2nd Test Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 24 November 2017

India vs Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh

Bangladesh 4th Inn:197/10 (60.2)

Subashis Roy 0 (5);
Rangana Herath* 20.2-5-59-6; Dilruwan Perera 15-0-66-2;

Last bat: Mehedi Hasan

Result: Sri Lanka won by 259 runs.

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Bangladesh 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal c Asela Gunaratne & b Dilruwan Perera 19 55 1 0 34.55
Soumya Sarkar b Asela Gunaratne 53 49 6 1 108.16
Mominul Haque lbw Dilruwan Perera 5 15 1 0 33.33
Mushfiqur Rahim(c) c Dickwella & b Lakshan Sandakan 34 98 2 0 34.69
Shakib Al Hasan c Karunaratne & b Herath 8 12 1 0 66.67
Mahmudullah lbw Herath 0 2 0 0 0
Liton Das(wk) c Tharanga & b Herath 35 62 2 0 56.45
Mehedi Hasan c Lahiru Kumara & b Herath 28 48 3 1 58.33
Taskin Ahmed c K Mendis & b Herath 5 13 0 0 38.46
Mustafizur Rahman b Herath 0 5 0 0 0
Subashis Roy not out 0 5 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 3, lb - 4, w - 1, nb - 2)10
Total(197 all out in 60.2 overs)197 (3.27 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/67 (Soumya Sarkar, 15.2 ov.) 2/80 (Mominul Haque, 18.5 ov.) 3/83 (Tamim Iqbal, 20.5 ov.)
4/104 (Shakib Al Hasan, 27.4 ov.) 5/104 (Mahmudullah, 27.6 ov.) 6/158 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 47.2 ov.)
7/166 (Liton Das, 50.2 ov.) 8/181 (Taskin Ahmed, 54.5 ov.) 9/195 (Mustafizur Rahman, 56.4 ov.)
10/197 (Mehedi Hasan, 60.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Suranga Lakmal 7 3 12 0 1.71  
Dilruwan Perera 15 0 66 2 4.4  
Rangana Herath (c) 20.2 5 59 6 2.9  
Asela Gunaratne 6 1 16 1 2.67  
Lakshan Sandakan 9 0 29 1 3.22  
Lahiru Kumara 3 0 10 0 3.33 (1w)
               

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne c Mahmudullah & b Taskin Ahmed 32 73 1 0 43.84
Upul Tharanga b Mehedi Hasan 115 171 11 2 67.25
Kusal Mendis c Taskin Ahmed & b Shakib 19 49 0 1 38.78
Dinesh Chandimal not out 50 75 4 0 66.67
Asela Gunaratne b Shakib 0 3 0 0 0
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Liton Das & b Mehedi Hasan 15 17 1 1 88.24
Dilruwan Perera c Liton Das & b Mustafizur 33 27 5 1 122.22
Rangana Herath(c) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Suranga Lakmal dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Kumara dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lakshan Sandakan dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 2, lb - 1, w - 6, nb - 1)10
Total(274 for 6 in 69 overs)274 (3.97 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/69 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 22.2 ov.) 2/134 (Kusal Mendis, 41.4 ov.) 3/198 (Upul Tharanga, 54.4 ov.)
4/199 (Asela Gunaratne, 55.2 ov.) 5/222 (Niroshan Dickwella, 60.2 ov.) 6/274 (Dilruwan Perera, 68.6 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Subashis Roy 7 0 34 0 4.86 (5w)
Mehedi Hasan 20 1 77 2 3.85  
Mustafizur Rahman 9 4 24 1 2.67  
Shakib Al Hasan 25 2 104 2 4.16  
Taskin Ahmed 8 0 32 1 4 (1w)
               

Bangladesh 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal runout (Dickwella) 57 112 6 0 50.89
Soumya Sarkar c Lahiru Kumara & b Lakmal 71 137 8 1 51.82
Mominul Haque lbw Dilruwan Perera 7 17 1 0 41.18
Mushfiqur Rahim(c) b Herath 85 161 8 1 52.8
Shakib Al Hasan c Dickwella & b Lakshan Sandakan 23 19 1 1 121.05
Mahmudullah b Lahiru Kumara 8 26 1 0 30.77
Liton Das(wk) c Asela Gunaratne & b Herath 5 13 1 0 38.46
Mehedi Hasan lbw Dilruwan Perera 41 77 5 0 53.25
Taskin Ahmed lbw Dilruwan Perera 0 1 0 0 0
Subashis Roy not out 0 14 0 0 0
Mustafizur Rahman c K Mendis & b Herath 4 9 0 0 44.44
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 6, w - 3, nb - 2)11
Total(312 all out in 97.2 overs)312 (3.21 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/118 (Tamim Iqbal, 36 ov.) 2/127 (Mominul Haque, 40.3 ov.) 3/142 (Soumya Sarkar, 48.6 ov.)
4/170 (Shakib Al Hasan, 55.2 ov.) 5/184 (Mahmudullah, 62.4 ov.) 6/192 (Liton Das, 65.3 ov.)
7/298 (Mehedi Hasan, 90.1 ov.) 8/298 (Taskin Ahmed, 90.2 ov.) 9/308 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 95.4 ov.)
10/312 (Mustafizur Rahman, 97.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Suranga Lakmal 14 0 42 1 3  
Lahiru Kumara 16 1 70 1 4.38 (3w)
Dilruwan Perera 19 4 53 3 2.79  
Rangana Herath (c) 26.2 4 72 3 2.73  
Lakshan Sandakan 22 5 69 1 3.14  
               

Sri Lanka 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne b Mehedi Hasan 30 76 2 0 39.47
Upul Tharanga b Subashis Roy 4 14 1 0 28.57
Kusal Mendis c Tamim & b Mehedi Hasan 194 285 19 4 68.07
Dinesh Chandimal c Mehedi Hasan & b Mustafizur 5 54 0 0 9.26
Asela Gunaratne b Taskin Ahmed 85 134 7 0 63.43
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Mahmudullah & b Mehedi Hasan 75 76 6 1 98.68
Dilruwan Perera lbw Mehedi Hasan 51 77 7 1 66.23
Rangana Herath(c) c Soumya Sarkar & b Mustafizur 14 19 3 0 73.68
Suranga Lakmal runout (Liton Das) 8 29 1 0 27.59
Lakshan Sandakan c Mehedi Hasan & b Shakib 5 15 0 0 33.33
Lahiru Kumara not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 10, w - 4, nb - 5)23
Total(494 all out in 129.1 overs)494 (3.82 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/15 (Upul Tharanga, 5.4 ov.) 2/60 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 22.3 ov.) 3/92 (Dinesh Chandimal, 39.5 ov.)
4/288 (Asela Gunaratne, 82.5 ov.) 5/398 (Kusal Mendis, 103.3 ov.) 6/432 (Niroshan Dickwella, 109.6 ov.)
7/457 (Rangana Herath, 116.2 ov.) 8/480 (Suranga Lakmal, 125.3 ov.) 9/494 (Dilruwan Perera, 128.5 ov.)
10/494 (Lakshan Sandakan, 129.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mustafizur Rahman 25 5 68 2 2.72  
Taskin Ahmed 21 3 77 1 3.67 (2w)
Subashis Roy 24 4 103 1 4.29 (1w)
Mehedi Hasan 22 1 113 4 5.14  
Shakib Al Hasan 32.1 5 100 1 3.11  
Soumya Sarkar 3 0 9 0 3 (1w)
Mahmudullah 2 0 10 0 5  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

Perera to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, a juicy full toss and Soumya Sarkar says thank you very much. Drills it wide of mid-on and the ball races away to the fence in a jiffy

4

to Tamim, FOUR, top shot. Half-volley outside off and Tamim climbs onto it in a flash. Leans forward and creams the drive to deep extra cover

D

to Tamim, no run, edged but falls just short of the third slip. The change of angles does the trick. Tamim is caught at the crease as he pokes at a delivery outside off. The outside edge dies in front of Kusal Mendis, who dives full length to his left and stops it on the half-volley

4

Perera to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, drilled along the ground. Tosses it up outside off and Soumya Sarkar gets to the pitch of the ball to get the cover drive going. Picks the gap perfectly and finds deep extra cover fence

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, excellent shot from Soumya Sarkar. Plays it with turn and places it between mid-on and mid-wicket

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, swept handsomely. Perfect ball to attemp the sweep and Soumya Sarkar nails it along the turf to deep square leg

4

Perera to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, superb timing from Soumya Sarkar. Just a tad short and Soumya is quick to jump on the back foot and punches it wide of point. The ball hurries to the fence in no time

4

Perera to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, this is a hit me ball with no protection on the off-side. Short and wide outside off, Soumya Sarkar cuts it to sweeper cover for his sixth boundary

6

to Soumya Sarkar, SIX, this is huge. Jumps down the track in a flash and takes it on the full. Finds the sweet spot and the ball lands deep into the mid-wicket stands

OT

to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, taps it to the vacant cover-point region and collects a fifty. Bangladesh camp are up on their feet to applaud the knock. It's been a compact innings from Soumya Sarkar

W

Gunaratne to Soumya Sarkar, out Bowled!! More of the action. Two balls into the day and we have all sorts of drama. Soumya, without a clue of the ball's whereabouts asks for the review as soon as he sees the umpire raise his finger. And why shouldn't he? It has missed his bat and his pad. But in the process, the only thing that denies him is the off-stick is rattled. He just hangs his bat out meekly and the ball nips away to beat the outside edge and make a mess. Soumya Sarkar b Gunaratne 53(49) [4s-6 6s-1]

4

to Mominul, FOUR, here we go. When a batsman just drives a fast bowler through the line, you've got to admire the beauty that is the pitch. Overpitched to start off with and with decent width outside off as well. Drilled wide of mid-off

4

to Mominul, leg byes, FOUR, keeps it full again. Too full. And the result continues to remain the same. On the other side of the ground this time. Slides onto the boots and gropes a tickle in running into the fence

W

Perera to Mominul, out Lbw!! Strikes. First up. Confusion all around. Another dismissal with bizzare all over it. Mominul reviews and then walks off. Aleem Dar is as confused as we all are. Calls him back and makes him wait his adventures in raising the 'T' and disturbing the third umpire early in the morning. Looks pretty plumb to the naked eye though. Pitches on middle and turns away just enough to beat the tentative meek blade suspended vertically looking to have a feel of it. Hits him on the back pad flap. Very tough to turn this over. Okay here we go on the ball tracking - nothing dodgy about the point of impact on the pitch or the pad. And the predictive path shows the top of middle being clipped. Can continue his walk back now. Mominul lbw b Perera 5(15) [4s-1]

W

Perera to Tamim, out Caught by Asela Gunaratne!! This is a rash. A rash spreading like wild fire. And it consumes the ever so dangerous Tamim. With that in all fairness goes Bangladesh's hopes of chasing down this target. The perfect delivery from Perera, gets it to drift away with the wind and asks the right questions pitching at the perfect spot. Tamim reaches out looking to get a feel of it with his defence but the ball bites the surface, grips and turns enough to take the shoulder of the blade before lobbing into the outstretched hands of the lurking slip. Massive blow this. Could be the deciding one. Tamim c Asela Gunaratne b Perera 19(55) [4s-1]

4

Perera to Shakib, FOUR, streaky. Very much so. Follows the turn with very hard hands and gets the squared up outside edge to run away through the cordon. Past a diving slip. A moral victory for the bowler

4

to Rahim, FOUR, too full. With generous width. And Rahim is too good a bat to miss out on these freebies. Puts his levers to use in slashing and transfers his weight well forward to hammer it through the covers

W

to Shakib, out Caught by Karunaratne!! A spinner's delight. And the li'l man is well and truly on his march to pip Dan Vettori in the wickets list. Is in a hurry to do so today as well. The perfect drift coming in and dips in sharply as well drawing Shakib forward to play at it. Prods and the bite turns square to take the glove. Karunaratne, at leg-slip, despite getting himself blinded dives well forward and mops it inches off the turf. That cheeky rough. Shakib c Karunaratne b 8(12) [4s-1]

W

to Mahmudullah, out Lbw!! Here's the equalizer. Wicket #362. On the same branch to become the top left arm wicket taker in the all time list. The dismissal made quite a trademark with his career. The one that pitches on middle and tweaks just enough to straighten and goes past the defence. Couldn't have asked for something more plumb if you are the bowler. The middle of off confirms the HawkEye - our ally. Mahmudullah lbw b 0(2)

4

to Rahim, FOUR, gets the full toss. And with the wickets falling at the other end, Rahim gets a moment of relief from the interrogation. His eyes light up and he dismisses it from his presence with a flashy drive

OT

to Liton Das, no run, takes the LBW case upstairs. Given NOT OUT on field. Front foot is fine. Looks like there is some bat involved and umpire S Ravi asks Marais Erasmus to stay with his decision. So Sri Lanka have wasted a review. Coming to the ball, it was slider onto the pads. Liton Das looks to defend it with bat in front of the pad. The ball takes the inside edge onto the pad and rolls to the on-side

4

to Liton Das, FOUR, not a great effort from the fielder at mid-off. Dives over the ball and allows the ball to sneak under him. Liton Das uses his feet to good effect and drives it along the ground wide of the fielder. Raced away to the fence

4

to Liton Das, FOUR, top shot. Executes the sweep to perfection and splits the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg. Hit all along the ground to to collect his second boundary

W

to Rahim, out Caught by Dickwella!! Huge wicket for Sri Lanka, they have taken a big stride towards victory. Rahim has been strangled down the leg-side, this was dropped short and spun down the leg-side, Rahim was looking to nudge it towards the on-side, doesn't ride with the bounce, gets a feather on his gloves and it's a good catch by Dickwella - moving to his left. The task has just got more tougher for the visitors now. Rahim c Dickwella b 34(98) [4s-2]

W

to Liton Das, out Caught by Tharanga!! is now the most successful left-arm spinner in Tests. Awful awful shot to end Liton's firm resistance. Beautifully bowled by , he gave this one plenty of air and got it to drift across the right-hander, Liton was completely done in by the flight, was looking to whip it through mid-wicket, closed the bat-face early, gets a leading edge that popped to the left of cover, Tharanga moves across and snaffles the dolly. is thrilled to bits as his teammates mob him. Liton Das c Tharanga b 35(62) [4s-2]

4

to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, nicely played by Mehedi, gets a big stride forward, plays with an open face and drives it square past point, rolls away to the fence in a hurry

W

to Taskin Ahmed, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! That's as easy as it gets, fourth wicket for . Loopy delivery outside off, turn and bounce back into the left-hander, Taskin was looking to prod forward in defence, gets a thick inside edge that lobs to FSL - off his pads. A simple catch for Kusal Mendis and Bangladesh slide further. Sri Lanka are just two wickets away from going ahead 1-0. Taskin Ahmed c Kusal Mendis b 5(13)

4

Perera to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, poor ball from , drops it short and well down the leg-side, Mehedi gets down on his knees and helps it behind square on the on-side for a boundary

6

Perera to Mehedi Hasan, SIX, Mehedi will play some shots now, this was flatter and on the stumps, Mehedi went down on his knee and nails the slog-sweep, sends it soaring over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum

4

Perera to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, Mehedi follows the six with a four, if that was brute power, this is precision. Gets down on his knees, uses 's pace and laps it past the keeper

W

to Mustafizur, out Bowled!! Five wickets for the champion, it's his 29th 5-wicket haul. He punches the air in delight and his team are just one wicket away from winning the Galle Test. Lovely piece of deception to castle the number ten batsman. Guile, flight and drift - everything was in order, came back in from outside off, drew Mustafizur into pushing down the wrong line, drifted past the outside edge and rattled the off-stump. Mustafizur b 0(5)

W

to Mehedi Hasan, out Caught by Lahiru Kumara!! has six and Sri Lanka win by 259 runs. He gave this one plenty of air, Mehedi saw the opportunity to get some runs, made room and was looking to lift it over the in field, doesn't get off the middle of the bat, ends up tamely driving it in the air and just over mid-off. Kumara ran back and holds on to an easy catch. This is Sri Lanka's 17th Test win at this venue - Galle - the fortress. Mehedi Hasan c Lahiru Kumara b 28(48) [4s-3 6s-1]

6

Hasan to Tharanga, SIX, Tharanga takes Hasan on and gets it all the way. Used his feet and went inside out, opens the face of the bat and then slices the lofted hit over the wide long-off fence

4

Hasan to Tharanga, FOUR, smashed. Uses his feet and thrashes that wide of Karunaratne. No chance for mid-off who was wide. Gave himself some room as he freed his arms

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, Karunaratne brings out the reverse sweep, gets down low, rolls his wrists and sweeps it past the lone slip, no need to run for those

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, poor ball from , drops one short and on the stumps, Tharanga backs away and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence

W

Ahmed to Karunaratne, out Caught by Mahmudullah!! Karunaratne falls in the quest for quick runs, first wicket for . This was short and on the stumps, Karunaratne swivels across and was looking to pull, he was just looking to help it on its way, doesn't bother to keep it down. Mahmudullah runs across to his right from deep square leg, slides and completes a fine catch. Another start for Karunaratne, but once again he fails to convert it into a bigger knock. Karunaratne c Mahmudullah b Ahmed 32(73) [4s-1]

4

Ahmed to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely shot, banged in short and well outside off, Tharanga swivels across and pulls it over mid-wicket, a few bounces and over the ropes

OT

to Kusal Mendis, no run, Huge shout for a caught behind, Liton Das and are confident.. Rahim has a word with and shows the 'T' sign and they go up for a review. Fair delivery. Looks like daylight between bat and ball. Lots of frames being looked at. Slow-mo audio coming up: Can't hear anything. "I'm going back to the on-field decision. I don't have conclusive evidence to overturn your call, so stay with your decision," quips third umpire Ravi. A review more in hope for Bangladesh. It was a slider from , down leg, Mendis went low on the sweep, missed it by a long way

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, deft from Tharanga! Opens the bat face very late, waits for the ball to arrive and guides it past gully

D

to Kusal Mendis, no run, edged and doesn't carry. Brings out the cutter, the ball grips and veers away just outside off, Mendis has a tame poke, ekes out an outside edge that dies just in front of Liton Das, who bends forward and gets an awkward bounce as the ball deflects away after striking his glove

OT

to Tharanga, 2 runs, nicely played. Tharanga raises his 7th Test fifty. Waves his bat to the crowd and his teammates. Mendis congratulates him too. Short and outside off, Tharanga reaches out and slices the cut through point, adds a brace to reach the landmark

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, fullish outside off, Tharanga drives it crisply past mid-off, rockets to the fence in a jiffy

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, two fours in a row for Tharanga. Again a full ball outside off, Tharanga goes hard on the drive, gets an outside edge that runs away to the third man fence

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga is living dangerously here. "Fortune favours the brave," gushes Jehan Mubarak on air. This length ball grips on the pitch, Tharanga went for flashy drive, squirts an outside edge to the third man fence

6

to Kusal Mendis, SIX, both batsmen will look for quick runs now. A tossed up delivery on off, Mendis crouches low and slog-sweeps it powerfully over deep mid-wicket

4

Roy to Tharanga, FOUR, short and put away. Roy bangs it on the middle of the pitch, around off, Tharanga rocks back and spanks the pull past mid-on

W

to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Taskin Ahmed!! In quest of some quick runs, Mendis has thrown it away. Cleverly bowled by , slowed it up and drifts one on off from round the wicket, Mendis tried to repeat the slog that he sent for a maximum. Doesn't find the sweet spot of his willow and hits it as far as deep mid-wicket. Taskin steadies himself near the ropes and settles under it calmly. Kusal Mendis c Taskin Ahmed b 19(49) [6s-1]

4

Roy to Tharanga, FOUR, this time Tharanga deals it with alacrity. Sees the short ball early, pivots back and nails the pull in front of square on the on-side

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, woah. So nonchalant from Chandimal. Jumps back and just rolls his wrists to place it wide of mid-on, races away to the fence

D

Hasan to Chandimal, 1 run, edged and dropped, Soumya Sarkar is the culprit, but it was a tough chance. Chandimal pushed at one that drifted away from him, gets a thick edge that went low and to the left of the fielder, hit Sarkar on his boot even before he could bring his hands down

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, nicely played by Chandimal, gets down low, uses 's pace and laps it very fine, rolls away to the fence

OT

to Tharanga, 1 run, 3rd Test hundred for Tharanga, this was tossed up on off, Tharanga gets well forward and clips it wide of mid-wicket, gets a good round of applause as he lifts the bat towards the dressing room

6

to Tharanga, SIX, lovely shot, Tharanga shimmies down the track, gets close to the ball and lifts it high and long over the man at the fence at long-on

4

Hasan to Tharanga, FOUR, cracking shot, this was tossed up generously wide of off, Tharanga gets forward and chips it over extra-cover, a couple of boundaries and over the ropes

4

Hasan to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga is having some fun here, this was pushed through on off, he reverses his stance and goes over point, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

W

Hasan to Tharanga, out Bowled!! has his man, but that's only after Tharanga completed a superb hundred. This was drifted back into the left-hander from just outside off, Tharanga was aiming the square leg boundary with the sweep, ends up swiping across the line and misses, the ball crashes into the off-stump. Tharanga walks away to a big ovation, first wicket of this innings for . Tharanga b Hasan 115(171) [4s-11 6s-2]

W

to Asela Gunaratne, out Bowled!! strikes for the second time, but not much celebrations in the Bangla camp though. This was pushed through slower and on off, Gunaratne was playing for the angle, the ball spun a tad before straightening, opened up the batsman completely and beat his outside edge, it went on to hit the off-stump, an early exit for Gunaratne. Asela Gunaratne b 0(3)

OT

to Dickwella, no run, loud shout for LBW and Bangladesh will review. Was the impact outside the line of off-stump? Only that can save Dickwella here. It's a fair delivery, did it hit Dickwella's gloves on its way or was it the arm-guard? Looks like it's the latter and umpire Ravi confirms it. 'Waiting for the ball-tracking,' he says. Impact is umpire's call on hitting the stumps, the NOT OUT call will stay. Coming to the ball, it was very full and around the off-stump line, Dickwella went down on the sweep and missed, the impact was around off and middle, but it was only going on and clipping the top of leg-stump. Erasmus said NO and the decision stays

6

Hasan to Dickwella, SIX, lovely shot, this was tossed up just outside off, Dickwella went down on one knee and swipes it high and over the mid-wicket fence, went just over the ropes and it's a maximum

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, flatter and down the leg-side, Chandimal gets down on his knees and sweeps it behind square on the on-side, beats the man in the ring and rolls away to the fence

4

Hasan to Dickwella, FOUR, another reverse sweep from Dickwella and he gets it fine and past the lone slip fielder. Rolled his wrists over the ball and kept it all along the carpet

W

Hasan to Dickwella, out Caught by Liton Das!! That's a stunning catch from Liton. One of the best keeper catches you would ever see. He anticipated this reverse sweep from Dickwella , moved along with the batsman. Dickwella got the reverse sweep off the middle of the bat - but got it a bit too fine. Liton grabbed the ball with his left-hand and wrapped his right gloves around it. is thrilled to bits, this is Liton's wicket more than the bowler. Sri Lanka have lost their fifth wicket. Dickwella c Liton Das b Hasan 15(17) [4s-1 6s-1]

6

Hasan to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, dropped and six, Mahmudullah is the fielder, misjudged the ball completely and allowed it to burst through his fingers. He was well inside the ropes, a yard or two behind - it would have been an easy catch. Dilruwan came down the track, gets close to the ball and shovels it towards wide long-on. Mahmudullah had come in a fair way, has to back-track, leaps with both hands outstretched, but the ball went through his palms and over the ropes

4

Ahmed to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, short, wide and four, width on offer from , Perera elegantly cuts it in front of square on the off-side, the man in the deep is behind square and has no chance

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, short and wide from , no pace on that delivery either, sat up to be smacked, Dilruwan makes room and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, beats cover and rolls away to the fence

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, splits the gap to perfection. Sinks low for the sweep and hits it all along the ground towards deep square leg. The fielder fails to prevent the ball from going over the ropes

4

Ahmed to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, harmless short delivery from Ahmed. Dilruwan Perera stays on the back foot and pulls it over the infield at mid-wicket. The ball hits the fence in a hurry

4

Ahmed to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, Ahmed is struggling with his line. Now a short delivery outside off, Dilruwan Perera upper cuts it over the point fielder and the ball bounces a couple of times before going over the fence

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, tossed up delivery and Dilruwan Perera's eyes lit up on that. Gets under the ball and slog sweeps it to the cow corner fence

OT

to Chandimal, 1 run, fifty for Chandimal. His 11th overall in Tests. Helps himself with a cut to the sweeper cover and raises his bat to the crowd. His teammates stand up to applaud the effort

W

to Dilruwan Perera, out Caught by Liton Das!! Sixth wicket goes down and Herath has declared the Sri Lankan innings. The off-cutter bounces a tad extra and takes the outside edge of the attempted cut from Perera. Rahman goes up for the appeal and Aleem Dar obliges by raising his finger. A simple catch to the keeper and Dilruwan Perera walks. Dilruwan Perera c Liton Das b 33(27) [4s-5 6s-1]

4

Kumara to Tamim, FOUR, that should ease the nerves. Kumara offers a juicy length delivery on the pads, Tamim leans into the flick and places it expertly - wide of mid-wicket, the ball races away to the fence

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, elegant! There's something about a left-handers flick. Half volley on the stumps, Sarkar presses across and clips it stylishly through square leg. Doesn't even bother to run

D

to Soumya Sarkar, no run, dropped! It was a tough one, but at this level, they need to be taken. Full and outside off, Sarkar is sucked into the drive away from the body, the feet also don't move and the outside edge flies to gully. Dilruwan Perera is taken aback and is in no position to catch that. Goes reverse cup and the ball hits the palm and goes to ground

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, edged and four. keeps finding the edge without any success. This one held its line around off, this time Sarkar ensured he didn't go with hard hands, the ball races past the diving gully fielder

4

Perera to Tamim, FOUR, good positive intent. Second delivery from and Tamim brings out the dancing shoes, makes room as well and hammers it inside out over extra cover. Couple of bounces and into the fence

4

Perera to Tamim, FOUR, attacking seems to be a ploy. Once more Tamim shimmies down and is not to the pitch of the ball, but still goes through the line and clears mid-on. One bounce this time

4

Perera to Tamim, FOUR, top shot from Tamim. Dropped a tad short and offers some width, Tamim is quick to pounce on it. Goes deep in his crease and punches it crisply through cover. Raced away!

D

Perera to Tamim, no run, was there an edge? There was one. Dickwell has shelled a chance. Not the easiest of catches though, must say. It was rifled quick outside off, Tamim went for the cut, in the process gets an outside edge that went straight into the keeper's gloves but pops out and falls to ground quickly. Another chance goes begging for Sri Lanka

4

Kumara to Tamim, FOUR, errant lines from Kumara. Sprays it full on leg-stump line, easy pickings for Tamim, who puts it away disdainfully with a flick to fine leg

4

Kumara to Tamim, FOUR, Kumara is not learning one bit. Two fours in a row for Tamim. Again goes full on the pads, Tamim gets inside the line and clips it sweetly behind square leg. No chance for the fine leg fielder

4

Kumara to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, flashed hard. Short and begging to be hit, Sarkar reaches out and cuts it fiercely through point. Rocketed to the fence

6

Perera to Soumya Sarkar, SIX, "Going, going and gone" gushes Deano on air. Lovely use of the feet from Sarkar, meets the pitch and handsomely lifts it over mid-off. Not off the middle but it sails over the ropes for a maximum

4

Kumara to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, cheeky and effective. Short ball, gets good height on it. The southpaw arches his back and elevates it over the slip cordon

4

Kumara to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, sumptuous from Sarkar. A half-volley on the pads, Sarkar gets across and whips it neatly through mid-wicket. This is the highest ever opening stand for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka in Tests

OT

to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, Soumya Sarkar pushes a full delivery down to long-off and brings up his second Test fifty. A customary raise of the bat to the crowd and soaks in the applause from his teammates

OT

to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, 100-run stand comes up with a single to sweeper cover. Short delivery outside off, Soumya Sarkar cuts it to the off-side

OT

to Tamim, 1 run, it's Tamim Iqbal turn now to get to a milestone. Tamim clips it to deep square leg with the turn and gets to his 21th Test fifty. It's been a patient and well composed innings from him

OT

to Soumya Sarkar, no run, Sri Lanka are confident and take a review for LBW. Given not out onfield from Aleem Dar. Front foot looks fine but looks like there is some bat involved. No Snicko, but S Ravi is sure that there was some bat. Replays show there was a deviation and the onfield call stays. Coming to the ball, it was a googly from . Soumya Sarkar fails to pick it and plays down the wrong line. The ball takes the inside edge onto the pad and rolls to the on-side. Sri Lanka lose a review as the on-field call stays

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, flights it up on leg-stump, Soumya Sarkar sinks low and sweeps it along the ground towards deep square leg. The fielder in the deep had no chance of cutting that as it was hit right off the sweet spot

W

to Tamim, out Tamim Run Out!! What just happened there? Tamim Iqbal is walking back to the hut. He is still shocked. Has no clue what happened there. This was fired in on the pads and he misses the tuck. Might have clipped the pad and the hosts go up for a caught behind. Meanwhile Tamim Iqbal is wandering outside the crease. In fact he was looking for a run and Dickwella breaks the stumps. Sri Lanka are delighted with the breakthrough. Tamim run out (Dickwella) 57(112) [4s-6]

4

to Mominul, FOUR, what a shot from Mominul. Opens his stands a bit and goes over the top. Gets a good connection and the ball lands just inside the boundary ropes at deep mid-wicket

W

Perera to Mominul, out Lbw!! All of a sudden Sri Lanka are back on top. Second one goes down in the form of Mominul Haque. He goes deep in his crease to defend a ball that he could have been forward to. Perera gets it to spin away just enough to beat the outside edge and the ball pings Mominul on the back pad. The hosts go up for a LBW shout and an easy decision for Marais Erasmus. Raises his finger in a flash. Mominul thinks of a review and decides against it. HawkEye shows three reds. Mominul lbw b Perera 7(17) [4s-1]

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, Soumya Sarkar gets a confident stride towards the ball and crashes the cover drive. No chance for the man in the deep as it had four written all over it

4

to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, the wrong 'un from , but it's too short and too wide, Sarkar backs away and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, the man in the deep is square and has no chance

W

to Soumya Sarkar, out Caught by Lahiru Kumara!! The change of angle has worked for , banged in short and angling back into the left-hander, Sarkar was cramped for room as he went for the pull. He was in no position to play the shot, gets a thick top-edge, flat and straight to Kumara at fine leg, he doesn't drop those. Bangladesh have lost the well-set Sarkar early on Day 3. Soumya Sarkar c Lahiru Kumara b 71(137) [4s-8 6s-1]

4

to Shakib, FOUR, poor fielding from Kumara at mid-off, this was tossed up wider of off, Shakib gets a big stride forward and drives it to the right of mid-off. Kumara was quick to get across, but took his eyes off the ball at the last moment, lets the ball goes through his legs

6

to Shakib, SIX, top-edge and six, Shakib is living dangerously, this was banged in short and on the stumps, Shakib was swivelling across on the pull, gets a top-edge that sails over the ropes at fine leg

D

to Shakib, 1 run, chance? No, the ball bounced just in front of the bowler - who was on his follow-though. Shakib chipped a length ball uppishly, was early on the drive. bent down low and to his wrong side, but the ball bounced in front of him

W

to Shakib, out Caught by Dickwella!! Shakib has been strangled down the leg-side. He throws his head away and walks off. That's a soft soft dismissal for the left-hander, this was the wrong 'un from , but it pitched outside leg and further slid down. Shakib went back and looked to nudge it fine, went off the face of the bat. Dickwella does very well to move with the ball and holds onto a good catch. First wicket for , not the ideal delivery, but he will not care one bit. Shakib c Dickwella b 23(19) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

to Mahmudullah, FOUR, way too short from , Mahmudullah is quick to rock back, makes room and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, no need to run for those

W

Kumara to Mahmudullah, out Bowled!! Oh the off pole goes cartwheeling him. What a sight for a fast bowler and it's a big wicket for Sri Lanka. This morning session is not going Bangladesh's way. The umpire checks Kumara's front foot and he's fine. A length ball it was, nothing really alarming about it. Maybe just left the right-hander very late, but looks like those short balls in the build up to this ball were playing on Mahmudullah's mind and he was in no position to meet this delivery. Stumps exposed, that means the line is not covered and the ball went past the outside edge as he tried to defend. Mahmudullah b Kumara 8(26) [4s-1]

4

Kumara to Liton Das, FOUR, width on offer and that's just the kind of freebie you want to open the account. Short and wide outside off stump, Das doesn't try to hit it too hard, just places the cut past backward point and it escapes to the boundary

W

to Liton Das, out Caught by Asela Gunaratne!! No feet movement and the edge is found. Thick edge and that's a sharp grab at slip. Bangladesh have lost four wickets in the morning. This was the flatter delivery from , Das didn't read the pace on this. Clearly was late on the shot as he tried to push, ended up poking at it, the balance wasn't right and the edge flew off the bat. Gunaratne watched the ball nicely and it settled into his hands. It looks easy, but the fact that it came quickly to the fielder makes it a good grab. The Sri Lankan skipper gets his name into the wickets column. Liton Das c Asela Gunaratne b 5(13) [4s-1]

4

to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, good looking inside-out cover drive, flighted delivery on the off stump, Mehedi Hasan leans forward and also makes some room, driven all along the carpet for four

4

to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, this is slower through the air and Mehedi Hasan has come out with a positive intent. Looks like he's going to go for it if it lands in his zone. Overpitched this time from , Mehedi Hasan creams the cover-drive for four

4

Kumara to Rahim, leg byes, FOUR, oh that's a nasty blow on the helmet, Rahim removes the helmet and checks the gear. A few Sri Lankan players check his health and it's good to see him not being disturbed much. This was a pacy 145kph bumper, angled in from over the wicket, Rahim reacted late as he tried to evade that bouncer, it was all too late and he took his eyes off the ball, turned his head and it flew through the slip cordon off the peak of the helmet

D

to Mehedi Hasan, 2 runs, oh dropped. A tough grab for the man at slip. He was leaning back and couldn't control the catch. Came very quickly at him. This was the googly with a bit of extra bounce, Mehedi Hasan wanted to cut, sliced, the fielder had it covered but the fact that he was still when the ball came to him meant it popped out. The keeper deflects the throw onto the sticks as Mehedi Hasan doesn't drag his bat inside the crease, but his feet landed just before the ball disturbed the bails

6

to Rahim, SIX, cracking shot, little shimmy down the track, Rahim gets close to the ball and lifts bit over the bowler's head, went sailing all the way over long-off

4

Kumara to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, easy pickings for Mehedi, juicy full-toss outside off, he leans into the drive and gets it into the gap past cover, no need to run for those

4

to Rahim, FOUR, poor ball from , drops it short and just outside off, Rahim backs away and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, there's a man in the deep but he has no chance

4

Kumara to Rahim, FOUR, that's nicely played by Rahim, too straight and on his pads, he gets inside the line and helps it on its way, beat the keeper and rolled away to the fence

4

Kumara to Rahim, FOUR, lovely shot, predictable line and length from Kumara, short and on the stumps, Rahim swivels across, rolls his wrists over and pulls it past square leg, bisects the two men in the deep to a nicety, brings up the 50-run stand as well

4

to Rahim, FOUR, poor bowling from , full-toss and miles outside leg, Rahim gets down on his knees, uses the pace on the ball and laps it very fine, beats the man in the deep

OT

Kumara to Rahim, 1 run, fifty for Rahim, he's been Mr. Consistent of this Bangladesh batting line-up, his 16th Test fifty, hops across to a short ball and nudges it wide of cover-point

4

to Rahim, FOUR, that's easy pickings for Rahim, short and wide from , Rahim throws his hands at that, gets a thick top-edge, up and over the slip cordon, one bounce and over the ropes

4

to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, lovely shot, Mehedi comes down the track, gets close to the ball and lifts it back over 's head, couple of bounces and over the ropes

OT

to Mehedi Hasan, no run, Mehedi has been given out LBW, he wants a review. It's a fair delivery and there seems to be a big inside edge. Slow-mo replays are conclusive. Third umpire Ravi spots it and asks Aleem Dar to reverse his original OUT call. Coming to the ball, it was an arm-ball from , kept coming back with the angle, Mehedi was playing for the straighter one, ended up pushing down the wrong line, the inside edge though saved him

4

to Rahim, FOUR, short and wide from , Rahim gets on top of the bounce and cuts it square behind point, beats the man in the deep as well

4

to Mehedi Hasan, FOUR, lovely shot, Mehedi is gaining in confidence, this was tossed up wider outside off, Mehedi got a big stride forward and drove it to the left of cover. Sandakan puts in a clumsy effort and lets the ball go through, doesn't look too happy

4

Perera to Rahim, FOUR, he's paddle-swept that from the stumps with the spin and sent it fine to the fine leg boundary

OT

Perera to Rahim, 1 run, on the leg stump, Rahim steps out and flicks it through mid-wicket

W

Perera to Mehedi Hasan, out Lbw!! Gee, that finger of umpire Marais Erasmus was raised in a fraction of a second. That's how plumb it was. Error in judgement from Mehedi Hasan. Should have been forward to this, tried to defend this quicker delivery off the back foot, it spun just a little bit and struck him right in front of middle. Rahim tells his partner to walk back as he too knew that it would have been a waste of a review. Ball-tracking shows that the ball would have crashed into the top of middle stump. Mehedi Hasan lbw b Perera 41(77) [4s-5]

W

Perera to Taskin Ahmed, out Lbw!! It's a golden duck for Taskin Ahmed and Perera is on a hat-trick. Excellent first ball to the newcomer, the slider to the left-hander, Taskin was a little lazy in his defence, not fully forward, missed the line of the ball and it thudded him in line with middle and leg. Looked OUT on the first replay, but umpire Marais Erasmus gave the benefit of doubt to the batsman as he thought it was maybe slipping down the leg-side. Sri Lanka reviewed and ball-tracking showed that it would have crashed into the top of leg stump, which was good enough to overturn the on-field call. Taskin Ahmed lbw b Perera 0(1)

4

Perera to Rahim, FOUR, flighted delivery on the stumps, Rahim steps out and swings across the line over mid-wicket for four

W

to Rahim, out Bowled!! It's a loud roar from after outsmarting his counterpart. Excellent bowling, beat him in the flight. Rahim was looking to step down the pitch, pushed this slider through on a fullish length, Rahim was caught in no-man's land, didn't get to pitch of the ball and tried to tamley push at it, the ball sneaked past the inside edge and disturbed the off stick. End of a fine innings from Rahim. He battled hard against some short-pitched bowling and ensured that Bangladesh avoided the follow-on. Rahim b 85(161) [4s-8 6s-1]

W

to Mustafizur, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Oh that's a freak dismissal. A freak catch and Mendis himself is laughing about that catch. Mustafizur flicked this full ball from the middle of the bat, Mendis was actually trying to turn and get out of the line of the ball. It got stuck between his right elbow and the hip. So that closes out Bangladesh's innings. Mustafizur c Kusal Mendis b 4(9)

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely shot, first boundary of the day, this was a floaty half-volley outside off, Tharanga leans forward, presented the full face of the bat and punched it past cover, no need to run for those

4

Ahmed to Karunaratne, FOUR, much better from , but it has costed him four runs. On a good length and a hint of shape away from off, drew Karunaratne into playing at that, the angle opened him up completely, gets the outside edge that rolls away through the gap between third slip and gully

W

Roy to Tharanga, out Bowled!! Roy is jumping around in delight, has the first wicket for his team. Lovely ball from the right-handed pacer, pitched up on middle and swung slightly before straightening, Tharanga was caught in his crease as he prodded forward, left a huge gap between bat and pad, it snuck through past the inside half of the bat and crashed into middle and off, a wicket in his first over and the fielders mob the bowler. Tharanga b Roy 4(14) [4s-1]

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, edged and four, loose from Karunaratne, went with hard hands on the drive, gets a thick outside edge that flies past the fielder at third slip, was playing away from his body to a ball that was full and wide of off

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, that's easy pickings for Mendis, short and angling down the leg-side, he gets inside the line and clips it on its way, rolls away to the fence for a boundary

4

Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, leg byes, FOUR, valiant dive from the keeper, but the ball runs away to the fence. Short and angling down the leg-side, Mendis was looking to flick and missed, clipped his thigh pad and rolled away to the fence

4

Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Mendis is an attacking player and anything in his area, he will go after it. Short and wide, there was a bit of extra bounce, but Mendis jumped up and helped it over the cordon. Couple of bounces and into the fence

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, space on offer and Mendis will put them away all day. Short and outside off, Mendis cuts it square and past the point fielder. He is slowly getting into his groove

W

Hasan to Karunaratne, out Bowled!! Karunaratne practices the shot after being castled and still got it wrong. A nothing delivery has given Bangladesh their second wicket. However, the 19-year-old, Hasan is delighted with the breakthrough. Flattish and just outside off, Karunaratne wanted to dab it into the off-side, didn't move his feet much and just hung his bat out, the inside edge deflects onto leg-stump. Karunaratne b Hasan 30(76) [4s-2]

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, cracking shot, overpitched and just outside off, Mendis leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and punches it back past the bowler, beats mid-off to his right and rolls away to the fence

4

Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, no ball, FOUR, cracking shot, too short from , not much pace behind it either, Mendis swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, the man in the deep is very square and the ball beats him to the fence

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, rare poor ball from , drops one short and just outside off, Mendis backs away and cuts it in front of square on the off-side, beats cover and rolls away to the fence

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Mendis is looking in good touch now, tad short and just outside off, Mendis swivels across, rolls his wrists over and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, rolls away to the fence in a hurry

W

to Chandimal, out Caught by Mehedi Hasan!! Something had to give, Chandimal had scored only 5 off 52 balls. He chases a wide one and edges it to gully. cuts the ball and keeps it full outside off, Chandimal throws the kitchen sink and the outside edge flies to gully. Mehedi times his jump to perfection and clings to a sharp one. Bangladesh deserved that wicket. Chandimal c Mehedi Hasan b 5(54)

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, that's a gift first up for Gunaratne. Full toss outside off, he just had to pick the gap and he does so expertly, opens the bat face and steers it behind point

4

Hasan to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, fifty for Mendis. Mubarak reckons, "He holds the key to the Sri Lankan innings." And he is right. The youngster needs to continue, if the home side need a substantial first innings total. Just a raise of the bat and a handshake with Gunaratne. slips it down leg, Mendis tickles it fine and reaches the landmark

4

Hasan to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, lovely shot! Once again a batsman uses the crease nicely. Gunaratne goes right back and waits for this delivery, cuts it late and sends it behind square on the off-side

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, streakish, but Mendis collects a boundary. A loose shot that from Sri Lanka's number three. Fullish and outside off, Mendis is nowhere close to the ball, but still goes for the drive, checks his shot and chips it wide of extra cover

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, is overdoing the short ball, Mendis has ample time to transfer his weight on the back foot and pull it in front of square, well wide of deep square leg

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Mendis looking ominous now. And is definitely tiring. Full and on the stumps, easy pickings for any Asian batsman, flicked through mid-wicket and timed beautifully

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, rare bad delivery from . Trifle short and outside off, Gunaratne goes back in the crease and cracks it in front of square on the off-side. Once again used the crease well

4

Ahmed to Asela Gunaratne, no ball, FOUR, pitched up and there's plenty of width on it, Gunaratne leans forward and spanks the drive through cover and what's more? He has overstepped as well

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, poor ball from , tossed up outside leg, Mendis went down low on his knees, rolls his wrists and sweeps it behind square on the on-side, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, Gunaratne brings out the reverse sweep, this was tossed up outside leg, he went down low, rolled his wrists over and sweeps it behind square on the on-side, beats Taskin's sprawling dive at deep backward point

4

Hasan to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, poor ball from , Mendis is quick to rock back, bends down halfway and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, bisects the two men in the deep to a nicety, moves onto 96 now

4

Sarkar to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, hundred for Mendis, he was caught behind first ball - but then it turned out to be a no-ball, he has made Bangladesh pay for the error. Lovely shot to get to the landmark, elegantly leant forward into the drive, presented the full face of the bat and beats mid-off to his right, removes his helmet and soaks in the applause

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, lovely shot, nice way to get to your half-century, this was a wide half-volley, he gets a good stride forward and drives it through extra-cover, no chance for the man in the deep

4

to Asela Gunaratne, FOUR, cracking shot, on a good length and well outside off, Gunaratne gets a big stride forward and drives it elegantly through cover, beats the fielder in the ring and rolls away to the fence

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, nicely played by Mendis, too full and too straight from , ends up drifting it onto his pads, Mendis waits on it and flicks it in front of square on the onh-side, no need to run for those

OT

Hasan to Asela Gunaratne, 5 runs, Bangladesh seem to be tired. Another sloppy bit of work in the field. Gunaratne milks a single to long-on and the fielder fires a wayward throw to Liton Das, who has no one backing him up. Bonus runs for Sri Lanka

6

to Kusal Mendis, SIX, fabulous use of the feet. Shimmies down and gets close to the ball, presents the full face of the bat and lofts it handsomely over mid-on. The timing was such that it went all the way

6

Hasan to Kusal Mendis, SIX, he is such a delight to watch when in full flow. Just ask the Aussies. goes too full around off, Mendis sinks to one knee and nails the slog sweep to perfection. Clears the boundary rope with ease. It was right in the arc for him

4

Hasan to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, the runs continue to flow. Predictably goes short after bowling disappearing off a full one, Mendis rocks back and slaps it in front of square. No need to run for those

OT

to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, 150 for Mendis. Two hundreds in Tests and both times he has gone past the 150-mark. So he has a penchant for big tons. Touch short and on off, Mendis goes deep in the crease and pulls to deep square leg. Raises his bat and acknowledges the applause. The entire Sri Lankan team are on their feet

W

Ahmed to Asela Gunaratne, out Bowled!! Just the wicket to lift the Bangladeshi spirit. A nothing shot really. But won't be complaining. He's toiled hard without any success. Short of length and around off, Gunaratne is not completely committed to the pull shot, the under edge ricochets onto the stumps. The partnership has been broken and the visitors have an opportunity to end the day on a high. Asela Gunaratne b Ahmed 85(134) [4s-7]

4

Ahmed to Dickwella, FOUR, dismissed! Half volley on the pads and that is a freebie for a sub-continent batsmen. Dickwella stands his ground and whips it through mid-wicket. Not a muscle dared to move

4

Ahmed to Dickwella, leg byes, FOUR, errs in line. Splays it down leg, even though Dickwella does not get any wood on that, the ball deflects off the thigh pad and the new ball races away..

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, shot of the day, at least for me. The perfect cover drive from Mendis. Not a bad ball by any means, on a length and just outside off, Mendis drives it on the up and beats a diving cover fielder. Everything right about the shot, the balance, the head position and the high-elbow

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Mendis is feasting on some tiresome bowling. Short delivery that sat up nicely, Mendis rocks back and gets into position quickly, hammers the pull well in front of square

4

Ahmed to Dickwella, FOUR, five minutes to stumps and Dickwella goes aerial. Gutsy! Width on offer and outside off, Dickwella smashes it in the air well wide of the backward point fielder. He does not even bother to run

6

Roy to Dickwella, SIX, that's a shot of authority from Dickwella. Wasting no time in putting away bad deliveries. Full and on the pads, Dickwella gets across and whips it fiercely over square leg, enough wood to clear the fence for a maximum

6

Roy to Kusal Mendis, SIX, what happened there? Absolute buffoonery. A rising short ball at Mendis, rears up awkwardly at the batsman as he went for a pull. Gets a spiralling top-edge towards fine leg. Fizz the fielder makes a royal mess of it. Was steading himself there, pouches the catch safely but he wasn't aware of the ropes at all. As he took the catch, he landed on the rope. Roy thought he got his man but had to contend his celebration there

4

Roy to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, adding salt to injury. Fullish outside off, Mendis leans forward and caresses it through extra cover

4

Ahmed to Dickwella, FOUR, that's a warm-up first ball from . A juicy half-volley outside off, Dickwella reaches out by bending his knee and spanks it hard through extra cover. No need to run for those

4

Ahmed to Dickwella, FOUR, this has been a lousy welcome for . Bangs it short outside off, Dickwella sees it as a scoring opportunity, opens the bat face after arching his back and ramps it over the slips

6

Hasan to Kusal Mendis, SIX, woah. He's launched into it. Sees a tossed up delivery, his eyes lit up there. Sinks low and powers the slog-sweep way over deep mid-wicket. Into the grassbanks

OT

Ahmed to Dickwella, 1 run, second fifty for Dickwella in Tests. He's been in fine form of late. Waves his bat to the crowd and soaks in the applause. A shortish length delivery outside off, Dickwella waits on it and steers it into the off-side to reach his landmark

OT

to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Mendis goes back and nudges it towards square leg, brings up the 100-run stand as well

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, Dickwella brings out the reverse sweep, uses 's pace, rolls his wrists over and gets it very fine, the man in the deep is very square and has no chance

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, Dickwella is enjoying himself in Galle, this was tossed up wider of off, he moved across his stumps, rolled his wrists and sweeps it behind square on the on-side, beats the man in the deep as well

W

Hasan to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Tamim!! Great work from Tamim, shows his team-mates how to complete a tag catch at the boundary ropes. This was tossed up invitingly outside off, Mendis came down the track - he was looking to go back over the bowler's head, the drift made the ball go away from him, he ends up dragging it high and towards long-on. Tamim was under the ball in the deep, he watches it all along, completes the catch, realizes that he was crossing the ropes, throws the ball in the air - goes out of the ropes, steadies himself, comes back in and completes the catch. Umpire Aleem Dar wants to have another look, the soft signal was OUT and the third umpire confirms it. Mendis is gutted as he walks off, deserved a maiden double hundred, but it wasn't to be. Kusal Mendis c Tamim b Hasan 194(285) [4s-19 6s-4]

4

Hasan to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, aggression from Dilruwan, comes down the track, gets close to the ball, lifts with the spin and clears the infield, one bounce and over the ropes

4

Hasan to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, clubbed, Dilruwan comes down the track, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball but swings through the line, clears mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

6

Hasan to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, massive, a little shimmy down the track, Dilruwan gets close to the ball, plays with the turn and shovels it high and over wide mid-wicket, his first six of the match

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Hasan to Dickwella, out Caught by Mahmudullah!! Dickwella has thrown away a possible century here. Lovely bowling from , he has deserved this wicket. He saw Dickwella coming down the track, drifted this one wider of off, Dickwella was looking to swing it over mid-on - he has to reach out for the shot, ends up getting a thick outside edge. Mahmudullah, at short third man, doesn't need to move an inch as he accepts the offering. Third wicket for and Sri Lanka have lost their sixth wicket. Dickwella c Mahmudullah b Hasan 75(76) [4s-6 6s-1]

4

Roy to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, nicely played by Dilruwan, on a good length and on the stumps, Dilruwan leans forward, drives it on the up and beats mid-on to his left - rolls away to the fence

4

Roy to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, edged and four, streaky from Dilruwan, nice lifter from Roy, short and just outside off. Dilruwan was in no postion as he fended at that, went high off the bat and past the fielder at wide slip

4

to Herath, FOUR, runs straightaway. Poor delivery to start. It is short and way outside off for Herath to free his arms. Goes with hard hands and cuts it over the cordon for a boundary

4

Hasan to Herath, FOUR, tossed up delivery outside off, Herath sinks low and fetches the sweep. Hits it right off the middle and the ball races away to the fence

4

Hasan to Herath, FOUR, this is even better. The line is outside off and Herath decides to reverse sweep it thowards third man region. Gets a good connection and collects his second boundary of the over

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to Herath, out Caught by Soumya Sarkar!! gets the breakthrough. Surprises Herath as the ball spits from the surface. Herath prods forward in defence, but the ball takes the shoulder of the blade and offers a dolly to the lone slip. Soumya Sarkar accepts it gleefully. is delighted and has a smile on his face. Herath c Soumya Sarkar b 14(19) [4s-3]

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, excellent use of the feet from Dilruwan Perera. Could see this coming as Dilruwan Perera was itching for some runs. Sees this tossed up and skips down the track to chip this over the bowlers head. The ball races away to the fence in a hurry

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR,

4

Ahmed to Lakmal, FOUR, short delivery sits up nicely. Lakmal swivels across his stumps and rolls his wrist to keep the pull down. The ball beats the man in the deep and hits the fence in a hurry

W

to Lakmal, out Lakmal Run Out!! What are you doing Lakmal? Steers it with an open bat face to backward point and keeps on running without even seeing his partner. Dilruwan Perera shouts no, but Lakmal was in his own world. Runs to the other end and an easy throw to the keeper to end Lakmal's innings. Lakmal run out (Mustafizur/Liton Das) 8(29) [4s-1]

4

Ahmed to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, what a way to get to your third Test fifty. Half-volley outside off and Dilruwan Perera leans onto the front foot. Creams the drive through extra cover. Sweeper cover doesn't move an inch as it was hit really hard

4

Hasan to Sandakan, byes, FOUR, turns into the right-hander, Sandakan gets inside the line and misses the tuck. Litton Das fails to glove and gives away first byes of the match

W

Hasan to Dilruwan Perera, out Lbw!! Given out on field and Dilruwan Perera takes a review for LBW. Front foot looks fine and there is no bat involved too. This must be pretty straightforward now. HawkEye shows three reds and Dilruwan Perera has to make his walk back. Prempts the sweep even before the ball was bowled and misses the arm ball. Pitches just outside off and goes on to hit the off-stump. Marais Erasmus has an easy decision to make and raises his finger. Sri Lanka waste a review. Dilruwan Perera lbw b Hasan 51(77) [4s-7 6s-1]

W

to Sandakan, out Caught by Mehedi Hasan!! Finally, has a wicket. Actually it should be Mehedi's wicket as he has pulled off a blinder. Flighted delivery outside off, Sandakan comes down the track and is nowhere close to the ball, still goes through with the loft and skies it wide of deepish mid-off. Mehedi covers good ground, takes it with both hands and dives forward because of the momentum. Considering he has been in the field for 130 overs, it was a terrific catch. Well judged and did not allow it to pop out even after going to ground. Sandakan c Mehedi Hasan b 5(15)