Chittagong - Sri Lanka were set for a big lead despite a shaky start in their
second innings in the second and final Test against Bangladesh in
Chittagong on Friday.
Sri Lanka went to lunch on the fourth day on
68-2, an overall lead of 229 runs with eight wickets in hand on a
sluggish and slow pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Mohammad Mahmudullah dismissed both openers, Dimuth Karunaratne and
Kaushal Silva, in his first three overs to leave the tourists tottering
Left-handed Karunaratne was snapped up smartly in the slips by Nasir Hossain for 15, while Silva was trapped leg-before for 29.
Sangakkara, who scored a triple-century in the first innings, was
unbeaten on 17 at the break. Mahela Jayawardene was on six.
Earlier, Bangladesh were bowled out for 426 in their first knock within 25 minutes of the start in reply to Sri Lanka's 587.
Ajantha Mendis finished with six for 99, having claimed both the
remaining wickets after Bangladesh resumed the day at 409-8.
dismissed Mahmudullah with the morning's fourth delivery, forcing a
catch to short-leg before the batsman had added to his overnight score
Al-Amin Hossain was bowled by Mendis for nine, leaving last man Abdur Razzak unbeaten on 11.
Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera supported Mendis with three wickets, while seamer Suranga Lakmal took one.
The tourists are looking to sweep the short series after winning the first Test by an innings and 248 runs in Dhaka last week.