Karunaratne leaves Sri Lanka unperturbed
Sri Lanka have the last laugh at the end of day three of the first Test against Bangladesh at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy.
The hosts are on 229/3 after 73 overs, trailing Bangladesh by another 312 runs. Bangladesh may require to bat for the second time as 113 more runs will avoid Sri Lanka a follow-on.
Dimuth Karunaratne is unbeaten on eight-boundary studded 85 runs from 211 balls. He will be eyeing his 11th Test hundred on Saturday morning. The skipper survived two lbw appeals during the final moments of the day.
Dhananjaya de Silva, who is on 26* from 30, finished the day with a four over Taijul Islam’s head on the last ball of the day.
Bangladesh picked just two wickets in the last session. Taskin Ahmed had Oshada Fernando caught behind for 20 down the leg-side to claim his first wicket in the match on his return to the Test XI after four years.
Angelo Mathews looked set with 25 for 32 but Taijul, bowling from over the wicket, induced a misjudgment that dislodged his off-stump.
Karunaratne struck a 114-run stand with Lahiru Thirimanne for the first wicket. The latter fell to Mehidy Hasan Miraz off the last ball of second session scoring 58 runs. He previously got away with an lbw decision that went in favour of him and Bangladesh camp did not opt for DRS.
Sri Lanka had hiccups during the last hour of the day’s play but thankfully for them, nothing dangerous happened.
Bangladesh posted their sixth-highest Test total – 541/7d – in the morning. Mushfiqur Rahim (68*) and Liton Das (50) completed half-centuries.
Bangladesh 541/7d in 173 overs (Shanto 163, Mominul 127, Tamim 90, Mushfiqur 68*, Liton 50; Vishwa 4/96)
Sri Lanka 229/3 in 73 overs (Karunaratne 85*, Thirimanne 58; Taskin 1/35, Taijul 1/56, Miraz 1/60)
Sri Lanka trail by 312 runs
Stumps- Day 3