Jayawickrama, Mendis headline day four as Sri Lanka close in on victory
Bangladesh have ended the fourth day of second Test in a dismal position to chase the huge target of 437 runs set up by Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. Bangladesh need 260 runs more to win the match with just 5 wickets in hand.
They were at 177/5 in 48 overs before the play was called off for the day due to bad light. Lankans spinner duo- Praveen Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis were the architect again for setting up a winning situation for the hosts.
On the fourth day, just after the play resumed, spinner Taijul Islam got a well-deserved five-for and Sri Lanka declared the innings at 194/9 to set a huge target of 437 runs.
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 took 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. After tea break, Mendis took two important wickets of Mominul Haque (32) and Mushfiqur Rahim (40) to send the visitors to the backfoot in the match.
Liton Das (14*) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (4*) will resume the last day’s play in hope for saving the match on a real turning pitch.
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 177/5 in 48 overs (Mushfiqur 40, Saif 34, Mominul 32; Mendis 3/86, Jayawickrama 2/58)
Bangladesh need 260 runs
Stumps- Day 4