Dilruwan, Herath strike early blows in Bangladesh's 339 chase

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Lunch: Bangladesh 110 and 57 for 2 (Mominul 31*, Mushfiqur 2*) need another 282 runs to beat Sri Lanka 222 and 226 (Roshen 70*, Taijul 4-76, Mustafizur 3-49)
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Sri Lanka took strides towards victory on the third morning in Mirpur, first adding 26 with the bat to swell their lead to 338, before the senior spinners dismissed one Bangladesh opener apiece. With eight wickets left, the hosts still have 282 runs to get. On a surface as perilous as this, that is a monumental proposition.

Bangladesh would have hoped for runs from Tamim Iqbal to set them up for an unlikely chase, but it took only seven balls to dismiss him. Confronted with a non-turning first ball from Dilruwan Perera, Tamim middled his own toe instead of the ball, was struck in front of off stump, and burned a review as he attempted to survive his mistake. Dilruwan should have also had Imrul Kayes out soon after, but a sharp chance was grassed by a diving Dimuth Karunaratne at first slip. At times, Kayes attempted to hit himself out of trouble, venturing an inside-out lofted drive off Perera and later a huge straight six off Herath. But the delivery after that six was struck, Herath bowled an arm ball, and Kayes edged it to the keeper.

It was Mominul Haque again, however, who seemed Bangladesh’s most fluent top-order batsman. After edging his first boundary over the slips off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal, Mominul began to stroke languid boundaries, though his innings was not without error either – once nicking Herath only for the ball to be deflected off the wicketkeeper’s pads and away from slip. By lunch he was on 31 off 44 balls.

Earlier, Roshen Silva progressed in his secure and confident fashion to 70 not out. Occasionally balls would leap off the pitch or stay low, but Roshen’s defensive technique and his reflexes were consistently outstanding. On one occasion Mustafizur Rahman drew an outside edge; Roshen had played with such soft hands that the ball bounced several metres in front of the slip cordon. He did however, turn Mehidy towards short leg, but the fielder could not catch the ball, which bounced just in front of him.

At the other end, Suranga Lakmal had lived a little more dangerously, and having just shoveled Taijul Islam over the legside, he was bowled attempting a repeat shot. Rangana Herath was lbw to Taijul first ball.



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