Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Sri Lanka dominate on flat track

Sri Lanka dominate on flat track

Starting the second innings with 200 runs behind, Tamim Iqbal (41) hit three boundaries in the first four overs while Imrul Kayes (19) struck a six in the seventh over as they raced to 50 runs off the first 14 overs.

After resuming on 3-504, the visitors added 109 runs in the first session to surpass 600 and eclipse England's 6 (dec)-599 against Bangladesh in 2010 for the highest innings total at the venue. "Three wickets are too many". "There is a lot to think, and a lot not to think about", Taijul said. "If our batsmen can survive the fifth day, then we can get something out of it. Batsmen would like to score runs off the bad balls". We are bowling in good areas, line and length.

Although the wicket still holds firm apart from those roughs created by footmarks, the biggest concern for the home fans is the inability of the Tigers to bat well in the second innings.

Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam said their approach was to score off the bad balls, but their focus will remain on saving the Test. Taijul bowled 67.3 overs, the most in an innings for a Bangladesh bowler, and conceded 219 runs, the most for a Bangladesh bowler.

Bangladesh worked hard to separate the right-handers, who began their partnership after Sri Lanka lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne before they had even got off the mark.

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis scored a career-best 196 as his side not only made Bangladesh toil, but also reduced their deficit to nine runs on the third day of the first Test in Chittagong. The biggest obstacle they need to overcome is their self-destructive mindset rather than the wary wicket, which is still to offer any considerable turn and bounce to assist the spinners.

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