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Sri Lanka cruises toward win in 1st test

Sri Lanka cruises toward win in 1st test

Muttiah Muralitharan claimed two wickets to leave Bangladesh floundering at 150 for four at tea chasing a massive Sri Lankan lead of 520 runs on the fourth day of the first cricket test Tuesday.
Sri Lanka declared its second innings before lunch at 405-6, anchored by captain Mahela Jayawardene's imperious 166.
Bangladesh's run chase started badly when opener Imrul Kayes was run out for just 13 runs.
Tamim Iqbal (47) and Junaid Siddique took the score to 72 in the second session before Iqbal was caught by Jayawardene off a Dammika Prasad ball.
Siddique and Raqibul Hasan's third-wicket stand yielded 52 more runs until Siddique (37) fell foul of another Jayawardene catch, this time off Muralitharan.
Muralitharan claimed his second wicket when he bowled Hasan for 24 and went to the break with figures of 2-26.
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was 23 not out with Mehrab Hossain yet to score going in to tea, with Bangladesh requiring another 371 runs for a win.
Resuming on 291-4 after a break day Monday for the Bangladesh election, Jayawardene added 37 runs to his overnight score of 129 before Siddique caught him off a Mehrab Hossain delivery. Jayawardene's 24th test century came off 269 balls with 19 boundaries and one six.
His fifth wicket partner Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 47 before he was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim off Shakib Al Hasan.
Prasanna Jayawardene (3) and Chaminda Vaas (15) were unbeaten when Sri Lanka declared its innings.
Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Mehrab Hossain took two wickets apiece, while Mahbubul Alam and Shakib Al Hasan got one each.


Updated : 2021-04-22 20:10 GMT+08:00