Monday, 21 January, 2019

Sri Lanka pile 504/3 as they take control of Chittagong Test

De Silva and Mendis added a century stand De Silva and Mendis added a century stand
Nellie Chapman | 03 February, 2018, 14:24

Sri Lanka set up a potential final-day victory in the first test against Bangladesh after smashing 713-9 Saturday before reducing the hosts to 81-3 in their second innings.

Taijul finished with 4-219 while off-spinner Mehedi Hasan claimed 3-174.

Mendis was well supported by Dhananjaya de Silva, who made a career-best 173, and Roshen Silva, who ended the day unbeaten on 87.

So, when they come out to bat with a first innings deficit of 200 runs against the Lankans after the Tea break today, they will have to prove a point if they are to save the game at Chittagong.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan then had Niroshan Dickwells caught behind after the batsman made a fluent 61 ball-62, with nine boundaries, before Dilruwan Perera (32) was undone by an arm ball from left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam (1-153) for his maiden test wicket. Bangladesh, after a strong start to the Test with 513 on the board in their first innings, are staring at the prospect of a defeat and going down 0-1 in the two-match series.

Silva came to the crease last evening after the departure of centurion Dhananjaya de Silva and was involved in a century stand with Kusal Mendis (107) before he collaborated with his skipper.

Silva made 109 off 230 balls before he became the only batsman to be dismissed in the first session of the day after Sri Lanka resumed on 504-3. Sri Lanka's wily left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will definitely bowl most of the overs alongside an accurate right-arm pace bowler Suranga Lakmal and slow left-arm chinaman Lakshn Sandakan.