Monday, 26 March 2007

Sri Lanka A On Top Despite Enamul Magic

Bangladesh A is fighting to reduce the first innings deficit in the second unofficial test match against Sri Lanka A at Colts Cricket Ground in Colombo. The tourists ended day 2 with a score of 201-7, still trailing by 194 runs.

Earlier, Bangladesh test cap Enamul Haque Jnr. took 6 wickets for 106 runs to restrict Sri Lanka A to 395 runs. The home side added 99 runs to their overnight score of 296-5 as Enamul picked up 4 of the 5 Sri Lanka A wickets to fall on day 2.

In reply, Bangladesh A started well but lost the momentum in the middle. After sharing a 69 run opening partnership Jahurul Islam (23) was first to go and his departure triggered a mini collapse in Bangladesh innings as they were reduced to 114-4. Captain Tushar Imran (37) and young all-rounder Mahmudullah (37*) restored some respectability to the Bangladesh A total. Mehrab Hossain top scored for Bangladesh with 51 runs. Sujeewa Silva, Rangana Herath and Upul Chandana took 2 wickets each for Sri Lanka A.

Earlier, Sri Lanka A started the day confidently as veteran Upul Chandana (43) and wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva (75) shared a 105 run partnership to put Sri Lanka A in the driving seat. After Enamul trapped Chandana in front of the stumps, Sri Lanka A innings lost the direction and lost last 5 wickets for 28 runs. Enamul wrapped up the innings as the last 3 Sri Lanka A wicket fell without troubling the scorers on 395.

Sri Lanka A: First innings 395 all out in 117 overs (Michael Vandort 114, Jehan Mubarak 55, Kaushal Silva 75 ; Enamul Haque 6-106, Mohammad Sharif 2-36).

Bangladesh A: First innings 201 -7 in 57 overs (Mehrab Hossain 51, Tushar Imran 38, Mahmudullah 37*; Sujeewa Silva 2-36, Rangana Herath 2-39, Upul Chandana 2-54)

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