Shakib, Liton Anchor Bangladesh’s Fight

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Shakib, Liton Anchor Bangladesh’s FightShakib Al Hasan completed his half-century on the fifth morning.

The fifth morning saw another fascinating recovery from Bangladesh in the Dhaka Test, this time without the services of Mushfiqur Rahim.

The veteran batter was bowled by an inswinger from Kasun Rajitha early in the session, leaving Bangladesh tottering at 53 for 5 and still staring at an 88-run deficit. That’s when Litton Das and Shakib Al Hasan came together and the duo has now added 96 runs for the sixth wicket, taking Bangladesh into the lead in the process and ensuring that the visitors need to bat again.

The lead, though, is only a slender eight as Sri Lanka remain favourites to win the Test match, but the momentum and the mood going into the Lunch break suggested otherwise. Adding to it all was Shakib getting to his fifty at the stroke of Lunch while Litton, at the other end, is a couple of runs away from his fifty. He is still here after reversing an onfield caught-behind decision off the bowling of Rajitha, the best bowler on show this morning. Ironically, it was Rajitha against whom Shakib hit three boundaries in an over to get his innings up and running.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh 365 & 149/5 (Shakib 52*, Litton 48*; Rajitha 2-40, Fernando 2-44) lead Sri Lanka 506 by 8 runs

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