Shakib, Mustafizur seize advantage around Karunaratne ton

Sri Lanka 338 and 268 for 8 (Karunaratne 126, Mendis 36, Perera 26*, Mustafizur 3-52) lead Bangladesh 467 by 139 runs
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Dimuth Karunaratne’s fifth Test century kept Bangladesh at bay for large parts of day four © AFP

The Test is tantalisingly poised at the P Sara Oval. Sri Lanka, holders of a proud home record, have stretched their lead 139 runs thanks largely to two centuries: of runs from Dimuth Karunaratne and of balls by Dilruwan Perera. But Bangladesh, playing in a landmark game of their own, can rightfully consider themselves in control of the contest after picking up eight wickets on Saturday.

The day ended on a sour note for Bangladesh after umpire Aleem Dar first seemed to nod yes to an appeal, as if to suggest Suranga Lakmal had got a faint inside edge to short leg off the last ball bowled by Mosaddek Hossain. Replays, however, didn’t indicate an edge but it was yet another example of tough this Test has been for the umpires.

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Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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