Sri Lanka Poised for Clean Sweep in Test Series Against Bangladesh

Tue Apr 02 2024
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CHATTOGRAM, Bangladesh: Despite experiencing a batting collapse on Day 3 of the final test match against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka enhanced its prospects of sweeping the two-match series. Following a significant lead in the first innings, Sri Lanka concluded the day at 102-6, extending their overall advantage to 455 runs.

Bangladesh was bowled out for a meager 178 runs earlier in the day, yet Sri Lanka opted not to enforce the follow-on. Asitha Fernando starred with the ball, claiming 4-34, while Vishwa Fernando contributed with 2-38, including the crucial wicket of Zakir Hasan, who top-scored with 54.

The home side suffered setbacks as skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and nightwatchman Taijul Islam fell early, further compounded by Shakib Al Hasan’s dismissal after a year-long absence from Test cricket. Despite initial resistance from Liton Das and Shahadat Hossain, Sri Lanka’s bowlers persisted, eventually bundling out Bangladesh.

In their second innings, Sri Lanka faced a flurry of wickets courtesy of Hasan Mahmud and Khaled Ahmed. The wind played a significant role, aiding movement and contributing to the fall of 15 wickets on the day. At stumps, Angelo Mathews remained unbeaten on 39, with Jayasuriya on 3. Sri Lanka had previously won the first test by 328 runs.

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