Sri Lanka dominant in reply to Bangladesh’s 541


Sri Lanka lost their first wicket at the stroke of tea

Sri Lanka 115 for 1 (Thirimanne 58, Karunaratne 43*) trail Bangladesh 541 for 7 (Shanto 163, Mominul 127, Tamim 90, Fernando 4-96) by 426 runs

Sri Lanka’s confident reply to Bangladesh’s 541 was given a late jolt when Mehidy Hasan Miraz removed Lahiru Thirimanne at the stroke of tea. The Sri Lankan openers had put on 114 runs for the first wicket stand.

Thirimanne’s 58 came off 125 balls, having struck eight fours, while Dimuth Karunaratne was not out on 43 off 112 balls. Thirimanne had only just survived an lbw shout on the same score when Bangladesh didn’t review a delivery that would have hit leg-stump. Otherwise, Thirimanne had been quite adept at using his feet and driving from his crease. Perhaps the kick in his innings came when he got three fours in an Ebadat Hossain over shortly after the lunch break.

Bangladesh’s pace bowlers couldn’t quite repeat how they bowled in the short burst before lunch. Only Taskin kept the batters honest, giving away just 11 runs in his seven overs. But things started to get a bit more interesting when Mominul Haque introduced spin from both ends.

Earlier, Bangladesh declared their first innings on 541 for 7, having batted for 90 minutes in the first session. They picked up the pace slightly, adding 67 runs in 18 overs, losing Liton Das, who made 50 off 67 balls, as well as Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam. Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 68 off 156 balls, with six fours.

Bangladesh’s innings was built around centuries from Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque, while Tamim Iqbal got 90. Shanto’s maiden century went up to 163 runs, while Mominul reached his first overseas century. It was also the third time that Bangladesh had five players getting 50-plus scores.

Vishwa Fernando took two of those wickets, to finish with 4-96, while Suranga Lakmal toiled for 36 overs for his one wicket. There was also a wicket each for Lahiru Kumara, whose hamstring niggle kept him off the ground on the third morning, and Dhananjaya de Silva.

Fernando, the left-arm quick, had taken the wickets of Saif Hassan and Tamim Iqbal on the first day and came back to take two more on the third day. Liton guided one to gully while Taijul was caught behind.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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