Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 4: Sri Lanka strike thrice after forging 200-run lead

Sri Lanka dismiss Imrul Kayes Tamim Iqbal Mushfiqur Rahim 1st Test Day 4 Chittagong cricket

Sri Lanka took out Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim before the end of the day

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Sri Lanka are just seven wickets away from victory as they struck thrice after amassing a 200-run lead over Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test in Chittagong.

Starting off the day on 504/3, Roshen Silva and captain Dinesh Chandimal converted their 89-run partnership into a 135-run stand before Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 109, which came off 230 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

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Roshen Silva celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century

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Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella kept the runs flowing with a 63-run partnership before Chandimal was clean bowled by Taijul Islam for 87, which came off 185 deliveries and included three boundaries.

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Dinesh Chandimal raises his bat after bringing up his 16th Test fifty

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Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera added another 50 runs to the score before Dickwella was caught behind off the bowling of Mehidy for a 61-ball 62, which included nine boundaries.

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Niroshan Dickwella struck his eighth half-century in Test cricket

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Dilruwan went on to make 32 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of debutant Sunzamul Islam. Dilruwan reluctantly reviewed the decision, but the on-field umpire’s call was upheld.

Suranga Lakmal fell for nine, while Rangana Herath struck a quickfire 24 before Sri Lanka declared on 713/9, which gave them a 200-run lead.

Taijul Islam was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Mehidy took three. As for Sunzamul and Mustafizur Rahman, they chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 200 runs, Bangladesh made a solid start to their second innings as Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes amassed a 52-run partnership before Kayes was dismissed by Dilruwan for 19.

Iqbal went on to score 41 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts in the last over of the day as Mushfiqur Rahim was sent packing by Herath for two runs.

As soon as Rahim was removed, the umpires brought play to an end for the day, which left Mominul Haque unbeaten on 18 off 32 balls, which included a solitary boundary.

Dilruwan, Sandakan and Herath claimed one wicket each.

Bangladesh ended day four on 81/3 and will continue batting on Sunday at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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