Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva keep Sri Lanka steady


Lunch Sri Lanka 210 for 4 (de Silva 30*, Mathews 25*, Shakib 2-38, Ebadot 2-54) path Bangladesh 365 (Mushfiqur 175*, Litton 141, Rajitha 5-64, Asitha 4-93) by 155 runs

Ebadot Hossain cleaned up Sri Lanka’s nightwatchman, Kasun Rajitha, with the second ball of the morning, and Shakib Al Hasan looped one via Dimuth Karunaratne’s defences mid-way via the session, however Sri Lanka continued to make progress, if somewhat extra sedately than they’d on day two. By lunch, they have been nonetheless 155 runs behind Bangladesh however had six wickets in hand. Angelo Mathews had ambled to 25 not out off 76, whereas Dhananjaya de Silva had made a brisk 30 off 40.

The 2 wickets, nonetheless, imply that the groups stay evenly positioned within the Take a look at. Sri Lanka have loads of batting to come back, and have two settled males on the crease. However the floor is now starting to point out indicators of wear and tear. Shakib’s supply to dismiss Karunaratne was proof of the form of harmful flip that’s usually seen on the again finish of most Mirpur Exams. There was additionally variable bounce for the quicks, and because of this, a number of inside edges previous the stumps.

Each Bangladesh’s wicket-taking deliveries have been spectacular. Ebadot had angled the ball into Rajitha, then obtained it to maneuver away off the deck to beat the skin edge and hit off stump. It was a supply which may have had a significantly better batter in hassle.

Shakib’s deliciously tossed-up ball to Karunaratne had come considerably towards the run of play, as Kaurnaratne had begun to look comfy on the crease. However having darted a number of in earlier in that over, Shakib tempted the batter to come back ahead for a giant drive, then obtained the ball to dip, and spin between his bat and pad, and into center stump. Karunaratne had added solely ten to his in a single day rating of 70.

Mathews ventured solely two boundaries in his 76-ball keep, and was largely content material to defend. He was notably watchful towards Ebadot and Shakib, who bowled essentially the most probing traces on this session.

de Silva was rather more bold. He had whipped his second ball – off Khaled Ahmed – for 4 via sq. leg, and continued to look proactively for runs, although he too revered Ebadot early on. Simply earlier than lunch, nonetheless, he struck Ebadot for 3 fours in a single over. Two of these boundaries have been the results of glorious timing – via sq. leg and canopy. The opposite was from a thick exterior edge that went high-quality of brief third man.

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