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Dickwella and Mendis rebuild after mini-collapse

Bangladesh Tour of Sri Lanka 2021 | 2nd Test

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Niroshan Dickwella and Ramesh Mendis made 87 for the 7th wicket to rescue Sri Lanka from a bit of trouble as the hosts lost 5 wickets for 69 runs midway through day 2.

Dickwella continues good form

While the batsmen ahead of him seemed to have prioritized occupying the crease ahead of getting runs on the board, Dickwella showed clear intent to swing momentum back in Sri Lanka’s favour, coming in at the fall of the 5th wicket.

The left-hander was not afraid to take a few risks and brought out a few upper cuts and sweeps as he scored a brisk half-century, adding 87 alongside all-rounder Mendis. The wicket-keeper batsman has had a good year with the bat, with 426 runs to his name in 2021, including two near-misses on a maiden Test Century.

Slow start and middle order collapse

Oshada Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne started off cautiously against some good bowling from the Bangladeshi quicks, showing little intent to push the run-rate up and gain some momentum early in the day. The ploy didn’t really work for the pair as Thirimanne fell for 140. 

It was much deserved breakthrough for Taskin Ahamed and the lanky right armer could have had a wicket soon after but everyone on-field seemed to miss Angelo Mathews’ nick behind to the keeper in the same over. If the dismissal had stood, it would have been just the 3rd duck in Mathews’ career.

Taskin got his revenge a couple of overs later however and when Tailjul Islam got rid of Dhananjaya de Silva with some extra bounce, Sri Lanka really began to sweat.

Pathum Nissanka and Fernando dug in for the next 24 overs before Nissanka fell to a ball that seemed to keep low off a good length. Fernando soon followed, putting Sri Lanka in some trouble at 382/6. Nissanka’s dismissal seemed to indicate that there was some variable bounce in the surface, which could make for interesting viewing as the Test goes on.

Bangladesh’s discipline

The Bangladesh bowlers had perhaps one of their best sessions in overseas Tests this morning, picking up 3 wickets for just 43 runs to wrest the initiative from Sri Lanka somewhat. The fast bowlers, Ahamed in particular, was impressive, bowling a disciplined line and length which eventually paid dividends. 

Ahamed should have had a 5 wicket haul, with two catches going down off his bowling (Karunaratne on day 1, Mendis before the close of play on day 2), but was certainly the one to lead the attack on a track that seemed to have suddenly come to life for the bowlers.

At stumps on day 2, Sri Lanka still held the upper hand, with 469 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wickets, with Dickwella (64*) and Mendis (22*) well set. With bad light and rain expected to continue to play a part in the game, it would be interesting to see what Sri Lanka’s tactics would be, going into day 3.



Result


Sri Lanka
493/7 (159.2) & 194/9 (42.2)

Bangladesh
251/10 (51) & 227/10 (71)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne c Liton Das b Shaiful Islam 118 190 15 0 62.11
Lahiru Thirimanne c Liton Das b Taskin Ahamed 140 253 15 0 55.34
Oshada Fernando c Liton Das b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 81 221 8 0 36.65
Angelo Mathews c Liton Das b Taskin Ahamed 5 15 1 0 33.33
Dhananjaya de Silva c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Taijul Islam 2 9 0 0 22.22
Pathum Nissanka b Taskin Ahamed 30 84 3 0 35.71
Niroshan Dickwella not out 77 72 8 1 106.94
Ramesh Mendis c Mushfiqur Rahim b Taskin Ahamed 33 68 2 0 48.53


Extras 7 (b 3 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 1, pen 0)
Total 493/7 (159.2 Overs, RR: 3.09)
Fall of Wickets 1-209 (63.1) Dimuth Karunarathne, 2-313 (104.1) Lahiru Thirimanne, 3-319 (108.1) Angelo Mathews, 4-328 (111.5) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5-382 (135.4) Pathum Nissanka, 6-382 (136.2) Oshada Fernando,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Abu Jayed 22 4 69 0 3.14
Taskin Ahamed 34.2 7 127 4 3.71
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 36 7 118 1 3.28
Shaiful Islam 29 6 91 1 3.14
Taijul Islam 38 7 83 1 2.18
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal c Lahiru Thirimanne b 92 15 12 0 613.33
Saif Hassan c Dhananjaya de Silva b 25 62 4 1 40.32
Najmul Hossain Shanto c Lahiru Thirimanne b Ramesh Mendis 0 4 0 0 0.00
Mominul Haque lbw b Ramesh Mendis 49 104 7 0 47.12
Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b 40 62 7 0 64.52
Liton Das c Lahiru Thirimanne b 8 11 2 0 72.73
Mehidy Hasan Miraz lbw b Suranga Lakmal 16 33 1 0 48.48
Taijul Islam hit-wicket b 9 50 1 0 18.00
Taskin Ahamed lbw b 0 11 0 0 0.00
Shaiful Islam b Suranga Lakmal 0 8 0 0 0.00
Abu Jayed not out 0 4 0 0 0.00


Extras 12 (b 2 , lb 9 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 251/10 (51 Overs, RR: 4.92)
Fall of Wickets 1-98 (25.4) Saif Hassan, 2-151 (43.2) Tamim Iqbal,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 10 0 30 2 3.00
Vishwa Fernando 7 1 19 0 2.71
Angelo Mathews 2 0 7 0 3.50
Ramesh Mendis 31 7 86 2 2.77
Dhananjaya de Silva 1 0 6 0 6.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Lahiru Thirimanne c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2 6 0 0 33.33
Dimuth Karunarathne c Tamim Iqbal b Saif Hassan 66 78 7 1 84.62
Oshada Fernando st Liton Das b Taijul Islam 1 5 0 0 20.00
Angelo Mathews c Saif Hassan b Taijul Islam 12 35 0 1 34.29
Dhananjaya de Silva c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Mehidy Hasan Miraz 41 52 4 1 78.85
Pathum Nissanka c Shaiful Islam b Taijul Islam 24 31 2 0 77.42
Niroshan Dickwella c Taijul Islam b Taskin Ahamed 24 25 2 0 96.00
Ramesh Mendis c Tamim Iqbal b Taijul Islam 8 12 1 1 66.67
Suranga Lakmal b Taijul Islam 12 6 0 0 200.00
Praveen Jayawickrama not out 3 5 0 0 60.00


Extras 1 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 194/9 (42.2 Overs, RR: 4.58)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Mehidy Hasan Miraz 14 3 66 2 4.71
Shaiful Islam 1 0 8 0 8.00
Taijul Islam 19.2 2 72 5 3.75
Taskin Ahamed 4 0 26 1 6.50
Saif Hassan 4 0 22 1 5.50


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal c Niroshan Dickwella b Ramesh Mendis 24 26 3 1 92.31
Saif Hassan c Suranga Lakmal b Praveen Jayawickrama 34 46 5 1 73.91
Najmul Hossain Shanto b Praveen Jayawickrama 26 44 4 0 59.09
Mominul Haque b Ramesh Mendis 32 48 4 0 66.67
Mushfiqur Rahim c Dhananjaya de Silva b Ramesh Mendis 40 63 5 0 63.49
Liton Das lbw b Praveen Jayawickrama 17 46 1 0 36.96
Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Pathum Nissanka b Praveen Jayawickrama 39 89 4 0 43.82
Taijul Islam c Niroshan Dickwella b Dhananjaya de Silva 2 30 0 0 6.67
Taskin Ahamed c Dimuth Karunarathne b Ramesh Mendis 7 33 0 0 21.21
Shaiful Islam not out 0 2 0 0 0.00
Abu Jayed lbw b Praveen Jayawickrama 0 3 0 0 0.00


Extras 6 (b 3 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 227/10 (71 Overs, RR: 3.2)
Fall of Wickets 1-31 (7.1) Tamim Iqbal, 2-73 (16.4) Saif Hassan, 3-104 (22.5) Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4-134 (31.6) Mominul Haque, 5-171 (41.4) Mushfiqur Rahim, 6-183 (50.2) Liton Das, 7-206 (61.2) Taijul Islam, 8-227 (69.4) Taskin Ahamed, 9-227 (70.3) Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 10-227 (70.6) Abu Jayed,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 4 2 14 0 3.50
Ramesh Mendis 28 2 103 4 3.68
Praveen Jayawickrama 32 10 86 5 2.69
Dhananjaya de Silva 7 1 19 1 2.71