PALLEKELE (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka have been 5 wickets away from a sequence win in opposition to Bangladesh after the vacationers have been restricted to 177 for 5 at stumps on day 4 of the second Check 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 crew has reached such a big goal in Check historical past.
The best run chase within the historical past of Check cricket is the 418 made by the West Indies in opposition to Australia in 2003 in Antigua.
Probably the most profitable run chase at Pallekele, a picturesque hill resort, is 382 by Pakistan in 2015.
Ought to Bangladesh achieve forcing a draw with 150 overs left within the recreation, 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 means of 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 depart his aspect struggling at 134 for 4.
Earlier, Dimuth Karunaratne high 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 five-wicket haul, for 72.
The primary Check resulted in a draw after a competition of runs, the 2 sides scoring 1,289 for the lack of simply 17 wickets over the 5 days.