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Silva headlines strong show by Sri Lanka

Opener scores his maiden Test century as Sri Lanka takes 143-run lead by close of play on second day

Silva headlines strong show by Sri Lanka - Cricket News
Kaushal Silva added 118 runs for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then got together with Kumar Sangakkara for a 155-run stand for the second wicket.

Kaushal Silva hit his maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day of its first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Tuesday (January 28).

The opening batsman Silva scored 139 as Sri Lanka reached 375 for 5 at stumps, an overall lead of 143 after Bangladesh scored just 232 in its first innings.

Silva added 118 runs for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then got together with Kumar Sangakkara for a 155-run stand for the second wicket.

But the Bangladesh bowlers, who picked up just one wicket in the morning session on the even-paced pitch, claimed four more in the final session to slow Sri Lanka's progress. Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers, with 3 for 94, including the wicket of Silva.

Mahela Jayawardena was unbeaten on 42 when play was called off soon after the dismissal of Suranga Lakmal, the nightwatchman, in the final over off Sohag Gazi.

Sri Lanka, who started the day at 60 for no loss, had moved to 118 when Karunaratne was snapped up at short cover off Shakib just before lunch.

After a barren afternoon session, Bangladesh removed Silva and Sangakkara in quick succession after tea. It claimed two more wickets as Sri Lanka slipped from 273 for 1 to 375 for 5.

Earlier, Silva reached the three-figure mark in his seventh Test. However, he had his share of good fortune in the innings after being dropped twice – first by Mushfiqur Rahim behind the wickets and then by Shamsur Rahman. He also had another reprieve when he was caught behind off a no-ball from the medium pacer Al-Amin Hossain.

Sangakkara looked set to score his 34th Test hundred but fell to Al-Amin, caught at slips by Nasir Hossain. Dinesh Chandimal and Jayawardena then added 72-runs for the fourth wicket before Chandimal was bowled by Shakib for 40.

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