THE resurgent Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten half-century frustrated Bangladesh in their 100th Test after Sri Lanka made a poor start in Colombo yesterday.Needing a victory in their landmark Test to draw the two-match series, the Tigers took four wickets in the morning session at the P Sara Oval before Sri Lanka recovered to 238-7 when bad light stopped play late in the day.Chandimal showed great resolve and was still there on 86 off 210 balls at the close, scoring just four boundaries as the Bangladesh bowlers applied the pressure after Rangana Herath won the toss and elected to bat first.Mustafizur Rahman (2-32) and Mehedi Hasan (2-58) claimed two wickets apiece on a promising opening day for the tourists, but they were unable to dismiss Chandimal – back in form after losing his one-day international spot in South Africa last month.Mehedi took a fine catch at gully to send Dimuth Karunaratne (7) on his way after the opener was tempted to drive a Mustafizur delivery and the spinner struck a big blow when he had first-Test centurion Kusal Mendis stumped for only five.Sri Lanka were 35-3 after teenager Mehedi got rid of Upul Tharanga (11) on a track that offered seam and turn and Subashis Roy (1-47) trapped Asela Gunaratne (13) leg-before in a fruitful first session for the Tigers – who handed a debut to Mosaddek Hossain after Liton Das was ruled out.Chandimal was successful with a review on 38 after he was given out when Shakib Al Hasan struck him on the pad and brought up his 12th Test half-century after lunch – having also made one in the second innings of the first Test.The recalled Dhananjaya de Silva (34) offered support for the gritty Chandimal before Niroshan Dickwella also added 34 at almost a run a ball, but Sri Lanka were struggling on 195-7 when Mustafizur removed Dilruwan Perera (9).There were no further inroads for the Tigers bowlers, though, as Dinesh and veteran stand-in captain Herath dug in on a testing track for the batsmen. (Omisport)SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne c M. Hasan b M. Rahman 7U. Tharanga c Sarkar b M. Hasan 11K. Mendis stp. Rahim b M. Hasan 5D. Chandimal not out 86A. Gunaratne lbw b Roy 13D. de Silva b T. Islam 34N. Dickwella b Al Hasan 34D. Perera c Sarkar b M. Rahman 9R. Herath not out 18Extras: (b-1, lb-12, nb-2, w-6) 21Total : (for 7 wickets, 83.1 overs) 238Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-24, 3-35, 4-70, 5-136, 6-180, 7-195.Bowling: M. Rahman 15-5-32-2 (w-1), S. Roy 15-2-47-1 (nb-2, w-1), M. Hasan 15-2-58-2, T. Islam 14-2-34-1, S. Al Hasan 20.1-3-43-1, Mosa. Hossain 4-0-11-0.
Players to blame for TNT’s 1-3 start, says Castro Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I told Eugene to reserve his energy because Alaska is a totally different team.”Phoenix further pushed the envelope in the third quarter dominating the Batang Pier 34-19 to build a 94-62 lead heading into the final frame.Phelps finished with a team-high 30 points with 15 rebounds and four blocks to leas the Fuel Masters while Jason Perkins added 18 points.Rashad Woods put up 42 points for the Batang Pier with Paolo Taha pitching in 15 points and five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix torched NorthPort, 132-91, for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fuel Masters joined Alaska atop the standings with 2-0 records while the Batang Pier are at the bottom of the standings with 0-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ NorthPort was still in the coattails of the Fuel Masters at the midpoint mark of the second quarter, trailing by just three, 46-43, but that was just the start of Phoenix’s domination.The Fuel Masters finished the second half on a 14-0 run capped off by an LA Revilla layup for a 60-43 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Although the match ended in a much favorable way for Phoenix, head coach Louie Alas said there’s a bigger fish to snag and that is the next game against the Aces.“This will be Calvin’s [Abueva] first game against Alaska, and he I told him to leave everything on the line in our next game,” said Alas who played import Eugene Phelps for just 34 minutes.