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Sri Lanka reduced Bangladesh to 34 for 4
Bangladesh find themselves staring down the barrel on a day dominated by the Lankans through and through at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. A couple of wicketless sessions and then another top-order collapse with the bat has now meant that the onus has fallen back on Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das to bat out of their skins to save this Test, and thereby the series.
The start of the third session brought some respite for the hosts with Dinesh Chandimal smashing a pretty full Ebadot Hossain delivery straight to extra cover, to end a 199-run stand with Angelo Mathews. The tail didn’t wag long either, with the last four wickets falling for a mere 24 runs, leaving Mathews stranded at the other end. Nevertheless, the damage was done, with a massive 141-run lead in their kitty.
Shakib Al Hasan was the only Bangladeshi bowler who was consistent enough to build up some pressure from his end, and his efforts saw him pick up his 19th five-wicket haul in Tests.
And then to rub it in,the Sri Lankan pacers started off in brilliant fashion, with Asitha Fernando sending Tamim Iqbal back for a duck, his second in this game. Matters then escalated from bad to worse, as Najmul Shanto fell while trying to steal a non-existent run, skipper Mominul Haque and Mahmudul Hasan Joy nicked off in consecutive overs, reducing Bangladesh to 23 for four.
With a current deficit of 107 runs and just a day to go, it would be safe to say that Bangladesh aren’t winning this. Their first task would now be to bat out the first session tomorrow and hope to go into the lead without losing more than a couple of wickets. It once again, has fallen to Mushfiqur and Litton, for another rearguard.
Brief scores:Bangladesh 365 and 34/4 trail Sri Lanka 506 all-out (Mathews 145*, Chandimal 124; Shakib 5-96, Ebadot 4-148) by 107 runs