Razzak rattles Sri Lanka in comeback Test


DHAKA: Veteran Bangladesh spinner Abdur Razzak claimed three wickets on his return to stymie Sri Lanka’s top order on the first day of the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday.

Sri Lanka were in trouble at 105 for four at the interval after captain Dinesh Chandimal elected to bat in the final Test of the series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Opener Kusal Mendis remained unbeaten on 64, but wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Roshen Silva, on five, was batting alongside Mendis at the break.

Razzak, who played the last of his previous 12 Tests in 2014, struck in his third over when he dragged opener Dimuth Karunaratne, on three, out of his crease for a stumping by wicketkeeper Liton Das.

Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva batted aggressively until Bangladesh got another breakthrough when left-arm spinner Taijul Islam struck to send back de Silva for 19.

Mendis scored his 50th run on his 81st ball with a six off Taijul, but Razzak rocked Sri Lanka with two wickets in two balls.

Mushfiqur Rahim took a brilliant reflex catch at mid-off to send back Danushka Gunathilaka for 13 before Razzak spun the next ball sharply to bowl Chandimal first ball.

Bangladesh made two changes in their squad from the first Test, bringing in Razzak and Sabbir for Sunzamul Islam and Mosaddek Hossain.

Sri Lanka handed Akila Dananjaya a Test debut, replacing Lakshan Sandakan, and bolstered their batting by bringing in Gunathilaka for pace bowler Lahiru Kumara.