x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dilshan hammers 162 to put Sri Lanka on top

Tillakaratne Dilshan slammed an aggressive century to drive Sri Lanka to a commanding 371 for six on the opening day of the second Test in Bangladesh.

CHITTAGONG // Tillakaratne Dilshan slammed an aggressive century to drive Sri Lanka to a commanding 371 for six on the opening day of the second and final Test against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka were struggling on 75 for four when Dilshan came to the crease and he was eventually the last man out, bowled by the left-arm spinner Enamul Haque for a rapid 162 off 165 balls. The right-hander raced to his half-century in only 37 deliveries and completed his sixth Test century off 93 balls.

Chamara Kapugedera (93 not out), who was dropped on 37 by Imrul Kayes at mid-on off the bowling of the paceman Mashrafe Mortaza, shared a sixth-wicket stand of 173 with Dilshan. Malinda Warnapura also chipped in with 63, his fourth Test half-century. The Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful trapped Warnapura lbw with his first ball to end the opener's 119-run fifth-wicket partnership with Dilshan.

The home team were on top early on after Mortaza struck twice in his first two overs, dismissing Prasanna Jayawardene for a golden-duck and Kumar Sangakkara for five, while Shakib Al Hasan removed Mahela Jayawardene in his 100th Test. The Skipper Jayawardene, the fourth Sri Lankan to reach the milestone, was caught by the keeper Mushfiqur Rahim for 11. Sri Lanka, however, then plundered 164 runs in the afternoon session and another 142 after tea.

*Reuters