Sri Lanka cricketer Kusal Mendis reacts after scoring one hundred and fifty (150 runs) during the third day of the first cricket Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on February 2, 2018. Since the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne, Bangladesh have failed to taste further success as the duo piled on runs to nullify the pressure the hosts had put on them with a first-innings total of 513.
Roshen Silva scored century, in just his second Test, played with impeccable composure and was rewarded with his maiden Test ton. Even in two magnificent victories at Colombo against Sri Lanka and at Dhaka against Australia, in those nine Tests Bangladesh fared badly in their second essay.
"We have a pretty good chance to win", said Sri Lanka batsman Niroshan Dickwella.
Kusal brought up his fourth Test hundred in a wicketless opening session, Sri Lanka moving on to 295-1 at lunch with no sign of spin or movement off the seam.
Bangladesh's second innings started in a similar vein, with the batsmen very much on top. Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera dismissed Imrul Kayes for 19 before left-arm unorthodox bowler Lakshan Sandakan got Tamim Iqbal caught behind for 41. The duo shared 135 run stand for the fourth wicket before Mehedi Hasan (3-174) had Roshen caught behind.
De Silva survived a strong leg before wicket appeal on 119 off Taijul Islam when the ball hit him on his toe before going to the slips.
Spare a thought for the left-arm spinner Taiujul Islam, who alone sent down 67.3 overs, picking up figures of 4/219 for his toil.
The interval again proved profitable for Taijul (4-219), who skittled Suranga Lakmal (9) with the third ball after tea and when he trapped Rangana Herath (24) in front Sri Lanka decided enough was enough.
"There is a lot to think and a lot not to think about".