Sri Lanka have set Bangladesh an improbable target of 457 runs to win the first Test match in Galle, as the hosts declared their second innings in the first hour into the evening session of the penultimate day, with the score of 274 for the loss of six wickets.
In Sri Lanka’s second innings, Upul Tharanga was the highest scorer, who picked up the third century of his career before getting bowled by Mehedi Hasan Miraz on 115. Dinesh Chandimal was the second highest run-getter; he remained unbeaten on a solid knock of 50. For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraz took two wickets each, while pacers Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman shared the other two wickets between them.
Earlier in their first innings, Sri Lanka had scored 494, thanks to 194-run knock from Kusal Mendis. In response, Bangladesh at one stage had been reduced to 192 for 6, but somehow had avoided the follow courtesy of Mushfiqur Rahim’s gritty knock of 85 runs. In the end, Bangladesh’s first innings collection had stopped on 312.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com