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Maharoof, Samaraweera defy Bangla

The two rescued Sri Lanka with gritty half-centuries on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 17:39 IST

Farveez Maharoof and Thilan Samaraweera rescued Sri Lanka with gritty half-centuries on the second day of the first Test against Bangladeshon Wednesday.

Maharoof (72) and Samaraweera (57 not out) dashed Bangladesh's hopes with a crucial stand to help Sri Lanka reach 313-6 in reply to the home side's 319.

The pair's 146-run stand for the sixth wicket was a timely one after the middle order was dented by Bangladesh's spin attack. They were struggling on 178-5 at one stage.

Maharoof, in the team mainly as a seamer, showed he is no slouch with the bat. He struck 10 fours and a six during his maiden Test fifty before dragging a delivery from paceman Shahadat Hossain onto the stumps.

Samaraweera, who reached his 11th Test half-century with an off-driven four off left-arm paceman Syed Rasel, hit seven fours during his defiant 159-ball knock.

Maharoof and Samaraweera made up for the lack of big scores from the upper order, in which vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara (69) was the only one to sparkle with nine fours in his 108-ball innings.

But he was among the four scalps shared by left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Enamul Haque to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

Rafique had opener Upul Tharanga (42) caught by Mohammad Ashraful at forward short leg in the first session and then captain Mahela Jayawardene (30) lifted the ball straight to Hossain at mid on after lunch.

Haque then struck twice in the second session as he had Sangakkara caught by Ashraful in close and then trapped Tillekaratne Dilshan (22) lbw.

Earlier, Michael Vandort was dismissed for a duck in the first over when he chased an outswinger from Rasel and was caught by wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud.

Bangladeshcould add just four more runs on Wednesday morning after resuming on 315-9.

Paceman Lasith Malinga removed Hossain (13), caught by Tharanga at deep square leg, to finish as the most successful bowler with 4-57.

Scoreboard:

Bangladesh 1st Innings (Overnight — 315 for nine wickets): S Hossain c Tharanga b Malinga 13, I Haque Jr not out 3, Extras: (b-11, 1b-4, w-3, nb-15) 33, Total: (all out in 91.5 overs) 319.

Fall of wkts: 1-4, 2-76, 3-81, 4-146, 5-210, 6-248, 7-293, 8-308, 9-314, 10-319.

Bowling: Malinga 16.5-3-57-4, Maharoof 11-3-37-1, Fernando 17-4-50-0, Muralitharan 32-8-87-3, Bandara 13-0-61-2, Dilshan 2-0-12-0.

Sri Lanka 1st Innings: M van Dort c Mashud b Rasel 0, U Tharanga c Ashraful b Rafique 42, K Sangakkara c Ashraful b Haque 69, M Jayawardene c Hossain b Rafique 30, T Samaraweera not out 57, T Dilshan lbw Haque 22, F Maharoof b Hossain 72, M Bandara not out 8, Extras: (lb-2, nb-11) 13, Total: (for six wickets in 86 overs) 313.

Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-86, 3-149, 4-149, 5-178, 6-295.

Bowling: Rasel 14-1-66-1, S Hossain 16-2-67-1, Rafique 28-5-76-2, Haque 24-5-76-2, Kapali 1-0-6-0, Ashraful 3-0-20-0.