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Silva cashes in for Sri Lanka

A maiden Test century from Kaushal Silva put Sri Lanka in a position of dominance against Bangladesh on day two in Mirpur.

The opener was dropped twice and edged a no-ball behind, all off the bowling of Al-Amin Hossain, before going on to post 139 for Sri Lanka, who closed day two of the first Test on 375-5 - a lead of 143.

Silva struck 16 fours and two sixes in his 139 and put on hundred partnerships with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kumar Sangakkara, both of whom recorded half-centuries.

It was a chastening day for Bangladesh after they failed to take their chances and now face an uphill battle to get themselves back into the match.

With Sri Lanka resuming on 60 without loss on Tuesday morning, Bangladesh, who were bowled out for 232 the previous day, needed to make immediate inroads.

They were given an opportunity in the fourth over of the morning when Al-Amin got one to straighten to Silva, whose edge behind was dropped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim at his feet.

The seamer continued to cause Silva all sorts of problems when he beat the bat in his next over and the batsman was given another life when he nicked to Mushfiqur, only to be given not out because Al-Amin had knocked off the bails in his delivery stride.

Assault

Silva then offered another chance off the luckless Al-Amin when he edged a fuller delivery to second slip, but Shamsur Rahman shelled a straightforward catch.

From then on Silva grew in stature, thumping spinner Sohag Gazi down the ground for six before paddle sweeping the spinner for four to bring up his half-century.

Karunaratne followed his opening partner by going past 50 with a similar shot off Shakib Al Hasan, who made the breakthrough when the batsman carelessly thumped to silly mid-off to depart for 53.

Sangakkara quickly settled into his stride, getting off the mark with a four through third man off Rubel Hossain and end hopes the Tigers had of making further inroads.

The two batsmen progressed quickly after lunch, with Sangakkara smacking Robel and Gazi through the covers for four in successive overs, while Silva inched closer to his first Test ton with two boundaries in an over off Shakib.

Sangakkara brought up his 45th Test 50 with a single before Silva reached his landmark in the next over by pulling Shakib through fine leg for his 12th four.

The two took Sri Lanka past Bangladesh's first-innings score and they appeared set to put the tourists in an enviable position until Sangakkara perished on 75 after edging to Nasir Hossain at first slip and give Al-Amin a richly-deserved wicket.

Silva continued the assault, hammering a six and then a four off Shakib, who would have his revenge two balls later when the opener was trapped in front.

Nevertheless, Sri Lanka were still on top and veteran Mahela Jayawardene (42 not out) and Dinesh Chandimal were able to take the attack to Bangladesh's tiring bowlers in the closing overs.