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Tigers need 390 runs more to win the match

10 March 2017, 6:30:42

Sports Desk:Bangladesh with 10 wickets remaining finished the 4th day of the first test against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium and Tigers still need 390 runs more to win the test match.

Moreover, play was called off for day-4 due to bad light during the last session(8 overs not played) of the first Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Galle today.

Bangladesh were 67 for no loss in 15 overs when the players left the field. Soumya Sarkar was batting on 53 from 47 balls. His blistering half-century contained six fours and a huge six. Tamim Iqbal was watchful, and was unbeaten on 13 from 44 balls.

In the context of the match, Bangladesh have their work cut out as they need to survive three sessions on the last day, needing another 390 runs to win with 10 wickets remaining in their second innings.

Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar settled down at the crease after a nervy start to their second innings. Sri Lanka stand-in captain Rangana Herath nearly sent back Soumya in the tenth over.

The batsman chipped his shot over the fielder at short mid-wicket and the ball rolled towards mid-on.

Soumya was almost dismissed in the sixth over bowled by Suranga Lakmal. The edge dropped short of fielder and two runs were taken.

Lakmal was able to induce Tamim into a false shot in the third over and managed to produce an edge. However, the ball did not carry to the fielder at third slip.

During the post-lunch session, 160 runs were scored at 5.16 runs per over. The acceleration after a steady morning session was evident as Upul Tharanga reached his century and Dinesh Chandimal being busy at the crease. Bangladesh were very defensive throughout the session and will have to bat out of their skins if they are to save this match.

A stunning catch from wicketkeeper Liton Das enabled Bangladesh to take the fifth wicket of Sri Lanka’s second innings during the post-lunch session of day-4.

Liton anticipated the reverse sweep from Niroshan Dickwella and moved along with the batsman. Niroshan got the reverse sweep off the middle of the bat but played it too fine for his liking. Liton grabbed the ball with his left-hand and wrapped his right gloves around it. No wonder the bowler was delighted!

N Dickwella c †Liton Das b Mehedi Hasan Miraz 15 (17b 1×4 1×6) SR: 88.23

Fall of wicket 222/5 (60.2 ov); Partnership: 23 runs, 5.0 overs, RR: 4.60 (Chandimal 8, Dickwella 15)

Mehedi almost had his third wicket in the same over he removed Niroshan when Dilruwan Perera was dropped in the deep. Dilruwan came down the track, got close to the ball and slogged it towards wide long-on. Mahmudullah Riyad came in, had to back-track, jumped with both hands outstretched, but the ball went through his palms and over the ropes.

Mehedi nearly had the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal in the 49th over. The good length ball on off went straight on and took the outside edge of the bat as Chandimal played inside the line. The ball went low to first slip where the fielder could not react quickly enough to complete the dismissal.

Earlier, Tigers got their first breakthrough during Sri Lanka’s second innings when Taskin Ahmed sent back Dimuth Karunaratne with the hosts in command at 69 for 1 after 22.2 overs.

FDM Karunaratne c Mahmudullah b Taskin Ahmed 32 (73b 1×4 0x6) SR: 43.83

Fall of wicket 69/1 (22.2 ov); Partnership: 69 runs, 22.2 overs, RR: 3.08 (Tharanga 32, Karunaratne 32)

Sri Lanka opening batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga settled down at the crease and extended the lead past 250.

First session will be from 10:15 to 12:30 noon. Second session from 1:10 to 3:25 and the final session will be from 3:45 to 5:45pm. (Local Time)

98 overs scheduled to be bowled in the day.

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