Sri Lanka pile 504/3 as they take control of Chittagong Test

Kusal Mendis scored 196 runs
Kusal Mendis scored 196 runs

Bangladesh 513 (Mominul 176) v
Sri Lanka 504-3 (Mendis 196)
First Test, Chittagong, day three

Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva scored 196 and 173 respectively as Sri Lanka went on to amass 504 for three at stumps on day three to narrow down the deficit to just nine runs in the first Test in Chittagong against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka resumed the day with a score of 187 for one. In the third over of the day, Mendis (196) edged a delivery from Mustafizur Rahman (1-88) to the boundary. Dhananjaya (173) with a couple of boundaries in the 55th over brought the 200-run stand for the second wicket.

With not much offering for the Bangladesh bowlers, the boundaries came thick and fast with Mendis completing his fourth Test century.

A total dominating first session from Sri Lanka saw them pile up 108 runs without losing a wicket as they went into lunch with a score of 295 for one. In the process, Dhananjaya completed 150 runs in the innings and 1000 overall in his career.

The 300-run stand between the duo came up in the second over post lunch but Mustafizur finally managed to get a breakthrough when he had Dhananjaya top edge one that was taken by the keeper.

Roshen Silva (87 not out) was handed an early reprieve when a stumping chance was missed but he and Mendis added 107 runs for the third wicket as the 400-run mark came. Just at the stroke of tea, Mendis holed out to mid-wicket off Taijul Islam (1-144) missing out on a double century by four runs.

However, that was the last of the success, Bangladesh had as Roshen and Dinesh Chandimal (37 not out) added 89 runs in the final session and Sri Lanka ended the day with a score of 504 for three. They still trail Bangladesh by nine runs with seven wickets in hand.

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