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Bangladesh fight back to stall Sri Lanka

Shakib Al Hasan claims three wickets as Bangladesh leave Sri Lanka on 172-6 before bad light stopped play on the opening day of the first Test.

DHAKA // The left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan claimed three wickets as Bangladesh left Sri Lanka stuttering at 172-6 before bad light stopped play early on the opening day of the first Test. Shakib added Tillakaratne Dilshan to his tally in the final session after snaring Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene before tea to return with tidy figures of 3-43, while Shahadat Hossain chipped in with 2-47. Sangakkara scored 43 runs before he was caught at midwicket by Mohammad Ashraful ending a 95-run stand with Michael Vandort.

Sri Lanka added two more runs before Shahadat removed Vandort for 44, the opener caught by Shakib after he had mistimed a pull shot. Shakib then bowled Mahela Jayawardene for three as a trio of Sri Lankan wickets fell for just 16 runs. "There was not that much turn at the wicket. I just tried to put the ball in one area and got some success," Shakib said. Despite the collapse, Sri Lanka believe the match is still hanging in the balance and they can get a respectable total.

"It is still evenly poised. A 300-plus total is still very much possible," said Vandort. The visitors had resumed after lunch on 27-1 with the opener Malinda Warnapura the only casualty of the fog-delayed morning session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Warnapura was trapped leg before by the pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza for 14 shortly after the Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was injured when he dropped the opener off the same bowler.

Rahim bruised his forehead attempting the catch and left the ground immediately with Zunaed Siddique taking his place behind the stumps. He returned after lunch and missed another difficult chance, this time offered by Sangakkara off Mahbubul Alam when the batsman was on 11. *Reuters