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Sri Lanka keep pressure on Bangladesh heading into final day

Rangana Herath picked a wicket in the final delivery of the day
Rangana Herath picked a wicket in the final delivery of the day

Bangladesh 513 & 81-3 (Tamim 41) v
Sri Lanka 713-9 dec (Mendis 196)
First Test, Chittagong, day four

After Sri Lanka piled up 713 for nine in their first innings and secured a 200-run lead, they managed to restrict Bangladesh to 81 for three in the second innings at stumps on day four of the first Test in Chittagong.

Starting the second innings with 200 runs behind, Tamim Iqbal (41) hit three boundaries in the first four overs while Imrul Kayes (19) struck a six in the seventh over as they raced to 50 runs off the first 14 overs.

Dilruwan Perera (1-20) dented Bangladesh's momentum when he had Kayes caught at square leg while Lakshan Sandakan (1-3) in his first over had Tamim caught behind.

Rangana Herath (1-22) provided the perfect finish Sri Lanka were hoping for as he had Mushfiqur Rahim (2) caught at silly mid-off in the final delivery before stumps after the ball took the inside edge on to the boot before Kusal Mendis grabbed it.

Bangladesh still trail Sri Lanka by 119 runs with seven wickets in hand heading into the final day.

Earlier, Sri Lanka started the day with a score of 504 for three. Dinesh Chandimal (87) and Roshen Silva (109) struck a boundary each as the visitors went on to claim the lead.

Even though Bangladesh tightened things a bit, Roshen went to complete his maiden century and in the next over, Chandimal reached his 16th Test fifty. The duo shared 135 run stand for the fourth wicket before Mehedi Hasan (3-174) had Roshen caught behind.

Niroshan Dickwella (62) looked positive from the outset and in the 167th over, he hit Taijul Islam (4-219) for three consecutive boundaries. Sri Lanka went into lunch with a score of 612 for four.

On resumption, Taijul castled Chandimal in the third delivery of the final session but Dickwella went on to exert pressure on the home side with a quick-fire half-century before he was caught behind off Mehedi. Dilruwan (32) and Herath (22) added further trouble to the Bangladesh bowlers as Sri Lanka reached 713 runs before the declaration came.

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