanka's 200-run end-of-day score, for a comfortable lead that Bangladesh are not likely to soon overcome.