Roshen Silva remained unbeaten at 87 © AFP
Roshen Silva remained unbeaten at 87 © AFP

Sri Lanka ended Day Three on a positive note, trailing by 9 runs with 7 wickets in hand in the first Test against Bangladesh. Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis continued hammering the hosts’ bowlers ruthlessly on Friday. They survived the first session but were sent back in the following. Roshen Silva (87*) and Dinesh Chandimal (37*) took charge after the dismissals, remaining unbeaten at stumps as Sri Lanka put up 504  for 3.

Bangladesh bowled fruitless spells in the first session as Sri Lanka added 108 runs in the session. The bowlers looked out of plan under stand-in skipper Mahmudullah. Dhananjaya bettered his personal best, posting his first 150 plus score and also completed 1,000 Test runs. He looked equally aggressive throughout his innings while Mendis played the anchor.

Soon after the start of third session, Mustafizur Rahman got rid of Dhananjaya. Mendis stuck around but missed his double-century by 4 runs, getting out just before tea. However, he had stitched a 106-run partnership with Roshen. Roshen, already well set, was joined by skipper Chandimal. Despite losing two set batsmen in the session, Sri Lanka added 121 runs.

Chandimal and Roshen took things forward from where Dhananjaya and Mendis had left. The Bangladesh bowlers failed to break through for the rest of the day. Roshen scored the second half-century of his career and built an 89-run unbeaten partnership with Chandimal.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 513 lead Sri Lanka 504 for 3 (Kusal Mendis 196, Dhananjaya de Silva 173, Roshen Silva 87*; Mustafizur Rahman 1 for 88, Mehedi Hasan 1 for 97, Taijul Islam 1 for 144) by 9 runs.