Sri Lankan sailors cut through Bangladesh’s highest order in the second innings after centuries of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal gave the visitors a commanding lead in the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh was a dangerous 34-4 on stumps on the fourth day and needs 107 more runs to fend off an inning loss. The visitors were all out for 506 runs in the final session of the day, with Shakib Al Hasan claiming his 19th test five-for and pacer Ebadot Hossain finishing 4-148.
The hosts ran into problems in the sixth when Asitha Fernando delivered his second Test duck for opener Tamim Iqbal and returned after a catch in the second slip by Kusal Mendis.
Najmul Hossain (two), Mominul Haque (0) and Mahmudul Hasan (15) followed him in quick succession as Fernando and Kasun Rajitha ripped through the top standings, finishing 2-12 and 1-12 respectively.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, who shared 272 in the first innings and closed a century each, closed the day at 14 and one.
It followed a day of battle with the ball, with Bangladesh only making a breakthrough after tea.
Mathews finished Sri Lanka’s spell unbeaten at the crease at 145, while Chandimal made 124 in the pair’s 199-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
The pair dominated the Bangladesh bowlers before Ebadot took over Chandimal, taking the last five wickets in 41 runs.
Mathews, who faced 342 balls and hit 12 fours and two sixes in his second century of the series, was fielded behind Khaled Ahmed at 94, but survived on assessment.
He got another leg-before for Mosaddek Hossain at 105, but the decision was overturned.
Chandimal enjoyed a similar lucky spell in the morning session after an obsolete call on the fourth ball of Mominul’s first over was destroyed.
Two balls later, the righthander narrowly survived a punch at 44.
Later, he hit Ebadot two consecutive fours before reaching his century with a single in the same over.
Chandimal hit 11 fours and a six in his 219-ball innings.
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