Karunaratne, Dhananjaya stand tall on wicketless day
Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva have left Bangladesh begging for wickets at the end of the fourth day in the first Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Starting the day with 229/3, Sri Lanka have added another 283 runs in 76 overs. This is the first time since 2006 a day of a Test match has gone without any wickets falling.
Dimuth Karunaratne brought up his 11th Test hundred early on in the morning as Bangladesh had purchased nothing from a flat track. The pacers went for runs, while spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam waited for the ball to turn viciously like the ones back in home conditions.
Sri Lanka pushed the accelerator in the second session, where Dhananjaya de Silva went to make his 7th Test hundred in 153 balls. The runs came at 3.7 as Miraz and part-time off-spinner Saif Hassan slowed down the flow before tea.
Karunaratne trumped his previous best 196 to make his maiden double century in 387 balls (his last 100 came in 140 balls). He is unbeaten on 234 runs from 419 balls with 25 fours. Dhananjaya is on 154* from 278, striking 20 fours.
With bad light interrupting, Sri Lanka have ended the day with 512/3 in 149 overs, traling by just 29 runs. Karunaratne will have a decision to make early on day five if he will declare after scoring quick runs.
The current Karunaratn-Dhananjaya (322*) partnership is the highest for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh for any wicket in Tests, and also their second-highest for the fourth wicket.
As far as Bangladesh are concerned, Taskin Ahmed was the only one looked to be threatening albeit his economy (3.91) inflated. So did Abu Jayed Rahi (4.46) and Ebadat Hossain’s (4.82).
Miraz has bowled 52 overs for 1/123.
Bangladesh 541/7d in 173 overs (Shanto 163, Mominul 127, Tamim 90, Mushfiqur 68*, Liton 50; Vishwa 4/96)
Sri Lanka 512/3 in 149 overs (Karunaratne 234*, Dhananjaya 154*, Thirimanne 58; Taskin 1/91, Miraz 1/123, Taijul 1/136)
Sri Lanka trail by 29 runs
Stumps- Day 4