Tamim Iqbal was the first Bangladesh wicket to fall before lunch in the morning session © AFP
Feb 8, 2014
Bangladesh lost two wickets in a tense morning session on the fifth day as Sri Lanka looked on course to win the second and final Test in Chittagong on Saturday.
Bangladesh, set an improbable target of 467 to record a series-levelling win, took their overnight score of 12-0 to 91-2 by lunch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman put on 71 for the first wicket, before both openers fell in the space of 10 runs.
Tamim made 31 when he was bowled by leg-spinner Kithuruwan Vithanage, who was bowling for the first time in his short four-Test career.
Rahman, a century-maker in the first innings, looked in fine touch during his knock of 45 when he was bowled by off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.
At lunch, Imrul Kayes was unbeaten on two and Mominul Haque was on four, with Bangladesh still 376 runs away from victory.
Sri Lanka have two more sessions to claim the remaining eight wickets and sweep the series after winning the first Test by an innings and 248 runs in Dhaka last week.
Perera was Sri Lanka’s most impressive bowler, conceding just nine runs in 13 steady overs for one wicket.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara became the second batsman in history to score a triple-century and a hundred in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for victory on Friday.
The tourists, who led by 161 runs on the first innings, declared their second knock at 305-4 in the post-tea session of the fourth day’s play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Left-handed Sangakkara followed his 319 in the first innings with 105 in the second, joining Englishman Graham Gooch as the only batsmen to achieve the rare feat.
Gooch made 333 and 123 against India at Lord’s in 1990.
Sangakkara, with 34 three-figure knocks already under his belt, added one more to the tally with a six off Sohag Gazi after tea, but was bowled off the next delivery.
Dinesh Chandimal remained unbeaten on 100, having shared a fourth-wicket stand of 145 with Sangakkara after Sri Lanka wobbled at the start.
Sri Lankan opener Kaushal Silva said there was enough time left in the match to force a win.
The tourists won the first Test by an innings and 248 runs in Dhaka last week.
Sri Lanka 587 & 305 for 4 decl. (Kumar Sangakkara 105, Dinesh Chandimal 100*, Angelo Mathews 43*; Mahmudullah 2 for 46) lead Bangladesh 426 & 91 for 2 (Shamsur Rahman 45, Tamim Iqbal 31; Dilruwan Perera 1 for 9) by 378 runs.