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Bangladesh on top, but Lanka hang on

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Colombo : Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan shared six wickets between them but Sri Lanka fought back through a fighting century of Dimuth Karunaratne in the second Test here on Saturday.

Karunaratne held one end for a long period to score 126 before a dogged unbeaten inning of Dilruwan Perera helped Sri Lanka reach 268-7 at stumps on the fourth day to stretch their lead over the visitors to 139 runs.

This much lead looked a distant possibility once Mustafizur and Shakib triggered a collapse in Sri Lankan innings in the post lunch session but Karunaratne hang on to score 126 before Perera hit an 26 off 126 balls.


Perera received support from tail-enders Rangana Herath (9 off 32 balls) and Suranga Lakmal, 14 not out as the hosts were hoping to expand their lead to give their bowlers something to fight with.

SL 1st inngs: 338

 

B’desh 1st inngs: 467

 

SL 2nd inngs

Karunaratne c Soumya b Shakib 126

Tharanga b Mehedi…………………..26

Mendis c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur..36

Chandimal c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur…………………………………5

Gunaratne lbw b Shakib………………7

de Silva c Mushfiqur b Mustafizur…0

Dickwella c Mushfiqur b Shakib……5

Perera not out………………………….26

Herath lbw b Taijul……………………..9

Lakmal not out………………………..16

Extras: (B-4, LB-7, W-1)…………..12

Total: (For eight wkts)……………268

Bowling: Roy 16-4-36-0, Mehedi 22-0-67-1, Mustafizur 19-3-52-3, Shakib 30-8-61-3, Mosaddek 3-0-10-0, Taijul 10-1-31-1.