Dimuth Karunaratne century keeps Sri Lanka alive in Colombo

The game would have ended on day four had it not been for Dimuth Karunaratne century
The game would have ended on day four had it not been for Dimuth Karunaratne century

Sri Lanka 338 & 268-8 (Karunaratne 126) v
Bangladesh 467 (Shakib 116)
Second Test, Colombo, day four

Dimuth Karunaratne scored a brilliant century to keep Sri Lanka's hopes alive on the final day as they went on to post 268 for eight, stretching their lead to 139 runs at stumps on day four of the second Test against Bangladesh in Colombo.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 54 for naught, trailing Bangladesh by 75 more runs. In the second over, Mehedi Hasan (1-67) castled Upul Tharanga (26) to provide the early breakthrough for the visitors.

Karunaratne (126) and Kusal Mendis (36) tried to resurrect the innings and the latter had a reprieve when Imrul Kayes dropped him in the 23rd over.

Karunaratne went on to complete a hard fought fifty and the 50-run stand for the second wicket also followed it and Sri Lanka ended the first session at 137 for one, claiming a slender lead of eight runs.

Mustafizur Rahman (3-52) produced a beauty at the start of the second session to have Mendis caught behind but Karunaratne upped the ante a bit with a six and a four in the next few overs.

Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan (3-61) struck twice in quick succession to account for Dinesh Chandimal (5), Asela Gunaratne (7), Dhananjaya de Silva (0) and Niroshan Dickwella (5) and were reduced to 190 for six but not before Karunaratne completed a fantastic century to keep the fight going.

Sri Lanka went into tea at 199 for six after stretching the lead to 70 runs.

Karunaratne and Dilruwan Perera (26 not out) added 27 runs for the seventh wicket to take the lead close to 100 runs before the latter edged a Shakib delivery to the slips.

Rangana Herath (9) and Perera occupied the crease for close to 10 overs but the runs were hardly coming for the home team. In the 85th over, Herath successfully used a review to overturn a LBW decision but was dismissed in a similar fashion few overs later to Taijul Islam (1-31).

Suranga Lakmal (15 not out) started the innings positively and survived a review in the final delivery of the day as Sri Lanka reached 268 for eight at stumps on day four, having a 139-run lead over Bangladesh with two wickets in hand.

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