LIVE: Taskin strikes but Sri Lanka extend lead to 269 runs

Sri Lanka, batting in their second innings, have managed to score 87 runs for the loss of just one wicket in the first session of Day-4 and compiled their lead to an already-impressive 269 runs. Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis were at the crease at lunch with scores of 40 and 8 respectively. Taskin Ahmed was the only bowler from Bangladesh side to find some success in the morning session.

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As the third session of the previous day was washed out by rain, the penultimate day’s play of the ongoing first of two-match Test series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Galle started 15 minutes early.

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However, like the third day, Bangladesh kept pushing hard for some luck but that mostly went in vain, as the Sri Lankan batsmen spent the session without any major hiccups, except for the departure of Dimuth Karunaratne.

But before that, a solid opening stand of 69 runs between Upul Tharanga and Karunaratne, their highest so far this year, meant the home side were drafting towards extending their advantage and setting Bangladesh an imposing target.

The left-handed Karunaratne had a lucky break in the sixth over when he tried to force one over cover off Mehedi Hasan Miraz, and the ball took the finger-tips of Shakib Al Hasan, who was slightly late to react.

Karunaratne got yet another leading edge in the 20th over, this time off Shakib, which went past the lone slip and gave him a couple of runs that brought up the half-century stand.

But luck didn’t favour Karunaratne for the third time, and he finally got dismissed on 32 off 73 balls, falling in the quest of quick runs, landing safely into the hands of Mahmudullah Riyad off Taskin Ahmed.

Earlier in the third day of the match, Bangladesh at one point were reduced to 192 for six, and there were doubts whether or not they would be able to avoid the follow-on. But a patient 85-run knock off 165 deliveries from the skipper Mushfiqur Rahim ensured Bangladesh wouldn’t have to bat again. In response to Sri Lanka’s mammoth total of 494 in the first essay, the Tigers finished their first innings on 312 and conceded a 182-run deficit.

Sri Lanka 494 all-out (Mendis 194) and for 87 for 1 (Tharanga 40, Karunaratne 32; Taskin 1/12) leading by 269 runs vs Bangladesh 312 all-out (Mushfiqur 85).

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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