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Herath puts Bangladesh in a spot of bother

Herath puts Bangladesh in a spot of bother
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Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath grabbed three wickets to put Bangladesh under pressure on the third day of the second and final Test in Colombo on Monday.

The left-arm spinner removed Mohammad Ashraful and then accounted for well-set Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Mahmudullah off successive balls as Bangladesh reached 158-4 in their second innings at stumps.

The tourists, trailing by 106 on first innings, are now just 52 runs ahead with six wickets in hand. Mominul Haque was unbeaten on 36 with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim seven not out.

The stumble came after Bangladesh made a strong start, with Tamim Iqbal (59) and Jahurul (48) putting on 91 for the opening wicket.

Jahurul lost his patience and wicket when he stepped out of the crease, but missed the line and was stumped by Dinesh Chandimal. He hit one six and one four in his defiant 170-ball knock.

Herath bowled Mahmudullah with his next delivery but missed out on a hat-trick. Nuwan Kulasekara later dropped Mominul at mid-off when the batsman was on 30, denying Herath a fourth wicket.

Tamim was the first to go, inside-edging a Shaminda Eranga delivery on to the stumps after hitting one six and four boundaries in his impressive 12th Test half-century. Sri Lanka were earlier bowled out for 346 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh’s 240. They lost their remaining four wickets for 52 runs.
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