May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Bangladesh faces uphill battle against Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka set Bangladesh a formidable goal of 437 in the second test on Sunday, declaring their second run of 194 for nine at the town of Pallekele.

No team has achieved such an important goal in the history of testing.

The hosts, who picked up the bat on day four from the night’s score of 17 for two, said after lunch. Sri Lanka lost quick wickets but, with a 242 lead in the first set, had leeway.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne obtained the best score with 66 points. He finished the series with 428 points in three innings, having scored a double hundred, one hundred and a half century.

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bagged his eighth five-wicket transport, for 72 points.

The biggest chase in the history of test cricket is the 418 made by the West Indies against Australia in 2003 in Antigua.

The most successful chase in Pallekele, a picturesque seaside resort, is 382 by Pakistan in 2015.

If Bangladesh succeed in forcing a draw with 150 overs left in the game, Sri Lanka risks falling to their lowest world rankings.

The first test ended in a draw after a racing festival, with both teams scoring 1,289 points for the loss of just 17 wickets in five days. – AFP