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Bangladesh endured a turbulent opening day in Dhaka as they found themselves in an advantageous position when they bowled Sri Lanka out for 222, during which the returning Abdur Razzak and Taijul Islam snapped up four wickets apiece. However, everything went downhill from there as they lost four wickets prior to the end of the day.
Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a horrible start as opener Dimuth Karunaratne was stumped by Liton Das off the bowling of Razzak, who is playing in his first Test match since February 2014, for three runs.
Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva steadied things with a 47-run partnership before all their hard work was undone when Dhananjaya was caught by Sabbir Rahman off the bowling of Taijul for 19.
Just as Sri Lanka were recovering from losing Dhananjaya, Razzak returned to strike twice in successive deliveries. He first removed Danushka Gunathilaka for 13 before cleaning up captain Dinesh Chandimal for a golden duck.
Mendis went on to make 68 off 98 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, before being clean bowled by Razzak.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella failed to have an impact with the bat as he only scored one run before having his stumps rattled by Taijul.
Roshen Silva and Dilruwan Perera stemmed the flow of wickets with a 52-run stand before Dilruwan was caught by Mominul Haque at silly point off the bowling of Taijul for 31.
Dilruwan was initially given out lbw, but after reviewing the decision, replays showed that he got a massive inside edge before the ball was caught by Mominul.
Silva and debutant Akila Dananjaya added another 43 runs to the score before Dananjaya was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim at cover off the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman for 20.
Rangana Herath only made two runs, while Silva proceeded to score 56 off 124 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, before he became Taijul’s fourth victim.
Once Silva was dismissed, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 222.
Razzak and Taijul picked up four wickets apiece, while Mustafizur took two.
Trailing by 222 runs, Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal on the third ball of their innings as he was caught and bowled by Suranga Lakmal for four runs.
Six balls later, Mominul was on his way back to the pavilion as he was run out by Dhananjaya for a duck.
Rahim didn’t fare much better as he was clean bowled by Lakmal for one run.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts right towards the end of the day as Imrul Kayes was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan for 19.
Kayes reviewed the decision straight away, but it didn’t save him as replays showed the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump.
Liton and Mehidy Hasan Miraz ensured Bangladesh did not lose anymore wickets as they amassed an unbeaten 11-run partnership before stumps was called.
Liton finished on 24 off 43 balls, which included three boundaries, while Mehidy remained undefeated on five off seven deliveries, which included a solitary boundary.
Lakmal was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Dilruwan claimed one.
Bangladesh ended day one on 56/4 and will continue batting on Friday at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.