Karunaratne 50 as Sri Lanka control Bangladesh Test


Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has struck a half-century to help Sri Lanka tighten their grip on the opening Test match against Bangladesh.

The visitors extended their lead to 211, with Karunaratne scoring 52, as they reached 5-119 at stumps on Saturday's second day.

Pacer Vishwa Fernando claimed 4-48 in helping the visitors take a 92-run lead in the first innings when Bangladesh were bowled out for 188 in reply to Sri Lanka's 280.

But Bangladesh pacer Nahid Rana, who had first innings figures of 3-87, dealt a double strike to leave Sri Lanka at 2-32.

Rana, who finished with 2-42, had opener Nishan Madushka caught by wicketkeeper Liton Das for 10 with a delivery that moved sharply to take the outside edge.

He then took the big wicket of Kusal Mendis (three) with a bouncer that unsettled the batter.

Spinners Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan put Sri Lanka in further trouble, dismissing Angelo Mathews (22) and Dinesh Chandimal (0) in consecutive overs but Karunaratne held firm to ensure that Sri Lanka's lead would go past 200.

Karunaratne and captain Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit a century in the first innings, added a 49-run partnership for the fifth wicket before pacer Shoriful Islam employed a short ball trick successfully to get the better of Karunaratne, who hit seven fours and one six off 101 balls.

De Silva was still there on 23 at the close with nightwatchman Vishwa Fernando on two.

Fernando had earlier wrecked Bangladesh with brilliant pace bowling to help Sri Lanka earn a healthy lead.

Fast bowler Lahiru Kumara (3-31) and Kasun Rajitha (3-56) played their part well to weaken Bangladesh further.

Taijul Islam, who came in as a nightwatchman on the first day, top-scored for the side with 47 while Das made 25.