Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella hit a run-a-ball 64 not out within the second Test to assist Sri Lanka attain 469-6 at stumps on the second day towards Bangladesh on Friday.
Sri Lanka had misplaced two wickets in successive overs with its first-innings rating on 382 however Dickwella’s knock wrestled again the initiative.
Dickwella, an aggressive left-handed batter, displayed unconventional strokes and Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque was working out of concepts to include him.
The 27-year-old Dickwella was significantly harsh on the spinners. He swept the primary ball he confronted — from Mehidy Hasan — to the sq. leg boundary and continued to relish taking part in sweep and slog-sweep photographs together with some elegant drives.
Dickwella’s adventures continued towards tempo in addition to he incessantly performed the ramp shot to the vacant third man boundary, a lot to the frustration of the opposition.
Soon after tea, Dickwella was given out leg-before-wicket to Taijul Islam when on 32 however he efficiently reviewed the choice and reached his 18th half-century in simply 48 balls.
Together with rookie Ramesh Mendis, Dickwella has added 87 runs to date for the seventh wicket as Sri Lanka edged nearer to the 500-run mark.
Dickwella is chasing his first take a look at hundred, having been dismissed twice this yr within the 90s. Mendis, who was dropped on 12 at second slip, was 22 not out as play was known as off early as a result of unhealthy gentle.
Oshada Fernando steadied the Sri Lankan innings within the morning session, including 104 runs for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne (140).
Fernando was dismissed when wicketkeeper Liton Das moved throughout and accomplished the catch after the ball hit the pad and deflected off the again of Fernando’s bat. His 81 got here off 221 balls with eight boundaries.
“It is very important to convert your fifties into hundreds in cricket,” said Fernando. “I think by tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, there will be some turn on this surface.”
Sri Lanka is in the best position with the wicket offering much more turn and bounce for the spinners than the drawn first Test.
Only 65.5 overs were possible on Friday and 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on Saturday to catch up for lost time.
“Not every ball is turning so it is tough to know how the wicket will behave later in the game,” Taijul said. “I am hoping that it won’t be too bad. We need to bat well on this wicket.”