Anyone Could Take It
Anyone Could Take It, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
Day 4 of the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh has given both teams enough confidence, based on their achievements, for either of them to snatch the eventual win and stake their claim to the series.
Whereas Sri Lanka have extended their lead to 139 runs, Bangladesh are still in a position to dominate, as they salvaged a bounty of 8 wickets, thanks largely to the efforts of slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Shakib Al Hasan, who took three pivotal wickets, perhaps the most crucial of which was Dimuth Karunaratne.
Karunaratne had been a vision of unbreakable strength, as he dug deep to score 126 runs from 244 balls, holding his position patiently, with no true reason to venture extensively beyond his comfort zone in view of the missteps of the bowlers of Bangladesh in the early stages of the fourth day.
Therefore, when Shakib pitched his delivery outside off and led Karunaratne forward and outside his crease, the reality that he had misread the turn of the ball came closer than could be undone, hitting the outside edge of his bat and to first slip, and into the hands of Soumya Sarkar, for a hysterically celebrated catch, removing Sri Lanka's linchpin.
After this dismissal, the floodgates were flung wide open for Bangladesh to swim to higher ground, as Mustafizur Rahman sent away Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva in the space of just 10 overs, removing any opportunity for Sri Lanka's middle order to have much of an impact.
With Bangladesh moving forward with a distinct end-of-day advantage, the capacity of Sri Lanka ought not to be underestimated, as the final day is now set up to be a humdinger of a display by the two teams.