Galle - Upul Tharanga closed in on a half-century as Sri
Lanka continued to build on their first innings in the first Test against
Bangladesh at Galle on Friday.
The hosts, who got a 182-run lead in the first innings,
reached 87-1 at lunch on the fourth day, stretching their advantage to 269 runs
after beginning their second innings in the morning.
Tharanga remained unbeaten on 40 as the hosts were aiming to
accelerate their run-rate to set up a target before giving their bowlers
adequate time to dismiss Bangladesh again.
Dimuth Karunaratne was the only batsman to be dismissed in
the second innings giving a catch to Mahmudullah at square leg off Taskin Ahmed
after making 32 runs.
Play began 15 minutes early to make up for some of the lost
time after rain washed out almost the entire final session on the third day.
Sri Lankan openers, however, showed little urgency to go
after the bowlers as at least 98 overs are scheduled for the day.
Karunaratne, who was dropped by Shakib Al Hasan of fellow
spinner Mehedi Hasan on seven, and Tharanga batted cautiously conceding four
consecutive maidens to Mustafixur Rahman at one stage.
The pressure of dot balls finally did the trick for Bangladesh
as Taskin removed Karunaratne with a back of the length delivery.
Bangladesh were all out for 312 runs in their first innings
replying to Sri Lanka's 494 runs.
Sri Lanka's first innings hero Kusal Mendis, who made 194
runs, was batting on eight with Tharanga at the break.