Najmul, Mominul put Bangladesh in charge


Momin Haque broke his 11th ton of test © AFP

Mominul Haque’s 11th test, his first home departure, further aggravated the troubles for Sri Lanka, as Bangladesh reached a command of 378 for 2 at noon on day 2. The elegant left , in the company of the naughty Najmul Shanto, who continued to remain undefeated on 155, made sure he would not return for Sri Lanka, who started the day hoping to hit the second new ball earlier.

Resuming their overnight score of 302 for 2, the visitors opted for caution in terms of aggression, happy to want their time, even if the hosts’ home players kept a firm check on the score. On a counter that showed little signs of helping the disease, both in pace and spin, Sri Lanka were largely disciplined with the ball and gave only one limit to each of the two batsmen in the first hour of play. In other signs that the ground does not gain any rhythm or jumps in the second morning, the only edge that Suranga Lakmal produced from Mominul also jumped well in front of Lahiru Thirimanne on the second slip.

Dimuth Karunaratne continued to rotate his illness, after starting the day with the two peacekeepers from the front line. He brought in Mathews for a short spell before heading to Lahiru Kumara’s expressive pace – while trying to upset the short ball theory. Even though the runs were dry, the patience of both fighters overnight did not, as they led their team to the break.

Short scores: Bangladesh 378/2 (Najmul Shanto 155 *, Mominul Haque 107 *; Vishwa Fernando 2-75) vs Sri Lanka.

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