Bangladesh faces top order collapse after Sri Lanka’s strike

 . Last updated on July 6, 2018, 10:43 AM
Bangladesh faces top order collapse after Sri Lanka’s strike
Kusal Mendis played the best inning of the day in the morning session knocking a flurry of boundaries.

By third session of Day 3, Sri Lanka exhausted its first inning at 222 runs. The team played 65.3 overs in the day handing over the next inning to Bangladesh. The Dhaka pitch emerged difficult for batsmen. Sri Lanka started the inning with Mendis steering the score. Dimuth Karunaratne lost his wicket to Abdur Razzak after the fifth over. Kusal Mendis played as the highest scorer of the inning adding 68 runs as the opener. He smashed 10 fours and a six in his 98 balls knock. The batsman remained in the crease for 31 overs pulling the score to 109. By the time he returned from the crease, the tea, lost half of its batting line-up.

Following the similar trend to that of the morning session, Sri Lanka’s batting line up continued the wobble losing wickets in short intervals. After lunch, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Roshen Silva and Dilruwan Perera were removed. However, there was a good contribution form the middle order building the 200 plus score.

Roshen Silva and Perera partnered steering the inning for 52 runs, before Dhananjaya came in to play with the former. Silva knocked a half-century scoring 56 runs off 124 balls, after the tea break. Most of the smart plays in the afternoon session was from Silva. He remained docile most of the times, waiting for the best time to score. Guarding his wicket for a long stretch, he knocked 3 fours and a six.

In the inning, Bangladesh bowler Taijur Islam and Abdur Razzak had four wickets each. While Islam strangulated the lower order, Razzak slogged the inning in the morning session. Mustafizur Rahman took two wickets including that of Rangana Herath. Razzak also had a single wicket after lunch.

In the next inning, Bangladesh faced a strong attack losing the top order cheaply. By the second over the team lost two wickets. The slogged continued with further wickets in the 9 and 20th over, but the run rate was sluggish. In 22 Overs, Bangladesh was at 56 for 4, with Liton Das playing at 24, aided by Mehidy Hasan. Both the players became the overnight batsmen, as the team trailed Sri Lanka by 166 runs. By the end of the day, Bangladesh had six wickets in hand for the second day game.

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