Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Hosts on cusp of sequence win after decreasing guests to 177/5 in chase of 437 in 2nd Check
Pallekele: Sri Lanka had been 5 wickets away from a sequence win in opposition to Bangladesh after the vacationers had been restricted to 177 for 5 at stumps on day 4 of the second Check at Pallekele on Sunday.
Chasing a frightening 437 to win, Bangladesh batsmen had been troubled by Sri Lanka spinners Praveen Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis who took the 5 wickets on a crumbling wicket.
Sri Lanka set Bangladesh a formidable goal of 437 by declaring their second innings on 194 for 9 on the hill metropolis of Pallekele. No group has reached such a big goal in Check historical past.
The best run chase within the historical past of Check cricket is the 418 made by the West Indies in opposition to Australia in 2003 in Antigua.
Probably the most profitable run chase at Pallekele, a picturesque hill resort, is 382 by Pakistan in 2015.
Ought to Bangladesh reach forcing a draw with 150 overs left within the sport, Sri Lanka threat falling to their lowest world rating.
Bangladesh, who’re all the way down to their final recognised pair, want one other 260 runs to win with one full day’s play left.
Najmul Shanto, who scored 26 within the second innings after his duck within the first, regretted their efficiency within the first innings once they had been bundled out for 251.
“I believe we should always have batted higher within the first innings,” Shanto informed reporters after the fourth day’s play.
He stated they may not keep good partnerships just like the 63 for the fourth wicket.
“We could not put collectively any extra partnerships, which set us again.”
Sri Lanka declared their second innings after lunch on 194 for 9 and Bangladesh misplaced three wickets within the afternoon session ending on 111 for 3 at tea.
Mendis claimed the large wicket of Tamim Iqbal when he was caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella for twenty-four. Debutante Jayawickrama, who took six wickets within the first innings, accounted for Saif Hassan and Najmul Shanto.
The supply that dismissed Shanto pitched exterior off stump, spun sharply, went by bat and pad and hit the highest of leg-stump.
After tea, Bangladesh misplaced captain Mominul Haque, who chopped a Mendis supply onto his stumps to go away his aspect struggling at 134 for 4.
Mendis stated it might be onerous work though that they had one full day to take 5 wickets.
“We have to do the fundamentals proper,” Mendis stated. “It’ll be onerous work. There might be a little bit of stress as a result of now we have exhausted our critiques.”
Earlier, Dimuth Karunaratne prime scored with 66 runs as Sri Lanka declared on 194 for 9. The Sri Lankan captain completed the sequence with 428 runs in three innings, having scored a double hundred, 100 and a half-century.
Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bagged his eighth five-wicket haul, for 72.
The primary Check led to a draw after a pageant of runs, the 2 sides scoring 1,289 for the lack of simply 17 wickets over the 5 days.
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