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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 July 2007, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Bangladesh slump to new Test low
Second Test, Colombo, day one:
Sri Lanka 154-1 v Bangladesh 62 (close)

Lasith Malinga
Malinga was in explosive form in the face of some poor batting

Bangladesh slumped to their lowest Test total on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Eight batsmen fell for single-figure scores before lunch with paceman Lasith Malinga (4-25) and spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (4-14) in stunning form.

In fact, only Rajin Saleh offered any resistance as they fell to 62 all out.

Michael Vandort fell for 14 in reply, but Malinda Warnapura (79no) and Kumar Sangakkara (51no) helped Sri Lanka reach 154-1 when rain ended play early.

It was a terrible start for Bangladesh, who were hoping to put the first Test thrashing, when they lost by an innings and 234 runs, behind them with their team selection.

All-rounder Mohammad Sharif came in for left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq, while wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim replaced former captain Khaled Mashud and middle-order batsman Mehrab Hossain made his debut at the expense of Shakib Al Hassan.

But all failed to impress with the bat, as a devastating opening spell from Malinga saw him claim the first four wickets and leave the Tigers 22-4.

Dilhara Fernando (2-16) was also unplayable at times, with Saleh's 62-ball knock of 21 the only double-figure score in the innings.

Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain did well to temper the hosts' early run-rate and the former bowled Vandort through the gate to reduce them to 42-1.

But Warnapura, in only his second match, struck nine fours in a 118-ball knock as he and a more pedestrian Sangakkara led Sri Lanka safely to a lead of 92 by the close.

SEE ALSO
Sri Lanka complete easy victory
28 Jun 07 |  Cricket
Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2007
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