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Bangladesh finish 177/5 at stumps day-4

 Sports Desk

 Published: 06:16 PM, 2 May 2021  

Bangladesh finish 177/5 at stumps day-4

Bangladesh finish 177/5 at stumps day-4

Bad light cut short Sri Lanka's charge to a series win on the fourth evening of the second Test in Pallekele. Bangladesh were tottering at 177 for 5 when play was called off an hour before the scheduled close.

Despite losing three wickets before tea, Bangladesh continued to bat aggressively in the final session, perhaps mindful of the pitch continuing to offer sharp turn and bounce to the spinners.

Ramesh Mendis, the offspinner, took three wickets while Praveen Jayawickrama, the debutant left-arm spinner, picked two to take his match tally to eight wickets. He is now the third Sri Lankan after Akila Dhananjaya and Ajantha Mendis to take so many wickets on Test debut, eight wickets on Test debut.

Set a target of 437, Bangladesh started off on an aggressive note but lost Tamim Iqbal early. He was picked up by Ramesh Mendis for 24. He came out batting with intent but his cameo was shortlived.

Amidst all the positive batting, Sri Lanka did show a little bit of desperation while taking the reviews as they lost a couple of them in the first 13 overs. On both occasions it was Nazmul Hossain Shanto who was survived. Even Saif Hassan got lucky as he was given out LBW but managed to overturn it thanks to DRS.

The prodigious turn on offer certainly didn't make it easy for the umpires out there as there were a few close calls. But then the wrecker-in-chief from the first innings - Jayawickrama - struck twice to peg back Bangladesh. Saif Hassan and Nazmul Hossain Shanto were picked up in quick succession leaving Bangladesh in a spot of bother.

Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim, the two best Test batsmen in the team, could not reciprocate the confidence. Where at least one big innings was needed to save the match, both failed miserably. After Mominul was bowled for 32 runs, Mushfiqur, who scored 40 runs, was caught behind in an innocent delivery from Ramesh Mendis.

Liton and Miraz finished the day remained not out before bad light forced to stop play early. Liton was batting on 14 while Miraz was not out scoring 4. 

Earlier, Sri Lanka decided to have a crack at Bangladesh after setting up 437 as a target. Taijul Islam picked up a fifer but that didn't mitigate the damage much.

Bangladesh at tea were 325 adrift of the target with Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim at the crease.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 493/7 and 194/9 decl (Dimuth Karunaratne 66, Dhananjaya de Silva 41; Taijul Islam 5-72, Mehidy Hasan 2-66) lead Bangladesh 251 all-out and 112/3 (Saif Hassan 34; Praveen Jayawickrama 2-35) by 321 runs.