Sri Lanka Bowlers rout Bangladesh in Third Day at Galle Stadium

 . Last updated on March 9, 2017, 3:07 PM
Sri Lanka Bowlers rout Bangladesh in Third Day at Galle Stadium
Kusal Mendis strikes in his long stretch to near a double century in the first inning.
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Sri Lanka batsmen dominated the first inning in the test against Bangladesh. Bowlers Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan came out as the top attacker of the team taking two and four wickets respectively. The former took two wickets while the latter struck down four in the first inning. Sri Lanka batted strong hauling their score to 494 batting for 129.1 overs. Kusal Mendis scored 194 runs striking 19 fours and 4 sixes. He played until the 104th over pulling the score to 398. Asela Gunaratne scored 85, while Niroshan Dickwella had 75 runs. Another scorer was Dilruwan Perera, who knocked a half century scoring 51 runs.

In the next inning, Bangladesh was almost toppled in the morning session of the third day. Sri Lanka bowlers took down four top wickets of the team in a stretch of 80 runs. For Bangladesh, the target is high and the inning is on pressure. The batsmen of the team could not contribute massive runs individually as that of Sri Lanka players. The lower order could not sustain the attacks falling to 8 wickets for near 300 runs after the 90th over in the inning. The only strong stretch in the match was in the beginning, that witnessed a strong cameo down the top line-up.

The opening partnership between Tamim Tqbal and Soumya Sarkar lasted for more than 35 overs bringing 118 runs. Iqbal was run out by Dickwella breaking the opening stand. In contrast, Soumya Sarkar played until the 49th over scoring 71 runs. His wicket made Bangladesh succumbed to 3 for 142. The player who steered the inning, until the final session is Mushtafiqur Rahim. He was down in the 96th overs to be the 9th wicket. Dragging the score to 308, he scored 85 runs to be the top scorer of the team. Dilruwan Perera took three wickets and Rangana Herath had 2, until the match hanged by the last two batsmen, Subhashis Roy and Mushtafizur Rahman.


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