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Lankan openers reduce deficit to 75 runs

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COLOMBO, March 17: Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne whittled down the first innings deficit to 75 runs as the hosts reached 54/0 in their second essay at stumps against Bangladesh at the P Sara Oval here on Friday.

Bangladesh rode on veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan�s brilliant 116 and vital contributions from Mosaddek Hossain (75), Mushfiqur Rahim (52), Soumyo Sarkar (61) to post a mammoth 467 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka�s 338.

Lankan skipper Rangana Herath (4/82) and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan (4/140) shared eight wickets between them as the visitors fell in the final session of Day 3, according to a bdnews24.com report.

Shakib reached his fifth Test century off 143 deliveries cracking 10 boundaries. He stitched up a sparkling 131-run stand with Mosaddek for the seventh wicket to put Bangladesh in charge. The ace all-rounder was dismissed by Sandakan just before tea.

But Mosaddek continued the charge at the other end with a stroke-filled half-century and added 33 more with Mehedi Hasan Miraz (24) before Herath landed a double blow to cut the lower order resistance short.

Mosaddek hit seven boundaries and two sixes in his 155-ball innings before being the last man to fall in the final session.

Earlier, a 92-run recovery stand between Shakib and Mushfiqur helped the tourists score 102 runs in the morning session after a dismal final session on Thursday. � IANS

SCORECARD

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 338

Bangladesh 1st innings (overnight 214 for 5): Tamim Iqbal lbw b Herath 49, Soumya Sarkar b Sandakan 61, Imrul Kayes lbw b Sandakan 34, Sabbir Rahman c de Silva b Lakmal 42, Taijul Islam lbw b Sandakan 0, Shakib Al Hasan c Chandimal b Sandakan 116, Mushfiqur Rahim b Lakmal 52, Mosaddek Hossain st Dickwella b Herath 75, Mehedi Hasan lbw b Herath 24, Mustafizur Rahman lbw b Herath 0, Subashis Roy not out 0; Extras: (B-4, LB-8, W-2) 14. Total: (all out; 134.1 overs) 467. Fall of wickets: 1-95, 2-130, 3-192, 4-192, 5-198, 6-290, 7-421, 8-454, 9-454. Bowling: Lakmal 25-3-90-2, Perera 33-5-100-0, Herath 34.1-6-82-4, Gunaratne 7-0-38-0, Sandakan 33-2-140-4, de Silva 2-0-5-0.

Sri Lanka 2nd innings: D Karunaratne not out 25, U Tharanga not out 25; Extras: (B-4) 4. Total: (For no loss; 13 overs) 54. Bowling: Roy 5-1-13-0, Mehedi 4-0-20-0, Mustafizur 1-0-6-0, Shakib 2-0-6-0, Mosaddek 1-0-5-0.

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Lankan openers reduce deficit to 75 runs

COLOMBO, March 17: Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne whittled down the first innings deficit to 75 runs as the hosts reached 54/0 in their second essay at stumps against Bangladesh at the P Sara Oval here on Friday.

Bangladesh rode on veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan�s brilliant 116 and vital contributions from Mosaddek Hossain (75), Mushfiqur Rahim (52), Soumyo Sarkar (61) to post a mammoth 467 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka�s 338.

Lankan skipper Rangana Herath (4/82) and chinaman Lakshan Sandakan (4/140) shared eight wickets between them as the visitors fell in the final session of Day 3, according to a bdnews24.com report.

Shakib reached his fifth Test century off 143 deliveries cracking 10 boundaries. He stitched up a sparkling 131-run stand with Mosaddek for the seventh wicket to put Bangladesh in charge. The ace all-rounder was dismissed by Sandakan just before tea.

But Mosaddek continued the charge at the other end with a stroke-filled half-century and added 33 more with Mehedi Hasan Miraz (24) before Herath landed a double blow to cut the lower order resistance short.

Mosaddek hit seven boundaries and two sixes in his 155-ball innings before being the last man to fall in the final session.

Earlier, a 92-run recovery stand between Shakib and Mushfiqur helped the tourists score 102 runs in the morning session after a dismal final session on Thursday. � IANS

SCORECARD

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 338

Bangladesh 1st innings (overnight 214 for 5): Tamim Iqbal lbw b Herath 49, Soumya Sarkar b Sandakan 61, Imrul Kayes lbw b Sandakan 34, Sabbir Rahman c de Silva b Lakmal 42, Taijul Islam lbw b Sandakan 0, Shakib Al Hasan c Chandimal b Sandakan 116, Mushfiqur Rahim b Lakmal 52, Mosaddek Hossain st Dickwella b Herath 75, Mehedi Hasan lbw b Herath 24, Mustafizur Rahman lbw b Herath 0, Subashis Roy not out 0; Extras: (B-4, LB-8, W-2) 14. Total: (all out; 134.1 overs) 467. Fall of wickets: 1-95, 2-130, 3-192, 4-192, 5-198, 6-290, 7-421, 8-454, 9-454. Bowling: Lakmal 25-3-90-2, Perera 33-5-100-0, Herath 34.1-6-82-4, Gunaratne 7-0-38-0, Sandakan 33-2-140-4, de Silva 2-0-5-0.

Sri Lanka 2nd innings: D Karunaratne not out 25, U Tharanga not out 25; Extras: (B-4) 4. Total: (For no loss; 13 overs) 54. Bowling: Roy 5-1-13-0, Mehedi 4-0-20-0, Mustafizur 1-0-6-0, Shakib 2-0-6-0, Mosaddek 1-0-5-0.