Published: February 7, 2014
At the end of Day 4, Bangladesh close on 12/0.
Sri Lanka set a target of 467 for Bangladesh to win the Chittagong Test on the fourth day, declaring their second innings on 305 for the loss of four wickets.
The visitors were propelled by a record-breaking century by Kumar Sangakkara before Dinesh Chandimal chipped in with his own ton to strengthen the Lankans’ hold further on the match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Sangakkara brought up his second century of the match off just 143 balls before being bowled by Sohag Gazi on 105.
He struck 11 fours and two sixes on his way to become only the second man in Test history after England’s Graham Gooch to score a triple century and a century in the same match.
Chandimal steered the visitors’ innings after Sangakkara’s departure, bringing up his own unbeaten century off 158 balls.
State-run television channel BTV and satellite channel Maasranga TV are broadcasting the match live.
Mahmudullah led the way for the Tigers’s fight in the morning session, claiming both the wickets of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva in a miserly spell of 13 overs for 25 runs.
Karunaratne was out for 15 off 38 balls while Silva was dismissed for 29 from 48 balls.
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan trapped Mahela Jayawardene lbw for 11.
Earlier, Tigers could add only 15 runs to their overnight tally of 411 for 8, as Ajantha Mendis claimed the remaining two wickets within five overs of the day’s play.
Mahmudullah was dismissed for 30 off 58 balls, out caught to Kaushal Silva off the bowling of Mendis.
Al-Amin Hossain was the last batsman to depart, as he was bowled for 9 off Mendis’ bowling as well.
Bangladesh ended the third day on 411 for 8, thanks to twin maiden centuries by Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes, before late wickets gave Sri Lanka control of the match.
Shamsur and Imrul reached their maiden centuries off 181 and 185 balls, recording the highest second wicket partnership for Bangladesh in the process.
Imrul was particularly merciless on the bowlers, hitting 17 boundaries and a six on his way to the century.
Shamsur was in no sense the silent partner, as his century was composed off 11 boundaries and a six.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfique Rahim and Nasir Hossain all had promising starts to their innings before being dismissed to rash strokes, scoring 59, 20 and 42 respectively.
Lankan bowlers were wayward throughout the early parts of yesterday — bowling 21 no-balls and dropping at least four catches – but recovered well later in the day to make significant inroads.
Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, as he claimed six wickets for 99 runs.
He was well supported by spinner Dilruwan Perera, who took three wickets for 119 runs.
Sri Lanka scored 587 runs in their first innings, anchored by ace batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s 319.
Sangakkara hammered 32 boundaries and eight sixes on his way to become the fastest to 11,000 Test runs, getting there in just 208 innings.
Shakib was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, claiming five wickets for 148.
Nasir Hossian picked up two scalps while Al Amin, Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah picked up one wicket each.