Mushfiqur Rahim is unbeaten at 22    Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim is unbeaten at 22 Getty Images

Bangladesh were reduced to 213 for 6 before lunch as they faced the hosts Sri Lanka on Day Three of the first Test at Galle. Resuming at 133 for 2 on the second day, Bangladesh lost 4 wickets this morning. Sri Lankan bowlers, by all means, dominated thoroughly. They got rid of set Soumya Sarkar early in the session and kept producing fruitful chances in regular intervals, putting the visitors in the back foot. At the stroke of lunch, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (22*) remained unbeaten along with Mehedi Hasan (11*), as Bangladesh trail Sri Lanka by 281 runs. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle

Bangladesh had lost two of their most dependable top-order batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque on Day Two. Sarkar, who was batting on 66, departed off Suranga Lakmal’s first ball he faced. The delivery swung back to the left-hander, who top-edged it to Lahiru Kumara at deep fine-leg. Shakib Al Hasan came out to bat next and tried to settle things down a bit. However, he fell shortly for 23, playing a poor shot. A Laskhan Sandakan delivery went down the leg side and Shakib thin-edged it to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. Full Cricket Updates: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 at Galle

Wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Mahmudullah and Liton Das departed in quick succession. Lahiru Kumara bowled a brilliant over and got Mahmudullah off the fourth delivery. In fact, he was being setup, as the bowler fired short ball pushing Mahmadullah on the back foot. He then bowled a length ball, catching the batsman in the crease and uprooting the off stump.

Das dismissal, on the other hand, was due to poor shot selection. There was lack of footwork. As Rangana Herath pitched it outside off, Das casually played for the turn, giving an easy catch to Asela Gunaratne at slip.

Bangladesh did not lose wicket after that, but chances were produced and put down by Sri Lanka in the following overs. Mehedi Hasan got off to a powerful start, as he released pressure immediately after Das dismissal, hitting back-to-back boundaries in the same over.

Bangladesh s hopes lie on Mushfiqur and Mehedi now, as they do not have any other specialist batsman down the order.

Herath rotated his bowlers very wisely and everyone joined hands to remove the top and middle-order batsmen.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 494 (Kusal Mendis 194, Asela Gunaratne 85, Niroshan Dickwella 75, Dilruwan 51; Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 68, Mehedi Hasan 4 for 103) lead Bangladesh 213 for 6 (Tamim Iqbal 57, Soumya Sarkar 71, Mushfiqur Rahim 23*; Suranga Lakmal 1 for 32, Dilruwan Perera 1 for 32) by 281 runs.