Dhaka - Seamers Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal have shared seven Bangladesh
wickets as Sri Lanka dominated the opening day of the first Test in
Dhaka on Monday.
Eranga finished with 4-49 and Lakmal claimed 3-66
to help bowl out Bangladesh for 232 after the tourists won the toss and
chose to field at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Rahim (61) and Shakib Al Hasan (55) were the only batsmen to resist the
accurate Sri Lankan attack on an even-paced pitch.
Sri Lanka made
60 for no loss in reply by stumps, with Dimuth Karunaratne unbeaten on
28 and Kaushal Silva on 30. They are now 172 runs behind with all 10
wickets in hand.
Eranga, who had taken 33 wickets in 10 previous Tests, said the plan to bounce out Bangladesh worked well.
was an obvious plan to use the short ball, otherwise it would have been
difficult to take wickets on this pitch," he said. "I am glad it went
well for me today."
The tourists justified skipper Angelo Mathews' decision to bowl first by grabbing four wickets with just 59 runs on the board.
and Rahim joined hands at that stage to stitch together a fifth-wicket
stand of 86, before the hosts suffered two quick blows to slip to 150-6
midway through the afternoon session.
Shakib fell leg-before to
veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, before Eranga had new batsman
Nasir Hossain caught behind in the next over to claim his third wicket
in the innings.
Rahim then added 53 for the seventh wicket with
all-rounder Sohag Gazi before he fell leg-before to Lakmal soon after
the tea break.
Gazi boosted the total with 42 off 56 balls that contained six boundaries and a six, but found little support at the other end.
Shakib said he was disappointed at his team's low score since it was a good wicket to bat on.
should have scored 375 runs on this pitch," he said. "They bowled well
but we also made mistakes. We are already far behind in this Test now."
opening batsman Shamsur Rahman smashed 33 of the first 59 runs with the
help of seven boundaries, but failed to build on the fluent start in
the morning session.
Bangladesh lost three wickets in successive
overs to slide from 35-0 to 40-3 as Eranga removed Tamim Iqbal and
Rahman, and Mathews trapped Marshall Ayub leg-before.
Lakmal dismissed Mominul Haque before Shakib and Rahim settled in to retrieve the situation.
left out Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mahmudullah and Abdur Razzak from their
initial squad, and went in with three quick bowlers in Rubel Hossain,
Robiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain.
Sri Lanka took the field without
Test wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene, who flew home early on Friday
for family reasons. A Sri Lanka Cricket statement later in the day
announced the death of his father.
Dinesh Chandimal donned the gloves in Prasanna's absence.
tourists omitted unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis and preferred
all-rounder Dilruwan Perera in the first of two Test matches.
Sri Lanka will also play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games during the tour that ends on February 22.