Bangladesh lose 3 wickets early in stiff chase
Bangladesh have ended the second session of day four at 112/3 in 26 overs replying Sri Lankan’s 437-run target in second Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
Bangladesh were in a position from where the victory seemed impossible at that moment. Chasing the record runs, this time Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal early. He was the victim of Ramesh Mendis by nicking the ball to Niroshan Dickwella behind the stumps. The opener scored 24 runs off 26 balls.
Then, another opener Saif Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto showed some resistance but it was debutant Praveen Jayawickrama who again got the breakthrough and tokk the wicket of both of them in quick succession before tea break.
Saif scored 34 runs off 46 balls while Shanto played a 26-run innings off 44 balls. Captain Mominul Haque (27*) and Mushfiqur Rahim (1*) will resume the last session of day 4 in hope for saving the Test match for Bangladesh.
Earlier, just after lunch break, spinner Taijul Islam got a well-deserved five-for and Sri Lanka decalred the innings at 194/9 to set a huge target of 437 runs.
Sri Lanka 493/7d in 159.2 overs (Thirimanne 140, Karunaratne 118, Oshada 81, Dickwella 77*; Taskin 4/127)
Bangladesh 251/10 in 83 overs (Tamim 92, Mominul 49, Mushfiqur 40; Jayawickrama 6/92, Mendis 2/86)
Sri Lanka 194/9 in 42.2 overs (Karunaratne 66, Dhananjaya 41; Taijul 5/72, Miraz 2/66)
Bangladesh 112/3 in 26 overs (Saif 34, Mominul 27*; Jayawickrama 2/31, Mendis 1/60)
Bangladesh need 325 runs
Tea- Day 4