Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne led his aspect’s bid to match Bangladesh’s mammoth rating on a 3rd day of batting domination within the first Take a look at between the 2 nations on Friday. Karunaratne constructed an unbeaten 85 as Sri Lanka moved to 229 for 3 on the shut, nonetheless needing 112 to keep away from the follow-on after Bangladesh declared at 541 for seven earlier within the day. Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne placed on 114 for the primary wicket however Thirimanne was dismissed on the final ball earlier than tea for 58. And within the ultimate session, Bangladesh additionally claimed the wickets of Oshada Fernando (20) and Angelo Mathews (25).
Thirimanne, having been introduced again into the Take a look at aspect in January in South Africa, was given out leg earlier than wicket to Mehidy Hasan, a call he unsuccessfully reviewed.
He has hit 517 runs in 2021 at a mean of 47, and needed to enhance that in opposition to Bangladesh.
“I used to be trying to get an enormous one in the present day,” Thirimanne stated. “Dissatisfied to get out after getting a begin. I had received 4 fifties however was unable to transform any of them into a whole bunch. That is one thing that I must work on.”
Thirimanne stated his “good yr” was a results of working with coaches to vary his batting method. “I’m glad it’s paying off.”
Karunaratne and Fernando added 43 runs for the second wicket earlier than Fernando was caught down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Liton Das off Taskin Ahmed.
Mathews, who missed the latest West Indies tour, raced to 25 with 4 boundaries earlier than being bowled by Taijul Islam.
Dhananjaya de Silva then joined Karunaratne and so they had added 39 by the shut.
Bangladesh’s bowlers have been as annoyed as their Sri Lankan counterparts within the first two days. “It’s worthwhile to be disciplined after which you’ll get rewarded. It’s a gradual wicket and we have to be affected person,” Taijul stated.
Bangladesh’s whole was the very best made at Pallekele, constructed on a whole bunch from Najmul Shanto (163) and Mominul Haque (127) in addition to Tamim Iqbal’s 90.
Sri Lanka’s left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando completed with 4 for 96.
Quick bowler Lahiru Kumara didn’t participate in day three due to a hamstring harm and is more likely to miss no less than the remainder of the Take a look at.
The 2-test collection is being performed in an empty stadium in Pallekele due to the coronavirus pandemic.