Karunaratne fifty helps Sri Lanka secure 414-run lead in first session
Sri Lanka have moved their lead past 400 in the first session of day four with another fabulous batting from captain Dimuth Karunaratne on a real turning pitch where spinners bowled 30 overs among session’s 32 overs.
The hosts ended the session at 172/6 in 29 overs adding 155 runs losing 4 wickets to their overnight scor of 17/2. Karunaratne continued his good form and smashed another half-century before he got out to part-timer Saif Hassan scoring 66 runs off 78 balls.
It was all spin in the first session as all 4 wickets were taken by the spinners. Besides Saif Hassan, Taijul Islam took two and Mehidy Hasan Miraz took one. The other wickets were- Angelo Mathews (12), Dhananjaya de Silva (41) and Pathum Nissanka (24).
Sri Lanka took 414 runs lead going into lunch. Niroshan Dickwella (23*) and Ramesh Mendis (2*) will resume the next session of the day. It’s all about when Sri Lanka will declare at the moment as they’re already in a position from where their bowlers can attack and win the match for them.
Earlier, the architect of the home side’s dominance was Praveen Jayawickrama, who picked up the best bowling figures by a Sri Lankan debutant in Test cricket. He helped the hosts to bundle out Bangladesh for 251 runs picking up 6 wickets which gave them the huge 242-runs lead.
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 172/6 in 39 overs (Karunaratne 66, Dhananjaya 41; Taijul 3/60, Miraz 2/66)
Sri Lanka lead by 414 runs
Lunch- Day 4