Bangladesh recorded the modest total of 235 all out as they stumbled on Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Dhaka.
Some aggressive early batting saw the home side move along rapidly at 4.22 runs per over, but they ended the first session with the loss of four wickets and eventually posted a score of 190-6 at tea. They then added just 45 more runs before being bowled out in the 63rd over of the day.
|Tamin Iqbal||c Lakmal||b Eranga||6||45||28|
|Rahman||c Vithanage||b Eranga||33||59||34|
|M Haque||c Vithanage||c Lakmal||8||47||16|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||lbw||b Lakmal||61||161||122|
|Nasir Hossain||c Chandimal||b Eranga||4||8||7|
|Gazi||c Eranga||b Lakmal||42||101||56|
|Robiul Islam||c Perera||b Eranga||5||8||16|
|Rubel Hossain||b Herath||2||5|
Despite their failure with the bat, Bangladesh will feel aggrieved as top scorer Mushfiqur Rahim should arguably not have been given out lbw on 61. Suranga Lakmal dismissed the player, despite the batsman appearing to edge the ball:
OUT ! Mushfiqur goes LBW for 61 off Lakmal, reply shows there was an inside edge but Nigel Llong raised his finger. What a joke ! #BanvSL— Bangladesh Cricket (@CricketBD24) January 27, 2014
His 61 from 122 balls was the top score in Bangladesh's innings, as Sri Lanka's bowlers performed well.
Earlier in the day, Angelo Mathews' decision to bowl first with only two frontline seamers appeared to be flawed, but very soon it was clear that the surface had enthused him to go with this tactic.
There was moderate movement off the pitch but with great bounce. It was for this reason that Sri Lanka had great success during the day, as they made life difficult for Bangladesh's batting line-up with a fast attack.
The pace on the surface also favoured stroke-making when the bowlers did not hit their marks. Opener Shamsur Rahman showed aggressive intent, and he ended on 33 from 34 balls.
After Mushfiqur's dismissal, it was effectively the end of any resistance from the host team, as Sri Lanka tore through the tail with efficiency.
Shakib Al Hasan managed to blast his way to an 86-run partnership with Mushfiqur in the second session, his innings eventually ending after hitting 55 from 91 deliveries.
Shaminda Eranga ended the innings with figures of 4-49, with Suranga Lakmal on 3-36.
Sri Lanka comfortably saw out the rest of the day, posting a convincing 60 for zero from their 19 overs.
Dimuth Karunaratne finished on 28, with his partner Kaushal Silva finishing the day on 30.