It won’t be appropriate to say the Sri Lankans are slowly but steadily taking the game away from Bangladesh. Because it’s partially true. The islanders are indeed tightening their grip on the game. But that’s not happening in a slow process, rather at a rapid speed
The hosts have lost four wickets in the post-lunch session. But they won’t mind at all. Because at this stage of the match, it hardly matters how many wickets have they lost. All that matters and makes sense is how many runs they have gathered on their card. And that’s the main point for the Lankans to be happy about. In this session, they upped both their game and the run-rate, added 158 runs and extended their lead to 429 runs.
Bangladesh’s super all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan finally made his presence felt in this match, picking up to wickets. One off Kusal Mendis — the highest scorer of the match so far, and the other off Asela Gunaratne. On the other hand, Mehedi Hasan Miraz also got two. Besides sending back Niroshan Dickwella, he also snapped up the prized wicket of Upul Tharanga, who reached his third Test ton before losing his stumps on 115 in quest of scoring quickly