SL vs. BAN 1st Test: Bangladesh reaches 474/4 on Day 2 after Mominul Haque Century

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Bangladeshi batsman Mominul Hake (left) fires while Sri Lankan goalkeeper Wichero Dikuela watches in Palekele on Wednesday.

Captain Mominul Hake ended a century to newcomer Najmul Shanto as their 242-partnership partnership lifted Bangladesh to a 474-4 command against Sri Lanka two days after the first test on Thursday.

Shanto, who started the day in his first test century at 126, was out of 163 shortly after noon to end his stand at the third gate. Mominul reached his 11th test century in the morning session and was also out before the tea in the only other strap fell all day.

Mushfikyur Rahim was 43 and Liton Das at 25, when the game ended 96 minutes earlier due to poor lighting. The game will resume 15 minutes earlier on the third day, after 25 overs were lost on the second day. The batsmen did remarkably well, given that they entered the test amid intense criticism after losing a home series to the West Indies and losing six white-ball games in New Zealand.

They are without their best player – allrounder Shakib Al Hasan – and the best fast bowler – Mustafizur Rahman – Both play in the Indian Premier League.

“I’m really happy for the boys,” said Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo. “They have suffered a lot of criticism over the last few weeks. They came back and gave a great performance abroad. They were positive and hungry, and they work very hard. Some of them received good awards.”

Shanto showed why he was rated so highly in Bangladesh with 163 in his seventh test. Killing more than eight hours, Shanto faces 378 deliveries. He hit 17 frontiers and six. Dropped at 28 by Niroshan Dikuela, Shanto demonstrated his temperament in the test match by not taking unnecessary risks.

Mominul was more fluid with a few elegant touches, including 11 borders. His 127 was his 11th test hundred, mostly a Bangladeshi batsman.

“We didn’t get as much support from the gate as we thought,” said Sri Lankan sailor Vishwa Fernando. “We felt that it was dry below and now it is a gate. Today the plan was to reduce the tracks and fence them. “

Despite the good grass cover, Palekele’s terrain was slow and fast bowling was interrupted. Much was expected of Lahiru Kumara, who has the ability to accelerate to 150 km / h, but he did not have much help from the track, even his rituals rarely rose above waist level. The batsmen quickly went to the hind leg and pulled him to the middle door, but Kumara was also guilty of not bowling to the drilling line and creating pressure.

Kumara fired Shanto when he took a reverse catch, but much more was expected of him when he was selected before Asita Fernando.
Good at everything Dhananjaya de silva he picked up Mominul’s other door, which turned to Lahiru Thiriman in the slips. Sri Lanka has the third new ball available in five shots, but dry areas are appearing on the pitch, which should also help the Spindles of Bangladesh. They have their first test victory abroad in four years.

“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to even think about winning this test,” Domingo said. “We know it looks like a good leash, but the amount of heat that was on it … There is a bit of a rough development outside the right stump, we hope our spinners get into it.

“Batting in second place after a great result, there is always a little fatigue. There is pressure on the board. It takes one or two mistakes, a few good spells from one or two bowls and you have a real chance to get 20 (Sri Lanka) wickets.”



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