Centurions Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das Lead Bangladesh’s Fightback After Early Collapse

Mushfiq Rahim and Leighton Das hit the horns and shared a record stand to turn the tide to Bangladesh in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Monday after a disastrous start.

In Trunks, Leighton was undefeated with a career best of 135 with Mishvikor at 115, and his second hundred in as many rounds, with Bangladesh reaching 277-5 on day one after picking the racket at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

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The duo added 253 in their unbroken sixth stand after Sri Lankan speedsters Kason Rajeta and Asita Fernando shared five wickets between them to leave Bangladesh in tatters 24-5 in a chaotic first hour of play.

And Mashfqur played a top-six podium finish from the previous Bangladeshi wicket when he took part in 191 runs with Muhammad Ashraful, as well as against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2013.

“It’s one of the best partnerships I’ve seen as a coach in the tests,” said Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo.

“We were 20 (24) for five, under a lot of pressure. It was an amazing effort by these two hitters. We obviously didn’t start well this morning. A couple of false shots, a couple of good deliveries.

“Test cricket is tough but these guys showed amazing skill and personality to put us in such a good position,” he said.

Liton brought in his third Test hundred from 149 balls due to a performance error, which resulted in five runs in Bangladesh.

Mushfiqur, who also scored 105 points in the first test drawn in Chittagong, then made it to his ninth test one hundred from 218 balls.

The pair gave Sri Lanka the only chance during their partnership for more than two sessions when Liton climbed on 47 off Fernando.

But substitute Camindo Mendes missed the opportunity on a backhand square kick.

Camindo came to the field after Kosal Mendes left for the hospital with chest pain.

Mendes was later cleared to continue playing as his physical condition was found to be not serious, according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesperson.

The hosts started a nightmare in the match as Rajetha hit Mahmoud Hassan’s opening match for the ducks with the second ball in the morning.

Fellow opening teammate Tamim Iqbal, who scored a century in the first tie test in Chittagong, also fell into a duck when he sent off Fernando’s lead the next time to be caught brilliantly by Jayawickrama at the rear point.

Skipper Mominul Haque tried to calm the nerves with two quarters, including one of the first ball he encountered, but quickly beat Fernando to goalkeeper Niroshan Dikwila when he was nine.

Then Rajetha found a large gap between the bat and the hippocampus star plate, as he sent his middle-stem chariot with an inner wing as the left-handed man was kicked out for eight.

Rajita hit the next ball and Shakib Al Hassan caught a first duck, leaving Bangladesh’s striking squad in disarray.

Leighton hit 16 quarters and six, and Mashafour hit 13 straights so far.

Raggita finished the day with 3-43 while Fernando claimed 2-80.

Sri Lanka had rewarded Rajitha with a place in the eleven after he shone in Chittagong by taking 4-60, playing the match as a substitute for Vishwa Fernando’s concussion.

It was one of the changes they made, with Jayawickrama replacing Lasith Embuldeniya.

Bangladesh made two changes from the first test where Mosaddegh Hussain and Abadot Hussain replaced the wounded Naim Hasan and Shoriful Islam.

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