Bangladesh suffered early batting jolt in their second innings as they scored 81 for 3 at stumps against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test of two-match Test series held on Saturday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here.
Bangladesh have lost both the openers in the last session of day four after Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 713 for 9.
The pressure was back on Bangladesh and the responsibility was on local lad Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes’ shoulders. They started the second innings quite confidently with a 52-run opening stand.
Opener Imrul, on 19, fell to Dilruwan Perera by playing a paddle sweep while Southpaw opener Tamim departed from the crease in the last half an hour of the day’s play after composing 41 runs off 62 balls that studded with six boundaries. Lakshan Sandakan took the wicket of Tamim in his first over.
Bangladesh’s first innings heroes Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim were expected to finish the day safely. But, Mushfiqur was dismissed for only 2 runs in the last over of the day. Rangana Herath took the important wicket of Mushfiqur.
The Tigers finished the day at 81/3 in 26.5 overs and they will be needed to score 119 more runs more to avoid innings defeat on the last day with Mominul was 18 runs off 32 balls. All eyes will be on Mominul and stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad to save the match.
Earlier, Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 713 for 9 taking a healthy 200-run lead over Bangladesh, courtesy of centuries by Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Silva, in reply to a Bangladesh first innings total of 513.
Sri Lanka started the day confidently as their two overnight batsmen Roshen and Chandimal stretching Sri Lankan innings. Their fourth-wicket stand of 135 was broken when Roshen looked to play off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz through the off-side.
The right handed Sri Lankan batsman rocked back to drive Mehedi through the covers but the delivery did not bounce and went through to wicket-keeper Liton Das, who took the easy catch.
The middle order batsman Roshen composed 109 runs off 230 balls studded with six boundaries and one over boundary after the Islanders resumed their first innings on the fourth day with overnight score at 504.
Taijul Islam struck just after the second session taking the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal (87), who falls in the first over after lunch. The Sri Lankan skipper who looked to solid with bat could not add any run after being a clean bowled. Chandimal hit three boundaries during his polish 185-ball knock.
Niroshan Dickwella scored runs quickly while Dilruwan Perera played the supportive role. They duo shared 50 runs for the sixth-wicket stand to extend further Sri Lankan’s lead but Taijul dismissed Dickwella to take his maiden Test wicket haul. Dickwella departed after scoring 61-ball 62 runs that studded with nine fours. Sri Lanka added 93 runs for the loss of three wickets in the second session.
But, soon after the tea break, Taijul again struck on Sri Lankan innings as he scalped the wicket of Rangana Hereath for 24 trapping him leg before wicket and finished his four-wicket haul taking the wicket of Lakmal for 9 making him a clean bowled. Soon after the departure of Lakmal Sri Lanka declared their first innings just after the tea break.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam was the pick of Bangladesh bowler as he grabbed four wickets for 219 runs while Mehidy Haan claimed three wickets giving away 174 runs.
This is the second time a team has scored 700+ total against Bangladesh in Tests. Sri Lanka scored 730/6d in 2014 Dhaka Test. This is also the sixth time Sri Lanka have scores 700 runs or more in an innings.
Bangladesh have bowled 199.3 overs, the second-most for them in the history. Taijul bowled 67.3 overs for his four wickets, the most overs bowled by a Bangladeshi.
Bangladesh 1st innings – 513 for all, Mominul 176, Mushfiqur 92, Mahmudullah 83 n.o, Sunzamul 24, Mehidy 20, Lakmal 3/68, Herath 3/150 and Sandakan 2/92.
2nd innings – 81 for 3 in 26.5 overs, Tamim 41, Kayes 19, Mominul 18 batting, Lakshan 1/3, Perera 1/20 and Herath 1/22.
Sri Lankan 1st innings – 713/9 in 199.3 overs (dec.) Kusal 196, Dhananjaya 173, Roshen 109, Chandimal 87, Taijul 4/219, Miraz 3/174.)