BAN vs SL 2nd Test: Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva keep Sri Lanka alive against Bangladesh | Cricket News

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DHAKA: Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva each hit a fifty and set up a 102-run partnership to keep Sri Lanka strong in the rainy second Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Mathews remained unbeaten on 58 after de Silva came out with the same scoreline to take Sri Lanka to 282-5 at the stumps on day three, still trailing Bangladesh by 83 points.
Rain washed out the entire afternoon session but the pair increased their scoring rate to make up for lost time, with de Silva striking nine fours before Shakib Al Hasan secured his wicket.
The right-hander, who faced 95 balls, was initially not dismissed on a late call before Bangladesh successfully reviewed.
Mathews, who broke four fours and a six, was at bat with Dinesh Chandimal on 10 at the stumps.
Bangladesh made early inroads after Sri Lanka rebounded 143-2, bowling night keeper Ebadot Hossain Kasun Rajitha for a duck with the second ball of the day.
A gem of a delivery from Shakib fired Dimuth Karunaratne for 80 shortly after, with the Sri Lankan skipper adding 10 to his tally overnight.
Shakib kicked the ball off the stump and Karunatne went for a spin, but saw the stolen delivery dive and spin between the bat and the pad before crashing into his stumps.
Karunaratne, who was dropped on the 37th, hit nine boundaries in his 15th Test fifty.
De Silva hit Ebadot for three fours in one just before the break after he and Mathews survived a tough spell from the right arm pace setter and Shakib.
Shakib, Bangladesh’s most successful bowler so far, claimed 3-59.



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