Bangladesh batters dominated Sri Lankan bowlers on Day 3 of the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram Tuesday. Resuming the day on 76/0 in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings score of 397, Bangladesh reached 318/3 in 107 overs at the close of play, still trailing by runs. And the day surely belonged to opener Tamim Das, who hit 133 off 217 before getting retiring hurt. He was involved in a 162-run stand for the first wicket with Mahmudul Hasan Joy (58 off 142) - the first century opening stand for Bangladesh in five years. Kasun Rajitha, who took the field as a concussion sub, claimed two quick wickets, but Bangladesh once again found another solid partnership of 98 runs in 210 between two unbeaten batters, Litton Das (54 off 113) and Mushfiqur Rahim. So, the deficit is 79 runs. Catch Day 3 highlights and cricket scores of BAN vs SL, first Test:
5:03 PM IST: Stumps
Lasith Embuldeniya with the final over of the day. A couple off the first, then five dots to Litton Das (54 off 113). His stand with Mushfiqur Rahim (53 off 134) is 97 in 210. Bangladesh trail by 79 runs. BAN - 318/3 (107)
4:53 PM IST: Fifties
Lasith Embuldeniya continues. Three runs from his 26th over. 91-run stand in 198 balls for Mushfiqur Rahim (52 off 107) and Liton Das (52 off 107). Bangladesh trail by 85 runs. BAN - 312/3 (105)
4:34 PM IST: 100th Over
Ramesh Mendis on with his 30th over and 66th spin over in the innings. A maiden to Mushfiqur Rahim (45 off 115) and Litton Das (46 off 90), and an unbeaten stand of 77 in 168. Bangladesh trail by 99 runs. BAN - 298/3 (100)
4:15 PM IST: Drinks
Lasith Embuldeniya continues. Three dots, and a review for LBW against Mushfiqur Rahim (38). No shot offered, shouldering his arm. Ball pitching outside and missing the off stump by some distance. Lost review. A maiden. 34 runs in the last ten. Litton Das unbeaten on 36. 0/50 in 21 over for Embuldeniya. Bangladesh trail by 116 runs. BAN - 281/3 (95)
3:54 PM IST: Fifty-run Stand
Ramesh Mendis returns for his 29th over. Four singles and a four off the last ball as Litton Das plays a cover drive with panache. No trouble for Bangladeshi batters Mushfiqur Rahim (34 off 83) and Das (32 off 61). They are in an unbeaten stand of 51 off 107. And 34 runs in the last ten over. Bangladesh trail by 125 runs. BAN - 272/3 (90)
3:25 PM IST: Stand Grooming
Lasith Embuldeniya continues. Two singles. His figures so far: 0/39 in 17 overs, including two maidens. 25-run stand in 71 balls for Mushfiqur Rahim (26) and Litton Das (14). Bangladesh trail by 151 runs. BAN - 246/3 (84)
3:10 PM IST: New Ball Taken
Sri Lanka take the second new ball. Kasun Rajitha to have the first crack with it. A maiden to Mushfiqur Rahim. Bangladesh trail by 159 runs. BAN - 238/3 (81).
In the previous over, Litton Das hit Ramesh Mendis for a four, off the fifth ball, over mid-wicket. And a shout for caught behind the very next delivery. Reviewed, but enough daylight to confirm the umpire's initial verdict of not out.
2:55 PM IST: Steady
Ramesh Mendis on with 27th over. A single off the first, and five dots to Litton Das (3). 24 runs in the last ten overs. Mushfiqur Rahim is unbeaten on 21. Bangladesh trail by 167 runs. New ball available for Sri Lanka after two overs. BAN - 230/3 (78)
2:33 PM IST: Iqbal Retired Hurt
Tamim Iqbal is not coming out to bat. He's retired hurt. Litton Das joins Mushfiqur Rahim in the middle. Lasith Embuldeniya will resume proceedings after tea.
2:12 PM IST: Tea
Kusal Mendis gets his first over. Mushfiqur Rahim hits the fifth ball for a four, and eight runs from the over. And Tea. Bangladesh trail by 177 runs. BAN - 220/3 (72).
Sri Lanka hit back in the session, taking three wickets, by the pacers. Bangladesh have done well to cut the deficit but Tamim Iqbal (133 off 217) was clearly struggling with cramps. He and Rahim in an unbeaten 36-run stand for the fourth wicket.
2:07 PM IST: Cramps
Lasith Embuldeniya on with his 11th over. Three singles from it and Tamim Iqbal (132 off 215) is struggling with cramps. He is an unbeaten 28-run, fourth-wicket stand with Mushfiqur Rahim (7 off 32). Bangladesh trail by 185 runs. BAN - 212/3 (71)
1:45 PM IST: 200 Up
Ramesh Mendis on with his 24th over. Mushfiqur Rahim gets his first run, a single off the first, in eight balls and 200 up for the hosts. Tamim Iqbal is unbeaten on 127 off 204 balls. Bangladesh trail by 197 runs. BAN - 200/3 (65.1)
1:23 PM IST: Sun Strikes Again
Kasun Rajitha, going wide off the pitch, produces a beauty to clean up Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque for 2 off 19. Bowled! Rajitha's figures so far: 2/8 from 3.5. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man. Bangladesh trail by 213 runs. BAN - 184/3 (60.5)
1:03 PM IST: Drinks
Ramesh Mendis on with his 20th over. Tamim Iqbal (111 off 176) is struggling with cramps. Drinks taken. Mominul Haque also unbeaten on 2 off 9. Bangladesh trail by 214 runs. BAN - 183/2 (57.3)
12:37 PM IST: Concussion Sub Strikes
Kasun Rajitha on with his first over, and gets Najmul Hossain Shanto off the fourth ball. Caught behind. Shanto goes for 1 off 22. Rajitha is on as a concussion sub for pacer Vishwa Fernando. Bangladesh trail by 225 runs. Mominul Haque is the new man. BAN - 172/2 (54.4)
12:28 PM IST: Century
Asitha Fernando continues. Iqbal Tamim takes a single off the second ball to complete his 10th Test century (100 off 162; 12 fours). Bangladesh trail by 229 runs. 168/1 (50.2)
12:20 PM IST: First Wicket
Asitha Fernando on with his 11th over. And he breaks the Bangladesh opening stand. Down the leg and caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella. A feather. He goes for 58 off 142. Bangladesh trail by 235 runs. Najmul Hossain Shanto joins Tamim Iqbal (94 off 155) in the middle. BAN - 162/1 (48.5)
12:10 PM IST: Play Resumes
Players are back for the post-lunch session. Ramesh Mendis to resume the proceedings. Mahmudul Hasan Joy is on the strike.
11:31 PM IST: Lunch
Lasith Embuldeniya on with his 8th over. A single off the first ball, and dots to Tamim Iqbal (89 off 152). His opening stand with Mahmudul Hasan Joy (58 off 134) is blooming. Bangladesh trail by 240 runs. BAN - 157/0 (47)
10:51 AM IST: Joy 50
Asitha Fernando on with his ninth over. Fifty for Mahmudul Hasan Joy (51 off 110) with a single off the fourth ball. Bangladesh trail by 257 runs. BAN - 140/0 (36.4)
10:33 AM IST: First Session Drinks
Asitha Fernando on with his seventh over. A single from it, for figures of 0/20 including a maiden. Bangladesh trail by 263 runs. Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy are unbeaten on 76 and 48 runs respectively. Perfect hour for Bangladesh. BAN - 134/0 (33)
10:18 AM IST: Driven
Dhananjaya de Silva gets his first over. Mahmudul Hasan Joy hits the fourth ball for a four, a nice-looking cover drive, to move to 48 off 88. Bangladesh trail by 266 runs. BAN - 131/0 (30)
9:54 AM IST: 100 Up
Tamim Iqbal takes a single off Vishwa Fernando off the third ball to bring up Bangladesh's 100. This is the first century stand for Bangladesh in more than five years. Tamim Iqbal (57 off 79), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (33 off 73). Bangladesh trail by 297 runs. BAN - 100/0 (24.3)
9:43 AM IST: Setting The Tone
Tamim Iqbal hit Vishwa Fernando for back-to-back fours in the second over of the day to set the tone for Bangladesh. But Ramesh Mendis produced a maiden in the next. Bangladesh trail by 307 runs. BAN - 89/0 (22)
9:28 AM IST: Ready
Players are in the middle for the third day's play. Tamim Iqbal (35 off 52) and Mahmudul Hasan Joy (31 off 66) are in a 76-run stand. Bangladesh trail by 321 runs.
Ramesh Mendis to start the proceedings. His figures so far - 0/19 in seven overs.
8:40 AM IST:Day 2 Recap
Angelo Mathews was Sri Lanka's last man out for 199 in a total of 397 that Bangladesh reduced by 76 runs on Monday.
Mathews was philosophical about the poor shot which got himself out. He went after a wide delivery from offspinner Nayeem Hasan and edged it to Shakib Al Hasan at midwicket.
"I just premeditated the shot,” Mathews said. "It would have been nice to get that one run but you have to take what God gives you. I am thankful that I was able to play a good knock. Hopefully, it will help us win the game.”
Nayeem claimed a career-best 6-105, and left-arm spinners Shakib 3-60 and Taijul Islam the other.
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan then batted fluently to end the day on 76 without loss. Tamim was on 35 and Mahmudul on 31.