Bangladeshi opening bowlers Syed Russel and Shahadat Hossain ripped through the Sri Lankan top order yesterday, as the hosts slumped to four wickets for 107 runs at lunch on the opening day of the second and final cricket Test.
The Bangladeshis, who lost the first Test last week by an innings and 96 runs, opened with confidence bowling a tight line and length and moving the ball effectively after Sri Lanka decided to bat first after winning the toss.
Their persistency was rewarded when two wickets fell with the score on just 28. Marvan Atapattu edged an away-moving delivery from Hossain to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud and in the next over, left-armer Russel trapped Sanath Jayasuriya lbw for 13 runs to dash his hopes of a memorable innings in his 100th Test match.
Hossain struck again five runs later bowling Mahela Jayawardene with an inswinger for two runs and Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed soon after, bowled by Russel for five runs.
Thilan Samaraweera and Tillakaratne Dilshan then combined for an unbeaten 59-run partnership for the fifth wicket in an effort to salvage the innings as the players went for lunch. Samaraweera was not out on 36 in 47 balls including eight boundaries with Dilshan batting on 30 including four fours. Russel ended his 10-over first spell with two wickets for 46 runs while Hossain bowled eight overs for two wickets conceding 34 runs.
India reduced Zimbabwe to 75 for five wickets at lunch yesterday, the first day of the second of two tests, with fast bowler Irfan Pathan leading the blitz.
India won the toss and Pathan, man of the match in last week's first test, troubled all the batsmen with his swing at Harare Sports Club -- starting the fall of wickets with the third ball of the match.
Having won the first test by an innings and 90 runs, India needs only a draw to win the two-test series.