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Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST)

Date: Saturday, 10 February, 2018 15:03 IST Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Match Status: Match Ended

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 215 runs

222/10
Overs
65.3
R/R
3.4
Fours
23
Sixes
3
Extras
5
110/10
Overs
45.4
R/R
2.42
Fours
11
Sixes
1
Extras
4
226/10
Overs
73.5
R/R
3.07
Fours
24
Sixes
0
Extras
4
123/10
Overs
29.3
R/R
4.2
Fours
11
Sixes
2
Extras
7
  • Sri Lanka lost Karunaratne early but Kusal Mendis' counter-attacking 68 meant that they had the runs flowing. At 110/6, Roshen Silva took the honours and stitched two valuable stands - first with Dilruwan Perera which was worth 52 and then with Akila Dananjaya of 43. The visitors managed to recover from such a position otherwise they could have faced even more embarrassment. So, on such a dustbowl, every run matters. They have the quality spinners in their ranks who can inflict the damage. Is the score that the Lankans have got enough? Out walk the Bangla openers Tamim and Kayes for their reply...
  • So, Bangladesh have wrapped the Lankans up for a scanty total. Their spinners have made merry on a surface that has a lot in it for them. It was the comeback man, Abdur Razzak at first who broke the top order, picking up a 4-fer, while Taijul Islam then with his consistent lines and lengths ended with a 4-fer too. Amidst the spinners running riot, Mustafizur Rahman too chipped in with three wickets and overall it was a collective effort from the hosts' bowlers to restrict the Lankan lions.
  • 65.3 OUT! Gloved it! Taijul Islam ends up with a 4-fer! He tosses it up outside off, at 79.7 kph, Roshen Silva presses forward to defend but there is a bit of extra bounce which takes the gloves and settles into the mitts of Liton Das. A good take from the keeper and Silva doesn't even wait. He knew he has edged it straightaway. SRI LANKA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 222!
  • 65.2 Flatter again, angling in, Lakmal wrists it through mid-wicket. Rahim gives it a long chase and stops the ball inside the rope. The stand moves to 15 from 37.
  • 65.1 Flatter through the air, punched off the back foot to the bowler.
  • 64.6 The Fizz spears in a wide yorker, Roshen swings at it only to get beaten. 219/9
  • 64.5 Drives it sweetly but finds the man at cover.
  • 64.4 Good length ball outside off, poked towards cover.
  • 64.3 Nicely done! Hits the deck hard, Silva gets on top of the bounce and cracks it square on the off side. Tamim in the deep mops it up before they take two.
  • 64.2 Slower ball, pitched outside off, RS defends it with a straight blade towards cover.
  • 64.1 Fuller in length from around the wicket, driven through cover for a single.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is back on with a packed off side field.
  • 63.6 Floated delivery outside off, Silva uses his feet and pats it into the cover region. 216/9
  • 63.5 FOUR! Vital runs! Short delivery, served outside off, Roshen Silva slaps it behind point and there is no one in the deep to stop it.
  • 63.4 Ahhh... that's a good ball! Islam pitches it up outside off and it rips away just a touch to nearly kiss the outside edge of Silva's bat.
  • 63.3 Loopier ball outside off, the batsman makes another watchful defense.
  • 63.2 Around middle and off, defended once again off the front foot.
  • 63.1 Slower one, served outside off, Silva leans forward and blocks.
  • 62.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 212/9
  • 62.5 Pushed towards the man at mid off.
  • 62.4 Third consecutive 50-plus score for Roshen Silva. Another valuable knock from him and gets a good applause from the dressing room. Uses his feet to this fuller ball and wrists it away through wide mid on for a single.
  • 62.3 Fired outside off, Silva doesn't offer any stroke.
  • 62.2 Good running! Comes down the track and ends up yorking himself. Digs it out towards long on and gets to the other end. The fielder is a bit lazy to attack the ball and by the time he returns a throw to Das, Silva adds a brace to his tally. Moves onto 49.
  • 62.1 Loopy delivery outside off, it's kept out watchfully.
  • 61.6 Lakmal survives again! A bit of loop on this occasion, Suranga leans forward and pushes it to the cover. 209/9
  • 61.5 Quicker and fuller around off, Lakmal with a stride forward shows a tight defense.
  • 61.4 Darts it on the stumps, Roshen Silva comes down the track and wrists it through mid-wicket to give Lakmal the next two balls.
  • 61.3 Gives it some air, lands it on off, RS prods forward in defense.
  • 61.2 A bit too full outside off which allows Silva to keep it out with ease.
  • 61.1 Stump-to-stump line. Arrowed on the stumps, Roshen shows compact defense.
  • Taijul Islam has a change of ends.
  • 60.6 Lakmal survives! He blocks this fuller ball towards the leg side. 208/9
  • 60.5 Tossed up outside off, Suranga makes room and drives it along the ground to long off.
  • 60.4 Sees the batsman giving the charge and hence Razzak fires it full and wide outside off. Silva still manages to drill it to long off for a single. Lakmal will have to survive for the next two balls now.
  • 60.3 Takes a stride forward and stonewalls it.
  • 60.2 Floated delivery, landed outside off, Silva defends it in front of the silly point fielder.
  • 60.1 Fires in a flatter ball on the stumps, kept out off the back foot.
  • Abdur Razzak is back on. Can he pick up a 5-fer on return?
  • 59.6 Keeps it fuller on off asking the no. 11 to go after it. The Lankan vice captain obliges and gets beaten. 207/9
  • 59.5 Defended off the back foot back to the bowler.
  • 59.4 Switches the angle and comes from around the wicket. He keeps it on a back of a length outside off, Suranga looks to offer a straight bat but gets it off the high portion of the bat to gully.
  • 59.3 Full toss, dipping in on off, Lakmal is early into the drive and ends up mistiming it to mid off.
  • 59.2 Fires in a yorker on leg, Lakmal digs it out.
  • Suranga Lakmal is the last man in.
  • 59.1 OUT! Clever bowling! That is why Roshen Silva wanted a single desperately on the last ball of the previous over. This is almost a replica of Akila's wicket. It's the cutter again which holds on the surface and foxes the veteran. Herath looks to push but is ages early in doing so. The ball lobs up and it's a dolly for Rahim at cover. Second wicket for Rahman.
  • 58.6 Goes back to this flatter ball and taps it in front of square leg. Calls for the single but the old man at the other end ain't interested. 207/8
  • 58.5 Bowls a sliders from around middle and off, RS hangs back in defense.
  • 58.4 Slower and with a bit more loop, Silva uses his feet to push it back to Taijul.
  • 58.3 Looped up on off, draws the batsman forward and then turns away to beat the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 58.2 Nice flight on this one, Silva works it towards square leg.
  • 58.1 Slower through the air outside off, pushed through cover for a single.
  • Taijul Islam to continue from the other end.
  • 57.6 Bowls it on a back of a length, angling away, steered off the outer half towards gully. 206/8
  • 57.5 Fuller on the stumps, pushed back down to mid on.
  • 57.4 Pitches it on leg, it's the cutter again. Roshen misses his flick and wears it on the pads.
  • 57.3 Goes for the yorker, tailing back in, Rangana does well to bring his bat down and help it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 57.2 Starts the session with a full toss. It takes Herath aback who just pushes it towards the cover fielder.
  • Welcome back for the final session. Sri Lanka have just two wickets remaining. How many more can they add? We shall find out. Out walk the players and the umpires. Rangana Herath is the new man in and will face the first ball of the final session. Mustafizur Rahman will continue his pending over. Let's play...
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • The debutant then walked in and looked really confident. He too offered a good hand to the set Silva and another stand started to motor along before Mustafizur Rahman took one just at the stroke of tea. Sri Lanka have done well to cross the 200-run mark and with Silva still there, his side would hope the runs to come by. Whereas, the home side will be looking to scalp out the remaining two wickets quickly. Will they be able to do so? Join us back in just a bit for the final session...
  • With the wicket of Akila Dananjaya, the umpires have decided to take TEA. A good session for both the sides. Bangladesh removed Kusal Mendis on the very second ball after lunch and Dickwella couldn't last long either. At 110/6, it seemed like the hosts will run through the batting line-up but no... Dilruwan Perera along with Roshen Silva came together and offered some dogged resistance. At the same time they made sure the runs also kept coming. Together they added 52 before Taijul dismissed the former.
  • 57.1 OUT! Stop the press! A pacer has picked up a wicket here. Another stunning catch from Rahim to break the 43-run stand at the right time. Rahman from over the wicket bowls another cutter, it stops a bit on the surface and deceives the debutant completely. Akila Dananjaya is early into the drive. Ends up spooning it towards cover where Rahim dives forward to take it. It was dipping in front but he did well to hold onto it.
  • 56.6 Slower through the air, bowled outside off, Silva opens the face of the bat and steers it towards backward point. 205/7
  • 56.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.4 Darted on middle, worked wide of mid on for a single.
  • 56.3 Flighted ball around middle and off, Dananjaya prods forward in defense.
  • 56.2 Makes room and drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 56.1 Tossed up on off, defended down watchfully.
  • 55.6 Shorter in length outside off, Akila looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce towards first slip. 203/7
  • 55.5 An appeal for LBW this time! He drops it ahead of a length, it stops a touch as Dananjaya comes forward to defend. The ball hits the pads and they all start to appeal. The umpire shakes his head as he spots the inside edge. Good decision. Also, when the ball landed a puff of dust was seen coming off.
  • Akila Dananjaya seems to have hurt his left elbow. He is in agony and calls for some assistance from the physio...
  • 55.4 FOUR LEG BYES! What a delivery from the Fizz! He has cut the batsman into two halves! Bowls a pacy cutter, which grips and puts the southpaw in a tangle. He gets beaten on the inside as the ball brushes his left elbow and beats the keeper to the fence. Meanwhile, 200 is up for SL.
  • 55.3 Shorter in length on middle, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 55.2 Beautiful shot! Akila Dananjaya is growing in confidence! Fuller ball on off, Akila leans ahead and caresses it through covers. Won't get a boundary but will pick up three for doing so.
  • 55.1 Taps this back of a length delivery towards point and gets to the other end.
  • 54.6 OVERTHROWS! This will help Sri Lanka. Abdur Razzak is the culprit. Silva pushes it towards him at mid off and takes his on. The comeback man, charges towards the ball and fires a wild throw at the keeper's end. Liton Das dives to his right and so does Sabbir Rahman from first slip but the ball is far from their reach. It races down to the fence behind. Another partnerships has started to swell. 194/7
  • 54.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 54.4 Gives it some flight, lands it outside off, AD uses his feet and drives it to long off for a single.
  • 54.3 Dances down the track and wrists it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 54.2 Flatter and shorter outside off, Akila goes deep in the crease and packs a punch through the gap at cover. Rahman from deep point goes after it and does well to pull the ball back in play. They take three runs.
  • 54.1 Floated delivery outside off, Dananjaya blocks it off the front foot watchfully.
  • 53.6 On a good length and this one holds its line, Silva gets back to punch but couldn't find the gap at cover. 184/7
  • 53.5 Length ball outside off, punched towards the cover fielder.
  • 53.4 FOUR! Deft if I can call it one! Cutter from Rahman who delivers it by going wide of the crease. Silva stands tall and at the very last moment he opens the face of the bat and glides it between second slip and the gully fielder for a boundary. Moves to 36 now.
  • 53.3 Pitches it up outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to the extra cover fielder.
  • 53.2 Ahead of a length and just outside off, Silva hangs back in defense.
  • 53.1 On a fuller length and outside off, Silva defends it off the front foot.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is back on to bowl his 7th over.
  • 52.6 Slower through the air, a bit short outside off, pushed towards the off side off the back foot. 180/7
  • 52.5 FOUR! Cracked away! A bit short and bowled outside off, Dananjaya backs away and slaps it behind point. Tamim there had no chance to cut that off. The stand moves to 18 from 26 deliveries.
  • 52.4 Uses the feet and milks a single down to long off.
  • 52.3 Makes a bit of room and eases it through cover for a single.
  • 52.2 Tossed up delivery outside off, AD blocks it down.
  • 52.1 On a shorter length, a bit wider on off, steered towards point for a single.
  • 51.6 Defends it right in front of the silly point fielder. 173/7
  • 51.5 FOUR! Good shot from the debutant! Flighted ball outside off, Dananjaya dances down the track and decides to go with the turn. He goes inside out over extra cover and picks up his first boundary.
  • 51.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 51.3 Good effort from Tamim! Mehidy Hasan tosses it up on the stumps, Silva uses his feet, takes it on the full and flicks it through mid-wicket. The Bangla opener gives a good chase and does well to stop a run for his side.
  • 51.2 An appeal for LBW! Fires it outside off, Roshen Silva plants his front foot across and then pads it away. They appeal but to no avail as the impact was well outside the line.
  • 51.1 Floated delivery outside off, Silva presses forward and defends it down.
  • 50.6 On a flatter trajectory, Dananjaya covers the sticks to keep it out. 166/7
  • 50.5 Works it by coming down the track through wide mid on. Calls for two but will have to settle for one as the fielder is quick to deny them.
  • 50.4 Ripper! Lands it in the rough outside off, Silva lunges forward to counter it but the ball turns away and nearly takes the outside edge to the keeper.
  • 50.3 Loopy delivery on the stumps, Silva gets to the pitch of the ball and works it straight towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 50.2 A bit short and flatter through the air, tapped away towards the cover region.
  • 50.1 Flatter one around off, kept out off the back foot towards over.
  • 49.6 Dananjaya prods ahead and stonewalls it. 165/7
  • 49.5 Loopy delivery outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 49.4 Pushed towards the man at mid off.
  • 49.3 Takes a stride forward and drives it through covers. Hits it in the gap and comes back for a brace.
  • 49.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.1 Tossed up on off, Akila smothers it away.
  • 48.6 Loopy delivery outside off, Roshen Silva buries it into the ground. Just 1 run and a wicket off the over. 163/7
  • 48.5 Slower through the air, landed outside off, Akila pokes it towards point and scampers through to the other end to get off the mark as well.
  • 48.4 Comes half forward and blocks it out.
  • The debutant, Akila Dhananjaya walks in next, replacing Perera.
  • 48.3 OUT! Caught at silly point! Bangladesh have broken the well-constructed 52-run stand. Islam gets his third! He floats it up on the stumps, Perera lunges forward to defend but seems to have missed it. They all appeal and the umpire rules it out. Perera starts to walk back but then he is stopped by his partner and they opt to take the DRS. At first it seemed like he has been adjudged LBW but then the first replay suggests that there is a clear inside edge. It hits the pads and lobs towards silly point where Mominul Haque takes a simple catch. End of a good knock from Dilruwan but one would wonder why did he take the review when he knew he had hit that. Anyway, can Bangladesh restrict SL under 200?
  • Perera is given out - not sure for what. LBW or caught at silly point? He has a word with his partner before taking the DRS.
  • 48.2 Flatter through the air again, this time it's punched towards mid on.
  • 48.1 Flatter and shorter outside off, Dilruwan forces it off the back foot but finds the man at cover.
  • 47.6 Works it with the spin through square leg to keep strike. 162/6
  • 47.5 Eases this tossed up delivery down to long on for a comfortable single.
  • 47.4 Goes back and looks to tap and run but it goes on the bounce towards the short leg fielder.
  • 47.3 Very full on the stumps, kept out off the front foot.
  • 47.2 Floated outside off, Silva shows a tight defense.
  • 47.1 Very full outside off, Roshen leans across and wrists it towards short mid-wicket.
  • Double change as Mehidy Hasan Miraz is brought in to operate from the other end. A short leg and slip in place.
  • 46.6 Leans ahead and smothers it away towards the cover fielder. 160/6
  • 46.5 Around middle and leg, worked away towards mid on.
  • 46.4 Drifting in from outside off, the batsman sits back to stab it away.
  • 46.3 Lands it just around off, Perera presses forward to defend.
  • 46.2 Brings up the 50-run stand! Well done, Roshen and Dilruwan! Tossed up ball outside off, Silva uses his feet and eases the drive through mid off for a single.
  • 46.1 Floated delivery outside off, Roshen takes a stride forward and keeps it out.
  • Taijul Islam is brought back into the attack now.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Good recovery from Sri Lanka after losing two wickets in the first 7 balls after Lunch. The ball was keeping low and there were chances of the visitors getting bundled out before Tea but this partnership has kept Bangladesh at bay. It is currently worth 49, of which Dilruwan has made 30. Perera did give a chance on 18, only for Sabbir to spill it. Dilruwan's innings is worth gold dust for Sri Lanka who would be eyeing a score of around 250.
  • 45.6 A length ball on middle, worked wide of mid-wicket for a single. 159/6
  • Some problem behind the bowler's arm. A person is standing there, watching the proceedings, before he is asked to move away.
  • Short extra cover comes in now.
  • 45.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 45.4 Outside off, a bouncer, left alone.
  • 45.3 Hits the timber, but at the other end. Perera is out of his ground but the ball did not touch Mustafizur's hand. Full on middle, Silva plays this a bit uppishly, beaten by the cutter, going a bit too early. The ball lands in front but wide of the bowler who tries to stop it but cannot get a hand to it. The ball hits the stumps at the other end.
  • 45.2 Full and outside off. Perera pushes it towards gully where Mahmudullah dives to his right and misfields, conceding a single. Perera moves to 30 from 47 balls.
  • 45.1 Outside off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 44.6 Full and outside off, nicely defended. 10 from that over. 157/6
  • 44.5 Fuller and outside off, nicely pushed down to long off for a run.
  • 44.4 No hat-trick. Short and outside off, Dilruwan goes back and places it straight to backward point this time.
  • 44.3 Another FOUR! Perera is playing a lovely knock here. Full and outside off, overcompensating for that previous ball but the batsman just opens the face of his bat and squeezes it behind point for consecutive boundaries.
  • 44.2 FOUR! The partnership grows. Full and down the leg side, Perera just tickles it past the keeper to the fine leg fence. 150 UP FOR SRI LANKA and this partnership is now worth 42.
  • 44.1 A short ball on middle, Perera goes back and works it through square leg for a single.
  • 43.6 Stays back in his crease to block. 147/6
  • 43.5 Full and outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 43.4 A short ball outside off, Dilruwan sways away from the sharp bouncer. Nicely bowled.
  • 43.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • Perera is standing a good two feet outside the crease. This might be to negate the rough around him.
  • 43.2 Full and outside off, played straight to gully.
  • 43.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 42.6 Outside off, pushed through the covers for another single. Moves to 20 from just 35 balls. 147/6
  • 42.5 Oohh... another one STAYS LOW. A short ball, there to be hit, Perera rocks back to pull but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls back but far away from the stumps.
  • 42.4 Too full again, wristed wide of mid-wicket for one.
  • 42.3 A tad short, punched wide of cover for a run.
  • 42.2 Full on middle, worked wide of mid on for a single.
  • 42.1 On middle, worked straight to short leg.
  • Abdur Razzak gets a change of ends. Can he break this stand?
  • 41.6 Outside off, left alone. 143/6
  • 41.5 EDGED, DROPPED! Oh dear... the opportunity was created but not made use of. Rahman has Rahman down here. One Rahman, the bowler Mustafizur, bowled it wide outside off. Perera threw his bat at it and got a thick, fat outside edge. The ball went straight to the other Rahman, Sabbir at second slip but... in and out... he could not hang on.
  • 41.4 Comes around the wicket, bowls it extremely full and wide outside off, DP finally decides to have some fun and reaches out to drive but misses.
  • 41.3 Now gets the ball right in line of the stumps which means Dilruwan has to play. Does so with ease, blocking the ball to cover. Hint of reverse there.
  • 41.2 Similar ball, slightly held back a bit, left alone again.
  • 41.1 Full and wide outside off, tempting to drive, Perera resists.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is back on.
  • Roshen Silva seems to be having some issues with his left shoulder. The physio is out in the middle, does some stretching and rotating exercises but Silva is not happy. Out comes the magic spray.
  • 40.6 Landed outside off, Roshen keeps his bat inside the line. 143/6
  • 40.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 40.4 Now quietly rotates strike by pushing the ball towards sweeper cover. Moves to 20.
  • 40.3 SIX! Down the ground! That is a good shot. This can come only if you trust your defense and are confident of meeting the pitch of the ball. Silva dances down the track, gets as close as possible and lofts it over long on! The stand is worth 31 now.
  • 40.2 Arrowed in on middle, dabbed wide of mid-wicket for a quick single.
  • 40.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended back to the bowler.
  • 39.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 134/6
  • 39.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 39.3 Outside off, pushed to the off side for a single.
  • 39.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 39.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 38.6 Goes back and works it through the leg side for one more. 133/6
  • 38.5 Comes down the track and whips it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 38.4 Very straight ball, Roshen defends watchfully.
  • 38.3 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 38.2 A tad short, punched straight to cover.
  • 38.1 Ahem... that stays low as well. Silva looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes wide of the bowler.
  • 37.6 FOUR! A very expensive over. Pressure-releaser. Short and outside off, Perera goes back and punches it through the covers for a boundary! 13 from the over! 131/6
  • 37.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 37.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 37.3 Full on middle, worked through square leg for a couple.
  • 37.2 FOUR! Welcome runs. Full on middle, Perera flicks it through mid-wicket. Mushfiqur Rahim starts to give it a chase and even gets to the ball, sticks out his leg but the ball deflects back onto the ropes.
  • 37.1 Down the leg side, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 36.6 Ahh.... DP lunges to defend but the ball skids on, goes off the inside edge and lands wide of short leg. 118/6
  • 36.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.4 Slightly shorter, cut towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 36.3 Full and outside off, Roshen comes down the track and drives it towards mid off.
  • 36.2 Very full, Silva dead-bats it.
  • 36.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 35.6 Full and outside off, driven towards the bowler. 117/6
  • 35.5 Short and outside off, Perera goes back to cut but gets a bottom edge towards silly point.
  • 35.4 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 35.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.2 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 35.1 Hmmm.... almost a replica of the dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim in the first Test in the second innings. Dilruwan lunges to defend but the ball hits his bottom part and goes on the bounce to silly point. In Rahim's case, the ball has gone onto the boot.
  • 34.6 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. 117/6
  • 34.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 34.4 Landed around middle, well defended.
  • 34.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 34.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.1 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 33.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 117/6
  • 33.5 Close call! Landed outside off, Dilruwan pads it away and is hit on the pads. The Bangladeshi vocal chords go up as one but the umpire shakes his head. The ball was not coming in that match. Razzak straightway said no for the review.
  • 33.4 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a run.
  • 33.3 Very close to the off stump, a tight defense shown by Silva.
  • 33.2 Landed outside off, Perera gets down and prods it off the outer half of the bat behind point for a single.
  • 33.1 Full and outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 32.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 115/6
  • 32.5 Down the leg side, Roshen misses his flick.
  • 32.4 FOUR! A rank bad ball, short and outside off, Silva goes back and punches it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 32.3 Pushes this through mid on for a single.
  • 32.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Dilruwan Perera walks in at number 8, replacing Dickwella.
  • 32.1 OUT! That stays low and Dickwella has to go! This is just the 33rd over of the match and already the ball has started to keep low. Nothing Niroshan could do here. The ball was landed a tad short of full and Dickwella went back to defend. But the ball stayed low, went beneath the bat and hit the stumps. Poor lad. Taijul won't mind though.
  • Taijul Islam to bowl from the other end.
  • 31.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Beautiful bowling and what a start from Bangladesh after the break. 110/5
  • 31.5 Very full around middle and off, Silva blocks it out.
  • 31.4 Dickwella comes down the track and works it off the inner half through square leg to get off the mark.
  • 31.3 Around middle and off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Niroshan Dickwella is the new man in.
  • 31.2 OUT! Gone very next ball! This is beauty of a delivery from Razzak. Similar to the one on which he removed Chandimal. Razzak pitches it around middle and leg and it drifts away just a touch. Kusal Mendis lunges forward to defend and is beaten all ends up. The ball goes onto disturb the woodwork. Superb from Abdur and Sri Lanka now have lost half their side. The only one who looked comfortable has to walk back. Can Bangladesh restrict SL under 150?
  • 31.1 FOUR! A loosener to begin with! Razza bowls a half-tracker on middle, Mendis in such form isn't missing out on those. Goes back in a jiffy and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary to start the session.
  • We are back for the second session. It will be a task for the batsmen on this dust-bowl. Kusal Mendis holds the key for the Lankans if they are to post a good score or else, Bangladesh spinners will run through the remaining batting line-up. Abdur Razzak will continue his spell. A slip, leg slip, short leg and silly point in place. Let's play...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • What did Mahmudullah say to his group around the Drinks break? Whatever he said, worked wonders. 61/1 in 16 overs before that huddle - 44/3 in 15 since then. The home side has been inconsistent with its lengths but it will believe that a couple of wickets and the bowlers will come out to bat. Only 3 overs to pace so far, hence the excellent over rate. Join us back at 1210 local (0610 GMT).
  • Amidst the crests and troughs, Kusal Mendis has been standing tall for Sri Lanka. He seems to have read the pitch well and is playing brilliantly on 64. Sri Lanka will believe that prodding is definitely not the way to go on this pitch and we might see more counter-attacking post Lunch.
  • The saying goes that it takes one ball to change things and exactly that happened. Dhananjaya de Silva got consumed by the extra bounce while Danushka Gunathilaka, never looking settled, threw his wicket away. And then, Razzak got the big fish in Dinesh Chandimal for a duck.
  • Great comeback from Bangladesh in the opening session. After being asked to bowl, spin made an early impression but the counter-attacking stand from Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva pegged the hosts back. The sweeps and slog sweeps started to induce shorter lengths from the spinners and it seemed like Sri Lanka were in full control. So much so, that our colleague, Mandy, predicted, 900-plus is on the cards. But then...
  • 30.6 Another one goes past the outside edge. This is around off, Silva gets across to defend but still misses the ball. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 105/4
  • 30.5 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 30.4 This is a play and a miss. The length is fuller and the line is around off. RS lunges to defend but the ball spins and whizzes away.
  • 30.3 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. Two runs added to the total.
  • 30.2 Landed outside off, Roshen keeps his bat behind the pad but the ball lands on the rough, then spins away past the off stump. But Silva was well aware of that turn.
  • 30.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Last over before Lunch...
  • 29.6 FOUR! Full and outside off, Kusal leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 103/4
  • 29.5 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects. They pick up a single.
  • 29.4 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 29.3 Outside off, again that extra bounce, Roshen pushes but misses.
  • 29.2 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 29.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 28.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 98/4
  • 28.5 Roshen can continue batting. One replay is enough to indicate that this can be given out only in my locality where we use the one-bounce catch as a dismissal to escape from enduring the boredom of watching a batsman bat for a long time. Tossed up outside off, this time Silva does not come forward. He stays back but there is extra bounce on the ball which catches him by surprise. He loosely hangs his bat and gets an outside edge. Sabbir Rahman dives to his left from first slip but shakes his head as soon as he takes the catch. Says that he is not sure, when asked by the umpires too. Bangladesh persist with the appeal and umpire Tucker signals to the third umpire that he thinks that it is not out. Of course, the first replay shows that the ball has bounced.
  • Howzzat? Gone? Sabbir Rahman straightaway says no but Bangladesh appeal for a catch. Now the umpire questions Sabbir who shakes his head, saying he doesn't know. Referred upstairs, the soft signal being NOT OUT.
  • 28.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Mahmudullah moves from cover to second slip now. Good attacking captaincy. 5-fer for Bangladesh before Lunch?
  • 28.3 Well bowled. The length is full and immediately the batsman is forward. He looks to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 28.2 The arm ball, blocked to the leg side.
  • 28.1 Landed outside off, stays a tad low, pushed towards cover.
  • 27.6 Gets back and works it wide of mid on for a single. Fantastic double-wicket over from Razzak. 97/4
  • 27.5 Quicker one, outside off, punched hard but straight into the shin of silly point.
  • 27.4 On middle and off, watchfully defended.
  • 27.3 Not a great hat-trick ball, outside off, punched to the off side.
  • He was in his training jersey around 45 minutes back, sitting in the dugout, not even in the dressing room. But he has walked out in his whites now, at number 6 to replace his skipper. Roshen Silva is the new man in.
  • 27.2 OUT! Ho ho ho! One brings another and Chandimal is out of here! All that glitters is not gold and certainly not when a duck is on offer. In came Chandimal a ball ago, out he goes a ball later. What a jaffa from Razzak. He tosses this up around middle and leg and draws Chandimal forward. But once the ball pitches, it grips and turns past the outside edge. Clatter! Chandimal does not even bother to look back. This is not the first time he has been dismissed in that fashion. Razzak is on a hat-trick!
  • In walks the skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, at number 5. Is there time for Bangladesh to prize one more before the break?
  • 27.1 OUT! Poor shot. That is the problem with attacking. The batsman gets into the mode of hitting a bit too many risky shots and eventually pays the price. For Gunathilaka, that eventuality has come after 25 balls. Nothing special on the ball and an equally not-so-special shot from Danushka as well. He goes back, looking to punch but does not bother to keep it down. Now what is special on this ball is the catch. Mushfiqur Rahim, free from keeping duties, stationed at mid off, keeps his eyes on the ball, back-tracks and leaps at the precise moment to take a wonderful catch. The enterprising stand is broken.
  • Abdur Razzak for one last burst before Lunch.
  • 26.6 Full once more, the sweep is played again, but this time it is cut off by Mustafizur Rahman completing his morning jog from deep square leg. That should have been just a single but Rahman took his own sweet time, not paying a percent's heed to Liton Das' screaming. 96/2
  • 26.5 Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 26.4 FOUR! BOOM! Not a bad delivery but an excellent shot. Mendis has picked the length in a trice. He sets himself for the sweep, gets down and hits it powerfully through mid-wicket for a boundary. The stand is worth 33 now.
  • 26.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.2 There you go, beating the batsman all ends up. The length is fractionally short of full and Kusal goes back to defend. But the ball pitches and then spins away just a touch to beat the outside edge.
  • 26.1 Tossed up, around middle and leg, Mendis lunges to defend. 'That's the length they need to bowl, over and over again', screams Athar Ali Khan on air. Bangladesh have been guilty of bowling way too many short balls in this session.
  • 25.6 Similar to the boundary ball but this time Danushka punches it a bit too squarer. Mahmudullah from extra cover gets across to his right and dives to stop. 90/2
  • 25.5 Comes down the track and pushes it straight to mid off.
  • 25.4 FOUR! Great shot. Yes, it was a touch wide outside off but not all that short. But Gunathilaka goes back in a flash and punches it in front of the man at sweeper cover and beats him to the fence! Moves to 13 now.
  • 25.3 On middle, pushed down to long on for a single.
  • 25.2 Fuller this time, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 25.1 Landed on middle, Mendis goes back and pushes it towards Mehidy.
  • 24.6 A touch short again, bit of turn on that occasion, Kusal plays it smartly, going back and pushing it through point with soft hands for a single. 85/2
  • 24.5 Full and around off, blocked back to the bowler.
  • 24.4 Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 24.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 24.1 SIX! BLUDGEONED! Fifty for Mendis! His 5th in Tests. Gets there in style. Full and around off, Mendis gets down and mows it over mid-wicket for a biggie! His aggression has kept Bangladesh on the back foot throughout. 50 from just 80 balls, not bad on a turning track. The stand is worth 23 now.
  • 23.6 Short and outside off, cut through the covers for one. 78/2
  • 23.5 Full and just outside off, Mendis is well forward in defense.
  • 23.4 Comes down the track this time and eases it through mid off for a run.
  • 23.3 Fuller in length this time, Gunathilaka defends watchfully.
  • 23.2 Short and outside off, cut away powerfully but straight to extra cover.
  • 23.1 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on for a single.
  • 22.6 Down the leg side, worked away but straight to the man at short leg. Ouch! That has hit Mominul on his left groin. 75/2
  • 22.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 22.4 Tossed up a bit, around off, Kusal comes forward and blocks.
  • 22.3 The ball has found the edge of the bat.
  • 22.2 This time he gets it past silly point but does not earn a single.
  • 22.1 Landed outside off, Mendis goes back and punches it right onto the body of silly point.
  • 21.6 Better. Come forward and defend. Play safe if not picking. 74/2
  • 21.5 Oohhh.... he is struggling to pick Mehidy here. The arm ball, around off, Danushka goes back to cut but the cherry skids off the surface. As a result, a bottom edge is induced back to the bowler.
  • 21.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 21.3 On middle and off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 21.2 Outside off, a tad short, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 21.1 PHEW! Beaten in the mind. Tossed up outside off, Gunathilaka comes forward and then shoulders arms, expecting the ball to turn. But the ball does not spin, goes straight on and just misses the off pole!
  • 20.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 72/2
  • 20.5 STREAKY! That is why one needs to be proactive on this pitch. Full and outside off, Mendis is in two minds, whether to go forward or stay back. He does neither, coming half forward and going half-heartedly to defend. The ball goes off the inside edge, just past the stumps to fine leg. A single taken.
  • 20.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.3 Reaches out to this one and blocks.
  • 20.2 The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region.
  • 20.1 In line of the stumps, arrowed in, Mendis goes back and punches it to the off side. Dangerous.
  • 19.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 70/2
  • 19.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.4 Full and outside off, Danushka dead-bats it.
  • 19.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.2 FOUR! BLAST! Positive cricket from Sri Lanka. Looking at the pitch, don't think we will have a Test match on Monday. Perhaps the first innings of the game will turn out to be extremely crucial. No point in hanging and blocking. Better to be proactive and keep the scoreboard ticking. Tossed up, Gunathilaka comes down the track and hammers it past the bowler for a boundary down the ground.
  • 19.1 Landed around off, Gunathilaka uses his reach, strides forward, gets to the pitch of the ball and defends.
  • 18.6 Full and outside off, pushed wide of silly point. 66/2
  • 18.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.4 Debatable. Down the leg side, Gunathilaka looks to flick initially but then withdraws his bat, shouldering arms. The ball goes off his pads towards deep backward square leg and initially it seems like the batsmen are not going to run. But then, we see Kusal Mendis at the striker's end. Did he offer a shot? Shouldn't that have been a dead ball? Anyways...
  • 18.3 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 18.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 18.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 17.6 Comes forward and pushes it towards long on for a run. 64/2
  • 17.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 17.4 Outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 17.3 Full again, watchfully defended.
  • 17.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.1 Full and around off, Gunathilaka comes forward and defends.
  • Mehidy Hasan is back on.
  • 16.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 62/2
  • 16.5 Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 16.4 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad.
  • Danushka Gunathilaka walks in at number 4, replacing de Silva.
  • 16.3 OUT! This time the edge goes to hand! This wicket has come out of nowhere. Taijul lands it closer to the rough already developing on the pitch and de Silva, like on the previous occasion, lunges to defend. But this time, the ball bounces and catches the batsman off guard. Off it goes, kissing the gloves and straight to Sabbir Rahman at first slip. No fuss. No big score for De Silva in this game. The quickfire stand ends.
  • 16.2 Full and outside off, de Silva lunges to defend but gets an outside edge which does not carry to slip.
  • 16.1 Outside off, punched to the off side.
  • Drinks are on the field. This is a good start for Sri Lanka after electing to bat. They lost Karunaratne early but Mendis and his counter-attack has made sure Sri Lanka are in a good state. Dhananjaya de Silva has come out and the duo seem to be in the same mood which they were in the first Test. Mahmudullah is seen sharing some words with his team. Can they make further inroads?
  • 15.6 Pitches it around leg, it grips off the surface, Kusal covers the sticks to defend it back down the track. 61/1
  • 15.5 Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, Kusal swivels a bit and rolls his wrists over the pull shot to get it behind square on the leg side for one.
  • 15.4 Bowls the cutter again but it moves away too much. Easy leave for DdS.
  • 15.3 Keeps it nice and full again, Dhananjaya leans forward and drives it towards cover. The man there dives all over it but the fielder from mid off is quick to move to his right to deny the single.
  • 15.2 Fuller delivery in the zone outside off, stabbed out towards the same region. Looks for the single but it is not on.
  • 15.1 Marginally short and served outside off, steered with an open bat face towards point.
  • 14.6 Slightly overpitched outside off, Mendis jams it out towards short cover where the fielder makes a tumbling stop. Tidy stuff from the left-arm orthodox. 60/1
  • 14.5 Loopy delivery around leg, clipped in front of the man at short leg.
  • 14.4 Quicker ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 14.3 Drifting in on leg, Mendis keeps it out towards short leg.
  • 14.2 Gives it air on off, defended into the ground.
  • 14.1 Quicker one around middle and off, blocked back down the ground.
  • 13.6 Just one run from the over. Angling away from a length outside off, Dhananjaya lets it go. 60/1
  • 13.5 On middle and off, de Silva punches it back down the track towards the bowler who fails to stop it cleanly in his followthrough.
  • 13.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Mendis taps it in front of point for a single.
  • 13.3 Beaten! Delivers a cutter, at 127.2 kph, it pitches and then deviates off the seam to beat Mendis comprehensively.
  • 13.2 Slightly wider outside off, it pitches and bounces but the line is too wide which allows Mendis to leave it alone.
  • 13.1 Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Mendis defends it off the back foot..
  • 12.6 Slower through the air, just around off, de Silva defends it down. 10 comes from the over. 59/1
  • 12.5 SIX! Downtown! Superb counter-attacking from Sri Lanka! Islam once again floats it up around off, Dhananjaya has decided to not let the spinner settle down. Jumps out of the crease and slams it straight back down the ground for a biggie all the way. It's the first one of the game too.
  • 12.4 De Silva dances down the track and nearly yorks himself but then does well to block the ball.
  • 12.3 Loops it up outside off, de Silva makes room and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 12.2 Once again uses the feet and drives it to mid off.
  • 12.1 FOUR! 50 comes up for Sri Lanka! Taijul tosses it up around off, gets it to turn away a bit. Dhananjaya de Silva skips down the track and goes big with the turn. Lifts it beautifully over extra cover and picks up a boundary to start the over.
  • 11.6 Pitches it fuller on off, Mendis brings his bat down and drives it straight to the fielder at mid off. A maiden to start off with for Rahman. 49/1
  • 11.5 Good tempting line from Rahman but Kusal resists. He makes another assured leave.
  • 11.4 Slants it away on a length, a bit wider outside off, Kusal points his bat skywards before making a leave.
  • 11.3 Almost a wicket! Rahman spears in a fuller delivery, in the fifth stump line and gets it to shape away a wee bit. Mendis bends his back knee and tries to crack it through the off side but is beaten all ends up.
  • 11.2 Fuller in length and in the same channel, shouldered arms to.
  • 11.1 Begins his spell from over the wicket and hurls a length delivery in the channel outside off, Mendis pats it towards cover.
  • So after 66 balls, we have the pacer to have a go now. Mustafizur Rahman is brought on. Three slips in place.
  • 10.6 Quicker through the air, at 89.1 kph, de Silva looks to pull at first but gets hurried on by it. In the end just defends it down. 4 from Islam's first over. 49/1
  • 10.5 Mendis makes a bit of room and eases the drive through the cover region for a single.
  • 10.4 Flighted ball outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 10.3 Loopy delivery outside off, driven down to long off for a single.
  • 10.2 A bit short outside off, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 10.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, punched through cover for a single.
  • Taijul Islam is the first bowling change of the day.
  • 9.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 9 off the over. 45/1
  • 9.5 Covers the line and blocks it out neatly.
  • 9.4 FOUR! It's becoming easy for Mendis! Another short ball on the stumps, Kusal uses the depth of the crease and dumps it over mid-wicket. He's getting a good move on here.
  • 9.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 9.2 Tossed up outside off, eased down to long off for a single.
  • 9.1 FOUR! Shot! Wears the dancing shoes on does de Silva and goes bang down the ground for a boundary. Superb hit, that.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Bisects the two men in the deep to perfection! Short and down the leg side, Mendis pulls it through square leg. The man from deep square leg goes to his left while the man at deep mid-wicket comes to his right. None of them get to the ball and it goes through them to the fence. 36/1
  • 8.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.4 Flatter again and outside off, Mendis forces it a bit square of the wicket on the off side. Another brace added to the total.
  • 8.3 Drops it on a shorter length, Kusal pulls it over mid-wicket and collects two more to his total.
  • 8.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 8.1 Goes back to this flatter ball outside off and punches it through cover for a single.
  • 7.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 27/1
  • 7.5 Fired full outside off, it's left alone.
  • 7.4 Flatter one on the stumps, defended with a straight blade.
  • 7.3 FOUR! Mendis doesn't miss out on the freebies! He once again goes deep in the crease and pulls this half-tracker over mid-wicket to collect another boundary.
  • 7.2 Loopy delivery around middle and off, Mendis blocks it out.
  • 7.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 6.6 Hangs back in defense to keep it out. 23/1
  • 6.5 Around off, it stays a bit low too. De Silva presses forward to defend but gets beaten.
  • 6.4 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads
  • 6.3 In the air... but safe! Slower through the air, dipping in around middle and off. Mendis prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads. The ball lobs over the short leg fielder and Kayes from leg slip looks to take it but fails to reach to the ball. They take one.
  • 6.2 FOUR! Another poor delivery and gets the treatment! Short ball on middle again, Kusal goes deep and pulls it powerfully over mid-wicket.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Pulled away! Short ball, down the leg side, Mendis goes back and pulls it behind square on the leg side. There is a man in the deep but he fails to stop it from crossing the fence.
  • 5.6 Slower through the air, bowled outside off, pushed towards the point fielder. A wicket maiden for Razzak, a good one! 14/1
  • 5.5 Around middle and off, blocked into the ground.
  • 5.4 Fires it outside off, punched off the back foot to point.
  • 5.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 5.2 Dhananjaya presses forward to keep it out.
  • Dhanajaya de Silva strides in next. One of the heroes of the first Test.
  • 5.1 OUT! Stumped! Abdur Razzak strikes and it's another failure for Dimuth Karunaratne! He is absolutely delighted. Why won't he be? He is making a comeback to the side after 4 years so you can imagine the excitement. He tosses it up nicely around middle and leg. Dimuth dances down the track but fails to get to the pitch of the ball. It sneaks through his legs and Liton Das behind the stumps moves swiftly to his right, collects it calmly and takes the bails off. Karunaratne had no chance to make it back. Continues to walk and Bangladesh draw first blood.
  • Leg slip in place.
  • 4.6 Turning in from a length around middle and off, clipped towards the man at short leg. 14/0
  • 4.5 Gets right behind to this flatter ball and shows compact defense.
  • 4.4 Slower through the air, hurled around off, Kusal presses forward and blocks it out into the ground.
  • 4.3 Goes back and flicks it with the turn towards the man at square leg.
  • 4.2 Quick single! Loopy ball around off, Dimuth comes down the track and pushes it towards mid off. Calls for the single to which Mendis responds. Taijul Islam comes charging in but slips while doing so. They complete the single but he looks to be in some pain. Islam gets up and goes limping towards his position.
  • 4.1 Pitches it around middle, turning towards off, Karunaratne stays back and keeps it out.
  • 3.6 Tight line from Razzak. Flatter around off, the batsman defends it down off the back foot. Just one from the over. 13/0
  • 3.5 Flatter through the air and on the stumps, Mendis shows a straight blade.
  • 3.4 Floated ball around middle and off, defended down watchfully.
  • 3.3 Flighted delivery outside off, Kusal gets right behind the line and offers a tight defense.
  • 3.2 Once again Dimuth comes down the track and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 3.1 Dances down the track but isn't quite to the pitch of the ball. Mistimed towards mid off.
  • 2.6 Flattish in nature, Mendis hangs back to keep it out. 12/0
  • 2.5 A bit flatter and outside off, tapped in front of cover-point for a quick single.
  • 2.4 Drifting in on middle and off, DK defends it down solidly.
  • 2.3 Sharp turn! Lands it outside off, Dimuth lunges forward to defend but the ball turns away ever so slightly to beat the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 2.2 Gives it nice loop but the length is too full. Blocked down gently.
  • 2.1 Loopy ball around off, Karunaratne presses forward to kill it.
  • 1.6 Leans forward and keeps it out off the front foot. 11/0
  • 1.5 Tossed up ball outside off, turning away, Kusal plants his front foot across and makes a leave.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Pounces on the freebie! Razzak drops it short on middle and off, Kusal Mendis is quick to camp back and pull it over wide long on for a boundary. Kusal won't hang back, he will look to attack.
  • 1.3 Fires it on the stumps again, KM stays back in defense.
  • 1.2 Quicker one on the stumps, Mendis keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 1.1 Begins with a flatter one outside off, punched off the back foot back to the bowler.
  • Abdur Razzak will share the new cherry with Mehidy Hasan. Spin from both ends.
  • 0.6 Gives it a bit of air, lands it full outside off, pushed towards the man at mid off. 7/0
  • 0.5 Goes around the wicket for the southpaw. He floats it up around off, Dimuth prods froward and blocks it down.
  • 0.4 Drops it a bit short on middle, pulled in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Edged and through! Hasan already getting something off the surface! He tosses this one outside off, it holds its line a bit. Kusal lunges forward to push it away but gets an outside edge which evades Imrul Kayes at first slip and races down to the third man fence for a boundary. A streaky one.
  • 0.2 Loops it up around off, Mendis presses forward in defense.
  • 0.1 Sri Lanka are away straightaway! Hasan starts off from over the wicket and bowls a flatter one outside off, Kusal goes deep in the crease and punches it through covers to collect a couple of runs.
  • We are all set to get underway. The players and umpires have made their way out to the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis will open the batting for Sri Lanka. It will be Mehidy Hasan to start off with the bowling proceedings. A slip and a short leg in place...
  • Bangladesh captain, Mahmudullah says even he wanted to bat but the toss isn't in his control. Feels the surface is dry and they have the spinners to do the job. Ends by saying even they have made a couple of changes to their side.
  • Sri Lanka captain, Dinesh Chandimal feels it is a dry surface and hence the decision to bat first. Opines the previous Test was a good one for the batters but a nightmare for the bowlers. Is happy with how his batsmen performed then and hopes for a similar show again. Informs they have made two changes from the previous game.
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo doing the pitch report, says it's a bit overcast in Dhaka. Adds it looks a good surface to bat on and it's pretty dry. Spots some of the cracks that have opened up already and the spinners will be looking to explode those.
  • TEAM CHANGES - Both the sides have made a couple of changes. SABBIR RAHMAN and ABDUR RAZZAK (who last played a Test match exactly 4 years ago and that too against the same opponent) come in place of Mosaddek Hossain and Sunzamul Islam for the hosts. For Sri Lanka, AKILA DANANJAYA makes his Test debut as he replaces Lakshan Sandakan. Also, the tourists have gone in with one more batsman as they bring in DANUSHKA GUNATHILAKA in place of Lahiru Kumara.
  • TOSS - Dinesh Chandimal calls it right. Sri Lanka will bat!
  • The hosts have never won a single Test against Sri Lanka at home. Will we see that happening? Well, this has been a good hunting ground for the hosts as they have defeated England and Australia here. They are expected to make a couple of changes to their line-up whereas for Sri Lanka, apart from Lahiru Kumara, who had a poor outing earlier is likely to miss out today. We welcome you to the second and the final Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Don't go anywhere as the toss, teams and pitch report will be coming up in a bit.
  • Runs, runs and more runs was what we got to witness in Chittagong. The bowlers had a tough time then and in the end a tame draw was the outcome of the first Test. But today here we are in the capital city, Dhaka where it is expected for the spinners to have a ball. Both the sides match each other on all terms and it would be interesting to see who topples whom.
  • Gotta feel for Mehidy Hasan. He looked compact and assured in his unbeaten innings of 38, thereby being stranded at the other end as he viewed the procession from the other end. What he would hope for now, is to weave his magic with the ball. Sri Lanka have a lead by 112. Should be handy on this surface. Stay with us as the next innings is about to get underway.
  • The hosts' innings didn't get off to the best of starts as they lost Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque pretty early. While the former fell to a good reflex catch from Lakmal, the latter departed due to a schoolboy error on his part. The highest stand belonged to the pair of Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah and that came for the 6th wicket. Shows how little their batters contributed.
  • 21 balls, 3 runs, 5 wickets -This has been a collapse for fun. The skipper Mahmudullah's wicket came across as the tap which was left open, due to which the others followed suit like water running out of the open tap. Akila Dananjaya was the man who hastened the end. He picked up a three-fer in his maiden innings. He was well supported by Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera. Both of them added one wicket apiece to their overnight tally.
  • 45.4 OUT! Never a doubt there! Flatter on the stumps, Mustafizur goes back to keep it out but misses the ball. Gets struck right in front of the stumps and the dreaded finger is raised on appeal. The tailender signals a 'T' though. Hawk Eye returns three reds and that's it for the hosts. SRI LANKA LEAD BY 112!
  • Review time. Rahman is given out LBW, but he wishes to have another look. He looks to be a dead duck and the DRS is taken more in hope than anything else.
  • Mustafizur Rahman is the last man in for Bangladesh.
  • 45.3 RUN OUT! Excellent work from Mendis. Floated on the stumps, Taijul flicks it to the on side but gets overbalanced in the process. The ball goes straight to short leg. Kusal takes it and throws the ball immediately onto the stumps. Islam is well short, but it is referred upstairs. Another look confirms the same and Bangladesh 9 down now.
  • Run out appeal against Islam. Kusal Mendis very alert at short leg and fires a hit at the stumps. Looks to be a goner, referred upstairs to be safe.
  • 45.2 Another one outside off, cut away towards point.
  • 45.1 Flatter and shorter outside off, Islam goes back and cuts it to point.
  • 44.6 Fired down the leg side, MH misses the flick. 110/8
  • 44.5 DROPPED! I just mentioned that bowlers seldom drop catches when it comes off their own bowling and here is Dananjaya proving me wrong. Mind you, this was by no means an easy catch. Floated around off, Islam gets down to slog it away. Ends up getting a top edge as the ball goes in the air towards covers. Akila calls for it, covers good ground to reach the ball, but fails to hang on to it. A run taken.
  • 44.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 44.3 This one is driven towards mid on.
  • The next batsman in for Bangladesh is Taijul Islam.
  • 44.2 OUT! A nothing shot from the experienced Razzak. Maybe, experience calls for nothing especially when batting isn't your strong point. Tossed up generously around middle and off, Razzak drives it straight back to the bowler. These species don't generally miss catches off their own bowling and Akila is the same. Accepts the offering gleefully to pick up his third wicket. Bangladesh are still staring at a 113-run deficit.
  • 44.1 Floated around off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 43.6 Close shave! Quicker one around off, Hasan gets his bat down hurriedly. Ends up getting an inside edge past the stumps. 109/7
  • 43.5 Served in line of the stumps, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 43.4 Outside off, slapped through cover-point for one.
  • 43.3 Flatter on the stumps, blocked off the back foot.
  • 43.2 Floated down the leg side, the ball spins away further. Hasan still tries to take runs off that but misses.
  • 43.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 42.6 Fuller in length, pushed back to the bowler. A double wicket maiden for Dananjaya. 107/7
  • Abdur Razzak strides out to the middle next.
  • 42.5 OUT! One brings two and Rahman's comeback lasts all of 3 balls. Tossed up around off and middle, Sabbir looks to drive it down the ground. Ends up getting it off the inner half towards mid-wicket, where Chandimal takes a good low catch diving forward. The batter went at it with hard hands and hence the ball carries to the fielder there. A blob for him on comeback and Sri Lanka on a roll here. They need three more to wrap up the innings.
  • 42.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.3 Another appeal, turned down! Floated outside off, Rahman looks to defend. Gets an inside edge onto the front pad. An appeal follows, turned down. Perhaps, in all his excitement, Akila failed to spot the presence of bat there.
  • Sabbir Rahman is the next man in.
  • 42.2 OUT! The debutant gets his maiden scalp. Mahmudullah's stint in the middle culminates. Perhaps the opposing skipper is done in in the air here. Dananjaya floats it up outside off, it spins in nicely. Mahmudullah chooses the wrong shot for that. He looks to drive it through the covers, leaving a gate open between the bat and the pad. The ball goes through it and makes contact with the off stump. The youngster is elated and why won't he be. It's a dream delivery for him. The trail stands at 115. End of the 92-ball stand, that was worth 34 runs.
  • 42.1 Floated around off, defended watchfully off the front foot.
  • 41.6 Fired on the pads, Mahmudullah fails to flick it. The ball goes off his pads to the on side and a leg bye is taken. 107/5
  • 41.5 Mahmudullah looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge towards covers.
  • 41.4 Fuller in length, driven to mid on.
  • 41.3 Defended off the back foot solidly.
  • 41.2 Mahmudullah lunges and bunts it out.
  • Let the laurels come in for Mehidy Hasan. The on-air commentators discuss that the batter, who came in yesterday as a nightwatchman, has looked very good so far. Compact in defense and confident in attack, that have been his characteristics in this innings. He has looked assured of his footwork against spin and that has been the key. What's more, he has been unfazed by the fact that some deliveries spin viciously to beat the edges. Good for the young man. Needs to carry on and get his second Test fifty.
  • 41.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.6 Defended off the front foot with a nice lunge. 106/5
  • 40.5 A touch shorter in length and landed outside off, Hasan goes back to cut. The ball spins in a long way yet the batter does well to guide it through backward point. Gets a couple. The track doesn't have a lot of pace on it, as a sharper spin on that could have put the batter in some trouble here.
  • 40.4 Similar ball and similar response from the batter.
  • 40.3 More revs given to this one and it is landed around off. MH lunges and smother it.
  • 40.2 Floated in line of the stumps, Mehidy gets down and sweeps it fine down the leg side for a brace. Had he missed, LBW would have been the words typed.
  • 40.1 Flighted ball outside off, knocked through covers for one. Hasan wanted the second but his skipper said nothing doing.
  • 39.6 In line of the stumps, eased through mid on for one. 5 runs off the over. 101/5
  • 39.5 Tossed up outside off, it goes straight on with the arm. Mahmudullah prods to defend but gets beaten on the outside.
  • 39.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 39.3 This is solidly bunted off the front foot.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Risky but effective on this occasion. Don't know if this is the right way to approach, though. Tossed up just outside off, Mahmudullah gets out the reverse sweep. He isn't in full control as he gets it on the bat close to the handle. The ball goes just past the right of first slip and races away to the fence behind. 100 up for the hosts.
  • 39.1 Floated up just outside off, Mahmudullah covers his stumps and offers a straight bat in defense.
  • Dilruwan Perera to bowl for the first time today. Kayes' wicket has been his only success so far, although he has been good with his lines even otherwise. A slip and a bat-pad in place.
  • 38.6 Fuller in length, driven back. 96/5
  • 38.5 Tossed up outside off, Hasan stays back, gets his front foot forward and drives it beautifully through covers. Gets a couple of runs for the same before sweeper mops it up. Mehidy is looking good, moves to 33 now.
  • 38.4 Nicely driven down to long on for a single.
  • 38.3 On a flatter trajectory on the pads, worked away through square leg for one.
  • 38.2 Flighted delivery in line of the stumps, Hasan lunges and blocks.
  • 38.1 Dananjaya continues round the wicket and lands it full. Driven back to him.
  • 37.6 Flatter outside off, left alone. 92/5
  • 37.5 FOUR! Enough of blocking, feels Mahmudullah. Sees the flighted ball around off and charges down the track. Looks to go over covers but ends up slicing it over cover-point. The fielder from covers backtracks, chases the ball as well but comes second best even after putting in the slide.
  • 37.4 Nicely driven to the man at mid off.
  • 37.3 Blocked solidly off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 37.2 Served around off, Mahmudullah comes down the track and picks out the man at covers with the drive.
  • 37.1 Floated on a fuller length around middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • Drinks are on the field. Just a wicket lost and Bangladesh are still 134 behind. The pitch is playing its tricks and the hosts will consider themselves lucky to have survived. Lakmal bowled well in his first spell and Herath continued to operate from one end. Though the latter doesn't have any success to show, he has already troubled the batsmen on numerous occasions. Let's see what happens in the next hour...
  • 36.6 Floated delivery on the stumps, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 88/5
  • 36.5 Goes back and punches it through cover for a single.
  • 36.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 36.3 Flattish in nature, kept out off the back foot.
  • 36.2 Worked away towards the mid on region.
  • 36.1 A bit short and turning in from outside off, Mahmudullah stays back and glides it towards vacant third man region. Karunaratne from first slip hares after it but they're happy with one.
  • 35.6 Slider again, veteran is showing his tricks here. Hasan is lucky to survive again as he manages to keep it out somehow. 85/5
  • 35.5 Pitches it around middle and leg, gets it to turn square. Beats the outside edge again.
  • 35.4 Edgyyyyy! Bowls this one with a round-arm action, it turns away sharply and stays a tad low too. Hasan gets squared up and edges one towards first slip. Luckily for him the ball evades the diving fielder there as it falls short and races away behind. Hands on heads for Sri Lanka. A couple of runs taken.
  • 35.3 Bowls a slider, pitches it around middle and leg, a bit of away turn, dealt off the back foot.
  • 35.2 Driven towards the cover fielder for nothing.
  • 35.1 Slower through the air, it skids off the surface, Hasan brings his bat down at the right time to block it out.
  • 34.6 Another loopy leg break, a bit too full and so no fuss in blocking it out. 83/5
  • 34.5 Fuller around off, Mahmudullah prods ahead in defense.
  • 34.4 Bowls a leg break which turns towards off, it's defended comfortably from within the crease.
  • 34.3 Takes it on the full and brooms it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 34.2 Turns in from a length, clipped towards the on side off the back foot.
  • 34.1 Flighted delivery around middle, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 33.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. Tidy stuff! A maiden for the veteran. Bangladesh trail by 140. 82/5
  • 33.5 Darted on the stumps, defended into the ground.
  • 33.4 Drops it short and outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 33.3 Flatter through the air on the stumps, Mahmudullah hangs back and shows a straight blade.
  • 33.2 Flighted ball around middle and off, defended by lunging forward.
  • 33.1 Slider around off, Mahmudullah prods forward to defend it down gently.
  • 32.6 Slower through the air, Hasan comes down the track and blocks it back down the track. 82/5
  • 32.5 A bit too full, around middle and off, nudged towards short mid-wicket.
  • 32.4 Flighted ball around middle and off, worked down to long on by using the feet. A single results.
  • 32.3 Fuller and dipping in on middle and leg, wristed down to long on for a single.
  • 32.2 Tries to push away towards cover but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 32.1 Floated delivery outside off, it turns back in to ping Hasan on the front pad. A stifled appeal but the impact was well outside the line.
  • First change of the day as Akila Dananjaya comes into the attack.
  • 31.6 Top edgeeee! Tries to slog sweep this but gets a top edge which lands safely towards fine leg. A single taken to end the over. 80/5
  • 31.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.4 Drops it a bit short and outside off, cut away straight to the point fielder.
  • 31.3 Pushes it quicker through the air, lands it in the rough and it turns away sharply to beat Hasan all ends up.
  • 31.2 Uses his feet and drives it down to long off for a single.
  • 31.1 Floated ball outside off, the batsman comes down the track and pushes it towards the off side.
  • 30.6 MISSING THE STUMPS! And with this Sri Lanka lose both their reviews! Poor review to be honest. It was more of a desperate one. Lakmal hits the deck hard and angles it in from outside off. Hasan hops to tuck it away but misses to wear it on the thigh pad. They appeal but umpire Joel Wilson shakes his head. Chandimal has a word with his bowler before opting for the DRS. There is no inside edge and Hawk Eye shows it to be going over the stumps. That is it! Hasan survives! 78/5
  • After a long discussion, Sri Lanka take a review for LBW against Mehidy Hasan. Height seems to be an issue.
  • 30.5 Hangs back and defends it down.
  • 30.4 Goes fuller and tries to attack the stumps, Mehidy looks to drive but mistimes it towards cover.
  • 30.3 Angling in from outside off, blocked back towards the left side of the bowler.
  • 30.2 Tries to search for that reverse swing but on this occasion he ends up straying a bit too straight. Mahmudullah clips it off the pads behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 30.1 Bangs in a short one, it kicks off the surface. Mahmudullah ducks under it.
  • 29.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 77/5
  • 29.5 Quicker and flatter through the air, Hasan goes deep in the crease and awkwardly keeps it out.
  • 29.4 Flatter delivery with the round-arm action, it turns away to square Mehidy up a bit. Kept out off the back foot.
  • 29.3 Very full on the stumps, jammed out towards mid off for a single.
  • 29.2 Beaten on the inside! Mahmudullah takes a stride forward to this but there is a bit of extra bounce which beats Mahmudullah on the inside and goes just past the off stump. Sri Lankans appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 29.1 Gives it nice revs and lands it full outside off, driven with the spin through cover for a single.
  • 28.6 Lakmal gets this one to nip back in sharply, Mahmudullah is a touch late to bring his bat down and as a result gets an inside edge towards square leg. A maiden for Suranga. 75/5
  • 28.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, stabbed off the back foot.
  • 28.4 Angling in from outside off, the batsman stays leg side and pats it to cover.
  • 28.3 Edged but doesn't carry! Ahead of a length in the nagging channel, Mahmudullah presses forward to defend it but gets an edge which goes on the bounce to the second slip fielder. He played that with soft hands and hence the edge didn't carry.
  • 28.2 Stands tall to this back of a length delivery outside off and taps it towards point.
  • 28.1 Lakmal continues to be on the shorter side, a bit wide outside the off stump channel. The Bangla skipper cuts it only to find the man at point.
  • 27.6 Tossed up delivery outside off, Mehidy prods forward and pushes it away towards the same fielder. 75/5
  • 27.5 Takes a good stride forward and eases it towards cover.
  • 27.4 Fires one down the leg side, the batsman misses to flick it away.
  • 27.3 MH has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.2 Floated ball around off, defended into the ground.
  • 27.1 Nicely done! Tossed up on off, turning away, Hasan stays back footed and cuts it really late past the man at backward point to collect two.
  • Mahmudullah walks out to bat next, replacing Das.
  • 26.6 OUT! Chopped on! Suranga Lakmal is up and running with his index fingers pointing skywards. That's his typical celebration! He drops it short and outside off, Das is very tentative in his approach. He half-heartedly goes for the cut shot away from the body and his feet go nowhere towards the ball. It leads to his undoing as he gets a bottom edge which deflects back onto the off stump. Good early strike for Sri Lanka, they are still 149 runs ahead. 73/5
  • 26.5 Another one on a similar length, once again it's clipped through the leg side for a single.
  • 26.4 Fuller in length and angling in on the pads, worked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.3 Short of a length delivery, angling in on middle, MH hops back and tucks it past the vacant short leg region for a single.
  • 26.2 Tempting line from Lakmal. In that channel on off, tad fuller in length, Mehidy falls in the trap as he goes fishing at it sans any feet movement. Gets beaten.
  • 26.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Hasan covers the line and defends it towards the cover region.
  • 25.6 That's a ripper from Rangana! He lands it on the rough and gets it to turn away with sharp bounce. Das goes back to deal with it and does well to keep his bat inside the line. 70/4
  • 25.5 A bit too full outside off, blocked watchfully.
  • 25.4 Jumps out of the track to this loopy ball and bunts it back to Herath.
  • 25.3 Tossed up ball outside off, LD lunges and drives it straight to the same fielder.
  • 25.2 Slower through the air, landed outside off, Liton shimmies down the track and pushes it a bit aerially towards the cover fielder.
  • 25.1 Quicker and flatter on middle and leg, Mehidy gets inside the line and clips it off the pads towards fine leg for a single.
  • 24.6 Hops back to this back of a length ball and stabs it towards Gunathilaka at point. Just a single off the over. 69/4
  • 24.5 On a length and outside off, Das is right behind the line to defend it down.
  • 24.4 Gets it to shape away just a bit, Hasan opens the face of the bat to guide it down towards third man for a single.
  • 24.3 Stays back and taps it gently towards the point fielder.
  • 24.2 This one is hurled outside off and straightens a touch too. Mehidy hangs his bat out in defense only to get beaten.
  • 24.1 Good shot and good fielding too! Good cricket all-around. Slightly shorter in length and just outside off, Hasan times his punch towards point where Gunathilaka dives full length to his right to save a certain boundary.
  • Slip comes out and moves to catching cover.
  • 23.6 Loops it up outside off, pushed towards the mid off fielder. 68/4
  • 23.5 Loopy ball outside off, driven down to long off to get off strike.
  • 23.4 SIX! Ho Ho Ho! Mehidy Hasan means business. And he is right as there is no point holding back. Sees the flight, dances down the track and towers it straight back down the ground for a maximum. Connected off the meat!
  • 23.3 Flatter delivery down the leg side, Hasan tries clipping it away but it goes off the pads and Dickwella behind the stumps fails to gather it.
  • 23.2 Takes a stride ahead and offers a watertight defense.
  • 23.1 Beautiful! Nicely looped up outside off, Mehidy Hasan prods forward to defend but it turns away with sharp bounce and nearly kisses the outside edge of his bat.
  • Rangana Herath to bowl from the other end.
  • 22.6 Length delivery in the corridor outside off, Liton shoulders his arms to let that be. 61/4
  • 22.5 Uppish! Pitches it up outside off, Mehidy looks to drive but does so uppishly but well past the point fielder for a single.
  • 22.4 On a length and just around that nagging channel, Mehidy looks to defend but gets an outside edge which rolls towards the second slip fielder.
  • 22.3 FOUR! Bashed! What a hit that is! Lakmal offers a length delivery with too much of width on offer. Hasan takes a stride forward and cracks it through cover-point. No need to run for those. Bangladesh need more of these.
  • 22.2 Attacks the stumps does Lakmal, MH defends it down solidly.
  • 22.1 Right on the money! Starts off with a back of a length delivery, it nips back in from around off. Mehidy hangs back to defend but gets an inside edge which rolls back towards the stumps as Hasan shoos the ball away.
  • It's time to get going. Out walk the players along with the umpires. Mehidy Hasan and Liton Das will resume their innings. Suranga Lakmal will steam in first up. Two slips and gully in place...
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo says the spinners have got a lot of turn from the line of the stumps. Adds there are a lot of roughs developing outside the off stump and it will be a huge task for Bangladesh's batsmen. Ends saying being positive is the key on this surface as it will deteriorate as the game progresses.
  • So, after skittling out the Lankans for a scanty 222, the hosts find themselves in a precarious position having lost 4 for 56. With the trail already a massive one, 166 runs, Bangladesh need someone to replicate what Kusal Mendis or Roshen Silva did in the first innings. Wouldn't be easy by any means but who knows. They would look upto either Mahmudullah or Sabbir Rahman for that to happen. What's in store for us today? Wickets or runs? Another enthralling day beckons. Stay with us as the action is about to kickoff...
  • After a dismal Chittagong Test, we saw a complete contrasting show yesterday. 14 wickets in a day means that this Test has moved at a remarkable speed and if day 1 is anything to go by, it wouldn't be wrong to predict we can have an early result.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Right then! 14 wickets on Day 1 and given that pitches usually get worse on days to follow in Asian conditions, assuming my maths is correct, we are in for a 3-day finish. Bangladesh have their backs to the wall is an understatement. They trail by a massive margin and also have to bat last on this crumbling pitch. All the best. They will hope to sleep well tonight for a better tomorrow. Let's stop it at that because we know what the Lankans will be aiming - bowl out the hosts under 150 and then bat well in the second innings. Join us at 0930 local (0330 GMT) for all the action from Day 2. Until then, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • To whom does the day belong then? Sri Lanka, by a mile. They chose to bat, were 96/2 at one stage but then lost their way. 222 all out did not seem to be a great score but after having the opposition at 45/4, they will take it. Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva and Dilruwan Perera avoided embarrassment for the Lankans and then with the ball, the visitors were tremendous. Did not give anything away.
  • 87.3 overs, 278 runs, 14 wickets! Not bad after the run-fest a few days ago. What an exciting opening day of Test cricket.
  • 21.6 On middle, tucked around the corner past short leg for a run. STUMPS ON DAY 1, BANGLADESH TRAIL BY 166! 56/4
  • 21.5 FOUR! BOSH! Who says nightwatchman cannot enjoy? Boy, that was some shot. Floated outside off, Hasan does not back off and lofts this over cover for a boundary!
  • 21.4 Full and just outside off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 21.3 The lap shot now, down to fine leg for a single. Liton will hope he is done for the day.
  • 21.2 On middle, defended in front of short leg.
  • 21.1 FOUR! FLAMBOYANT! Tossed up outside off, Das reaches out and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 50 UP FOR BANGLADESH. Still 172 behind.
  • 20.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 46/4
  • 20.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 20.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 20.2 Comes down the track and skews his drive to cover.
  • 20.1 The arm ball on middle, Das lunges to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW shout ensues but that was missing leg.
  • 19.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to the bowler. 45/4
  • Nightwatchman comes in with 13 balls remaining in the day. Mehidy Hasan is his name.
  • 19.5 OUT! LBW! The decision stays as it is! Kayes goes just at that time of the day when play is about to come to a close. Full and around middle, Kayes lunges forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Another screeching appeal from the Lankans and this time, they are rewarded. Kayes instantly reviews, which suggests that he might have got an inside edge. Snickometer shows a spike but that is when the ball has passed the bat. Regarding the Hawk Eye, it shows the batsman to be plumb in front. Off goes Kayes.
  • Huge shout and given! But Kayes does not think he is out LBW. Wants another look...
  • 19.4 Huge appeal again, this time for a catch. The umpire is unmoved though. The Sri Lankans are extremely confident while Dilruwan is appealing towards the keeper before realizing that he is the wrong person. In spite of all this confidence, they do not go for the review. Full and outside off, Imrul pushes but the ball spins off the rough past the outside edge.
  • 19.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.1 On middle and off, defended from the crease.
  • 18.6 EDGED AND GONE? Nope. Full and outside off, Das lunges to defend but the ball goes off his glove behind. Dimuth Karunaratne gets across from first slip but does not claim the catch. His teammates do though. But Karunaratne is not sure. The umpires have a chat but are confident that the ball has not carried. 45/3
  • 18.5 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 18.4 Another LBW appeal, turned down once again. Full and outside off, Kayes lunges to defend, with his bat well outside the line of off stump. Misses and is hit on the pads. Sri Lanka appeal, but the umpire is on guard.
  • 18.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 18.2 PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG. Let's move on. Liton missed his sweep and the ball went off his pads pretty fine. A run taken, leg bye signalled. Don't know who was more confident - Dickwella or Herath. That did not look out to the naked eye but still, someone convinced Chandimal at mid-wicket to go for the review.
  • AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! That is not me screaming but just the way Sri Lankans generally appeal. This is for an LBW and the umpire has not agreed. Chandimal has agreed for a review though.
  • 18.1 Down the leg side, helped through the leg side for a couple. The deficit is now 179.
  • 17.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 41/3
  • 17.5 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for three runs.
  • 17.4 Comes forward and blocks.
  • 17.3 The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it.
  • 17.2 FOUR! This time he connects well. Floated around middle, Das comes down the track and sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
  • 17.1 BAT-PAD? Does not matter. No one gets to take the catch. Comes down the track, does Das, looks to defend and the ball lobs off the pads. Leg slip and short leg run after it but cannot get to the ball. No bat involved.
  • Bizarre. Chandimal has called for a mid-pitch discussion. Suddenly. With 5 overs left in the day.
  • 16.6 Outside off, punched off the back foot. 34/3
  • 16.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 16.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 16.3 FOUR! FANTASTIC! What a shot. He is looking in good flow. Full and outside off, Kayes puts on his dancing shoes, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 16.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single.
  • 16.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 15.6 Short and outside off, cut straight to point. 29/3
  • 15.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.4 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on for a single.
  • 15.3 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads.
  • 15.2 This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 15.2 NO BALL. Criminal from a spinner. Oversteps by landing on the line, bowls it short, Liton looks to cut but gets a bottom edge.
  • 15.1 DROPPED! Tough chance. Not that much flight outside off, Das jumps down the track and hammers it straight back to the bowler. Perera tries to get out of the way and then as an afterthought, tries to catch the ball. Only manages to deflect it behind and had the ball hit the stumps, Kayes would have been run out!
  • Dilruwan Perera to bowl from the other end.
  • 14.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 27/3
  • 14.5 Third ball in that same channel, Das gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.
  • 14.4 Another one in the line of the stumps, pushed towards point.
  • 14.3 Around middle and leg, defended watchfully.
  • 14.2 Looped up a bit on middle, Das stretches to defend.
  • 14.1 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • Here he comes. What does he have in store for Bangladesh? Rangana Herath to bowl. 9 overs left. Meaning he should bowl 5 at least.
  • 13.6 Around off, defended watchfully. 25/3
  • 13.5 Around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 13.4 Oohhh.... nice variation. There comes the googly, Liton is late in picking it and luckily for him, his bat comes down just in time to block the ball before it can ping his pad.
  • 13.3 Around middle, Das works it towards short leg.
  • 13.2 The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 13.1 Outside off, punched straight to point.
  • 12.6 Nearly! On a length outside off, Liton looks to defend but the ball goes off the bottom edge and rolls behind. Das is alert and goes back to kick the ball away but then relaxes on seeing the ball away from the sticks. 24/3
  • 12.5 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 12.4 Very full and straight, nicely played by Das as he drives it back to the bowler.
  • 12.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 12.2 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 12.1 On a length around off, coming in, watchfully defended.
  • 11.6 Outside off, let through. 24/3
  • 11.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.4 Comes forward and successfully smothers the spin.
  • 11.3 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 11.2 Beaten again! Terrific bowling. Seems like he has found his spot on the pitch. The length is just around full and the line is just around off. Kayes is forced to play at that but then the ball spins past the outside edge.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, Kayes pushes at it but misses.
  • 10.6 Das stands tall and defends it down. 24/3
  • 10.5 FOUR! Right through the gap! Fuller in length and hurled outside off, Das sans any feet movement goes after it. Gets a thick edge which flies right between second slip ad the gully fielder for a streaky boundary.
  • 10.4 Beautifully bowled! Lakmal is in full rhythm here. Hurls it on a back of a length and it comes back in with the angle. Das hangs his bat out in defense and nearly paid the price. The ball whizzes past the outside edge to the keeper.
  • 10.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 10.2 Short of a length delivery outside off, Kayes looks to force it through the off side but gets an inside edge towards square leg for a single.
  • 10.1 FOUR! That is the first authentic-looking cover drive, says the commentator on air. Lakmal overcooks it by a margin, Kayes leans ahead and drills it off the meat. Pierces the gap to perfection to send it across the rope.
  • 9.6 Das defends it in front of the short leg fielder. 15/3
  • 9.5 Floated delivery around middle and off, tucked towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 9.4 Around middle and leg, worked towards the on side.
  • 9.3 Down the leg side, Das clips it towards fine leg for a brace.
  • 9.2 Short and outside off, punched through cover for a single.
  • 9.1 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, Kayes digs it out back to Akila.
  • Liton Das strides in next, replacing Rahim. Also, we have a bowling change as debutant Akila Dananjaya comes on to bowl.
  • 8.6 OUT! Lakmal has the last laugh! He kept them coming in and finally knocks the stumps over. Rahim's luck runs out. He survived a dropped chance, then escaped an LBW call and now he finally perishes. Lakmal drops it on a length outside off, Rahim once again doesn't offer any shot as he simply shoulders his arms. Doesn't account for the little bit of inward movement and the off stump gets pegged back. Bangladesh in tatters. 12/3
  • 8.5 Fuller on off, driven to mid off.
  • 8.4 And again! This is a risky leave, I reckon. Comes back in from outside off, Rahim plants his front foot across before making a leave. Was so, so close to the off pole.
  • 8.4 Wide! Bangs in a short one and it bounces a bit too much.
  • 8.3 How did that miss the off pole? Can someone tell me? Lakmal is down on his haunches. He lands it on off and it comes back in sharply as Rahim doesn't offer any shot. It goes agonizingly past the off stump.
  • 8.2 Outside off, MR doesn't offer any stroke.
  • 8.1 Keeps it outside off, Rahim has no qualms in leaving that one alone.
  • 7.6 Another edge! Twice in the same over but to no avail! Nicely tossed up outside off, Kayes leans ahead to defend. Ekes out an edge which rolls towards Dimuth Karunaratne at first slip. Tidy, tidy stuff from Dilruwan. Another maiden for him. 11/2
  • 7.5 Fires it fuller outside off, jammed out to the fielder at mid off.
  • 7.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 7.3 A bit more loop, lands it around off, Kayes lunges forward to defend but the ball turns a touch, goes off the edge but doesn't carry to Karunaratne at first slip.
  • 7.2 Flighted delivery around off, Imrul presses forward and defends.
  • 7.1 Darts it in on the stumps, Kayes does well to keep that one out.
  • 6.6 1 run. 11/2
  • 6.5 Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, IK is quick to take evasive action.
  • 6.4 Edged but it falls short! Goes around the wicket and hurls it in the corridor of uncertainty. This one holds its line and stays low too. Kayes goes fishing after it and gets a thick edge. Luckily for him it goes on the bounce to the first slip fielder.
  • 6.3 Length ball outside off, Imrul taps it towards cover.
  • 6.2 Back of a length ball on middle and off, Kayes hops in the crease to defend.
  • 6.1 Fractionally fuller and served outside off, Kayes pushes it towards cover.
  • 5.6 Inside edge saves Rahim! He took the review immediately. Perera loops it up outside off, it turns back in to ping Mushfiqur on the pads. A loud appeal follows to which the umpire raises his finger. The little man takes the DRS. First replay is enough to reverse the on-field call as there was a clear inside edge. 10/2
  • Rahim has been adjudged LBW by Rod Tucker. However, he is quick to signal the 'T'. Is there an inside edge?
  • 5.5 Pitches it outside off, Rahim looks to flick but misses as the ball lobs off the pads to short leg where Mendis leaps and takes it. No real excitement from anyone.
  • 5.4 Another one on the shorter length, it's hit through cover for a single.
  • 5.3 Goes back and punches it towards the cover fielder.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Poor ball! Short and outside off, Kayes takes full toll of it as he goes back and cracks it through point to find the fence.
  • 5.1 Tossed up outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 4.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 5/2
  • 4.5 Good length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 4.4 Beaten! On a length and it holds its line too. Rahim looks to drive it on the up but gets beaten.
  • 4.3 Angles it in from outside off, Rahim misses his tuck and gets hit on the pads.
  • 4.2 Back of a length outside off, stabbed towards the point fielder.
  • 4.1 Fuller in length and outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 3.6 Lunges ahead and defends it down. Another tight over from Perera. 5/2
  • 3.5 Dabs it past slip for a single towards third man.
  • 3.4 Flatter one outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 3.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 3.2 Was that off the glove? Perera loops it up around middle and off, Rahim presses forward to defend and it goes off something. Dickwella and Mendis both look to take the catch. The former gets to the ball but in excitement he shells it. Mendis, from short leg then tries to grab it again but the ball dies down. Dear me, snicko shows a spike when the ball passes the glove. So, a chance goes down or should I say, excitement gets the better of Dickwella? Chandimal and Perera both look really angry.
  • 3.1 Floated delivery outside off, driven towards mid on.
  • 2.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Imrul looks to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads. 4/2
  • 2.5 In the channel outside off, good line from Suranga. Kayes is happy to make another leave.
  • 2.4 IK was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 2.3 Bangs in a short one but the line is a bit too wide outside off to trouble the batsman. Imrul doesn't play at it.
  • 2.2 Hangs back to this length delivery and shows the full face of the bat.
  • 2.1 Shortish ball, angling away, Kayes offers no stroke.
  • 1.6 Floated ball around off, worked away towards mid on. A maiden for Perera. What a start for Sri Lanka. 4/2
  • 1.5 Tossed up outside off, turning back in, Rahim plants his front foot across and wears it on the pads. Stifled appeal is put down instantly as the impact was well outside the line.
  • 1.4 Fuller outside off, driven towards mid on by Rahim.
  • Mushfiqur Rahim is the next man in, replacing Mominul.
  • 1.3 OUT! Schoolboy error from Mominul Haque! That's a waste of a wicket, screams Athar Ali Khan on air. Really, really poor from the centurion of the last game. Perera keeps it full outside off, Kayes pushes it towards mid off and calls for the single. Dhanajaya de Silva stationed there comes charging in, picks up the ball and returns an accurate throw to Dickwella who takes the bails off as Mominul is very casual in his attempt to come home. The Lankan keeper is really confident and is off for a celebratory run already. They still take it upstairs and replays find that Mominul hasn't dragged his bat in. Unacceptable! Bangladesh in deep trouble.
  • Is Haque run out? Dickwella is really, really confident. Seems to be another wicket for the Lankans.
  • 1.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.1 Tossed up ball outside off, blocked solidly off the front foot.
  • Dilruwan Perera to share the new ball with Lakmal.
  • 0.6 Angling away from a length outside off, shouldered arms to. Good first over from Lakmal, removed the dangerous Tamim. 4/1
  • 0.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.4 Back of a length delivery, the line is wide outside off, Haque makes a watchful leave.
  • Mominul Haque is the new man in. He is fresh off a ton but has walked in a bit too early then he would have liked.
  • 0.3 OUT! Amazing reflexes from Lakmal! He draws first blood and with that achieves a milestone too. 100 Test wickets for the Lankan vice captain and he becomes the 7th from his country to achieve that feat. Celebrations all around for the visitors. Ball - He lands it on a length, gets it to curl back in just a bit. Tamim looks to drive it away but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler who in his followthrough bends low and takes it with his right hand out. Early jolt for the home side.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Not a convincing one though! Fuller again, in the channel outside off, Iqbal looks to drive it through the line but gets it off the toe-end of the bat down the ground for a boundary towards long on.
  • 0.1 Lakmal comes running in from over the wicket and pitches it right up there. Tamim drives times his drive but much to his dismay, it goes straight to the man at cover.
  • 339 is a massive target to gun down and with the way Bangladesh folded in the first innings, they would very well know they have the task cut out. So, Bangladesh have the writing on the wall and the highest target chased here is 209. Can they bat well or will the Sri Lankan spinners run riot to seal the deal? Don't go anywhere as the run chase is about to begin...
  • So it took almost an hour for Bangladesh to clean the Lankans up. Roshen Silva and Suranga Lakmal frustrated the hosts as they consumed 109 balls and added 48 together before the bowling change from Mahmudullah did the trick for him. Taijul Islam got both the wickets to fall in successive deliveries and ended with another 4-fer to his name. Roshen Silva was left stranded at the other end with another vital 70 and did well to not let the game slip away.
  • 73.5 OUT! LBW! Taijul Islam wraps it up. Herath isn't happy with the decision but he can't do much as they don't have any reviews left. Islam switches the angle comes from over the wicket and loops it up around off. Herath presses forward to defend but this one spins in a touch to hit him on the pads. A loud appeal and umpire Rod Tucker is quick to raise the finger. SRI LANKA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 222, LEAD BY 338!
  • Rangana Herath is the last man in.
  • 73.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! Lakmal's stay at the crease comes to an end. Taijul Islam tosses it up on the stumps, Suranga Lakmal gets down on one knee and tries to go big over the leg side. Misses the ball completely and it strikes the timber. Mahmudullah walks up to his bowler and shakes his hand. The stubborn stand of 48 runs comes to an end.
  • 73.3 On middle and off, SL blocks it into the ground.
  • 73.2 FOUR! Lakmal goes big, shouts an excited Abeysinghe on air. Sees the flight, clears the front leg and mows it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 73.1 Lakmal drives it uppishly towards mid on.
  • First change of the morning. Taijul Islam comes on to bowl. Can he break this stubborn stand?
  • 72.6 That stayed really, really low! Lands it outside off, turns back in but stays pretty low. Silva somehow manages to keep it out on the leg side. Another maiden. 222/8
  • 72.5 Floated delivery on the stumps, RS stonewalls it.
  • 72.4 Silva dances down the track to flick it away but this one turns back in to ping him on the pads.
  • 72.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.2 Flatter ball outside off, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 72.1 Gives it nice loop, lands it outside off, Silva presses ahead and blocks.
  • 71.6 FOUR! Poor delivery but what a hit that is! Fuller in length and served on the pads, Lakmal brings his bat down to whip it away through mid-wicket. No one in the deep and a boundary results. The partnership is 6 short of a half century now, they have consumed 99 balls. 222/8
  • 71.5 On a back of a length, zipping through the surface and then moving away. Lakmal pokes at it and is lucky to not edge it.
  • 71.4 FOUR! Edged and through! Lakmal runs out of patience and tries to thrash one through the off side. Gets a thick edge which evades a diving Sabbir Rahman at first slip who in spite a dive to his right couldn't stop it from crossing the fence. Sri Lanka will take it.
  • 71.3 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Suranga defends it off the back foot.
  • 71.2 Good delivery! It pitches on off, lures Lakmal forward to go after it but then deviates at the last moment to whizz past the outside edge. Liton Das collects it on the bounce.
  • 71.1 Rahman hurls a cutter on off, it moves away as Lakmal flashes at it and gets beaten completely.
  • Suranga Lakmal is having some issue with his back. He is lying down on the ground and the physio is out to assist him.
  • 70.6 Pitches it around middle and spinning down leg, Silva fails to work it fine. A maiden from Hasan. 214/8
  • 70.5 Drops it short outside off, punched off the back foot but finds the man at cover.
  • 70.4 Darted on middle and leg, flicked towards the leg side.
  • 70.3 Spinning down leg, Roshen goes back to clip it away but misses.
  • 70.2 On the bounce to short leg! Silva goes back to work it with the turn but gets it off the inside edge. It dips in front of Mominul Haque at short leg who still fails to collect it cleanly.
  • 70.1 A bit too full outside off, Silva mistimes the drive back to Hasan who does well to stop it in his followthrough.
  • 69.6 Angling in on middle and leg, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single again to keep strike. The lead moves to 326 and the stand is worth 36. 214/8
  • 69.5 Drops it on a back of a length, tapped towards point.
  • 69.4 Was there a nick? Fuller and pacy delivery, at 135.3 kph, Silva goes hard at it as he tries to drill it through cover but this one moves away a touch to beat the outside edge by a whisker. The sound was of the bat hitting the ground.
  • 69.3 Back of a length outside off, pushed with an angled bat wide of gully and denies the single as Rahman is bowling.
  • 69.2 Hits the crack and it zips off the surface, Silva looks to nudge it away but misses and wears it on the pads.
  • 69.1 Fuller in length and just outside the off stumps, blocked towards the cover fielder.
  • 68.6 Solid as a rock, says Shamim Chowdhury on air as Lakmal meets it with a full face of the bat. 213/8
  • 68.5 Fuller in length, Suranga looks to defend it off the front foot but this one spins in to catch the inner half of the bat and rolls on the bounce to short leg.
  • 68.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.3 Lakmal lunges and dead-bats it into the ground.
  • 68.2 Darted on the stumps, Silva milks a single down to long on.
  • 68.1 Easy single taken! Turning in from a length outside off, Lakmal clips it away through mid-wicket and jogs to the other end.
  • 67.6 Another one down the leg side, Roshen tries clipping it away but fails again. Liton collects it and puts in an appeal for a caught down the leg side. Nothing from the umpire. 211/8
  • 67.5 Sprays it down leg, RS fails to work it away.
  • 67.4 Another similar ball but this time some pace on it. But Silva once again is happy to sit under it.
  • 67.3 Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, Roshen Silva ducks under it.
  • 67.2 Tucks it off the pads towards Abdur Razzak at backward square leg. He doesn't run and says there is reverse happening so he doesn't want to risk it by giving the strike to Lakmal. Instead he says he will give the strike for the last two balls.
  • 67.1 On a length and angling in from around off, Silva hops back to tuck it away but is a bit early into it. Gets a leading edge which rolls towards mid off.
  • 66.6 Takes a long stride forward and kills it into the surface. 211/8
  • 66.5 On middle and leg, worked away past the man at short mid-wicket for a single.
  • 66.4 Sees the flight does Silva, uses his feet and nearly yorks himself. In the end jams it out towards short mid-wicket.
  • 66.3 A huge shout for an LBW! Pitches it outside off, spins back in to ping Silva on the front pad. Hasan turns back in to appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Impact was well outside the line.
  • 66.2 That was risky! Sliding in with the arm, Silva goes back and is hurried by this. Chops it in front of point.
  • 66.1 Floated delivery outside off, Silva prods forward in defense.
  • 65.6 Good length delivery outside off, tapped towards cover for a single and shall keep strike. 210/8
  • 65.5 On a length and just around the off stump channel, Roshen Silva presses forward to defend but this one moves away a tad late to take the gloves. Luckily for him it dips in front of the second slip fielder.
  • 65.4 This one comes back in from outside off, Roshen drops his wrists to make another leave.
  • 65.3 Lands it on one of the cracks on the surface and gets it to move away. No real pace on the delivery and hence Silva makes an easy leave.
  • 65.2 Uppish! Angling in from a length on middle, Suranga clips it a bit uppishly through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 65.1 From around the wicket, Rahman lands it on a back of a length on middle, Lakmal stands tall in defense.
  • 64.6 Jumps out of the crease and drives it towards the man at cover. 208/8
  • 64.5 FOUR! Good shot! a bit flatter and quicker through the air outside off, Roshen Silva is quick to go back and slaps it behind point for a boundary. The stand moves to 30 from 57 balls.
  • 64.4 Fuller on the stumps, worked away towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 64.3 Gives it more air, Silva looks to drive but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler.
  • 64.2 Gives it a bit more flight and lands it outside off, Silva once again leans ahead to keep it out.
  • 64.1 Tosses it up outside off, blocked gently off the front foot.
  • 63.6 He has a short leg in place but he bowls it really full outside off, Lakmal easily pushes it away on the off side to survive the over. 204/8
  • Short leg in place for Rahman. It's Mominul Haque under the helmet.
  • 63.5 Fullish in length and outside off, Silva eases the drive through cover for a single.
  • 63.4 On a length and on middle and off, Roshen stays behind the line and defends.
  • 63.3 Slightly fuller on off, driven into the cover region.
  • 63.2 There comes the cutter again! He lands it outside off and it kicks a bit off the deck and moves away a touch. Silva is put into a tangle as he pokes at it tentatively. Gets an edge which falls in front of the first slip fielder.
  • 63.1 Comes steaming in from over the wicket, he slants it on a fuller length outside off, Silva leans across and drives it square of the wicket on the off side. Good running between the wickets allows them to come back for a couple.
  • Mustafizur Rahman will bowl from the other end. He will be the man that Bangladesh will be looking for to clean up the Lankans. He has a widish slip and a gully in place...
  • 62.6 Slower through the air, outside off, Roshen lunges and taps it towards the off side for a single to keep strike. 201/8
  • 62.5 Leans ahead to a flighted delivery and pushes it back to Hasan.
  • 62.4 Gets forward and across and wrists it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 62.3 This one stays a bit low, pushed quicker through the air. RS stays back and defends it by crouching a touch in the crease.
  • 62.2 A bit flatter outside off, Silva plants his front foot across, covers the off stump and makes a leave.
  • 62.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery from over the wicket and lands it outside off, Roshen Silva presses forward and meets it with a straight bat.
  • Right then! It's game time at the Shere Bangla Stadium. The overnight pair of Roshen Silva and Suranga Lakmal will continue. Mehidy Hasan will start off with the bowling proceedings. He has a slip and a short leg in place. Here we go...
  • Abdur Razzak is up for a chat. He smiles and says he was very surprised to get a call back in the team after a long time. Adds he wanted to make this opportunity count and is happy to do well for the side. Agrees his team is in a precarious position but feels they still can make a match out of this if they bat well. Ends saying the pitch has settled a bit now so it's all about playing well out there.
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo says the pitch has got some serious wear and tear. There is a huge patch of rough outside the off stump for the left-handers which can get the Bangladesh batsmen on their toes. Adds there are a few more cracks that have opened up and the spinners will be licking their lips to have a go.
  • Bangladesh, well, they are under the pump and before thinking of anything else, their first aim will be to pick the remaining two wickets quickly to limit further damage. The pitch is expected to deteriorate even more and if the first two days are anything to go by, it wouldn't be wrong to say that this could be the last day of the Test. Do Bangladesh have it in them to put up a fight? Hello and welcome to our coverage for the third day's play.
  • Having bundled out the hosts for a paltry 110 and then building on the lead that they got, Sri Lanka are well and truly on top of this Test. Agreed, they are 8 wickets down but they have managed to swell the lead to a massive 312 runs and they still have Roshen Silva out there batting on 58. How much more can he add? Remains to be seen.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • After yet another 14-wicket day, the game enters Day 3. More wear and tear on the surface and hence more spin could be on offer. Life could become more difficult for the batters. Could tomorrow be the last day in this Test? Possible. Do join us to find out, 0930 local (0330 GMT) are the timings. Take care till then. Adios!
  • For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman made good use of the crumbling pitch. He mixed his off cutters well to cause unease to the batters. As a result, he features thrice in the wickets column, being on the cusp of picking up a treble, too. Mehidy Hasan was stingy and effective, but one feels he was under-bowled. He was rewarded for his discipline with a couple of wickets. The others didn't consistently trouble the batsmen enough.
  • Dimuth Karunaratne managed to shake off his single-digit rut but failed to convert it into something substantial. It was his slowest knock in terms of strike rate, when he has scored over 25 runs in an innings. Dhananjaya de Silva was out there for an attacking cameo, as he threw it away then. Dinesh Chandimal and Silva stuck there stringing a stand of 51 runs to consistently not let the game go out of their grasp.
  • Off go the bails, off trudge the players to their dressing rooms. A glance at the scorecard won't confuse you about who's bossing the game. Sri Lanka have continued to crawl ahead in the game, step by step, run by run. Roshen Silva, the promising youngster that he is, has displayed the perfect technique to play in the spinning conditions. He has made his fourth score more than 50 on the trot and is looking good for more only if he finds some support from the other end.
  • 61.6 Floated around middle and leg, blocked firmly off the front foot. BANGLADESH ARE 312 RUNS BEHIND AT STUMPS, DAY 2! 200/8
  • 61.5 Taijul comes over the wicket and lands it around leg, blocked by Lakmal.
  • 61.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 61.3 Defended with a prod forward.
  • 61.2 FOUR! Wow! Lakmal has saved his best for the last, says Tino Mawoyo on air. He shimmies down a touch and blasts it down the ground. Almost takes his partner as he ducks for cover. The ball goes away to the fence. After that, the two are seen exchanging a healthy laugh. Not sure if that would have been the case had the ball hit the non-striker. 200 up for the Lankans, they are ahead by 112 runs more than that.
  • 61.1 Floated outside off, driven to mid off.
  • Last over of the day coming up...
  • 60.6 On a length outside off, this one stays low. Silva looks to flay it through the off side but the ball passes under his blade. Das does well to collect this one low. Remember, he is standing close to the stumps. 196/8
  • 60.5 On a length on middle, Silva defends but gets an inside edge to square leg.
  • 60.4 Fuller in length, angling in. Lakmal looks to work it away to the on side but gets a leading edge. The ball goes over wide mid off and a single is taken.
  • 60.3 Outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 60.2 Hurled outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 60.1 Defended from the crease with a straight bat.
  • Mustafizur Rahman gets swung over to the other end.
  • 59.6 FOUR! Tripe, bosh... Call it what you want. That's how this ball was. Tired arm, that's why. This is a long hop outside off, Silva goes back and slaps it through backward point for another boundary. 8 off this over. 195/8
  • 59.5 Flatter on the stumps, Roshen goes back and presents a straight bat to block that.
  • 59.4 Outside off, slapped towards point.
  • 59.3 This one is hit straight to mid-wicket.
  • 59.2 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 59.1 FOUR! Sri Lanka now ahead by 303! Floated outside off, Silva looks to go over the off side but gets a thick outside edge over short third man. The ball has enough in it to cross the ropes.
  • Taijul Islam back for another burst.
  • 58.6 Floated on the stumps, driven back to the bowler. 187/8
  • 58.5 Floated outside off, aerially blocked towards silly point.
  • 58.4 Lakmal lunges and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 58.3 This one is pushed towards mid on.
  • 58.2 Flatter on the pads, Lakmal fails to flick it away and gets hit on the pads.
  • 58.1 Flatter on off, defended from the crease.
  • Abdur Razzak to bowl now.
  • 57.6 3rd Test fifty for Roshen Silva, his fourth consecutive 50-plus score. He pushes it past mid on and gets back for the second. All the talks revolved around this track being a tough one to bat on. But here is a guy, who has gone about doing his thing without much ado. Take a bow, youngie! 187/8
  • 57.5 Mustafiz comes from over the wicket and angles it across. Punched towards covers from the crease.
  • 57.4 FOUR! Bludgeoned! Overpitched on middle, Silva gets his front leg out of the way and bashes it down the ground for a boundary. He is two short of a half century while his team is three short of getting ahead by 300.
  • 57.3 Slower one on a length just outside off, Roshen is a touch early into the shot bit adjusts well to bunt it off the back foot.
  • 57.2 Similar length on off, defended towards cover-point for nothing.
  • 57.1 Fuller around middle, defended towards mid on.
  • Double change. Abdur Razzak is back on. Scratch all that. MUSTAFIZUR will continue.
  • 56.6 Lakmal strides forward and smothers this one. 181/8
  • 56.5 Flatter and quicker down the leg side SL misses the flick.
  • 56.4 NOT OUT! Silva cuts this one towards backward point and sets off for a quick run. Lakmal responds. The throw is fired flat to the keeper, who collects the ball in front of the stumps and breaks it through his legs. An appeal is put and is taken upstairs. Suranga, however, has dragged his bat in and is safe when the bails come off.
  • A run out appeal against Lakmal is taken upstairs.
  • 56.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 56.2 Eased through mid off for a single.
  • 56.1 Floated around off, defended off the front foot.
  • Taijul Islam replaces Hasan.
  • 55.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 179/8
  • Sabbir is getting some medical attention from the physio now.
  • 55.5 DROPPED! Sabbir Rahman the culprit again. He had grassed one even in the first innings. On a length outside off, the ball takes off after landing. Lakmal is squared up as a result and gets a thick outside edge. It goes to Sabbir at first slip, who fails to react quick enough to catch that. The ball goes off his hands towards fine leg and a run is taken. A clip of him practising slip-catching is shown but all that counts for nothing if you can't hang on to these in a game.
  • 55.4 The ball for the treble turns out to a damp squib. Hurled from round the wicket down the leg side, Lakmal fails in his attempted flick. Das moves swiftly to his left to collect that and whips off the bails in a flash. Nothing gained though.
  • Suranga Lakmal walks in next. He will face the HAT-TRICK BALL from Rahman. Two slips, gully and silly point in position.
  • 55.3 OUT! Two in two, Mustafizur is on a hat-trick! He hurls in an off cutter outside off, on a length. The ball moves in a touch after pitching. Dananjaya looks to play the initial line, failing to counter the inward move. The ball has enough to take the outside edge and goes through to the keeper. They go up in excitement. Akila seems confused but he has to walk back. Sri Lanka are 10 short of leading by 300.
  • The man walking it at no. 9 for the Lankans is Akila Dananjaya.
  • 55.2 OUT! A wicket soon after coming into the attack, yet again. Mustafizur Rahman. He lands it full outside off, this is just a touch shorter than the previous one. Perera pokes at it tentatively. Seems to have feathered an outside edge to the keeper, who takes a nice catch standing close to the stumps. The finger is raised but Dilruwan isn't happy. He talks to Silva and then opts for the DRS. Snicko confirms that that's it for Perera. He takes the lone review left for his side.
  • Perera is given out caught behind. However, he isn't convinced with that. Has a chat with his partner, post which he signals the 'T'. Remember, this is Sri Lanka's last review.
  • 55.1 FOUR! Anticlimax! After all the time taken to get the field and the tactics right, a boundary results. Rahman runs in from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Perera gets his stride out and drives it crisply through covers. Excellent shot.
  • Now Liton Das and Mustafizur Rahman have a longish chat. The latter is coming back into the attack. His last spell was a good one, where he troubled the batsmen with his off cutters. Now Mahmudullah has a talk with him. Post that, three slips are seen in place, apart from a mid off, a man at covers and another one at point. What's more, the keeper is standing up to the stumps.
  • 54.6 Floated outside off, blocked towards cover-point. Maiden. 174/6
  • 54.5 Nicely defended this tossed up ball around off.
  • 54.4 This is delivered quicker in pace, Silva goes back and dead-bats it.
  • 54.3 Stonewalled off the front foot to the on side.
  • 54.2 Roshen this time lets the ball come to him and turns it away to short leg.
  • 54.1 Tossed up outside off, Silva gets forward and defends.
  • Meanwhile, Mustafizur Rahman is seen warming up. 10 overs left now.
  • 53.6 Flatter outside off, punched away through covers for one. 174/6
  • 53.5 DP gets to the other end by driving this through mid off.
  • 53.4 Blocked with a prod.
  • 53.3 A touch short, Perera goes back and flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 53.2 Flatter on the stumps, defended with a straight bat.
  • Dilruwan Perera is the next man. At this juncture, it is good to remember that he strung a crucial 52-run stand with Roshen Silva in the first essay.
  • 53.1 OUT! Dickwella picks out the man to perfection. Tossed up around off and middle, Dickwella gets down and sweeps it aerially. Finds Mahmudullah at square leg, who times his leap to perfection to take that. Strangely, post that, he mimes a throw at the other end. Sri Lanka are effectively 282/6.
  • 52.6 FOUR! Floated around off and middle. Silva shimmies down the track and hits it through wide long on for a boundary. 170/5
  • 52.5 This one is worked away off the pads for nothing.
  • 52.4 Flatter down the leg side, RS lets it be.
  • 52.3 This one is swept away through backward square leg for one.
  • 52.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 52.1 The TV umpire rules it in FAVOUR OF THE BATSMAN! Dickwella continues to bat on. Floated outside off from round the wicket, Niroshan chooses to play the reverse sweep. Ends up chipping it aerially towards covers, where Hayder, the sub, dives forwards and claims the catch. The on-field umpires keep the batter waiting, confer among themselves and signal to the third umpire, giving the soft signal as Not Out. Multiple replays are seen. None is conclusive enough to overturn the original call. On all the views, the ball seems to have bounced just in front of the fielder diving forward. Hence the original call is upheld.
  • Dickwella seems to have perished in his attempt to be aggressive. There is a catch taken at covers. However, the on-field umpire has asked the batsman to wait. He has referred it to the TV umpire, with the soft signal being NOT OUT!
  • 51.6 Turned through mid-wicket for nothing. 165/5
  • 51.5 Floated around middle, Silva gets down the track and blocks it.
  • 51.4 This one is defended back towards the bowler.
  • 51.3 Turn. The ball lands around off and spins away past the defensively poked bat of RS.
  • 51.2 Flighted delivery on middle, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 51.1 Full toss outside off, reverse swept to deep backward point for one.
  • 50.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 164/5
  • 50.5 Swept away to fine leg for a single.
  • 50.4 Full and flighted on off, milked down to long on for one.
  • 50.3 Punched through covers for a couple.
  • 50.2 FOUR! Tossed up around off, there is a hint of spin inwards even as Silva charges down the track. Roshen goes over mid-wicket but does so off the inner half. Once he clears the man, it's always a boundary. Not that Hasan should mind this, as it gives him a chance of getting a scalp. But with the track behaving as it is, every run matters and hence the hosts can't afford to give away runs.
  • 50.1 Flighted delivery around off and middle, kept out to short leg.
  • 49.6 Served around middle, wristed to mid-wicket. 156/5
  • 49.5 Dickwella shapes to play the sweep but seeing it served on a fuller length, he changes his mind and pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 49.4 Tossed up outside off, ND lunges and bunts.
  • 49.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 49.2 Flatter on off, punched through covers for one.
  • 49.1 Floated full around middle, Silva drives it down the ground. Mid on hares after it and saves it with a slide. A couple taken.
  • 48.6 Short outside off, cut away to point. 153/5
  • 48.5 Flatter on middle and leg, worked away to the on side for one.
  • 48.4 This ball is swept away to fine leg for a single.
  • 48.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 48.2 Razzak FLUFFS A CHANCE! This is nicely floated outside off, Dickwella gets down the track. The bowler had spotted the same and hence pushed it wider. Niroshan had to reach out to it to not let the ball pass him. Looks to go inside out but the bat turns in his hands and the ball skies high up in the air. Razzak runs backward from mid on even as Rahim runs to his left from mid off. The former reaches the ball first and puts down the chance. A couple taken in the interim.
  • 48.1 Tossed up around off, Roshen gets down to sweep but gets it off his thigh. The players appeal as the leg bye is taken. Impact outside off.
  • 47.6 Defended solidly off the front foot. 148/5
  • 47.5 Flatter outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 47.4 Floated just around off, Silva plays inside the line as the ball spins past the outer edge.
  • 47.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.2 Around off, punched towards covers.
  • 47.1 Floated outside off, Niroshan gets down and plays the reverse sweep. Razzak does well at the deep backward point fence as he saves a run for his side with his right foot.
  • Taijul Islam is back on.
  • 46.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 144/5
  • 46.5 Around off and middle, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 46.4 INSIDE EDGE IT IS! The review comes to Dickwella's aid here. He gets down to sweep to this tossed up ball outside off, but seemed to have missed it. The players appeal and the umpire nods in agreement. The southpaw immediately opts to get it reviewed and the presence of willow saves him.
  • Two in two? Dickwella is ruled out LBW by Joel Wilson. The southpaw immediately opts for the DRS. Only an inside edge can save him here...
  • Niroshan Dickwella strides out to the center.
  • 46.3 OUT! The low bounce has consumed Chandimal. Hasan strikes. This is what puzzled us for a while. That right arm off spinners can't be effective against right-handers is a myth. Proved here. Flatter in trajectory, shortish in length. Chandimal looks to pull it away. But the ball doesn't climb and passes below his bat to strike him on the back leg. Looks to be plumb and the appeal is upheld. Dinesh asks his partner about opting for DRS but he is sent on his way. Three reds on Hawk Eye as well. The visitors are 255 runs ahead.
  • 46.2 The first fifty-run stand in the innings. Floated around middle, worked away through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 46.1 Tossed up outside off, Dinesh lunges and wrists it towards mid on.
  • Mehidy Hasan is brought back. 9-2-9-1 read his figures at the moment.
  • Time for some refreshments...
  • 45.6 Leans ahead and smothers it away. 141/4
  • 45.5 FOUR! The lead goes past 250 now! Another one on the shorter length, Silva once again is quick to go back and slaps it through cover. No need to run for those. Pounced on Razzak, shouts an excited Roshen Abheysinghe on air. Also, the stand between the two is one short of a half century.
  • 45.4 Landed outside off, RS doesn't offer any shot.
  • 45.3 FOUR! Thrashed! Half-tracker outside off, turning away, Silva camps back and cuts it behind point. Rahim gives it a chase but never did it seem like he would cut that off.
  • 45.2 Comes down the track and pushes it away.
  • 45.1 Floats it up on the stumps, clipped towards square leg.
  • 44.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 133/4
  • 44.5 Doesn't carry again! Islam can't believe it! Slower through the air, landing on off and then turning away. Chandimal prods forward to defend but gets an edge which goes on the bounce to Sabbir at first slip. Soft hands!
  • 44.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 44.3 FOUR! That's a bad ball and given the treatment too! Short and outside off, DC sits back and packs a punch through the cover region. Back-to-back boundaries! Stand moves to 41 and lead to 245!
  • 44.2 FOUR! Whipped away! Very full around middle and leg, Chandimal comes down the track and whips it neatly through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 44.1 Slider from outside off, punched towards the off side.
  • 43.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 125/4
  • 43.5 Silva leans forward to this but this one turns away, takes the edge and evades the man at slip.
  • 43.4 Lunges ahead and blocks it down.
  • 43.3 Chandimal drives it back to the bowler who half-stops and parries it towards mid off. A single taken.
  • 43.2 Floated ball outside off, driven down to long off for a single.
  • 43.1 Drifting in from a length on middle and leg, Silva clips it towards the leg side.
  • 42.6 Floated delivery outside off, Silva defends it with soft hands, It still goes off the edge towards Sabbir at first slip who fails to stop it on the bounce. It goes further and they take one. 123/4
  • 42.5 Taijul keeps it full on the stumps, flicked down to long on. Razzak at long on was a bit late to charge towards the ball and that allows them to come back for the second.
  • 42.4 Roshen hangs back and defends it down.
  • 42.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 42.2 Punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 42.1 Turning away from a length and outside off, patted towards cover for a single.
  • 41.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 119/4
  • 41.5 Was that off the bat? Drifting in on middle and leg, Silva misses the tuck and the ball lobs off something to Mominul at short leg. The excitement gets killed as the umpire shakes his head to the appeal. It was off the pads.
  • 41.4 Excellent stop from Mehidy! Loopy delivery outside off, RS drives it towards cover there Hasan dives and makes a good stop to prevent some runs for his side.
  • 41.3 FOUR! Poor delivery! Abdur drops it short and outside off, Silva camps back and punches it through the gap at cover for a boundary.
  • 41.2 Pitches it around middle and leg, turns towards off, Silva hangs back and defends it really late. Had he missed, he could have been a candidate for an LBW.
  • 41.1 Angles it in from around the wicket, Silva comes down the track making some room and bunts it back to Razzak.
  • Abdur Razzak comes back on.
  • 40.6 Chandimal leans ahead and buries it into the ground to hand Islam a maiden over. 115/4
  • 40.5 Floated ball outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 40.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.3 Sits back and punches it towards the cover fielder.
  • 40.2 Flattish ball on middle, DC hangs back in defense.
  • 40.1 Very full on off, the Lankan skipper jams it out.
  • 39.6 Fuller delivery on off, blocked off the meat towards cover. 115/4
  • 39.5 FOUR! Easy peasy! Short delivery, angling down leg, all Roshen had to do was to get some bat on it. He does so and picks up a boundary towards fine leg.
  • 39.4 Good length delivery on middle and off, RS blocks.
  • 39.3 Goes over the wicket and bowls a pinpoint yorker on the stumps, Silva brings his bat down at the right time to keep it out.
  • 39.2 Fuller and attacking the stumps, blocked.
  • 39.1 This one nips back in off the pitch, Silva presses forward and taps it solidly towards cover.
  • 38.6 Good ball! But not lucky to induce an edge! Drifts it in on middle and off, lures Chandi forward and then turns away to beat the outside edge by a whisker. 111/4
  • 38.5 Lunges ahead and stonewalls it.
  • 38.4 Flighted delivery around off, killed into the ground.
  • 38.3 Slower through the air outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single.
  • The floodlights have been turned on. These aren't good signs...
  • 38.2 Flicked away on the leg sdie for a single.
  • 38.1 Flatter ball outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 37.6 Ooo... so, so, close! How did that miss the stumps? Just how? Rahman is making the most of the surface here. Pitches the cutter around middle and leg and it moves square to put Roshen in a tangle. He pokes at it but gets beaten on the outside and goes agonizingly past the off stick. The Fizz can't believe it nor can we. 109/4
  • 37.5 Back of a length delivery but the line is outside the off stump. Left alone.
  • 37.4 RS gets across and flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 37.3 Leg bye! Fuller ball and angling in on the pads, Chandimal misses the flick and the ball goes off the pads towards the leg side. A leg bye taken.
  • Das is up to the stumps now...
  • 37.2 Outside off, DC doesn't play at it.
  • 37.1 Chandimal is in! But what a brute of a delivery, that! Rahman and his cutters are just too hot to handle. It pitches and moves away sharply to take the gloves of the Lankan skipper and goes on the bounce to Sabbir Rahman at first slip. He picks it up and hurls a throw at the striker's end. Dinesh comes back in the crease casually by ringing his right hand even as the ball hits the stumps. They appeal and it's taken upstairs. Replays find Chandimal is safe.
  • Run out appeal. Has Chandimal dragged his feet inside in time?
  • Umpire Joel Wilson and Rod Tucker come together to have a word. It has gone a bit too dark there...
  • 36.6 Stays right behind the line and shows a straight blade. Tight over, a maiden from Taijul. 108/4
  • 36.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.4 Flatter delivery around middle and off, Roshen defends it down.
  • 36.3 Very full, fired in on leg, Silva manages to dig it out towards short leg.
  • 36.2 Slower through the air, landed outside off, Silva kills it into the turf.
  • 36.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, driven back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 35.6 The Fizz one again is too straight, clipped easily through backward square leg to keep strike. 108/4
  • 35.5 Strays it on the leg stump line, Silva shuffles and deflects it fine down the leg side to add a brace. Good running! The lead stretches to 219!
  • 35.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, stabbed off the back foot towards the point fielder.
  • 35.3 Brings it back in from outside off, Silva offers no shot.
  • 35.2 Moves inside the line and tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 35.1 Beaten! Beautiful delivery, this! Another cutter, which holds on the surface and then deviates just when Chandimal hangs his bat out. Das behind the stumps gathers the ball and underarms a throw at the striker's end but the Lankan skipper was always in.
  • 34.6 Flatter delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover for a brisk single. 104/4
  • 34.5 Arrows it in from outside off, Dinesh defends it right in front of the silly point fielder.
  • 34.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 34.3 FOUR! Bosh from Islam! Flatter delivery down the leg side, Chandimal clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 34.2 Tossed up delivery outside off, Chandimal presses forward.
  • 34.1 Darts it on the pads, flicked through backward square leg for a single. The man in the deep returns a throw at the bowler's end but there is no one backing up. It goes to long off and they take another on the overthrow.
  • Taijul Islam is back on.
  • 33.6 Another cutter, gripping off the surface, Silva keeps his bat inside the line before making a leave. 97/4
  • 33.5 Fuller and angling in on the pads, worked through mid on for a single.
  • 33.4 Edged but it lands just short! Rahman delivers a cutter, just outside off. It grips but bounces a touch more. Chandimal presses across to have a poke at it but the extra bounce takes the outside edge and dips in front of Sabbir at first slip who fails to stop in spite of a dive. The ball rolls away and a couple is take.
  • 33.3 Good length delivery outside off, defended off the back foot.
  • 33.2 Safely home! Roshen Silva eases the drive towards the mid off fielder and takes him on. The former scores a direct hit at the bowler's end as the latter drags his bat in. It's taken upstairs and replays find the newcomer in.
  • Direct hit at the bowler's end against Silva is taken upstairs. Looks safe though...
  • 33.1 Fuller ball outside off, driven towards mid off for nothing.
  • 32.6 Spinning from a length outside off, tucked past short leg for a single to end a fruitful over. 93/4
  • 32.5 Flighted delivery around middle and off, tucked off the back foot towards short leg.
  • 32.4 Stays back and clips it with the turn past short leg.
  • Roshen Silva is the next man in, replacing Karunaratne. He marshalled the lower-order well in the first innings to score a fifty. Can he do it again?
  • 32.3 OUT! That's a stunner of a catch from Imrul Kayes! Just what Bangladesh needed, an early wicket after the break. Mehidy Hasan drifts it on middle and leg, Dimuth comes dancing down the track to whip it away. It goes quickly towards mid-wicket where Kayes reacts and plucks it a stunning fashion by diving to his right. The hosts roar in delight. Can they pick a few more? Also, this has been the slowest knock by Karunaratne whenever he has scored over 25 runs.
  • 32.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.1 Tossed up ball outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 31.6 Well bowled. It is the slower delivery on a fuller length on off and middle. Dimuth reads it well and flicks it through mid-wicket for one. 92/3
  • 31.5 Hurled on the pads, flicked away through square leg for one.
  • 31.4 Short in length, outside off, Dimuth goes back and cuts it through point for a single.
  • 31.3 Around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 31.2 Similar delivery and shot, minus the marker this time.
  • 31.1 Fuller outside off, driven to mid off. Interesting, as Rahman was running in, the bowling marker seem to be stuck in his spikes and it just jumped up and fell as he entered the delivery stride.
  • Mustafizur Rahman will continue from the other end.
  • 30.6 Dinesh charges down and blocks it. 89/3
  • 30.5 Floated outside off, driven towards long off for one.
  • 30.4 Yes-no between the batters, no harm done. Karunaratne works it in front of mid-wicket. He comes down in search of a run but is sent back by Chandimal in time.
  • 30.3 Flatter on the pads, Dimuth gets an inside edge onto the pads as he fails to get it away.
  • 30.2 Shorter in length outside off, Chandimal goes back and cuts it through point for one. SRI LANKA ARE AHEAD EXACTLY BY 200.
  • 30.1 Floated up outside off, Dinesh lunges forward and keeps it out towards covers.
  • We still have 34 overs remaining in the day. A lot can happen if Bangladesh spinners come out breathing fire. Mehidy Hasan will be the one to start off the session. Dinesh Chandimal is on strike. A slip, a short leg and a leg gully in place...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • Dimuth Karunaratne has stood tall amidst all this. He has eaten up 94 balls, tells you about his solidity which was missing since a few innings. However, he struggled a bit at the start but has gained confidence as the game progressed. Bangladesh would be looking to pick up wickets and at the same time keep a lid on the scoring rate. Will their spinners enforce a collapse? Do join us for the final session which will start in just a bit...
  • 28 Overs, 78 Runs and 3 Wickets is the summary of the session. Although Bangladesh have picked up wickets, the Lankans have stretched the lead to one short of 200. It all started with Razzak getting the better of Mendis for the second time in the Test. De Silva once again walked out with positive intent and kept the runs flowing. He scored 28 off 24 balls before getting befuddled by Islam. Since his departure, the scoring rate has dipped a bit and Rahman came back into the attack to remove Gunathilaka in his very first over of the spell.
  • 29.6 Pitches it up on off, Dimuth Karunaratne prods forward and meets it with a straight bat. TEA, DAY 2! 87/3
  • 29.5 Angling in on a back of a length outside off, DC stands back and steers it through point for a single.
  • 29.4 Bangs in a short on middle and leg, Chandimal ducks under it.
  • 29.3 Slanting in from a length outside off, DK pats it towards cover for a single.
  • 29.2 Fuller in length and angling in, Dimuth takes a stride ahead to defend but ekes out an inside edge on the pads.
  • 29.1 Finally a run after 12 balls. Angling in from outside off, Chandimal taps it in front of cover for a single.
  • 28.6 Crouches a bit and works it towards the leg side. Back-to-back maidens. 84/3
  • 28.5 Dimuth gets down to sweep this ball. It hits the man at short leg who takes evasive action and it rebounds towards the leg slip fielder on the bounce.
  • 28.4 Jumps out of the crease and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 28.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 28.2 Beaten! Slower through the air, skidding a bit off the surface, Karunaratne comes forward to defend but is beaten all ends up.
  • 28.1 Flighted delivery around leg, defended into the leg side.
  • 27.6 Pitches it up on off, driven towards the mid off fielder. A maiden from Rahman. Good stuff! 84/3
  • 27.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.4 Defended off the back foot towards the off side.
  • 27.3 Good stop from Hasan! Cutter which grips and moves away, Chandimal taps it with soft hands towards second slip and looks for the single. Mehidy Hasan attacks the ball as he stops it with a dive to his right and then hurls a throw at the striker's end but misses his shy. Had that hit, Chandimal would have been home anyway.
  • 27.2 Fuller and attacking the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • Good observation! Mustafizur Rahman persisted with the cutters to get his man in his previous over. First up, he bowled it a bit shorter in length and it moved down the leg side. Then he pitched it on a similar line but the length was a tad fuller where he induced an inside edge. When he landed it further in length, he got the reward he wanted...
  • 27.1 Angling in from around off, poked off the back foot.
  • 26.6 Chandimal comes down the track and drives it through mid off for a single. 84/3
  • 26.5 Tossed up outside off, Dinesh drives it towards cover. Wants a run but his partner sends him back.
  • 26.4 Flighted delivery on off, turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.3 Chandimal avoids a pair! Very full outside off, driven down to long off for an easy single.
  • 26.2 Flighted delivery around middle and leg, defended.
  • 26.1 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 25.6 Switches the angle for the right-hander and angles it in on middle, Chandimal clips it away on the leg side to avoid a king pair. Superb over from The Fizz! 80/3
  • Dinesh Chandimal walks in at no. 5.
  • 25.5 OUT! Plumb in front! Mustafizur Rahman strikes in his very first over in this spell. The bowling change has done the trick. He goes wider of the crease and doles out a cutter outside off on a fuller length. It grips off the surface and comes back in to ping Gunathilaka, who looks to walk across and flick, on the pads right in front of the stumps. A huge shout and the umpire raises the finger. Danushka goes to his partner and thinks about the review. After a chat, they decide not to. Gunathilaka continues to walk back with his side leading by 8 short of 200.
  • 25.4 Good ball! Lands it on the rough outside off, it comes back in. Gunathilaka with no feet movement looks to stab this but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 25.3 Bowls a cutter, gripping and going down leg, DG looks to clip it away but misses.
  • 25.2 Angling in from a length outside off, tucked wide of Taijul at mid on. The spinner scores a direct hit at the bowler's end but Dimuth has made it in.
  • 25.1 Starts off with a length delivery from over the wicket, Karunaratne punches it towards the cover fielder.
  • So, Mahmudullah brings Mustafizur Rahman into the attack.
  • 24.6 Flatter through the air outside off, it stays a bit low. Danushka goes back to cut but the ball goes under his bat to the keeper. 79/2
  • 24.5 Around middle and leg, nudged through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.4 Worked away with the spin through square leg for a single.
  • 24.3 Flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.2 Ripper of a delivery that! Flatter one, quicker through the air, Karunaratne at first tries to come forward but then stays back. The ball skids off the deck and just beats the outside edge.
  • 24.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Danushka Gunathilaka drills it through cover and some good running between the wickets allows the pair to come back for the third.
  • Mustafizur Rahman was coming into the attack but hold on. Mahmudullah changes his mind and asks Razzak to continue.
  • 23.6 Karunaratne drives it towards the cover fielder. 73/2
  • 23.5 Very full outside off, jammed out back to the bowler.
  • 23.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 23.3 Catch it was the cry but to no avail. DG dances down the track and drives it a bit uppishly through cover for a single.
  • Imrul Kayes cops a blow at silly point. Looks to be in agony and the physio it out to attend him. Magic spray is being applied and we have a bit of delay here. This is not good. He is seen limping off the field. Hope he recovers soon...
  • 23.2 That must have stung for sure! Flatter through the air outside off, Gunathilaka goes back to punch and he does so but straight to Kayes at silly point. It hits him on the inner portion of the shin. Ouch!
  • 23.1 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 22.6 Lands it around off, Gunathilaka comes down the track to work it away but gets a leading edge through cover for a single. 72/2
  • 22.5 Flatter through the air outside off, punched through cover for a couple of runs.
  • 22.4 Darted on middle and leg, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 22.3 Swept away behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 22.2 DG jumps out of the crease and wrists it down to long on to get to the other end.
  • 22.1 Goes back to this shorter ball and punches it towards the off side.
  • 21.6 Makes a bit of room and eases it straight to the cover fielder. 67/2
  • 21.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 21.4 Karunaratne presses forward to defend but this one turns away to beat the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 21.3 Floated delivery on off, blocked into the ground.
  • 21.2 DK pushes it to the cover region.
  • 21.1 Comes down the track and bunts it away.
  • 20.6 Huge shout for a caught behind this time! Not given! Lands it outside off, it zips through the surface as Gunathilaka goes back to defend. Seems to have missed it completely but Bangladesh keep appealing. They think about the review but decide against it. Replays show there is nothing on Ultra Edge. 67/2
  • 20.5 What was that? Down the leg side, Gunathilaka gets down to pull this but seems to have gotten off the gloves. Liton Das moves to his right to take it. He shows smartness here. Since he can't get to it, he sticks his right leg out but the ball deflects off the shoe to the other side. He loses his balance and hence cannot get to it. So definitely a chance but a real tough one.
  • 20.4 Beautiful delivery! Tossed up delivery outside off, it holds its line and just about kisses the outer part of Danushka's bat who presses forward in defense.
  • 20.3 Loud, loud appeal for LBW! Loopy delivery around off, Gunathilaka shimmies down a touch to defend. He was playing for the spin but there ain't any. Gets pinged on the pads and they appeal. Umpire Wilson shakes his head as the impact was well outside the line.
  • 20.2 Similar length, this time the other southpaw clips it through square leg for a single.
  • 20.1 From over the wicket, Razzak gives it a decent loop, it turns back in to which Gunathilaka tucks through mid-wicket. Gets a single.
  • Abdur Razzak is back on.
  • 19.6 Quicker through the air outside off, punched hard only to find the man at extra cover. 65/2
  • 19.5 Shimmies down the track and eases it to long off for a single.
  • 19.4 Darts in on a length and on the stumps, Dimuth stays leg side and chops it towards backward point for one.
  • 19.3 Goes back, lets the ball turn away and then dabs it towards backward point.
  • 19.2 Once again prods ahead and defends it in front of silly point.
  • 19.1 Loops it up right around the off stump line, Karunaratne prods forward in defense.
  • 18.6 Gets down and across and paddles it down to fine leg to add a couple more to his tally. 63/2
  • 18.5 Interesting! Gunathilaka moves inside the line to the ball going down leg. He tries to shoulder his arms but the ball brushes his pads and rolls past the keeper. The batsmen run two and the umpire instead of signalling a dead ball for not offering a shot, calls it as leg byes.
  • 18.4 Turning in from outside off, Danushka hangs back to defend but misses to wear it high on the thigh pad.
  • 18.3 FOUR! Powerfully swept! Loops it up on the stumps, Gunathilaka gets down on one knee and nails the sweep in front of square on the leg side. Raced away to the fence!
  • 18.2 Floated delivery outside off, swept behind square on the leg side for an easy single.
  • 18.1 Sees the flight, it's dipping in, Karunaratne comes down the track and clips it towards the fielder at mid on.
  • 17.6 Goes around the wicket again and lands it full on off, Danushka takes a good stride forward and stonewalls it. 54/2
  • 17.5 Quicker through the air and a bit shorter outside off, tapped in front of backward point for a brisk single.
  • 17.4 Flatter on the stumps, defended off the back foot back to Hasan.
  • 17.3 Mehidy goes from over the wicket and loops it up on the stumps, it's punched off the back foot to mid off.
  • 17.2 Floated delivery outside off, slower through the air, pushed off the back foot to point.
  • 17.1 Fired full outside off, bunted back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 16.6 Floated outside off, the ball spins in with some bounce as well. Gunathilaka looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the thigh pad. 53/2
  • 16.5 Served outside off at a quicker pace, Danushka goes back and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • Danushka Gunathilaka walks in next.
  • 16.4 OUT! Knocked him over! Very ugly dismissal. Will tell you why. It is not an easy track to bat on and hence, it is important to capitalize when you seem to be in. Here, de Silva, who is fairly set, makes room to play this one over the off side, thinking the ball to be outside off. But Taijul seems to be a clever bowler. He tosses this one up and lands it around middle. The ball spins away just a touch. Dhananjaya is deceived here and is in no position to get bat to that. Ends up missing the ball, which goes on to strike the off stump. The promising 34-run stand comes to a bad end, as does the enterprising knock from the no. 3. Bowling spin is mostly about four flushing and Islam has succeeded in doing just that. Sri Lanka have 8 wickets in their bag, while Bangladesh are trailing the game by 165 runs.
  • 16.3 A touch shorter in length, DdS goes back and punches it to backward point.
  • 16.2 Fuller on middle, Dimuth paddle sweeps it to fine leg to get to the other end.
  • 16.1 Tossed up outside off, Dimuth comes down the track and whips it to mid on.
  • Taijul Islam gets a change of ends.
  • 15.6 Gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single. 52/1
  • 15.5 Flatter outside off, cut away to point.
  • 15.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 15.3 Nicely tossed up around off, driven back to where it came from.
  • 15.2 Floated full around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 15.1 Karunaratne dances down the track and bunts it.
  • 14.6 50 up for Sri Lanka, they are 163 runs ahead at this point. De Silva goes back and steers it past slip for a brace. The stand is worth 32. 51/1
  • 14.5 Ohh! Floated on the stumps, Karunaratne just manages to sweep it off the bottom part of his bat. Would have been a goner had he missed. The ball goes through short fine leg and a run is taken.
  • 14.4 Tossed up around middle, Karunaratne gets an inside edge just past short leg. Wants a single but denied by his partner.
  • 14.3 Served outside off, driven to long off for one.
  • 14.2 Nicely blocked off the front foot back towards the bowler.
  • 14.1 FOUR! This one is bowled with a side-arm action. It is the arm ball aimed at the off stump. Dhananjaya gets his bat down in time and chops it past short third man. The substitute fielder, Hayder, puts in a chase but comes second best.
  • 13.6 Tossed up around off, DK gets down the track and defends it with his bat close to his front pad. 43/1
  • 13.5 Quicker one outside off, cut away to backward point.
  • 13.4 Outside off, defended to silly point.
  • 13.3 This one is bowled slower through the air, Dimuth prods and blocks.
  • 13.2 Floated outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 13.1 Tossed up outside off, milked down to long off for one.
  • 12.6 Defended off the front foot solidly. 42/1
  • 12.5 Short in length, Karunaratne goes back to pull but ends up mistiming it to mid on.
  • 12.4 Outside off, bunted off the front foot.
  • 12.3 Served on the stumps, swept away through square leg for one.
  • 12.2 The batsman tried to sweep that one but missed it and was hit on the pads.
  • 12.1 FOUR! Nicely played. Floated around middle and leg, Dhananjaya gets down on one knee and brings out the sweep shot. Hits it nicely through square leg for a boundary. The lead crosses 150 now.
  • 11.6 Flatter outside off, pushed to point. 37/1
  • 11.5 DK lunges and defends that watchfully.
  • 11.4 Outside off, punched to covers.
  • 11.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.2 THE ON-FIELD CALL STAYS! This is floated just outside off, Karunaratne strides forward to defend. Seems to have done well to do so to the off side. However, the hosts appeal mutedly to no avail. The bowler seems sure that it is pad first and eggs his skipper to opt for DRS, which the latter does. The replays show that IT IS PAD FIRST, indeed. But since Dimuth was lunging forward to defend, meaning he was playing a shot, the impact had to be seen. It is outside off and hence the southpaw survives. A review lost for the hosts.
  • 11.1 Flatter on off, punched back to the bowler.
  • Mehidy Hasan to have a bowl now. He should know the surface better now, as he batted valiantly for an unbeaten 38. A slip stands guard as does a man at silly point. In the first Test, he was brought on when Karunaratne was batting and did well to get him dismissed. Notable is the fact that he was taken off the attack after that sole over in the spell.
  • 10.6 Fired on the pads, DdS fails to get bat in his attempted defense. 37/1
  • 10.5 Flatter ball spinning away just a touch outside off. De Silva goes back and guides it past slip. Kayes from short third man chases it down and keeps it to a brace.
  • 10.4 Eased down to long on for a single.
  • 10.3 Karunaratne lunges nicely as he defends this one with a straight bat.
  • 10.2 Flatter one going down leg, Dimuth pads it away.
  • 10.1 Floated around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • Another close in fielder? A set of shin pads is brought onto the ground as a man comes in at short leg.
  • 9.6 This one is solidly bunted onto the ground. 12 runs off this over. 34/1
  • 9.5 FOUR! Top, top shot! That's what echoed in the cubicle here, as my colleague and me both exclaimed the same together. Tossed up around off, de Silva takes the aerial route now. Goes inside out over covers and gets himself the third boundary of the over. He moves to 13.
  • 9.4 Close leave. Arm ball outside off, de Silva watches it through to the keeper. Wasn't too far from the off pole.
  • 9.3 FOUR! Overcompensates, does Islam, pays the price again. This is fired in at a full length, Dhananjaya drives it through covers for another boundary. This was all along the ground.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Long hop, punished. When the surface doesn't give you much pace to work with, you err if you drop the ball on a shorter length. That's precisely what has happened here. The length allows de Silva to go back and punch it through covers for a boundary.
  • 9.1 Nicely looped up around off, Dhananjaya gets forward and blocks it.
  • 8.6 Flighted ball around middle and leg, flicked away to square leg. 22/1
  • 8.5 Around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 8.4 Floated outside off, lofted to mid off for a single.
  • 8.3 Flatter on the pads, DK gets to the other end with a flick.
  • 8.2 Karunaratne seems so unsure of playing Razzak. This is flatter in trajectory around off, he is in two minds whether to go forward or stay back. Ends up getting a bottom edge in front of him and he keeps it out.
  • 8.1 Tossed up around off, Karunaratne flicks it towards mid on. There is a slight misfield there from Taijul during which the batsmen think of a run. But he recovers well for them to quash any such plans.
  • 7.6 Defended solidly off the front foot. 20/1
  • 7.5 Short in length again, de Silva punches it towards covers. The keeper shouts out his disapproval of the length.
  • 7.4 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 7.3 Shorter outside off, cut away towards point.
  • 7.2 On the pads, flicked round the corner for a single.
  • 7.1 Floated around off, defended with a lunge.
  • 6.6 Turn and bounce. Floated nicely outside off, de Silva looks to play it initially but then decides against it. The ball spins away and the keeper collects it nicely. A good successful over from Abdur ends. 19/1
  • Dhananjaya de Silva walks in next. He played a crucial knock in the first innings, an attacking one. Encore?
  • 6.5 OUT! No inside edge, Hawk Eye says, CRASHING THE STUMPS! Razzak got Mendis in the first innings and does so yet again. He darts in an arm delivery around off, Mendis fails to pick it. He lunges forward to play for the conventional turn, which is absent. The ball raps him on the front pad. An appeal is just a formality as the finger is raised by umpire Joel Wilson. Kusal is unsure of walking off and he asks his partner whether he should review it. Gets the nod from Karunaratne. Bad call as three reds signal that Sri Lanka lose a wicket as well as a review. They are effectively 131/1.
  • Kusal Mendis is a goner! He is ruled out LBW. However, as all dismissed batters, he is not happy to leave. Discusses with his partner and opts for the DRS. Only an inside edge can save him.
  • 6.4 Floated around off, blocked solidly.
  • 6.3 KM prods and bunts it off the front foot.
  • 6.2 Pushed towards point for a single.
  • 6.1 Floated outside off, driven to mid off.
  • The Bangladesh team physio is out in the middle. Mominul Haque is down in pain owing to the blow that he took in the last ball of the previous over. The magic spray does its bit and he is back on his feet.
  • 5.6 OUCH! That must have hurt. Served in line of the stumps, Kusal gets down and sweeps it hard. It hits short leg on the shin, in spite of him wearing the guard. Poor lad. He is down in pain. He tried to evade the ball but the ball followed him to hit him. 18/0
  • 5.5 Flatter outside off, punched to covers.
  • 5.4 This one is swept away through square leg. Rahim chases it down well and keeps it down to two.
  • 5.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.2 Flatter and quicker on the stumps, Mendis is fortunate to get an inside edge as he looks to defend that.
  • 5.1 Outside off, Karunaratne stabs it towards point and gets to the other end.
  • 4.6 Lovely, lovely delivery. Some more flight given to this one just outside off, it spins away with a puff of dust. Kusal prods to defend but gets beaten. Das flips the bails off and asks the question but the umpire stays unmoved. There is a request from him and the slip fielder to take it upstairs which the umpire doesn't pay heed to. Replay shows that Kusal's back leg is firmly glued in the crease. 15/0
  • 4.5 Tossed up around off and middle, Dimuth drives it down to long on for a single.
  • 4.4 Short in length, Mendis goes back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket. Gets one for the same.
  • 4.3 Gives more air to this one around off, Mendis lunges to defend.
  • 4.2 Knocked through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 4.1 Floated down the leg side, the ball spins further away. Karunaratne shoulders arms to that. The keeper fails to collect that and the ball goes to the fence behind. Dead ball signaled as the batter didn't attempt a shot there.
  • 3.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 12/0
  • 3.5 Flatter outside off, Mendis looks to cut it but is hurried on to the shot due to the low bounce.
  • 3.4 Served around off, Mendis comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 3.3 Tossed up around middle, flicked through mid-wicket to get to the other end.
  • 3.2 Flatter on the stumps, defended off the back foot.
  • 3.1 Floated down the leg side, Karunaratne lets it be. The ball spins away after pitching. Encouraging signs for the bowler.
  • Taijul Islam to bowl from the other end. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 2.6 Fuller in length, driven back towards the bowler. 11/0
  • 2.5 This time he plays it with the spin and picks up a single through mid-wicket.
  • 2.4 Similar line, spinning down leg. DK goes back but misses the flick.
  • 2.3 Karunaratne is not picking Razzak here. Strange. The spinner isn't someone who has many varieties up his sleeve. He varies his flight and mixes up the arm delivery and the conventional spin. Here he delivers the latter around middle and leg, it spins away a touch. Dimuth looks to flick it away but the ball seems to have missed the blade and gone off the pads to leg slip. Mahmudullah catches it and puts in an appeal only for it to be turned down.
  • Now. A slip, leg slip, short leg are close-in for Karunaratne.
  • 2.2 Floated outside off, the outside edge is captured as Mendis prods to defend. It rolls towards short third man and a quick single is taken.
  • 2.1 Flatter in trajectory, a touch shorter in length on off. Mendis goes back and slaps it to cover.
  • Welcome back. After a sumptuous meal, the players are out in the middle at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. We have 62 overs to see off the day. Numerous mouthwatering battles will continue to capture our attention. It'll be the Kusal Mendis - Abdur Razzak duel to begin the proceedings. A slip and a bat-pad in position.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Although the hosts have to bat last on this surface, they shouldn't believe all's lost at this point. Yes, they were on the back foot after losing 4 wickets last night. Such tracks often see at least one side collapsing and today, Bangladesh had their name written on it. There is something on it for the bowlers and their bevy of spinners shall hope to replicate the Lankan tweakers and restrict the tourists to a meager total. Is this the way the game will pan out? Join us at 1210 local time (0610 GMT) to find out.
  • The tourists had to see off just a couple of overs before the interval and they have done so with a clean slate. The opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis has largely been untroubled and a much harder task awaits them. Nobody can believe himself to be in on such a crumbling surface. We can expect them to come out all guns blazing in a bid to accumulate some quick runs and put more pressure on the other side.
  • 1.6 Negotiates the final ball before LUNCH, DAY 2, by defending this one off the front foot. Sri Lanka have their noses ahead by 121 runs. 9/0
  • 1.5 Driven through mid on by DK.
  • 1.4 Landed on a fuller length and angling in, Dimuth works it away through square leg for a couple.
  • 1.3 Full on off, driven to mid off.
  • 1.2 Edged! Karunaratne looks to defend this one with soft hands, gets an outside edge towards second slip. The ball lands just short of Sabbir Rahman there and rolls behind. A couple taken.
  • 1.1 Hurled outside off, left alone by Dimuth.
  • Mustafizur Rahman to share the new ball from the other end. He had a couple of scalps in the first essay.
  • 0.6 Flatter outside off, left alone. 5/0
  • 0.5 Shout for LBW! Floated around middle and leg, Mendis looks to sweep but misses. The ball hits him on the right arm and that draws the hosts in appeal. Turned down. Hawk Eye shows it to be going over the stumps.
  • 0.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 0.3 Don't you learn from your mistakes, Dimuth? In the first innings, he charged down the track to such a floated delivery and ended up missing the ball completely. Does the same, yet again. Thankfully for him, his pads come in the way and the ball rolls through backward square leg for a run. Runs signaled by the umpire.
  • 0.2 Streaky. Flatter outside off, Mendis goes back to cut it away. Ends up getting a bottom edge and the ball rolls through the keeper's legs. Sabbir from first slip chases it down and saves a run for his side.
  • 0.1 Razzak starts off with a delivery on the pads, Karunaratne flicks it away through backward square leg for a single to get going.
  • That's all we have from this game. The action between these two sides isn't over here. They will now lock horns for a 2-match T20I series starting from 15th of February at 1700 Local time (1100 GMT)at the same venue. Before we leave, just reminding you. There is a T20I game going to happen between Australia and England and then later in the evening South Africa and India will clash for the 4th ODI. So suit up and tuck in there if you wish. Until then, goodbye and take care. Cheers!
  • The trophy is handed over to Chandimal who walks towards the stage and gives to the youngsters. A lot of smiling faces and they thoroughly deserved this, especially with the drubbing hat they had got at the hands of the Indians recently. But all that is past, they have kicked off the new year with a bang. Were down and out at the start of the Tri-Nation Series but then came back in a stunning fashion to win it. And then have continued the winning momentum to have their hands on the Test series as well. Well played, Sri Lanka.
  • Smiling Lankan skipper, Dinesh Chandimal is all smiles. Starts saying both the games was a nightmare - first one for the bowlers, second for the batters. Is happy to come out on top here. Informs they knew they are going to get a turning track in the second Test but opines they had experienced spinners in their armory to counter it. Lauds Roshen Silva for the way he has put his hands up. Has a word for Akila Dananjaya who had a dream debut and thanks the support staff as well. Ends saying it was a collective team effort from everyone.
  • Man of the Match and Series, Roshen Silva thanks the Almighty first and is happy that his side won the all-important toss. Feels the wicket was really difficult to bat on but he says he didn't think about that much and just played his natural game. Credits the lower-middle order (Lakmal, Herath and Dananjaya) to not its wicket away. States they hung in out there and added crucial 20-30 runs with him which is gold on such a surface.
  • Bangladesh skipper, Mahmudullah is really disappointed with their batting effort. Adds they knew the pitch will force a result but rues to not give a fight. Further adds on such kind of pitches it's important to do well in the first innings which unfortunately they couldn't and that is where they lost the game. Appreciates his bowlers for the way they have bowled. Appreciates Mominul Haque and reckons he is a good player of the spin. Ends by saying there are a lot of positives to take from this game and hopes they do well in future.
  • With over 5 sessions to go and the pitch starting to spit venom, the result was certain. Bangladesh needed 339 to win and had their backs firmly on the wall. Agreed, they were already under the pump but going down without a fight is something you don't expect from the team that has shown promising signs, especially at home in the recent past. Tough loss for Bangladesh but rejoice for Sri Lanka. Stick with us for the presentation...
  • In reply, Bangladesh got steamrolled at the blink of an eye. From 107/5, they got folded for a scanty 110. The fact that Mehidy Hasan remained unbeaten on 38, tells us how less their batters could contribute. Lakmal, yes, the pacer was the one to start the downfall and then Perera and Dananjaya took over. This gave Sri Lanka a massive 112-run lead and all they had to do was to stretch it like elastic. It wasn't a good show from their batsmen on a spinning surface but they managed to stand there for a while. Roshen Silva once again stole the show and marshalled the lower order, only to remain stranded on 70.
  • After a docile pitch in Chittagong where the game ended in a tame draw, the story was completely contrasting in Dhaka. Chandimal won the all-important toss but his batters could just amass 222 on the board, with Kusal Mendis and Roshen Silva scoring fifties. Abdur Razzak, the comeback man, was the star for the hosts as he ran through the Lankan batting line-up along with Taijul Islam. Both the spinners bagged 8 wickets between them.
  • What a thumping win for the Lankans to seal the series. All it took for them was just 177 BALLS today to wrap the hosts up. The veteran, Rangana Herath was kept quiet in the first essay but boy, he came out breathing fire to dismantle the opposition. He led the charge from the front, picking up a 4-fer and then debutant Akila Dananjaya applied the finishing touches by having some more fun. He ruled the roost and made his debut game a memorable one as he now holds the record for most wickets on debut by a Lankan.
  • 29.3 OUT! In the air... taken! Rangana Herath becomes the highest wicket-taker amongst left-arm bowlers. What a feat! goes past Wasim Akram. He is congratulated by his mates as SRI LANKA BEAT BANGLADESH BY 215 RUNS! Tossed up outside off, Islam gets down and plays the slog sweep. Gets good connection but Gunathilaka at deep mid-wicket stays calm and takes a well-judged catch before the celebration begins.
  • 29.2 FOUR! Islam is having some fun out there! Tossed up outside off, Taijul gets down and nails the reverse sweep through backward point for a boundary.
  • 29.1 Bye! Slower through the air, landed outside off, Taijul gets down to play the big slog but the ball goes under his bat and through the legs of the keeper to fine leg. A bye taken.
  • 28.6 Another wild slog sweep, mistimed to deep mid-wicket. A single taken. 118/9
  • 28.5 FOUR! Up and over. Some fun now. Full and outside off, Mustafizur swings and swings hard to get it over mid on for a boundary.
  • Mustafizur Rahman walks out to bat as the innings fizzes out to a close.
  • 28.4 OUT! Forget the drop, this one is a catch! Variation from Akila. He bowls the leg spinner, outside off and Mehidy does not pick it. Just lunges to defend and gets a thin outside edge to the keeper behind. Another wonderful catch and AKILA DANANJAYA NOW HAS THE BEST BOWLING FIGURES IN A MATCH BY A SRI LANKAN ON TEST DEBUT.
  • 28.3 DROPPED? Perhaps. Full and around off, Hasan lunges to defend but the ball goes off the gloves to short leg. Kusal Mendis comes forward for the catch but is unable to hang on.
  • 28.2 SIX! Just over the man! For a moment one felt the fielder had it covered. Mehidy came down the track and looked to play the slog. He made good connection but seemed to get more height than distance. Danushka Gunathilaka at the mid-wicket fence came running in initially, then went back. Leapt but the ball eluded him, beyond the ropes.
  • 28.1 Full and on leg stump, pushed towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 27.6 The batsman fails to get bat on that one and is hit on the pad. 106/8
  • 27.5 That's hit the batsman on his pads.
  • 27.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 27.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.2 Full and outside off again, watchfully defended.
  • 27.1 Full and outside off, Mehidy looks to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge, past the off stump to fine leg. A single taken.
  • 26.6 Forward defense to end the over. 104/8
  • 26.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Taijul Islam in at number 10.
  • 26.4 OUT! The foot is on the line! Why weren't you confident, Dikka? Razzak has his name registered in the sheet as well - the train out of Dhaka. The 7 before him look like confirming it last evening itself. Full and outside off, Razzak gets down and attempts the slog sweep again. He misses and the keeper whips the bails off. He appeals towards the square leg umpire more out of habit, keeps looking at where Razzak's foot is but does not seem confident. Replays show that Razzak's foot went out of the crease, came back, but could not cross the line. What a debut for Dananjaya.
  • Number 8? There is a stumping appeal, though Dickwella does not look all that confident.
  • 26.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 26.2 Ohhh.... nearly! Full and straight, skids low, Razzak looks to play the almighty slog sweep but the ball hits the inside edge and scoots past the leg stump to fine leg! Two runs taken.
  • Abdur Razzak walks in now. What role can he play in the wicket fest?
  • 26.1 OUT! One more. Number 7 for Bangladesh and number 7 for Dananjaya in this Test. This is landed outside off and Sabbir comes down the track to defend. The ball lands, bounces, takes the inside edge, deflects onto the pads and then lobs to short leg. Thanks for coming.
  • Mehidy Hasan walks in at number 8, replacing Rahim.
  • 25.6 OUT! Number 6 goes too! Must be some train leaving from Dhaka. Every batsman is in a hurry. The option of coming down the track far too often has gone against Rahim. Herath lands it on the rough outside off and Mushfiqur is not to the pitch of it. Is beaten comfortably and the ball spins off the rough, goes past the outside edge and Niroshan Dickwella whips off the bails in a flash. WICKET NUMBER 414 FOR HERATH IN TESTS, joint-most with Wasim Akram in terms of dismissals by left-arm bowlers. 102/6
  • 25.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 25.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 25.3 Quicker ball, the arm ball, defended from the crease.
  • 25.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 25.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 24.6 Outside off, chopped down to backward point for a single. 25 overs - top half gone. How many overs before the bottom half departs? Don't think Bangladesh could play their 'full' quota of 50 overs. 102/5
  • 24.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 24.4 Comes down the track this time and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 24.3 Oohhh... too much fancying. Gets across his stumps, tries to paddle but misses it completely. Luckily for him, the ball misses the leg stump.
  • 24.2 Full and around off, swept powerfully past short leg, behind square leg for a single to get off the mark and pair.
  • Sabbir Rahman is the new man in at number 7, replacing his captain. On a pair, is Sabbir.
  • 24.1 OUT! Oh dear... half the side gone now! Mahmudullah comes down the track once again but perhaps a second early. Dananjaya sees that and bowls the ball just a bit wider, which means the captain has to reach out to defend. Manages to make contact with the ball but it is off an edge. Straight to first slip.
  • 23.6 FOUR! Very dangerous. The arm ball, skids on after pitching, Rahim goes back to cut and almost takes it from the off stump. Gets it behind point and raises the BANGLADESH 100. 239 more needed. The partnership is now worth 22 from just 19 balls. 100/4
  • 23.5 FOUR! Rahim into the attack. Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over cover for a boundary!
  • 23.4 Very full, another smothering defense.
  • 23.3 On off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 23.2 EDGED, BUT SHORT! All happening out here. Full and outside off, Rahim pushes forward to defend but the ball spins away and takes the outside edge. However, Rahim's luck causes the ball to land short of a diving second slip.
  • 23.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 22.6 FOUR! Nicely done. Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball, converts it into a full toss and drives it through the covers for a quadruple of a single. 92/4
  • 22.5 Pushes this past the bowler towards long on for one.
  • 22.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball for a run.
  • 22.3 The batsman has edged that one.
  • 22.2 The reverse sweep being employed, towards point for a run.
  • 22.1 Outside off, tapped to point for a single.
  • 21.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 84/4
  • 21.5 FOUR! Controlled sweep. Full and around off, Rahim gets down and gets it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 21.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.3 DROPPED? Nope. Outside off, Mahmudullah looks to drive and the ball shoots low, beating the outside edge. Dickwella gets low but cannot collect. A bye taken.
  • 21.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 21.1 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Rangana Herath gets a change of ends.
  • 20.6 That's hit the batsman on his pads. 78/4
  • In walks the captain. Mahmudullah needs more than a captain's knock.
  • 20.5 OUT! This time Chittagong and Dhaka unite to connect bat and ball! This is happening all too quickly. Dananjaya has struck in his first over. He lands the ball outside off and Das goes back to defend. But there is extra bounce on that and the wicketkeeper batsman can only fend it straight to short leg. 6 more wickets for a big win.
  • 20.4 Comes down the track to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. The ball lobs to short leg and Dickwella is already appealing even before the catch is taken. The distance between bat and ball could be that of between Chittagong and Dhaka.
  • 20.3 A touch wide outside off, Das lunges and blocks.
  • 20.2 Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 20.1 Full on middle, clipped through mid-wicket where Dhananjaya de Silva dives to his right and stops it.
  • Akila Dananjaya into the attack now.
  • 19.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 78/3
  • 19.5 A mild appeal for LBW, but turned down. Landed outside off, Rahim goes back to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Too high.
  • 19.4 Around off, Rahim goes back and blocks.
  • 19.3 A tad short, Liton goes back and works it behind square leg for a single.
  • 19.2 Full and outside off, Das reaches out and steers it through the covers for a couple. There is definitely some urgency in the running. Aggressive cricket does not always mean boundaries.
  • 19.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 18.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 6 runs from that over but risk-free. Much better cricket from Bangladesh. 75/3
  • 18.5 Comes down the track and works it wide of mid on for a brace again.
  • 18.4 Full on middle again, Liton lunges to defend but the ball goes off the inside edge past short leg. Two runs taken.
  • 18.3 Full on middle, pushed back a bit uppishly towards the bowler.
  • 18.2 Landed outside off, spinning away, Das lunges to defend but misses.
  • 18.1 Outside off, pushed through point for a quick single.
  • 17.6 Ahhh... Landed outside off, Rahim lunges to play the flick but gets a leading edge which goes behind point. A run taken. 69/3
  • 17.5 Similar shot, this time it is played wide of mid-wicket, towards long on for a single.
  • 17.4 Comes down the track now and pushes it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 17.3 Very full outside off, almost a yorker, dabbed back to the bowler.
  • 17.2 Fuller, Das comes forward, pushes it wide of mid off, calls 'Two! Two! Two! Two! Two!' and gets them.
  • 17.1 Landed outside off, spinning in, defended towards short mid-wicket.
  • 16.6 Stays back in his crease and defends. 65/3
  • 16.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.4 Comes forward and dead-bats it.
  • 16.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 16.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Liton Das walks in next, at number 5, to face the music.
  • 16.1 OUT! Who is waiting till 1210 IST? Mominul is out of here. Number 3 goes. And boy, Herath is pumped up. Full and outside off, Mominul pushes at it and misses. Doesn't seem like there is an edge but my colleague Jazzy B is confident that he has heard a noise. Sure enough. Herath and Dickwella go up and the umpire agrees! Mominul does not wait to challenge and walks off. Snickometer shows a tiny spike. Wow. A wicket quickly after the break. Either there is too much wax in my ear or Jazzy B has a wonderful hearing capacity.
  • 15.6 Very full, on middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket but short leg gets a leg to it. 64/2
  • 15.5 Similar shot, gets it past leg gully but does not take the single.
  • 15.4 Goes back and works it towards leg gully.
  • 15.3 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 15.2 Full and outside off, Rahim comes forward and flicks it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 15.1 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • Dilruwan Perera to continue from the other end.
  • 14.6 Short and outside off, slow away turn, Rahim looks to cut but is beaten. 63/2
  • 14.5 Full and outside off, Mominul looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge, past slip to third man. A run taken.
  • 14.4 Another inside edge. MR lunges to defend again and the inside edge goes behind square leg. A single taken.
  • 14.3 'AIYOOOO!' laments Niroshan Dickwella. Close, very close. Landed outside off, Mushfiqur comes forward to defend. But the ball comes in a touch, takes the inside edge and hits the pads. It then rolls back but just misses the off stump!
  • 14.2 FOUR! Up and over. No waiting game. This is just the second ball of the session but Rahim is taking Herath on. Comes down the track and smashes this over the top for a boundary. 278 more runs needed. The stand moves to 12.
  • 14.1 The arm ball to start the session, on middle and off, Rahim looks to defend but the ball skids on and goes off the inside edge. Lands in front of short leg.
  • The players are out on the field. Rangana Herath to start off proceedings to Mushfiqur Rahim. Here we go.
  • Welcome back. 7 sessions, 32 wickets. By that calculation, Bangladesh could be 6 or 7 down by Tea. Can they stall the wicket flow? Keep the Lankans wicketless for one session at least? The pitch is not the most difficult to bat on but the home side is making it look like a minefield.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
  • One can understand Bangladesh's thinking - attack initially so that the bowlers, especially the spinners, are taken off their lengths and bowl short. But there has to be some proper choice of shots. Cannot attack every ball. Mominul Haque is showing how to play on this pitch and it is nowhere near to the Imrul Kayes' method. Join us back at 1210 local (0610 GMT) for the second session.
  • Sri Lanka won't mind. The bowling has been excellent so far, being stump-to-stump, with the only complaint being that of Dinesh Chandimal being too defensive with his field placements. As many as 5 of his fielders are protecting the boundary.
  • Bangladesh did the right thing this morning, wrapping up the Lankan tail for not too many runs. But then, they have come out with an attitude which suggests that they want to chase down 339 tonight itself. Almost every ball, a stroke is being attempted, just to push the fielding captain into being defensive. And the result is that they have lost 2 wickets in 14 overs. Could have lost more, had the Lankans held on to their catches.
  • Another exhilarating session of cricket. 83 runs, 4 wickets, 25.5 overs. The striking rate with both, bat and ball has been excellent.
  • 13.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. LUNCH ON DAY 3! 57/2
  • 13.5 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 13.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 13.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 13.2 The batsman has played it to the point region for a single.
  • 13.1 NOT OUT. No inside edge. Snicko confirms. Cannot blame the Sri Lankans. Almost every ball looks like it will produce a wicket. A tad short, around off, spinning in, Rahim goes back to flick but he misses. The ball goes off something and Kusal Mendis at short leg dives to take it. The Lankans appeal for the catch but the umpire shakes his head. Mendis is confident and Chandimal immediately goes for the review. However, Snickometer does not detect any spike when the ball is near the bat. Review lost by Sri Lanka.
  • Is that out? Sri Lanka are confident that they have another. The umpire does not think so and the visitors are taking a review against a caught decision.
  • 12.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 56/2
  • 12.5 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 12.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 12.3 Another LBW appeal. Full and down the leg side, Mominul looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Going down the leg side.
  • 12.2 The batsman charges down the wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 12.1 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.6 FOUR BYES! Full and down the leg side, Rahim looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. The ball goes down the leg side, beats the keeper and also beats the leg slip to the fine leg fence. 54/2
  • 11.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 11.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 11.2 Outside off, Rahim looks to play the reverse sweep but misses it by a long distance.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 10.6 Driven through mid on by the batsman. 49/2
  • 10.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 10.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Mushfiqur Rahim walks in at number 4, replacing Kayes.
  • 10.3 OUT! Brilliant catch! And the veteran has his first in the game. You can never keep him out of the contest. After a wicketless first innings, Herath has struck in his third over in the second. Full and outside off, Kayes pushes at it and gets a thin outside edge. This time Niroshan Dickwella reacts in a flash to take the catch and immediately leaps in jubilation. The dropped catch earlier does not count much. Kayes never looked comfortable - today, day before yesterday or even in the first Test.
  • 10.2 SIX! BRUTAL! Full and outside off, Kayes comes down the track and lofts it down the ground for a biggie!
  • 10.1 Full and around off, Kayes looks to defend but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards short leg.
  • 9.6 Very full, almost a yorker, pushed towards the bowler. 43/1
  • 9.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.4 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 9.3 Full on middle, swept through square leg for a single.
  • 9.2 That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads.
  • 9.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 8.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 41/1
  • 8.5 Now the reverse sweep comes out, played through point for a single.
  • 8.4 ANOTHER EDGE, ANOTHER DROP! Sri Lanka look like picking up a wicket every ball. This is pitched outside off, Mominul looks to defend but the ball spins away a touch to take the outside edge. The ball goes onto Niroshan Dickwella's pads, then deflects towards Dimuth Karunaratne at first slip, who is not able to hang on again.
  • 8.3 Full and around off, worked towards short leg.
  • 8.2 Once again Kayes comes down the track, but this time he is not to the pitch of the ball. Swings wildly and the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards deep mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 8.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 7.6 The batsman has edged that one. 37/1
  • 7.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 7.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 7.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 7.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 7.1 FOUR! Lucky again! Bangladesh are flirting with danger. Outside off, Mominul looks to cut but the ball is too close for that shot to be played. In addition, there is extra bounce which induces an outside edge. Luckily for the batsman, it flies over first slip to the third man fence.
  • 6.6 Full on middle, swept through square leg for a single. 29/1
  • 6.5 This time it is punched through the covers for a couple.
  • 6.4 Close! Full and outside off, Kayes comes down the track and looks to go over the top but mistimes it. The ball goes on the bounce to Dinesh Chandimal at mid off and they take a quick single. Unnecessary risk.
  • 6.3 Around middle and off, pushed towards bowler.
  • 6.2 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 6.1 Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Here comes the senior citizen. Wicketless in the first innings. Revenge in the second? Rangana Herath on to bowl.
  • 5.6 EDGED? DROPPED! Oh dear... could have been two down. Beautiful from Dilruwan. Tosses it up outside off, Kayes looks to flick but the ball lands on middle, then spins away, takes the outside edge and goes to the right of first slip. But Dimuth Karunaratne cannot hang on. 24/1
  • 5.5 GRUBBER. Similar ball to the previous one, Haque goes back to defend but the ball scoots low and he somehow manages to punch it wide of cover for a single.
  • 5.4 Full and just around off, watchfully defended.
  • 5.3 Landed outside off, spinning away, shouldered arms to. Brave leave, considering that Dilruwan usually bowls arm balls.
  • 5.2 Down the leg side, Mominul misses his flick.
  • 5.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 4.6 Ahem???? Someone has certainly told Bangladesh to be fancy here. After that lofted inside-out shot, Imrul walks down the track now, pushing the ball to cover. 23/1
  • 4.5 Shot, but a dot. Full and outside off, Kayes plays a glorious-looking cover drive but finds the fielder in that position.
  • Angle change. Lakmal switches to around the wicket.
  • 4.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 4.3 Full and wide outside off, allowed to go through.
  • 4.2 This is outside off again, played through point for a single.
  • 4.1 Outside off, played straight to gully.
  • 3.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. Two runs added to the total. 22/1
  • 3.5 Another LBW appeal, nothing in this one. The arm ball, sliding on, Imrul misses his defense and is hit on the pads. Going down leg.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Ok... time for some fun. Out of nowhere, Kayes comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over cover for a boundary. 319 more to win.
  • 3.3 Very full, smothered to the leg side.
  • 3.2 This is outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 3.1 Full on middle, watchfully defended.
  • 2.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 16/1
  • 2.5 FOUR! Better shot. A length ball outside off, Haque gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 2.4 Another one let through to the keeper.
  • 2.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 2.2 EDGED, BUT IN THE GAP! FOUR! A length ball outside off, Mominul fends at it and gets a thick outside edge. Luckily for him, the ball flies between the slips and gully to the third man fence.
  • 2.1 Outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 1.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 8/1
  • 1.5 Oohhh... plays away from his body and gets an inside edge which goes to fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 1.4 Outside off, Haque looks to cut but manages only a bottom edge.
  • 1.3 Outside off, Mominul feels for it but misses.
  • 1.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. They manage to come back for the second.
  • Mominul Haque walks in to face the hat-trick ball. Dilruwan had taken a wicket on the last ball of the previous innings.
  • 1.1 OUT! Umpire's call stays and Tamim has to depart! One down, 9 more to go. Pretty straight ball, Tamim gets forward to defend, thinking he has covered the line but misses. Is hit right in front of the sticks and the Lankans go up in an LBW appeal. The umpire raises his finger quickly enough and Tamim asks his partner about the impact. One guesses Kayes would have said the impact is outside off because the camera focuses on Tamim who signals for the review. Naked eye seems to show that the impact is outside off but the Hawk Eye shows it to be umpire's call. Ahh.... tough luck. The review is retained but Bangladesh would wish Tamim could be detained at the crease.
  • HOWZZAAAAAAAATTTTT????? Gone! Oh wait... Tamim has asked for an LBW review.
  • Dilruwan Perera to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Down the leg side, Tamim misses his flick, getting hit on the pads. A leg bye taken. 3/0
  • 0.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 0.4 Half-hearted appeal for caught behind. On a length outside off, TI feels for it but misses. The ball comes back in a long way and Sri Lanka appeal, without any conviction though.
  • 0.3 Full and way outside off, Iqbal keeps his bat behind the pad and lets it go.
  • 0.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.1 Down the leg side, flicked through the leg side for a couple. Bangladesh and Tamim are up and running straightaway.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 New Zealand 2807 122
3 India 3385 121
4 Australia 2173 121
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112