Sri Lanka managed to take a 182-run lead in the first innings by bowling out Bangladesh for 312. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan Miraz looked comfortable in the middle and helped Bangladesh avoid the follow-on but once the Bangladesh captain fell for 85, Bangladesh could not resist more. Bangladesh was 312-9 when bad light stopped play and Tea was taken early. After the break, Sri Lanka needed only two balls to end the innings. The visitors were at one stage slumped to 192/6 but the 106-run stand between Mehedi and Mushfiqur ensured they avoided the follow-on. No play was possible in the final session as rains hit Galle. Play will start 15 minutes early on day four.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 3
We have some news but it is not good! The play has been called of in Galle. The rain has not stopped and Sri Lanka will start their second innings on Friday.
The covers are back on in Galle. Rain in the city. Sri Lanka have to wait for their second innings.
1520 hrs IST: All out! Sri Lanka bowl out Bangladesh for 312 runs and take a 182-run lead. Mushtafizur clips it on the leg side but it stuck to short leg. Mendis the fielder. He has turned away but the ball gets stuck
1435 hrs IST: Ground staff are brought on to cover the field of play even though it is not raining yet. And with that, Bangladesh go into the Tea break at 312/9 after 97 overs and trail by 182 runs.
1433 hrs IST: Things have turned really dark in Galle all of a sudden. Black clouds and the groundstaff are ready to run on to the field when it starts raining or when umpires call in for the covers. Could be any moment now… Bangladesh are 312/9
1429 hrs IST: GONE! BOWLED! Rangana Herath gets the ball to slide in and hits the off stump in the process. Mushfiqur Rahim goes for 85. Bangladesh are now nine down. Poor shot selection by the well-set skipper and he pays for his mistake. Bangladesh 308/9 and trail by 186 runs
1410 hrs IST: Dilruwan Perera is now on a hat-trick and he misses it narrowly. It drifts away from the right hander Subashis Roy and he is beaten. Slides away from the bat and there is a slight appeal for caught behind. Just about survives.
1407 hrs IST: GONE! Dilruwan has another and it is another leg before. Taskin Ahmed is the new man in and he tries to defend the ball but misses the ball completely. Umpire Erasmus says not out but Sri Lanka review. No inside edge on it and its got the three red lights. Pitching in line, impact is in line and it is going on to hit the middle and leg stump. Golden duck for Taskin and Dilruwan is on a hat-trick
1400 hrs IST: GONE! Dilruwan comes around the stumps and gets the ball to pitch on middle stump and it straightens to beat Mehendi Hasan. Hasan goes for 41 and Bangladesh are seven down. 298/7. Bangladesh lose a wicket just after avoiding the follow on
1316 hrs IST: FIFTY! Mushfiqur Rahim gets to yet another half century in Test cricket. He is keeping Bangladesh in the game. They are 256 for 6
1255 hrs IST: 75 overs bowled in the Bangladesh innings and they are 236 for the loss of six wickets. They need 59 more runs to avoid follow on. Trail Sri Lanka by 258 more runs
1239 hrs IST: The players are back for the second session of play in Galle. Mehedi and Mushfiqur Rahim at the crease for Bangladesh. They resume at 213/6
1200 hrs IST: Lunch in Galle! Bangladesh are 213 for the loss of six wickets. They are still 281 runs behind Sri Lanka’s total and need 82 more runs to save the follow on
1141 hrs IST: 200 up for Bangladesh as Mehedi Hasan Miraz, the new batsmen, gets two consecutive boundaries. But Bangladesh trail by a massive 294 runs. 95 still needed to avoid follow on
1136 hrs IST: WICKET! Rangana Herath now! The captain has taken his first wicket and it is of Litton Das. Gunaratne takes a catch at close-in after Das got an edge. Bangladesh slip to 192 for 6
1123 hrs IST: WICKET! What a delivery after the set up. Lahiru Kumara with a perfect yorker after a short ball to bowl Mahmudullah. Bangladesh 5 down now
1100 hrs IST: Bangladesh are now pinning hopes on Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. They can bat long for their team but Sri Lanka are still 315 runs ahead. Drinks in Galle
1046 hrs IST: WICKET! What has Shakib done there! Sandakan bowls a wrong’un but it is down the leg side. Shakib tries to put it play it down the leg-side. It is a bit wide and all he manages to do is edge it. Finest of edge but Dickwella has taken the catch. Good catch. Bangladesh four down
1030 hrs IST: Two of Bangladesh’s most experienced batsmen are out in the middle. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim have their task cut out. Sri Lanka made 494 in the first innings
1015 hrs IST: WICKET! Early wicket for Sri Lanka! And that is of the set batsmen Sarkar. Lakmal with a short delivery to which Sarkar plays a half-hearted pull. Caught at fine leg
1009 hrs IST: First boundary of the morning and it off Mushfiqur’s bat. Lose delivery and he has put it away through square leg for four!
0959 hrs IST: Start of a new day in Galle. Suranga Lakmal has the bowl in hand and Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar are the two batsmen for Bangladesh
0940 hrs IST: Talking about Sri Lanka’s batting effort, Kusal Mendis looked good to score a double ton but lost his concentration, trying to hit a big one over long-on when on 194. He was caught by Tamim Iqbal
0925 hrs IST: Bangladesh could not have asked for better start as they scored 118 runs without losing a wicket. But then Sri Lanka spinners brought them back into the game
0910 hrs IST: Warm welcome to the coverage of the third day’s play of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from Galle. The visitors will resume the innings at 133 for the loss of two wickets and 361 runs behind Sri Lanka’s 494.