COLOMBO, March 15: Dinesh Chandimal rode his luck to score an unbeaten half-century for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in Colombo on Wednesday after the tourists made a dream start to their 100th Test match.
The home side reached 238/7 before bad light stopped the opening day�s play, recovering from 70/4 on a turning pitch at the P Sara Oval, owing mainly to Chandimal�s patient 86 not out.
Chandimal shared a 66-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva and then added 44 and 43 runs with Niroshan Dickwella and captain Rangana Herath to halt what had been a quick procession of wickets.
Chandimal, who faced 210 balls and hit four fours in his knock, was given out lbw on 38 off the bowling of left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan but the decision was overturned following a review.
He then top-edged another left-arm spinner Taijul Islam to fine leg on 46 but was given a benefit of the doubt by the third umpire as TV replays on whether Mehedi Hasan had caught him cleanly were inconclusive.
Coming into the side for Lahiru Kumara as Sri Lanka�s only change from their 259-run win in the first Test at Galle, de Silva gave Chandimal good support before he was bowled by Taijul for 34.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella chipped in with 34 after de Silva�s departure before Herath joined Chandimal in his effort to give Sri Lanka innings a decent look.
Herath, unbeaten on 18 at the close of play, also had his share of luck as he had an lbw decision overturned off Shakib.
Bangladesh, sent into bowl first by Herath, had taken the honours in the opening session as off-spinner Mehedi struck twice and fast bowlers Mustafizur Rahman and Subashis Roy took one wicket apiece.
Mustafizur put the visitors in good heart in their milestone Test when he forced an edge from opener Dimuth Karunaratne, having cranked up the pressure by bowling three successive maidens. � AFP
Sri Lanka 1st innings: D Karunaratne c Mehedi b Mustafizur 7, U Tharanga c Soumya b Mehedi 11, K Mendis st Mushfiqur b Mehedi 5, D Chandimal not out 86, A Gunaratne lbw b Roy 13, D De Silva b Taijul 34, N Dickwella b Shakib 34, D Perera c Soumya b Mustafizur 9, R Herath not out 18; Extras (n1, lb12, w6, nb 2) 21; Total (seven wickets, 83.1 overs) 238; Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-24, 3-35, 4-70, 5-136, 6-180, 7-195; Bowling: Mustafizur 15-5-32-2, Roy 15-2-47-1, Mehedi 15-2-58-2, Taijul 14-2-34-1, Shakib 20.1-3-43-1, Mosaddek 4-0-11-0.