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Sanga, Chandimal rally SL with tons

Two contrasting back- to- back centuries by Kumar Sangakkara (127 n.o) and Dinesh Chandimal (103) helped Sri Lanka to sweep past the Bangladesh first innings total of 240 and gain a valuable first innings lead of 54 runs at the end of day two in the second Test match between the two countries played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, yesterday.

Sri Lanka was 294 for 6 in reply to Bangladesh first innings total of 240.

Dinesh Chandimal celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of thei second Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on March 17. AFP

Sri Lanka were in a spot of bother losing four of their top batsmen early in the morning session including Angelo Mathews (16) with only 69 runs on the board when Dinesh Chadimal joined former skipper Sangakkara and resumed the rescue operation. After getting the early break through it was a frustrating post lunch session for the visitors as Sangakkara and Chandimal systematically dismantled a tiring Bangladesh attack adding 195 runs for the fifth wicket.

Sangakkara went on to complete his third consecutive hundred and the 33rd century in his Test career, after scoring twin centuries in Galle.

Chandimal too, struck his second Test hundred after his first innings hundred in the first Test at Galle. Sangakkara batted with supreme confidence to defuse an impressive Bangladesh medium pace attack. He remained unbeaten on 127 at the close facing 271 deliveries and spending 407 minutes at the crease with ten boundaries.

Chandimal and Sangakkara stayed together until about an hour before close of play and they added 195 runs for the fifth wicket and had brought Sri Lanka right back to the game. Chandimal gave valuable support during the partnership occupying the crease for 237 minutes facing 176 deliveries with eight hits to the ropes in his 103 and was comprehensively beaten and bowled by Rubel Hossain with the second new ball. Rubel Hossain also accounted for the dismissal of Kithruwan Vithanage, coming next caught at deep cover point

Sri Lanka made a diabolical start on the morning of the second day losing three wickets for 43 runs in the space of 12.3 overs and Bangladesh could not have wished for a reassuring start by their medium pace attack comprising Robiul Islam, Abdul Hasan and Rubel Hussain. After losing Dilshan just before the close on the first day without scoring.

Left hander Dimuth Karunaratne who needed a good innings to justify his place, went for an ambitious cut even before settling down on a new day and fell victim to Abdul Hasan.

Lahiru Thirimanne who made his debut centurion in the first Test was also dispatched to the pavilion without scoring giving the Bangladesh skipper and keeper Mushfiqur Rahim his third straight forward catch in the innings.

During the first ninety minutes in the morning the Bangladesh attack was mainly concentrated in their medium pace attack and the Sri Lankan batsmen found scoring hard.

Skipper Angelo Mathews with his former captain was set to repair the damaging innings, but with the introduction of the spin of Sohag Gazi saw the dismissal of Mathews who pushed forward and edged one to the slips to be caught by Mahmudullah after scoring 16 runs.

At lunch Sri Lanka were 81 for 4 in 28 overs with Sangakkara unbeaten on 38 off 82 deliveries and Dinesh Chandimal 3 n.o still trailing by 159 runs with six wickets intact. It was left to Sangakkara and the assisting Dinesh Chandimal to build the total to respectable proportions.

The side had to rely on the inspiration of Sangakkara's batting. Chandimal and Sangakkara posted the 50 run partnership for the fifth wicket off 106 deliveries with Sangakkara 53 n.o and Chandimal unbeaten on 24..

The post lunch session was the most profitable one for the Sri Lanka, Sangakkara and Chandimal were assuming command amidst a tiring Bangladesh attack under the sweltering heat. By tea the pair had added 106 runs for the fifth wicket bringing the score from 69 for 4 to 175 for 4 . Sangakkara was approaching another milestone with an unbeaten 75 facing 173 deliveries striking four hits to the ropes and Chandimal batting unblemishly with 53 n.o facing 106 deliveries with four boundaries.


Bangladesh   1st innings 240
(Mominul Haque 64; R. Herath 5-68)
Sri Lanka 1st innings
(overnight 18-1):
D. Karunaratne c Rahim b Abul 		 17
T. Dilshan c Rahim b Robiu 		 l0
K. Sangakkara not out 			127
L. Thirimanne c Rahim b Robiu 		 l0
A. Mathews c Mahmudullah b Gazi		 16
D. Chandimal b Rubel			102
K. Vithanage c Mominul b Rubel		 12
N. Kulasekara not out			  2
Extras (b2, nb10, w6)			 18
Total (for six wickets; 93 overs)	294 
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Dilshan), 2-39 (Karunaratne), 3-43 (Thirimanne), 4-69 (Mathews), 
5-264 (Chandimal), 6-280 (Vithanage)
 Bowling: Robiul 15-1-52-2 (nb7), Gazi 30-4-84-1, Abul 18-4-62-1 (w5), Rubel 14-3-41-2 (nb3, w1), 
Mahmudullah 10-1-36-0, Mominul 2-0-6-0, Ashraful 2-0-9-0, Nasir 2-0-2-0



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