The Telegraph
Wednesday , January 29 , 2014
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Sri Lanka in command

Mirpur: Opener Kaushal Silva hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on Day II of the first Test against Bangladesh, here, on Tuesday.

Silva scored 139 as the visitors reached 375 for five at stumps, at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, with a lead of 143 and still another five wickets in hand after Bangladesh were folded up for 232 in their first innings.

Silva put on 118 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then teamed up with Kumar Sangakkara (75) to add a further 155 runs for the second. Sri Lanka will resume on Wednesday in their pursuit to grab a really sizeable lead and have the hosts on the ropes to go one up in the two-Test series.

Bangladesh bowlers, who managed just one wicket in the morning session on the even-paced pitch, claimed four in the post-tea session to check Sri Lanka’s flow of runs.

Left-arm spinner Shakib-Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers with three for 94, taking the vital wicket of Silva.

Sri Lanka, who started the day on 60 for naught, had moved to 118 when left-hander Karunaratne was snapped up at short cover, off Shakib, just before lunch.