Bangladesh crumble in first hour

Lunch Bangladesh 312 and 157 for 5 (Mushfiqur 34*, Liton 32*, Herath 2-50, Perera 2-49) need 300 to win against Sri Lanka 494 and 274 for 6 declared (Tharanga 115, Chandimal 50*, Mehedi 2-77)
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Soumya Sarkar’s dismissal off the second ball of the day set off an early collapse © AFP

Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers set the hosts on track for victory, in the first hour of the fifth day, before Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das mounted a plucky resistance for the second half of the session. With the pitch now taking substantial turn, Sri Lanka remain well placed to push for victory, but the sixth-wicket partnership – which has now seen out 19 overs and yielded 53 runs – has lent hope that Bangladesh might hold on until the rains come. No heavy clouds had moved over the ground by lunch, but there are reports of lashing storms in the vicinity, and it may only be a matter of time. On the off-chance that a full day’s play is possible, Bangladesh have a further 67 overs to bat out.

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Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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