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Bangladesh lost the experienced duo of Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful to reach 62 for two wickets at lunch after Sri Lanka asked them to bat first in the second and final Test at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.
Jahurul Islam (22) and Mominul Haque (three) were at the crease at the break as Bangladesh made a watchful start at a ground where the sluggish outfield made it difficult to score quickly on the opening day.
Tamim (10) was out lbw to seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekara while Ashraful (16) was slow to react to his partner's call for a quick single and was run out to a direct hit.
The visitors, who earned their first ever draw against Sri Lanka in the high-scoring opening Test in Galle, made three changes to their side.
Opener Tamim returned from injury while Bangladesh also included pacemen Rubel Hossain and Robiul Islam. Anamul Haque, Shahadat Hossain and Elias Sunny were dropped from the team that played the first match.
Sri Lanka made a lone change to their team as spinner Ajantha Mendis made way for an additional pace bowler in Suranga Lakmal. – Reuters