Sri Lanka middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal faced some close calls as he came agonisingly close to being dismissed not once but twice. The right-hander, batting on 38, was initially given out off the bowling of Shakib al Hasan in the 39th over before the decision was overturned. He was adjudged caught out. Chandimal took the review straightaway and the umpire did not find enough evidence to give him out as snickometre is absent in this Test. He then got another reprieve in the 46th over when Taijul Islam was bowling. Batting on 46, he tried to sweep only to top edge the delivery. The ball went towards the direction of Mehedi Hasan Miraz at deep fine leg. Miraz ran forward and dived to take the catch, paving the way for a Bangladesh celebration. However, after the umpires checked, it was revealed that the ball dropped just few inches short of Miraz.
Reverse sweep dismissal
Sri Lanka were under pressure as they lost regular wickets. After batting first, the Lankans had no big partnership going. They only built some small partnerships for the fifth and six wickets. However, the manner of the sixth wicket dismissal was eye catching to say the least. Niroshan Dickwella was batting well on 34 off 36, adding 44 valuable runs alongside Chandimal. But in the 60th over, Dickwella played a wild reverse sweep against Shakib but missed the ball that hit leg stump. The home side needed Dickwella to stay at the wicket but the batsman in question perhaps had other ideas.