Upul Tharanga scored a century on Day Four    AFP
Upul Tharanga scored a century on Day Four AFP

Bangladesh need 390 runs more to register an unlikely victory after bad light stopped play on Day Four of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. A good start from Bangladesh and rains have now ensured that Sri Lanka needs 10 wickets on the final day to go one up in the series. Sri Lanka earlier declared their innings at 274 for 6 on the board, setting a target of 457 for Bangladesh to win the match. Given the humongous goal, Bangladesh did not lose cool as the openers protected their wicket while putting up good runs on the board at stumps. As play resumes on Saturday, Tamim Iqbal (13*) will bat with Soumya Sarkar (53*) as Bangladesh have 67 runs on the board without any loss. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Galle

Sri Lanka took tea with 247 for 5 on the board. The batsmen had started hitting out freely right after Upul Tharanga completed his century. Coming back from tea, Dinesh Chandimal and Dilruwan Perera continued with the power-hitting. Dilruwan scored 33 off 27 before falling to Mustafizur Rahman s off-cutter. Chandimal on the other hand had already scored his half-century, 11th of his Test career and his first in the last nine innings. Skipper Rangana Herath declared the innings, giving Bangladesh a target of 457.

Left-handers Tamim and Sarkar opened the innings and put up a solid show. The two provided the team with a solid start, putting up an unbeaten 67-run partnership. Tamim was more conservative in his approach and aimed to hold the innings together while Sarkar was at his attacking best, slamming 53 off 47 deliveries. He smashed 6 fours and a six in the process. His attitude and body language did not let the Sri Lankan bowlers rule.

If the two manage to continue to bat in the same way and remain unbeaten throughout the first session of the final day, Bangladesh will be in a strong position to save the Test. Earlier, Upul Tharanga s century had powered the hosts to 274 for 6 (declared). While wickets kept falling at the other end, Tharanga kept his cool and went on to score the third century of his Test career. Chandimal s unbeaten 50 and Dilruwan Perera s 27-ball 33 were the other handy contributions that helped Sri Lanka gain a lead of 456 runs.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 494 and 274 for 6 decl. (Upul Tharanga 115, Dinesh Chandimal 50*; Mehedi Hasan 2 for 77, Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 104) lead Bangladesh 312 and 67 for 0 (Tamim Iqbal 13*, Soumya Sarkar 53*; Suranga Lakmal 0 for 8) by 390 runs.