Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim's fine form with the bat continued as he led yet another fight for his team on an overseas tour.
Rahim's half-century ensured that the visitors crossed the follow-on par score after Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera dismantled the Bangladesh batting lineup.
Rahim and Mehedi play a crucial inning
Continuing from their overnight score of 133/2, Bangladesh lost their first wicket of the day as Soumya Sarkar was sent back by Suranga Lakmal for 71. All-rounder Shakib Al Hassan could only contribute with a cameo of 19-ball 23 before Lakshan Sandakan got him to play a ball that was going down the leg right into the gloves of the wicketkeeper Dickwella. Mahmudullah and Liton Das were dismissed in quick succession and Bangladesh were facing yet another collapse.
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Mehedi Hasan, who scored a half-century against India, played a steady inning of 41 as he and Mushfiqur added 106 for the 7th wicket. Rahim scored his 3rd score of 50 or more in 2017 before leaving a big gap between his pad and bat for the ball to sneak through and hit the stumps off Herath. With 85 runs in this innings, he has already scored 407 in 5 innings in 2017 at a staggering average of 101.75. The highlight of his form has been the fact that all these runs have come outside of Bangladesh.
Herath and Perera spin their webs
Lankan captain Rangana Herath led his side's bowling attack as he and Dilruwan Perera were the wreckers-in-chief with 3 wickets apiece. Lakmal, Kumara, and Sandakan picked a wicket apiece. With a disciplined bowling, the hosts were able to bowl out Bangladesh for just 312 and gain a healthy lead of 182.
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Rain played hide and seek throughout the day and the play wasn't resumed for a long time from tea. When it finally resumed, the Lankans needed just 2 balls to tumble the opposition team. Rains started again and did not start again the entire day.
Day 4 will start with the Lankan batsmen coming out to elevate the lead and win this match by bowling out Bangladesh again while the visitors will try to keep the target low and achievable.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 1st Test Brief scores:
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 494
Bangladesh 1st innings: 312 (M Rahim 85, S Sarkar 71; D Perera 3/53)
SL lead by 182 runs.