Galle - Spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera shared six wickets
between them to help Sri Lanka take command of the first Test against a
struggling Bangladesh on a rain-hit day three in Galle on Thursday.
visitors, replying to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 494, were all
out for 312 on the third day, trailing the hosts by a massive 182 runs.
took the final wicket just two balls into the last session before rain
stopped play, finishing on 3-72. Off-break bowler Perera chipped in with
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim made a dogged
half-century and shared 106 runs for the seventh wicket with Mehedi
Hasan, ensuring the visitors avoided the follow-on.
his Bangladesh counterpart Mushfiqur on the stroke of the tea break for
85 after the latter took their score past the 300 mark.
Perera broke Mushfiqur's stubborn partnership with Mehedi when he trapped the young all-rounder plumb leg-before for 41 runs.
took the wicket of Taskin Ahmed off the next ball with a successful
review after his appeal for lbw was turned down by umpire Marais
Mushfiqur and Mehedi's efforts came after Bangladesh lost
four wickets in the opening session that had threatened to derail their
Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal took the key
wicket of opening batsman Soumya Sarkar for 71 after Bangladesh resumed
the day on 133 for two.
Bangladesh lost their first wicket when
overnight batsman Sarkar top-edged Lakmal's rising delivery to Lahiru
Kumara at fine leg.
Soumya added just five runs to his overnight 66, his 137-ball knock containing eight fours and a six.
Al Hasan contributed 23 rapid runs off 19 balls before flicking a
sliding delivery from Sandakan down the leg side where wicketkeeper
Niroshan Dickwella completed the catch.
Mahmudullah (8) and wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das (5) also threw their wickets away with loose shots.