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SL seamers rock Bangla

Dhaka: Seamers Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal shared seven Bangladesh wickets as Sri Lanka dominated the opening day of the first Test in Dhaka on Monday.

Eranga finished with four for 49 and Lakmal claimed three for 66 to help bowl out Bangladesh for 232 after the visitors won the toss and elected to field at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (61) and Shakib-al Hasan (55) were the only batsmen to resist the accurate Sri Lankan attack on an even-paced pitch.

Sri Lanka made 60 for no loss in reply by stumps, with Dimuth Karunaratne unbeaten on 28 and Kaushal Silva on 30. They are now 172 runs behind with all 10 wickets in hand.

Sri Lanka justified captain Angelo Mathews’ decision to bowl first by grabbing four wickets with just 59 runs on the board.

Shakib and Rahim joined hands at that stage to stitch together a fifth-wicket stand of 86, before the hosts suffered two quick blows to slip to 150 for six midway through the afternoon session.