Galle - Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal shared a century opening
stand before Sri Lanka took two late wickets to tighten their grip on
the first Test at Galle on Wednesday.
The visitors were 133-2 at
stumps on the second day and trailing by 361, after Kusal Mendis (194),
Niroshan Dickwella (75) and Dilruwan Perera (51) had swelled the hosts'
total to 494.
Soumya was leading the response for Bangladesh with
an unbeaten 66 after his 118-run opening stand ended with a bizarre
run-out for his partner, Tamim, who made 57 off 112 balls with six
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella had appealed for
a caught behind off Lakshan Sandakan and dislodged the bail quickly
once his appeal was turned down as Tamim walked out of the crease.
then had number three Mominul Haque plumb lbw for seven to give Sri
Lanka the edge in the contest at the Galle International Stadium.
Soumya and Tamim benefited from sloppy Sri Lankan fielding. Perera
dropped Soumya on four at gully and Dickwella missed a catch off Tamim
Earlier, Mendis was agonisingly denied a maiden double century as he tried to reach his milestone in style.
Tamim caught him on the long-on boundary off teenage off-spinner Mehedi Hasan as the right-hander attempted an audacious six.
ran backwards to take the catch, lobbing the ball back into the field
as his feet crossed the boundary ropes and then pouching it again.
Mendis struck 19 fours and four sixes in his seven-and-a-half-hour stay at the crease.
The 22-year-old, who was unbeaten on 166 overnight, was earlier granted a reprieve by a no-ball on the first delivery he faced.
was also almost dismissed when he struck his first six of the morning,
as Mustafizur Rahman took a catch off the bowling of Subashis Roy but
stepped on the rope on the fine leg boundary.
Spinner Mehedi took
four wickets for 113 runs. Apart from Mendis, he dismissed Dickwella as
the wicketkeeper-batsman gave a catch to Mahmudullah at midwicket after
making 75 off 76 balls.
Dickwella, who hit six fours and a six in
his quick-fire innings, put on 110 with Mendis for the fifth wicket off
just 124 balls.
Mustafizur then removed Rangana Herath for 14 and Suranga Lakmal was run out for eight to give Bangladesh some respite.
Mehedi trapped Perera leg-before on 51 before taking a stunning catch off Shakib Al Hasan to send last man Sandakan packing.