Quick runs hand Sri Lanka 107-run lead in first session
Sri Lanka have taken 107 runs lead in the first session of the fifth day in the ongoing Test against Bangladesh. But they lost 5 wickets in the session in search for quick runs.
Pacer Taskin Ahmed took the both overnight batsmen at the start of day’s play. He rattled Dhananjaya de Silva’s stumps which ended 345-run partnership between Dhananjaya and captain Dimuth Karunaratne. The all-rounder was able to add just 12 runs with his total of last day’s play. He scored a fantastic innings of 166 runs off 291 balls with 22 fours.
Taskin got Karunaratne in his next over. The left-handed batsman tried to hit Taskin’s short ball through midwicket but ended up on a mishit and threw a catch to midwicket fielder Najmul Hossain Shanto. His 698-minutes outstanding innings ended at 244 which consisted of 26 fours. It was his highest individual score in his entire Test career.
After that, the wickets fell early as the batsmen looked out for quick runs to give some hope to their bowlers to find out some results from this match in the abysmally flat pitch. Pathum Nissanka (12), Niroshan Dickwella (31), Wanindu Hasaranga (43) all scored quick runs but failed to convert their innings into big one.
They added 136 runs more to their total in the session in 30 overs losing 5 wickets. Taskin took 2 wickets, Ebadot Hossain, Taijul Islam picked up one wicket each and the other one was run-out. They ended the session at 648/8 in 179 overs.
Suranga Lakmal (23*) and Vishwa Fernando (0*) will resume the second session of the last day. 68 overs remain after this session in the match where pitch still seems flat and there’s a very little chance of a result.
Bangladesh 541/7d in 173 overs (Shanto 163, Mominul 127, Tamim 90, Mushfiqur 68*, Liton 50; Vishwa 4/96)
Sri Lanka 648/8 in 179 overs (Karunaratne 244, Dhananjaya 166, Thirimanne 58; Taskin 3/112, Taijul 2/164, Mehidy 1/161, Ebadot 1/99)
Sri Lanka lead by 107 runs
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