Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Colombo Test: Shakib's ton put Bangladesh in control

Colombo Test: Shakib's ton put Bangladesh in control

The left-arm spin of the talismanic Shakib Al Hasan and the left-arm pace of rookie Mustafizur Rahman were the instruments of Sri Lanka's struggle in their second innings which now stands at 268 for eight.

They had an 80-run unbroken partnership at the break.

Having lost five top-order wickets for 47 runs in the middle session, Sri Lanka are in danger of losing their first Test at home in seven matches.

Sri Lanka's openers started their second innings positively and made 54 without loss in the 13 overs they faced.

Karunaratne, however, held his ground at one end, getting an outside edge off Mustafizur for four to reach his century off 168 deliveries, containing nine boundaries and a six.

Sri Lanka 2nd innings: D Karunaratne not out 25, U Tharanga not out 25; Extras: (B-4) 4. "So that was the plan, to get a wicket, and once we got it you saw what happened", said Bangladesh batsman Mosaddek Hossain.

There was some great late resistance though by Dilruwan Perera (26 not out) and he was aided by Rangana Herath (9) and Suranga Lakmal (16 not out) who survived a final ball review and will resume the fight on day five.

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Shortly afterwards, the Satkhira lad removed Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva, both giving catches behind the wicket to Mushfiq while Shakib Al Hasan sent Asela Gunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella packing, and Sri Lanka were down to 190 for 6 from 143 for 1.

Off spinner Hasan finished with 3-90, and Mustafizur Rahman, Subashis Roy and Shakib taking two wickets each.

Sandakan later took two wickets in successive balls and Lakmal took a wicket in the next over to leave Bangladesh 198-5.

"Mustafizur (Rahman) took the game away from us", Karunaratne said. "The wicket was set and that perhaps gave us a false sense of security to go for runs instead of seeing off that period".

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur posted 52 runs as he shared a 92-run sixth wicket partnership with Shakib to help revive the tourists' innings after a shaky end to their run chase on day two.

For Sri Lanka, Diuth Karunaratne's fifth Test century stood between Bangladesh and a possibility of bagging the victory on the fourth day itself.

After the break, the fast bowler ended Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis' 86-run second-wicket stand in the second over as Mendis edged an angular ball outside the off-stump to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim for 36.

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