Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2nd Test Day 4: Bangladesh on top despite Karunaratne’s century

Mustafizur concluded the day with figures of 3-52 off 19 overs

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Even though Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne scored a superb 126, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets apiece to give Bangladesh the upper hand on the fourth day in Colombo.

Starting off the day on 54/0, Sri Lanka only managed to add three runs to their overnight score before opening batsman Upul Tharanga was clean bowled by Mehedi Hasan Miraz for 26.

Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis made up for the early loss of Tharanga with an 86-run partnership, during which Karunaratne brought up his half-century, before Mendis was caught behind off the bowling of Mustafizur for 36.

Dinesh Chandimal suffered the same fate as Mendis, but he failed to have an impact with the bat as he only made five runs.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts when Asela Gunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva were removed in quick succession for seven and a duck respectively.

Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was the next to go as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shakib for five runs.

Karunaratne went on to score 126 off 244 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed by Shakib.

Karunaratne scored his fifth Test century

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Sri Lanka stand-in captain Rangana Herath also fell shortly after, but Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal ensured their side didn’t lose any more wickets as they amassed an unbeaten 30-run partnership before stumps was called.

Dilruwan finished on 26 off 126 balls, which included two boundaries, while Lakmal also struck two boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 17, which came off 18 deliveries.

Shakib and Mustafizur picked up three wickets apiece, while Mehedi and Taijul Islam claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day four on 268/8 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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