Tigers stage spirited fightback
Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim shared in a record stand to give Bangladesh hope of saving the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
The pair both hit big unbeaten hundreds and put on 261 for the fifth wicket as Bangladesh closed the third day on 438 for four in reply to the hosts' 570 for four declared.
It was the highest partnership in Bangladesh's 13-year Test history and Ashraful's 189 not out took him past his own record for the country's highest individual score.
Mushfiqur was still with him on an unbeaten 152.
Sri Lanka's only successes during the day came in the first session as Monimul Haque was removed for 55 by Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath accounted for Mahmudullah for a duck.
Monimul's 83-ball effort came to an end when he edged to Angelo Mathews at slip.
Mahmudullah followed in the next over as he went down the pitch and found himself stumped by Dinesh Chandimal.
At that point Bangladesh were 177 for four and the concerns over their batting line-up in the absence of injured star Tamim Iqbal seemed well founded.
But Ashraful and Mushfiqur allayed them with disciplined efforts to negate the threat of Sri Lanka's seamers.
Left-arm spinner Herath toiled away for little further reward, ending the day with figures of one for 103 from 42 overs and Ajantha Mendis, returning to the side, was largely ineffective.
Ashraful, 65 not out overnight, went to his sixth Test century - and his fifth against Sri Lanka - in 181 balls with 10 fours and a six. He had found the boundary another 10 times before the close.
Mushfiqur's century came from 162 deliveries with 12 fours. He offered a chance on 103 but Tillekeratne Dilshan dropped a caught and bowled opportunity.
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