Dhaka - Opener Kaushal Silva has hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant
batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test against
Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Silva scored 139 as the tourists
reached 375-5 by stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, a lead of 143 over
Bangladesh's first innings total of 232 with five wickets in hand.
right-hander put on 118 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne
(53) and then teamed up with veteran Kumar Sangakkara (75) to add a
further 155 runs for the second wicket.
Sri Lanka will resume on
Wednesday looking to grab a really sizeable lead and have the hosts on
the ropes in the first match of the two-Test series.
been a good day for us as a team and for me personally," a delighted
Silva told reporters. "We now need to bat at least two more sessions and
put up a big score.
"The wicket will slow down as the match
progresses. If it starts to turn it will be hard work for the batsmen.
The spinners will have a better chance on this pitch."
bowlers, who managed just one wicket in the morning session on the
even-paced pitch, claimed four in the post-tea period to slow Sri
Lanka's run spree.
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with three for 94, including the vital wicket of Silva.
Lanka, who started the day on 60-0, had moved to 118 when left-hander
Karunaratne was snapped up at short cover off Shakib just before lunch.
a barren post-lunch period, Bangladesh removed Silva and Sangakkara in
quick succession in the final session. They claimed two more wickets as
Sri Lanka slipped from a comfortable 273-1 to 375-5.
Jayawardene was unbeaten on 42 when play was called off soon after the
dismissal of nightwatchman Suranga Lakmal in the final over, from Sohag
Silva reached the three-figure mark in his seventh Test
after making 95 and 58 in the Dubai Test against Pakistan earlier this
But he was lucky to achieve the landmark after being
dropped by Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps and
again by Shamsur Rahman early in his innings.
Silva had another
reprieve before lunch when he was caught behind off seamer Al-Amin
Hossain. But the umpire called a no-ball because the bowler's foot had
hit the stumps just as the ball was being delivered.
from 85 to 97 with a flurry of boundaries and then reached his century
by pulling Shakib to the fine-leg fence for another four.
looked set for his 34th Test hundred until he edged a catch to the
slips off Al-Amin, who was finally rewarded for his hard work in
Silva, who hit 16 boundaries and two sixes, was dismissed five overs later when he was trapped leg-before by Shakib.
Dinesh Chandimal helped Jayawardene add 72 for the fourth wicket before being bowled by Shakib for 40.
said his team was not out of the Test yet. "The first session tomorrow
is very important because we need to bowl them out within 450," the
"I don't think our batsmen played to their full
potential in the first innings. All of them can bat well. It is still
possible to draw this match."
The two Test matches will be followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.