Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Test Day 2: Sandakan’s three-for leaves Bangladesh in precarious position

Sandakan ended the day with figures of 3-65 off 14 overs

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Lakshan Sandakan’s three-wicket haul in the final session on the second day in Colombo put Sri Lanka in a commanding position and left Bangladesh in all sorts of trouble.

Starting off the day on 238/7, Sri Lanka lost stand-in captain Rangana Herath early on for 25.

Dinesh Chandimal and Suranga Lakmal added some vital runs via a 55-run partnership, during which Chandimal surpassed his hundred before he was dismissed by Mehedi Hasan Miraz for 138 off 300 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six.

Chandimal raises his bat upon bringing up his eighth Test century

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Lakmal went on to make a career-best 35 before removed by Subashis Roy, which led to Sri Lanka being bowled out for 338.

Mehedi was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Subashis, Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan snapped up two wickets apiece. Taijul Islam, meanwhile, chipped in with one.

Trailing by 338 runs, Bangladesh got off to a superb start as Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put together a 95-run partnership before Iqbal was trapped lbw off the bowling of Herath for 49 in the last over before the tea interval.

Sarkar went on to make 61 off 121 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Sandakan.

Sarkar scored his fourth Test fifty

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Sandakan then proceeded to remove Imrul Kayes and Taijul in successive deliveries, and to make matters worse for Bangladesh, Sabbir Rahman was sent packing by Lakmal for 42 right at the end of the day.

Shakib and captain Mushfiqur Rahim managed to accumulate an unbeaten 16-run partnership before stumps was called.

Shakib finished on 18 off eight balls, which included three boundaries, while Mushfiqur remained undefeated on two.

Sandakan was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Herath and Lakmal claimed one wicket each.

Bangladesh ended day two on 214/5 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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