Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2: Silva flattens Bangladesh with breathtaking century

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Silva celebrates after scoring his first Test century

Sri Lanka opening batsman Kaushal Silva flattened Bangladesh with his maiden Test century on the second day of the first Test in Mirpur.

Silva was well supported by his opening partner Dimuth Karunaratne and Kumar Sangakkara as they both scored half-centuries.

Starting out the day on 60/0, Silva and Karunaratne converted their 60-run partnership into a 118-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Karunaratne was caught by Robiul Islam at silly mid-off off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.

Karunaratne’s fantastic knock of 53 came off 113 balls and included six boundaries.

Silva and Sangakkara kept the runs flowing with a magnificent 155-run partnership, during which Silva registered his maiden Test century and Sangakkara his half-century, before Sangakkara was caught by Nasir Hossain at first slip off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain.

Sangakkara’s brilliant innings of 75 came off 182 deliveries and included nine boundaries.

Silva ended up making 139 off 244 balls, which included 16 boundaries and two sixes, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.

Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal stabilised the innings with a 72-run partnership before Chandimal was clean bowled to become Al Hasan’s third victim of the day.

Suranga Lakmal failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Nasir Hossain at first slip off the bowling of Sohag Gazi.

Following the wicket of Lakmal, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Jayawardene remained undefeated on 42 off 60 balls, which included five boundaries and a six.

Al Hasan was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with three wickets, while Gazi and Al-Amin Hossain chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Sri Lanka ended the day on 375/5 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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