Spin­ners put Sri Lanka in con­trol

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Spin­ners Ran­gana Herath and Dil­ruwan Per­era shared six wick­ets be­tween them to help Sri Lanka take com­mand of the first Test against a strug­gling Bangladesh on a rain-hit day three in Galle yes­ter­day.

The vis­i­tors, re­ply­ing to Sri Lanka’s first in­nings to­tal of 494, were all out for 312 on the third day, trail­ing the hosts by a mas­sive 182 runs.

Herath took the fi­nal wicket just two balls into the last ses­sion be­fore rain stopped play, fin­ish­ing on 3-72. Off­break bowler Per­era chipped in with 3-53.

Bangladesh skip­per Mush­fiqur Rahim made a dogged half-cen­tury and shared 106 runs for the sev­enth wicket with Me­hedi Hasan, en­sur­ing the vis­i­tors avoided the fol­low-on.

Herath bowled his Bangladesh coun­ter­part Mush­fiqur on the stroke of the tea break for 85 af­ter the lat­ter took their score past the 300 mark.

Per­era broke Mush­fiqur’s stub­born part­ner­ship with Me­hedi when he trapped the young all­rounder plumb leg-be­fore for 41 runs.

Per­era took the wicket of Taskin Ahmed off the next ball with a suc­cess­ful re­view af­ter his ap­peal for lbw was turned down by um­pire Marais Eras­mus.

Mush­fiqur and Me­hedi’s ef­forts came af­ter Bangladesh lost four wick­ets in the open­ing ses­sion that had threat­ened to de­rail their in­nings com­pletely.

Fast bowler Su­ranga Lak­mal took the key wicket of open­ing batsman Soumya Sarkar for 71 af­ter Bangladesh re­sumed the day on 133 for two.

Bangladesh lost their first wicket when overnight batsman Sarkar tope­dged Lak­mal’s ris­ing de­liv­ery to Lahiru Ku­mara at fine leg.

Soumya added just five runs to his overnight 66, his 137-ball knock con­tain­ing eight fours and a six.

Shakib Al Hasan con­trib­uted 23 rapid runs off 19 balls be­fore flick­ing a slid­ing de­liv­ery from San­dakan down the leg side where wick­et­keeper Niroshan Dick­wella com­pleted the catch.

Mah­mudul­lah (8) and wick­et­keeper-batsman Li­ton Das (5) also threw their wick­ets away with loose shots.

Ran­gana Herath

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