Karunaratne struck his 12th Test hundred while Thirimanne was unbeaten on 80 at tea
Sri Lanka 188 for no loss (Karunaratne 106*, Thirimanne 80*) vs Bangladesh
Dimuth Karunaratne reached his 12th Test century and Lahiru Thirimanne remained unbeaten on 80 as Sri Lanka thrived in another wicketless session in Pallekele. The pitch seemed to have flattened out completely after lunch on the first day, as Sri Lanka moved to 188 without loss at tea.
The home side added 122 runs in the 31 overs in the second session as Bangladesh employed deep fields and defensive lines and lengths. Karunaratne reached his century off 165 balls, having struck 13 fours. Karunaratne’s century pushed him ahead of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, who have both scored 11 Test tons.
Thirimanne was unbeaten on 80, his fifth fifty in his last six innings, with eight fours. This was also the third consecutive hundred stand for the pair, having added 101 against West Indies in March and 114 against Bangladesh in the previous Test.
After a circumspect first session, Karunaratne and Thirimanne added 60 runs in the first hour after lunch, including six boundaries in quick succession. Bangladesh’s attack showed less control and aggression during the second session, indicated by the spinners’ flatter lengths and deep fielders. Without lateral movement or spin, it seemed like Bangladesh were waiting for a mistake from the batters.
They found a bit of movement in the first session on the fresh pitch with the new ball. Sri Lanka were mostly cautious in the first session, with both openers Karunaratne and Thirimanne surviving some close calls as they remained unscathed. Thirimanne played and missed on several occasions while Karunaratne was dropped on 28. Najmul Hossain Shanto couldn’t hold on to a straightforward chance at slip off Taskin Ahmed.
Bangladesh also lost a review when Abu Jayed was convinced that Thirimanne had edged behind, but replays showed there was daylight between bat and ball. In the morning session, Karunaratne reached 5,000 Test runs with a single towards point in the 11th over of the match.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84