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The second and the final Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh started in Sylhet on Saturday, Sri Lanka captain Dhananjaya de Silva won the toss and elected to bat first in their second and final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Saturday. Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0 after thumping the hosts by 328 runs in Sylhet. The visitors brought Asitha Fernando for the injured Kasun Rajitha in their only change from the series opener.

Newly minted Bangladeshi lawmaker and veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned for the hosts, who also handed a Test debut to medium pacer Hasan Mahmud. Shoriful Islam and Nahid Rana made way for the duo.

The match was also witness to a bizarre incident as Bangladesh went for a DRS against Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis, though he had came forward to defend the ball against Taijul Islam. Bangladesh captan Najmul Hossain Shanto took the DRS, even though he looked reluctant.

Social media could not control laughter as the tv umpire deemed it not out.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis each hit a fifty to guide Sri Lanka to 214-2 by tea on the opening day of the second Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.

The duo helped the tourists build on a solid start after electing to bat first in Chittagon with a 114-run partnership for the second wicket.

Karunaratne fell for 86 shortly before tea, but Mendis continued his effort to remain unbeaten on 65 alongside former captain Angelo Mathews, one not out.

Opener Nishan Madushka was run out for 57 early in the second session for Bangladesh’s first breakthrough.

Debutant pacer Hasan Mahmud sent back Karunaratne who chopped a delivery into the stumps.

Karunaratne struck eight fours and a six in his 129-ball innings, surviving a run-out scare on 18 after a mix-up with Madushka while taking a single off Mahmud.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the opening Test by a resounding 328 runs.

Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned for Bangladesh after a long Test absence and the hosts also handed a debut to Hasan Mahmud.

Sri Lanka brought Asitha Fernando in for injured Kasun Rajitha in their only change to the squad from the opening Test.

With AFP inputs

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