It has been Bangladesh’s day. Shakib Al Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain with big knocks – a century and 75 runs respectively. They dreamt of matching Sri Lanka’s 338 and then of a lead but now they have a substantial lead. The surface hasn’t created any real trouble so far so a result would be tricky to get unless things change in the last two days. Sri Lanka openers have done well to weather the late storm and stand unbeaten at 54/0 with 75 runs still to be cleared.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Test Day 3
1720 hrs IST: STUMPS! Sri Lanka are safe as play comes to a close on Day 3. They’re 54/0 after 13 overs bowled in the last half hour. Tharanga on 25 and Karunaratne on 25. Hosts still trail by 75 runs.
1639 hrs IST: Sri Lanka get their second innings underway with Karunaratne and Tharanga to open. Mehedi Hasan to bowl just the second over and Subashis Roy at the other end
1619 hrs IST: With that, Bangladesh are all out for 467 and lead by 129 runs. When they started batting in response to Sri Lanka’s 338, they would have liked to come as close as possible. At the start of Day 3, they’d have been pleased with a 50-odd run lead. Now they have 129 advantage and reason to believe they could get something from here – provided they bowl well. 15 or so overs to be bowled in the day with 45 minutes to negotiate for Sri Lanka on Day 3. Could be interesting
1617 hrs IST: GONE! In the end, it is Mosaddek who falls to Herath (who else?). Done in by the flight and the lure of a big hit. Stepped out to swing over long-on but didn’t get to the pitch of the ball and misses it completely. Dickwella with the easy job of whipping off the bails. But a solid effort by him on his Test debut to go for 75.
1605 hrs IST: Can Mosaddek get to his maiden Test ton on his debut? He’s on 73 and just pummeled Perera for a six. Problem though would be if Subashis can stay unbeaten at the other end. Lead up to 128 runs
1552 hrs IST: Herath has become the second Sri Lankan bowler to take 1000 first-class wickets. Second to none other than the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan who picked 1374 wickets!
1548 hrs IST: GONE! Mustafizur goes back this time. Once again an lbw decision. Spins back in sharply from outside off and beats the Bangladesh skipper’s forward push. Struck on the middle. Hawkeye though suggests it would have gone on and missed leg stump. 1000 first-class wickets for Herath then
1547 hrs IST: GONE! Mehedi Hasan is caught leg before by Rangana Herath. The ball drifted in to middle and spun away sharply to hit him on the back leg. Mehedi opts to review immediately but that doesn’t help him. No bat on it and it is going on to hit the off stump. 999th first-class wicket for Herath
1500 hrs IST: Underway in the final session of play on this third day. An important session this. If Bangladesh can build on their current 90-run lead and dominate for a large part, they would have a decent shout in this Test. But Sri Lanka could very well turn things around and clean up the tail if their fielding were to improve
1445 hrs IST: TEA! Bangladesh are 428/7 after 116 overs and lead Sri Lanka by 90 runs. Mosaddek with a half century on his Test debut and he has Mehedi Hasan for company
1432 hrs IST: GONE! Shakib Al Hasan goes for 116 as Sandakan finally brings the 131 run stand to an end. Bangladesh would rue losing a wicket at the stroke of Tea and that’s not a shot he would be proud of. Tossed up by Sandakan and Shakib tries to go over the top. Tried to clear mid-on instead sends it smack flat to Chandimal.
1420 hrs IST: HUNDRED! Shakib Al Hasan with a boundary to bring up his Test century. That’s his fifth Test century and a very handy one considering the circumstances of the Test and the series
1406 hrs IST: Mosaddek and Shakib have extended their stand to beyond a hundred and Bangladesh lead over 50 runs.
1342 hrs IST: DRINKS! Things not going Sri Lanka’s way. Lakmal is off the field and they’re having trouble finding an opening into this set pairing which has already put together 80 and has Bangladesh in the lead. Visitors are 370/6 in the second session and lead by 32 runs
1310 hrs IST: Mosaddek Hossain with a boundary and Bangladesh are in the lead. Gets incredible power on the pull and takes the visitors into the lead. Next delivery, he gets a thick edge and it runs away to the third man boundary for another boundary
1259 hrs IST: Play underway in the second session in Colombo. Shakib has moved on to 61 and debutant Mossadek at the other end on 22. Bangladesh are on 333/6 and just five runs shy of matching Sri Lanka’s first innings total
1158 hrs IST: Lunch on day three in Colombo. Bangladesh move on to 316 for the loss of six wickets and now trail Sri Lanka by only 22 runs. What an effort this has been
1148 hrs IST: FIFTY! 22nd Test half-century for Shakib and Bangladesh will be very happy for this. He has led his team closer to Australia’s first innings total
1125 hrs IST: WICKET! Mushfiqur Rahim is bowled. Lakmal gets one through Mushfiqur’s defence and gets the breakthrough for Sri Lanka. The new ball doing the trick for Sri Lanka
1115 hrs IST: FIFTY! Mushfiqur Rahim scores his half-century as Bangladesh continue the good work. Can he get a hundred in Bangladesh’s 100th Test?
1055 hrs IST: What a good first hour for Bangladesh! The two batsmen have not thrown away their wickets and it will be drinks in Colombo. Brilliant batting from Shakib and Mushfiqur
1041 hrs IST: 250 up for Bangladesh with no wicket lost on day three. Good start for them as they chase Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 338
1030 hrs IST: Shakib and Mushfiqur have given Bangladesh a solid start on day three and Bangladesh have moved on to 241 for the loss of five wickets against Sri Lanka
0955 hrs IST: Players are ready for a new day of Test cricket. Shakib and Mushfiqur batting for Bangladesh. Sandakan will be bowling the first over of the day for Sri Lanka
0930 hrs IST: Half an hour to go for play in Colombo! Sri Lanka have a great chance to take a lead in the first innings. Bangladesh have five wickets in hand
0915 hrs IST: Day two in Colombo was one of the most bizarre day’s of cricket. After Sri Lanka’s 338, Bangladesh were going good in reply but Imrul Kayes one moment of madness made it Sri Lanka’s day as they picked up five wickets