Silva fifty puts Sri Lanka on top in second Test


DHAKA — Roshen Silva hit an unbeaten half-century to put Sri Lanka in command of the second Test after stretching their lead to 312 against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.

The visitors reached 200-8 at stumps on day two in their second innings. The batting effort came after debutant spinner Akila Dananjaya led an inspirational attack to dismiss Bangladesh for 110 in the morning session.

Silva was batting on 58, his second fifty in the game, which came amid a regular fall of wickets on what seemed a difficult batting pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The highest successful run-chase at the ground is England's 209-1 against the hosts in 2010. Suranga Lakmal, who claimed three wickets with his pace bowling, was keeping Silva company on seven as the islanders kept building on their sizable first-innings lead of 112.

Paceman Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets while spinners Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan Miraz claimed two each. Opener Kusal Mendis was out early after veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak trapped the batsman leg-before for seven.

Left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 32, and Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit 28, got starts but failed to convert them into bigger scores. Silva got to the grind building crucial partnerships including a 51-run fifth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who made 30.

Earlier Bangladesh, who started the day on 56-4 in response to Sri Lanka's 222, faltered against Dananjaya's mystery spin that rattled the hosts' middle and lower-order.

Dananjaya, who is playing his first Test after 19 One-Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 games, returning impressive figures of 3-20. The 24-year-old Dananjaya has off-spin as his stock delivery but can can surprise the batsmen with leg-spin googly and carrom balls.

Dananjaya cleaned up skipper Mahmudullah Riyad for 17, and got two more wickets in Sabbir Rahman — out for a duck — and Razzak to flatten the Bangladesh batting.

Mehedi, who was sent in as nightwatchman on day one, remained unbeaten on 38— the highest score in the Bangladesh innings. The first Test ended in a draw in Chittagong.

PCB charges Jamshed for violations

The Pakistan cricket Board has formally charged former opening batsman Nasir Jamshed with violating five anti-corruption codes.

Jamshed is already serving a one-year ban, which ends on Feb. 13, after the PCB found him guilty of minor charges in its Pakistan Super League spot-fixing investigation last year. "Nasir Jamshed now has 14 days to respond to the notice of charge," the PCB said in a statement Friday.

The charges include fixing matches, accepting money to influence games and also inducing other players to get involved in corrupt activities. Jamshed was also arrested in Britain by the National Crime Agency last year in connection with the PSL investigation before he was released on bail.

Jamshed, who played his last international game for Pakistan at the 2015 World Cup, lives in Birmingham, England, and has appeared before the PCB tribunal through video link.

The left-handed batsman has denied any wrongdoing.

He is the fifth Pakistan cricketer who has been sanctioned with regard to PSL spot-fixing that blotted the second edition of Pakistan's premier domestic Twenty20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz all faced bans and fines for violating various anti-corruption codes. Shahzaib Hasan was the other batsman who was charged and is nowadays going through legal proceedings. — Agencies


Sri Lanka first innings 222

Bangladesh first innings

Tamim Iqbal c & b Lakmal 4

Imrul Kayes lbw b Perera 19

Mominul Haque run out (De Silva/Dickwella) 0

Mushfiqur Rahim b Lakmal 1

Liton Das b Lakma 25

Mehedi Hasan not out 38

Mahmudullah b Dananjaya 17

Sabbir Rahman c Chandimal b Dananjaya 0

Abdur Razzak c and b Dananjaya 1

Taijul Islam run out 1

Mustafizur Rahman lbw b Perera 0

Extras (lb 2, w1, nb1) 4

Total (all out, 45.4 overs) 110

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tamim), 2-4 (Mominul), 3-12 (Mushfiqur), 4-45 (Kayes), 5-73 (Liton), 6-107 (Mahmudullah), 8-107 (Sabbir) 8-109 (Razzak), 9-110 (Taijul), 10-110 (Mustafizur).

Bowling: Lakmal 12-4-25-3 (w1), Perera 11.4-4-32-2 (nb1), Dananjaya 10-2-20-3, Herath 12-1-31-0

Sri Lanka second innings

D. Karunaratne c Kayes b Mehedi 32

K. Mendis lbw b Razzak 7

D. de Silva b Taijul 28

D. Gunathilaka lbw b Mustafizur 17

D. Chandimal lbw b Mehedi 30

R. Silva not out 58

N. Dickwella c Mahmudullah b Taijul 10

D. Perera c Liton b Mustafizur 7

A. Dananjaya c Liton b Mustafizur 0

S. Lakmal not out 7

Extras (lb 4) 4

Total (8 wickets; 62 overs) 200

To bat: R. Herath

Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Mendis), 2-53 (de Silva), 3-80 (Gunathilaka), 4-92 (Karunaratne), 5-143 (Chandimal), 6-170 (Dickwella), 7-178 (Perera), 8-178 (Dananjaya)

Bowling: Razzak 17-2-60-1, Mustafizur 12-2-35-3, Taijul 19-2-72-2, Mehedi 14-3-29-2.