Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2: Dhananjaya, Mendis lead Sri Lanka’s reply after Bangladesh make 513

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Dhananjaya de Silva (right) and Kusal Mendis forged an unbeaten 187-run partnership

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Dhananjaya de Silva scored an unbeaten 104 and Kusal Mendis made 83 not out as Sri Lanka replied brilliantly after Bangladesh amassed a first innings total of 513 on the second day in Chittagong.

Starting off the day on 374/4, Bangladesh were dealt a huge blow early on as batsman Mominul Haque was caught by Mendis at short leg off the bowling of Rangana Herath for 176, which came off 214 balls and included 16 boundaries and a six.

Mosaddek Hossain fell for eight runs, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz made a quickfire 20 before being run out by Lahiru Kumara.

However, stand-in captain Mahmudullah and debutant Sunzamul Islam stabilised the innings with a 58-run partnership before Sunzamul was stumped by Niroshan Dickwella off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan for 24.

Taijul Islam only made one run, but Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman added 35 runs before Bangladesh were bowled out for 513 when Mustafizur was caught behind off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal for eight runs.

Mahmudullah, meanwhile, was left stranded on 83, which came off 134 deliveries and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

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Mahmudullah scored his 15th Test fifty

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Herath and Lakmal picked up three wickets apiece, while Sandakan snapped up two and Dilruwan Perera chipped in with one.

Trailing by 513 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a horrible start as they had yet open the scoring when opener Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Imrul Kayes at first slip off the bowling of Mehidy.

That was to be Bangladesh’s last taste of success for the remainder of the day as Dhananjaya and Mendis amassed an unbeaten 187-run partnership, during which Dhananjaya brought up his hundred and Mendis surpassed his fifty, before stumps was called.

Dhananjaya finished on 104 off 127 balls, which included 15 boundaries, while Mendis remained undefeated on 83 off 152 deliveries, which included six boundaries and a six.

Mehidy was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Sri Lanka ended day two on 187/1 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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