Sri Lanka set Bangladesh a target of 437

2021-05-02 at 14:06

Sri Lanka have set Bangladesh a target of 437 in the fourth innings, with five and a half sessions remaining in the second Test.

The declaration came when Taijul Islam completed his five-wicket haul by clean bowling Suranga Lakmal 15 minutes after the lunch break. The home side lost three wickets during this short period.

Taskin Ahmed had Niroshan Dickwella caught at the deep square leg boundary while Ramesh Mendis also went out swinging, caught at point off Taijul. This was only his second five-wicket haul on foreign soil.

Dimuth Karunaratne provided the thrust in Sri Lanka’s 194 for 9, hitting seven fours and a six in his 66 run knock.

He added 73 runs for the fourth wicket with Dhananjaya de Silva, who made 41. Saif Hassan had Karunaratne caught at short leg, his first Test wicket.

de Silva fell shortly afterwards, caught by Najmul Hossain Shanto at slip.

Pathum Nissanka tried to keep the pace of the innings intact, but became Taijul’s third wicket. But he had ensured Sri Lanka’s lead crossed the 400-run mark.