1st Test: Bangladesh Struggle After Sri Lanka's Massive Lead

Updated: 03 February 2018 20:51 IST

Sri Lanka spinners led by Rangana Herath took three crucial wickets late in day four to leave Bangladesh with an uphill task of saving the opening Test in Chittagong on Saturday.

1st Test: Bangladesh Struggle After Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka celebrate the wicket of Tamim Iqbal. © AFP

Sri Lanka spinners led by Rangana Herath took three crucial wickets late in day four to leave Bangladesh with an uphill task of saving the opening Test in Chittagong on Saturday. Bangladesh reached 81-3 at stumps, still needing 119 to make Sri Lanka bat again. The visitors declared their first innings at 713-9 in the final session. Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera dismissed Imrul Kayes for 19 before left-arm unorthodox bowler Lakshan Sandakan got Tamim Iqbal caught behind for 41. Herath then removed Mushfiqur Rahim for two with his left-arm spin in the last over of the day.

Mominul Haque -- 18 not out -- was at the crease when the players walked back after another run-filled day.

"We have a pretty good chance to win the Test. It is a pretty good wicket. It is all turning from the rough, and outside the stumps," said Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

"We are hoping to start the (fifth and final) day well. We are bowling in good areas, line and length."

Sri Lanka declared their innings in the third over into the final session with a lead of 200 runs in response to Bangladesh's first innings total of 513.

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, who returned figures of 4-219, took two wickets off his successive overs to wrap up the Sri Lankan innings.

Taijul got the all-important wicket of skipper Dinesh Chandimal for 87 before off-spinner Mehedi Hasan removed Dickwella for 62 to slow down the Sri Lankan progress.

"It is a batting wicket, but we didn't bowl to that level. I think they made 100 runs too many," said Taijul.

Debutant left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam got his maiden Test wicket, trapping Dilruwan Perera leg-before for 32.

Roshen Silva joined the run fest in the morning session to post his maiden Test century after Sri Lanka resumed on 504-3.

He made 109 off 230 balls before becoming the first batsman dismissed on the day.

Silva was Sri Lanka's third century maker of the innings after Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 196 and 173 runs respectively.

Mehedi ended Silva's impressive innings when the right-hander edged a low delivery to wicketkeeper Liton Das.

Silva shared a 135-run stand with Chandimal for the fourth wicket and hit six fours and a six.

Topics : Sri Lanka Bangladesh Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal Tamim Iqbal Khan Cricket
Highlights
  • Rangana Herath took three crucial wickets
  • The visitors declared their first innings at 713-9
  • Lakshan Sandakan got Tamim Iqbal caught behind for 41
Related Articles
Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-Nation Series: India Face Sri Lanka In Opener
Nidahas Trophy T20I Tri-Nation Series: India Face Sri Lanka In Opener
Kusal Mendis Drives Sri Lanka To T20I Series Sweep Against Bangladesh
Kusal Mendis Drives Sri Lanka To T20I Series Sweep Against Bangladesh
1st T20I: Kusal Mendis Stars As Sri Lanka Thrash Bangladesh By Six Wickets
1st T20I: Kusal Mendis Stars As Sri Lanka Thrash Bangladesh By Six Wickets
Show Comments
Advertisement