Five for Herath as Bangladesh struggle
Bangladesh were hampered by Rangana Herath’s five-wicket haul and a painfully slow outfield as they stumbled to 240 all out on day one of the second Test with Sri Lanka at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.
On a sluggish surface that made scoring difficult, the tourists struggled after being inserted as Herath returned 5-68.
Sri Lanka - aiming to secure the series after last week’s bore draw in Galle - then lost Tillkaratne Dilshan in the first over of their reply before closing on 18 for one.
Tamim Iqbal returned from injury for Bangladesh, but made just 10 before falling lbw to Nuwan Kulasekara.
It was the more cautious Jahurul Islam who provided the most significant top-order contribution as he battled to 33 from 129 deliveries.
Bangladesh were aided by 64 from youngster Mominul Haque, his second half-century in as many Tests, and 48 from Nasir Hossain as they sought to post a competitive total.
Yet both were ousted by the consistently accurate Herath, along with Sohag Gazi, whose 32 represented the only other score of note.
Kulasekara finished with 3-54, having picked up two late scalps, and Sri Lanka could be pleased with their day’s work despite Dilshan edging behind on the cut for a second-ball duck.