Due to sickness, umpire Richard Kettleborough had to leave the field on Wednesday, bringing the action between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to a standstill. The searing heat at Chattogram, where the first Test was held, had an impact on the proceedings, as Kettleborough abandoned the field before the game’s 139th over. On the field, TV umpire Joe Wilson took over for the English umpire. Following the incident, the players had a drink break and were seen drinking beneath large umbrellas due to the scorching weather in the city.


Bangladesh had started Day 3 with a score of 318/3, barely 79 runs behind Sri Lanka’s total of 397. Tamim Iqbal hit a century (133) before retiring due to cramping on Day 2, while Liton Das hit a half-century (88), putting Bangladesh in the lead with Mushfiqur Rahim, who is also approaching a century.


During his innings at Chattogram, Rahim became the first Bangladeshi hitter to surpass 5,000 Test runs. When play began, he was 15 runs shy of the 5,000-run mark and reached it with two runs to fine leg off speed bowler Asitha Fernando in his 81st test match. Earlier, Bangladesh’s batting coach praised his team’s performance after Day 2 of the match.


“It’s all about confidence and knowing what their game plan is. Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons had commented, “They did it well. With the exception of Liton a few of occasions, there were no tremendous shots in the air. Everyone was quite well-behaved.”


Bangladesh has never defeated Sri Lanka in a Test series, and the current team, headed by Mominul Haque, will be looking to break that record.