Colombo - Bangladesh, trailing by 106 runs,
were 23 for no loss in their second innings at lunch on the third day of
the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday.
Tamim Iqbal was unbeaten on 13 at the break with Jahurul Islam nine not out.
Lanka were earlier bowled out for 346 in their first innings in reply
to Bangladesh's 240. They lost their remaining four wickets for 52 runs
in 18.3 overs after resuming at 294-6.
Off-spinner Sohag Gazi
finished with 3-111 off 39 overs, while pacemen Abul Hasan, Robiul Islam
and Rubel Hossain each took two wickets.
Abul got a big wicket in
the seventh over of the morning session when he removed a well-set
Kumar Sangakkara (139), adjudged caught behind by the TV umpire after
adding 12 runs to his overnight score of 127.
scored a century in each innings of the drawn first Test in Galle,
cracked 11 fours in his third successive hundred, and the 33rd of his
Gazi then got two wickets as he bowled Rangana Herath for
three and had Nuwan Kulasekara (22) caught by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur
Rahim, who took his fifth catch of the innings.
Spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah ended the innings when he had Shaminda Eranga (15) caught by Mohammad Ashraful at long-on boundary.