March 7 (ANI): Kusal Mendis scored a superb century to put Sri Lanka in course of a mammoth first inning total on Day One of the opening Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh at the Galle Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.
Together they put on 196 runs for the fourth wicket, occupying exactly 43 overs, before Gunaratne succumbed to the new ball and dragged Taskin Ahmed into his stumps.
Bangladesh pace bowler Subashis Roy thought he had Mendis out for a golden duck when wicketkeeper Liton Das dived to his right to take a catch off an inside edge.
Sri Lanaka XI: Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath (captain), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Lakshan Sandakan.
The belated no-ball call gave Mendis a second life and he cashed in to the maximum, staying in place until the close with 18 fours and two sixes to his name.
Left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman is returning for Bangladesh having last played a test match in August 2015.
Newly appointed Sri Lankan captain Rangana Herath won the toss and chose to bat against Mushfiqur Rfahim-led Bangladesh, but his decision was back-fired as Sri Lanka lost the first wicket of Upul Tharanga (4) for 15 runs in 5.4 overs.
The visitors struck in the sixth over when Roy beat opener Upul Tharanga with a flawless inswinger to uproot his middle stump before the no-ball denied him Mendis's wicket off the next ball.
Bangladesh picked up its second wicket when 19-year-old offspinner Mehedi Hasan had left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne out for 30 five minutes before the interval.
The hero from the T20 series in Australia, Gunaratne then strolled out and along with Mendis put the hosts well in charge.
The second Test, which will be Bangladesh's 100th, will be in Colombo from March 15-19.