The first Test match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is heading for a high-scoring draw after the host finished on 512 for three in reply to Bangladesh’s 541 all out on day four on Saturday.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne posted a maiden double hundred and was well backed up by Dhananjaya de Silva, who was unbeaten on 154 as play was called off early on due to bad light. Play will resume early Sunday after 22 overs were not bowled on day four.

Karunaratne and De Silva were involved in a 322-run partnership for the fourth wicket on a wicketless day dominated by the Sri Lankans.

Sri Lanka began the day trailing Bangladesh by 312 runs and by stumps it had reduced the lead to just 29 runs.


Karunaratne has batted through the Sri Lankan innings with his marathon lasting 11 hours. He has been on the field on all four days now — a total of 1,443 minutes.

Karunaratne, who…

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