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4 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM

Tigers fight for survival

Hosts still need 119 runs to avoid innings defeat
Syed Mohammed Pithu, Ctg
Tigers fight for survival
Sri Lankan fielder Kusal Mendis takes brilliant one-handed diving catch at silly-point to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim off Rangana Herath during the fourth day of the first Test match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. BCB photo

Bangladesh were left to fight for survival on an increasingly deteriorating pitch after Sri Lanka reduced them to 81 for three on the fourth day of the opening Test yesterday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The home side is still trailing by 119 runs to make Sri Lanka batting for the second time as they took a handy 200 runs lead, by declaring the first innings on 713 for nine, the second highest total against Bangladesh.
Mominul Haque was batting on 18 and would have to play a long innings like his 176 should Bangladesh want to avoid a defeat. Bangladesh’s situation got worsened with the dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim, who got an inside edge and that appeared to have come straight off the boot before Kusal Mendis took a tough catch at silly mid-on. The soft signal was not out but the TV replay ensured the bat also involved. And Mushfiqur Rahim was out for two on what happened to be the last ball of the match, leaving Bangladesh in a niggling troublesome state.
The difference between the two sides however became the ability to convert the half-chance into a full-chance while it comes to hold on the catches. While Sri Lanka converted two tough chances on day four to a full chance including the catch of Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh didn’t get a single during the course of Sri Lankan innings.
With the deficit of 200 runs, opener Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes made an aggressive start for Bangladesh who were dismissed for 513 runs in the first innings, but the latter played an expensive sweep shot against off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to throw his wicket for 19.
Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan undid Tamim Iqbal with a quicker delivery to bring an end to his fluent 41, leaving Bangladesh 76 for two as Niroshan Dickwella held on a superb catch behind the wicket.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque appeared to see out the day without any trouble but the drama of Mushfiqur dismissal put Bangladesh on total back foot.
After resuming the day on 504 for three, the visitors added 109 runs in the first session to

surpass 600 and eclipse England’s 599 for six (declared) against Bangladesh in 2010 for the highest innings total at the venue.
Roshen Silva, playing in just his second Test, scored 109 to become the third batsman of the Sri Lankan innings after Kusal Mendis (196) and Dhananjaya de Silva (173) to make a century. Silva’s hundred came off 197-balls, with six boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed trying to cut off-spinner Mehidi Hasan Miraj in the 156th over to end a 135-run partnership with Chandimal.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal for 87 with a straight delivery in the first over after lunch to prevent the skipper from being the fourth Sri Lankan batsman to score a hundred in the innings.
Mehidi then had Niroshan Dickwell caught behind after the batsman made a fluent 61 ball-62, with nine boundaries, before Dilruwan Perera (32) was undone by an arm ball from left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam (1-153) for his maiden Test wicket.
Taijul Islam dismissed Surangan Lakmal (9) and Rangana Herath (24) in his consecutive overs after tea as Sri Lanka declared the innings. Taijul conceded 219 in 67.3 overs, both of which the highest in terms of giving away runs and delivering overs for any Bangladeshi bowler. He however took four wickets to be the highest wicket-taker in this innings while Mehidi grabbed three for 174.
Bangladesh first innings 513
Sri Lanka first innings (overnight 504-3)
D Karunaratne c Kayes b Mehedi     0
K Mendis c Mushfiqur b Taijul     196
D De Silva c Liton b Mustafizur     173
R Silva c Liton b Mehedi     109
D Chandimal b Taijul      87
N Dickwella c Liton b Mehedi     62
D. Perera lbw b Sunzamul     32
R. Herath lbw b Taijul     24
S. Lakmal b Taijul     9
L Kumara not out     2
Extras (b11, lb6, w 2)     19
Total (9 wkts dec; 199.3 overs) 713
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-308,
3-415, 4-550, 5-613, 6-663,
7-687, 8-706, 9-713.
BOWLING    O    M    R    W
Mustafizur    32    6    113    1
Sunzamul    45    2    153    1
Mehedi    49    4    174    3
Taijul     67.3    13    219    4
Mosaddek    3    0    24    0
Mominul    2    0    6    0
Mahmudullah    1    0    7    0
Bangladesh second innings:
Tamim c Dickwella b Sandakan     41
I Kayes c Chandimal b Perera     19
Mominul not out     18
Mushfiqur c Mendis b Herath     2
Extras (nb1)     1
Total (3 wickets, 26.5 over)     81
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-76, 3-81
BOWLING    O    M    R    W
R Herath    6.5    0    22    1
S Lakmal    4    0    16    0
 D de Silva    6    0    20    0
D Perera    7    1    20    1
 L Sandakan    3    1    3    1



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