Chattogram Test-Day 3

Bangladesh 178 All Out In Second Test Against Sri Lanka

Bangladesh Vs. Sri Lanka. Photo: Collected

Bangladesh Vs. Sri Lanka. Photo: Collected

After Sylhet, Bangladesh receives the flavour of failure in Chittagong Test as well. Bangladesh's untidy batting performance came to an end as they lost their six remaining wickets in the post-lunch session and were bundled out for 178, conceding a mammoth 353-run lead at tea on Day 3 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today. Asitha Fernando took the highest four wickets for Sri Lanka.

The Tigers fell 153 runs short of avoiding the follow-on and it remains to be seen whether the visitors enforce the follow-on and invite Bangladesh for their second innings after the tea interval.

The hosts lost Shakib Al Hasan (15), Liton Das (four), Shahadat Hossain Dipu (eight), Mehedi Hasan Miraz (seven),  Mominul Haque (33) and Khaled Ahmed (one) in the session with pacer Asitha Fernando claiming four wickets while pacer Lahiru Kumara and Prabath Jayasuriya took one each in the session. 

Any hopes of a stern resistance after resuming play on 115-4 post-lunch evaporated very quickly as Shakib and Liton departed inside four deliveries in the fourth over of the session. 

Shakib was trapped LBW with an in-coming delivery, a decision he reviewed but the third umpire upheld the decision on umpire's call. Liton opened his account with a beautiful cover drive for a four but poked the next ball straight into the hands of the keeper.

Dipu stuck around for a few overs before getting caught at slip off Lahiru, a decision that was sent upstairs by the on-field umpires but upon inspection, the TV umpire deduced that Kamindu Mendis had taken the catch safely.

Miraz was the next to depart in the session, getting trapped LBW by left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya.

Both Dipu and Miraz had gotten a second life in the session, with Prabath dropping a simple return catch off the former when he was on seven and the latter getting dropped by substitute fielder Sadeera Samarawickrama on two. But neither could cash in on their second life.

Mominul Haque witnessed wickets tumbling from the other end as he continued accumulating runs, completing 4000 runs in Test cricket with his 25th run in the innings, becoming the fourth cricketer from Bangladesh to reach this milestone. 

But Mominul's resistance also ended with an in-swinging fuller-length delivery from Asitha, which hit him on the front foot and the umpire adjudged the batter LBW.

Khaled then lost his middle stump to Asitha, ending Bangladesh's innings on a paltry 178 in 68.4 overs.

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