Virat Kohli* 46(50); | Shikhar Dhawan 51(50);
Imran Tahir* 5.3-0-30-0; | Tabraiz Shamsi 3-1-18-0
Mohammad Nabi 40(27); | Shafiqullah Shafiq 14(27);
Kyle Jarvis 3.4-0-24-1; | Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-36-2
Mahmudullah* 28(65); | Mosaddek Hossain 8(65);
Kusal Mendis* 1-0-2-0; | Lakshan Sandakan 18-2-64-1
Welcome back for the Sri Lankan innings. A big challenge on their hands. Yes, it is still a decent track to bat on but the spinners have started to get some purchase. There are a few footmarks developing as well. Armed with a big total, Bangladesh will fancy their chances. I think this hour till tea will be crucial for the visitors. They desperately need to start well
The hosts will be happy with the final total. They began the day badly and at one stage were reduced to 417 for seven. The visitors sensed an early finish, but were left frustrated by Mahmudullah (83*), who added vital runs with the tail. The stand-in Bangladesh captain deserved a three-figure knock, having played with utmost positivity. Still, 513 is a huge score and the pitch has started to play a few tricks, it will be a test of character for the visiting batsmen.
Lakmal to Mustafizur, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Lakmal, from round the wicket
Suranga Lakmal [22.0-4-63-2] is back into the attack
Deep backward square leg comes inside the ring
The field is in now and Mahmudullah has a word with his partner
Mustafizur Rahman, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Herath to T Islam, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Taijul Islam, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Sandakan to Sunzamul Islam, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
A slip and a FSL in place
Lakshan Sandakan [18.0-1-72-1] is back into the attack
Welcome back.. three wickets in hand and Bangladesh will look to go past 500. Herath to resume for Sri Lanka. A slip and a short mid-on in place
11:32 Local Time: Another happy session for Bangladesh. 93 runs came off the 28 overs bowled for the loss of three wickets. All the dismissals came in the first hour when the Lankans showed better intent with the ball. They were quite accurate and were helped by some poor batting from the Bangladeshis as well. Mominul hardly added anything to his overnight score and in a short while after his dismissal, Bangladesh slipped to 417/7. The visitors might have fancied restricting the total to below 450 but skipper Mahmudullah stood firm with an impressive Sunzamul for company. Their partnership ensured that the session ended more in favor of the home side. The odd ball is turning now and there is variable bounce too. How many more will Bangladesh want? Join us in 30 to find out.
Dhananjaya de Silva [4.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Rangana Herath [30.0-1-128-2] is back into the attack
Five minutes to lunch. Should have a couple of overs in I reckon. The veteran will bowl one of those. He's taking his time on seeing the field. A slip and a short mid-on are the men close in
Sri Lanka review for caught behind! The Lankans feel that there is an inside edge onto the pad. Let's have a look. Fair delivery, nothing seemingly in the replays. Clear gap between bat and ball. Over to HawkEye shows it missing leg stump
Dilruwan Perera [24.0-4-98-1] is back into the attack
Lakshan Sandakan [13.0-1-58-1] is back into the attack
Spin from both ends now
Long-off comes up
Round the wicket for the right-hander
The average score batting first here in Chittagong has been just a shade over 346. So, Bangladesh will be pleased if those stats are anything to go by. Interesting to see how the pitch will behave as the day goes on. It was relatively docile yesterday but it seems to be having a bit of variable bounce now
Sunzamul Islam, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Drinks are on the field now. Perfect morning for the Lankans, they have managed to pick a clump of wickets to limit the damage
Herath to Mahmudullah, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Lahiru Kumara [12.0-1-64-0] is back into the attack
A slip and a gully for Kumara
Mehidy Hasan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Herath to Mosaddek Hossain, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mosaddek Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Herath to Mominul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mominul is OUT
Lakmal switches to round the wicket
Two slips in place for Lakmal
The players are out in the middle... Can Sri Lanka nip out a few quick wickets? Herath to start on Day 2, a slip and a FSL in place
The conditions haven't changed a lot, but there will be some variable bounce on offer. It is still a good batting surface, reckons Tino Mayowo, in his pitch report
9:05 local: It was a masterclass from Mominul Haque that defined the first day's play. Such was the ease of his strokeplay that the Lankans simply had no answers against him. What his partnership with Rahim has done is to setup Bangladesh nicely for a massive first innings total. Of course the Lankans will hope to derail those plans with a few early wickets as the new ball is still relatively new. However, with still a bit of batting to come, the hosts will be confident of putting more runs in the bank. The surface has been quite docile thus far and even the few balls that have spun have been quite slow off the deck, allowing the batsmen to adjust. It is expected to break at some point in the game but for now, it's a batsmen's paradise. Seems to be another field day for the batters. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan from the Cricbuzz commentary box welcoming you all to the second day's coverage.
Best partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket:359 ----> Rahim/Shakib vs NZ, Wellington 2017312 ----> Kayes/Tamim vs Pak, Khulna 2015267 ----> Ashraful/Rahim vs SL, Galle 2013236 ----> MOMUMNUL/RAHIM vs SL, CHITTAGONG 2018232 ----> Kayes/Shamsur vs SL, Chittagong 2014
Earlier in the day, Tamim stroked his way to a quickfire fifty before being nipped out by an arm ball from Dilruwan Perera. The other opener - Imrul Kayes - also looked to bat with freedom but was undone by the clock and Sandakan's chinaman delivery as he fell in the last over before lunch. Replays showed it was going over the sticks but he did not review. Bangladesh then had a wicket-less session and summoned Lanka for a leather hunt. Rahim did look set for a ton himself but fell in the nineties to a gentle out-swinger. Liton Das fell in the same over thanks to an error in judgement as his expression and the condition of the timber mirrored each other. The hosts should reach 500 from here unless they collapse in a spectacular fashion. For the visitors, early wickets will be the key, should be another fascinating day's play coming up. Do join us for all the action. For now, cheers and bye..
Bangladesh won the toss. Half the battle was won then and there. The other half was conquered over the course of the day as Mominul Haque went another step closer of having a stand named after him at the ZACS, Chittagong. He roared the runs at almost a strike rate of 100 throughout the day and in the process created a few landmarks. He scored his fourth ton at this venue and scored the second quickest Test ton by a Bangladeshi. Sri Lanka, thanks to Lakmal did fight back with a couple of late strikes but with plenty of runs in the kitty, the fight back seemed to have tamed out. Bangladesh have ended day 1 with a huge score of 374 for 4!
Three balls to negate.
A total of more than 500 looks almost certain.
Last over of the day. We have been 27 minutes into the extra time already. Few changes being made.
Back to over the wicket
Lakmal switches to round the wicket..
A slip, FSL and a silly point in place
Hat-trick ball from Herath, two slips and a gully in place
Mahmudullah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Liton Das, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Liton Das, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Two slips in place for Liton
Lakmal to Rahim, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mominul does some stretching and there's a hold-up in play
A slip in place for Lakmal
Suranga Lakmal [12.0-3-30-0] is back into the attack
Rangana Herath [15.0-1-70-0] is back into the attack
80 overs up and Sri Lanka can take the second new ball now, if they want to. Yes, they have taken the second new ball, will Sri Lanka's fortunes change? Herath gets the first use of it, a slip and a forward short leg in place..
A slip and a FSL for Mominul
Lakshan Sandakan [12.0-1-53-1] is back into the attack
A wide gully, a short mid-off and a square point in place
Lahiru Kumara [9.0-1-52-0] is back into the attack
Kumara replaces Lakmal
A wide slip and a short mid-on in place
Time for drinks!
Rangana Herath [12.0-1-58-0] is back into the attack
Suranga Lakmal [10.0-2-29-0] is back into the attack
Double change. Lakmal has been brought back. Lanka have looked hapless. How times have changed. A few years before, Lanka used to roll over the Tigers. But not anymore.
Dhananjaya de Silva [3.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Here is a change.
Lanka have been clueless with their tactics of picking up a wicket. They are waiting for something to happen. On this feather bed, I don't think these two will put a step wrong. Mominul and his love story with Chittagong continues as well.
In the 11 overs after tea, Bangladesh have scored 33 runs.
Rangana Herath [9.0-1-45-0] is back into the attack
The senior most statesman in the game will operate now.
Rahim and Mominul will resume. Things went to plan in the middle session. More of the same is expected on this flat bed of a wicket. The strike rates for both have been contrasting but both knocks have been equally important.
14:11 Local Time: This session - 28.2 overs, 130 runs, no wickets. The statistics sum up the session, Bangladesh all the way. It did seem like the wicket at the stroke of lunch would have buoyed Sri Lanka but Mominul had other ideas. He put his foot on the accellerator to dismantle the bowling. It was just orthodox strokeplay but the intent was such that the bowlers were left searching for answers. His love affair with Chittagong continued as he brought up the three-figure mark with Rahim also looking rock solid at the other end. The partnership has been chanceless and the Lankans really have a lot of thinking to do. Can they find a way back in the final session? Join us back in 15 to find out.
Last over before tea coming up
Lakshan Sandakan [5.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack
False start from Sandakan and he pulls out from the delivery stride
Less than 20 minutes to go to the tea break. SL need a spark of inspiration from somewhere. The Chinaman is coming on as Chandimal desperately seeks a breakthrough
Dhananjaya de Silva, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Lahiru Kumara [7.0-1-45-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. It's been all too easy for this pair with the bowlers struggling for any sort of consistency. The run-rate has been very healthy, no pressure on the batsmen and both look set for a big score
Dilruwan Perera [12.0-3-45-1] is back into the attack
Suranga Lakmal [6.0-1-20-0] is back into the attack
Dilruwan Perera [10.0-3-36-1] is back into the attack
Change in bowling, Dilruwan replaces Sandakan, he starts from round the wicket
FSL moves across to silly point
FSL moves across to silly-point, leg slip moves a few paces to his right
A slip, leg slip and a FSL for Rahim as well
Rangana Herath [3.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Herath to resume after lunch, a slip, leg slip and a FSL in place
A slip and a FSL for Rahim..
Welcome back.. Sri Lanka took two wickets at the cost of 120 runs in the first session. Can they apply the brakes now? By the way, replays for the LBW call against Imrul show that the ball was going over the top of the stumps. That's a lucky break for the visitors as the batsman didn't review, can they cash in now?
What an extra over can do for you? It can balance the session. Lanka were asked to field and it looked like a leather hunt had been launched as the new ball pacers looked clueless on a flaccid wicket. Tamim feasted on anything loose and picked up yet another fifty in the whites. But the celebration of it never happened as he let a gap on a forward push and Perera ventured through it to have the opener clean bowled. Mominul joined Kayes and the run scoring continued. But then in the last over before lunch, Sandakan, in his second over beat the batsman with the turn and had him LBW. Both the openers back in the hut have given Lanka some sort of a control in the game. But Mominul looks ominous and imperious. Back in 30 minutes.
Sandakan to Kayes, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Last over coming up.
Dilruwan Perera [9.0-2-36-1] is back into the attack
Appeal for a run-out has gone upstairs. A direct hit at the base of the sticks from mid-off does not find the batsman in any trouble. Kayes has made it!
Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Less than 10 minutes on the clock. The Lankan team would love a wicket now. Bangladesh on the other hand will have a sumptuous lunch if they mitigate the damage to 1 down by lunch.
Lahiru Kumara [3.0-1-23-0] is back into the attack
Slip, leg slip and FSL for the new man.
Mominul Haque, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Dilruwan Perera to Tamim, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Thanks Hari! Things have been rosy for the Tigers as the Lankans don't seem to have the firepower to disturb their applecart. Chandimal will have to look for help from Perera and Herath, a combination which has been instrumental in Lanka doing well in the last few series.
Time for a drink! Ideal start for Bangladesh after opting to bat. Tamim in particular looks in ominous touch. Sri Lanka need a wicket quickly to restore some parity
A slip, a leg gully and a forward short leg for Kayes
Rangana Herath, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Here comes the old warhorse. Sri Lanka banking on him to curb the run flow and of course, pick a wicket or two. A slip and a forward short leg in place. He'll start from round the wicket
Dilruwan Perera, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Kumara is switching to round the wicket
Lahiru Kumara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Tamim and Kayes are at the crease. Tamim is on strike. Lakmal will open the attack
Moments away from live action. The players and umpires are out there in the centre. Interesting to see if the pacers get anything due to this morning start because apart from that, it will be the spinners ruling the roost throughout the match. Two slips in place
Pitch report: "The pitch appears to be a fairly good one to bat on although it's rather dry. There are a few patches on it which the spinners should relish if they can get their lengths right. As the game progresses, the spin bowlers will have a bigger and bigger say in the proceedings. A total of 340-350 would be a really good score batting first," says Tino Mawoyo in his analysis.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Roshen Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das(w), Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Chandimal: It's been a good time for us with that win in the tri-series but Test cricket is a different thing altogether. We have a few youngsters as well in the side and hopefully we'll do well. Last few series in Tests, we have done well and credit goes to the entire team. (On getting senior men like Herath back) We all know how special he is, he just knows how to pick wickets. As senior players, Dilruwan and Dimuth are key men as well. We cannot control the toss or conditions. Need to play well. We are playing a 6-5 combination."
Mahmudullah: We are gonna bat first. Looks a good pitch and appears spin-friendly, so we want to put runs on the board. (On missing Shakib) He's been a great inspiration for us and a very important player for us. Unfortunate to miss him here but we will hope to put in a bigger effort. We have been playing well in Tests over the last few years and hopefully, we can continue. Sunzamul is making his debut."
Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to bat
8:30 local: After a hard fought triangular series, we are back to the most grueling format of the game - Test cricket. The two teams had faced off last year at around the same time in Tests with Sri Lanka playing the hosts. The series ended 1-1 as Bangladesh celebrated their 100th Test match in style with a series-leveling victory. That tour had proved how much Bangladesh had come of age, at least in sub-continental conditions. At the same time, the Lankans have been on the downward spiral in recent times although their Test form is better with the series win in the UAE followed by a decent tour of India where they drew a couple of matches. The injury to regular captain Shakib Al Hasan means that the hosts will be slightly crippled but they still have the resources in home conditions. Two evenly matched sides and we should have a cracking series, hopefully. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan (@iamharry_88) saying hello from the Cricbuzz commentary box. The toss and line-ups will be up shortly.
PreviewThe caravan of what is a continuity of a long battle between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on the cricket field has moved to the Test arena. Sri Lanka did win the recently-concluded tri-series, involving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, but there was very little to differentiate between them and the hosts. The challenge now moves to Tests, a format where Bangladesh cricket has been on a rise and Sri Lanka's on a decline. Never earlier have the two countries been on such a level platform in Tests. However, in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, who has suffered a finger injury, the hosts will be severely dented.Such was the influence of the talismanic allrounder that for the most part of the last decade, he played as the team's most important batsman and the most important bowler at the same time. He was as good as two in the side, and when in their not-so-healthy state of cricket, maybe three or much more. Nonetheless, when the first Test begins at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, the Bangladesh players will be presented with an opportunity to prove that the team has truly lifted itself up, and even without Shakib, are a force to reckon with.Similar is the struggle for Sri Lanka, who are holding on to their value as a Test side by a very thin rope, over-relying on the ageing Rangana Herath to bowl match-winning spells over and over again. Different players at different times have stood up, providing evidence of their quality or as reliable support acts, but their appalling standards to maintain consistency has been a cause of worry. However, they did show what they can be capable of by blanking Pakistan 2-0 in UAE last year.Sri Lanka, who were steamrolling Bangladesh in the previous decade, couldn't even win a series at home - Tests or ODIs - last year against them. The wounds of the home Test defeat are still fresh, and the only way to establish their dominance over Bangladesh's current set-up is to beat them in Bangladesh. If not, the Asian cricket order will witness a change, not in the most pleasant way for Sri Lanka.For Bangladesh, it is a series full of opportunities. Opportunity to play a new brand of cricket, hopefully beginning under the stand-in captain Mahmuddlah, opportunity to take their cricketing claim to a higher level, opportunity to prove that at home even good opposition of spin can succumb.And while all of this will be happening, Abdur Razzak's career has been given a new lease. At almost 36, four years since his last Test, he is set to make a comeback.Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will fight for months, across countries, across formats - bilateral and more tri-series encounters. And by April, it will be certain whose cricketing health is in a better state and what is the new Asian order.When: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test,January 31, 930am local timeWhere: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, ChittagongWhat to expect: The conditions should be pleasant and sunny.Team News:Bangladesh: The hosts will be without skipper Shakib Al Hasan and will be led by Mahmudullah. The 35-year-old Abdur Razzak left-armer is set to make a comeback.Likely XI: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nayeem Hasan/Abdur RazzakSri Lanka: Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera have returned to the Test side and Suranga Lakmal has been appointed as vice captain.Likely XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan/Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha ChameeraWhat they said:They have been playing good cricket but I personally feel that we will be on top in home soil. We are without Shakib, but we have a balanced side with spinners, pace bowlers and quality batsmen: MahmudullahOur Test team is a bit more settled than the ODI team. The players know their role and we are trying to play to our strengths. Sri Lanka has done well in the past in Bangladesh. We haven't played a Test here in the last four years but our record in Bangladesh is very good: Hathurusingha.
Sri Lanka (From): Dimuth Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Kusal Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Danushka Gunathilaka
Bangladesh (From): Liton Das(w), Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah(c), Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mosaddek Hossain, Naeem Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Tanbir Hayder
From here on, only two results are possible as discussed earlier. Either Sri Lanka win this, or the match ends in a draw. Would be interesting to see with what intent the Bangladesh openers come out to bat. The wicket has started to spin and it wouldn't be easy to deal with spinners under pressure.
That's an excellent batting effort by the Lankan batting line up. After conceding 500-plus runs in the first innings, one would have thought the Lanka fielders would be exhausted, but their batsmen have come up with a marathon batting effort. Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva got daddy hundreds yesterday while Roshen Silva reached his maiden century in Test cricket earlier today. Dinesh Chandimal had a chance to score a ton too, unfortunately he was dismissed 13 short off that milestone. For the hosts, Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam bagged 7 wickets in between them, but conceded close to 400 runs at the same time.
T Islam to Herath, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease
T Islam to Lakmal, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
We're back for the third and final session of day 4. How long will Sri Lanka bat? The Bangladeshi bowlers have given up long time back. Going through the motions now. Just a matter of time...
14:13 Local Time: If this was a boxing bout, I suppose it would have been K.O at this point. The batting marathon from Sri Lanka is now closing in on 200 overs, the lead also near that number with 4 sessions left in the game. They have ensured that only 2 results remain now - a draw and a Lankan win. Chandimal couldn't get to his ton as he fell quickly after lunch but Dickwella and Dilruwan further swelled the lead as the Bangladesh bowling continued to be blunted to dust. The track has aided the spinners a lot more today although the slowness has remained. A declaration should happen at some point in the final session, probably with about 10-15 overs left in the day. Bangladesh are up against it big time. Join us in 15 for the final session.
Mehidy Hasan [47.0-4-172-3] is back into the attack
Taijul Islam [65.0-13-209-2] is back into the attack
Suranga Lakmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sunzamul Islam to Dilruwan Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Dilruwan has been given out LBW. Looked dead plumb. He has a chat with Herath before signaling the T. Unless he has hit this, there is no way he is going to escape. Naah, no bat involved. Nothing on UltraEdge and that's stone dead. On your bike, Dilruwan
The physio is out there to attend to him
Run out appeal referred upstairs. A direct hit would have got him easily but this could be close too. He is in, the dive has saved him
Don't see a declaration happening before tea. The Lankans may ponder over it during the break. Probably a lead of 220-230 might be on their minds
Sunzamul Islam [37.0-2-128-0] is back into the attack
Rangana Herath, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mehidy Hasan to Dickwella, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Sri Lanka have used a review! Perera has been adjudged lbw and he has challenged the onfield decision. Let's see what the replays say! No bat involved. Waiting for HawkEye...
Dilruwan Perera, right handed bat, comes to the crease
T Islam to Chandimal, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Welcome back for the post-lunch session folks! This might prove to be an eventful session. Sri Lanka might look to up the ante and get some quick runs and take the match forward. On the other hand, Bangladesh would be desperate to get those remaining six wickets, else they'll be under immense pressure to bat on a day 5 wicket. Here we go...
Sri Lanka continue to roll along and the hosts have found now answers. Roshen Silva completed his maiden Test hundred, Dinesh Chandimal is merrily moving along towards his own hundred, Dickwella has pressed on the accelerator and the visitors now lead by 99 runs. Fair to say, they are batting Bangladesh out of the match. After three days, the pitch has finally woken up, it's still a good batting surface, but the spinners have found some consistent turn. That's bad news for the hosts who will in all probability bat last on this track. But that's still far away, how many more will Sri Lanka add to their kitty? Join us in 35 minutes for the resumption..
A slip and a FSL for Taijul
Taijul Islam [57.0-13-164-1] is back into the attack
Bangladesh have taken the third new ball
Mustafizur Rahman [28.0-6-94-1] is back into the attack
Mustafizur back for another spell
Niroshan Dickwella, left handed bat, comes to the crease
A slip and a silly point for Dickwella, Mehidy from round the wicket
Mehidy Hasan to Roshen Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Time for a drink! The track has started to show signs of spin and that isn't good for Bangladesh because this lead is swelling for the Lankans
The way the pitch has behaved this morning, Herath and co will be licking their lips. All that the Lankans need to do now is build a sizeable lead and give their spinners the time to bowl Bangladesh out
Taijul Islam [51.0-13-144-1] is back into the attack
Time for a change
Mehidy Hasan [19.0-0-97-1] is back into the attack
Round the wicket
Time for live action. Have Bangladesh's bowlers had some magic potion? I hope they have, considering this pitch. The Lankans will want to continue chugging along. It shall be Mustafizur to begin proceedings on day 4, three slips in place
Pitch report: "The ball has been turning but it's been from the rough well outside off and then going further away. That's been the main issue for the left-arm spinners. For the left-handed batsmen, there are a few roughs which could be a problem but the right-handers are likely to have lesser problems. If the Lankans can get a lead of 150 or so, they could be well on top," opines Tino Mawoyo
Day 4, 8:55 local: It's been a buffet pitch for the batsmen here at Chittagong. The hungry lot helped themselves while those who didn't make it count would surely be regretting it. With the surface not really deteriorating like a sub-continental surface usually would, it's been easy going for the batsmen. There has been signs of spin but such has been the slowness of the deck that it hasn't troubled anyone at all. Today's a fresh day and one hopes from a neutral point of view that the track does play a few tricks because otherwise, a dull draw is in the offing. SL hold all the aces and it seems like they are the only team that can win this game now although stranger things have happened. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan from the Cricbuzz commentary box, welcoming you all to the coverage on day four.
Stumps, Day 3: Daddy hundreds from Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis has put Sri Lanka in the driver's seat. Both had opportunities to record their respective double tons, but the pair threw it away, especially Mendis, who fell four short. Roshen Silva, playing his second Test, notched up his second successive fifty and looks set for a hundred of his own. With wickets in the bag, Sri Lanka will look to gain a massive first innings lead that would put the pressure back on the home side. Bangladesh managed only two wickets in the day and both came in the second session, they looked flat throughout. Join us tomorrow to find out if the pitch has woken up. Goodbye!
Last over of the day..
Taijul Islam [49.0-12-142-1] is back into the attack
Back over the wicket
Round the wicket now
Mustafizur Rahman [21.0-5-68-1] is back into the attack
Liton Das is up to the stumps. Interesting!
Time for a drink! Don't know about the players but I certainly need one. If this were a film, it could be one of those really long period dramas
Sunzamul Islam [26.0-1-93-0] is back into the attack
Mustafizur Rahman [18.0-5-60-1] is back into the attack
The Fizz from the other end. Couple of wide slips in place
Welcome back for the final session. SL will want to continue to consolidate the work done by Mendis and de Silva. What can Bangladesh do better? Maybe string in a series of tight overs for starters. It's barely happened this innings and whenever it has, it's been due to defensive bowling that won't get you wickets. Let's see how things pan out after tea. Time for live action
Two wickets in the session for the hosts but Sri Lanka have reduced the deficit to just 97 runs. Fair to say, they are in pole position in this Test now. Big hundreds for Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis - both went past their previous career-best score and both failed to convert it into a double-hundred. A wicket each for Taijul and Mustafizur, but it will be the visitors who will be smiling at the break. Can Sri Lanka go past Bangladesh's first innings score before stumps? Join us in a while..
Two slips for Taijul
Dinesh Chandimal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
T Islam to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Taijul Islam [36.0-7-120-0] is back into the attack
Sunzamul Islam [23.0-1-88-0] is back into the attack
Mosaddek Hossain [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack
A gully is in place now
Mehidy Hasan [15.0-0-70-1] is back into the attack
A slip and a FSL in place for Mehidy..
Drinks are on the field now..
Short leg comes in
Taijul Islam [30.0-6-90-0] is back into the attack
Umpire Rod Tucker has a word with Mustafizur for running on the pitch. Tells him to stay away from the danger area. No official warning. He switches to round the wicket..
Roshen Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mustafizur to de Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
The umpires have a word with de Silva, who is standing outside the crease and then walking down. Might be on the danger zone
Mustafizur Rahman [12.0-2-49-0] is back into the attack
Second new ball has been taken. Fizz to have first crack with it..
Welcome back.. Sri Lanka's gameplan is straightforward - bat, bat and bat more. The surface has no demons in it and with lots of batting to come, they must overhaul Bangladesh's score today. The home side are one over away from the second new ball. Will that provide them a new seize of life? We'll wait and watch. Mehidy, who has not been used much, to start proceedings. A slip and short leg in place..
11:33 Local Time: Another session pocketed by the Lankans. This partnership is starting to assume marathon proportions and Bangladesh's bowlers simply don't have an answer to this pair. The tactics from Mahmudullah have been baffling as well, defensive field placements and some weird bowling changes. The decision to underbowl Mehidy has been a shocker. Full credit to de Silva and Mendis though, they have just chugged along merrily, hardly ever bothered by anything at all. If this pattern continues, it won't be long before the visitors get close to the Bangladeshi total. Once that happens and the game goes into day four, strange things can happen. The hosts need to still believe that they can still trigger a collapse from somewhere. Looking bleak for them though. Will things change after lunch? Join us in about 30 minutes to find out.
Just enough time left to squeeze one more over in before lunch
Taijul Islam [28.0-6-83-0] is back into the attack
Mehidy Hasan [8.0-0-45-1] is back into the attack
Mehidy taking a lot of time in setting his field. A slip and a short leg in place
Finally, Mahmudullah remembers that he has an off spinner in his side. Not sure why Mehidy hasn't bowled more than what he has so far
Mahmudullah, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
The skipper decides to roll his arm over. Can he change the fortunes of his side?
Stat alert: Dhananjaya de Silva is the joint-fastest to 1000 Test runs for Sri Lanka along with Roy Dias and Michael Vandort
Mominul Haque, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Sri Lanka still trail by 253 runs. You wouldn't know that though, if you saw these bowling tactics and field placements from Bangladesh. Way too defensive. Yes the track has been mostly docile but the intent has been lacking from the hosts. Another roll of the dice by Mahmudullah as he brings on a part-timer
Sunzamul will continue. A slip in place
Drinks are on the field now. All too easy for this pair. There have been moments when Bangladesh have managed to keep things tight but that's always been followed by a flurry of boundaries. The pitch too hasn't changed much at all except getting drier. A few balls are spinning but these events are not frequent enough to sow any seeds of doubt in the batsmen's mind
Sunzamul switches to over the wicket
Sunzamul Islam [15.0-1-52-0] is back into the attack
A wide first slip and two further slips for Mustafizur
Back to round the wicket
Back to over the wicket..
Silly point moves across to leg slip
Taijul, from the other end. A slip and a silly point in place..
The players are out in the middle. It will be Mustafizur who will resume proceedings for Bangadesh. Two slips and a short extra-cover in place. He's starting from round the wicket
There are some dry areas which can be exploited by the batsmen, the rough is developing as well. It should still be a good batting surface, reckons Tino Mayowo, in his pitch report
If it was Mominul who took the honours on the first day, it was Dhananjaya de Silva's turn to make merry on the second. Having had a start stop career, the batsman has found a new lease of life at number three. He looked at ease against an attack that missed Shakib Al Hasan, effortlessly making his fourth Test hundred. He found an effective partner in Kusal Mendis, together they took the score from 0/1 to 187/1 at stumps. Nothing went right for the hosts, not even their reviews, they blew up both reviews in a short span of time, leaving them on a leather hunt.
Day 3: Far far away from Johannesburg, the batsmen are having quite a feast in the port city of Chittagong. A sum total of 700 runs for the loss of 11 wickets have meant that the bowlers have had nothing going their way. Yes, there has been some bite off the surface, some deliveries have gripped and turned, some have spat from the deck, but everything has been in slow motion, giving ample time for the batsmen to adjust. Will day 3 turn out to be any different?
The track did have the odd ball turning but the general slowness proved to be the batsman's ally. Both batsmen thrived on it along slightly indisciplined Bangladeshi bowling and fielding to ensure that the day ended on a good note for the visitors. From the match's point of view, Bangladesh still have runs on the board and will hope that one wicket can bring two or three quickly. The surface is yet to do anything out of the ordinary but disciplined bowling can perhaps reap some rewards. Sri Lanka will hope that this pair can continue for longer so that the middle order can capitalize. That's it for today. Join us back tomorrow. For now, hop on to the Ind-SA match tab. Cheers!
16:43 Local Time: Fantastic day for the Lankans. They started the day with early strikes in the first hour before Mahmudullah shepherded Bangladesh past the 500-run mark. Still, the visitors felt that they had done decently, considering that the score was 374/4 at stumps on the first day. However, losing Karunaratne was a jolt for them but that was to be their only casualty of the day. Dhananjaya de Silva produced a fab riposte that was studded with counter-attacking batsmanship to get to his 4th Test ton, second in succession. De Silva found an able partner in Kusal Mendis who after a shaky start, started growing in confidence by playing a lot of shots. The latter's dropped chance early in his innings did prove costly for Bangladesh who were sent on a leather hunt ever since
Final over of the day. Sri Lanka can be mighty pleased of their efforts thus far. Bangladesh will hope for a spark in the dying stages of the day. Taijul to continue
Mosaddek Hossain, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Another appeal, another review. It's him again, Taijul. Thinks there is an edge and so did Liton who went straight up in appeal for caught behind. Nothing on UltraEdge and so the on-field call will stay
Sunzamul Islam [12.0-1-42-0] is back into the attack
Once again Taijul wants a review for LBW and Mahmudullah decides to go for it. de Silva was on the move as he got pinged on the pad. Was he too far down the track? Doesn't seem to be bat, so this has to be the crucial criteria. Nothing on Ultra Edge. All down to the BallTracker now - yes he is well over the 3 meter guideline
Bangladesh review for LBW. Another huge appeal from Taijul and this time, Mahmudullah obliges. No bat involved, UltraEdge confirms it. Over to Ball Tracking. Could this be spinning too much? Not exactly, but it's going over the stumps
Taijul Islam [8.0-0-37-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. This partnership has gained momentum, the scoring rate has picked up in a big way and Bangladesh don't seem to have a back up plan. The delivery from Mehidy just before the drinks break will give the hosts some confidence. They need to be more accurate though, try to create pressure by stringing together tight overs. Crucial final hour coming up for the Lankans, they cannot afford to be lax
Mehidy Hasan [3.0-0-13-1] is back into the attack
Mustafizur, from round the wicket
Taijul Islam [7.0-0-33-0] is back into the attack
Mustafizur Rahman [5.0-1-11-0] is back into the attack
A slip, wide second slip and a gully as Mustafizur comes back
A slip and a silly point in place
Taijul Islam [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Spin from both ends.. Sunzamul is in with a slip and a FSL in place
Welcome back.. A slip and a FSL for Mehidy
14:12 Local Time: Sri Lanka will be happy with the mini-session. They did lose Karunaratne early but since then, de Silva has exhibited some proactive batting to unsettle the spinners. He has found an ally in Mendis who has been shaky but crucially for Sri Lanka, has hung on. He did get lucky as a sharp chance was dropped at second slip. There is some purchase for the spinners and it's only going to increase as the game progresses. However, the slow nature of the surface means that the batsmen have a chance if they apply themselves. With runs on the board, Bangladesh still very much in front. Can they make some inroads in the final session? Or will this partnership flourish further? Join us in 15 to find out.
Last over before tea
Mehidy Hasan [1.0-0-1-1] is back into the attack
Time for some off spin. He struck in his very first over before being removed. Can he deliver once more in similar fashion in a new spell?
Taijul Islam, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Left arm spin from both ends now
Mustafizur Rahman [1.0-1-0-0] is back into the attack
Another change. With the left-hander out of the equation, Mahmudullah decides to bring his lone pacer back. Two slips and a gully in place
First slip moves to mid-wicket
A slip, gully and an FSL in place
Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mehidy Hasan to Karunaratne, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mehidy Hasan, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
This is interesting. Just the one over for Mustafizur and Mahmudullah is quick to give his off spinner the newish ball. Perhaps due to the fact that there is a left-hander on strike plus this new ball offering some bite for the spinners. A slip and short leg in place
Sunzamul Islam, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
The debutant to share the new ball
Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis are at the crease. Karunaratne is on strike. Mustafizur will open the attack
That's a wrap to our coverage of this game. The bat dominated the ball by some distance here in Chittagong and most of the batsmen made merry, none more than Mominul Haque. A draw was inevitable and so we have a decider coming up then. The final Test will be held in Dhaka on 8th February. Looking forward to your company for that one. For now, you can hop on to the Ind-SA match tab to follow the coverage there. This is Hariprasad Sadanandan (@iamharry_88) signing off from the commentary box along with my mates Nikhil Jadhav (@IamNicck) and Harish. Cheers!
Man of the Match: Mominul Haque for his twin centuries in the Test - the first ever Bangladeshi batsman to achieve the feat.
It was an extremely good batting surface here at Chittagong and Mominul's fluent 176 along with contributions from Rahim and Mahmudullah had got the home side to a 500-plus total. The Lankans weren't to be daunted though, and they launched an even bigger riposte with daddy hundreds from de Silva and Mendis while Roshen Silva notched up his debut century as well. The visitors' intention was to bat really long and then use the scoreboard pressure of the lead. They must have hoped that the pitch would deteriorate a bit as well but that wasn't to be. Not a match to be a bowler as both sides struggled to take wickets. Only 24 wickets fell over more than 14 sessions - sums up things, doesn't it?
Excellent end to the game for Bangladesh and I have to say that this is a moral victory for them. Things could have got tacky if they had lost wickets early in the morning but Mominul's second ton of the game and his fantastic stand with Liton Das ensured that the visitors wouldn't be allowed to run through. Both departed at the fag end of the second session in contrasting styles and it did seem like there would be some madness to follow, considering the way Mahmudullah and Mosaddek started their innings. However, the tea break came at the right moment and the duo kept their heads down thereafter to prevent further damage. A job well done by the hosts.
15:21 Local Time: The captains are having the customary handshakes. Not waiting till the mandatory 15 overs to start, don't have to actually because the result is more than imminent now. Match drawn and the series stays 0-0
Kusal Mendis, comes into the attack
Lakshan Sandakan [14.0-1-55-1] is back into the attack
Dilruwan Perera [23.0-3-70-1] is back into the attack
Suranga Lakmal [7.0-1-21-0] is back into the attack
Welcome back for the final session of the match folks! Wickets of Mominul Haque and Liton Das might have raised hopes for Sri Lanka, but with the likes of Mosaddek and Mahmudullah in the middle, hosts would be pretty confident to draw the Test. Will they? Let's find that out...
14:12 Local Time: Another really good session for Bangladesh although the last 30 minutes tested the nerves of their fans. Mominul became the first Bangladeshi batsman to record twin tons in a Test and he along with Liton stretched their partnerhip deeper into the session before the former fell to a good ball. The entry of Mahmudullah saw the skipper being unusually nervy and it rubbed off on Liton who played a poor shot to deprive himself of a century. No real demons in the surface, the new ball will grip a bit more and turn but still a nice deck to bat. Only the nerves can derail Bangladesh because technically, they have all but covered this. Join us in 15 to see if there is a twist to this tale. Highly unlikely but still.
Dilruwan Perera [20.0-1-69-1] is back into the attack
Herath to Liton Das, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Lakmal wasn't seen warming up during the last over. Does that mean it's going to be spin from both ends? There's a mini-conference out there and they decide to continue with de Silva
Rangana Herath [22.0-4-72-1] is back into the attack
The fourth umpire makes a dash to the ground with the second new ball. Not surprisingly, Sri Lanka have taken it. The last roll of the dice for the visitors. It's the old warhorse who is going to start with the fresh cherry. A slip and a short leg in place
The captain and also the birthday boy comes on now to the centre
de Silva to Mominul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dhananjaya de Silva [7.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack