Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 2: Bangladesh make solid start after Sri Lanka amass 494

Sarkar struck seven boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 66

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Bangladesh made a solid reply after Sri Lanka managed to accumulate a first innings total of 494 on the second day of the first Test in Galle.

Starting off the day on 321/4, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella converted their 33-run partnership into a 110-run partnership before Mendis was dismissed by Mehedi Hasan Miraz for a career-best 194, which came off 285 balls and included 19 boundaries and four sixes.

Dickwella went on to make 75 off 76 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was sent packing by Mehedi.

Stand-in captain Rangana Herath could only muster 17 runs, while Suranga Lakmal scored eight before being run out by Mustafizur Rahman.

Suranga Lakmal also made eight runs, but Dilruwan Perera managed to score 51 off 77 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mehedi.

Perera scored his third Test fifty

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Sri Lanka ended up being bowled out for 494 when Lakshan Sandakan was sent packing by Shakib Al Hasan for five runs.

Mehedi was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Mustafizur snapped up two and Shakib, Taskin Ahmed and Subashis Roy chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 494 runs, Bangladesh got off to a fantastic start as Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put together a 118-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries.

With the tourists cruising, Sri Lanka finally got the breakthrough they had been looking for when Iqbal was run out by Dickwella for 57 off 112 balls, which included six boundaries.

Iqbal made his 21st half-century in Test cricket

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Mominul Haque fell shortly after for seven, but Sarkar and captain Mushfiqur Rahim guided Bangladesh safely to stumps with an unbeaten six-run partnership.

Sarkar finished on 66 off 133 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Rahim remained undefeated on one.

Perera was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Bangladesh ended day two on 133/2 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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