Bangladesh battle to save Chittagong Test match

Bangladesh are playing the first Test against Sri Lanka at Chittagong

Bangladesh are playing the first Test against Sri Lanka at Chittagong

Roshen Silva was unbeaten on 87 alongside skipper Dinesh Chandimal, 37 not out, when stumps were drawn at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

In the last nine Tests Bangladesh played at home and away, the only instance where they could score more runs in their second innings was in Potchefstroom against South Africa - 172 in the second innings compared to 147 in the first innings and they lost by 254 run.

Bangladesh still trail Sri Lanka by 119 runs with seven wickets in hand heading into the final day.

Taijul finished with 4-219 while off-spinner Mehedi Hasan claimed 3-174.

The 25-year-old admitted that his side allowed Sri Lanka to score 100 runs too many even though the track was good for batting. De Silva posted the first 150-plus score of his Test career while Mendis played his flawless help from the other end.

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Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan then had Niroshan Dickwells caught behind after the batsman made a fluent 61 ball-62, with nine boundaries, before Dilruwan Perera (32) was undone by an arm ball from left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam (1-153) for his maiden test wicket.

He made 109 off 230 balls before becoming the first batsman dismissed on the day.

De Silva, who was unbeaten on 104 overnight, reached his 1,000 runs in Tests on 154, joining Roy Dias as the quickest Sri Lankan to achieve the feat in his 23rd innings.

Bangladesh had to wait for the second new ball to get their first success as Mustafizur got a leading edge from de Silva for wicketkeeper Liton Das to complete a high catch.

With Sri Lanka cruising, Bangladesh tried to do everything in their power to break the mammoth partnership the pair had amassed.

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