Sri Lanka eye victory in 1st Test after late Bangladesh wickets
Sri Lanka arrange a possible final-day victory in the primary Test towards Bangladesh after smashing 713/9 Saturday earlier than decreasing the hosts to 81/3 in their second innings. Bangladesh nonetheless path Sri Lanka by 119 runs with first-innings centurion Mominul Haque 18 not out at stumps on Day 4 with an more and more deteriorating pitch.
“We have a pretty good chance to win,” mentioned Sri Lanka batsman Niroshan Dickwella. “They went into a negative position to save their wickets and defend the balls. I don’t think it is the way to bat in this wicket.”
Sri Lanka declared their first innings two overs after Tea, having reached the second highest whole towards Bangladesh. Sri Lanka additionally scored the very best — 730-6 declared in 2010 in Dhaka.
Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes made an aggressive begin for Bangladesh which amassed 513 runs in their first innings, however Kayes performed an costly sweep shot towards off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to throw away his wicket for 19.
Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan undid Iqbal with a faster supply to carry an finish to his fluent 41, leaving Bangladesh 76-2. Mushfiqur Rahim and Haque appeared like seeing out the day for Bangladesh with out additional issues till Rahim was out for 2.
After resuming the day on 504-3, Sri Lanka added 109 runs in the primary session to surpass 600 and eclipse England’s 599-6 declared towards Bangladesh in 2010 for the very best innings whole on the venue.
Roshen Silva, taking part in simply his second Test, scored 109 to develop into the third centurion in the Sri Lankan innings after Kusal Mendis (196) and Dhananjaya de Silva (173). Silva was dismissed attempting to chop offspinner Mehidy Hasan (3-174) in the 156th over to finish a 135-run partnership with Chandimal.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed the wicket of Chandimal for 87 with a straight supply in the primary over after lunch. Hasan then had Dickwella caught behind after the batsman made a fluent 61 ball-62, with 9 boundaries, earlier than Perera (32) was undone by left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam (1-153) for his maiden Test wicket.
Taijul Islam dismissed Suranga Lakmal (9) and Rangana Herath (24) in his consecutive overs after tea. He took 4 wickets in the innings however conceded a file 219 runs for a Bangladesh bowler in 67.3 overs.
“There is a lot to think and a lot not to think about. We have to save the game,” Taijul Islam mentioned. “There are rough areas that are created as bowlers bowl from different angles. Rough can sometimes make a bad ball into a good one.”