Sri Lanka spin bowler Lakshan Sandakan says the new ball was key to the spinners’ menace on the P Sara deck on the third day of the 2nd Test against Bangladesh.
Rangana Herath emerged with the innings’ best figures of 4 for 82 while seam bowler Suranga Lakmal took 2 for 90.
Sandakan speaking to Cricinfo said “The wicket became a bit slow, and when the newness of the ball goes, there’s nothing much from the pitch. You have to toil a bit and work hard. If you keep the ball as new as possible, I think the spinners have a good chance.”
It was Sandakan who dismissed Bangladesh’s top-scorer Shakib Al Hasan in the afternoon session, but he could have had him out for 11 had a catch at deep square leg been held.
Century hitter Shakib Al Hasan meanwhile said he learnt a lot from Dinesh Chandimal’s 138 in the first innings.
Shakib said “As I was not out, there was time at night to think about it. And in that time I thought about what approach would be good, especially the way Dinesh Chandimal batted in the first innings. I think there was a lot to learn from that knock with respect to how to bat in this innings”.
Shakib’s century took Bangladesh to a strong position in the Test, as they imposed a lead of 129 at the end of two innings.