Mustafizur Rahman proved his fitness ahead of one-day international series in West Indies, picking up 3-44 in his 11 overs, though it could not prevent Bangladesh A team from conceding a huge deficit in the first innings against Sri Lanka A in their third four-day match in Sylhet on Wednesday.
Shehan Jayasuriya made 142 off 278 deliveries to keep Sri Lanka A on the driving seat as the visitors scored 312-10 in 81.1 overs to take a healthy 145-run first innings lead on the second day’s play.
Bangladesh A, who were all out for 167 in the first innings on the opening day, reached 57-1 to cut their deficit to 88 runs at stumps.
Resuming their innings on 78-3, Sri Lanka A lost their overnight unbeaten batsman Charith Asalanka (seven) in the day’s first ball by Mustafiz, who was recovering from his toe injury he sustained in while playing for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League in May.
Despite Mustafiz’s early strike Sri Lanka A reached a comfortable score thanks to an 118-run fifth-wicket stand between Jayasuriya and Shammu Ashan with the latter making 60 off 123 deliveries before getting picked by Sunzamul Islam.
Wicketkeeper Manoj Sarathchandra made an important contribution to Sri Lanka A total with score of 33 off 55 balls.
Sunzamul picked four wickets by giving away 104 runs while fellow spinner Nayeem Hasan claimed 2-95.
In reply, Bangladesh A added 37 runs in the opening stand before batsman Shadman Islam was picked by spinner Malinda Pushpakumara on 19.
Opener Soumya Sarkar (24) and Mizanur Rahman (13) ensured no further damage for the day.
The first two matches of the series ended in draws.
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