On the second test in Pallekele, Sri Lanka batted first, with openers Lahiru Thirimanne and captain Dimuth Karunaratne opening the innings. With the help of centuries from both the openers, Srilanka finished their first-day innings at 291/1 with complete domination over Bangladesh bowlers.
The visitor’s poor approach to the game cost them heavily. They decided to play defensive lengths and spread-out fields from quite early on, which allowed the openers to play a dominant game after they managed to play the cautious game for the first few hours. The opening pair added an opening partnership of 209, which is their first in 21 years in the country.
Karunaratne and Thirimanne started the day slowly, and the visitors even got the chance to take the game in control. Still, they failed to do so as Najmul Hossain Shanto dropped Karunaratne on 28 during the first session. Karunaratne made 118 off 190 balls, having struck 15 boundaries. During the course of the innings, he crossed 5,000 Test runs while Thirimanne was unbeaten on 131 off 253 balls with 14 fours, alongside Oshada Fernando, who kept things calm after the long opening partnership. Fernando ended the day on 40, not out of 98 balls.
The hosts remain on course to put up a dominating first innings total. That might be enough to put Bangladesh under immense pressure.