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Moments of the day, 2nd Test, Day 4: Fizz on top and Bangladesh decisions overturned

  • Published at 07:40 pm March 18th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:43 pm March 18th, 2017
Moments of the day, 2nd Test, Day 4: Fizz on top and Bangladesh decisions overturned

Fizz on top

Left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman bowled accurate line and length throughout the day. Particularly, his second spell on day four after lunch was brilliant. Mustafizur got the wickets of Kusal Mendis, first-innings centurion Dinesh Chandimal and middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva. Sri Lanka were batting well and at one stage were 143 runs for two wickets. Then skipper Mushfiqur Rahim brought Musafiz back into the action in the 45th over. And Mustafizur rocked the Lankan middle-order during that seven-over spell. After Mustafizur's magnificent spell, Bangladesh were right back in the game as Sri Lanka were struggling on 186/5.

Decisions overturned

Bangladesh were a bit unlucky as some marginal review decisions went against them. Even in the last ball of the day, there was big shout from the Bangladesh fielders against Suranga Lakmal off the bowling of debutant Mosaddek Hossain. Dilruwan Perera played a superb knock and held the innings together for the Lankans. He was not out on 26 facing 126 balls. But in the 78th over, he went very close to being dismissed by Shakib al Hasan. Replays showed that the ball would have hit the stumps but Bangladesh had no reviews left at that moment. As a result, a chance went begging for the Tigers. Earlier in Sri Lanka's first innings, a strong appeal against Chandimal was overturned while he was on 50. But with snickometre or hotspot unavailable, the on-field umpire had no other option but to reprieve Chandimal, who went on to score 138. So reviews are becoming crucial for Bangladesh with each passing day. How much will these near misses cost them? Only time will tell.