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Ray of hope beacons the tigers as Sri Lanka 268-8 at stumps on Day 4

Sun Online Desk     18th March, 2017 06:29:19 printer

Ray of hope beacons the tigers as Sri Lanka 268-8 at stumps on Day 4

Sri Lankan batsman Suranga Lakmal (2R) during the fourth day of the second and final Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. AFP Photo.

Sri Lanka were 268-8 at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test in Colombo against touring Bangladesh on Saturday. Now, all set for a gripping final day.

 

Sri Lanka lead by 139 runs with 2 wickets remaining.

Perera and Herath are on the crease with 26 and 16 runs respectively. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne smashed a brilliant hundred of 126 for 244.

 

Shakib Al Hasan gave Bangladesh the crucial breakthrough during the last session when he sent back Dimuth Karunaratne to leave the hosts at 217 for 7 in 81.3 overs making his tally to three with Gunaratne and Dickwella’s wickets.

 

Earlier, wonder boy of Bangladesh cricket Mustafizur Rahman strikes triple at the 46th, 51st and 55th overs of Sri Lankan 2nd innings and send Mendis, Dinesh and de Silva back to the pavilion.

 

Sri Lanka have fought back tremendously and are keeping the fight alive heading into the final day. 

 

Bangladesh played superbly to go on top and wrest the control of this game. It all started with Sri Lanka looking to accelerate after lunch, perhaps looking for a declaration towards the end of the day. But Bangladesh pegged them back with wickets and it seemed to be swinging their way. 

 

If Bangladesh can bowl out Sri Lanka in a hurry on Day 5, They could possibly chase down the target to cap off their 100th test with a win.


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