Tea Sri Lanka 397 and 205 for six (Karunaratne 52, Kusal 48, de Silva 33, Dickwella 32*, Taijul 4-64) lead Bangladesh 465 for 9 dec by 137 runs
Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan struck as soon as every however some staunch defence from Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella wrested again any benefit Bangladesh had as the primary Take a look at, in Chattogram headed in direction of a draw. At tea on the fifth and last day, Sri Lanka reached 205 for six, main the hosts by 137 runs. Chandimal was unbeaten on 14 and had Dickwella for firm on 32.
The 2 left-arm spinners bowled unchanged for 22 overs after lunch however with the floor not breaking sufficient, each Chandimal and Dickwella averted any additional injury, crafting an unbeaten 44-run stand for the seventh wicket. From Bagladesh’s viewpoint, the brand new ball can be due after seven overs and they’ll hope to make some inroads put up the break.
Sri Lanka, forward by 60 runs at lunch, began off after the break on a optimistic word amassing seven runs from every of the primary two overs. Karunaratne reached his twenty eighth half-century with a thick outdoors edge off Shakib Al Hasan. Nonetheless, his pleasure was short-lived as he fell quickly after to Taijul. Going the aggressive route, Karunaratne skipped down the observe however his mistimed flick may solely journey so far as Mominul Haque at midwicket, who accomplished a superb catch diving to his proper.
Dhananjaya de Silva continued taking the attacking possibility and he did succeed to an extent earlier than falling to a rank long-hop for 33. Shakib, to his credit score, floated the wanting a size supply, attractive the batter, who took the bait and pulled straight to Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib may have had one other wicket the very subsequent ball however Dickwella’s sweep simply evaded a leaping Taijul at backward sq..
At 161 for six and forward by solely 93 runs, Sri Lanka had been staring down the barrel however Chandimal and Dickwella dug in. Chandimal, specifically curbed his aggressive intuition and defended the whole lot that got here his means in opposition to some tight bowling. Dickwella, too, was spectacular throughout his keep. He introduced out the sweep at common intervals, used his ft every now and then, however extra importantly, blocked effectively. Whereas Chandimal shut store, Dickwella made certain the runs stored coming.
Earlier, two key strikes from Taijul within the morning session made certain Bangladesh stayed forward within the sport on day 5. For the longest time within the first session, Sri Lanka had been in charge of proceedings with runs coming thick and quick however Taijul eliminated Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews in fast succession to dent the guests.
Resuming the ultimate day on 39 for two, it took Sri Lanka all of 24 balls to wipe off the 29-run deficit with Kusal taking the assault to Bangladesh. Sri Lanka’s strategy was clear from the primary over. Kusal was the aggressor whereas Karunaratne, extra circumspect in his strategy, rotated the strike effectively as runs got here at a premium within the first hour of the morning.
Kusal began off the day by clattering Taijul for 2 fours within the first over earlier than slamming Khaled Ahmed for a hattrick of 4 both facet of the wicket as Sri Lanka scored 59 runs within the first 9 overs of the primary session. It didn’t assist that Bangladesh had been a bowler brief with Shoriful Islam dominated out of the collection, after fracturing his proper hand courtesy a Kasun Rajitha bouncer late on day three.
Shakib and Taijul then restored some parity with the latter placing twice. He first eliminated Kusal with a peach of a supply that pitched on center stump to show and trim the off bail for a 43-ball 48 earlier than accounting for Angelo Mathews with a surprising return catch for a duck. Mathews, who was visibly annoyed having not scored for 14 balls launched a straight drive again at Taijul, who one way or the other acquired each arms to it and accomplished the catch above his head.
Ashish Pant is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo