Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne led his side’s tender to match Bangladesh’s mammoth score on a third day of batting domination in the first Test between the two nations on Friday. Karunaratne built an unbeaten 85 as Sri Lanka moved to 229 for three at the near, still needing 112 to steer clear of the follow-on after Bangladesh declared at 541 for seven earlier in the day. Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 114 for the first wicket but Thirimanne used to be dismissed on the final ball before tea for 58. And in the last session, Bangladesh also claimed the wickets of Oshada Fernando (20) and Angelo Mathews (25).
Thirimanne, having been brought back into the Test side in January in South Africa, used to be provided out leg before wicket to Mehidy Hasan, a decision he unsuccessfully reviewed.
He has hit 517 runs in 2021 at an average of 47, and wanted to fortify that against Bangladesh.
“I used to be having a look to receive a big one today,” Thirimanne said. “Disappointed to receive out upon getting a start. I had got four fifties but used to be unable to transform any of them into hundreds. That’s something that I want to work on.”
Thirimanne said his “good year” used to be a result of working with coaches to change his batting mastery. “I am glad it is paying off.”
Karunaratne and Fernando added 43 runs for the second one wicket before Fernando used to be caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Liton Das off Taskin Ahmed.
Mathews, who missed the recent West Indies tour, raced to 25 with four boundaries before being bowled by Taijul Islam.
Dhananjaya de Silva then joined Karunaratne and they had added 39 by the near.
Bangladesh’s bowlers were as frustrated as their Sri Lankan counterparts in the first two days. “You want to be disciplined and then you’ll get rewarded. This can be a slow wicket and we want to be patient,” Taijul said.
Bangladesh’s complete used to be the highest made at Pallekele, built on hundreds from Najmul Shanto (163) and Mominul Haque (127) in addition to Tamim Iqbal’s 90.
Sri Lanka’s left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando finished with four for 96.
Fast bowler Lahiru Kumara did not take part in day three on account of a hamstring injury and is likely to overlook no less than the remainder of the Test.
The two-test series is being played in an empty stadium in Pallekele on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
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