Galle Test, day 4: Sri Lanka 116/1 after Bangladesh score 638
Zeenews Sports Bureau/Feroz Khan
SRI LANKA Overs: 30 II Score: 116/1 ( Dilshan: 63*, Sangakkara: 49* ) (Lead by 48)
So, Sri Lanka have ended the day 4 at 116/1 losing the wicket of opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan reached his 23rd Test half-century with a single off Sohag. Sanga then scored a boundary off the next delivery. Seven runs came in that over (24th) for Lanka. Off the next two overs, Sanga added two more boundaries to his score. Eight runs were scored of the following three overs. Mahmudullah bowled the final six deliveries of the day and Sanga managed to score a boundary off them.
SRI LANKA Overs: 20 II Score: 74/1 ( Dilshan: 46*, Sangakkara: 25* )
Spin in Sohal Gazi and Elias Sunny in operation from Sri Lanka at the moment. Sanga scored a boundary off the first ball of Abul Hasan (11th over). That was the only scoring shot. Off the next came three runs while the 13th saw them score four singles. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim dropped a catch of Sanga in the next over bowled by Gazi. Don’t know how much this slipup is going to cost them! Off the next four came eight runs. The 20th over proved to be a productive one for the Lankan team as they scored 10 runs including a boundary.
SRI LANKA Overs: 10 II Score: 37/1 ( Dilshan: 27*, Sangakkara: 6* )
Bangladesh have got the early breakthrough as Shahadat Hossain had Karunaratne caught at fine leg by Abul Hasan in the fifth over. Hossain dropped short and Karunaratne went with the hook and got a top edge that flew to fine leg and Hasan completed the catch. He scored 3 (16b). In the third over, Dilshan struck Hossain for two boundaries. Sangakkara got off the mark with boundary to third man. Spin in Sohag Gazi was introduced into the attack in the 10th over and Dilshan struck his final delivery of the over for a boundary. They took 10 runs from it.
BANGLADESH Overs: 195.6 II Score: 638/10 ( Hasan: 16*)
Bangladesh have been dismissed for 638 runs in their first innings by Sri Lanka. The visitors have taken a first innings lead of 68 runs. Nasir Hossain was the seventh eight wicket to fall and he departed after scoring his maiden Test century. He was caught by Karunaratne of Dilshan after scoring 100 (151b, 4X9). Elias Sunny was dismissed by Dilshan. He was caught by keeper Chandimal. Shahadat Hossain launched Herath over midwicket boundary for a maximum. He eventually fell to Eranga after being bowled. So, a brilliant batting performance by the Bangladeshi batsmen comes tp an end. Two of their batsmen slammed ton while their captain lead from the front slamming a maiden double ton. From Sri Lanka, Kulasekara, Eranga, Herath, Dilshan and Mendis took two wickets each.
BANGLADESH Overs: 187 II Score: 616/7 ( Hossain: 98*, Hasan: 9*)
Sohag Gazi was dismissed by Ajantha Mendis after being adjudged caught by Kithuruwan Vithanage at short leg. The batsman didn’t look happy with the decision as he thought the ball didn’t touch his bat. A wicket and five runs from the over (177th). Meanwhile, off the next over, Nasir Hossain got another boundary courtesy an overthrow by Eranga off his own bowling. The next over by Mendis was a maiden while the 180th saw them score a single. Hossain continued with his strokeplay and scored a boundary off the first delivery of the next over. They took nine runs from that over. Captain Mathews dropped a catch at first slip off Eranga in the next over. Off the next, Abul Hasan scored his first boundary of the innings. A single came off the next while the six runs came in the 185th. Five more runs to the total were added in the next two overs. They’re currently leading by 46 runs.
BANGLADESH Overs: 176 II Score: 580/6 ( Hossain: 72*, Gazi: 21*)
Ashraful missed a chance to score a double century but his skipper didn’t. With a single off the first delivery of the second over after lunch, Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a Test double ton. He couldn’t add another run to his 200 as he was trapped in front of the wickets by Kulasekara in the same over. End of a brilliant knock! Sohag Gazi is the new batsman in the middle for Bangladesh. They have taken a lead of 10 runs and still have four wickets in hand.
BANGLADESH Overs: 166 II Score: 546/5 (Rahim: 198*, Hossain: 61*)
Lunch! Bangladesh have lost the wicket of Ashraful and added 108 runs in the 30 overs of play this morning. The current pair has added 102 runs for the sixth wicket. Bangladesh are trailing by just 24 runs with five wickets in hand. Earloer, Nasir Hossain reached his fifth Test half-century with a single off Dilshan in the 157th over. Off the second delivery of the over, he had already scored a boundary to midwicket. Eight runs came from those six deliveries. The next over went for two singles. Rahim then scored his 21st boundary in the next over - the shot played to midwicket. Off the 160th over came just a single while five runs came in the next including a boundary to Rahim. That boundary broke the record for the highest score by a Bangladeshi batsman. Off the next five came 13 runs as the first session came to a close.
BANGLADESH Overs: 156 II Score: 511/5 (Rahim: 181*, Hossain: 43*)
Nasir Hossain is playing a brisk knock. He has quickly moved to 43 with the help of five boundaries as Bangladesh cross the 500-run mark. Off the 147th over came just a single while the following one was a maiden. Off the 149th over, the visitors added another single to their total and the next saw them adding another four runs. Herath then was hit for a boundary by Hossain to midwicket in the next over. Six runs were scored in the next over bowled by Mendis including another boundary to Hossain. Off the next two overs, 11 runs were scored as the score reached the 500-run mark. A double and five singles later, Hossain guided one from Mendis past the slip region for his fifth boundary.
BANGLADESH Overs: 146 II Score: 472/5 (Rahim: 169*, Hossain: 16*)
Mohammad Ashraful began the day with an audacious stroke as he attempted a reverse sweep off Dilshan. The ball just missed the edge but the Lankans were convinced of one as they appealed for a catch. The umpire turned it down. Ashraful, then dropped the chance to become the first Bangladeshi to score a Test double ton as he was caught by Mathews off Herath (Over: 140.2). He came down the track attempting to play one over covers but ended up edging it to first slip. He scored 190 (417b, 4X20, 6X1). Nevertheless, it was a brilliant knock from the 28-year-old. Nasir Hossain is the new batsman in the middle joining his skipper Mushfiqur Rahim. Hossain struck the first boundary of the morning off Eranga (144th over) through covers. Off the next over, Rahim swept Herath for his 19th boundary. Off the 146th over, bowled by Herath, Hossain and Rahim scored a boundary each.
BANGLADESH Overs: 136 II Score: 438/4 Trail by 132
AT STUMPS: The third day totally belonged to Bangladesh. Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim dominated the final two sessions and eventually picked up the pace. The visitors ended the day at 438/4 with the fifth wicket partnership now worth a mammoth 261 runs.
Ashraful`s unbeaten 189 is the highest score by a Bangladeshi in international cricket and Rahim is on the other end at a very commendable 152*. They do still trail Sri Lanka by 132 runs, but from a point where it looked like a struggle to avoid the follow-on, day 4 may well be more about who can claim the bragging rights of a first innings lead.