Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando combined to take 7 wickets, restricting the hosts to 465 after centuries from Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim saw them take a 68-run lead over the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lankan pacers and spinners toiled hard throughout the first session but unfortunately not even a single wicket taking chance was created. At Lunch on Day 4, Bangladesh was firmly on top with a scoreline of 385/3, just 12 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 397.
- Mathews’ 199 puts Sri Lanka in commanding position
- Angelo Mathews hundred makes it Sri Lanka’s day
- Tamim ton sets up Bangladesh’s strong response
Bangladesh was looking to capitalize on the advantage they received during session 1 but had a disastrous start to the 2nd session as Kasun Rajtha removed Litton Das and Tamim Iqbal with the first two deliveries of the session. Das edged one to the keeper while chasing a shortish wide delivery while Iqbal, who returned to bat after retiring hurt yesterday, received a peach of a delivery which came in and snuck through the bat-pad gap to shatter his middle stump.
Shakib Al Hasan survived a close call against Ramesh Mendis as the Sri Lankans went up for a catch taken by Oshadha Fernando at Short Leg. The soft signal by the on-field umpires was not out and there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision.
The short ball tactic by Asitha Fernando finally worked as Shakib Al Hasan top edged one to the keeper giving the quick his 2nd wicket. Nayeem Hasan came in as the next batsman and he was welcomed with a short ball which hit him hard on the chest.
With the heat turned on and close in fielders all around the bat, Mushfiqur Rahim reached his 8th Test Century after facing 270 deliveries. Rahim and Nayeem managed to take Bangladesh safely to Tea without any more damage as the hosts were 436/6.
Sri Lanka began the 3rd and final session with Lasith Embuldeniya and it paid dividends as Rahim who is a prolific sweeper missed one and the ball disturbed his leg stump. Nayeem Hasan was the next man to depart as Kusal Mendis took a simple catch at short leg off a delivery by Dhananjaya which bounced awkwardly.
Taijul Islam was the only Bangladeshi lower order batter to get a double digit score but he also fell to the short ball tactic by Asitha for 20 as he mistimed a hook shot straight to the substitute fielder Chamika Karunaratne at Fine Leg. Shoriful Islam, who got hit by a bouncer a few overs earlier, had to retire out.
Skipper Dimuth had a close call when spinner Nayeem Hasan appealed for a caught and bowled but he escaped after the replays showed the ball touching the ground. The first breakthrough came for Bangladesh in the form of a picture perfect direct hit by Taijul Islam as Oshadha departed for 19.
Lasith Embuldeniya was sent to the middle as the night watchman for Sri Lanka and he managed to survive for 22 deliveries before getting bowled by Taijul Islam to end the day’s play.
The 5th & final day of the 1st Test will begin at 9.30AM(Local Time) on the 19th of May.
|Oshada Fernando||c Liton Das b Nayeem Hasan||36||76||3||1||47.37|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||lbw b Nayeem Hasan||9||17||0||0||52.94|
|Kusal Mendis||c Nayeem Hasan b Taijul Islam||54||131||3||0||41.22|
|Angelo Mathews||c Shakib Al Hasan (vc) b Nayeem Hasan||199||397||19||1||50.13|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c Mahmudul Hasan Joy b Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||6||27||0||0||22.22|
|Dinesh Chandimal||lbw b Nayeem Hasan||66||148||2||3||44.59|
|Niroshan Dickwella||b Nayeem Hasan||3||3||0||0||100.00|
|Ramesh Mendis||b Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||1||8||0||0||12.50|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||lbw b Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Vishwa Fernando||not out||17||84||3||0||20.24|
|Asitha Fernando||b Nayeem Hasan||1||27||0||0||3.70|
|Extras||5 (b 4 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||397/10 (153 Overs, RR: 2.59)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-23 (7.5) Dimuth Karunaratne, 2-66 (21.2) Oshada Fernando, 3-158 (56.1) Kusal Mendis, 4-183 (65.2) Dhananjaya de Silva, 5-319 (113.1) Dinesh Chandimal, 6-323 (113.5) Niroshan Dickwella, 7-328 (116.2) Ramesh Mendis, 8-328 (116.3) Lasith Embuldeniya, 9-390 (148.5) Asitha Fernando , 10-397 (152.6) Angelo Mathews,|
|Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||39||12||60||3||1.54|
|Mahmudul Hasan Joy||c Niroshan Dickwella b Asitha Fernando||58||142||9||0||40.85|
|Tamim Iqbal||b Kasun Rajitha||133||218||15||0||61.01|
|Najmul Hossain Shanto||c Niroshan Dickwella b Kasun Rajitha||1||22||0||0||4.55|
|Mominul Haque||b Kasun Rajitha||2||19||0||0||10.53|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||b Lasith Embuldeniya||105||282||4||0||37.23|
|Liton Das||c Niroshan Dickwella b Kasun Rajitha||88||189||10||0||46.56|
|Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||c Niroshan Dickwella b Asitha Fernando||26||44||3||0||59.09|
|Nayeem Hasan||c Kusal Mendis b Dhananjaya de Silva||9||53||0||0||16.98|
|Taijul Islam||c Chamika Karunaratne b Asitha Fernando||20||45||3||0||44.44|
|Khaled Ahmed||not out||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||20 (b 4 , lb 8 , nb 8, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||465/10 (170.1 Overs, RR: 2.73)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-162 (48.5) Mahmudul Hasan Joy , 2-172 (54.4) Najmul Hossain Shanto, 3-184 (60.5) Mominul Haque, 4-385 (134.1) Liton Das, 5-385 (134.2) Tamim Iqbal, 6-421 (146.1) Shakib Al Hasan (vc), 7-439 (157.1) Mushfiqur Rahim, 8-450 (163.6) Nayeem Hasan, 9-465 (169.2) Taijul Islam, 10-465 (170.1) Shoriful Islam,|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||19||2||48||1||2.53|
|Oshada Fernando||run out (Taijul Islam)||19||36||3||0||52.78|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||c Mominul Haque b Taijul Islam||52||138||2||0||37.68|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||b Taijul Islam||2||22||0||0||9.09|
|Kusal Mendis||b Taijul Islam||48||43||8||1||111.63|
|Angelo Mathews||c & b Taijul Islam||0||15||0||0||0.00|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||33||60||3||1||55.00|
|Dinesh Chandimal||not out||39||135||4||1||28.89|
|Niroshan Dickwella||not out||61||96||0||0||63.54|
|Extras||6 (b 0 , lb 2 , nb 4, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||260/6 (90.1 Overs, RR: 2.88)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-36 (11.5) Oshada Fernando, 2-39 (17.1) Lasith Embuldeniya, 3-106 (31.2) Kusal Mendis, 4-110 (35.6) Angelo Mathews, 5-143 (47.1) Dimuth Karunaratne, 6-161 (56.2) Dhananjaya de Silva,|
|Shakib Al Hasan (vc)||25||5||58||1||2.32|
|Najmul Hossain Shanto||1||0||2||0||2.00|
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz||0.1||0||0||0||0.00|