1st Test: Silva leads Sri Lanka to commanding position

Tourists take 143-run lead over Bangladesh on day two.


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Kaushal Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375 for five by stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA: Opener Kaushal Silva hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375 for five by stumps at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, a lead of 143 over Bangladesh’s first-innings total of 232 with five wickets in hand.

The right-hander put on 118 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and then teamed up with Kumar Sangakkara (75) to add a further 155 runs for the second wicket.

Sri Lanka will resume on Wednesday looking to grab a really sizeable lead and have the hosts on the ropes in the first match of the two-Test series.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2014.

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