Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das stitched a stunning 253-run stand for the sixth wicket to help Bangladesh recover from a precarious 24/5 on Day 1 of the series-deciding second Test against Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
At close of play today, Bangladesh were 277/5 in 85 overs.
Mominul Haque won what looked like a very good toss and opted to bat first.
But Kasun Rajitha, who also took four wickets in the drawn first Test coming as a concussion sub, rocked the hosts with a second ball wicket of Mahmudul Hasan Joy.
Fellow pacer Asitha Fernando then got rid of Tamim Iqbal.
Rajitha then cleaned up Najmul Hossain Shanto and Fernando got his second with the wicket of Haque.
Shakib Al Hasan didn’t last long, becoming Rajitha’s third victim. Rahim was unbeaten on 115 off 252 while Das, dropped on 47, looked unperturbed, on 135.
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne used six bowlers, including himself, but none managed to make a mark after the initial success.