After a blistering century, Shakib Al Hasan will be expected to shine with the ball in the 2nd Test     Getty Images
After a blistering century, Shakib Al Hasan will be expected to shine with the ball in the 2nd Test Getty Images

The contest is evenly poised as Sri Lanka bat on Day Four of the second Test against Bangladesh at the P Sara Oval, Colombo. Bangladesh pulled off a commendable task of surviving Sri Lanka s spin-rich bowling on a Day Three pitch and took a 129-run lead at the end of their innings. Shakib Al Hasan s century powered the visitors, who were trailing by 124 runs at the end of Day Two to turn the table and give an up to the mark fight in the final Test. Day Four of the Test will be crucial for the match as well as the series which the hosts are currently leading 1-0. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo

Bangladesh got a formidable start on Day Two itself and continued with it on Day Three. Though the ploy of sending night-watchman Taijul Islam to save the day did not work, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman did their bit to push Bangladesh to a decent score, despite losing 5 wickets. Shakib came back strong with the second Test and after bagging a couple of crucial wickets in the innings before, contributed with a magnificent century that helped Bangladesh gain the lead.

Skipper Mushfiqur continued with his form and Mosaddek Hossain proved himself by scoring a handy 75 down the order. The noticeable part being, the entire batting line-up contributed, which reduces extra load on individuals, giving them the comfort to play their own game.

It was once again a spinners feast, as the duo of Lakshan Sandakan and Rangana Herath picked up 8 of the 10 Bangladesh wickets. This proves the likes of Mehedi Hasan and Shakib will have the edge bowling on Day Four. However, Mushfiqur will definitely use Subashis Roy early on along with Mushtafizur Rahman.

Bangladesh will have the time to do their homework and their bowling in the first innings will be their guide. Apart from Dinesh Chandimal s century, there were hardly any fireworks in the innings. This will keep the hosts under a bit of pressure and provide Bangladesh with somewhat confidence. However, on the contrary, Sri Lanka had lost early wickets in the innings and this time, the opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga has got the team off to a decent start, bringing up 54 without loss at stumps on Day Three.

Mustafizur was able to produce a chance, though pretty tough, towards the end of the day, which indicates he might be a threat on Saturday morning. As the day proceeds, Shakib and Mehedi will take the charge. Bangladesh s primary aim, quite obviously, will be to wrap the Lankans up on Day Four which will leave them with ample time for the chase. On the other hand, Sri Lanka too will look for quick runs to regain the lead and give the bowlers time to pick up 10 wickets by Day Five and end the series with a 2-0 whitewash. In a nutshell, an action-packed day can be expected at Colombo.

Brief scores

Sri Lanka 338 and 54 for 0 (Dimuth Karunaratne 25*, Upul Tharanga 25*; Subashis Roy 0 for 13, Mehedi Hasan 0 for 20) trail Bangladesh 467 by 75 runs.