Gale - Opener
Soumya Sarkar scored his second half-century of the match as Bangladesh
kept their faint hopes of saving the first Test against Sri Lanka alive
in Galle on Friday.
Set a daunting target of 457 runs, Bangladesh reached 67-0 before bad
light brought early stumps on the fourth day with the visitors still
needing 393 runs for an improbable win on the final day.
Soumya, who made 71 runs in the first innings, led the batting charge
with an unbeaten 53 while his opening partner Tamim Iqbal took the
unusual role of an anchor, scoring 13 not out.
The fourth day's play ended 14 overs early as thick clouds hovered
over the ground, much to the frustration of the hosts who were desperate
to hammer home their advantage by clinching a wicket in the final
Umpires called off play after Asela Gunaratne conceded three runs off
his first ball that was declared a rare back-foot no ball, leaving him
with the highly unusual figure of 0-0-3-0.
Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 274-6, just five overs
into the session, after local boy Upul Tharanga slammed his third Test
century and second against Bangladesh.
Tharanga was out for 115 at the end of a 171-ball innings that
featured 11 fours and three sixes before he was bowled by off-spinner
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan bowled Asela Gunaratne for a duck in
the next over and Mehedi dismissed Niroshan Dickwella for 15 to give
Bangladesh something to celebrate in another taxing day for the
Dinesh Chandimal rode his luck after being dropped by Soumya Sarkar
at slip on 12 to stay unbeaten on 50 before the declaration came with
the dismissal of Dilruwan Perera, who made 33.
Earlier in the second session, Shakib removed Sri Lanka's first
innings hero Kusal Mendis who made 19 before hoisting a catch to Taskin
Ahmed at square leg boundary. Mendis scored 194 in the first innings.
Sri Lanka began their second innings in the morning cautiously as
they scored 87 runs for the loss of opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who gave a
catch to Mahmudullah at square leg off Taskin Ahmed after making 32.
But the hosts accelerated in the second session and notched up 160 runs in 31 overs.
Tharanga, who scored just four runs in the first innings, led the way and brought up his century with a single off Shakib.
Shakib and Mehedi each claimed two wickets for Bangladesh, conceding 104 and 77 runs respectively.
Bangladesh were all out for 312 runs in their first innings, replying to Sri Lanka's total of 494.