PALLEKELE (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka have been 5 wickets away from a sequence win against Bangladesh after the vacationers have been restricted to 177 for 5 at stumps on day 4 of the second Test at Pallekele on Sunday.
Chasing a frightening 437 to win, Bangladesh batsmen have been troubled by Sri Lanka spinners Praveen Jayawickrama and Ramesh Mendis who took the 5 wickets on a crumbling wicket.
Sri Lanka set Bangladesh a formidable goal of 437 by declaring their second innings on 194 for 9 on the hill metropolis of Pallekele. No staff has reached such a big goal in Test historical past.
The best run chase within the historical past of Test cricket is the 418 made by the West Indies against Australia in 2003 in Antigua.
The most profitable run chase at Pallekele, a picturesque hill resort, is 382 by Pakistan in 2015.
Should Bangladesh achieve forcing a draw with 150 overs left within the sport, Sri Lanka danger falling to their lowest world rating.
Bangladesh, who’re all the way down to their final recognised pair, want one other 260 runs to win with one full day’s play left.
Sri Lanka declared their second innings after lunch on 194 for 9 and Bangladesh misplaced three wickets within the afternoon session ending on 111 for 3 at tea.
Mendis claimed the large wicket of Tamim Iqbal when he was caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella for twenty-four. Debutante Jayawickrama, who took six wickets within the first innings, accounted for Saif Hassan and Najmul Shanto.
The supply that dismissed Shanto pitched outdoors off stump, spun sharply, went by bat and pad and hit the highest of leg-stump.
After tea, Bangladesh misplaced captain Mominul Haque, who chopped a Mendis supply onto his stumps to go away his facet struggling at 134 for 4.
Earlier, Dimuth Karunaratne prime scored with 66 runs as Sri Lanka declared on 194 for 9. The Sri Lankan captain completed the sequence with 428 runs in three innings, having scored a double hundred, 100 and a half-century.
Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bagged his eighth 5-wicket haul, for 72.
The first Test led to a draw after a pageant of runs, the 2 sides scoring 1,289 for the loss of simply 17 wickets over the 5 days.