Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1: Sri Lanka’s bowling attack dominate opening day

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Eranga was the most successful Sri Lankan bowler as he picked up four wickets

Sri Lanka’s bowling attack dominated the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur as they ripped through the hosts’ batting line-up to leave them all out on 232.

Sri Lanka’s opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva took over from there as they amassed an unbeaten 60-run partnership to leave the tourists trailing by 172 runs heading into the second day.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews would not have been disappointed with his decision to bowl first as he, Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal dismissed Bangladesh’s top four batsmen with just 59 runs on the board.

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan stemmed the bleeding with a vital 85-run partnership, during which Al Hasan brought up his half-century, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rangana Herath.

Al Hasan’s brilliant knock of 55 came off 91 balls and included nine boundaries.

Rahim ended up registering his own half-century during a 53-run partnership with Sohag Gazi before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Lakmal.

Rahim’s crucial innings of 61 came off 122 deliveries and included nine boundaries.

Gazi gave Bangladesh a last second spark of energy as he smashed 42 runs off 56 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, to carry the hosts to 232 before they were bowled out.

Eranga was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with four wickets, while Lakmal snapped up three, Herath claimed two and Mathews chipped in with one.

Trailing by 232 runs, Karunaratne and Silva amassed an unbeaten 60-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Karunaratne finished on 28 off 58 balls, which included four boundaries, while Silva remained undefeated on 30 off 57 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Sri Lanka ended the day on 60/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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