Bangladesh battle to save Chittagong Test match

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka first Test scoreboard

Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva piled on the runs to put Sri Lanka in a comfortable position on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh yesterday.

However, Taijul does not feel the visitors' spinners were bowling in extraordinary fashion as they scored quite a few runs in a short span and were only troubled when they faced some deliveries that landed in good areas. "Three wickets are too many", he said. "There is a lot to think, and a lot not to think about", Taijul said.

Sri Lanka amassed their joint fifth-highest total in before taking three late wickets to leave Bangladesh with an uphill battle to save the first Test in Chittagong.

He made 109 off 230 balls before becoming the first batsman dismissed on the day.


Although the wicket still holds firm apart from those roughs created by footmarks, the biggest concern for the home fans is the inability of the Tigers to bat well in the second innings.

Chandimal returned to the pavilion scoring 87 runs, but before that, he ensured that his team has taken more than 100-run lead in first innings. "It is a batting wicket, but we didn't bowl to that level", Taijul said. "I think positive approach is the best way to play in this wicket".

Earlier, Sri Lanka started the day with a score of 504 for three. "They could have had more consistency", Joshi said. If he does survive the first session then we are in for another hundred. The biggest obstacle they need to overcome is their self-destructive mindset rather than the wary wicket, which is still to offer any considerable turn and bounce to assist the spinners. "These spinners will learn with due time", he said.

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