5 Jan 2009

Bangladesh avoid follow on but Sri Lanka on top

5:17 am on 5 January 2009

A Mashrafe Mortaza half century helped Bangladesh avoid the follow on but Sri Lanka remained firmly on top in the second cricket Test in Chittagong after dismissing the hosts for 208 in their first innings.

Sri Lanka stretched their 176-run first innings lead to 189, ending the second day with a second innings total of 13 without loss.

Bangladesh toiled hard to avoid batting in successive innings after losing their ninth wicket for 145 in reply to Sri Lanka's 384, with Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain striking a defiant last wicket partnership.