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Tharanga's ton puts Lanka in command

Sri Lanka recovered from an early stutter to post 302 for eight on the second day of the 2nd test against Bangladesh.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 17:40 IST

Upul Tharanga struck his maiden test century Thursday as Sri Lanka recovered from an early stutter to take command on the second day of the second test match against Bangladesh.

Tharanga hit an unbeaten 160 to power Sri Lanka to 302 for eight at stumps along with tailender Lasith Malinga on 12. The left-hand opener, playing only his third test, smashed 19 boundaries and two sixes in the 297-ball knock in 429 minutes. He shared a vital 124-run fifth wicket stand with captain Mahela Jayawardene who was dismissed on 49 by Mohammad Ashraful just before tea.

Jayawardene hit seven boundaries off 105 balls before becoming the only wicket to fall in the third session.

Tharanga then shared a 65-run sixth-wicket partnership with Tilakaratne Dilshan (31). Dilshan's dismissal _ bowled by spinner Mohammad Rafique _ saw a lower-order collapse when Sri Lanka lost three quick wickets.

Malinga arrived at the crease with Sri Lanka reduced to 263 for eight after Farveez Maharoof (7) and Dilhara Fernando (5) were removed by spinner Enamul Haque.

Earlier, Tharanga's 78-run stand with Jayawardene in the first session came after pace bowler Shahadat Hossain rocked Sri Lanka, dismissing overnight batsman Thilan Samaraweera for 20 and his replacement Kumar Sangakkara for a duck.

The dismissals reduced Sri Lanka to 43 for four before Jayawardene joined Tharanga to steer the team out of trouble. Samaraweera edged a Hossain delivery to wicketkeeper Khaled Mashud, while in-form batsman Sangakkara was dismissed lbw.

Hossain returned figures of three for 81 in 20 overs. On Wednesday, Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan claimed his 50th five-wicket haul to bundle Bangladesh out for 234 in its first innings on the opening day of the final cricket test.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 17:40 IST