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Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST)

Date: Sunday, 04 February, 2018 16:04 IST Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong Match Status: Match Ended

Bangladesh drew with Sri Lanka

513/10
Overs
129.5
R/R
3.96
Fours
46
Sixes
6
Extras
9
713/9
Overs
199.3
R/R
3.58
Fours
66
Sixes
4
Extras
19
307/5
Overs
100.0
R/R
3.07
Fours
27
Sixes
3
Extras
10
  • So, what do we have in store now? Sri Lanka will have to bat well, something that they are capable of. This has to be done after being on the field for close to 130 overs. Let's see what do the tourists have to offer, as Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis walk out with the bat. Remember, the Bangladeshi bowlers could be more than a handful in known conditions.
  • Mahmudullah walked in when his side was 356/4. He batted well with the lower order, stitching important stands with them. The one worth 58 with Sunzamul Islam made sure that the Lankans toiled hard on the field. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't get to the coveted ton. There is nothing great to write home about the visiting bowlers, who largely looked toothless. Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal returned with three apiece for them.
  • A very good score for the hosts, something that should have the tourists worried. Bangladesh have done just what they had set out to do after winning the toss yesterday. Their top four scored above 40s and that laid them the platform. Aided by a monumental stand between Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim, that was worth 236 runs, the hosts tired out the opposing bowlers. Haque stroked his way to a well-compiled 176 and would ruing missing out on his double ton. Rahim should also be cursing himself to have thrown it away at the fag end of yesterday.
  • 129.5 Nice shot? Oh no! BANGLADESH ALL OUT! This is banged short again on the stumps, Rahman initially looks to duck. As an afterthought, he decides to play the ramp over the keeper and that's that. Doesn't make the contact as he would have liked and ends up hitting it in the air to offer an easy catch to Dickwella. So, to add to the list of Rahim and Haque, who missed out getting to their milestones, add Mahmudullah, who is left stranded 17 runs short of the triple figure mark. The hosts finish on 513.
  • 129.5 WIDE! Bouncer on off, Rahman ducks and lets it go. Wide given for height.
  • 129.4 Full and tailing in around off and middle, driven down to long off for one.
  • 129.3 Outside off, glided down to third man for nothing.
  • 129.2 Banged short in line of the stumps, he gets out of the way to let it be.
  • How long should Bangladesh bat? Athar Ali Khan says that there is no dearth of time and hence they should bat on. Opines that their skipper should target his ton, which is just 18 runs away at the moment.
  • 129.1 Fuller in length, Mahmudullah paddles it down to fine leg for a brace.
  • 128.6 Very full outside off, Rahman misses jamming that out. 509/9
  • 128.5 Flatter on off, defended from the crease.
  • 128.4 SIX! Even I can bat skip, says Rahman! Sees the tossed up ball in his zone, clears the front leg and goes over long on for a maximum. The stand is worth 31 now.
  • 128.3 On off, defended from the crease.
  • 128.2 Driven through covers for one. Now Fizz has to see off the last 4 balls of the over.
  • 128.1 Floated full on middle and leg, Mahmudullah gets down and paddles it fine down the leg side for a couple.
  • 127.6 Fuller on off from round the wicket, pushed back towards the bowler. 500/9
  • The chest guard comes out for Mustafizur Rahman. With the number of batters taking blows to their body, it is good to get yourself guarded.
  • 127.5 Short in length, pulled through square leg. This time the skipper ambles to the other end and moves to 77. 500 runs up for the hosts.
  • 127.4 Bumper in line of the stumps, Mahmudullah arches back and lets it be. It goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 127.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 127.2 Back of a length ball outside off, guided to third man for nothing.
  • 127.1 On a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack.
  • 126.6 Huge cheers go around as Rahman sees off the last ball of the over with a block towards covers. A maiden for Herath. 499/9
  • 126.5 Another one outside off, defended towards point.
  • 126.4 Arm ball outside off, The Fizz prods forward to defend but gets beaten on the outside.
  • 126.3 Just outside off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 126.2 Landed around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 126.1 Floated around off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 125.6 Punched off the back foot by Mahmudullah. 499/9
  • 125.5 Around middle and leg, pushed to mid on.
  • 125.4 Similar delivery, similar shot, no run.
  • 125.3 Outside off, pushed through covers for nothing.
  • 125.2 SIX! Ho, ho, ho, it's a beauty! Shows that he picked up the conventional spin early. Floated full on the stumps, Mahmudullah gets his front leg out of the way and smashes it high over the bowler's head for half a dozen. Bangladesh are one short of 500, while the skipper is on 76.
  • 125.1 FOUR! Rubbish ball! Flatter and shorter outside off, perhaps an attempted googly. Mahmudullah goes deep back and slaps it through cover-point for a boundary. That's 2000 Test runs for him.
  • 124.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 489/9
  • 124.5 Mistimed back towards the bowler.
  • 124.4 Eased down to long on to rotate strike.
  • 124.3 More confusion! Rahman punches this one off the back foot towards covers. The fielder dives to his left and parries it to his left. He tries to recover himself to prevent a run but fails to do so. After some yes and no, the run is completed, even as a wild shy is had at the bowler's end.
  • 124.2 Confusion, no harm done! Rahman taps this one towards covers and stays where he is. His skipper is down half the way before he denies the single. Mahmudullah has to rush back hurriedly and does so beating the fielder's throw to his end.
  • 124.1 Fuller on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 123.6 FOUR! Bang! Floated full on the stumps, Mahmudullah gets his front leg out of the way and hits it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 487/9
  • 123.6 WIDE BUT A STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Oh, Dickwella, you need to have a calm head, mate! Fired flatter and wider outside off, seeing Mahmudullah charge down. He tried to reach to it but missed. Niroshan, in an attempt to inflict the stumping, fails to gather the ball and that allows the batter to get in safely. The keeper had stumped the batter in his mind much before reality, hence he ended up letting the chance go.
  • 123.5 Hit through covers, a single denied.
  • 123.4 Flatter and quicker on the stumps, Mahmudullah goes back to flick it but gets an inside edge onto the pads. Missing leg, says Roshen Abeysinghe on air, but no sir, he has hit that.
  • 123.3 Flicked away off the pads for nothing.
  • 123.2 Full on off, driven down to long off for nothing.
  • 123.1 Flatter outside off, Mahmudullah goes back and guides it through backward point for none.
  • 122.6 Full in length at 75 kph, Rahman gets his bat down in time to keep it to the off side. 482/9
  • 122.5 Floated around middle and off, hit inside out to long off for one.
  • 122.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 122.3 Floated around leg, Mahmudullah defends it off the front foot.
  • 122.2 Similar delivery on a similar line, Mahmudullah fails to defend it and wears it on the pads.
  • 122.1 Arm delivery on the pads, Mahmudullah misses hitting that.
  • 121.6 Fuller in length, eased down to long on for one. 481/9
  • Deep backward square leg also comes in.
  • 121.5 Lovely delivery. Floated up in line of the stumps, Mahmudullah makes room to go through the off side but just manages to get an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Now the field comes in to prevent the single.
  • 121.4 Yorker on the stumps, dug out to the bowler.
  • 121.3 Around off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 121.2 Sri Lanka are offering easy singles to the opposing skipper so that they can have a go at the last man. The long off fielder is in place and this ball is hit to him. But the run is not taken.
  • 121.1 Googly well outside off, Mahmudullah covers the stumps and lets it go.
  • 120.6 Kept out towards mid off. 480/9
  • 120.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 120.4 Arm ball around off, driven through covers for one.
  • 120.3 Outside off, edged past slip for a run to get going.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is the last man in.
  • 120.2 OUT! Dream delivery to any batsman leave alone the tailender. Tossed up outside off, Islam lunges forward to block but leaves some gap between bat and pad. The ball lands in the rough there and spins in sharply to peg back the LEG STUMP. Alarming turn, elates the Lankans this time. They are one wicket away from ending their time on the field.
  • 120.1 Around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 119.6 Punched through point for a brace. Mahmudullah moves to 58. 478/8
  • 119.5 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 119.4 Around middle and leg, turned past short leg for one.
  • Taijul Islam strides out to bat at no.10 for Bangladesh.
  • 119.3 STUMPED OUT! Yes, Islam is well down the track but the margin of dismissal is not as much as we thought it to be. Sandakan spots Sunzamul being ready to charge down the track and fires this down the leg side. The number 9 misses the flick post that and Dickwella uproots the stumps and goes up in celebration. On the first look he seems to be a clear goner but the third umpire is called for. Replays show that he is just short of the crease as the keeper had to collect it well to his right and then go for the stumping. Sri Lanka finally manage to get through this stubborn stand.
  • Islam should be a goner! The TV umpire is referred to for a stumping appeal against Sunzamul. Seems to be well down the track on the first look...
  • 119.2 Outside off, slapped through cover-point for one.
  • 119.1 Around off, defended with a lunge forward.
  • Lakshan Sandakan to bowl from the other end. A slip and FSL in place.
  • 118.6 Outside off, edged towards point. 474/7
  • 118.5 Forward defense displayed to this one on the stumps.
  • 118.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 118.3 FOUR! Glorious. Tossed up outside off, Mahmudullah slinks down the track in no time and drives it through covers. It is played all along the ground and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 118.2 Outside off, Islam guides it towards third man to rotate strike.
  • 118.1 The skipper is leading from the front. 15th Test fifty for Mahmudullah. Gets a full length tossed up ball around off, driven towards covers. De Silva dives but fails to stop it and ends up parrying it towards long off. One run taken and the home skipper raises his bat to acknowledge the applause.
  • Welcome back. The men who matter have taken their positions on the field. Sri Lanka have some more time to spend on the field before they can get into the batting mode. For now, Mahmudullah will face Rangana Herath first up.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • The tourists looked like running through Bangladesh's lower order, when they struck quickly, courtesy the wily old fox Rangana Herath, who picked up a couple of wickets to get his name in the wickets' column. He is constantly getting something out of the track, that is slowing down considerably. What should worry them, however, is that none of the others have looked threatening for a considerable time. With the position that the hosts find themselves in, we can expect some quick runs in the post-lunch session. Do join us then to see if Sri Lanka have it in them to see the end of this innings quickly.
  • Comeback and fightback - the tale of the morning. Sri Lanka started the day on a positive note by landing crucial blows quickly. At the end of the first hour, they were successful in picking up three wickets, conceding just 43 in 12.2 overs. But post that, the script came back to normal, as the hosts continued to amass more runs. Mahmudullah and Sunzamul Islam have added 50 for the 8th wicket and are looking too good to be dislodged. Mominul Haque, sadly for them, couldn't add much to his overnight score and was the first one to depart this morning.
  • 117.6 Floated on the stumps, Islam lunges forward and defends it watchfully to go into LUNCH, DAY 2, unbeaten. 467/7
  • 117.5 Outside off, driven to the man at mid off.
  • 117.4 Islam gets behind that solidly and defends it.
  • 117.3 Punched off the back foot by Sunzamul.
  • 117.2 Flatter on the pads, worked away to fine leg for a run. That's the 50-run partnership between Mahmudullah and Islam. They were staring at a collapse when the debutant walked in and have done well to keep the tourists at bay since then.
  • 117.1 Floated around leg, flicked away towards mid-wicket.
  • This should be the last over before lunch. Dhananjaya de Silva to roll his arm over.
  • 116.6 Mahmudullah pushes it towards covers and quickly gets to the other end. The stand moves to 49 now. 466/7
  • 116.5 Another lovely delivery. Tossed up on middle and leg, Mahmudullah looks to defend with a prod. The ball turns away yet again and passes just close to the outside edge and the off pole.
  • 116.4 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 116.3 Turn! Floated up around off, Mahmudullah lunges forward to defend but the ball spins away sharply to beat him.
  • 116.2 This ball is defended towards point from the crease.
  • 116.1 Fuller in line of the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Rangana Herath back on for another spell.
  • 115.6 Flatter on off, Mahmudullah moves to 47 by guiding it to deep backward point for one. 465/7
  • 115.5 Fuller in length, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 115.4 Tossed up around off, swept away to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 115.3 This is outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 115.2 Floated full around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 115.1 Flighted in line of the stumps, Islam goes back and pushes it towards covers.
  • 114.6 Straight in line of the stumps, played to short leg. 463/7
  • 114.5 Served around middle and leg, Islam gets it off the inner half past short leg for one.
  • 114.4 Flatter outside off, Mahmudullah goes back and cuts it just past slip. Gets three runs for the same. He moves to 46 and this stand is worth 45 now.
  • 114.3 Knocked down to long off for a single.
  • 114.2 Floated outside off, Islam gets down the track to defend but seems to have got an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls to the off side. Dickwella yells in appeal but our scorer shouts that the batter has hit it. Nope! It is all pad, shows the replay.
  • 114.1 Floated full around off, defended with a lunge forward.
  • 113.6 Bowled well outside off, Mahmudullah has nothing to do with it. 458/7
  • 113.5 On the stumps, swept to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 113.4 Floated outside off, Islam has a lazy poke at it off the front foot but misses as the ball spins away.
  • 113.3 Flatter outside off, cut away for one.
  • 113.2 This ball is knocked through mid-wicket for one.
  • 113.1 Well outside off, chopped towards point.
  • 112.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 8 runs off the over. 455/7
  • 112.5 Mahmudullah defends this one off the front foot.
  • 112.4 The batsman has edged that one. They pick up a single.
  • 112.3 Mahmudullah rotates strike by hitting this through mid on.
  • 112.2 Flatter down the leg side, left alone.
  • 112.1 SIX! Bang! It's time for Mahmudullah to free his arms now. Gets a tossed up ball around middle and leg, he comes down the track and hits it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 111.6 NOT OUT! Excellent umpiring from Rod Tucker. Sandakan tosses up a wrong 'un around off, Islam lunges forward to play for the conventional spin. Misses and gets rapped on the front pad and the ball goes to the slip fielder. The Lankans appeal to no avail. Chandimal immediately opts for the DRS. The TV umpire asks the on-field umpire whether it is referred for a catch or LBW. Gets confirmation that it is for the former. The Snicko is used to see that there is no inside edge. In fact, there is a huge daylight between bat and the ball. Now, the LBW is checked and the Ball Tracker shows that it would have gone down leg. So the on-field call stays and Sri Lanka lose a review. Mr. Tucker has been good on the field so far. Yesterday he spotted that the visitors had more-than-permissible number of players behind square on the leg side and ruled it a no ball and now this one. Well done, sir! 447/7
  • Sri Lanka feel they have got their man. An appeal is made but the umpire negates the same. Chandimal signals a 'T'. What is the review for? An appeal for catch against Islam.
  • 111.6 WIDE! Very, very wide outside off, Islam lets it be. The umpire has to stretch his arms.
  • 111.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 111.4 FOUR! Thumped! Floated outside off, Islam takes a couple of steps down the track and blasts it straight over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 111.3 Gone, almost! Floated outside off, Islam looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge. It lands just short of Karunaratne at first slip.
  • 111.2 Shortish in length outside off, Mahmudullah slaps it through covers and gets to the other end.
  • 111.1 Wrong 'un outside off, Mahmudullah stays back and bunts it.
  • 110.6 Bowled in line of the stumps, stonewalled from the crease. 441/7
  • 110.5 Outside off and spinning further away, Islam looks to play it through covers but misses. The bails are whipped off in a flash but he is well in.
  • 110.4 Around off, SI slinks down and defends it.
  • 110.3 Floated on the stumps, defended with a lunge forward.
  • 110.2 Flatter ball, goes on with the arm. Islam fails to flick it away and wears it on the pads.
  • 110.1 Begins with a delivery outside off, Mahmudullah goes back and guides it to third man for one. He is happy to not hound the strike and rotate it even with the presence of a lower order batter at the other end.
  • Dilruwan Perera to have a bowl now. He is two short of 100 runs!
  • 109.6 Islam gets down the track and bunts it down. 440/7
  • 109.5 Served in line of the stumps, mistimed to mid on.
  • 109.4 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 109.3 Flatter googly outside off, Islam tries to cut but fails.
  • 109.2 Almost strikes! Flatter in trajectory, it is the quicker one. Sunzamul goes back to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball lands just behind the stumps on the off side. Dickwella is aware of the bat component in that and goes for the catch but is out of reach. Sandakan meanwhile puts in a stifled appeal for LBW which isn't entertained.
  • 109.1 Floated full outside off, Islam gets his stride out and drives it nicely through covers. Before the mopping up is done in the deep, a couple results.
  • 108.6 Around off, pushed through cover-point to retain strike. 438/7
  • 108.5 Punched to the man at sweeper to rotate strike.
  • 108.4 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, driven straight to mid on. Chandimal there ends up parrying it behind the bowler and a run is taken.
  • 108.3 Herath is getting into the groove here with some assistance from the surface. Tosses this one outside off, Islam lunges forward to defend. The ball spins in, but not as much as Sunzamul expected. Ends up getting beaten on the outside edge.
  • 108.2 Outside off, pushed through covers for one.
  • 108.1 Floated on the stumps, defended off the front foot.
  • 107.6 Flipped around off, Islam hurriedly punches it towards covers. 434/7
  • 107.5 Flatter on the stumps, kept out from the crease.
  • 107.4 Lovely ball. Sandakan bowls a googly around off, it goes away after pitching. Squares up Mahmudullah a touch, who somehow manages to keep it out towards backward point. His partner calls him for a run and he responds later. The slowness of the surface helped the batter here. On a quicker track, he could have edged it to the fielder.
  • 107.3 Defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 107.2 Outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 107.1 Flatter outside off, Mahmudullah hangs back and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • Lakshan Sandakan for the first time today. Can he hasten the end for Bangladesh? A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 106.6 Around off, driven to mid off. 433/7
  • 106.5 Worked round the corner for a single.
  • 106.4 Mahmudullah strides forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 106.3 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • 106.2 Mahmudullah lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 106.1 Floated up on off, eased through mid on for one.
  • 105.6 Played to the point region by Islam. They pick up a single. 431/7
  • 105.5 This ball is played through point for one.
  • 105.4 Length ball outside off, Sunzamul punches it through covers. Three runs are taken as Herath chases it down and saves a run for his side. Good effort from the veteran.
  • Nice point. The pitch has showed its treacherous side today. Earlier in the pitch report this morning, Tino Mawoyo cited variable bounce that could be a factor and that's what we saw on more than one occasions so far. Lakmal bowled a short delivery that failed to climb up and almost slid through on its way to the keeper. Another one from a similar spot rose to such an extent that the batter had to keep it out awkwardly even with a hop. Wonder if this would excite the Lankans or worry them, as they would be batting at some point today.
  • 105.3 Outside off, pushed through covers for one.
  • 105.2 Good running. Islam taps this back of a length ball towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 105.1 Banged short on the stumps, Islam gets away from the line and lets it be.
  • 104.6 Herath comes round the wicket to Mahmudullah and delivers it on the stumps. Blocked off the front foot. 424/7
  • 104.5 Eased through mid on for a single.
  • 104.4 Outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 104.3 Floated outside off, the ball turns in after pitching. Islam goes back to defend but misses and gets struck on the pads. An appeal followed but it is turned down. Sliding down leg, as confirmed by Hawk Eye.
  • 104.2 Islam gets foward and pushes it through point for a brace.
  • 104.1 On off, defended off the back foot.
  • 103.6 Mahmudullah sees this off with a forward defense. 421/7
  • 103.5 Short in length, Mahmudullah stands tall and blocks it to the leg side.
  • 103.4 FOUR! Well played. On a length outside off, Mahmudullah stands tall and flays it past gully for a boundary.
  • 103.3 Mahmudullah has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 103.2 This is bowled in line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 103.1 On a length in the line of the stumps, blocked with an angled bat to the off side.
  • 102.6 Beaten again! Drifting in from around off and then straightens a bit. Debutant lunges forward to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge of his bat. 417/7
  • 102.5 Driven towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 102.4 Beaten! Looks to play for the turn but there isn't any.
  • 102.3 Floated delivery outside off, Islam looks to defend but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • Sunzamul Islam strides in next.
  • The wicket of Mehidy Hasan has led to the drinks break.
  • 102.2 OUT! Run Out! Even the dive doesn't save Mehidy Hasan. Flatter delivery outside off, Mahmudullah dabs it past the lone slip fielder and sets off. Karunarante from slip gives it a chase and so does Kumara who sprints across to his left from third man. Mehidy calls for the third run to which his skipper responds. The pacer gets to the ball and returns a throw to Dickwella who collects and takes the bails off as the batsman dives to get back in. Looked really close and they take it upstairs. Replays show that the bails had come off and then the bat came in. Enough for the TV umpire to rule it out. Bangladesh are throwing it away.
  • Yes, no and eventually they go for it. There is a run out appeal which is referred upstairs. Mehidy Hasan is the man in question and looks to be a goner...
  • 102.1 Very full and fired on off, jammed out towards the cover fielder.
  • 101.6 Very full and sprayed wider outside off, the batsman crouches low and squeezes it out behind point and shall keep strike. 415/6
  • 101.5 Digs in a short ball, something he did more often yesterday. Mahmudullah ducks under it.
  • 101.4 Angles it in from outside off, Mahmudullah stays back in defense.
  • 101.3 Hasan spanks this one through cover but will get just a single.
  • 101.2 Fuller in length on the stumps, punched down past the man at mid on for a brace.
  • 101.1 Starts off with a shortish ball from over the wicket, safely kept out off the back foot.
  • Lahiru Kumara is the first bowling change of the morning.
  • 100.6 Quick single! On middle and leg, Mehidy pushes it towards Sandakan at mid on and calls through for a brisk run. 411/6
  • 100.5 Takes a stride forward and drives it towards the cover fielder.
  • 100.4 SIX! Slogged away! What a hit and he admires it himself! Herath generously tosses it up on the stumps, Hasan sits down on one knee and slogs it high and mighty over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
  • 100.3 More loopy, around off, blocked.
  • 100.2 Flatter outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 100.1 Tossed up delivery, wider on off, Hasan presses forward to drive but gets a thick inside edge past the leg stump. The ball rolls towards the man at 45.
  • 99.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 404/6
  • 99.5 Goes back and clips it through square leg for a single.
  • 99.4 FOUR! Shot of the morning! Fuller in length, it's delivered on off, Mehidy Hasan prods ahead and drives it straight back down the ground. First it beats the bowler who tries to stop it with his right boot in the followthrough and then it beats the dive of Kumara at mid off. Races away to the fence to bring up the 400 for Bangladesh!
  • 99.3 Lakma pitches it right up there, Mehidy leans forward and drives it through covers for a another couple.
  • 99.2 Another one on the same length, Hasan covers the line and punches it down the ground through mid on. Takes a brace.
  • 99.1 Shortish outside off, punched off the back foot to the cover fielder.
  • 98.6 Good delivery! A slider, at 89.1 kph, it's on the shorter length and goes through with the arm. Mahmudullah sits back to play the late cut but the ball nearly takes the outside edge and settles into the gloves of Dickwella. 395/6
  • 98.5 Loops it up outside off, the skipper comes down the track and drives it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 98.4 Stays leg side and drives it square on the off side. The man from backward point gives it a chase but they run two.
  • 98.3 Slower through the air, pitches on middle and turns away towards off, Mahmudullah lunges forward to defend but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 98.2 Comes down the track and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 98.1 Floated ball outside off, blocked off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 97.6 Good length delivery on middle and off, Mehidy lunges forward to keep it out back to the bowler. 393/6
  • 97.5 Taps it in front of point and scampers through for a quick single.
  • 97.4 Angles it in from outside off, a compact defense on offer.
  • 97.3 Shortish and rising a bit off the surface, Mahmudullah takes his bottom hand off and defends it in front of the point fielder.
  • 97.2 Fuller and angling in on the stumps, defended back to the bowler.
  • 97.1 Short of a length ball, very close to the off stump line, Mahmudullah makes room to dab it on the bounce to the gully fielder.
  • 96.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 392/6
  • 96.5 Flighted delivery on middle and off, Hasan defends it off the inner half to FSL.
  • 96.4 Tossed up ball outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 96.3 A bit short, turns away ever so slightly, Mahmudullah dabs it behind point to collect one.
  • 96.2 Loopy delivery outside off, pushed towards cover for a single.
  • Mehidy Hasan walks in next.
  • 96.1 OUT! Straight to mid on! Poor shot to be honest! Herath spots that Hossain is giving him the charge and hence he tosses it on leg, following the batsman. The ball pitches and turns in just a bit. The batsman is already down the track and hence goes on with the lofted shot. Spoons it off the inner half and hands a simple catch to Lakshan Sandakan at mid on, who pouches it with a couple of steps backwards. So, Bangladesh lose their second wicket for just 16 runs in 37 balls this morning. Collapse on the cards?
  • 95.6 Stays back and pushes it back to the bowler. 390/5
  • 95.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 95.4 Risky leave! Lands it on a length outside off, it threatens to come back in. Mahmudullah plants his front foot across and then makes a leave.
  • 95.3 FOUR! Just wide of the gully fielder! Suranga with another short ball and this time he offers width. The Bangla skipper goes chasing after it with a wild slash. Gets a thick edge which travels towards gully where Dilruwan Perera dives to his right but couldn't get to it. Streaky boundary results!
  • 95.2 The track is playing its tricks now! This one kicks off the deck, Mosaddek rises on the toes to hit it away but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls away towards the off side. They take a single.
  • 95.1 What was that? That didn't rise at all. Smiles on the faces of the Lankan players. Lakmal bangs in a short one, outside off, Hossain looks to pull but the ball sits really low and sneaks through to the keeper. Luckily for the batsman, this delivery wasn't on the stumps.
  • 94.6 Darted around the pads, clipped wide of mid on to keep strike. 385/5
  • 94.5 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, blocked watchfully.
  • 94.4 This time he pushes it through the air, Mosaddek pushes at it awkwardly.
  • 94.3 Almost a wicket! Some turn on offer for Herath. Beautifully bowled! Slower through the air, a bit short and then it grips off the surface. Opens up Hossain completely who goes back and doesn't know what to do. Dangles his bat at it and is lucky that the edge didn't carry to the first slip fielder.
  • 94.2 Gets forward and defends it into the ground.
  • 94.1 Goes wide of the crease and with a round-arm action he slides it outside off, Mahmudullah takes a stride forward and pushes it through cover for a single.
  • 93.6 Stays back and defends it back to Lakmal. 383/5
  • 93.5 Marginally short, in the corridor outside off, MH shows a straight blade.
  • 93.4 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, the batsman hops to keep it out.
  • 93.3 FOUR! On the up! A bit too full and a bit too wide, Hossain decides to cash in on it. He leans forward and drives it square of the wicket on the off side to pick up his first boundary.
  • 93.2 Kicks off the deck from the shorter length, Mosaddek hops back and fends it towards square leg.
  • 93.1 Inside edge! Lakmal keeps it on a length, serves it outside off, Mahmudullah tries to push this one away but ekes out an inside edge which rolls behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 92.6 Loopy ball, a bit wider outside off, Hossain makes room and drives it through the gap at cover to get off the mark with a couple of runs. Successful over from the veteran. 378/5
  • 92.5 Tosses it up on the stumps, Hossain presses forward in defense but does so off the inner half of the bat.
  • Mosaddek Hossain is the new man in.
  • 92.4 OUT! Chipped straight to short leg! Excellent take from Kusal Mendis! Rangana Herath strikes for the first time in the game. Not a good ball but Sri Lanka wouldn't mind it at all. From over the wicket, Rangana tosses it up around middle and leg, Haque comes down the track and looks to flick it away. He does so but it goes straight towards short leg where it hits Mendis on the left side of the chest. The fielder is aware and does well to grab it in the second attempt. Soft dismissal to say the least. So, no ton for Rahim, no double ton for Haque either as he adds just a run to his overnight tally. Half the side back in the hut for the hosts.
  • 92.3 Flighted ball outside off, pushed with an open bat face to backward point.
  • 92.2 Loops it up around off, pushed towards cover for a single.
  • 92.1 Flighted ball around middle and off, Mahmudullah buries it into the ground.
  • 91.6 Back of a length delivery, outside off, defended nicely off the back foot. A maiden for Lakmal. 375/4
  • 91.5 Good line! Tempting delivery from outside off, Mominul shoulders his arms to that one.
  • 91.4 Switches the angle, comes from around the wicket, Mominul tries to dab it away but fails to get any wood on it.
  • 91.3 On a length and around middle and off, MH covers the line and defends.
  • 91.2 Slightly short and hurled outside off, Mominul stands tall and cuts it nicely but finds the man at cover-point who dives to his right to make a stop.
  • 91.1 Good length delivery, angling away around the fifth stump channel, Haque watches it go through to the keeper.
  • Suranga Lakmal will bowl from the other end. When the things were looking rather dismal for Sri Lanka, he came back well to make inroads at the fag end of day 1. Can he strike early today?
  • 90.6 Tossed up delivery around middle and off, Mahmudullah steps out of the crease to block but wears it on the pads. Tidy stuff to kick things off. 375/4
  • 90.5 Presses forward and kills it back down on the surface.
  • 90.4 Flighted ball around middle and off, the batsman comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 90.3 Comes down the track does Mominul and eases it towards long on for a single. First run of the day.
  • 90.2 Slightly slower, at 81.7 kph, Haque keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 90.1 Floats it up from over the wicket, Haque prods forward and flicks it a bit uppishly towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • We are set to get rolling. The players and umpires have made their way out to the middle. Mominul Haque will face Rangana Herath. A slip and a short leg in place. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo says it's still a batting paradise and the conditions haven't changed a lot. Adds there was some variable bounce on offer from the good length area yesterday and feels as the game progresses, the pacers will have their say.
  • Day 1 was all about the batters dictating terms. Everyone came in and had fun apart from Liton Das. The hosts are well on course to post a huge first innings total and they have Mominul Haque who is leading the way with an unbeaten 175. Sri Lanka would be looking to come out afresh and make the second new ball, which is just 60 balls old, count. Can Sri Lanka enforce a collapse from hereon? Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second day's play. Stay with us as the action isn't that far away...
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Right then! Quick wickets shall be the key for the visitors and if they manage to do so early in the morning tomorrow, they will still feel they are in the game. Will they be able to restrict the hosts or will Bangladesh continue to march on? We shall find out tomorrow on day 2. Join us at 0930 Local (0330 GMT) to catch all the action. Until then, goodbye and cheers!
  • The Sri Lankans, after being made to toil hard, needed someone to lift them up again. The second new ball did the trick for them late in the day. It was Suranga Lakmal who struck twice in successive balls and importantly he broke the massive 236-run stand. Liton Das bagged a golden duck but Haque and Mahmudullah then did well to see off the remainder of the day. All the bowlers had a tough day at the office. Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan got the first two wickets but then failed to make any impact. Lahiru Kumara was very inconsistent and went for aplenty. The wily spinner, too, didn't look penetrative enough and as a result they let Bangladesh dominate the day.
  • Mominul Haque walked out with other ideas. He stepped on the gas and accelerated as soon as he got into the groove to keep the visitors' bowlers at bay. Mushfiqur Rahim gave him perfect company as the pair toyed with and ripped the bowling apart. The pitch hardly had anything in it but it still required some batting to get runs. Both of them motored along at a healthy run rate and broke a few records in the process.
  • That ends the proceedings on the opening day of the Test. Bangladesh are the ones who take the honours as they make the most of winning the toss and electing to bat by posting a big total on the board. Mind you, they aren't done yet. It all started with Tamim Iqbal in the morning who came out with a lot intent. He blazed a quick fifty to give his team an ideal start. Imrul Kayes played well for his 40 but both the openers were sent back in the first session and it seemed like Sri Lanka have got the opening.
  • 89.6 Fuller in length and drifting a bit on the pads, Mahmudullah shuffles a touch and clips it towards the man at backward square leg. STUMPS ON DAY 1! 374/4
  • 89.5 Another short one, kicks off the deck, Mahmudullah arches back to evade it.
  • 89.4 Ahead of a length and angling in, bunted towards the cover fielder.
  • 89.3 Bangs in a short one outside off, bends his back on this one. The Bangla skipper is quick to sway away from the line.
  • 89.2 Angling in from over the wicket to the right-hander, it's kept out back to the bowler.
  • 89.1 Shorter in length and angling in from around the wicket, Haque opens the face of the bat to glide it towards point for a single.
  • So, last over of the day is coming up. Will Sri Lanka send half the Bangladesh side back in the hut? Here comes Lakmal...
  • 88.6 Herath gives it nice loop and keeps it full on off, Mahmudullah leans ahead and strokes it to the man at cover. 373/4
  • 88.5 Bends forward to defend this one but gets it off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 88.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 88.3 Shimmies down the track and eases it down to long on for a single.
  • 88.2 Flighted ball around off, driven towards mid off for a single.
  • 88.1 Loopy delivery, slower through the air, lands outside off. Mominul comes forward to push it away but gets it off the outer edge past the gully fielder for a couple.
  • 87.6 Switches the angle again for the last ball of the over. From over the wicket, he keeps it on a fuller length outside off. Haque pushes it towards mid off and calls for the single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. 368/4
  • 87.5 Goes around the wicket and angles in a length delivery on middle, tucked into the leg side.
  • 87.4 Digs in a short one, but on the leg stump, easily ducked under.
  • 87.3 Goes fuller, it's on the stumps, defended back to Lakmal.
  • 87.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 87.1 Haque almost edges this! Lovely piece of bowling from the Lankan vice-captain! He slants it away in the tempting line outside off, Haque looks to play at it but the ball leaves the southpaw and whizzes past the outside edge of his bat.
  • 86.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Slower through the air, around middle and off. Mahmudullah punches it towards mid on where Kumara makes a meal of it. Lets it through and then gives it a long chase. He slides and pulls the ball back in play at long on. The umpire checks it upstairs and after watching a lot of replays, the TV umpire feels that the Lankan pacer made simultaneous contact with the rope and the ball. 367/4
  • 86.5 FOUR! Good looking shot! Flighted ball around middle and off, Mahmudullah comes down the track and lofts it over mid on to get off the mark in style.
  • 86.4 Almost... almost another! Herath has his hands on his head in disbelief! He bowls a slider, Mahmudullah didn't read it at all. It keeps coming in with the angle and the Bangla skipper is lucky to get his bat down in time. Gets an inside edge as the ball rolls towards square leg.
  • 86.3 Around the leg stump, Mahmudullah defends.
  • 86.2 Tossed up on off, Mominul drives it towards point where Roshen makes a half-stop and concedes a single.
  • 86.1 The batsman stands behind the line to keep it out.
  • 85.6 Very full, almost a yorker, the batsman does well to keep that at bay. 358/4
  • 85.5 Back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards point.
  • 85.4 That's a risky leave! On a length, pitched outside off as Mahmudullah shoulders his arms. This one didn't nip back in the way it did to dismiss Das. But even this wasn't far from the off pole.
  • 85.3 Ahead of a length outside off, Mahmudullah drives it towards Roshen Silva at point who makes a good stop.
  • 85.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 85.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, steered square of the wicket on the off side for a single. No hat-trick for Lakmal.
  • 84.6 Takes a stride forward and dives it to the cover fielder. 357/4
  • 84.5 Mahmudullah lunges forward to defend but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 84.4 Loops it up on off, watchfully kept out.
  • 84.3 Punched off the back foot through cover for a single.
  • 84.2 Floated delivery around off, blocked down.
  • 84.1 Flatter through the air, defended off the back foot.
  • Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh skipper walks in next. No nightwatchman? Interesting.
  • 83.6 OUT! Off stump goes for a walk! One brings two as the saying goes! An error in judgement from Das means that Lakmal now will be on a hat-trick in the next over. Sri Lanka rejoice! Lakmal hurls a length ball outside off, Liton Das leans forward and thinks that he has his off stump covered but the ball nips back in to take it apart. Das walks back for a golden duck, which happens to be the first blob in his Test career. Can Sri Lanka pick up another? 356/4
  • Liton Das walks out to bat next.
  • 83.5 OUT! Lakmal induces an edge! Finally, finally Sri Lanka taste success after the first session today. Suranga keeps it on a length and in the avenue of apprehension. Rahim with no feet movement goes after this one. The ball bounces just a bit more, takes the outer half of the bat and settles into the mitts of Dickwella behind. The second new ball has done the trick for Sri Lanka. Rahim stands there in dismay as he misses out on a deserving ton. This is the third time in Tests that Rahim has been dismissed in the nervous nineties. Seemed like it was a lapse in concentration from the wicket-keeper batsman. Nonetheless, the 236-run stand has been broken.
  • 83.4 On a length and around middle and off, MR stands back in defense.
  • 83.3 Steers it behind point and scampers through for a single.
  • 83.2 Fuller in length outside off, driven through covers for a single.
  • 83.1 Shortish and on the fourth stump line, tapped in front of point for a single.
  • 83.1 No ball! Fuller in length and angling in on middle, flicked straight to the man at short mid-wicket. Lakmal oversteps and so he will have to reload.
  • 82.6 FOUR! Into the 90s goes Rahim! Herath bowls a poor delivery, short and outside off, Mushfiqur slaps it through point to end the over with a boundary. 352/2
  • 82.5 Floated delivery outside off, blocked into the ground.
  • 82.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 82.3 Flighted delivery outside off, defended down watchfully.
  • 82.2 Punched down to long off for a single.
  • 82.1 Slower through the air around off, blocked.
  • Haque is getting some massage on his back. Understandably. He has been out there for quite a while now and gets a bit of treatment from the physio. Meanwhile, the umpire is seen trimming the thread on the seam.
  • 81.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 347/2
  • The floodlights have been turned on.
  • 81.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 81.4 FOUR! Easily done! Fuller in length and sprays it on the pads, Rahim gets across and clips it neatly through mid-wicket and picks up a boundary. The runs keep coming with the new ball as well, 16 runs off 10 balls.
  • 81.3 Ahead of a length and on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 81.2 Fuller in length and angling in, worked towards mid on.
  • 81.1 Good length delivery outside off, Rahim stands tall and with an open bat face he guides it behind point and runs brace.
  • Suranga Lakmal to share the new cherry with Herath.
  • 80.6 Punched off the back foot by MH. 341/2
  • 80.5 SIX! Takes on the veteran! Mominul Haque now has another milestone. He becomes the quickest to 2K Test runs for Bangladesh, in just 47 innings. Floated ball outside off, Haque dances down the track, isn't quite to the pitch of the ball but still looks to go big. Slices it but still has enough the clear the long off fence for a maximum.
  • 80.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 80.3 Gets behind the line and blocks it out.
  • 80.2 FOUR! Edged and through! Slower through the air, lands full outside off, Mominul Haque presses forward to push it away but the ball takes the outside edge and flies past the lone slip fielder who despite a dive can't get to it. A boundary in a streaky manner.
  • 80.1 Starts off from over the wicket and bowls a flatter one on middle and off, Mominul punches it back to the bowler.
  • Second new ball is available now and the Lankans have taken it straightaway. It will be Rangana Herath to taste the new cherry first. Can the new ball bring about a change in fortunes for them? Final 10 overs of the day coming up...
  • 79.6 Shortish and angling away, Haque cuts it to deep point for a single. 331/2
  • 79.5 Fuller and wider on off, driven on the up but finds mid off.
  • 79.4 Digs in a short one outside off, Rahim runs it down to third man to get to the other end.
  • 79.3 Pitches it up outside off, driven on the up but straight to mid off.
  • 79.2 Shortish ball on off, steered through backward point for a single.
  • 79.1 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 78.6 Tossed up outside off, driven through cover for a single. 328/2
  • 78.5 Hangs back and defends it down gently.
  • 78.4 BUMP BALL! Not out! Sandakan bowls it full around the pads, Rahim works it towards the man at short leg who collects and immediately releases the ball at the bowler's end. He misses his shy and the batsmen take one on the overthrow. However, in the meanwhile, the Sri Lankans appeal for a catch at short leg. Both the umpires get together and then take it upstairs. First replay is enough for the TV umpire to make his decision. The ball clearly bumps when Rahim plays it and it goes to short leg.
  • Is it a bump ball? Seems so but the umpire doesn't want to take any chance and refers it upstairs. Mushfiqur Rahim is the man in question...
  • 78.3 How easily Haque gets to his 150! This is the second time he has reached this milestone. Slower leg break, worked against the turn through mid-wicket for an easy single. Raises the bat as the whole Bangladesh dressing room stands up to applaud the effort.
  • A bat-pad in place now as Haque is one short of 150.
  • 78.2 Drops it short outside off, cut away in front of point for a single.
  • 78.1 Starts with a wrong one, but it's too short. MH goes back to cut but gets it off the bottom edge towards point for a single.
  • Lakshan Sandakan is back into the attack.
  • 77.6 Tucked through the square leg region for a single. 323/2
  • 77.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 77.4 FOUR! That's flayed! Brings up the double century stand between these two! The runs keep coming for the hosts and they continue to rule the roost. Short ball, wider outside off, Rahim rises on his toes, gets properly on top of the bounce and slaps it through point for a boundary to beat the dive of the fielder.
  • 77.3 Drops it on a length outside off, it nips back in, Rahim walks across the stumps, knows where his off stump is and then lifts his bat to let it be.
  • 77.2 Sprays a bit down the leg side, Rahim moves inside the line and leaves it alone.
  • 77.1 Stands tall to this short ball and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a single. Moves to 147 with that one.
  • 76.6 On middle and leg, worked down to long on for a single. 316/2
  • 76.5 FOUR! In the air... but safe! Tossed up ball outside off, Mominul Haque leans ahead and drives it uppishly towards cover. No one there and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 76.4 Good shot and good running too! Slower through the air and served outside off, Rahim crouches low in the crease and at the last moment he dabs it down to third man. The fielder gives it a chase and by the time he gets to the ball and returns a throw, they take three. The throw came towards the first slip fielder, who collects and hits the stumps at the bowler's end. The ball deflects further but they don't run another.
  • 76.3 Slower through the air, outside off, pushed towards the off side.
  • 76.2 Dances down the track and wrists it towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 76.1 Slider around middle and off, Mushfiq presses forward in defense.
  • 75.6 Stopped a certain boundary, de Silva! Fuller in length on middle and off, Mominul brings his bat down at the angle and drives it back down the ground. Dhanajaya at silly mid off dives to his left to make a stop. He doesn't do it cleanly as the ball rolls towards mid off but they don't run as the fielder mops it up. 308/2
  • 75.5 Once again drops it on a shorter length, Haque stays back in defense.
  • 75.4 Short of a length delivery, this time outside off, slapped off the back foot but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 75.3 Shortish delivery on middle and leg, pulled with control through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 75.2 Good length ball, in the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 75.1 Angles it away on a fuller length outside off, Mominul Haque shoulders his arms to it.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back into the attack. Chandimal and Lakmal are seen having a word with the pacer. Second new ball is due in 5 overs.
  • 74.6 Flighted ball around off, defended down watchfully. 306/2
  • 74.5 Comes from around the wicket and drifts in on middle and off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 74.4 Fuller on the stumps, bunted back down the track. Herath, in his followthrough tries to stop it with his left boot but fails. A single picked up as the ball rolls down to long on.
  • 74.3 Slower through the air, wider on off, Haque has all the time in the world to go back and dab it away down to third man. He gets two for doing so.
  • 74.2 Tossed up on middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 74.1 Floats it up around middle, it skids off, Mominul goes back and defends it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 73.6 Short of a good length delivery, Rahim sits back and defends it back on the track. 303/2
  • 73.5 Tad fuller and angling in, MR presses forward and pushes it towards cover.
  • 73.4 Short of a length delivery, kicking off the deck, Rahim sits under it.
  • 73.3 A bit too straight, angling in on the pads, Rahim defends it off the inner half to square leg.
  • 73.2 On a length and angling in, Mushfiqur covers the sticks and defends.
  • 73.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover where Sandakan dives and half-stops it. They take a single.
  • Drinks time! Runs. That sums it all. Haque and Rahim have ensured that the visiting side doesn't have it easy. Their partnership is worth 182 now. We are into the last hour in the day's play, which can be extended further if the remaining 17 overs aren't completed by then. Let's see what's in store for us.
  • 72.6 Full outside off, driven to covers for nothing. 302/2
  • 72.5 Eased down to long on for one.
  • 72.4 On off, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 72.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.2 Very full outside off, dug out towards covers.
  • 72.1 Floated full around off, Haque prods forward and defends it towards the bowler.
  • Rangana Herath gets a change of ends.
  • 71.6 Fuller in length, driven to silly mid on. A maiden over. 301/2
  • Silly mid on in place.
  • 71.5 Bouncer around off, left alone.
  • 71.4 Hurled outside off, Rahim pushes it towards covers.
  • 71.3 Bowled in line of the stumps, MR stays back and defends.
  • 71.2 Rahim stays on the back foot and blocks it.
  • 71.1 Around off and middle, defended solidly from the crease.
  • Suranga Lakmal back on.
  • 70.6 Fuller down leg, swept away for nothing. 301/2
  • 70.5 Tossed up on middle, Haque gets down and lofts it over mid-wicket. Doesn't get the timing right entirely. Sandakan runs to his right in the deep and keeps it down to two. He moves to 134, the stand is 19 short of a double ton. 300 up for Bangladesh.
  • 70.4 Served on the pads, wristed through square leg for one.
  • 70.3 Flatter on the pads, flicked away to the on side.
  • 70.2 Tossed up on the pads, MR gets down and blocks it.
  • 70.1 Fired on the pads, flicked through backward square leg for one.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva back on.
  • 69.6 Outside off, driven towards covers for nothing. 297/2
  • 69.5 FOUR! Floated in line of the stumps, Rahim gets down on a knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 69.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 69.3 Flatter outside off, Rahim goes for the cut but misses. A stifled appeal but to no avail.
  • 69.2 Rahim lunges forward and blocks it off the front foot.
  • 69.1 On the pads, turned through square leg for one.
  • 68.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 292/2
  • 68.5 Flatter in trajectory in line of the stumps, Mominul goes back and flicks it through mid-wicket. They take one but seeing the fielder being slow to get to the ball, they think about the second. But the man in the deep does well to keep it down to one less than two.
  • 68.4 Around off and middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 68.3 Flatter on the stumps, Rahim gets down and paddles it to fine leg for one.
  • 68.2 Outside off, driven through covers to rotate strike.
  • 68.1 Aimed in line of the stumps, MH goes back and defends.
  • 67.6 Eased down to long on for a single. 289/2
  • 67.5 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 67.4 Flatter on the stumps, Rahim lunges forward to defend but gets it off the inner half towards fine leg for one.
  • 67.3 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 67.2 FOUR! As authoritative as it can be. Tossed up around middle, Rahim is quick to get down the track. He goes over the bowler's head and gets a boundary. Safest place on the cricket field, exclaims Ricky here.
  • 67.1 Flighted ball around off and middle, Rahim lets it come on to the bat. A slight turn on that occasion and he defends it off the outer half towards slip.
  • 66.6 Haque defends this one back to the bowler. 283/2
  • 66.5 Tossed up around middle and leg, Rahim shimmies down the ground and hits it over mid-wicket. There is protection in the deep and hence just one run is the outcome.
  • 66.4 Floated on a fuller length, driven down to long on for one.
  • 66.3 Full in length, solidly bunted towards covers.
  • 66.2 Flatter on off, knocked towards backward point for one.
  • 66.1 Floated on the stumps, Rahim slinks down and drives it back.
  • 65.6 Driven nicely through mid off for one. 280/2
  • 65.5 Flighted generously, Rahim whips it to mid-wicket.
  • 65.4 Outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 65.3 Floated on the stumps, MR gets down the track and defends it off the inside half.
  • 65.2 Rahim lunges forward and buries this one onto the ground.
  • 65.1 Bowled around middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for one.
  • Rangana Herath is brought back. He has just bowled 9 overs today and has been wicketless so far. Can he provide his side the breakthrough that they desperately need?
  • 64.6 Pushed back to the bowler from the crease. 278/2
  • 64.5 Around middle and leg, turned to mid-wicket for none.
  • 64.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 64.3 In line of the stumps, pushed towards mid on.
  • 64.2 Floated on the stumps, driven back to the bowler.
  • 64.1 Haque goes back and punches it through covers for one.
  • 63.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 277/2
  • 63.5 Punched off the back foot through covers for one.
  • 63.4 Rahim has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
  • 63.3 FOUR! Nicely struck. Floated full outside off, Rahim gets down and plays the slog sweep to perfection. Gets a boundary through deep mid-wicket.
  • 63.2 In line of the stumps, wristed to mid-wicket.
  • 63.1 Haque goes back to this one and whips it away for a single through mid-wicket.
  • 62.6 Eased through covers for one. 270/2
  • 62.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman.
  • 62.4 Short in length, pulled away towards short fine leg. A misfield there allows him a couple. 150-run partnership between these two.
  • 62.3 Rahim pushes it towards coves and gets to the other end.
  • 62.2 This ball is driven through covers for one.
  • 62.1 Perera spots Haque charging and bowls it a touch short. He has to defend it to the off side.
  • 61.6 DROPPED? Seems so, as the umpire has given this as a run off the bat. Short ball down the leg side, Haque goes for the pull but seems to have got a tickle. Dickwella gets to his right but fails to hold on. Mind you, this is not at all an easy opportunity by any means but a chance goes down nevertheless. A run taken, as the ball rolls towards short fine leg. 265/2
  • 61.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 61.4 Short in length outside off, slapped away through covers to bring up RAHIM'S 19TH TEST FIFTY. He has held fort on one end as Haque has been attacking from the other.
  • 61.3 Similar delivery, Rahim goes back to flick but misses and gets struck on the pads. An appeal follows to no avail.
  • 61.2 Flatter on the pads, kept out towards short leg.
  • 61.1 Googly. Rahim reads it well and keeps it out with a forward defense with a prod. The ball goes towards slip who stops it with a dive.
  • 60.6 Shorter outside off, cut away through backward point. Rahim moves to 49 and he retains strike. 263/2
  • 60.5 Tossed up on off, driven to mid on.
  • 60.4 This ball is driven through covers to rotate strike. The stand moves to 142.
  • 60.3 Around off, Mominul drives it back. Perera dives to his right and makes a half-stop. Nothing conceded though.
  • 60.2 Floated around off, defended towards covers for none.
  • 60.1 Flat outside off, cut away to backward point.
  • 59.6 Bowled full down the leg side, swept straight to short fine leg. Rahim stays on 48. 261/2
  • 59.5 Full outside off, driven to sweeper for one.
  • 59.4 Flattish outside off, slapped through covers for one.
  • 59.3 Outside off, hit to point.
  • 59.2 Mushfiqur lunges forward and defends it to short leg.
  • 59.1 Served in line of the stumps, Rahim lunges forward and blocks.
  • 58.6 Flatter on the pads, Haque fails to flick it away and gets it on the pads. A maiden over, a rarity. 259/2
  • 58.5 On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 58.4 On off, kept out towards mid off.
  • 58.3 Flatter on the stumps, Mominul goes back and punches it to mid-wicket.
  • 58.2 Served on the stumps, Haque dances down and defends.
  • 58.1 Fuller on off, driven straight back.
  • 57.6 Well outside off, left alone. 259/2
  • 57.5 Flatter outside off, Rahim pads it away. A stifled appeal is made to no avail.
  • 57.4 Floated full outside off, Rahim hits it straight back to where it came from.
  • 57.3 Outside off, punched through covers for one.
  • 57.2 Oh Sandakan, when will you learn? His few impressive balls are surrounded by a plethora of poor ones. Darts this down the leg side, Haque sweeps it fine down the leg side for a couple.
  • 57.1 Flatter on off, MH goes back and keeps it out.
  • Lakshan Sandakan to continue his spell. A slip and a FSL in place.
  • 56.6 Eased through mid on to retain strike. 256/2
  • 56.5 Fuller on the stumps, pushed towards mid on.
  • 56.4 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 56.3 Around off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 56.3 Full outside off, driven to covers. Perera has overstepped and hence it is a no ball.
  • 56.2 FOUR! The break hasn't done any good for the visitors it seems. Perera bowls a half-tracker on the stumps, Mominul goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Moves to 111 off 105.
  • 56.1 Floated up in line of the stumps, Haque goes back and bunts it.
  • Welcome back! 34 overs left in the day. If spinners bowl the majority of them, which I think they should, we should get most of them in time. But stranger things have happened in the sport. Out walk the men who matter. Mominul Haque will face Dilruwan Perera to begin the proceedings.
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • It is imperative to know the right pace to bowl on a track and Sri Lanka have erred just there. Their spinners have been guilty of being a touch too short on a slow-paced track and have paid the price. In the first session, at least their pacers looked like picking up a wicket. In this one, no one seemed threatening. To say that all their bowlers looked flat, is an understatement. Will the final session see a change in the narrative? We'll be glad to have you with us shortly, as it gets unveiled.
  • Bangladesh's session without an ounce of doubt. They continued to run riot with the bat, a run rate of close to 4.50 an over shows just that. Mominul Haque brought up an attacking ton, his 5th in Tests, while Mushfiqur Rahim is three shy of his fifty. They are amidst an undefeated 130-run partnership and seem difficult to get dislodged from the crease. Both of them have matched each other stroke for stroke, although the former skipper has been watchful in his stint so far. The southpaw has been at his attacking best.
  • 55.6 Served in line of the stumps, flicked away to square leg. TEA, DAY 1! 250/2
  • Last ball before Tea...
  • 55.5 Flatter outside off, Rahim looks to pad it away but fails to reach it. The bails are whipped off but Rahim's back foot is firmly rooted to the crease.
  • 55.4 On the pads, turned round the corner.
  • 55.3 Rahim goes back in the crease and defends it off a straight bat.
  • 55.2 This ball is pushed towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 55.1 Around off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 54.6 250 up for Bangladesh! This full ball is eased down to long on for one. How one sided has this game been so far! The hosts are just cruising along at the moment and the visitors are left wondering as to how they can make inroads into the opposition. 250/2
  • 54.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 54.4 Rahim gets on the front foot and blocks it firmly.
  • 54.3 Fuller in length, driven back to the bowler.
  • 54.2 Floated in line of the stumps, turned to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 54.1 Floated outside off, eased through covers for one.
  • 53.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total. 248/2
  • 53.5 Another one outside off, Rahim goes back and guides it past slip for one. It was too close to cut, actually.
  • 53.4 Lakshan bowls this from round the wicket, it spins in. Mushfiqur goes back and bunts it down.
  • 53.3 Straighter one outside off, punched through covers for one.
  • 53.2 On the pads, Rahim flicks it away to short fine leg. Haque calls him over for a quick single and makes it in comfortably.
  • 53.1 Outside off, driven straight to sweeper for one.
  • 52.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 243/2
  • 52.5 Defended towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 52.4 Served on the stumps, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 52.3 Rahim keeps this out towards mid-wicket.
  • 52.2 Short outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 52.1 Bowled on the stumps, blocked off the front foot.
  • 51.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 10 runs off this over. 242/2
  • 51.5 Eased through covers for one.
  • 51.4 FOUR! 5th Test hundred for Mominul Haque, what an innings this has been! It has come off just 96 balls, the second fastest for a cricketer from Bangladesh. He charges down the track yet again. Seeing this Sandakan bowled it wide outside off. Such is Haque's flow today, that he reaches out to that and hits it inside out over covers for a boundary. This is the fourth time he has converted a 50-plus score to a triple figure at this venue. Excellent. He raises his helmet and his bat to acknowledge all the applause that he is receiving. He will know, however, that the job is yet not completely over.
  • 51.3 FOUR! Mominul moves to 97 with an authoritative shot. Flatter in trajectory, he gets down and blasts it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 51.2 This ball is outside off, pushed to point.
  • 51.1 Sandakan starts off with a ball outside off that is on a shortish length. Rahim goes back and cuts it to deep point for one.
  • Double change. Lakshan Sandakan is brought back for a spell before Tea.
  • 50.6 Flatter on the stumps, pulled off the inner half through square leg for a brace. 232/2
  • 50.5 Slower in pace, on off. Haque lets it come on and blocks it.
  • 50.4 Flatter on the stumps, defended with a straight bat.
  • 50.3 Outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 50.2 Similar delivery, defended with a prod forward.
  • 50.1 Floated on the stumps, lofted over mid-wicket for a couple.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva to roll his arm over.
  • 49.6 FOUR! Classic. As easy as they come. Full and outside off, Rahim gets his stride forward and drives it through covers. Such is the timing on that, that it races away to the fence. It is a mere push but it still has enough to go to the fence. 228/2
  • 49.5 Fuller on the stumps, stonewalled from the crease.
  • 49.4 Short in length, pulled away through square leg for one.
  • 49.3 Another one outside off, Haque lets it be.
  • 49.2 Length delivery on the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 49.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 223/2
  • 48.5 Haque comes down the track and whips it through mid on for one.
  • 48.4 Placed towards point for one.
  • 48.3 Sri Lanka are not helping themselves with such lousy efforts on the field. Flatter outside off, cut away towards point. Should have been just one but the fielder there doesn't get down in time and lets it through. Three runs come off that delivery as a result, which RAISES THE 100-RUN PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HAQUE AND RAHIM. This has been a fluid association between the two as it has come off just 126 balls.
  • 48.2 Fuller in length, in line of the stumps, Haque gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a brace.
  • 48.1 FOUR! Perera seems to be tiring. He drops another one short in length, with the flight almost being absent. Mominul is too set to miss out on these. He goes back and slaps it through covers and helps himself to a boundary. He moves to 82 from 80.
  • 47.6 Full on the stumps, defended from the crease. 212/2
  • 47.5 Another very full ball on off, hit to the man stationed at mid off.
  • 47.4 Fuller on off, Rahim drives it on the up to mid off.
  • 47.3 This ball is sprayed down the leg side, Rahim fails in his attempt to flick.
  • 47.2 Shorter outside off, cut away through cover-point for one.
  • 47.1 Angling in on the pads, turned through square on the leg side for one.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back on. He has been expensive so far, with an economy rate of over 6.
  • 46.6 Shorter in length, cut away straight to point. 210/2
  • 46.5 Shortish in length again, Rahim plays it past slip for one.
  • 46.4 Sri Lanka's spinners have been a touch short on this surface in the game so far. That allows the batsmen ample time to go back and play the ball. Rahim goes back to this one and guides it past the slip fielder. Before the ball is returned a brace results. However, the throw from the deep hits the stumps at the batter's end but Rahim is well in.
  • 46.3 Fuller around leg, Mominul charges down and eases it to mid off for one.
  • 46.2 Flatter on the pads, Haque fails to flick it. The ball lobs to the right of the short leg fielder for nothing.
  • 46.1 Floated around off, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 45.6 Lakmal steams in round the wicket and bowls it outside off. Haque plays it towards point where the fielder stops it with a dive. 205/2
  • 45.5 Short in length, pulled through backward square leg for one.
  • 45.4 Banged short in line of the stumps, Rahim lets it be.
  • Nice point. Herath has gone at 5 runs an over in this innings so far. This is not the case in helpful conditions generally with the wily old spinner. Roshan Abeysinghe on air states that the Bangladeshi batters have countered him by making use of their feet, by making use of the sweep and cut shots to good effect. This has caught the veteran off guard and hence he has been ineffective so far.
  • 45.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 45.2 Outside off, driven to covers.
  • 45.1 Fuller around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 44.6 Fuller on the pads, Haque fails to flick it away and gets hit on the pads. 204/2
  • 44.5 Floated on the stumps, eased through mid on for one.
  • 44.4 Rahim fails to cash in on a rubbish ball. Perera darts it on a shorter length, the pace is not much as well. Mushfiq goes back to pull but due to the lack of pace, he is into the shot at 4pm while the ball comes to him at 5pm. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads and it rolls towards short leg.
  • 44.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 44.2 Around off, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 44.1 Floated outside off, driven to mid on.
  • 43.6 Short in length, pulled to fine leg for one. 203/2
  • 43.5 Another bouncer, Mushfiqur ducks yet again but his bat is left hanging up like a periscope.
  • 43.4 FOUR! Clever. Length ball outside off at 133.5 kph, it nips in a touch. Rahim stays back and guides it to the third man fence for a boundary. 200 up for Bangladesh.
  • Karunaratne moves to short mid-wicket now from the off side.
  • 43.3 Fuller around off, defended towards covers.
  • 43.2 Bouncer around off, Rahim ducks with his bat pointing skywards. Not the best of techniques as the ball can easily strike the bat and lob to a fielder.
  • 43.1 Hurled in line of the stumps, Rahim stands back and blocks it.
  • Drinks!
  • 42.6 Around middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 198/2
  • 42.5 Pushed back to the bowler.
  • 42.4 Cuts it off the keeper's gloves and past the man at first slip for a brace.
  • 42.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.2 Comes forward and blocks it out.
  • 42.1 Flighted delivery outside off, driven a bit squarer on the off side for two more.
  • 42.1 Down the leg side, clipped off the pads to fine leg. They want the third one and get it easily in the end. Good running. No ball called! The reason is the short leg fielder moved to his left and that made him the third fielder behind square on the leg side, in addition to deep backward square leg and fine leg. According to the rule, a maximum of two fielders can be placed behind square on the leg side. Good umpiring from the square leg umpire. It's Rod Tucker.
  • 41.6 Good length delivery, angling in, Mushfiqur hangs back in defense. 189/2
  • Chandimal is off the field and Akila Dananjaya is on the field as a substitute.
  • 41.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.4 Fuller again on off, driven again towards cover.
  • 41.3 Nicely presses forward to a full ball and drives it straight to the man at cover.
  • 41.2 Shortish on leg stump, tucked towards square leg.
  • 41.1 A bit too straight and on the pads, Haque flicks it neatly through mid-wicket. Two men give it a chase and through some tag team effort, they manage to keep them down to two.
  • 40.6 Loopy ball outside off, Mushi prods forward in defense. 186/2
  • 40.5 Dipping in, wristed towards the mid on fielder.
  • 40.4 Taps it towards point and calls through for a single.
  • 40.3 Around leg, worked towards the leg side.
  • 40.2 FOUR! Played it really late! Pushes it through the air, a bit short and outside off. Mominul goes deep in the crease and decides to use the pace on the ball. Dabs it late towards third man. Kumara goes sprinting to his right, looks to dive but his knee gets stuck on the turf as he tries to do that. The ball wins the race.
  • 40.1 Tossed up delivery on middle and leg, Haque goes back to flick but gets an inside edge down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • 39.6 Fuller in length and outside off, pushed towards the man at cover. A maiden to start this spell. 179/2
  • 39.5 Angles this one into the pads, clipped towards square leg.
  • 39.4 Pitches it up, just outside off, bunted into the cover region.
  • 39.3 Covers the line and defends it down off the back foot towards the cover fielder.
  • 39.2 Once again hangs back to a similar length delivery and stabs it out.
  • 39.1 Comes steaming in from over the wicket and drops it on a back of a length outside off, Rahim offers a compact defense.
  • The pacer comes on. It will be Suranga Lakmal to have a go with the ball.
  • 38.6 Once again slows it through the air, outside off, Rahim taps it in front of point for a quick single. 179/2
  • 38.5 Slows it through the air, at 77.5 kph, angles it in as Rahim goes back to keep it out on the leg side.
  • 38.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 38.3 Lunges forward and defends it right under his eyeline.
  • 38.2 FOUR! Another cracking shot! Herath fires it full outside off, Rahim stays leg side and drills it. Perera at deep cover dives but fails to stop it from crossing the fence.
  • 38.1 Covers the line and defends it down safely.
  • 37.6 A bit flat on the stumps, punched back to Perera who parries it towards mid on and they run one. 174/2
  • 37.5 Tossed up around leg, nudged with soft hands towards short mid-wicket.
  • 37.4 Bunted back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 37.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 37.2 Gets forward to a tossed ball and flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 37.1 Slider outside off, Mushfiqur stays deep in the crease, dabbed fine towards third man for a couple of runs.
  • 36.6 This time it's Rahim who looks to attack. Comes dancing down to a tossed up ball, isn't quite to the pitch of the ball but still has enough to clear the man at mid off. Sandakan stops it just inside the rope but can't prevent the batsmen from running three. Brings up the 50-run stand between these two as well. 171/2
  • 36.5 Goes back and with the turn, Rahim works it to mid-wicket.
  • 36.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.3 On middle and leg, driven towards deepish mid on for a single.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Mominul Haque is having some fun out there! Herath flights this up outside off, Haque skips down the track and goes bang over extra cover. Superbly done!
  • 36.1 Flighted ball outside off, driven towards mid off the front foot.
  • 35.6 Goes back and flicks it through square leg for a single. 163/2
  • 35.5 Eases this towards the mid off fielder.
  • Mid on drops back a bit.
  • 35.4 FOUR! Good use of the feet again! Floated delivery, dipping in, Mominul Haque dances down the track and lofts it over mid on. Couple of bounces and into the fence she goes.
  • 35.3 Poor ball! Fuller on leg stumps, swept on the full to Sandakan at fine leg for just a single.
  • 35.2 Hangs back to this one and defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.1 Comes from around the wicket and starts off with a flighted ball outside off, defended towards the cover fielder.
  • Dilruwan Perera to replace Sandakan.
  • 34.6 Darted on the pads, flicked towards the man at short mid-wicket. 157/2
  • 34.5 Fuller but down the leg side, swept towards fine leg for an easy peasy brace.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Good hit to bring up the 13th Test fifty. Well played, Mominul Haque! He is doing what Tamim did in the morning. Dictating the terms in a classic manner. In just 59 balls, he has got to the milestone, ominous signs for Sri Lanka. Gets down to a tossed up delivery and whips it uppishly over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 34.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 34.2 Pushes it quicker through the air, punched off the back foot.
  • 34.1 Flighted ball around off, driven towards mid off for a quick single.
  • 33.6 Goes back, opens the face of the bat and dabs it behind point for a single to end the over. 150/2
  • 33.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 33.4 Around middle and leg, worked towards the leg side.
  • 33.3 Quicker one outside off, chopped off the back foot in front of square on the off side for a single.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Freebie and Haque makes the most of it! Sandakan isn't getting it right. He drops it short, it's wide outside off, slapped powerfully through backward point for a boundary.
  • 33.1 Nicely tossed up outside off, Haque with a lunge forward, pushed it back to the bowler.
  • 32.6 Drifting in on off, Mushfiqur presses forward to defend but gets an inside edge which rolls through his legs towards the leg gully fielder. A maiden from Herath. Good testing over! 144/2
  • 32.5 Leans forward to a loopy ball and drives it into the off side.
  • 32.4 Drifting in from around off, Rahim shows compact defense.
  • 32.3 Goes back to the flatter one and blocks it out with a straight bat.
  • 32.2 Some flight on this one, pushed towards the man at mid off.
  • 32.1 Flatter and skidding a bit, Rahim sits deep in the crease to defend.
  • 31.6 Another one down the leg side, this time the southpaw is happy to leave it alone. 144/2
  • 31.6 Wide! Horrible delivery and Sandakan will be lucky to get away with that one! Short and spining down leg as it's the googly. Haque goes deep in the crease to pull but gets beaten.
  • 31.5 Allows the ball to turn in and then clips it through square leg for a single.
  • 31.4 Loopy leg break, turning away from outside off, Haque goes after it as he mistimes his punch through cover to get one more.
  • 31.3 Goes back to this shorter one does Mushfiqur and cuts it through backward point for another single.
  • 31.2 Flatter and turning away from off, slapped a bit square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 31.1 Flighted delivery around off, MH presses forward in defense.
  • 30.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 139/2
  • 30.5 Lunges forward and bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 30.4 Floated ball on the stumps, blocked.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Beautiful shot! Flighted delivery, landed too full outside off. Rahim leans forward a touch and caresses it through the cover region. It races away to the fence.
  • 30.2 Around middle and leg, wristed away through the leg side for a single.
  • 30.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Mominul Haque makes room and drives it through the gap at cover. The man from mid off mops it up but they take two till then.
  • 29.6 A bit of flight, Rahim keeps it out. 132/2
  • 29.5 Tossed up around leg, broomed along the ground through backward square leg for one.
  • 29.4 Stands back and pushes it towards the off side.
  • 29.3 Flatter one outside off, crunched towards the point fielder.
  • 29.2 FOUR! Hit with disdain! Lakshan drops it short, Mominul is quick to rock back and pull it over mid-wicket. It was the wrong one and the batsman read it well. Back-to-back boundaries for the southpaw. He's looking really good out there.
  • 29.1 FOUR! What a shot! This shows how confident Mominul is! Sandakan gives it some air, lands it full outside off. Haque makes room and goes inside out over extra cover to pick up a one-bounce boundary.
  • 28.6 Gets down on one knee and sweeps it through backward square leg to keep strike. 123/2
  • 28.5 Flighted ball around middle and off, MH comes down the track to bunt it back to Rangana.
  • 28.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 28.3 Defended into the ground off the front foot.
  • 28.2 Tossed up around off, pushed towards cover.
  • Well, well! Imrul Kayes wasn't a dead duck! The Hawk Eye was just shown and it displayed that the ball would have gone over the stumps. Who should be blamed? Mominul? Because Kayes did confer with him whether to take the review or not and the no. 3 batsman told him not to. Now from his perspective, he was standing a bit wide at the other end and must have thought that it's hitting the stumps. Nonetheless, a lucky breakthrough for the Lankans.
  • 28.1 Starts from around the wicket, tosses it up around middle and leg, Mominul comes down the track and works it past mid-wicket for a single.
  • Rangana Herath to bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 Rahim presses forward and defends it down safely. 120/2
  • 27.5 Tossed up on off, blocked gently.
  • We are back for the middle session. Lakshan Sandakan struck on the last ball of the first session to push Bangladesh on the back foot. Has this given the visitors an opening? Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man in and he will be facing the first ball. Let's play...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Mominul Haque then walked in and continued the run-flow along with Kayes. They used their feet to good affect against the spinners but just towards the end when Sri Lanka managed to get one more over in, the hosts lost the latter. Sri Lanka will be happy by pulling things back and with the pitch having enough purchase for the spinners, it will be interesting to see if the home side still opts for the aggressive approach. Join us for the post-lunch session in a bit...
  • The wicket of Imrul Kayes makes this session an even one. Bangladesh were up and running after winning the toss and opting to bat. Tamim Iqbal, in particular was off the blocks in a jiffy and it seemed like he is in the mood today. He raced his way to a blazing fifty to make the Lankan bowlers look clueless. However, Dilruwan Perera then came in and with some smart piece of bowling, drew first blood by knocking Iqbal out.
  • 27.4 OUT! Trapped in front! Both the Bangladesh openers are back in the hut! Sandakan strikes to end the first session on a high. Beautiful delivery, this! Bowls a googly, drops it outside off. Kayes prods forward in defense but this one turns back in to hit him flush on the pads adjacent to the stumps. Huge appeal follows to which the umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. Imrul walks across to his partner and after discussing with him decides against taking the DRS and continues to walk back. Looked like a dead duck. LUNCH ON DAY 1!
  • 27.3 Flighted ball around off, driven towards cover for a single.
  • 27.2 Haque dances down the track but decides to defend it.
  • 27.1 Goes back and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.6 Lunges forward to a full ball and blocks it out. Since one minute is left, we will have one more over in. 118/1
  • 26.5 Haque comes down the track and bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 26.4 Comes down the track to push it away but misses and wears it on the pads.
  • 26.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.2 Floats it up around off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 26.1 Around middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • Dilruwan Perera has a change of ends. Could be the last over before lunch...
  • 25.6 Tossed up around off, pushed towards cover. 118/1
  • 25.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 25.4 NOT OUT! Easily in! Imrul Kayes shimmies down the track and pushes it towards mid off and sets off for a single. Lakmal charges to the ball, picks it up and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. They appeal and it's taken upstairs. Replays find Kayes has dragged his bat in, in time.
  • Direct hit and this could be interesting. Lakmal takes down the stumps at the bowler's end and a run out appeal is taken upstairs...
  • 25.3 Goes back and pushes it towards point.
  • 25.2 Flattish through the air around middle and off, blocked off the back foot.
  • 25.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • We have a change in bowling. Lakshan Sandakan is brought into the attack.
  • 24.6 Shortish again, Haque looks to pull but drags it off the bottom edge to square leg. 116/1
  • 24.5 Hits the deck hard, gets some good bounce as Imrul sits under the bumper.
  • 24.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.3 Rocks back to this short ball, maybe he anticipated this did Kayes. Pulls it wide of the man at mid on and takes three.
  • 24.2 Short ball, angling away, it's not that short and could have been defended but Imrul ducks.
  • 24.1 Short ball, gets a touch big on Mominul who still goes on with the pull shot. Gets it off the high portion of the bat towards mid-wicket. Dhanajaya de Silva comes running in but takes his eyes off and overruns but the batsman is happy with one.
  • 23.6 Lunges forward again to defend it down into the ground. Maiden for Dilruwan, his second. 112/1
  • 23.5 Very full on off, jammed out to the man at mid off.
  • 23.4 Floated delivery outside off, Kayes defends it into the ground.
  • 23.3 Gets forward and pushes this loopy ball towards cover.
  • 23.2 Quicker and lands it full on off, blocked watchfully.
  • 23.1 Fires it full on middle and off, Imrul presses forward in defense.
  • 22.6 Wears it on the body! Shortish delivery, maybe it was the slower one. Haque shapes up for the pull but is early into the shot. The ball hits him on the left shoulder. 112/1
  • 22.5 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, the batsman hangs back in defense.
  • 22.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.3 Pitches it right up there, worked straight to the man at mid on. The bat turned at the impact and that is why he got it off the inner half.
  • 22.2 Huge appeal but to no avail! Fuller in length around leg, Mominul tries flicking it away but it's delivered at 138.8 kph. Gets beaten for pace and wears it on the pads. An appeal for LBW but it was pitching outside leg.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Carved it away! Poor ball from Lahiru! Short but served wider outside off. It was asking to be put away and Haque does exactly that. Stands tall and slaps it over point for a boundary. The stand is worth 40 from 38 balls.
  • 21.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 108/1
  • 21.5 Nudges this full ball towards the leg side.
  • 21.4 FOUR! Nailed it! Perera gives it a nice flight but the line is around middle and leg. Kayes sits down and unfurls a cracking sweep shot behind square on the leg side for a boundary to beat the man in the deep.
  • 21.3 Flatter delivery on middle and off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 21.2 Tosses it up around off, blocked watchfully.
  • 21.1 Stifled appeal! Slider and it goes on with the arm, Kayes goes back to flick it away but misses to get hit on the pads. Perera appeals but then bails out as it was going down leg.
  • 20.6 Hops a touch and wrists it away towards short mid-wicket for a dot to end the over. 104/1
  • 20.5 Comes from around the wicket and bangs in a short one outside off. The little man gets on top of the bounce to cut that there isn't any width offered. Chops it straight to the backward point fielder.
  • 20.4 Gets on top of the bounce to tuck this one away into the leg side for a single.
  • 20.3 Slants it away on the shorter length, Mominul takes it from there as he pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.2 Stays back to this back of a length ball and tucks it towards mid-wicket for one.
  • 20.1 Shortish length delivery on middle and leg, defended towards the vacant short leg region.
  • 19.6 FOUR! That's a gift from Perera and Haque accepts it gleefully! A long hop from the offie to which Mominul rocks back and pulls it with aplomb over mid-wicket to find the fence. 100 up for Bangladesh! 101/1
  • 19.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 19.4 On the pads, MH moves inside the line and clips it down to fine leg for a double.
  • 19.3 Loopy delivery outside off, Mominul Haque comes down the track, meets the pitch of the ball and hits it between mid off and extra cover. Lakmal from the former position gives it a chase to keep them down to a brace.
  • 19.2 Very full and quicker through the air on middle and leg, Kayes bring his bat down to defend but the ball takes the inner half and rolls past the man at short leg. A single taken.
  • 19.1 Pushes it through the air, at 91.3 kph, Kayes goes back to cut but ends up chopping it into the off side.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Drilled! Kumara goes very full, it's outside off. Haque brings his bat down and hits it hard. Beats the dive of the cover fielder as the ball whistles away to the fence. 92/1
  • 18.5 Hits the deck hard again but with not much venom behind. Easily dealt with.
  • 18.4 Goes fuller, attacks the stumps, IK walks across and flicks it wide of mid on to get to the other end.
  • 18.3 FOUR! Pierced the gap! Another one on the shorter length, angling in on the body. Kayes swivels a touch and help-pulls it. It's in the air but hit really well to bisect the two men in the deep - backward square leg and square leg. A boundary results!
  • 18.3 Wide! We saw Kumara bending his back in his previous spell and does so again. The effort, however, was too much as this has been called as a wide. Digs in a short ball on off, it bounces too much as Imrul sits under it.
  • 18.2 On a length and just outside off, defended down by getting behind the line.
  • 18.1 Starts his new spell with a back of a length delivery, but it's on the hips. Easily tucked away in front of square on the leg side. A single picked up.
  • Lahiru Kumara is recalled into the attack.
  • 17.6 Flighted delivery outside off, Mominul leans across and drives it nicely through the gap at cover. Some good running between the wickets allows them to collect a triple. 81/1
  • 17.5 Is right behind the line and defends it down.
  • 17.4 Drops it a touch short, it's served outside off, punched off the back foot to the cover fielder.
  • 17.3 Tosses it up around middle and off, a nice forward defense on offer.
  • 17.2 Pushes it through the air, Haque goes back and offers a straight blade.
  • 17.1 Takes a long stride forward to defend but gets it off the inner half past short leg for a single.
  • 16.6 Dances down the track, takes it on the full and whips it through mid-wicket to end the over with a brace. 77/1
  • 16.5 Nearly chips one! Herath comes down the track and hence fires it full on leg. The batsman nearly chips this one towards short mid-wicket.
  • 16.4 Dances down the track and works it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 16.3 Mominul eases it towards the man at mid off.
  • 16.2 Loopy ball outside off, driven past the cover fielder for one.
  • 16.1 Very full outside off, jammed out through the gap at cover for a couple of runs.
  • 15.6 Good way to end the over! Haque takes a stride forward and blocks it out. Wicket maiden for Dilruwan. 72/1
  • Mominul Haque walks in next.
  • 15.5 OUT! Breaches the defense of Tamim! Dilruwan Perera with the breakthrough. Much-needed one as the veteran opener was looking dangerous here. Perera slides in an arm ball, it lands on middle and off as Tamim presses forward to defend. The ball skids off the surface, beats the defense on the inside and deflects off the pads to strike the timber. Superb delivery! Iqbal departs after a blazing start.
  • 15.4 Comes down the track to defend but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 15.3 Pushes it down the leg side, the batsman lets it be.
  • 15.2 Quicker and flatter outside off, Tamim Iqbal looks to cut but misses as the ball hits the pads of the keeper.
  • 15.1 Flighted ball on the stumps, Iqbal looks to drive but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls back to the bowler.
  • 14.6 Imrul takes a stride forward and blocks it out. 72/0
  • 14.5 Very full around middle and leg, worked behind square on the leg side for the fifth single of the over.
  • 14.4 Nicely tossed up on the stumps, eased to mid on for a quick single.
  • 14.3 Darted on the stumps, worked past short leg for a single.
  • 14.2 A bit short on middle, pinched towards mid on for a single.
  • 14.1 Fifty for Tamim Iqbal, his 25th in this format! It has come in just 46 balls. Played, Iqbal. Herath floats it up around leg, clipped past short leg for a single. Raises the bat and gets back to business. With the way he is off, seems like he will score a big one.
  • Drinks time! Bangladesh have done well to counter the initial phase of the game. They haven't been always commanding as edges have got them runs on more occasions than not. Tamim Iqbal is in the limited-overs mode and is taking the attack to the opposition at every opportunity that he finds. He has been fortunate to not edge one straight to the fielders. Sri Lanka haven't been all that bad with the ball as they have created chances but to no avail. The stand is worth 67. Can the visitors break it in this session?
  • 13.6 Punched off the back foot through covers to move to 49 and retain strike. 67/0
  • 13.5 Floated wide outside off, Tamim watches it go straight into the keeper's gloves.
  • 13.4 This time the line is outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 13.3 On a flatter trajectory in line of the stumps, Kayes lunges forward and defends.
  • 13.2 Outside off, Kayes gets it off the outer half towards backward point.
  • 13.1 Served outside off, pushed through covers for one.
  • 12.6 Floated full down the leg side, Tamim gets down to sweep but gets a glove. It goes through the keeper and he gets three. Moves to 47 and retains strike. 64/0
  • 12.5 Floated outside off, Iqbal charges down the track and hits it to mid on.
  • 12.4 Imrul drives it towards mid on and gets to the other end.
  • 12.3 Eased through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 12.2 Another one around middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 12.1 Begins from round the wicket and drops it in line of the stumps. Tamim defends it with a straight bat.
  • Rangana Herath is brought into the attack. In recent times under Chandimal's captaincy, we have seen that he goes to the wily old fox only when he feels that the others aren't getting him a breakthrough and that seems to be the case here. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 11.6 This ball is cut away to backward point. 59/0
  • 11.5 Floated outside off, Imrul looks to guide it towards third man but does so off the outer edge past slip. Gets two for the same.
  • Interesting. There were two bouncers at Kayes that we have seen so far, on which he looked to be in a slight trouble. In the first instance, he got it high on the bat towards backward square leg and in the second, he got it towards fine leg. So the on-air commentators opine that this tactic could be an option against the southpaw.
  • 11.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.3 Kayes goes back to this one and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 11.2 Flat and short outside off, Iqbal slaps it powerfully through covers for one.
  • 11.1 Outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 10.6 Eased through mid-wicket for one to retain strike. Tamim moves to 42, in a stand worth 56. 56/0
  • 10.5 Full outside off, Iqbal hangs his bat out to defend but misses.
  • 10.5 Another short ball aimed at the batsman's head, Kayes gets into a tangle. He fails to get out of the line and ends up getting it high on the bat towards fine leg for one. No ball signaled, not sure for what. Also, the umpire signals to Lakmal that it was the second bouncer for the over.
  • 10.4 Bouncer on the stumps, Kayes gets out of the line by ducking under.
  • 10.3 Length ball outside off, cut away straight to the point fielder.
  • 10.2 On a length around middle and leg, Imrul hops and plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 10.1 Kayes pushes this towards mid off for nothing.
  • 9.6 Outside off, pushed towards mid off to rotate strike. 8 runs have come off this one. 53-0 at the end of 10 overs. Are we seeing an ODI here? Certainly the colours of the dress and the ball doesn't state so. 53/0
  • 9.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.4 Flatter ball on the stumps, turned to the on side for one.
  • 9.3 SIX! Whooosh! That has disappeared out of the ground! Tossed up ball in line of the stumps, Iqbal charges down the track quickly. Gets to the pitch of the ball and deposits it over long on for half a dozen. Brings up the 50 between these two and this is turning out to be a good start for the hosts. It is good to remember, that most of the boundaries have come off the edges, which means the tourists aren't bowling all that bad.
  • 9.2 Flatter on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 9.1 Floated just outside off, Iqbal looks to come down by making room but has to adjust due to the width on that and bunt it down.
  • 8.6 The first maiden over from Sri Lanka in the game. Full around off, Kayes pushes it towards covers. 45/0
  • 8.5 Full on off, defended towards covers.
  • 8.4 Length delivery, defended towards point.
  • 8.3 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 8.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 8.1 On the pads, kept out towards square leg.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Wow! Seeing the spinner bowl, Tamim decides to take him on straightaway. Tossed up in line of the stumps, Iqbal charges down making room and bashes it through wide mid off. Succeeds in finding the gap between mid off and covers as the ball speeds away to the fence. 45/0
  • 7.5 Imrul pushes it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
  • 7.4 Floated around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 7.3 Around middle and leg, flicked away to the on side.
  • 7.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.1 On the line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • Spin time. With the pacers going for runs in the first 7 overs, Chandimal looks towards spin and brings on Dilruwan Perera into the attack. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 6.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 40/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! Edged and safe, AGAIN! Full and outside off, on a driving length. Tamim goes for it with no feet movement. Gets a thick outside edge that goes between the diving keeper and first slip and races away to the fence. Fortunately for Iqbal, it didn't carry to either of them and hence results in runs.
  • 6.4 Direct hit from Herath. Iqbal plays it wide of mid-wicket and sets across for the first run. Kayes makes it in to the striker's end despite a direct hit there. The ball then deflects towards fine leg and another run is taken.
  • 6.3 Around middle and leg, Iqbal gets it off the inner half towards square leg.
  • 6.2 Another outside edge. This time it goes to the third slip fielder on the bounce.
  • 6.1 Full and in line of the stumps, defended off the front foot.
  • 5.6 Bumper on the stumps, Kayes ducks. 34/0
  • 5.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 5.4 Around off and middle, defended from the crease.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Oh dear! The Sri Lankan vice-captain has not helped his side with this effort. Kumara bangs it short in line of the off and middle stumps. Kayes goes for the pull but isn't in control. The ball goes high in the air towards deep backward square leg. Lakmal runs to his right from fine leg and almost gets to the ball, but strangely, he doesn't go for the catch. The ball bounces in front of him and he fails to keep it within the ropes as well. Kumara can do nothing but have his hands on his waist, seeing that.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Tell you what, Sri Lanka haven't bowled all that bad yet Bangladesh have got off to a quick start here. Full in length, inviting the drive, Kayes cannot resist the temptation. Goes for it and gets a thick outside edge through the gap between gully and second slip for yet another boundary.
  • 5.1 Length ball down the leg side, Kayes shoulders arms and lets it be.
  • 4.6 Banged short in length in line of the stumps, Iqbal ducks under it. 26/0
  • 4.5 Fuller and angling away, Iqbal looks to defend but gets it off the outer half towards backward point.
  • 4.4 Bowled around off and slanting away, Iqbal looks to defend but misses.
  • 4.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 4.2 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Fourth boundary for Tamim Iqbal and yet again, this isn't a commanding one. Length ball angling away from the batter, Tamim gets ahead to defend. Ends up getting this one off the outside edge and the ball races away through the gap between second slip and gully. It has enough on it to go to the fence, beating the slide from the fielder chasing it.
  • 3.6 Length delivery outside off, Kayes stands tall and blocks it towards cover-point. 22/0
  • 3.5 Outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 3.4 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 3.3 Fuller on off, defended with a small stride forward.
  • 3.2 Careful, Imrul! On a length outside off, Kayes tries to cut it. The ball bounces a bit more and misses the outside edge by just.
  • 3.1 Kumara comes round the wicket and bowls it outside off. Kayes minds his own business and lets it be.
  • 2.6 Length ball outside off, punched through point for a couple. 22/0
  • 2.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 2.4 Full in length, blocked off the front foot.
  • 2.3 This is outside off, left alone by Tamim.
  • 2.2 Iqbal stands on the back foot and defends it.
  • 2.1 Quick single! Kayes pushes this delivery to mid off and takes on Sandakan's arm. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. There is intent shown from the hosts to score.
  • 1.6 Hangs back to this ball on a length and defends it with a straight bat. 15 runs off this over and Bangladesh have a positive start here. 19/0
  • 1.5 Angling away from the stumps, driven through covers for a brace. Iqbal is quickly on to 18 here.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Three-in-three. This has been the best of the lot. Fuller in length around off, Tamim gets his stride forward and pushes it. The timing is such that the ball beats the mid off fielder and has enough to trickle away to the fence. Iqbal has started off well here.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Not the ideal line from Kumara. Bowls it on a length and strays on the pads. All Iqbal has to do is get some bat to that and he does. The ball goes well past the keeper and to the fine leg fence for another boundary.
  • 1.2 FOUR! A double bluff and it almost worked. The short leg fielder was brought in for Tamim and that sowed the seeds of doubt in his mind. He stands back expecting a short delivery and gets a full one just outside off. He goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge past the diving second slip fielder and it races away to the third man fence for the first boundary in this innings.
  • Forward short leg in place.
  • 1.1 Kayes is off the mark straightaway. On the pads, worked away to fine leg for one.
  • Lahiru Kumara to run in from the other end. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 0.6 Fuller outside off, Iqbal plays inside the line and lets it go. Decent start for both the sides. 4/0
  • 0.5 Full on off, pushed down the ground to mid off.
  • 0.4 Lovely shot. The channel is just outside off, Tamim hangs back and punches it through covers. Gets another brace.
  • 0.3 First runs on the board. Full and on the pads, Tamim whips it away just past the backward square leg fielder. Good running by the openers and they manage to come back for two.
  • 0.2 Length ball in line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 0.1 Lakmal starts off with a full length ball just outside off, Iqbal strides forward and blocks it towards the bowler.
  • We are all set to get underway. Tamim Iqbal is all ready to face the first delivery from Suranga Lakmal. Imrul Kayes waits at the other end. Here we go...
  • Dinesh Chandimal, the away skipper, says that the ODI series was a good one and would look to build on that although the format is different. Is aware of his side doing well in Tests in the past couple of series and would look to take inspiration and put in good performances. Reckons that the track is a dry one and they are going with 6 batters and 5 bowlers.
  • Mahmudullah, the home side skipper, reckons that the track looks good for batting and then it will spin later, that's why the decision to bat first. States that Shakib has been a gun player for them but he is hopeful of that they will turn up well without him. Opines that they would look to take inspiration from their previous good performances. Adds that Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim are their key players. Ends saying that Sunzamul Islam is making his Test debut for them.
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo says that it is a typical wicket at Chittagong, being very dry with a tinge of green. Observes that there are a lot of left-handers in the Lankan side and the left arm spinners should get purchase outside the off stump. Reckons that batting first and putting runs on the board should be the aim of the side winning the toss.
  • TOSS - Mahmudullah calls it right at the toss and BANGLADESH WILL BAT FIRST. Sunzamul Islam makes his Test debut for the hosts.
  • When two subcontinental teams clash in the subcontinent, it is hard to not expect a turning track. With a plethora of spinners in both teams, one knows on what lines the thinking has been. Shakib Al Hasan is set to miss is first game immediately after being appointed as the full time Test captain of Bangladesh. Mahmudullah will lead the side in his absence. For Sri Lanka, the selected players have been in and around the side and there should be no dearth of experience. Be here as we will let you know the playing XIs in a while.
  • In a multi-hero film, both the characters have a more or less equal role. Rarely do you see one character being greater than the other. Now shift your attention to the contest on our hands - the first five-day journey between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Chittagong - it is hard to say with conviction that one of these teams holds the edge. Both the sides start on an even keel and this should be a lovely game with ebbs and flows. We welcome you aboard to our coverage and would love to have you stay with us for the duration of this Test match.
  • Bangladesh bowlers will be mentally and physically tired. They bowled just three short of 200 overs, that's a real tough toil to say the least. Taijul Islam got 4 wickets but he made a record of bowling the most no. of overs for a Bangladeshi bowler in the process. Right then, it's now on their batters to do the job. They don't have much time to regroup and will have to bat and bat well to overhaul the Lankans. It would be interesting to see if the visitors' spinners get any assistance of the deck. Out walk Tamim Iqbal an Imrul Kayes. The third innings is set to get underway...
  • Dinesh Chandimal from the dressing room says it's enough. SRI LANKA HAVE DECLARED FOR A MAMMOTH 713/9! Almost all the Lankan batsmen made merry on the surface which is not like the one we see in the sub-continent. Daddy hundreds from Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis set the tone for them as they amassed a record 308-run stand. After their departure, Roshen Silva and Dinesh Chandimal stepped in. The former helped himself to his maiden Test ton while his skipper missed out by 13 runs. Once the visitors went ahead of the hosts, Niroshan Dickwella with his aggressive approach, scored a quickfire 62 off 61 balls to keep the leather hunt going.
  • 199.3 OUT! Plumb! Flighted delivery, landed around off, Rangana Herath gets down to sweep it away but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal has been raised to which the umpire raises his finger. Herath asks his partner whether to take the DRS but gets a negative response.
  • 199.2 Flatter again around off, RH prods forward to defend and gets beaten.
  • 199.1 FOUR!streaky Flatter and shorter in length outside off, Herath looks to cut it away but gets a thick edge which flies past the first slip fielder for a boundary. LEAD now touches 200.
  • 198.6 Kumara drives this tossed up ball back to the bowler. 709/8
  • 198.5 Kumara goes back and wrists it through mid-wicket with the turn.
  • 198.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 198.3 Loops it up outside off, Herath drives it through cover for a single.
  • 198.2 Pitches it around off and then spins away to beat the outside edge.
  • 198.1 Flighted ball outside off, pushed towards the point fielder.
  • Mehidy Hasan to bowl from the other end.
  • 197.6 Tossed up delivery outside off, Kumara lunges forward to defend but it goes off the edge towards short third man. 708/8
  • 197.5 Wider outside off, Kumara goes after it. Gets it though the gap at cover and he's off the mark too. Karunarante will be cursing after seeing this.
  • 197.4 Flighted ball outside off, Lahiru prods ahead in defense.
  • Lahiru Kumara is the new man in.
  • 197.3 OUT! Knocked him over! Islam loops it up on the stumps, Lakmal shuffles across to send it out of Bangladesh but misses it completely. The ball sneaks through the disturb the furniture behind. Third wicket for Islam but he's not even celebrating.
  • 197.2 Gets down and unfurls a reverse sweep through backward point for a single.
  • 197.1 Floated delivery outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Was that even a break? Couldn't even get a breather. Well, I shouldn't be complaining as this is something which is my profession. And I love it. 31 overs remain in the day. Rangana Herath to face the first ball.
  • ... Day 4, Session 3 ...
  • Sri Lanka continue to mount the runs. They have stretched the lead to almost 200 and still have 3 wickets left. The session saw Bangladesh picking three wickets - Chandimal, Dickwella and Perera - but to be honest it hasn't done any good to them. Their bowlers have bowled 197 OVERS and this shows how much they have been made to work for wickets. The pitch has started to show some tricks although not that alarming. In all likelihood Bangladesh would be the last one batting on this and with the scoreboard pressure already up there, it would be interesting to see how they fare. All that for later, first Sri Lanka should declare or get bowled out. Join us back for the final session of the day, to see if things change...
  • 196.6 Floated delivery around off, Lakmal works it off the inner half towards square leg. TEA ON DAY 4, SRI LANKA LEAD BY 192! 705/7
  • 196.5 Bowls a loopy leg break, it's pitched outside leg and beats Lakmal's back foot defense.
  • 196.4 Lakmal presses forward in defense.
  • 196.3 Flighted outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 196.2 Tossed up further outside off, Rangana eases it through cover for a single.
  • 196.1 Flatter and it stays a bit low, Herath hangs back in defense.
  • 195.6 Is get into the position early and reverse sweeps it through backward point for a single. 704/7
  • 195.5 Flatter through the air on middle, Herath hangs back in defense.
  • 195.4 Tucked into the leg side for a single.
  • 195.3 Comes down the track to work it away but misses to get hit on the pads. Stifled appeal which is instantly turned down.
  • 195.2 Gets forward and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 195.1 Floated delivery outside off, spinning back in, Herath flicks it with the spin towards square leg.
  • Taijul Islam is back on.
  • 194.6 Lakmal has made it in comfortably! Herath once again clips it away towards the leg side and this time the Lankan vice captain calls through for a single. The fielder scores a direct hit at the striker's end and once again the TV umpire is asked for some help. Replays roll in and it shows the batsman is home. 701/7
  • 194.5 Flatter through the air around middle, defended from within the crease.
  • There is another appeal for a run out this time against Lakmal. Looks safe again!
  • 194.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 194.3 Gets forward and blocks it out.
  • 194.2 NOT OUT! Easily in! Herath works it with the spin towards mid-wicket and sets off for a single before asking to go back. The man there dives to stop and returns a throw to Liton Das who takes the bails off and appeals. They take it upstairs and first replay is enough for the TV umpire to announce his decision.
  • TV umpire is called for a run out appeal against Herath. Looks safe.
  • 194.1 Around middle and leg, clipped towards the man at square leg.
  • 193.6 Negotiated with a drive to mid on. 700/7
  • 193.5 The leg spinner around middle and off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 193.4 Floated on the stumps, swept away through square leg for one. 700 up for the visitors, the lead 13 shy of 200.
  • 193.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 193.2 Floated around middle and off, Herath lunges forward to defend but misses. The ball strikes him high on the front pad. The players appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Height the factor.
  • 193.1 Full around off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • 192.6 Tossed up around off, Rangana misses the flick and gets hit on the front pad. A huge appeal follows, turned down. Rod Tucker says it is sliding down leg. 698/7
  • 192.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 192.4 Swept away fine down the leg side for one. The lead moves up to 184 now.
  • 192.3 Fuller outside off, driven through mid off for one.
  • 192.2 Tossed up around off, reverse swept through backward point for one.
  • 192.1 Tossed up outside off, driven off the inner half back to the bowler. Lazy effort from Sunzamul and he lets it through. A run taken.
  • 191.6 Another ball blocked with a prod forward. 693/7
  • 191.5 Slower through the air around middle and off, blocked.
  • 191.4 Similar delivery, similar set of actions from the batter.
  • 191.3 Herath prods forward and blocks it off the front foot.
  • 191.2 On the pads, nudged towards short fine leg
  • 191.1 Floated on a fuller length, eased down to long on for a single.
  • 190.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 692/7
  • 190.5 Serves it down the leg side, Herath goes back to flick but misses. Das takes it by moving to his right.
  • 190.4 Slower and fuller outside off, eased down to long on for a single.
  • 190.3 Loopier ball outside off, Suranga presses forward in defense.
  • 190.2 This is the shot he plays well! Loopy delivery around middle and leg, Herath reverse sweeps it through backward point for a single.
  • 190.1 Flighted ball around middle and off, worked with the spin towards square leg.
  • 189.6 Bowls a leg break, skids off the deck, Lakmal goes back to tuck it away but misses to get hit on the pads. 690/7
  • 189.5 Dances down the track and bunts it back to Hasan.
  • 189.4 Gets down and slog sweeps it aerially over mid-wicket for a single.
  • 189.3 Loopy delivery outside off, RH gets forward to keep it out.
  • 189.2 Loopy delivery outside off, Ranagana pushes it towards cover, Lakmal wants a single but is sent back.
  • 189.1 Flighted full ball outside off, worked away towards mid on for a single.
  • 188.6 On the bounce! Loopy delivery around middle and leg, Herath gets down and sweeps it on the bounce to short leg. 688/7
  • 188.5 Tossed up wider outside off, worked down to long on for a single.
  • 188.4 Lakmal presses forward in defense.
  • Suranga Lakmal is the new man in.
  • 188.3 OUT! Dead duck! Sri Lanka lose Perera and with him a review too! Nicely tossed up on the stumps, it skids off the deck as Perera goes back to flick it away. Misses to get hit on the pads right in front of the stumps. A loud appeal and umpire Rod Tucker raises his finger. Dilruwan still takes the review and Hawk Eye returns three reds! Sunzamul Islam opens his account in Test cricket! Sri Lanka are 26 short of a 200-run lead.
  • Perera has been given out LBW! Looks to be a dead duck but he takes the review.
  • 188.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 188.1 Loopy delivery around middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 187.6 Flattish delivery on middle and off, defended off the back foot back to Mehidy. 686/6
  • 187.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 187.4 Outside off, turning in, flicked towards the leg side.
  • 187.3 Floated ball outside off, patted towards cover for a single.
  • 187.2 Down the leg side, Herath tries to do what Dickwella did and got out. A reverse sweep but the only difference here was Herath misses it completely.
  • 187.1 Slower through the air outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 186.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 685/6
  • 186.5 FOUR! Bowls a half-tracker on middle, Perera has all the time in the world to go back and dispatch. He does so and takes the lead to 172.
  • 186.4 Flicked straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 186.3 A loud appeal but it was easily going down leg! Quicker and angling in, DP misses his flick and gets rapped on the pads. They appeal long and hard but Hawk Eye shows it is going down leg.
  • 186.2 FOUR! Thwacked! Flighted delivery outside off, Dilruwan gets down and gives it a full swing of the bat against the turn. Mistimes it but there is no one in the deep mid-wicket region and he gets a boundary. Lead moves to 168!
  • The short leg fielder has copped a blow from Herath. He looks to be in some agony and understandably so. The physio is out to attend him. It's Mosaddek Hossain. Ouch!
  • 186.1 Floated ball outside off, Perera gets down and sweeps it off the meat but it hits the short leg fielder on the right boot and deflects towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 185.6 Spinning down leg, Dilruwan goes back to flick but misses to wear it high on the pads. 676/6
  • 185.5 Perera covers the line to the quicker ball and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 185.4 On a flatter trajectory, Perera hangs back in defense.
  • 185.3 Flighted ball outside off, Dilruwan prods forward to defend but the ball spins back in to ping him on the pads.
  • 185.2 On middle and leg, worked away towards mid on.
  • 185.1 Tossed up ball outside off, driven off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 184.6 Loopy ball around middle and off, RH presses forward in defense. 676/6
  • 184.5 Quicker and flatter outside off, slapped square of the wicket on the off side for one.
  • 184.4 Another short ball, lucky that Perera hits it straight to the same fielder.
  • 184.3 Flatter and served outside off, punched off the back foot but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 184.2 Down the leg side, it's a dipping full toss, Herath helps it with a sweep through fine leg for a single.
  • 184.1 Floats it up around middle, swept straight to the man at square leg.
  • 183.6 Worked through square leg and takes a single this time. 674/6
  • 183.5 The dive saves Perera! Slider around middle and leg, Rangana misses his flick as the ball goes off the pads towards square leg. The keeper himself gets to the ball and Perera is more than halfway down the track in search of a single. Rangana sends him back as Das fires a wide throw at the bowler's end. Hasan collects and takes the bails off as Dilruwan dives to get back in. It's taken upstairs and replays show that the batsman has made it in.
  • A run out appeal is taken upstairs. Looks safe though.
  • 183.4 Quicker ball, landed outside off, Herath plants his front foot across and makes a leave.
  • 183.3 Down the leg side, Herath misses his flick.
  • 183.2 Nicely looped up around off, Rangana blocks it out off the front foot.
  • 183.1 Floats it up outside off, Herath gets down to sweep but gets it off the toe end through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • Drinks!
  • 182.6 Safely negotiates the final ball by blocking it from the crease. 671/6
  • 182.5 DP hangs back to this one and blocks it out.
  • 182.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 182.3 Floated full outside off, Rangana plays the reverse sweep. The ball rolls to third man and a run is taken.
  • 182.2 Perera rotates strike by playing this through the point region.
  • 182.1 Flatter outside off, punched through covers for one.
  • 181.6 Perera fails to flick this one off the back foot and wears it on the pads. 668/6
  • 181.5 Flicked away towards square leg for nothing.
  • 181.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 181.3 Dilruwan gets ahead and bunts this one.
  • 181.2 DP prods forward and defends.
  • 181.1 FOUR! Tired bowling hands, leaking runs. Hasan darts this short and outside off, Perera goes back and punches it through covers for a boundary. Sri Lanka 155 ahead.
  • 180.6 Eased through mid off for one to retain strike. 664/6
  • 180.5 Floated outside off, driven to covers.
  • 180.4 DP prods forward and blocks it.
  • 180.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 180.2 Kept out with a straight bat.
  • 180.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Sunzamul Islam to bowl.
  • 179.6 Flicked away straight to square leg. 663/6
  • 179.5 Appeal again. Served in line of the stumps, Herath lunges forward to block. Misses and the ball goes off his pads towards slip. The players appeal to no avail. Sliding down leg.
  • 179.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 179.3 Quicker one on the pads, Rangana fails to flick it away and gets hit low on the pads.
  • 179.2 Another appeal, turned down. Sliding down leg, indicates the umpire. Flatter one on the stumps, Herath misses the flick and gets rapped on the knee roll. The players go up in celebration but are cut short by the umpire's decision.
  • Rangana Herath makes his way out next.
  • 179.1 OUT! Mehidy strikes! Floated down the leg side, Dickwella looks to play the reverse sweep. He has to fetch it from outside the leg stump. Cannot manage to do so and ends up feathering an edge to the keeper. The bowler is as ecstatic as he would be when he picks up a fifer! Talk about living by the sword and dying by it...
  • 178.6 Defended solidly off the front foot. 663/5
  • 178.5 Dilruwan misses cutting this one away.
  • 178.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 178.3 Around off, Dickwella goes back to block but gets it off the inside edge through the vacant short leg area for one. This partnership reaches 50 now. Apart from the opening stand, all the others have gone on to cross the mark. THE LEAD TOUCHES 150 NOW.
  • 178.2 FOUR! Impressive. There was a third man in place as an insurance against the reverse sweep that the southpaw plays. But he goes ahead with the shot and gets it in front of square on the off side for a boundary. Clever. Niroshan Dickwella.
  • 178.1 Full outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 177.6 Floated full down the leg side, Dickwella sweeps it to short fine leg and comes down in search of a run. Is sent back and he gets in. The throw is fired at the striker's end that uproots the left-hander's leg stump. He's safe says Mr. Tucker, even as Kayes signals him to take it upstairs. 657/5
  • 177.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 177.4 Quicker one on middle and leg, kept out towards mid off.
  • 177.3 ND prods forward to defend this one.
  • 177.2 Straighter on the stumps, defended off the back foot.
  • 177.1 Floated in a line outside leg, Dickwella goes back to flick but gets it off the outer half towards the bowler.
  • 176.6 Flatter outside off, Dilruwan goes back and cuts it past backward point for a brace. Lead - 144. 657/5
  • 176.5 Tapped towards covers for one.
  • 176.4 Driven back to the bowler.
  • 176.3 Dilruwan drives this through the covers. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 176.2 Flicked away off the pads for a single.
  • 176.1 In dipping arm delivery angling in, Perera fails to get bat to that and wears it on the front pad. The players appeal even as the ball goes towards point. The umpire stays unmoved. The batters cross to the other end. A shy is had at the bowler's end but it misses the stumps. Leg byes signaled. The ball was sliding down leg.
  • 175.6 Swept fine down the leg side for a couple. 651/5
  • 175.5 Blocked off the front foot.
  • 175.4 FOUR! Deft! Flatter ball just outside off. There is not much width on offer. Dickwella goes back and plays it delicately past slip. The ball goes away to the third man fence in a flash. Brings up the 8th Test fifty for him. Yet again like always, he has helped Sri Lanka gain momentum since he came out to the middle.
  • 175.3 Pushed through mid on for one.
  • 175.2 Quicker one outside off, it goes on with the arm. Perera fails to cut it away.
  • 175.1 Landed outside off, Dilruwan lunges forward and presses it onto the ground.
  • 174.6 Flighted ball fuller in length, Niroshan hits it back to the bowler. 644/5
  • 174.5 Perera goes back to this one and works it past short leg for one.
  • 174.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 174.3 Outside off, pushed to point.
  • 174.2 Nudged through mid-wicket for a single that takes him to 49.
  • 174.1 FOUR! Floated delivery around off, Dickwella charges down and takes it on the full. Hits it through covers for another boundary.
  • Taijul to bowl his 63rd over. He is second in the list of most overs bowled by a Bangladeshi bowler in an innings, behind Shakib Al Hasan, who has the record for bowling 66 overs.
  • 173.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 638/5
  • 173.5 Perera stands back and blocks it.
  • 173.4 Flatter on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 173.3 FOUR! Audacious! Tossed up outside off, Dickwella gets down and unfurls the reverse sweep. The ball races away to the third man fence to take him to 43 off just 42 balls. The lead is now 124.
  • 173.2 Perera goes to the other end after taking a single through mid on.
  • 173.1 ND charges down the wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 172.6 FOUR! Streaky but Perera won't mind. A flighted ball outside off, he looks to drive it square on the off side. Gets a thick outside edge past slip and goes away to the fence behind. 631/5
  • 172.5 Floated full outside off, DP looks to drive but misses it.
  • 172.4 Darted on the pads, Dilruwan misses the flick and wears it on the pads.
  • 172.3 Floated up on off, milked through mid on for one.
  • 172.2 Flatter outside off, ND goes back to cut but misses.
  • 172.1 Around off, eased through mid off for one.
  • 171.6 Floated on the stumps, swept straight to short fine leg. 625/5
  • 171.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 171.4 Flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • 171.3 Judicious use of the review SAVES Perera! NOT OUT is the decision! Floated up around off, Perera comes down the track and looks to go big over the on side. But the ball stays very low, goes under the bat and hits him on the back pad. On an appeal being put up, the finger is raised. Dilruwan immediately makes use of the DRS. There is no inside edge, as confirmed by Snicko. Hawk Eye takes ages to come up and when it does, it shows the ball to be SPINNING DOWN LEG. Hush! So much turn on that.
  • Perera is a goner! He is ruled out LBW but he chooses to challenge it immediately. An inside edge? Only that can save him.
  • 171.2 Pushed outside off, Niroshan drives it to sweeper for one.
  • 171.1 FOUR! BAM! Tossed up outside off, it is on a fuller length. Dickwella gets down on a knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He moves to 36 off just 35 balls. Sri Lanka get ahead by 110 runs.
  • 170.6 Quicker and straighter on the pads, flicked through square leg for a couple. 619/5
  • 170.5 Turn. From the rough. Floated outside off, the ball lands in THAT area and spins away past the outside edge and the keeper's gloves towards first slip.
  • 170.4 Islam tosses it wider outside off, Dickwella goes back and steers it towards third man and gets to the other end.
  • 170.3 Shorter outside off, punched away to deep backward point for a single.
  • 170.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 170.1 Floated full around off and middle, Perera bunts it off the front foot.
  • 169.6 Flatter outside off, Perera guides it towards third man for one. 615/5
  • 169.5 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 169.4 Short leg in the firing line. Short in length, Dilruwan goes back and pulls it but it hits the man at bat-pad and stops.
  • 169.3 Perera gets forward and blocks it off the front foot.
  • 169.2 Floated on the stumps, turned away off the pads for one.
  • 169.1 Dickwella sees this off with a forward defense.
  • Mehidy Hasan will roll his arm over from the other end.
  • 168.6 Perera hangs on the back foot and blocks it. A run and a wicket from it. 613/5
  • 168.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 168.4 Another one? An inside edge saves him perhaps. Floated around off and middle, Perera gets an inside edge onto the pads as he looks to defend this with a lunge. A huge appeal follows, turned down.
  • Dilruwan Perera walks in next. He will have a bigger role to play later on with the ball.
  • 168.3 OUT! Turn and spin were the talks of the town since morning and it's the one that doesn't turn does the trick. Taijul floats in an arm delivery around off and it goes on with the arm. Chandimal looks to play the drive with the turn, which was absent, and ends up getting beaten on the inside. The ball goes onto have a meeting with the woodwork behind, that stops the Lankan skipper from progressing further. Half the visiting side back in the hut after being ahead by exactly the three-figure mark.
  • 168.2 Around off, pushed to covers for nothing.
  • 168.1 Floated around off, Niroshan gets down the track and eases it down the track for one.
  • Hello! It's good to have you back with us. The home side is having a small huddle beyond the fence before making their way out. They would believe that this is a session for them to bundle the tourists out. Out walk Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella with the bat. Their aim would be to extend their lead to as much as they can. The latter will face Taijul Islam first up. Let's play, says Rod Tucker!
  • ... Penultimate Day, Penultimate Session ...
  • The track has shown enough today for us to suggest that it has woken up from the slumber that it had gone into for the past three days. Given the way things stand, the tourists will look to add another century of runs to their kitty before they let their spinners out at the hosts like mice from a sack. Join us back in a while, for what we believe, would be an intriguing session of Test cricket.
  • Bangladesh, for once, did the right thing by handing the ball to Mehidy Hasan at the start. Although not immediately, he did show what his side missed yesterday by not doing so. The deliveries bowled outside off spun in a mile to catch the well-set batters off guard. Although it was only after the first hour, that he succeeded in picking up a scalp, the seeds of doubt were sown well before. Taijul Islam, too, got good purchase from the surface and he should have been sitting with another victim to his list, had the sharp chance offered by Niroshan Dickwella in the penultimate over before Lunch been taken.
  • In spite of some action happening towards the end of this session, no soul on this land has a doubt about who is ahead at this point. There are roughs outside the area of the stumps on the track. If the bowlers landed it on those spots, the batters were beaten, appeals were put up, hands were raised from the bowlers only to quickly come down in despair. Amidst all this, Dinesh Chandimal has quietly accumulated runs, like a monk meditates calmly unmindful of all the raucous happening around. He is 13 short of the triple-figure mark. Roshen Silva showed a demeanour of a veteran to notch up his maiden Test ton. Ironically, it is just his second game in the longest format.
  • 167.6 Four Byes! Lovely delivery. Shows that the track has a thing or two for the spinners if they land the ball in the right areas. Hasan tosses it outside off, it lands in the rough and comes back in. Chandimal looks defend with a lunge forward but gets beaten on the inside. The ball beats the keeper to his left and goes away to the fence behind. Sri Lanka lead by 99 at LUNCH ON THE PENULTIMATE DAY! 612/4
  • Last ball before lunch...
  • 167.5 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 167.4 FOUR! Classic shot! Shorter and flatter outside off, Chandimal goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary. The lead moves to 95 now.
  • 167.3 Flatter on the pads, ND misses the flick and the ball goes off his pads to the on side for a leg bye.
  • 167.2 Chandimal flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 167.1 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad.
  • 166.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 602/4
  • 166.5 FOUR! Another one, three-in-three. Tossed up outside off, swept away again. This time it goes just over the man at square leg and goes to the fence. Brings up the 600 for the visitors. As fickle as the occasion makes it seem, the 50-run stand is raised as a result.
  • 166.4 FOUR! Rubbing salt to the wounds. Floated around off, Dickwella gets down and unfurls the sweep shot. The ball speeds away to the deep square leg fence.
  • 166.3 FOUR! ANOTHER CHANCE! Gone abegging. Bangladesh aren't grabbing the opportunities coming their way. Islam slides in a quicker one outside off, it skids on after pitching. Dickwella goes back to defend but gets a thick outside edge that flies between the keeper and the slip for a boundary. Kayes was late in reacting in the latter position. Tino Mawoyo on air makes a valid point immediately. He states that since the ball is fairly new, the slip fielder should have realised that the ball will come to him quicker and hence should have stood a bit finer. Little things, they matter a lot.
  • 166.2 ND stays back and presents a straight bat.
  • 166.1 Floated full outside off, Dickwella gets down to sweep but misses. He gets hit on the back thigh. The bowler puts in an appeal and withdraws it soon as the impact was well outside off.
  • 165.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 590/4
  • 165.5 DC pushes this one to mid-wicket.
  • 165.4 Served on the pads, worked away to the on side.
  • 165.3 BOUNCE! Flatter outside off, Chandimal goes back to cut it but gets beaten as the ball lifts up from the rough.
  • 165.2 Floated around off, Dinesh gets down the track and pushes it to mid on for nothing.
  • 165.1 Flighted ball outside off, Chandimal punches it back to the bowler from the crease.
  • 164.6 Shortish in length outside off, Dinesh punches it through covers to take strike for the next over. The visitors are 77 runs ahead in the game. Around 9 minutes left for Lunch. 590/4
  • 164.5 Tossed up on a fuller length, Dickwella gets down the track and works it away through mid-wicket to get to the other end.
  • 164.4 Bowled on a flatter trajectory outside off, Chandimal stays back and slaps it through cover-point to rotate strike.
  • 164.3 Flighted ball around middle, flicked past short leg for one.
  • 164.2 Chandimal slinks down and gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for one.
  • 164.1 Floated on off, defended with a prod forward.
  • Taijul Islam replaces the Fizz now.
  • 163.6 Around off, blocked off the front foot onto the ground. 585/4
  • 163.5 Dickwella shimmies down the track and blocks.
  • 163.4 Flatter outside off, ND misses out on the cut shot.
  • 163.3 FOUR! This was always coming, wasn't it? A spinner against Dickwella, the attacking shot was always around the corner. He gets down and nails the sweep shot in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 163.2 Flatter outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 163.1 DROPPED? Very good effort from Das, but unfortunately for him, the answer to the question will be affirmative. Chandimal gets down to paddle sweep to this delivery bowled around off. Liton anticipates that and begins to move to his left. Does well to get there as Dinesh plays the shot. The keeper sticks his gloves to his left but the ball just hits him on the left glove and rolls to the leg side. These are the ones that stick. Unlucky Mehidy.
  • 162.6 Back of a length outside off, Dinesh cuts it to deep backward point to retain strike. 580/4
  • 162.6 WIDE! Rahman comes round the wicket and bangs in a bumper. Chandimal ducks as Das takes it with a leap. Mr. Tucker stretches his arms.
  • 162.5 Short and wide, slapped to deep backward point for one.
  • 162.4 Fuller outside off, pushed towards covers for one.
  • 162.3 Another short ball, pulled through backward square leg. The fine leg fielder gets to his right to keep it to one. But the throw is a bit wild, prompting Mehidy from second slip to run all the way towards covers to collect that.
  • 162.2 On a length outside off, ND times his punch to perfection and gets a brace.
  • 162.1 Bouncer outside off, Dickwella stands still and goes for the pull but misses.
  • 161.6 Flatter and quicker on the leg, Chandimal goes back to pull but misses. Gets hit on the pads and Mehidy goes up in appeal. Going down leg. 573/4
  • 161.5 Floated around middle, driven towards mid on for nothing.
  • 161.4 Fuller outside off, eased through covers for another couple.
  • 161.3 Worked with the spin towards mid on.
  • 161.2 Around off and middle, turned through the on side for a brace.
  • 161.1 ALMOST GONE! Floated outside off, Dickwella ends up pushing it aerially to the left of silly point. The man there sticks his left hand out but just manages to get a faint fingertip to it. The ball goes further and a run is taken.
  • The third new ball has been TAKEN. Let me sound cliched - will Bangladesh manage to make inroads now?
  • 160.6 This ball is pushed to mid-wicket for nothing. 568/4
  • 160.5 Length ball on the shorter side, slapped through cover-point for a couple. Good running yet again. The lead has swollen to 55.
  • Remember, the third new ball is already due now. Bangladesh haven't opted for it yet though.
  • 160.4 Length ball well outside off, Dickwella reaches out and places it through point. A single is all he gets.
  • 160.3 Sprayed full down leg, Niroshan gets inside the line and misses the flick.
  • 160.2 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 160.1 Fuller on the pads, ND misses the flick and the ball rolls to the on side. A leg bye taken.
  • 159.6 Well wide outside off, left alone. 563/4
  • 159.5 Niroshan gets down the track and milks it to long off. A run taken. SRI LANKA ARE FIFTY RUNS AHEAD NOW.
  • 159.4 This one is worked to the on side.
  • 159.3 HUGE APPEAL! Hasan is generous in giving the ball some more air on this occasion. Lands it around middle. Dickwella gets down to sweep but misses and wears it on the chest. The home side players scream their hearts out to no avail. Hawk Eye says that it would have returned umpire's call as the ball would have clipped the bails.
  • 159.2 Floated on the stumps, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 159.1 Outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • The third new ball will be due after the following over.
  • 158.6 Good shot. Full outside off, Chandimal strides forward and drives it through covers for a brace. Tamim does the mopping up there. The lead swells to 49 now. 562/4
  • 158.5 Length ball outside off, punched straight to point.
  • 158.4 Wristy. On a length angling in, Chandimal hangs back and uses his wrists to flick it away through square leg for a brace.
  • 158.3 Comes round the wicket for Chandimal and bowls it on a length outside off. DC keeps it out towards point and shouts a big NOOO!
  • 158.2 Hurled outside off, Dickwella pushes it through cover-point for one less than a brace.
  • 158.1 Length ball outside off, punched through the cover region for one.
  • 157.6 Outside off, reverse swept to third man for one. No maidens yet for Mehidy. 556/4
  • 157.5 Straighter outside off, shouldered arms to by DC.
  • 157.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Talk about working the batsman over. Three deliveries before eventually dismissing Silva, Hasan kept bowling around the off stump. The wicket ball was the widest of them all, thereby lighting up Roshen's eyes to go for the run-taking cut shot. Edged and gone followed.
  • 157.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 157.2 Short leg? Absent. Tossed up around off, Chandimal looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads and through the vacant short leg region.
  • 157.1 Full around leg, ND sweeps it to fine leg and gets to the other end.
  • 156.6 Outside off, kept out to point. Bangladesh sense an opening here. Their body language seems to have changed with Silva's wicket. 554/4
  • 156.5 Landed around off, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 156.4 Hurled in line of the stumps, defended towards mid on.
  • 156.3 A cover drive through mid-wicket! Yes, you read that right. Fuller in length just outside off, Dinesh looks to drive it through the off side. The ball goes off the inside edge towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 156.2 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 156.1 Intent from Chandimal. Rahman bowls it outside off from round the wicket, the skipper pushes it through cover-point. Takes the first run very quickly and that allows him to come back quickly for another.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is brought back into the attack.
  • 155.6 Tossed up on a fuller length on middle, Niroshan gets down and sweeps it fine down the leg side. Hasan sits appealing for LBW, although it came off the bat. A couple results. 552/4
  • 155.5 Floated around off, Dickwella lunges forward and defends.
  • Niroshan Dickwella, the swashbuckling left-hander, walks out to the middle. Hold on to your hats, we could be in for some quick runs here. A silly point comes in as well.
  • 155.4 OUT! STOP THE PRESS! Mehidy Hasan provides the breakthrough for the hosts. All this while, he was getting significant purchase when he was landing it outside off but not so if he ventured closer to the stumps. Perhaps he realised it late and as they say, better late than never. He bowls it flatter outside off on a shorter length, Silva goes back to cut it away. But the ball lands on the rough and goes straight on, taking the bottom edge on the way to the keeper. That culminates a good level-headed knock from Roshen Silva, thereby ending the 135-run association that he had with his skipper. His side is 37 runs ahead at this point. Another view could be, his wicket could be a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka as he wasn't really looking like scoring quickly. The men to follow could take an aggressive approach here.
  • 155.3 Around middle and leg, flicked away to the on side.
  • 155.2 Around off, spinning in a bit, Roshen closes the bat face and plays it to backward square leg.
  • 155.1 Served around off, Silva lunges forward and keeps it out.
  • Drinks are on the field.
  • 154.6 Loopy ball outside off, Dinesh comes down the track and strokes it straight to the cover fielder. 550/3
  • 154.5 Flatter through the air, Chandimal goes back and pats it towards the cover fielder.
  • 154.4 Darted on the pads, worked through square leg for a single.
  • 154.3 Loopy full toss, dipping in, Chandimal comes down the track to take it on the full to whip it away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 154.2 Nicely uses his feet and eases it down to long off for a single.
  • 154.1 Floats it up outside off, allows the ball to turn and then taps it in front of point for a single.
  • 153.6 Nice flight on this one, fuller outside off, the batsman prods forward in defense. 546/3
  • 153.5 Fuller on off, pushed through cover for a single.
  • 153.4 The Lankan skipper dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 153.3 Stays back and tucks it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 153.2 Spinning back in from outside off, it stays a bit low. DC keeps it out.
  • 153.1 Chandimal shimmies down the track and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 152.6 Goes wide of the crease and slides in an arm ball, Roshen presses forward and defends it down the ground. 545/3
  • 152.5 Dances down the track and jams it out back to Islam.
  • 152.4 Loopy delivery outside off, played off the front foot.
  • 152.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 152.2 Turns away from a length, Silva hangs back in defense.
  • 152.1 Flatter and shorter outside off, Chandimal punches it past cover for one.
  • 151.6 Flattish ball on the stumps, flicked towards mid-wicket. 544/3
  • 151.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 151.4 Loopy delivery outside off, worked with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 151.3 Flatter through the air, punched off the back foot towards cover for a single.
  • 151.2 Bowls it quicker and shorter outside off, Silva goes back to cut but isn't in any control. Gets it towards backward point and they take the single.
  • 151.1 Around middle and leg, wristed towards the leg side.
  • 150.6 Silva flicks it through the leg side for a single. 542/3
  • 150.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 150.4 Was it off the pads? Well, Bangladesh certainly feel so! Quicker and flatter through the air outside off, Silva looks to cut but it goes off something and deflects off Das' gloves towards third man. The batsmen are busy running but the bowler appeals for an LBW. The umpire signals it as runs. Replays later on show that it was off the pads but the impact could have been an issue. Since, the hosts have exhausted their reviews, story over.
  • 150.3 Quicker ball on the stumps, blocked off the back foot.
  • 150.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 150.1 Drops it short outside off, Chandimal taps it towards cover and calls through for a single.
  • 149.6 Slower through the air, fuller in length, blocked. 538/3
  • 149.5 A huge appeal! Tossed up on the rough outside off, Silva takes a stride forward to defend but the ball spins back in to hit him on the pads. The umpire, however, shakes his head as the impact was outside the line.
  • 149.4 Loopy delivery outside off, Silva leans forward and wrists it to short leg.
  • 149.3 Goes back and flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • This isn't impressive. From the Dutch Bangla End from which Hasan is bowling at the moment, there are plenty of rough patches outside the off stump of the right-hander. But he's not bowling there. If he continuously lands it on that, he could cause some trouble.
  • 149.2 Eases it towards mid off for gets to the other end.
  • 149.1 The bottom hand comes off! Tossed up on middle, Chandimal comes down the track to go inside out but the bottom hand comes off but still he connects it well to clear the man at mid off. Takes a brace.
  • 148.6 Quicker through the air, clipped off the back foot to short leg who takes it on the bounce. 535/3
  • 148.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 148.4 Keeps it full outside off, blocked into the ground.
  • 148.3 Beaten! Flighted delivery outside off, Roshen goes back to defend but the ball spins away past the outside edge.
  • 148.2 Spinning down leg, swept down to fine leg for a single.
  • 148.1 Islam drops it short outside off, Silva punches it towards mid off who is placed a bit deep. Easy single for RS.
  • 147.6 On middle and leg, wristed towards short mid-wicket. 533/3
  • 147.5 A bit shorter, turning back in, punched comfortably off the back foot past short mid-wicket for one.
  • 147.4 There you go, Mehidy! Pitches it on the rough, Chandimal leans forward to drive but gets it off the inner half past the man at short leg for a single.
  • 147.3 Comes down the track and pushes it to the right of the bowler.
  • 147.2 Flicks it with the turn through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 147.1 Another batsmen making the most of it! It's Chandimal who reaches to his fifty, 16th in Tests! Gets across and flicks it through square leg for a single.
  • 146.6 On a flatter trajectory, punched towards cover for a single. 529/3
  • 146.5 Chandimal dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 146.4 Gets down and across to broom it away towards fine leg for another couple.
  • 146.3 Beats the backward point and runs three! Maiden Test ton for Roshen Silva! It means a lot to him. Removes the cap, raises both his arms in delight and gets a huge hug from Chandimal. Very well played! Flatter again outside off, easy for Silva who gets back and steers it through backward point. The fielder gives it a chase and slides to stop the ball but by the time he returns a throw Silva is already seen celebrating.
  • 146.2 Flatter delivery outside off, Silva cuts it behind point and runs brace. Moves to 97!
  • 146.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Roshen Silva presses forward and taps it towards point. Wants the single but Chandimal sends him back.
  • 145.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. 521/3
  • 145.5 Gets across and flicks it through mid-wicket.
  • 145.4 Another huge shout! Pitched outside off, turning back in off the surface and beating the back foot defense of Silva. He gets hit on the pads and an appeal follows. Not given as it seemed to have gone down leg.
  • 145.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 145.2 Gently tossed up outside off, Silva is happy to keep it out.
  • 145.1 Chandimal presses forward to a loopy ball and pats it towards point for a single.
  • 144.6 Leans forward to push it away but gets it off the outer half as the ball rolls away towards point. 519/3
  • 144.5 More flight on this one but the length is too full which allows the batsman to drive it towards cover and take the single.
  • 144.4 Gets well forward and stonewalls it.
  • 144.3 Nicely bowled! Gives it nice loop, lands it outside off and turns away sharply to beat the attempted drive of the Lankan skipper. Keep bowling on that length.
  • 144.2 Flighted ball outside off, Chandimal comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 144.1 Loopy delivery outside off, pushed into the cover region.
  • Helmets off, caps on for both the batsmen. Also, Rahman is taken off and here comes Taijul Islam.
  • 143.6 A bit shorter, turning back in, clipped towards the leg side. 518/3
  • 143.5 Around middle and leg, RS works it to short mid-wicket.
  • 143.4 Oh encouraging turn for Hasan! A loopy off break, pitched outside off and turning back in, Silva comes forward to defend but misses to get pinged on the pads. A stifled appeal from the bowler. The impact was well outside the line.
  • 143.3 Loopy delivery outside off, Chandimal milks a single down to long on.
  • 143.2 Tossed up ball on the stumps, RS clips it through mid-wicket with soft hands and scampers through to the other end.
  • 143.1 Flighted delivery around middle, Roshen comes forward and wrists it off the inner half to short fine leg.
  • 142.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 516/3
  • 142.5 Another fuller delivery on off, Chandimal strides forward and defends it straight to the short cover fielder.
  • 142.4 Very unusual of Chandimal! Sees the fuller delivery, it's a bit wider on off, the Lankan skipper couldn't resist as he looks to spank it through the line. Gets beaten completely. A moral victory for Rahman?
  • 142.3 Pitches it right up there, it's the cutter again, a nice compact defense from DC.
  • 142.2 Good length delivery, angling in, DC prods forward to block it towards the cover fielder.
  • 142.1 Sprays a bit wider outside off, Chandimal lifts his bat to make a leave.
  • 141.6 Shimmies down the track to a loopy ball and pushes it towards mid off for a single. 516/3
  • 141.5 Flatter through the air around off, blocked.
  • 141.4 Roshen Silva works it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end to raise another 100-run stand of the Lankan innings. Handshakes between the batsmen as they get back to business.
  • 141.3 Tossed up delivery outside off, blocked off the front foot watchfully.
  • 141.2 Around middle and leg, worked towards the leg side.
  • 141.1 Turning back in from a length outside off, clipped towards the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 140.6 Sri Lanka get into the lead! Shortish of a good length outside off, Silva taps it in front of point and calls through for a quick single. 514/3
  • 140.5 The Fizz bowls it fuller outside off, it's left alone.
  • 140.4 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 140.3 Takes a little stride forward and strokes it straight to mid off.
  • 140.2 FOUR! Lovely! Rahman delivers it on a fuller length outside off, Silva reaches out to that one and square drives it through backward point. Fetches a boundary to level the scores and move into the 90s.
  • 140.1 Fuller in length and around off, Silva is rock solid in defense.
  • 139.6 Loopy ball outside off, defended off the front foot. 509/3
  • 139.5 Floated ball outside off, defended by coming down the track. Best way to keep the spinners at bay.
  • 139.4 Skips down the track to kill the spin and pushes it to mid on.
  • 139.3 FOUR! Rolls his wrists is what my colleague says as soon as Chandimal unfurled a sweep shot! I was busy describing the LBW shout and couldn't spot that! Flighted delivery around middle, Chandimal gets across and sweeps it neatly to play it along the ground towards fine leg. Tamim Iqbal in the deep tries to stop but to no avail. Also, it brings up the 100 for Mehidy Hasan. Partnership moves to 94 and trail reduces to just 4.
  • 139.2 Goes back and clips it on the bounce to short leg.
  • 139.1 A loud, loud shout for an LBW! Hasan floats it up around middle and off, Chandimal gets down to play the sweep shot but it goes off something and dies down besides the short leg fielder. Mehidy turns back and keeps appealing but umpire Erasmus shakes his head. Bangladesh don't have any reviews left. Replays show it was a good call from the umpire as it went off the gloves.
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz to bowl from the other end.
  • 138.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched towards cover for a single to end the first over. 505/3
  • 138.5 Cutter but at a good pace, 131 clicks. The line is a bit wider which allows the Lankan skipper to leave it alone.
  • 138.4 Switches the angle and comes from around the wicket. He hurls in a cutter, in the channel outside off, DC stays back and pushes it towards the point fielder.
  • 138.3 Good shot but for nothing! Fuller in length, outside off, Chandimal leans into it and drives it towards wide mid off where the fielder makes a good stop.
  • 138.2 Slightly fuller, pitched around the fourth stump line, defended off the front foot gently.
  • 138.1 Begins with a fuller length delivery, a bit wide outside off. Chandimal ain't interested in going after that one.
  • We are all set to get underway. There is a Bangladesh team huddle near the boundary rope. Out walk the Sri Lankan overnight batsmen - Roshen Silva and Dinesh Chandimal. It will be Mustafizur Rahman to kickoff the proceedings. Let's roll...
  • The Bangladesh skipper is up for a quick chat. Mahmudullah says his bowlers tried hard but aren't getting any assistance off the wicket. Feels even they are a bit surprised as to why is there very little turn on offer. Hopes that the pitch might break out and they manage to pick up wickets to get back into the game.
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo says the pitch is still the same with very little wear and tear. Adds there have been some roughs outside the off stump for both left and right-handed batsmen which needs to be exploited.
  • Bangladesh need to pick wickets and bowl the visitors out if they are to restrict the Lankans from running away with the show. If that doesn't happen, the hosts will be under the pump. Also, if at all the pitch deteriorates and Sri Lanka get a lead of around 150-200, Mahmudullah and his men will be having their backs against the wall. How will day 4 pan out? Welcome for the coverage of the first Test...
  • It's been a batting paradise at Chittagong that we have got to witness so far in the first three days. Bangladesh posted a huge first innings total and in reply Sri Lanka have almost reached there and they have a full week of wickets left in the bank. With Roshen Silva and Dinesh Chandimal out there and with Niroshan Dickwella yet to come, one would expect them to continue the juggernaut.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • So, Sri Lanka are in the driver's seat and would accelerate once they resume their innings tomorrow. As de Silva said, if they get a lead of around 150-200, it will definitely tighten their grip on the match. Generally, day 3 is regarded as the moving day in a Test match but here day 4, could take that role. Will the surface breakout? Or will this game head towards a tame draw? Penultimate day will tell us. Join us at 0930 Local (0330 GMT) to catch all the action. Goodbye and Cheers!
  • Gautam Bhimani and Roshan Abeysinghe have Dhananjaya de Silva with them for an interview. He says he backs his game, which is all about aggression. Adds Kusal Mendis' role was to rotate strike and that they both complimented each other really well. Further says he and Mendis spoke that all they need is to stand out there as the wicket isn't that difficult to bat on. Is disappointed to not get a double ton especially when he was so close. Feels if they manage to get a lead of around 150-200, they stand a real chance.
  • Roshen Silva then, along with his skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, continued the pattern. The former made the most of the opportunity given to him as he is all set to get a ton of his own. Importantly, for Sri Lanka they are just one short of 10 behind the hosts' first innings total. Bangladesh, well, they've been made to toil really hard on the field. Mind you, it's not over as yet. Their spinners are not able extract anything off the surface and whatever little that they did, the visitors managed to deal with it. The fact that they could only pick up two wickets today, should tell you the way they have got a beating at the hands of the Lankans.
  • Sri Lanka's day by a distance! Over 1000 runs being scored for the loss of just 13 wickets in three days, tells us that it was another day where the batsmen have dictated terms. It all started with the overnight duo of Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva continuing from where they left off. They kept the hosts firmly on the back foot by bagging a wicketless morning session today. Both of them registered their career-best scores but sadly, departed just when they were nearing a double ton.
  • 137.6 Tossed up delivery outside off, Roshen Silva negotiates the last ball by lunging forward. STUMPS ON DAY 3! 504/3
  • 137.5 Some turn! Lands it outside off, Silva comes forward to defend but the ball turns away as Roshen makes a leave.
  • 137.4 Tossed up further outside off, another defense off the front foot.
  • 137.3 Takes a stride forward and pushes it to the cover fielder.
  • 137.2 Loopy delivery outside off, Roshen lunges forward in defense.
  • 137.1 Floated delivery around middle and off, Silva blocks it out.
  • Last over of the day coming up.
  • 136.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total. 504/3
  • 136.5 Beaten! Cutter from Mustafizur, Silva dangles his bat at it but the ball shapes away and nearly takes the outside edge.
  • 136.4 Bowls a cutter, on a length outside off, punched a bit squarer on the off side to collect two.
  • 136.3 Fuller ball on off, defended solidly.
  • 136.2 Stays back and shows a straight bat.
  • 136.1 What was that from Sunzamul Islam? Lazy effort? Short of a length delivery, angling in on middle, Chandimal looks to pull and does so a bit uppishly towards fine leg. The debutant collects it on the bounce over his head and nearly makes a mess of it as the ball pops out. The balls rolls behind him but he recovers. A single taken.
  • 135.6 A loud shout for an LBW! Maybe, sliding down leg! Quicker through the air, skidding off the deck. Silva goes back to flick but misses to get on the pads. A loud appeal follows but umpire Erasmus shakes his head. Replays then show there was an inside edge. Good call! 500/3
  • 135.5 Slower through the air around middle and off, Roshen pushes it towards point.
  • 135.4 500 comes up for Sri Lanka! Loopy ball outside off, Chandimal dances down the track and milks a single to long off.
  • 135.3 Around middle and leg, flicked towards short leg who gets a hand to it and parries it towards square leg for a single.
  • 135.2 Slower through the air, turning away, Silva defends it into the ground.
  • 135.1 Flighted delivery from around the wicket, landed around middle and leg, Silva presses forward to keep it out.
  • Taijul Islam is back.
  • 134.6 Back of a length delivery on off, punched to mid off. 498/3
  • 134.5 Fuller and on the pads, Chandimal gets across and flicks it towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 134.4 Fuller in length and outside off, Chandimal presses across and pushes it to the cover region.
  • 134.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, steered fine down to third man for a single.
  • 134.2 Comes from around the wicket, but it's a bit too straight this time. Chandimal gets across and flicks it through mid-wicket. Good running again as the batsmen pick up three.
  • 134.1 Slants it away on a length outside off, Dinesh lifts his bat and lets it be.
  • 133.6 Sees the flight does Silva, comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler. 494/3
  • 133.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 133.4 On middle and leg, worked with soft hands towards the square leg fielder.
  • 133.3 Nicely looped up outside off, Roshen Silva takes a little stride forward and defends.
  • 133.2 Lunges forward and dead-bats it.
  • 133.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, Silva presses forward in defense.
  • 132.6 Wider outside off, dabbed towards point and calls his skipper through for a single. 494/3
  • 132.5 Another cutter this time on middle and leg, Silva misses the flick and wears it on the pads.
  • 132.4 What was he trying to do there? Got beaten or he left it alone? Bowls a cutter, it grips off the surface, Silva at first looks to steer but then it deviates and he keeps his bat inside the line to leave it alone.
  • 132.3 FOUR! Easily done! Well played, actually! Length delivery, a bit wide outside off, Roshen stands his ground and places it with an open bat face past the second slip fielder again. Another boundary results and he moves into the 80s!
  • 132.2 Slightly fuller and outside off, driven square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 132.1 Slants it away on a length outside off, Chandimal plants his front foot across and then shoulders his arms.
  • 131.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 488/3
  • 131.5 Flatter and shorter in length outside off, punched towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 131.4 Nicely tossed up outside off, pushed into the cover region.
  • 131.3 Leans forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • 131.2 Flighted delivery outside off, driven through cover and collects a brace.
  • 131.1 Drops it short and outside off, Chandimal cuts it nicely but finds the man at backward point.
  • 130.6 FOUR! Just wide of the slip fielder! Back of a length delivery, angling away on the fourth stump channel, Silva steers it delicately past the diving Mehidy Hasan at second slip. No one protecting the third man area and he picks up a boundary. 485/3
  • 130.5 A bit fuller and around middle and leg, RS misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
  • 130.4 Fuller in length and outside off, Roshen Silva lifts his bat to make another leave.
  • 130.3 Angling away on a length outside off, dabbed towards point.
  • 130.3 Wide! Sprays it fuller and miles outside off, it crosses the tramline and it's called as a wide. We saw Lakshan Sandakan bowling a wide in the first innings.
  • 130.2 Fuller in length and slanting away outside off, Roshen shoulders his arms to that one.
  • 130.1 Strays on the pads, flicked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is called back into the attack. Liton Das is upto the stumps now.
  • 129.6 Floated delivery outside off, Dinesh dances down the track but isn't to the pitch of the ball this time. Mistimes it towards Haque who makes another half-stop at short cover. Concedes another single. 479/3
  • 129.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 129.4 Slower through air around middle and leg, clipped through square leg for a single.
  • 129.3 Flatter through the air outside off, punched towards cover for a single.
  • 129.2 Loopy delivery outside off, Chandimal comes down the track and drives it towards Haque at short cover who gets a hand to it and deflects it towards long off. Good running between the wicket allows them to come back for a brace.
  • 129.1 Slower through the air, outside off, Chandimal goes back and pushes it towards point.
  • 128.6 Just short of the man at short mid-wicket. Floats it up around middle, Silva gets down the track and chips it on the bounce towards Mominul Haque at short mid-wicket. 474/3
  • 128.5 Chandimal clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 128.4 Dances down the track and eases it towards mid off for a single.
  • 128.3 Gives some more loop, lands it outside off, driven once again back to the bowler.
  • 128.2 Loopy delivery outside off, Roshen shimmies down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 128.1 Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, worked towards the man at mid on.
  • 127.6 Flighted ball on the stumps, Roshen gets down the track and gets it off the inner half back towards the bowler. 471/3
  • 127.5 Silva stays in the crease and defends this one.
  • 127.4 Almost gone! Tossed up around off, Silva gets down and pushes it uppishly to short cover. It lands just short of Haque there, who takes it with a dive.
  • 127.3 Worked away through the square leg region for one.
  • 127.2 Bowled in line of the stumps, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 127.1 Floated on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a single. The trail is down to 43 now.
  • 126.6 Fired in line of the stumps, kept out. 469/3
  • 126.5 Dinesh prods forward and bunts it down.
  • 126.4 Darted outside off, punched off the back foot to the cover region.
  • 126.3 Floated around off, defended with a stride forward.
  • 126.2 Delivered outside off, punched to covers off the back foot.
  • 126.1 Shorter outside off, cut away to the man at point.
  • 125.6 Flatter outside off, Silva shoulders arms. 469/3
  • 125.5 Silva dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 125.4 Roshen lunges forward and defends this.
  • 125.3 This is cut to deep backward point for one.
  • 125.2 Served well outside off, Dinesh lets it be.
  • 125.1 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 124.6 Punched through mid off off the back foot for one. 468/3
  • 124.5 Outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 124.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 124.3 Chandimal gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes it to long off for one.
  • 124.2 Silva turns this through mid-wicket to move to the other end. That's 50 runs raised between these two. Apart from the first wicket, the stands for the other wickets have all passed at least 50.
  • 124.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 123.6 Flatter outside off, sliced through backward point for a brace. 464/3
  • 123.5 On off, defended off the front foot.
  • 123.4 Served around middle and leg, turned away in front of square on the leg side to rotate strike. Silva moves to 68 now.
  • 123.3 Flatter on the stumps, blocked.
  • 123.2 Chandimal gets down the track and pushes it towards long off for one.
  • 123.1 Floated on the stumps, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • Drinks are on the field now. This game has crawled in this hour. Sri Lanka haven't shown a great urgency to go about with their task and neither have Bangladesh looked like picking up a wicket. Can they prise out at least one wicket before the end of day's play?
  • 122.6 Another one around off, blocked off the front foot. Another maiden over. 460/3
  • 122.5 This ball is negotiated with a forward defense.
  • 122.4 Around middle and leg, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 122.3 Roshen gets down the track and bunts it.
  • 122.2 Bowled on the stumps, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 122.1 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 121.6 Silva charges down and pushes it towards mid off. He takes off for a quick run. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end but Roshen was well past it. 460/3
  • Roshen Silva has a good front foot defensive technique. He meets the ball with a straight bat face and right under his eye-line. My colleague comments that he absolutely dead-bats them, which ensures that the ball doesn't lob towards the close-in fielders.
  • 121.5 Silva dead-bats this one off the front foot.
  • 121.4 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 121.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 121.2 Edged but safe! Served around off, Roshen strides forward to block. Gets a soft outside edge to slip on the bounce.
  • 121.1 SIX! Clean as a whistle! Floated around off, Silva gets down the track and chips it straight over the bowler's head for a biggie.
  • 120.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A maiden over. 453/3
  • 120.5 Dinesh stays back and keeps it out.
  • 120.4 Floated on the stumps, pushed to mid on.
  • 120.3 Another back foot punch, straight to silly point.
  • 120.2 Short in length, punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 120.1 Around off and middle, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 119.6 Chandimal gets down the track and pushes it through covers for one. 453/3
  • 119.5 Outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 119.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 119.3 Lovely ball. Floated outside off, Silva strides forward to defend. Misses the ball as it turns away just a touch. Das misreads the spin as well and the ball hits his gloves and goes to the on side for a bye.
  • 119.2 Punched towards covers. But the fielder there parries it to his right and a run is taken.
  • 119.1 Patted towards covers for a single that brings up 450 for them. The trail reads 63 now.
  • 118.6 On the pads, flicked off the pads for a single. 449/3
  • 118.5 This ball is punched off the back foot through covers for one.
  • 118.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 118.3 Ouch, the silly point fielder takes a beating with this defensive shot.
  • 118.2 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 118.1 Nicely defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 117.6 Silva pushes it towards mid off and sets off for a run. Chandimal makes it safely to the other end even has the fielder has a shy at hits it directly on the stumps. The ball deflects towards fine leg and another one is taken on the overthrow. 447/3
  • 117.5 Roshen shimmies down and bunts it stoicly.
  • 117.4 Fuller on the stumps, worked away to the on side for a single.
  • 117.3 on the stumps, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 117.2 Chandimal gets forward and defends it towards covers.
  • 117.1 Silva flicks this one off the pads and gets to the other end. The deficit comes down to 69.
  • 116.6 This ball is negotiated with a forward defense. 443/3
  • 116.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
  • 116.4 On the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
  • 116.3 Roshen defends it nicely off the front foot.
  • 116.2 Chandimal lunges forward and pushes it towards covers and gets to the other end.
  • 116.1 On the stumps, defended with a straight bat.
  • 115.6 This is played towards point off the back foot. 441/3
  • 115.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 115.4 Roshen defends it with a prod forward.
  • 115.3 Dinesh gets down the track and pushes it through covers for one.
  • 115.2 FOUR! Finally the binary routine is broken! Tossed up ball around off, Chandimal gets down the track and goes over mid off. The ball goes on the bounce to the fence. This is the first boundary after Tea, and the first after about 13 overs.
  • 115.1 Tossed up on off, Dinesh lets it come on and defends it.
  • 114.6 Solidly defended off the front foot onto the ground. 436/3
  • 114.5 Floated around off, pushed towards mid off for a quick run. The man there has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 114.4 One run taken after charging down the track to flick it towards wide mid on.
  • 114.3 Straighter on the stumps, blocked off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 114.2 RS gets down the track and dead-bats it.
  • 114.1 Floated outside off, stonewalled off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 113.6 Chandimal lunges forward to block it. 434/3
  • 113.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 113.4 DC gets to the back foot and keeps it out.
  • 113.3 Sunzamul lands it in line of the stumps, bunted off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 113.2 Punched through covers for a single.
  • 113.1 Outside off, defended off the front foot.
  • Sunzamul Islam is back for a bowl.
  • 112.6 Landed on the pads, worked round the corner to rotate strike. 433/3
  • 112.5 Chandimal pushes it towards covers and looks to take a quick single. The fielder there has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. That enables the skipper to get back in safely.
  • 112.4 Tossed up outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 112.3 Flatter on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 112.2 Slinks down the track and works it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 112.1 Floated up on the stumps, defended after charging down the track.
  • 111.6 Making the batsman play this time, defended off the front foot. 430/3
  • 111.5 Well outside off, Chandimal lets it be.
  • 111.4 Rahman comes round the wicket and bowls it just outside off. Play and a miss for DC.
  • 111.3 2nd Test fifty in just his third innings for Roshen Silva. Gets a freebie to get to the mark. Full toss angling away, he slices it through point and ambles to the other end. Thanks the Almighty before raising his bat.
  • 111.2 Slanting away on a length, Roshen defends it from the crease towards point.
  • 111.1 Silva stands back and defends this one solidly.
  • 110.6 Quick run! Silva pats it towards mid on and takes on Rahim. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A run completed in the end. 429/3
  • 110.5 Silva charges down and defends this one.
  • 110.4 Flatter around off, Silva goes back and guides it past slip. Comes down in search of a run but has to hurriedly get back as his partner doesn't respond seeing short third man get to the ball quickly.
  • 110.3 RS gets down the track and bunts it.
  • 110.2 Roshen gets ahead and wrists it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 110.1 Tossed up on off, defended with a stride forward.
  • 109.6 Dinesh stands his ground and blocks it off the front foot. 426/3
  • 109.5 Hurled in line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 109.4 Fuller this time, stabbed through covers for one.
  • Mustafizur Rahman has bowled on a shorter length after the second new ball has been taken. Inexplicable. Wonder of Courtney Walsh, their bowling coach, has something to do with it. Perhaps, the variable bounce and slowness on the surface would have mooted that tactic.
  • 109.3 Around middle and length, driven to mid on.
  • 109.2 Outside off, sliced through covers for a couple.
  • 109.1 Rahman comes over the wicket and bowls a length delivery around middle and off. Dinesh pushes it with soft hands towards covers and gets to the other end.
  • 108.6 Floated on the stumps, Roshen gets down the track and hits it back to the bowler. 422/3
  • 108.5 Silva charges down and wrists it to mid-wicket.
  • 108.4 Defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 108.3 Around middle and leg, played to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 108.2 Flatter on the stumps, RS goes back and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 108.1 Floated around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 107.6 Rahman runs in from round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off. Roshen gets squared up a touch but pats it towards cover-point for a quick run. 0,0,0,1,1,1 reads the over. 422/3
  • 107.5 Milked through covers for one.
  • 107.4 Length ball on the pads, tucked away through backward square leg for a single.
  • 107.3 Outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 107.2 On a length around off, Roshen lets it come on to the bat and blocks it towards mid off.
  • 107.1 Fuller in length and angling away, Silva feels for it but misses. The ball goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • Mustafizur Rahman to bowl from the other end.
  • 106.6 DC defends this with a prod forward. 419/3
  • 106.5 Fuller around off, driven to mid off.
  • 106.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • The Taijul vs Mendis battle was an interesting one. The ball to dismiss the batter was the shortest he bowled to him. Before that, the deliveries were on the good length area on the fuller side. Kusal came ahead and went back to defend those before he decided to take him on and paid the price.
  • 106.3 Knocked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 106.2 Quicker in pace, in line of the stumps, worked away through square leg for a brace.
  • 106.1 Flatter on off, Silva stands there and presents a straight bat to block it.
  • Welcome back! We have 32 overs left to be bowled. Bangladesh's over rate has hardly been an issue. Roshen Silva will face Taijul Islam to begin the proceedings in this final segment.
  • ... Third Day, Third Session ...
  • Mendis added over 100 with Roshen Silva, who survived a stumping chance when he came in. The latter has looked composed so far and it is just a matter of time before even he starts to attack. Bangladesh have looked flat on the field, letting runs slip by easily. Add to that the keeper's fumble and some more misfields, you can sense that they are now starting to lose hopes of staying in the game. All's not lost yet, we believe, as if the hosts can make use of the opening that they have got now to eke out few more wickets, they can restrict the opposition from running away with the game. Will we have a batting collapse on the other side of the break or will the bowlers continue to spend more time in the middle? We'll find out shortly.
  • 27 overs, 121 runs, 2 wickets - the numbers that matter. Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis began from where they had left off and had a doule hundred for the taking. But just like you shut the lid on the drum after taking water from it, they decided, after getting to 173 and 196 respectively, that they would either get to the coveted figure in style or rather not have it at all. At least that's how it looked on the outset. Both of them fell to rash shots and their side is still three runs less than 100 away from Bangladesh's score.
  • 105.6 That's TEA, DAY 3, as this ball outside off is pushed safely towards covers. 416/3
  • 105.5 Kept out watchfully with a front foot defense towards mid off.
  • 105.4 Just outside off, Dinesh just lets it come and defends.
  • 105.3 This one is punched towards mid off.
  • 105.2 Outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 105.1 Roshen gets down the track and pushes it towards mid off for one.
  • Last over before Tea. A slip and a gully in place.
  • 104.6 Dinesh sees this off safely with a forward defense. 415/3
  • 104.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 104.4 Around off, defended off the front foot.
  • The Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal makes his way out to the center.
  • 104.3 NO DOUBLE TON! Mendis gets OUT in an attempt to get to his landmark in a stylish way. Is this a cursed game? After Mominul Haque and Dhananjaya de Silva, now Kusal Mendis misses out on a double hundred. Taijul floats it up but keeps it on a length. Mendis comes down and looks to go big over the on side. Ends up getting a top edge and the ball goes miles in the air. Mushfiqur Rahim runs to his right from mid on and takes a fine catch diving forward after running backwards. Remember, these aren't easy ones. The partnership worth 107 is broken. The youngster was given a couple of chances and he has made good use of them. This is the second time he has been dismissed in the 190s. The tourists are still behind by 98 runs.
  • 104.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 104.1 Flatter on the pads, Kusal fails to flick it and wears it on the pads.
  • Taijul Islam back on.
  • 103.6 Defended off the front foot onto the ground. 415/2
  • 103.5 Flatter outside off, pushed to point for one.
  • 103.4 Lovely! Tossed up outside off, Kusal looks to play the drive but gets beaten on the outside due to the away spin.
  • 103.3 On the stumps, blocked solidly.
  • 103.2 Outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 103.1 Punched off the backfoot by the batsman.
  • 102.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 414/2
  • 102.5 On the pads, worked away to mid-wicket for one. This is Mendis' Test best score.
  • 102.4 FOUR! Oh dear! Another short ball from Mosaddek, put away. Mendis goes back deep in the crease and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. It rolls all along the surface. Now he is just one shot away from a double ton.
  • 102.3 SIX! Mendis moves into the 190s in style. Hossain seems to be tired already. After bowling a couple of short balls in the previous over, he drops another one short now. Mendis goes back and pulls it over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. The 100-run partnership is also raised. The trail comes to double digits.
  • 102.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 102.1 Flatter on the pads, nudged fine down the leg side for one.
  • 101.6 Very full outside off, Kusal fails to jam it out. Well collected by the keeper. 402/2
  • 101.5 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 101.4 Outside off, pushed towards point rotate strike.
  • 101.3 Flatter outside off, Silva goes back and glides it towards third man for a couple.
  • 101.2 Around off, Silva gets down and bunts it.
  • 101.1 Floated outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • Sunzamul Islam is back on.
  • 100.6 FOUR! Same area, same result. This is dropped on a shorter length around middle and leg, Kusal goes back and pulls it. This time, he takes the aerial route and helps himself to another boundary. 9 runs off the over. He moves to 184, the deficit gets down to 114. 399/2
  • 100.5 FOUR! Short in length, Kusal goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Lots of real estate in that region.
  • 100.4 Flatter on the pads, Kusal fails to flick it away.
  • 100.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 100.2 On the stumps, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 100.1 Floated around middle and leg, worked away through square leg for one.
  • Mosaddek Hossain is brought back. He's just bowled the lone over so far.
  • 99.6 After getting some protection on the off side, Islam angles this in around middle and leg. Roshen works it through square leg to retain strike. 15 runs off this over. Talk about lack of action now. 390/2
  • Short third man in place, finally. But is it three boundaries too late?
  • 99.5 FOUR! Oh Taijul, what line are you bowling with no protection in the deep? Flatter in trajectory, outside off. Silva goes back deep in the crease and he has to only beat the lone slip fielder this time, as the gully is moved to silly point. He does so and collects a boundary.
  • 99.4 Eased through covers for a single.
  • 99.3 FOUR! Similar ball, similar shot, similar result. Short in length outside off, Mendis goes back and cuts it. There is a gully stationed this time but it doesn't make a difference. The ball goes through his left and speeds away to the fence.
  • 99.2 FOUR! Kusal Mendis is in very good touch. Understatement, considering that he is batting on 167 (now 171). This is flatter outside off, Kusal goes back and cuts it powerfully through backward point for a boundary.
  • 99.1 Floated on the stumps, Roshen gets down the track and hits it towards mid off for one.
  • 98.6 Floated outside off, driven through covers for a couple. 375/2
  • 98.5 FOUR! Tripe! Half-tracker on the stumps, Kusal goes back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 98.4 Flatter outside off, Kusal goes back and cuts it through backward point for a brace.
  • 98.3 Another one outside off, a run taken after pushing it through covers.
  • 98.2 A touch short outside off, Mendis hangs on the back foot and pushes it through the cover region for one.
  • 98.1 Flatter on the pads, worked away down the leg side for a single.
  • 97.6 Roshen eases this one through covers and gets to the other end. The trail gets down to one short of 150. 364/2
  • 97.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.4 On off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 97.3 Flatter outside off, Mendis pushes it towards cover-point for a quick run. The trail gets down to 150 now.
  • 97.2 Blocked off the front foot towards mid-wicket.
  • 97.1 Mendis prods forward and defends it solidly.
  • 96.6 Around middle and leg, pushed to mid-wicket. 362/2
  • 96.5 On the stumps, patted down the ground for one.
  • 96.4 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 96.3 Served around middle and leg, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 96.2 FOUR! That's the fifty-run partnership between these two. Floated full on off, Mendis gets a good stride forward and pushes it down the ground. Beats the bowler and mid off completely and gets a boundary.
  • 96.1 Kusal lunges forward and defends this one.
  • 95.6 Flatter outside off, guided past slip for a brace. The stand is worth 47 at this point. 355/2
  • 95.5 RS prods forward and defends.
  • 95.4 Roshen gets behind that and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 95.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 95.2 FOUR! Lovely. This is a shot similar to the one played by Dhananjaya this morning. Fuller on the stumps, Silva gets down the track and flicks it down through mid-wicket for a boundary. There was a man chasing it but he fails to stop that.
  • 95.1 Fuller on off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 94.6 This ball is kept out towards point off the back foot. 349/2
  • 94.5 On the stumps, turned to mid-wicket for one.
  • 94.4 Eased through covers for a single.
  • 94.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 94.2 Outside off, cut towards point.
  • 94.1 This one is turned round the corner for nothing.
  • 93.6 Mendis lunges forward and blocks. 346/2
  • 93.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 93.4 On the pads, flicked away round the corner.
  • 93.3 Outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 93.2 What's happening? Mendis places this one towards covers and comes down but stops to see what happens to the ball. Hasan there, gets to his left and tumbles as he stops it. Seeing that the ball isn't in the fielder's hands, the batters decide to take a run but then abort the plan. The throw is wide as well as tall, Das has to get well to his right and leap to take that. He does that and also has a shy at the stumps but misses. Kusal puts in the dive and makes it in eventually. A throw closer to the stumps would have meant curtains for him.
  • 93.1 Four Byes! Tossed up outside off, Mendis looks to go for the drive. But the turn on that ball takes it past the outside edge and through the gap between first slip and the keeper and goes away to the fence.
  • 92.6 Silva prods forward and blocks. 342/2
  • 92.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 92.4 150 up for Kusal Mendis. This is the third time in his career that he has passed the mark. He goes on the back foot and punches it down to long on for one.
  • 92.3 FOUR! All morning, we were ranting as to why Mehidy isn't brought in to bowl and he hasn't been impressive enough after he was. Drops it on a very short length, allowing Mendis to go back and pull it away. He does so and finds the deep mid-wicket fence with ease.
  • 92.2 Outside off, pushed defensively towards covers.
  • 92.1 Tossed up in line of the stumps, Silva goes back and works it off his pads for one.
  • Mehidy Hasan is brought back.
  • Drinks are called on the field.
  • 91.6 Quicker through the air on middle and leg, RS shimmies down the track and works it through mid-wicket for a single to keep strike. 336/2
  • 91.5 Dances down the track but almost yorks himself. Digs it out back to Taijul.
  • 91.4 Flighted delivery outside off, Silva presses forward in defense.
  • 91.3 Drifting in on middle and leg, clipped fine down the leg side for a couple of runs.
  • 91.2 Loops it up around off, Silva leans ahead and drives it back to Islam.
  • 91.1 Very full outside off, jammed out back to the bowler.
  • 90.6 Goes wider of the crease and slants it on a fuller length on middle and off, blocked from within the crease. Another good over from The Fizz. 333/2
  • 90.5 Switches to over the wicket, bowls a lifter on middle and leg. The batsman sits under it to let Liton Das collect.
  • 90.4 Short again but the line is down the leg side. KM moves inside the line to leave it unharmed.
  • 90.3 Short of a length delivery on middle and off, Kusal Mendis ducks under the bumper quickly.
  • Short leg comes in place. Expect some short stuff now.
  • 90.2 Angling in on a length on middle, Roshen Silva looks to turn it away but it goes off the thigh pad and rolls towards square leg. They cross for a leg bye.
  • 90.1 Good length delivery, in the channel on uncertainty, Silva shoulders his arms to leave it alone.
  • 89.6 Edged but safe! Quicker through the air, at 84.4 kph, it turns away sharply. Mendis hangs back in defense but the away turns takes the outside edge and rolls past the first slip fielder. Kayes gives it a chase to keep them down to a couple. 332/2
  • 89.5 Tossed up outside off, Mendis eases the drive towards mid off.
  • 89.4 Drifting in from outside off, driven towards the fielder at cover.
  • 89.3 A bit fuller outside off, worked in front of the short leg fielder.
  • 89.2 Flatter one around off, worked in the bounce towards FSL.
  • 89.1 Loosener from Taijul! Short and spinning away outside off, Mendis slaps it behind point to take a brace.
  • We have a change in bowling. Taijul Islam is brought back into the attack. Let's see if the left-arm spinner can extract some purchase with the cherry that is relatively hard.
  • 88.6 Back of a length delivery but not much bounce behind it, dealt easily with it. 328/2
  • 88.5 Fuller in the channel outside off, left alone without much fuss.
  • 88.4 Drags his length on the shorter side, Silva doesn't offer any shot.
  • 88.3 FOUR! Edgyyyyy! Lucky, that Silva played that with soft hands. Clever bowling from Rahman. He should be happy as he managed to induce an edge! Goes wider of the crease from around the wicket angle, serves a cutter which pitches on off and deviates just a bit. Roshen has a tentative poke at it. Gets an edge which dips in between the first slip fielder and the keeper. Liton Das dives full length to his right but the ball drops in front. It takes a bit of gloves and goes to the fence behind.
  • 88.2 Bangs in a short one, at 133 kph, Silva is quick to sit under it.
  • 88.1 Good length delivery, angling in, tucked from within the crease towards square leg.
  • 87.6 FOUR! That was a loosener! Mehidy Hasan drops it on a shorter length, served outside off, Mendis camps back and punches it through the gap at cover. Rahman in the deep comes charging across to his right, puts in a dive, tries to pull the ball back in play but the ball goes off his fingers and trickles away the fence. 324/2
  • 87.5 Tossed up delivery outside off, eased through cover for a single.
  • 87.4 Gets behind the line and Silva defends it watchfully.
  • 87.3 Darted, very full on the stumps, wristed wide of the man at mid on for a single.
  • 87.2 Flatter delivery on the stumps, kept out off the back foot gently.
  • 87.1 Spinning back down leg, flicked off the pads towards fine leg for a single.
  • 86.6 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Kusal Mendis hangs back and shows a straight bat. Good couple of overs from Bangladesh. They are drying out the runs here. 317/2
  • 86.5 Angling in on middle, worked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 86.4 Hits the deck hard, gets a bit of extra bounce as Roshen Silva ducks under it to let the keeper collect it.
  • 86.3 Sprays a bit too wide outside off to make the batter play at it.
  • 86.2 Angles it in from outside off, Silva covers the sticks and blocks it down.
  • 86.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped behind point for a single.
  • 85.6 Wristed away towards the man at mid-wicket. 315/2
  • 85.5 Touch short and spinning in from outside off, defended with a straight bat.
  • 85.4 Roshen leans ahead and keeps it out.
  • 85.3 Tossed up outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 85.2 Flatter one down the leg side, flicked down to fine leg for a brace.
  • 85.1 Stumping chance goes down! Nearly, nearly another one but you can't blame the keeper as he tried his best. Hasan pitches it around middle, Roshen Silva comes down the track but the ball grips and turns down leg. He gets beaten on the attempted flick shot and Liton Das behind the stumps moves quickly to his left but fails to gather. The ball bursts through his mitts and goes behind further. They take two byes. Bangladesh creating chances here.
  • 84.6 Bangs in a short ball on middle and leg, Kusal sits under it. A maiden! 311/2
  • 84.5 Driven straight to the man at cover.
  • Now Rahman is seen flirting with the danger zone in his followthrough. Needs to be careful here as umpire Rod Tucker has been really strict all this while.
  • 84.4 Angling away outside off, another leave from Mendis.
  • 84.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 84.2 Outside off, KM lets it be.
  • 84.1 On a good length and just outside off, defended off the back foot.
  • 83.6 Silva flicks it towards the man at mid-wicket for nothing. 311/2
  • 83.5 Flattish outside off, punched to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 83.4 Quicker ball on the stumps, worked away towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 83.3 Gets behind the line and blocks.
  • 83.2 Turning back in from a length outside off, flicked through backward square leg for a single.
  • 83.1 Spinning down leg, Mendis goes back to flick but fails to work it away. A good take from Das.
  • 82.6 Goes fuller, a bit on off, worked away towards mid on. 308/2
  • One Silva replaces another. Roshen Silva walks in next.
  • 82.5 OUT! Top edge and it's taken! A wicket against the run of play, the second new ball doing the trick, a rash approach. You call it what you want. To be honest, de Silva who was fluent all throughout his innings, looked a bit overconfident after the lunch break. Rahman drops it on a length and angles it away outside off. Dhananjaya stands tall and looks to pull it away but gets hurried on due to the zip extracted by the new ball. Gets a healthy top edge that skies straight up in the air. Liton Das calls for it, runs in front towards point and takes it. Even Rahman goes for it but seeing the keeper charging in, he aborts. Finally, finally Bangladesh have struck and have put an end to a marathon partnership of 308 runs. Sri Lanka still trail by 205 runs.
  • 82.4 Sprays it on a fuller length, wider outside off, the batsman shoulders his arms.
  • 82.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 82.2 Stands back to this length ball and defends it down.
  • 82.1 Fuller and wider outside off, de Silva looks to jam this one out but it goes to the keeper. A stifled appeal for a caught behind but the sound was of the bat hitting the ground and hence the umpire shakes his head.
  • 81.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 308/1
  • 81.5 A bit short and flatter through the air, Mendis taps it in front of point. Wants a single but won't get it.
  • 81.4 Mendis bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 81.3 Fractionally short and bowled outside off, Mendis punches it through sweeper cover for a brace.
  • 81.2 Flatter one outside off, knocked down to long on for one.
  • 81.1 Was that a catch? Oh, yes indeed! Full marks to Liton Das for his efforts! He is quick to see what Dhananjaya was shaping up for. De Silva walks across the sticks, Mehidy serves it down the leg side. The right-hander goes for the paddle but ends up getting it off the splice. Das dives to his left, gets a glove to it but fails to hold on. Had that been taken, my word, it would have been a stunner. Chance goes down, nevertheless.
  • 80.6 FOUR! Creamed it! Rahman goes fuller, it turns out to be a half-volley. Mendis takes a stride forward and drives it past the man at mid off. The new ball does the rest. It races away to the fence. 305/1
  • 80.5 Slanting away on a back of a length in the fifth stump channel, slapped towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 80.4 Good length delivery on middle, defended with a slightly closed face of the bat towards mid-wicket.
  • 80.3 Angling away on a fuller length outside off, DdS makes an assured leave.
  • 80.2 A record broken! This is the first time in this Test that runs have come in the form of leg byes. Rahman once again strays around the pads, de Silva moves inside the line to clip it away but gets it off the pads down to fine leg. Two leg byes taken, first extras in this innings. Also, triple century comes up.
  • The umpires are having a chat with de Silva. Not sure what was it regarding. Maybe, because the batter walked down the track and was seen on the danger area. Well, I didn't know that even when you take the charge, you aren't allowed to step on the red zone.
  • 80.1 Interesting! He comes in from over the wicket but serves it down the leg side. Dhananjaya dances down the track and looks to clip it away but fails to get any wood on it.
  • The second new ball is available now. And Bangladesh have opted for it straightaway. Mustafizur Rahman to taste the new cherry first. Can he strike? Three slips in place. Good attacking move.
  • 79.6 Hasan gives it air, lands it outside off, Kusal bunts it back to the bowler. 298/1
  • 79.5 Flighted delivery around off, worked off the inner half as the ball rolls past the short leg fielder.
  • 79.4 Flatter ball outside off, helped with a dab past the first slip fielder for a couple of runs towards third man.
  • 79.3 Let's the ball dip in, Mendis works it straight to the fielder at short mid-wicket.
  • 79.2 Lands it on off, turning back in, clipped off the back foot past short leg.
  • 79.1 Run to start with! Tossed up ball outside off, dipping in, de Silva gets down, takes it on the full to sweep it in front of square on the leg side to get to the other end.
  • We are back for the post-lunch session. Will we see Bangladesh coming out with a plan and tasting success? Both the batsmen are set to resume their innings. Dhananjaya de Silva will face the first ball. Mehidy Hasan has the ball. Let's play...
  • ... Day 3, Second Session ...
  • Bangladesh look down and out at the moment. They look hapless against the two batsmen out there and none of their bowlers have an answer to stop the rampage. The left-arm spinners opted for negative lines to dry the run-flow while their skipper went all defensive with his field placements. The fact that Mehidy Hasan wasn't given to bowl much, should keep you thinking. Anyway, Sri Lanka are still 218 runs adrift and if they manage to continue in the same manner, they will be ahead of the hosts at some stage later in the day. The second new ball is just one over away. Will that bring about the change in fortunes for the home side? Or will the churning game go on? Join us back for the second session in a short while...
  • Back-to-back wicketless sessions and no need to say who take the honours this morning. Sri Lanka continue to dominate the proceedings with both their overnight batsmen, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva ruling the roost and making merry on this docile surface. They haven't offered any chance to the hosts and have been successful in motoring along. Both look set big time and look hungry for more. Double ton is there for the taking and they would look to get one under their belts.
  • 78.6 Flatter delivery on the leg stump, Kusal Mendis gets it off the inner half past short leg. LUNCH, DAY 3! 295/1
  • 78.5 Fuller on the stumps, defended nicely off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 78.4 Shorter and wider on off, de Silva stays back and punches it towards deep cover for a single.
  • 78.3 Around middle and leg, wristed through square leg for one.
  • 78.2 Quicker delivery, a bit close to the off stump, Mendis shapes up for the cut shot but it's too close to do so. Chops it towards the backward point fielder.
  • 78.1 Tossed up outside off, pushed towards the mid off fielder.
  • We will get one more over in before lunch.
  • 77.6 Drifting in from around off, de Silva stabs it out. 293/1
  • 77.5 Covers the line and blocks.
  • 77.4 Slower delivery, turning back in from a length, worked in front of square leg for a single.
  • 77.3 Flattish delivery on the stumps, Mendis hangs back and shows a straight blade.
  • 77.2 FOUR! Deft! Mehidy Hasan bowls it quicker through the air, outside off, Mendis makes room and cuts it really late. Gets it past Imrul Kayes at first slip, who gives it a chase. But his tired legs mean that the ball wins the race.
  • 77.1 Spinning back in around leg, clipped towards short fine leg for a single.
  • 76.6 Tossed up on the stumps, driven straight to the man at cover. 287/1
  • 76.5 De Silva pushes it through cover for a single.
  • 76.4 Flighted outside off, defended with a lunge forward.
  • 76.3 FOUR! Delightful stuff! Left me in awe! Excellent use of the feet and then those wrists come into play! Simply superb! Floated delivery around middle and off, Dhananjaya skips down the track and wrists it cleanly over mid-wicket to pick up a boundary.
  • 76.2 Gets behind the line and stabs it out.
  • 76.1 Flighted delivery on off, de Silva comes down the track, takes it on the full and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Another change. Taijul Islam comes back into the attack.
  • 75.6 This one nearly went through! Flatter one, skids off the surface and stays a bit low too. Mendis crouches low and brings his bat down at the right time to keep it out in the direction of the bowler. 282/1
  • 75.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 75.4 Stays back, allows the ball to turn back in and then clips it through square leg for a single.
  • 75.3 Takes a stride forward, drives but finds the man at mid off.
  • 75.2 Slower through the air but the length is a tad short, defended off the back foot.
  • 75.1 Flighted delivery outside off, de Silva straightaway dances down the track and drives it towards mid off where Mominul Haque makes a tumbling stop.
  • Here he comes. The only one to pick up a wicket, Mehidy Hasan is FINALLY brought into the attack. Can he provide the breakthrough? The second new ball is 30 balls away.
  • 74.6 Hangs back and works it towards the man at square leg. 281/1
  • 74.5 Drops it short around leg, worked away through square leg for a single.
  • Shamim Chowdhury makes a point on air. He feels that going in with just one pacer isn't the best idea. Variation in pace plays a big role, especially when the wickets are hard to come by.
  • 74.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 74.3 Flatter one outside off, punched to long on for one.
  • 74.2 FOUR! Pulled away! Drops it short and down the leg side, Mendis sinks low and pulls it over square leg. The man in the deep gets to the ball, gets a hand to it but fails to stop it from crossing the fence.
  • 74.1 Drifting in from outside off, slapped towards deep point for a single.
  • Mahmudullah brings himself on. Another throw of the dice.
  • 73.6 Flighted delivery around off, makes a bit of room and pushes it down to long off for a single. 274/1
  • 73.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 73.4 Tossed up outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 73.3 Loopy delivery outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 73.2 Another short ball on middle, punched past the man at mid-wicket for a single.
  • 73.1 Drops it short and served outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 72.6 Milked down to long off for an easy single. 269/1
  • 72.5 Another couple! Quicker and flatter one outside off, Dhananjaya makes room and guides it past the lone slip fielder to collect a brace.
  • 72.4 On the shorter length around leg, clipped through square leg and this time the batsmen come back for two. 1000 Test runs for de Silva in just 23 innings! Becomes the joint-fastest for Sri Lanka along with Roy Dias and Michael Vandort.
  • 72.3 Slower through the air outside off, punched through cover for a single.
  • 72.2 Flattish delivery around middle and leg, punched past the man at short mid-wicket to pick up a single.
  • 72.1 Slides it in from around the wicket, Kusal with a lean forward drives it through cover for a single.
  • 71.6 Tossed up around middle and leg, Dhananjaya presses forward to keep it out. 261/1
  • 71.5 Gets right behind the line and blocks it out.
  • 71.4 Flatter one outside off, Kusal doesn't play at it.
  • 71.3 Loopy delivery outside off, eased down to long off for a single.
  • 71.2 Flighted delivery around middle and leg, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 71.1 That's why! Turn on the very first ball! Mendis wears a smile on his face! He pitches it around off and gets it to turn away appreciably, Mendis makes an easy leave.
  • More left-arm spin! Mominul Haque is brought into the attack. Hard to fathom why Bangladesh is not bringing Mehidy Hasan on.
  • 70.6 Around middle and leg, worked down to long on for a single. 260/1
  • 70.5 De Silva is happy to milk a single by nudging it towards square leg.
  • 70.4 Flatter delivery on leg, defended back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • 70.3 Floated outside leg, whipped away to deep square leg for a single.
  • 70.2 Lands it outside leg, defended with a lunge forward.
  • 70.1 Fuller around middle and leg, Mendis blocks it back to the bowler.
  • Mehidy Hasan is having a long chat with Mahmudullah.
  • 69.6 Drops it a bit short around leg, clipped through square leg to keep strike. 257/1
  • 69.5 Outside leg, turning in towards off, Mendis stays back to keep it out.
  • 69.4 150 up for Dhananjaya de Silva! He continues to amaze us! Beautiful knock. A bit shorter around middle and off, punched down to long off for a single. Just a raise of the bat from him. Now, can he get to a double ton?
  • 69.3 A bit too full on the leg stump, driven down to long on to bring de Silva back on strike.
  • 69.2 Flatter through the air around leg, tucked through square leg for an easy single. Moves to 149!
  • 69.1 Flatter delivery around middle and leg, punched back down the track.
  • 68.6 Loopy outside off, Kusal Mendis lunges forward in defense. 253/1
  • 68.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 68.4 De Silva dances down the track but yorks himself. What does he do? Jams it down to long off for a single.
  • 68.3 Lands it on middle and leg, blocked.
  • 68.2 Flighted delivery around middle and leg, worked wide of mid on for a single.
  • 68.1 A bit too full, pitched around middle and off, blocked into the ground.
  • 67.6 Pitching outside leg, turning in, safely defended back down. 251/1
  • 67.5 Darted on the leg stump, nudged away in front of square leg for a single.
  • 67.4 Takes a stride forward and kills it into the turf.
  • 67.3 Dipping in on middle and leg, worked away through square leg to bring up the 250 for Sri Lanka. These two are going strong and it doesn't seem like they will stop.
  • 67.2 Very full around middle and leg, de Silva jams it out.
  • 67.1 A bit fuller, pitched around leg, de Silva hides his bat behind the pads to kick it away.
  • 66.6 Slower through the air, dipping in on leg, Mendis defends it back down the track. 249/1
  • 66.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 66.4 Slower through the air, but on the shorter length, clipped through square leg for a single.
  • 66.3 Shimmies down the track and bunts it back down the track.
  • 66.2 Drifting in on middle and leg, pushed back to Sunzamul.
  • 66.1 Floated delivery around middle and leg, blocked again.
  • 65.6 Maiden! Very full on the stumps, KM blocks. 248/1
  • 65.5 Flatter delivery around middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 65.4 Floated ball around middle and leg, Mendis stonewalls it.
  • 65.3 Quicker through the air, but a bit too full, clipped through the leg side.
  • 65.2 Leans forward a touch and nudges it towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 65.1 Tosses it up from over the wicket, Kusal presses forward in defense.
  • 64.6 Floated ball on the stumps, de Silva takes a stride forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 248/1
  • 64.5 Slower through the air, but this time he drags his length back just a touch. Mendis goes back and clips it to the square leg fielder.
  • 64.4 Around middle and leg, another solid defense on offer.
  • 64.3 Nice loop again, Kusal is happy to press forward and keep it out.
  • 64.2 Nice loop again, lands it around leg, defended into the ground.
  • 64.1 Flighted delivery around leg, blocked solidly by prodding ahead.
  • 63.6 Defended off the front foot onto the ground. 247/1
  • 63.5 Served around leg, de Silva pads this one as well.
  • Athar Ali Khan is questioning the logic of not going to Mehidy Hasan in the first hour. Clearly, the leader of your spin attack should have been given a role soon.
  • 63.4 Around leg, padded away.
  • 63.3 DdS gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it out.
  • 63.2 Similar ball, Dhananjaya goes back and pushes it with soft hands through backward square leg. Has enough time to come back for the second.
  • 63.1 Taijul comes over the wicket and bowls it around leg. De Silva pushes it back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • Time for some drinks! Sri Lanka continue to motor along well. They have taken 58 runs off the first hour, wherein 15 overs have been bowled. The pair has looked commanding, to say the least. Their mammoth 245-run stand stands testimony to that. Bangladesh haven't been incisive enough with the ball and have continued to go with the flow. Can they find a way to break this stand?
  • 62.6 Short in length down leg, Dhananjaya pulls it through backward square leg. There is a fielder manning that area and just a single results. 245/1
  • 62.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 62.4 Around leg, de Silva pads it away.
  • 62.3 Islam comes over the wicket now. Bowls it around middle and leg, defended.
  • The cap goes out and the helmet comes in for Dhananjaya now.
  • 62.2 FOUR! It is heartening to see the way these youngsters play spin. This ball is flighted outside off, Dhananjaya gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 62.1 Kusal gets to the other end by driving it to long off.
  • 61.6 Pushed to the cover region by DdS. 239/1
  • 61.5 Good use of the feet. Dhananjaya uses his feet to get down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 61.4 SAFE! Floated outside off, de Silva lunges forward to defend but misses. Das whips the bails off in a flash and asks the query to the umpire, who takes it upstairs. Joel Wilson, the third umpire, is happy to make his decision on having the first look, as Dhananjaya's back foot is firmly grounded.
  • Have Bangladesh got the breakthrough that they want? Liton Das seems pretty confident to have stumped Dhananjaya. It is referred upstairs.
  • 61.3 A forward defense displayed to this one in line of the stumps.
  • 61.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 61.1 SIX! Beautifully struck. Tossed up ball around off, de Silva slinks down the track in a flash and hits it straight as an arrow for half a dozen.
  • 60.6 Eased through mid off for one. 231/1
  • 60.5 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 60.4 This is driven through covers for one.
  • 60.3 FOUR! Kusal Mendis will remember his 23rd birthday for some time now. He gets to his 4th Test century and in some style. This one is floated well outside off, Kusal uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and hits it over wide mid on. Raises his helmet and the bat and that's that for a celebration. He knows that a personal milestone is just a step for the larger cause, that is taking lead over the opposition. His side is still 284 runs behind.