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18-May-2022 15:15:00 GMT
Ban vs SL - 1st Test, Chattogram, day 4

Mushfiqur ton gives Bangladesh control

Sri Lanka 397 (Mathews 199, Chandimal 66, Nayeem 6-105, Shakib 3-60) and 39 for 2 (Karunaratne 18*, O Fernando 19) trail Bangladesh 465 for 9 dec (Tamim 133, Mushfiqur 105, Litton 88, Mahmudul 58, Rajitha 4-60, Asitha 3-72) by 29 runs

Chattogram: The veteran Bangladesh batter headlined the action on day four of the Chattogram Test, helping his side take an advantageous first-innings lead before the hosts' bowlers reduced Sri Lanka to 39/2 at stumps.

Bangladesh had taken a 68-run lead in the final session of day four before they were forced to declare their first innings on 465. Mushfiqur Rahim highlighted the action on the day as he completed 5000 Test runs – the first from his country – and followed it up with an impressive ton.

Earlier, the play resumed after a 30-minute delay due to rain with the hosts on 318/3. The Bangladesh batters Liton Das and Rahim continued their dominance as they batted through the morning session to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

Rahim, who was 15 runs away from reaching 5000 runs in Test cricket, achieved the milestone. He appeared more determined after reaching the milestone and batted with grit and patience, while Liton, on the other hand, kept his cool and took his time settling in the middle.

The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled some tight lines but didn't get any wickets; nonetheless, they were able to keep the run rate under control in the morning session, conceding only 67 runs with Bangladesh's scorecard reading 385/3 at lunch, still trailing Sri Lanka by 12 runs.

Immediately after the lunch break came respite for Sri Lanka as Kasun Rajihta scalped two wickets in the first two deliveries of the session.

He first snared the prized scalp of Liton, who went chasing after a short and wide delivery from Rajitha but only managed to edge it to the wicketkeeper, falling for a well-made 88.

Rajitha's next victim was Tamim Iqbal(133), who had got retired hurt on the previous day. He returned to the crease but immediately walked back as the Sri Lanka pacer, from round the wicket, angled in a fullish length delivery that burst through Iqbal’s bat and pad gap to dislodge the bails.

Rahim now once again had the task of rebuilding Bangladesh's innings as Shakib Al Hasan came out to accompany him.

After two quick wickets, the Sri Lankan bowlers were charged up and created pressure on the new batter, Shakib.

However, the left-hander survived when he was on 9; he edged one off Ramesh Mendis to the short leg fielder, who claimed to have taken the catch, but the soft signal from the umpire backed by the not-out decision of the third umpire saved Shakib.

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