DHAKA, December 30, 2008 (AFP) – Bangladesh were struggling at 40-1 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day Tuesday, chasing an unlikely target of 521 runs to win the opening Test against Sri Lanka. Tamim Iqbal was unbeaten on 24 at the break while Imrul Kayes was run out for 13 after adding 40 for the opening wicket.
Sri Lanka earlier added 114 to their total of 291-4 Sunday before declaring their second innings closed at 405-6. Monday was a rest day because of Bangladesh’s election.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene, on 129, continued to dominate the Bangladeshi attack Sunday, adding 95 for the fifth wicket with middle-order batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan.
The hosts’ first success came when left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan had Dilshan caught behind for 47.
Jayawardene fell for 166, caught at first slip by Junaid Siddiqui off spinner Mehrab Hossain. He smashed one six and 19 fours in his 24th Test century.
The second and final Test starts in Chittagong on January 3.