Sports Desk, Arfin Shobuz, Staff Reporter, Dhaka Office: Alltimenews.com:-Dhananjaya, Mendis keep Tigers at bay, With the pitch displaying cracks, Bangladesh’s dream to seize a giant first innings lead towards Sri Lanka is still on the cards despite the fact that the traffic fought admirably to leave the first Test within the balance in the intervening time. Sri Lanka reached 187 for one on the close of the day , thanks to Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis who saved the side unscathed until the end of the day.
After disregarding Bangladesh for 513 inside the first innings, one hour after the lunch, the duo were untroubled in spite of losing opener Dimuth Karunaratne even earlier than Sri Lanka opened their account.
However Taijul Islam and Sunzamul Islam brought up a few soreness for them toward the stop whilst the cracks within the pitch gradually started out being seen.
The two batsmen however survived a few close calls at that moment but kept the wicket intact, with de Silva on 104, at the same time as Mendis on 83. Silva’s fourth century, his 2d in succession following his 119 (retired hurt) against India, genuinely harm Bangladesh greater on the day.
Bangladesh sensed an opportunity to keep its domination over Sri Lanka for the second one consecutive day whilst off-spinner Mehidi Hasan Miraj had opener Dimuth Karunarate caught behind in the beginning slip, leaving the scoreboard zero for one in three overs. De Silva however resisted gambling a almost flawless innings, a 127 ball-knock wherein he hit 15 barriers.
Mendis though was shaky at times, in some way managed to disclaim Bangladesh a wicket and hit six fours and one six in his 152 ball-eighty three.
Sri Lanka earlier made everyday inroads on day to wrap up Bangladesh’s innings one hour after the lunch, leaving captain Mahmudullah stranded on 83.
Mahmudullah held together the innings after Mominul Haque introduced simply one run to his in a single day overall to be out for 176. Mushfiqur Rahim was the alternative extremely good scorer with ninety two while opener Tamim Iqbal made 52.
The captain shaped a fifty eight-run partnership with Sunzamul Islam on day two to rally the facet earlier than Rangana Herath stimulated Sri Lanka get returned into the game early inside the morning consultation. The veteran left-arm spinner struck two times to brush aside Mominul and Mosaddek Hossain within the first seven overs of the day.
Mehidi then counterattacked to preserve Sri Lanka pissed off, but was run out for 20 trying to score a 3rd run, leaving Bangladesh 417-7. Mahmudullah revived Bangladesh innings because it regarded, it wouldn’t get past 500. He were given support in Sunzamul Islam who scored 24.
Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan broke via simply after the lunch to remove Sunzamul and Herath got rid of Taijul (1). But Mahmudullah remained solid and introduced a valuable 35 run with the ultimate batsman Mustafizur Rahman (eight) to help the facet propel past 500.
Bangladesh first innings (374-four overnight)
Tamim b D Perera 52
I Kayes lbw b Sandakan 40
Mominul c Mendis b Herath 176
Mushfiqur c Dickwella b Lakmal 92
Liton b Lakmal zero
Mahmudllah not out 83
Mosaddek c Sandakan b Herath 8
Mehedi run out 20
Sunzamul st Dickwella b Sandakan 24
Taijul b Herath 1
Mustafizur c Dickwella b Lakmal eight
Extras (nb four, w5) 9
Total (all out; 129.5 overs) 513
Fall of wickets: 1-seventy two, 2-one hundred twenty, three-356, 4-356, 5-376, 6-390, 7-417, 8-475, nine-478, 10-513.
BOWLING O M R W
S Lakmal 23.4 four 68 3
L Kumara 15 1 seventy nine zero
D Perera 27 four 112 1
R Herath 37 2 a hundred and fifty three
L Sandakan 22 1 92 2
Dhananjaya five 0 12 zero
Sri Lanka first innings
D Karunaratne c Kayes b Mehedi zero
K Mendis now not out eighty three
D De Silva not out 104
Total (one wicket. 48 overs) 187
Fall of wickets: 1 -zero.
To Bat: D. Chandimal, N. Dickwella, R. Silva, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. Sandakan, L. Kumara.
BOWLING O M R W
Mustafizur 7 1 31 0
Sunzamul 15 1 fifty two zero
Mehedi 8 zero 45 1
Taijul 17 three 56 0
Mosaddek 1 0 three 0
Sports Desk, Alltimenews.com