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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 5 in Galle: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 11, 2017, 2:25 PM IST

1st Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle 07 - 11 March, 2019

Toss won by Sri Lanka (decided to bat)

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 259 runs

Man of the Match: Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 5 in Galle: As It Happened

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Preview: Bangladesh were 67-0 after being set a victory target of 457 runs before bad light brought an early end to play on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka Friday.

Soumya Sarkar (53) scored his second half-century of the match, alongside Tamim Iqbal who was also unbeaten on 13, with the visitors needing another 393 runs for an improbable win on the final day of the match in Galle.

Sri Lanka earlier declared their second innings at 274-6 after Upul Tharanga made 115, his third Test century.

Commentary (Bangladesh innings)

Bangladesh had a good start with both openers getting fifties but then slumped with the middle order caving in. This was the trend in both the innings for them. Rahim's 85 and his stand with Mehedi ensured that the follow-on was avoided but still the lead conceded was big. Tharanga's ton along with a Chandimal fifty gave Sri Lanka a lead that put the contest beyond Bangladesh. The visitors failed to capitalize on the good starts in both innings and paid a heavy price.

Rahim was the only batsman today to show some fight while Sarkar stroked a fluent fifty yesterday. Apart from the duo, there wasn't anything from the visitors in the fourth innings. Sri Lanka after opting to bat posted a fairly big score thanks to Mendis' brilliant 194. He got support from Gunaratne and Dickwella while Perera too chipped in. Mehedi was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh but the visitors were off color especially on the first day. Roy was extremely unlucky despite bowling quite well.

A purely clinical win by the Lankans as they go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series. Chasing a mammoth target of 457 was always going to be tough but Bangladesh did have a glimmer of hope of saving the game after the nice start by their openers yesterday. However, the Lankans were relentless today and the wicket in the first over of the day set the tone for the hosts. After lying low in the first four days, Herath came roaring into the party with a 6-fer, also becoming the most successful left-arm spinner in Tests.

60.2 R Herath to Hasan, OUT! In the air... gone! Rangana Herath wraps it up with a 6-fer! He has his hands aloft, a veteran for a reason! He gives it a nice flight once again around off, Mehedi Hasan tries to loft it down the ground but doesn't get enough meat on it. It's mistimed towards mid off where Lahiru Kumara moves a couple of steps back and takes a reverse cup catch over his head. That's it, SRI LANKA WIN BY 259 RUNS! 197/10

60.1 R Herath to Hasan, Gives it a nice flight and serves it around off, Mehedi presses forward in defense. 197/9

59.6 D Perera to Roy, Perera comes from over the wicket and floats it up outside off, Roy punches it back to the bowler. 197/9

59.5 D Perera to Hasan, Darts it around middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 197/9

59.4 D Perera to Hasan, Stays put and blocks it out. 196/9

59.3 D Perera to Hasan, Floats it up outside off, turning in as Hasan looks to push it away on the off side but the ball goes under his bat and into the keeper's gloves. 196/9

59.2 D Perera to Hasan, Loopy ball around off, once again defended down. 196/9

59.1 D Perera to Hasan, Flatter through the air around middle and off, defended off the back foot. 196/9

58.6 R Herath to Hasan, Quicker ball on middle and leg, gets back and whips it away on the leg side for a single to keep strike. 196/9

58.5 R Herath to M Hasan, Fired in around middle, a hint of away turn as Mehedi pushes at it but gets a faint edge that falls well short of slip. 195/9

58.4 R Herath to Hasan, Flatter around middle, blocked off the inside half towards short leg. 195/9

58.3 R Herath to Hasan, Full and outside off, another firm drive through the covers and Mehedi doesn't take the single. 195/9

58.2 R Herath to Hasan, Drifting in from around off, well blocked off the back foot. 195/9

58.1 R Herath to Hasan, Fuller outside off, leans forward and drives it to sweeper cover. Declines the single. 195/9

57.6 D Perera to Roy, DOESN'T CARRY! Floated off break outside off, Roy pushes at it with hard hands but gets an inside edge on to the pads. The ball doesn't carry to the man at short leg. 195/9

57.5 D Perera to Roy, Fuller outside off, leans into it and blocks solidly. 195/9

57.4 D Perera to Hasan, Flatter outside off, stays back and punches it to the off side for a single. 195/9

57.3 D Perera to Hasan, Floated around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 194/9

57.2 D Perera to Hasan, Fuller and outside off, presses forward and defends solidly. 194/9

57.1 D Perera to Hasan, Flatter around off, Mehedi hangs back and defends solidly. Adjusted well to the low bounce. 194/9

56.6 R Herath to Roy, Flighted on middle, Roy makes a bit of room and defends well. 195/9

56.5 R Herath to Roy, Floated and around off, presses forward and blocks it solidly. 195/9

SUBASHIS ROY is the last man in.

29th five-wicket haul in Tests for Herath, 9th at Galle. No wonder he loves this ground the most. It's also his 3rd as skipper.

56.4 R Herath to Rahman, OUT! CLEANS HIM UP! Yet another fifer for the veteran. Floated in from around off, straightens a bit after pitching as Mustafizur plays inside the line. Misses it completely and sees the rattle of timber behind him. Another one bites the dust and SRI LANKA NEED JUST ONE WICKET. 195/9

56.3 R Herath to Rahman, Full and around off, turning in, Mustafizur nudges it with the turn towards mid-wicket. 195/8

56.2 R Herath to Rahman, Drifting in from around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 195/8

56.1 R Herath to Rahman, Floated around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 195/8

55.6 D Perera to Hasan, FOUR! Gets it away fine! Drifting in on the stumps, Mehedi gets a neat paddle down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Nicely done by the young man. 195/8

55.5 D Perera to Hasan, SIX! Clubbed! Mehedi wants to have some fun now as the game is literally over. Finds it in his arc around middle and slog sweeps it with the turn over deep square leg for a biggie. 191/8

55.4 D Perera to Hasan, Loopy around middle, Mehedi gets across and pats it towards short leg. 185/8

55.3 D Perera to Hasan, Flighted outside off, presses forward to that one and pats it towards cover. 185/8

55.2 D Perera to Hasan, FOUR! Bad ball and hammered! Half-tracker on leg stump, sits on the back foot and hammers the pull through backward square leg for a boundary. 185/8

55.1 D Perera to Hasan, Flatter and outside off, the slider and Mehedi is beaten on the poke. 181/8

DILRUWAN PERERA is back on.

54.6 R Herath to Rahman, Floated around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 181/8

MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN is the new man in, replacing Taskin!

54.5 R Herath to T Ahmed, OUT! Herath has his fourth! Nicely looped around off, Taskin pushes at it with hard hands. Turns in sharply off the deck with extra bounce and forces the inside edge that crashes into the pads before settling into Mendis' hands at short leg. Easy catch and SRI LANKA JUST TWO WICKETS AWAY. 181/8

54.4 R Herath to M Hasan, Fuller outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 181/7

54.3 R Herath to Hasan, Full and outside off, gets well forward and defends solidly. 180/7

54.2 R Herath to Hasan, Flatter and outside off, leans forward and blocks it solidly. 180/7

54.1 R Herath to Hasan, Fuller and outside off, leans forward and blocks it well. 180/7

53.6 L Sandakan to Ahmed, Floated on middle, another wrong 'un spins down leg as Taskin lets it pass. 180/7

53.6 L Sandakan to Ahmed, Floated and outside off, spinning in, Taskin looks to drive but is beaten on the inside edge. Stays low and just goes past off stump. Gets through Dickwella as well and goes to the deep. Sandakan has overstepped and it's a no ball. The batsmen have got a brace. 180/7

53.5 L Sandakan to Ahmed, The leg spinner from Sandakan and Taskin is beaten on the drive. 177/7

53.4 L Sandakan to Ahmed, Floated around off, leans forward and works it towards mid-wicket. 177/7

53.3 L Sandakan to Ahmed, What happened there? Taskin almost did a Tamim! The wrong 'un and he is beaten on the flick as it slides down the leg side. He almost set off from the crease but then got back in time. Has a wry smile on his face. He isn't picking Sandakan one little bit. 177/7

53.2 L Sandakan to Ahmed, Tossed up around off, very full and Taskin digs it out just in time. Almost yorked himself. 177/7

53.1 L Sandakan to Ahmed, Drifting away outside off, turning away as Taskin makes a leave. 177/7

52.6 R Herath to Hasan, Flatter on middle and leg, worked away to the leg side. 177/7

52.5 R Herath to Hasan, FOUR! Runs for Mehedi! Looks to drive a fuller ball and it is a bit uppish as it goes off the outer half. The ball races through point for a boundary. 177/7

52.4 R Herath to Hasan, Fuller outside off, leans forward and drives it towards mid off. 173/7

52.3 R Herath to Hasan, Nicely bowled! Drifting in from outside off, Mehedi looks to play at it but gets beaten by the turn. 173/7

52.2 R Herath to Hasan, Fuller and outside off, presses forward and blocks well. 173/7

52.1 R Herath to Ahmed, Flatter on middle and leg, gets across and clips it behind square on the leg side for a single. 173/7

51.6 L Sandakan to Hasan, Drifting in from around off, Mehedi presses forward and defends it solidly. 172/7

51.5 L Sandakan to Hasan, Two byes! Sandakan loses his radar and sprays it way down the leg side. It spins further down and Dickwella cannot get to it. The ball rolls to fine leg as the batsmen get a couple. 172/7

51.4 L Sandakan to Hasan, Fuller on middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket. 170/7

51.3 L Sandakan to Ahmed, NOT OUT! Another wrong 'un and almost has Taskin who looks to play back to that one. Gets a faint bit of bat on it to clip it down the leg side. There is a stutter as they go for the third run and the throw is good at the keeper's end where Dickwella does the rest. The umpire goes upstairs to check it but Mehedi is well in. 170/7

51.2 L Sandakan to Ahmed, Loopy and outside off, no shot offered to that one. 167/7

51.1 Sandakan to Ahmed, The wrong 'un and Taskin has certainly not picked it. Makes a leave and is hit on the pads. Loud appeal for lbw but probably not done enough to make it a case for the umpire. 167/7

50.6 R Herath to M Hasan, Floated outside off, leans forward and drives it towards cover. 167/7

50.5 R Herath to Hasan, Flatter and full on off, Mehedi pushes it gently towards the short cover. 167/7

50.4 R Herath to Hasan, Floated outside off, no stroke offered to that one. 167/7

50.3 R Herath to Ahmed, NOT OUT! Tossed up outside off, Taskin eases it towards mid off for a single. Lakmal is a bit slow and fires a direct hit at the bowler's end. They are going upstairs to check the run out. Looked to be in but they want to be sure. Replays show that Taskin's feet were in the air but luckily for him, the bat was grounded. 167/7

It's a direct hit from Lakmal at the bowler's end. They have taken it upstairs but Taskin looks safe.

Taskin Ahmed is the new man in, replacing Das!

50.2 R Herath to Das, OUT! HERATH STRIKES! Now becomes the most successful left-arm spinner in Test history, overtaking Vettori. What a champion he has been for Sri Lanka! Coming to the delivery, poor shot selection from Das as he looks to go across the line to a loopy delivery from around off but gets a top edge on it. The ball bobbles towards cover where Tharanga backtracks a bit to his left to take a comfortable catch. All but over for the Bangladeshis now. SRI LANKA JUST 3 WICKETS AWAY. 166/7

50.1 R Herath to Das, Tossed up outside off, Das leans forward and blocks it solidly to the off side. 166/6

49.6 L Sandakan to Hasan, Keeps it outside off, no stroke offered to that one. 166/6

49.5 L Sandakan to Hasan, Floated on middle and leg, gets across and sweeps it on the leg side for a brace. 166/6

49.4 L Sandakan to Hasan, Floated outside off, sits back and defends it well. 164/6

49.3 L Sandakan to M Hasan, Flatter outside off, a bit short and nicely cut through point for a brace. 164/6

49.2 L Sandakan to Hasan, Fuller outside off, leans forward and drives it towards mid on. 162/6

49.1 L Sandakan to Hasan, Flatter outside off, gets back and jabs it to the off side. 162/6

48.6 R Herath to Das, Floated outside off, skids through with the arm as Das lets it pass. 162/6

48.5 R Herath to Das, Arrowed in on middle, Das hangs back and clips it through mid-wicket. Neatly done and a brace to the total. 162/6

48.4 R Herath to Das, Quicker ball around off, stays back and defends it firmly on to the track. 160/6

48.3 R Herath to Das, Drifting in from outside off, gets well forward and pats it to the off side. 160/6

48.2 R Herath to Das, Flighted outside off, presses forward and pushes it with the turn towards cover. 160/6

48.1 R Herath to Das, Flatter and around off, defends it solidly from the crease. 160/6

RANGANA HERATH to bowl from the other end.

47.6 L Sandakan to Hasan, A bit more loop around middle, turning in sharply as Mehedi gets back to flick. Gets it down to fine leg for a brace. 160/6

47.5 L Sandakan to Hasan, Floated on middle and leg, Mehedi stays back and defends it just in time. 158/6

47.4 L Sandakan to Hasan, Fuller on middle and leg, worked away on the leg side. 158/6

47.3 L Sandakan to Hasan, Full and around off, leans across and pushes it towards mid on. 158/6

MEHEDI HASAN is the new man in. Slip, short leg and silly point in place for him.

47.2 L Sandakan to Rahim, OUT! RAHIM DEPARTS! What a start for SL! Yet another batsman gets strangled down the leg side in this Test match. Floated outside leg, spinning further down as Rahim looks to tuck it around the corner. Gets a feather on it and Dickwella takes it very well behind the stumps. The caught behind appeal is vociferous and instantaneous. Rahim walks as well and that's a big wicket right after the break. SRI LANKA JUST 4 WICKETS AWAY. 158/6

47.1 L Sandakan to Das, On middle and leg, worked away on the leg side for a single. 158/5

Welcome back for the second session. If Bangladesh can have a good passage till tea, they may have a realistic chance of saving the game considering the weather forecast in the final session. It will be a huge task and one feels that Sri Lanka are just a wicket away from running through the lower order. All in readiness for play to begin. LAKSHAN SANDAKAN to start after lunch.

.....DAY 5, SESSION 2.....

So, one would argue the writing is on the wall for the visitors but you never know as the great Russel Arnold says, key on such wickets is patience. If the current pair trust their defense and bat out with grit they can have a slight sniff to draw it out. With the forecast not so promising, Sri Lanka would be looking to come out just like they did in the morning and wrap it up quickly. But will they be able to do so? Let's wait and find out what happens in the next session...

Needless to say whom the session belonged to! Sri Lanka came out all guns blazing and ran through the Bangladeshi top order in a jiffy. It was Gunaratne who got the opening in the name of Sarkar and then Perera and skipper Herath joined hands. It seemed like the visitors will be blown out in this session itself but that wasn't meant to be. Their skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim once again took it upon himself and got good support from Liton Das. The duo have hung around and countered the spinners quite well, threading a vital 50-plus stand.

46.6 R Herath to Rahim, On a length outside off, Rahim camps back and offers the full face of the bat to block. THAT SHALL BE LUNCH ON DAY 5. 157/5

46.5 R Herath to Rahim, Tossed up around off, very full and Rahim drives it towards mid off. 157/5

46.4 R Herath to Rahim, Quicker and fuller outside off, presses well forward and bunts it to cover. 157/5

46.3 R Herath to Rahim, Drifting in from around off, Rahim gets down and defends firmly off the front foot. 157/5

46.2 R Herath to Rahim, Fuller and outside off, blocked solidly off the front foot towards cover. 157/5

46.1 R Herath to Rahim, Play and a miss! Flatter and outside off, turns away a bit with extra bounce as Rahim is beaten on the push. 157/5

RANGANA HERATH to bowl the final over before lunch.

45.6 A Gunaratne to Das, Length delivery on middle, Liton defends it towards short leg. 157/5

45.5 A Gunaratne to Das, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 157/5

45.4 A Gunaratne to Das, Full and sprayed down the leg side, Das flicks it through square leg. Lahiru Kumara comes running to his left, puts in a dive to save a boundary. A couple of runs taken. 157/5

45.3 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Floats it up outside off, Mushfiqur taps it towards covers and scampers through for a single. 155/5

50-run stand between Rahim and Das.

45.2 A Gunaratne to Das, Full and around off, driven towards mid off for a single. 154/5

45.1 A Gunaratne to Das, Loopy ball around middle and leg, Liton to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. They appeal but it was pitching outside leg. 153/5

44.6 D Perera to Rahim, Goes back and defends it down with a straight bat. 153/5

44.5 D Perera to Das, Pushes it quicker through the air around middle and leg, clipped behind square on the leg side for a single. 153/5

44.4 D Perera to Rahim, Loopy ball around middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a single. 152/5

44.3 D Perera to Rahim, Flatter through the air around middle, turned towards FSL. 151/5

44.2 Perera to Rahim, Short and flat on middle and leg, Rahim looks to pull but misses and gets it off the gloves as the ball dies down in front of short leg. 151/5

44.1 D Perera to Rahim, Full and around off, from around the wicket, defended gently off the front foot. 151/5

Change of ends for DILRUWAN PERERA!

43.6 A Gunaratne to Das, Length ball around off, Das stays back and opens the bat face to steer it through backward point for a brace. 150 up for Bangladesh. Very handy partnership this is for the visitors. 151/5

43.5 A Gunaratne to Das, Full and on middle, Das stays leg side of the ball a bit and drives it towards cover. 149/5

43.4 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Fullish around middle, Rahim gets across and plays a premeditated paddle down towards fine leg for a single. 149/5

Around the wicket.

43.3 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Good length outside off, gets back and dabs it towards the covers. 148/5

43.2 A Gunaratne to Das, SHOT! Full and wide outside off, Das drills it through the covers. Superb stroke and the ball races to the deep where it is mopped up nicely by the fielder near the ropes. Three runs taken by the batsmen. 148/5

43.1 A Gunaratne to Das, Floated on a length around off, Das looks to block but gets an inside edge past short leg. 145/5

ASELA GUNARATNE is back on.

42.6 L Kumara to Rahim, Shortish again on middle and leg, fended easily by Rahim. 145/5

42.6 L Kumara to M Rahim, Wide! Short and on the leg stump, it goes well over the head of the batsman, Rahim drops his wrists to let it go. Wide called by the umpire. 145/5

42.5 L Kumara to L Das, Fuller on middle, bunted down past mid on. The fielder gives it a chase and keeps them down to three. 144/5

The great Russel Arnold on air says, Lahiru Kumara is coming from around the wicket to create more rough around the leg stump which might just aid the spinners. Is it?

42.4 L Kumara to Das, Short and down the leg side, Liton has got nothing to do with that one. 141/5

42.3 L Kumara to Das, Comes from around the wicket, there is no short leg, bowls a short ball on leg, defended down. 141/5

42.2 L Kumara to Rahim, Fuller in length and angling in on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 141/5

42.1 L Kumara to Rahim, Short of a length ball on middle, Rahim hops and defends it down. 140/5

41.6 D Perera to Das, Floats it up around off, Das smothers it off the front foot. 140/5

41.5 D Perera to M Rahim, Drops it a touch short on middle, Rahim pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 140/5

41.4 D Perera to Das, Flat and short outside off, allows the ball to come and then punches it through covers for a single. 139/5

41.3 D Perera to Rahim, Goes back to this one and clips it through square leg for a single. 138/5

41.2 D Perera to Rahim, Gets low and across to defend it off the front foot. 137/5

41.1 D Perera to Rahim, Loopy ball around off, turning in a bit, Mushfiqur goes back in defense. 137/5

DILRUWAN PERERA is back into the attack, replacing Herath!

40.6 L Kumara to Das, Bangs in a short ball on middle, Liton is happy to sit under it. 137/5

40.5 L Kumara to Das, A length ball just on off, defended solidly off the front foot. 137/5

40.4 L Kumara to Rahim, Short and kicking off the deck, it's well directed from Kumara. Rahim goes back and hops to fend it away, hits him on the top of the blade and rolls past a vacant short leg region for a single. 137/5

40.3 L Kumara to Das, Back of a length ball outside off, steered past point for a single. 136/5

40.2 L Kumara to Das, Length ball, angling in, tucked towards mid-wicket for nothing. 135/5

40.1 L Kumara to Das, Good length ball outside off, Das comes forward, opens the bat face and gets it through backward point for a couple. 135/5

39.6 R Herath to Rahim, Quicker through the air around middle, Mushfiqur hangs back in defense. 133/5

Comes from around the wicket...

39.5 R Herath to Das, Gets down and sweeps it towards short fine leg for a single. 133/5

39.4 R Herath to Das, Slows it through the air around middle, defended by lunging forward. 132/5

39.3 R Herath to Rahim, Tossed up ball around middle, swept along the ground towards backward square leg for a single. 132/5

39.2 R Herath to Rahim, Comes forward and defends it back down the wicket. 131/5

39.1 R Herath to Rahim, Flatter one down the leg side, Rahim moves inside the line to let it be. 131/5

38.6 L Kumara to Das, Short and slanting down the leg side, Das ducks to evade it. 131/5

38.5 L Kumara to Das, Very full and aiming on the base of the off stump, Das plays a punchy drive towards short cover. 131/5

38.4 L Kumara to Rahim, Short of a length ball outside off, steered past backward point for a single. 131/5

38.3 L Kumara to Rahim, Fuller in length and outside off, defended firmly off the front foot. 130/5

38.2 L Kumara to Rahim, Full and angling in, driven off the front foot to mid off. 130/5

38.1 L Kumara to Rahim, Back of a length ball around off, defended off the back foot. 130/5

LAHIRU KUMARA comes on to the bowl for the first time in this innings.

37.6 R Herath to Rahim, Loopy delivery down the leg side, it's swept to deep backward square leg. One run taken. 130/5

37.5 R Herath to Rahim, Loopy delivery, pitched outside leg, Mushfiqur smothers it away off the front foot. 129/5

37.4 R Herath to Rahim, Comes nicely forward and defends it down gently. 129/5

37.3 R Herath to Rahim, Fires it full down the leg side, Rahim doesn't offer any stroke and it just about misses the leg pole. 129/5

37.2 R Herath to Das, Pitched outside leg, Liton sweeps it down to long leg for one. 129/5

37.1 R Herath to Das, Tossed up from over the wicket, blocked towards FSL. 128/5

36.6 L Sandakan to Das, Touch short on middle, pulled in front of square for a single to keep strike. 128/5

36.5 L Sandakan to Das, Loopy ball around off, Das comes forward to defend but the ball turns away and just beats the outside edge. 127/5

36.4 L Sandakan to Das, Very full on the stumps, Das jams it out back to Lakshan. 127/5

36.3 L Sandakan to Das, Around middle and leg, defended towards short leg. 127/5

36.2 L Sandakan to Das, FOUR! Swept in disdain! Floats it up around middle, Liton gets down and sweeps it beautifully through mid-wicket for a boundary. He looks a bit tired after playing that shot and is down on his hunches, trying to gather his breath. Let's hope he is fine. 127/5

36.1 L Sandakan to Rahim, Short and outside off, Rahim goes back, opens the face of the bat and dabs it down to third man for a single. 123/5

35.6 R Herath to Das, Full around off, driven towards mid off. 122/5

35.5 R Herath to Das, Full and around leg, Das looks to sweep again but gets it off the gloves as the ball dies down. 122/5

35.4 R Herath to Das, Slips it down the leg side, the batsman misses his sweep. 122/5

35.3 R Herath to Das, A loud shout for don't know what from Dickwella! Fires a full ball, close to the off stump, Das comes forward and leaves it alone. Dickwella appeals, maybe he thought it brushed his pad or glove but nothing from the umpire and even from Herath. 122/5

35.2 R Herath to Das, FOUR! Sloppy! Herath tosses it up around off, it turns away a bit, Das comes down the track, gets close to the pitch of the ball and drives it past a diving mid off who dives all over it and allows it to go through for a boundary. 122/5

35.1 R Herath to Das, A slider from around off, Das prods forward and defends it towards silly point. 118/5

34.6 L Sandakan to Rahim, Beaten! Short and outside off, it turns away as Rahim winds up for a cut shot but fails to get any bat on it. Dickwella collects and shouts AAIYOOOO, which means DAMN THAT JUST MISSED! 118/5

34.5 L Sandakan to Rahim, Gets forward and across a bit to defend it in front of FSL. 118/5

34.4 L Sandakan to Das, Loopy delivery around middle and leg, Das gets down and sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single. 118/5

34.3 L Sandakan to Rahim, Flatter outside off, Rahim taps it towards cover-point for a single. 117/5

34.2 L Sandakan to Das, Full around the stumps, swept through backward square leg for another single. 116/5

34.1 L Sandakan to Rahim, Full around middle, nudged away through square leg for a single. 115/5

33.6 R Herath to Das, Tossed up on off, LD lunges forward and defends it down. 114/5

33.5 R Herath to L Das, NOT OUT! Pushes it quicker through the air and gets it to skid off the surface, Liton Das comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Herath appeals but umpire Erasmus turns it down. Sri Lanka opt for the review and replays show there was an inside edge. Had there been no bat, it could have been interesting. But nonetheless, Das survives! 114/5

An LBW appeal against Liton Das is taken upstairs!

33.4 R Herath to Das, Quicker through the air around off, Liton pushes it towards point. 114/5

33.3 R Herath to Das, Is happy to come forward and defend it down again. 114/5

33.2 R Herath to Das, Tossed up around off, Liton lunges forward and keeps it out towards the leg side. 114/5

33.1 R Herath to Das, Full and around off, Das presses forward in defense. 114/5

32.6 L Sandakan to Rahim, Tossed up around off, Rahim looks defend but gets an inside edge on the boots. 114/5

32.5 L Sandakan to Rahim, Prods forward and blocks it out gently. 114/5

32.4 L Sandakan to Rahim, Slower through the air around middle and off, Rahim looks to defend but gets it off the inner part of the bat past short leg. 114/5

32.3 L Sandakan to Rahim, On middle and leg, the batsman gets across and defends it towards short leg. 114/5

32.2 L Sandakan to Rahim, Tossed up on off, driven towards mid on. 114/5

32.1 L Sandakan to Das, Full from around the wicket, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 114/5

31.6 R Herath to Rahim, Pushed quicker through the air, skidding through the surface as Rahim meets it with a straight bat. 113/5

31.5 R Herath to Rahim, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to the man at short extra cover. 113/5

31.4 R Herath to Rahim, A slider from around off, MR covers the line and defends. 113/5

31.3 R Herath to Rahim, Floats it up around off, turning away, Mushfiqur is happy to defend it again. 113/5

31.2 R Herath to Rahim, Quicker through the air outside off, pushed off the back foot towards point. 113/5

31.1 R Herath to Rahim, Loopy around off, turning in, Rahim goes back and defends it down. 113/5

Drinks break...Phenomenal start to the day for the Lankans and now only a miracle can save Bangladesh from defeat. The writing is on the wall.

30.6 L Sandakan to Das, Drifting in from around middle, blocked off the back foot towards short mid-wicket. 113/5

30.5 L Sandakan to Das, On a length outside off, spinning in a bit, Das camps back and blocks solidly. 113/5

30.4 L Sandakan to Das, Drifting in from outside off, defended firmly off the front foot. 113/5

30.3 L Sandakan to Das, Full and outside off, presses forward and defends it solidly. 113/5

30.2 L Sandakan to Rahim, Fuller on middle and leg, leans across and clips it through mid-wicket for a single. 113/5

30.1 L Sandakan to Das, Fuller on middle and leg, worked it through mid-wicket for a single. 112/5

29.6 R Herath to M Rahim, Fuller and around off, Rahim pushes at it but gets an inside edge on to the pads. 111/5

29.5 R Herath to Rahim, Fuller and outside off, leans forward and blocks it solidly. 111/5

29.4 R Herath to Rahim, Floated around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 111/5

29.3 R Herath to M Rahim, FOUR! Nice shot! Herath tries to give it plenty of air but ends up dishing out a full toss, Rahim accepts it with glee and spanks it through the covers for a boundary. 111/5

29.2 R Herath to Rahim, Drifting in from around off, Rahim presses forward and blocks solidly on to the track. 107/5

29.1 R Herath to M Rahim, Full and around off, almost another lbw situation but Rahim just gets it away with an inside edge to short leg. 107/5

28.6 L Sandakan to Rahim, Slightly short on middle, Rahim swivels and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 107/5

28.5 L Sandakan to Das, Slightly short outside off, stays back and slaps it to sweeper cover for a single. 106/5

28.4 L Sandakan to Das, Very full outside off, Das looks to block but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 105/5

28.3 L Sandakan to Rahim, A touch short outside off, stays back and cuts it through point for a single. 105/5

28.2 L Sandakan to Rahim, Flatter outside off, stays back and blocks it solidly to the off side. 104/5

28.1 L Sandakan to Rahim, Fuller and outside off, leans forward and pushes it towards mid off. 104/5

LAKSHAN SANDAKAN into the attack now!

LITON DAS is the new man in!

27.6 R Herath to Mahmudullah, OUT! DUCK FOR MAHMUDULLAH! Sensational passage of play for the hosts. It's the drifter from Herath and Mahmudullah's bat gets jammed to his front pad while trying to defend. The ball turns away just a touch off the deck to ping him on the back pad. It's as plumb as it gets and half the side is back in the hut now. The Lankans are making a mockery of the contest now. Having wickets for fun. Herath draws level with Vettori for the most Test wickets by a left-arm spinner. 104/5

27.5 R Herath to Mahmudullah, Fuller and outside off, presses forward and blocks it to the covers. 104/4

MAHMUDULLAH is the new batsman in, replacing Shakib!

27.4 R Herath to Hasan, OUT! MASSIVE WICKET! Great fielding backs up an excellent delivery. Tossed up ball outside off, turns in with a bit of extra bounce as Shakib pushes with hard hands and a big stride forward. Gets it off the glove and the ball goes towards leg gully where Karunaratne takes a very good low catch inches above the ground. The Lankans are on a roll, JUST 6 WICKETS MORE NEEDED. 104/4

Shakib seems to be caught at leg gully. They are going upstairs to see if the catch has carried. Shakib has already started the walk.

27.3 R Herath to Rahim, Fuller and outside off, crisply driven through the covers for a run. 104/3

27.2 R Herath to Rahim, Flatter outside off, Rahim camps back and taps it towards cover. 103/3

27.1 R Herath to M Rahim, Full and around off, Rahim digs it out towards mid on. 103/3

26.6 D Perera to Hasan, Flatter ball attacking the stumps, Shakib gets back and blocks it solidly. 103/3

26.5 D Perera to Rahim, Tossed up outside off, Rahim drives it through the vacant cover region. Risky shot to play with the rough there but he executed it well. Gets three more to his name. Perera shouldn't mind this. 103/3

26.4 D Perera to Rahim, Drifting in from outside off, Rahim steps out and nudges it to short mid-wicket. 100/3

26.3 D Perera to Hasan, Slightly short outside off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single. 100/3

26.2 D Perera to Hasan, Fuller and outside off, pushed gently towards cover. 99/3

26.1 D Perera to Hasan, Floated around off, Shakib looks to work across the line but gets a faint inside edge on to the pads. 99/3

25.6 R Herath to Rahim, Fuller ball around off, presses forward and blocks it well. 99/3

25.5 R Herath to Rahim, FOUR! CREAMED! Tossed up around off, a bit too full and Rahim times the drive beautifully through the covers. Threads the gap well to get a boundary. 99/3

25.4 R Herath to Rahim, Drifting in from around off, Rahim blocks it solidly from the crease. 95/3

25.3 R Herath to M Rahim, Slider around off, angling in, Rahim gets back to block and gets a faint inside edge on to the pads. Another close moment for the skipper. 95/3

25.2 R Herath to Rahim, Tossed up outside off, leans forward and pushes it gently towards mid off. 95/3

25.1 R Herath to Rahim, Flatter on off, Rahim adjusts to the low bounce and blocks off the back foot. 95/3

24.6 D Perera to Rahim, Slightly short on middle, Rahim hangs back and pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 95/3

24.5 D Perera to Hasan, Tossed up gently outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 94/3

24.4 D Perera to Al Hasan, FOUR! SHAKIB GETS LUCKY! Floated off break around off, turning away as he pushes tamely at it. Gets the edge that just eludes Gunaratne at first slip. The ball races away to the third man fence. 93/3

24.3 D Perera to Rahim, Flatter on middle, too close to cut and Rahim is cramped for room as it spins back in a touch. Chops it towards point for a single. 89/3

24.2 D Perera to M Rahim, Loopy on middle and leg, Rahim uses his feet and taps it to short mid-wicket. 88/3

24.1 D Perera to Al Hasan, Slightly short and outside off, Shakib cuts it well but straight to point where Sandakan makes a misfield. Single taken. 88/3

23.6 R Herath to Rahim, Well outside off, no stroke offered to that one. 87/3

23.5 R Herath to Rahim, Almost got his man! Rahim is taking a big risk playing on the back foot to Herath especially when the length isn't that short. This skids through from around off, Rahim just about gets his bat down in time, results in an inside edge on to the pads. 87/3

23.4 R Herath to Rahim, Flighted around leg stump, gets across and blocks it on to the pitch. 87/3

23.3 R Herath to Rahim, Tossed up fuller on off, Rahim pushes it back to the bowler down the track. 87/3

23.2 R Herath to Rahim, On a length on off, keeps a bit low as Rahim plays back to that one. Gets his bat down just in time. 87/3

23.1 R Herath to Rahim, Tossed up outside off, presses forward and defends solidly to cover. 87/3

RANGANA HERATH comes on to bowl. A slip and short leg for him!

22.6 D Perera to Hasan, Loopy on a length outside off, Shakib camps on the back foot and defends solidly to cover. 87/3

22.5 D Perera to Rahim, Tossed up on middle, worked away with the turn towards mid on for a quick single. 87/3

22.4 D Perera to Hasan, Floated outside off, Shakib pats it gently towards cover for a single. 86/3

22.3 D Perera to Hasan, Tossed up fuller on middle, Shakib blocks it firmly down the pitch. 85/3

22.2 D Perera to Rahim, Shortens the length on middle, Rahim makes room and taps it towards the off side for a single. 85/3

22.1 D Perera to Rahim, Floated outside leg, Rahim stays back and tucks it on to the track. 84/3

21.6 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Flatter on a length on off, Rahim hangs back and whips it through mid-wicket for a single to keep strike. 84/3

21.5 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Full and outside off, presses forward and blocks solidly. 83/3

21.4 A Gunaratne to Rahim, On a length outside off, gets back and defends solidly. 83/3

21.3 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Another length ball outside off, Rahim rocks back and dabs it towards point. 83/3

21.2 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Length ball outside off, sits on the back foot and blocks solidly. 83/3

21.1 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Full and outside off, a bit of turn into Rahim who gets it off the inside half past short leg. 83/3

20.6 D Perera to Hasan, Full and outside off, a bit of turn into Rahim who gets it off the inside half past short leg. 83/3

SHAKIB AL HASAN is the new man in, replacing Tamim!

20.5 D Perera to T Iqbal, OUT! ANOTHER ONE GOES! Superb catch by Gunaratne. The Lankans are buzzing at the moment and Dilruwan is breathing fire. Beautiful off break around off, a bit of turn and extra bounce as Tamim looks to push at it. The ball flies off the shoulder of the blade to first slip where Asela takes a very sharp catch moving quickly to his left. Bangladesh are imploding here. SRI LANKA NEED 7 MORE WICKETS. 83/3

20.4 D Perera to Iqbal, Full and around off, Tamim presses forward to block at it but gets it off the inside half to the leg side. 83/2

20.3 D Perera to Iqbal, Full and outside off, presses forward and blocks it solidly. 83/2

20.2 D Perera to Iqbal, Tossed up wider outside off, presses forward and pushes it towards short cover. 83/2

20.1 D Perera to Iqbal, Flatter and veering in on the pads, Tamim stays back and tucks it through backward square leg for a couple. 83/2

19.6 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Looped up on middle and leg, Rahim gets his bat down in time and nudges it to short leg. 81/2

Around the wicket now.

19.5 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Angling in on off, keeps a touch low as Rahim defends firmly off the back foot. 81/2

19.4 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Length ball outside off, Rahim stays back and defends with the full face of the bat. 81/2

19.3 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Fuller this time and Rahim presses forward to defend it solidly. 81/2

19.2 A Gunaratne to Rahim, A touch short around off, blocked solidly off the back foot. 81/2

19.1 A Gunaratne to Rahim, Length ball outside off, Rahim stays back and blocks it solidly. 81/2

18.6 D Perera to Rahim, On middle and leg, gets back and clips it on the leg side for a single. 81/2

MUSHFIQUR RAHIM is the new man in, replacing Haque! He was excellent in the first innings and he needs to do the same again.

18.5 D Perera to Haque, OUT! GONE! The umpire's call and Mominul has to walk back to the hut. It was a lovely off break on middle, turns away a shade to rap him on the back pad. Loud lbw appeal and it is given. Lot of drama as Mominul signals the review and then Tamim advises him against it. Too late though and the umpires say that it's too late to change the decision. What drama! Legal ball and no bat involved. Impact in line and clipping the top of the middle stump. The on-field call will stay and Mominul has to go. All of a sudden, the visitors are trembling here. 80/2

Bizarre again. Mominul is given out lbw and he opts for the review. Initially, he had signaled but then seems like his partner told him not to. Too late as the signal was already made. Which means that it will be referred. Is there anything Bangladesh cannot do without drama? This appeal looks close to the naked eye though.

18.4 D Perera to M Haque, Floated outside off, Haque pushes at it but gets an edge to the off side. 80/1

18.3 D Perera to M Haque, Full and around off, Mominul pushes at it but gets an inside edge on to the pads. 80/1

18.2 D Perera to Haque, Fuller and outside off, presses forward and blocks solidly. 80/1

18.1 D Perera to Iqbal, Nicely done! Fuller on middle and off, leans across and wrists it away through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up three. 80/1

DILRUWAN PERERA comes on to bowl.

17.6 A Gunaratne to Haque, Length ball outside off, camps back and blocks firmly on to the track. 77/1

17.5 A Gunaratne to Haque, Good length around off, defends solidly from the crease. 77/1

17.4 A Gunaratne to Haque, Length ball outside off, Haque sits back and defends with the full face of the bat. 77/1

17.3 A Gunaratne to Haque, Full and outside off, gets across and blocks well. 77/1

17.2 A Gunaratne to Iqbal, Fuller and outside off, leans forward to push at it but the ball goes off the inside edge past short leg for a single. 77/1

17.1 A Gunaratne to Iqbal, Length ball outside off, Tamim gets back to steer it to third man but gets a bottom edge that rolls towards the off side. 76/1

16.6 S Lakmal to Haque, Length ball angled in from around off, Mominul defends it solidly towards short cover. 76/1

16.5 S Lakmal to Haque, On middle and leg, Mominul gets across and clips it on the leg side. 76/1

16.4 S Lakmal to Haque, Good length outside off, stays back and defends it solidly. 76/1

16.3 S Lakmal to Haque, Good length angled in around off, blocked solidly from the crease. 76/1

16.2 S Lakmal to Haque, FOUR! Four leg byes! Another boundary! Lakmal once again loses his radar and slips it on the pads, Mominul delicately clips it down the leg side to the fine leg fence for a boundary. It has come off the pads. 76/1

16.1 S Lakmal to M Haque, FOUR! Pleasant stroke! Lakmal starts with an overpitched delivery, Mominul just leans forward and caresses the drive through the vacant mid off region as the ball whistles to the fence. 72/1

SURANGA LAKMAL to bowl from the other end.

15.6 A Gunaratne to Iqbal, Fuller outside off, pushed gently towards cover. 68/1

15.5 A Gunaratne to Iqbal, Looped up outside off, Tamim defends it off the front foot. 68/1

15.4 A Gunaratne to Iqbal, Fuller and outside off, presses forward and defends it solidly. 68/1

15.3 A Gunaratne to Haque, Full and on the pads, worked away on the leg side for a single. 68/1

MOMINUL HAQUE is the new man in!

15.2 A Gunaratne to S Sarkar, OUT! GONE! Gunaratne has his man! Lovely delivery this from Gunaratne as he floats it around off, the ball straightens after pitching as the ball beats the outside edge to clip the stumps. Huge excitement among the Lankans and the umpire slowly acknowledges the dismissal. It wasn't clear initially as to whether the ball had clipped the bails. Sarkar wasn't sure either and he actually thought of reviewing it. Probably, he expected the umpires to check a replay themselves to clear his confusion and when they didn't, he thought of it. Funny in the end. Dream start for the Lankans. 67/1

15.1 A Gunaratne to Sarkar, ALMOST A WICKET! What a start that would have been for Sri Lanka! Very loose from Sarkar though. Tries to play a half-hearted sweep but gets a faint top edge. Just bobbles over the short leg fielder. That was close! 67/0

The players and umpires are making their way out to the middle. The weather seems pleasant at the moment with clear blue skies. ASELA GUNARATNE to complete his over.

PITCH REPORT - Russel Arnold says Sri Lanka have to be tactically smart. Adds weather can become an issue for them. Further says Bangladesh will have to trust their defense. Informs there is plenty of rough on either side and Sri Lanka need to attack that. Ends by saying Herath should bowl to the left-handers while Perera should be given the ball when a right-handed batsman is in.

Hello and welcome to the final day's play. Sri Lanka are clearly favorites but will need to bowl better than they did yesterday. With all 10 wickets left in the tank, Bangladesh will fancy their chances of saving the game. If they have wickets in hand going into the final session, they may even have a crack at an improbable win but that is a long, long way away. A draw would be their realistic aim. Weather forecast isn't great and so that should aid them if they apply themselves. Crucial first session for both teams. The action begins in a short while.

.....DAY 5, SESSION 1.....

Earlier in the day, Tharanga's century led the charge for the Lankans as they built on their mammoth 182-run first innings lead with solid batting before declaring just after tea. Chasing a big target in a little under four sessions is always a monumental effort and a realistic approach is always to draw the match. Bangladesh's reply has been positive though and sets up the final day nicely. Barring a miracle, just two results remain in the game, weather permitting. Tune in at 0945 local, 0415 GMT for the final day's play. Cheers!

A good finish to the day for Bangladesh with their openers once again starting well. Sarkar was the aggressor, slamming an attacking fifty while Tamim held one end up. The pair's partnership has given the visitors belief as they look to save this Test. Sri Lanka's bowlers were erratic in this brief phase and leaked runs as well. Probably the break came at the right time for them. They can come back afresh tomorrow with new plans.

Update 1710 local - The expected news it out. PLAY HAS BEEN CALLED OFF FOR THE DAY.

Update 1655 local - The umpires feel that the light isn't sufficient for play to continue. The clouds had been gathering for a while now. Seems quite murky at the moment. The Lankans aren't happy, understandably so. Herath has a chat with the umpire expressing his disappointment. The ground staff comes in with the covers as a precaution.

15.1 A Gunaratne to Sarkar, A false start from Gunaratne! It's on a length and around off, Sarkar looks to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards fine leg. The umpire calls it a no ball as Asela cut the side line in his delivery stride. They take a couple. 67/0

ASELA GUNARATNE is called into the attack now!

14.6 D Perera to Iqbal, Leans forward and across and defends it towards short leg. 64/0

14.5 D Perera to Iqbal, Stays behind the line and defends it with a straight bat. 64/0

14.4 D Perera to Iqbal, Flat and short around off, Tamim taps it towards the off side. 64/0

14.3 D Perera to Iqbal, Full around off, Iqbal lunges forward and keeps it out. 64/0

14.2 D Perera to Sarkar, Short and outside off, punched it square of the wicket on the off side for a single. 64/0

14.1 D Perera to Sarkar, Full and around off, Sarkar presses forward and blocks. 63/0

Drinks break...

13.6 R Herath to Iqbal, Loopy outside off, dabbed towards the man at first slip. 63/0

3rd Test fifty for Sarkar.

13.5 R Herath to Sarkar, Drops it short and around off, drop and run from Sarkar towards covers for a single. Back-to-back half centuries for Soumya! Need to convert this into a big one this time. 63/0

13.4 R Herath to Sarkar, SIX! Wallop! Herath serves a tossed up ball around middle and leg, Sarkar advances down the track, takes it on the full and hits it over mid-wicket for half a dozen. 62/0

13.3 R Herath to Sarkar, Comes nicely forward and blocks it out. 56/0

13.2 R Herath to S Sarkar, Full outside off, double S comes forward to defend but gets it off the outer part of the bat past first slip for a couple. 56/0

13.1 R Herath to Iqbal, Tossed up around off, turning in, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 54/0

12.6 D Perera to Sarkar, Gets behind the line and defends it down. 53/0

12.5 D Perera to Sarkar, Flatter through the air, Sarkar cuts it towards the backward point fielder. 53/0

12.4 D Perera to Sarkar, FOUR! And again! Gets another short ball and Soumya feasts on it. Stays back and packs a punch past covers for another boundary of the over. 53/0

12.3 D Perera to Sarkar, Loopy ball around off, defended solidly off the front foot. 49/0

12.2 D Perera to Sarkar, FOUR! Drops it short and outside off, Sarkar camps back and punches it cleanly through cover-point for a boundary. 49/0

12.1 D Perera to Sarkar, Quicker through the air around middle, defended towards short leg. 45/0

DILRUWAN PERERA has a change of ends.

11.6 R Herath to Sarkar, Driven past mid off for a single. 45/0

11.5 R Herath to Sarkar, Poor throw! Tossed up on middle, Sarkar comes forward to defend but gets it off the inner half of the bat past short leg. They take a single and there is some hesitation between the two. The fielder fires a wayward throw at the keeper's end and now they take another. 44/0

11.4 R Herath to Sarkar, FOUR! Lovely hit! Floats it up around off, Sarkar gets down and nails the sweep through square leg for a boundary. Off the meat it went! 42/0

11.3 R Herath to Sarkar, Tossed up outside off, Sarkar prods forward and keeps it out. 38/0

11.2 R Herath to Iqbal, Loopy around off, knocked down to long on for a single. 38/0

11.1 R Herath to Iqbal, Full and around off, Tamim defends it by lunging forward. 37/0

10.6 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Banged in short around off, Sarkar ducks under the bouncer with ease. 37/0

10.5 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Good length closer to off, defends it solidly from the crease. 37/0

10.4 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Back of a length outside off, Sarkar rises on his toes and blocks it towards cover. 37/0

Leg gully is in place.

10.3 S Lakmal to Iqbal, On middle and off, gets across and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 37/0

10.2 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Dug in short on middle, almost the kind of shot that got him out in the first innings but this time Sarkar controlled the pull better towards deep backward square leg. A single taken. 36/0

10.1 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Good length closer to off, Sarkar gets right behind the line and blocks well. 35/0

9.6 R Herath to Iqbal, Floated around off, defends it solidly from the crease. 35/0

9.5 R Herath to Iqbal, Full and around off, Tamim drives it firmly back to the bowler. 35/0

9.4 R Herath to Sarkar, Flatter ball outside off, Sarkar gets back and glides it towards third man with an open face. The batsmen get three. 35/0

9.3 R Herath to Iqbal, Floated on middle and off, worked towards mid-wicket for a single. 32/0

9.2 R Herath to S Sarkar, Fuller outside off, leans across and pushes it towards long on for a single. 31/0

9.1 R Herath to Sarkar, That was close! Floated around off, Sarkar gets across to drive across but gets it off the inside half. The ball just evades the short mid-wicket fielder Chandimal who put in a leap but in vain. 30/0

8.6 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Full and outside off, Tamim gets the stride forward and blocks it towards cover. 30/0

8.5 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Good length angled in from around off, Tamim gets the big stride forward and blocks it down the pitch. 30/0

8.4 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Fuller and wider outside off, a hint of away swing, Tamim offers no stroke to that one. 30/0

8.3 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Full and outside off, defends it solidly off the front foot. 30/0

8.2 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Back of a length from around off, stays back and blocks it solidly on to the track. 30/0

8.1 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Full and outside off, Tamim makes a good leave to the keeper. 30/0

7.6 R Herath to Sarkar, Flighted outside off, presses forward and defends solidly. 30/0

7.5 R Herath to Sarkar, Fuller on middle and off, worked gently to the leg side. 30/0

7.4 R Herath to Sarkar, FOUR! SUPERB SHOT! Flighted on off, Sarkar gets across to that one and whips it away through mid-wicket. Lovely stroke and the ball races to the fence for a boundary. 30/0

7.3 R Herath to Sarkar, Flatter outside off, Tamim gets back to push at it but gets it off the edge towards third man for a brace. 26/0

7.2 R Herath to Iqbal, Floated on middle and leg, turning in a touch as Tamim glances it away down to fine leg. The batsmen will pick up three. 24/0

7.1 R Herath to Iqbal, Floated outside off, spinning in, Tamim adjusts and blocks it towards cover. 21/0

RANGANA HERATH is introduced into the attack.

6.6 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Dug in short from around off, Sarkar swivels to pull but misses as the ball flies over his head to the keeper. 21/0

6.5 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Good length angled in from around off, blocked solidly from the crease to the bowler. 21/0

6.4 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Doesn't carry! Good length angled in from outside off, Sarkar flashes at it but gets a thick edge that doesn't carry to the man at gully. Gets through him and the ball races to the third man region for a brace. 21/0

6.3 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Short of a length outside off, gets back to that one and taps it towards the off side. 19/0

6.2 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Good length outside off, Sarkar plays with an angled bat towards point. 19/0

6.1 S Lakmal to Sarkar, Back of a length outside off, pushed off the back foot towards short cover. 19/0

5.6 D Perera to Iqbal, Looped in from outside off, Tamim gets well on the front foot and defends solidly towards cover. 19/0

5.5 D Perera to Sarkar, Flighted outside off, Sarkar pushes it behind square of the wicket on the off side for a single. It went off the outer half of the blade. 19/0

5.4 D Perera to Iqbal, Fuller on middle and leg, Tamim needles it through backward square leg for a single. 18/0

5.3 D Perera to Iqbal, Flighted outside off, gets well forward and pats it towards cover. 17/0

5.2 D Perera to Sarkar, Slightly shorter outside off, gets back and pushes it towards the off side for a single. 17/0

5.1 D Perera to S Sarkar, FOUR! Slammed! Sarkar seems to be continuing from where he left off in the first innings. Tossed up ball outside off, very full and he powers the drive through extra cover to find the fence. 16/0

4.6 S Lakmal to Iqbal, The sucker ball, pitched up outside off, Tamim lets it pass to the keeper. 12/0

4.5 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Dug in short outside off, Tamim rises on his toes to drop it towards cover-point with a gently nudge. 12/0

4.4 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Dug in short on middle, Tamim ducks under the bumper comfortably. 12/0

4.3 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Pitched up and outside off, leans into it and defends solidly towards cover. 12/0

4.2 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Fullish and outside off, Tamim reaches out and pushes it towards cover. 12/0

4.1 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Good length outside off, gets on the front foot and blocks it towards short cover. 12/0

3.6 D Perera to Iqbal, Slightly short and outside off, Tamim sits back and pushes it towards cover for a single. 12/0

3.5 D Perera to Iqbal, Tossed up gently around off, leans forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 11/0

3.4 D Perera to Iqbal, Slightly shorter outside off, Tamim camps back and blocks it to the off side. 11/0

3.3 D Perera to Sarkar, Flighted around leg stump, gets across and sweeps it towards backward square leg where Lakmal makes a good stop to save a certain boundary. Single taken. 11/0

3.2 D Perera to Sarkar, Flatter ball outside off, gets forward and pushes it towards point. 10/0

3.1 D Perera to Sarkar, Floated and fuller on the stumps, Sarkar gets on the front foot and defends solidly. 10/0

2.6 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Beaten! Excellent over from Lakmal. Length ball slanting in from around off, straightens after pitching as Tamim is beaten on the poke. 10/0

2.5 S Lakmal to Iqbal, EDGE FALLS SHORT! Good length angled in from around off, squares up Tamim who pushes at it meekly. Gets the thick edge that is dying on Mendis who dives to his left at third slip but the ball doesn't carry to him. He gets hit on the hand while trying to stop the ball but thankfully, no harm done. 10/0

2.4 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Good length outside off, stays back and blocks it towards the covers. 10/0

Around the wicket.

2.3 S Lakmal to Iqbal, FOUR! SHOT! Elegant from Tamim. Fuller ball outside off, leans forward and strokes the drive effortlessly through the covers. Excellent timing! 10/0

2.2 S Lakmal to T Iqbal, Fuller on middle, swinging in, Tamim gets across and pushes it towards mid on. 6/0

2.1 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Good length on middle and leg, Tamim clips it gently towards the leg side. 6/0

1.6 D Perera to Sarkar, Length ball angled away around off, Sarkar defends it solidly from the crease. 6/0

1.5 D Perera to Sarkar, Fuller and on off, defended solidly from the crease. 6/0

1.4 D Perera to Sarkar, FOUR! That's a freebie and Sarkar feasts on it. Full toss around middle, he gets across to that one and whips it away through mid-wicket. Struck it well and there is nobody in the deep on the leg side to save the boundary. 6/0

1.3 D Perera to Sarkar, Flighted fuller outside off, presses forward and blocks it towards cover. 2/0

1.2 D Perera to Sarkar, Tossed up outside off, driven firmly towards mid off. 2/0

Dickwella seems to have split the webbing of his glove, that's a rare event. The 12th man is coming with a replacement set.

1.1 D Perera to S Sarkar, Finds the edge straightaway! Flatter and just outside off, Sarkar pushes at it tentatively and gets the outside edge. Flies wide of the slip fielder and rolls to third man as the batsmen get two. 2/0

DILRUWAN PERERA to share the new ball.

0.6 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Fuller and slanting across Tamim who shoulders arms to that one. 0/0

0.5 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Play and a miss! Lakmal gets his line and length right for the first time in the over and nearly has his man. Good length around the fourth stump line, a bit of away movement as Tamim pushes at it but misses. 0/0

0.4 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Good length sprayed way outside off, too wide to make the batsman play. 0/0

0.3 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Fuller and outside off, a bit of away swing as Tamim lets it pass. 0/0

0.2 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Good length angling across the left-hander, Tamim plays well inside the line to make a leave. 0/0

0.1 S Lakmal to Iqbal, Length ball around off, Tamim gets well forward and blocks it solidly to cover. 0/0

First Published: March 11, 2017, 10:02 AM IST

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