Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Three-hundred-and-seventeen runs, for the loss of two wickets. So passed another batting day in Chittagong. A day on which Sri Lanka moved to a position of true strength.
first time in the game. A day in which a draw became a distinct possibility. such as the absence of wear on this surface.
Batsmen prospered more or less relentlessly, and only when the ball was new did it pose them challenges. Bangladesh‘s bowlers were ground down, two of them now having conceded over a hundred, and a third having given away 97.
Fielders were run haggard. Only nine runs behind the opposition now, Sri Lanka have seven wickets remaining, and a shot at establishing a large first-innings lead.
Birthday boy Mendis just missed out on a double century, hitting an impressive 196, while de Silva added 173 as Sri Lanka reached 504/3 at stumps to trail Bangladesh’s first innings total by just nine runs.
Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 87 alongside skipper Dinesh Chandimal, 37 not out when stumps were drawn at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam gave Bangladesh a rare occasion for joy on an arduous day when he removed Mendis just before the tea break.
Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman earlier broke Mendis’s 308-run second wicket stand with de Silva, who added 69 runs to his overnight 104.
De Silva and Mendis dominated the Bangladesh bowlers for nearly two sessions after Sri Lanka resumed their innings on 187/1.
It was Dhananjaya and Mendis who drove Sri Lanka most efficiently forward
The two of them who each produced a sustained attack that defeated Bangladesh. in first two sessions. Dhananjaya was only watchful for the first six overs of the day.
He soon laid into Mustafizur. later attacked the spinners. often flitting down the pitch to launch them over the infield. Sweeps, dabs, and flicks to the leg side were all employed intelligently. with his most profitable stretch coming midway through the first session. when he hit 34 off 28 balls.
He fell early in the second session to the second new ball. Aiming to pull a short, wide Mustafizur delivery. The ball shot up into the air off the top edge. The wicketkeeper settled beneath it.