Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Listless Bangladesh reduced to 66-5 at lunch

Listless Bangladesh reduced to 66-5 at lunch
Photo: AFP

Bangladesh came up with dismal batting show to be reduced to 66-5 at lunch on the opening day of the second and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Sri Lankan pacers Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando were the wrecker-in-chief, claiming all five wickets between them in the manic morning session.

Rajitha returned figures of 3-16 and Fernando claimed 2-26 as Bangladesh found them in wanting after their captain Mominul Haque won the toss and elected to bat first.

Liton Das was batting on 26 with Mushfiqur Rahim, the centurion of first Test on 22 after sharing 42-run in the unbroken sixth wicket.

Rajitha and Fernando removed both of the Bangladesh openers Mahmudul Hasan  and Tamim Iqbal for duck in first two overs with the former breaking through  in the second ball of the day, rattling the stump Mahmudul.

Tamim got the leading edge, trying to clip Fernando delivery to leg-side after playing just four balls.

Captain Mominul continued his bad patch, being out on 9, his sixth straight single digit figure while Rajitha rattled the stump of Najmul Hossain (8) with an express delivery.

Rajitha also got prized wicket of Shakib Al Hasan for duck, hitting his pad with a moving delivery. Shakib reviewed in vain, leaving Bangladesh at precarious 24-5.

Mushfiqur and Liton then saw off the day without further damage.