Tamim falls early after Sri Lanka sets 339 target
Published : Saturday, 10 February, 2018 at 11:10 AM Count : 296
The overnight pair of Suranga Lakmal and Roshen Silva added 26 to Sri Lanka's score before a Taijul Islam double strike ended the visitors' second innings. Bangladesh's fourth innings target is 339. That being a difficult proposition on any surface, a monumental batting effort is required to take Bangladesh to victory. They will be slightly buoyed by the fact that the pitch was not at its most treacherous this morning - though that could have also had to do with the age and softness of the ball.
Roshen was secure and confident, as he has been with the bat throughout this series, and it was he who hit the day's first boundary, flaying a wide Mehidy Hasan delivery through point. Occasionally balls would leap off the pitch or stay low, but Roshen's defensive technique and his reflexes were consistently outstanding. On one occasion Mustafizur Rahman drew an outside edge; Roshen had played with such soft hands that the ball bounced several metres in front of the slip cordon. He did, however, turn Mehidy towards short leg on 70, but the fielder could not catch the ball, which bounced just in front of him.
Lakmal lived a little more dangerously after playing himself in at first. On 9, an outside edge flew through the slip cordon, and later that same over he thumped Mustafizur over the leg side. It was his ambition that undid him. Having just smacked Taijul to cow corner for four, he attempted a similar shot two balls later, but was bowled. Rangana Herath was trapped lbw next ball. With no reviews left, he had no recourse.