COLOMBO — Sri Lanka took a flurry of late wickets to put the brakes on Bangladesh at the second Test here Thursday after the tourists made a promising start to their first innings with a 95-run partnership.
Soumya Sarkar top-scored for Bangladesh with 61 while sharing a solid opening stand with Tamim Iqbal which gave the visitors the upper hand on day two before their innings unraveled late in the afternoon.
Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan claimed two wickets in two balls in the final hour as Sri Lanka reduced Bangladesh to 214-5 at the close.
It means the host still lead Bangladesh by 124 runs after making 338 in its first innings, thanks largely to a fighting century by Dinesh Chandimal.
Bangladesh thought it was in a comfortable position after Soumya made his third fifty in the series in as many innings, and Tamim made 49 before being trapped lbw by Sri Lankan skipper Rangana Herath.
Sandakan then trapped Imrul Kayes plumb in front to dismiss him for 34 and then successfully reviewed a not out decision to remove nightwatchman Taijul Islam off the next ball.
Suranga Lakmal delivered a further blow to the visiting side when he removed Sabbir Rahman after he had scored 42, playing the lead role in a 62-run partnership with Imrul for the third wicket.
After Herath earned Sri Lanka’s first breakthrough, Sandakan then bowled Soumya before finishing the day with 3-65.
Shakib Al Hasan lived dangerously to see out the day with unbeaten 18 alongside skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who was on two at the close.
The host earlier added exactly 100 runs to its overnight 238-7 before it was all out on the stroke of lunch break.
Chandimal, who was unbeaten on 86 overnight, made 138, his eighth in Test cricket, off 300 balls after an innings which contained more than its share of good fortune
After surviving two TV reviews on the first day, he was again given out caught behind Thursday off Mustafizur Rahman’s bowling but the decision was overturned when replays showed the ball had not touched his bat.
Off-spinner Mehedi finally dismissed Chandimal, who now has four Test centuries against Bangladesh in six Tests, as debutant Mosaddek Hossain took the catch at midwicket. — AFP