After Bangladesh posted a mammoth score of 513 runs in their first innings, it looked like Sri Lanka will be in all sorts of pressure when they come to bat and it really happened. Sri Lanka lost their first wicket with no runs on the board.
But that was the first and the last wicket they lost before the end of day’s play. Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis started scoring runs for fun and they put on an unbeaten 187-run stand for the second wicket to bring the deficit down to 326 at stumps.
Spinner Rangana Herath who picked up three crucial wickets in the first innings believes that the pitch is still good for batting. After the end of day’s play, Herath said in the press conference: “I still see it as a batsman-friendly wicket. They made 500-plus and we are 180 for 1 (187 for 1).”
Herath explained: “We first need to score the 300 (326) runs we are behind. After that, we can see what kind of surface it becomes. From there we can decide which direction we can go (in). There’s something for the spinners from the third day onwards. I could see some turn even after tea today.”
About Bangladesh’s batting: “Mominul made 176 runs, which I think was a special innings. It is a big achievement. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah batted well. It is still a good batting wicket. It looks like an even contest now. We need to score the 300 runs first before getting into any kind of situation.”