Bangladesh comfortably endured the last session of the fifth day to withdraw the affected first test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
With a lead of 107 tracks and two sessions left, Sri Lanka had high hopes after taking two early weekends in Bangladesh in the afternoon, but an aggressive knock from a opener Tamim Iqbal extinguished their hopes of achieving a result. It could not be played after tea due to rain.
Suranga Lakmal it started brightly, firing Saif Hassan (1) and Najmul Shanto (0), but striker Tamim kept his head, regularly finding boundaries during his constant knocking.
Tamim followed his first 90 passes with 74 in the second, punishing Sri Lankan bowlers when they made a mistake. He confidently drove and pulled the seamstresses while he was against turning, he danced on the field and lifted them without allowing anyone to settle down. He faced just 98 deliveries for his 74, which included ten fours and three sixes, all excluded Dhananjaya de silva.
Sri Lanka posted a huge 648-8 declared in their first inning in response to Bangladesh’s 541-7. This was the seventh highest score for Sri Lanka in the test.
Captain Dimut Karunaratne finished the first pair after entering the game under pressure after a series of low scores in the Caribbean.
Carunaratne hit 11 and a half hours for its 244 of 437 deliveries, including 26 fours. Together with Danajaya de Silva, he fought on the fourth day and while the partnership was interrupted on the fifth morning, the duo added a massive 345 tracks for the fourth door.
The match seems to be on a tie until the two fast weekends on the last morning. Dhananjaya dragged one on his stumps after making 166 of 291 balls with the help of 22 fours, while Karunaratne was caught in the middle of the wicket. Taskin Ahmed rejected both bullies.
Sri Lanka had set off for fast runs on its way to accumulate its huge total number and 107-mile lead, but the weekend had not deteriorated enough for their bowlers to be effective.
Fast bowling Lahiru Kumara was excluded from the series with a lower leg injury and Karunaratne confirmed that Sri Lanka had withdrawn a spinner for his left wrist Lakshan Sandakan and tailor Chamika Karunaratne as substitutes for the second test, which will also be played in Kandy on April 29.
The man from the match Karunaratne was pleased with his efforts, although the team failed to secure a victory.
“When you play a test, you have to be mentally prepared to be on the field for all five days, whether it’s a field or cotton wool. Yes, you can feel it in your body when you have been on the field for a few days, but when you have a chance to fight, you have to take this opportunity, “he said.
“Even in the West Indies, I started a few times, but I couldn’t do much. So, after I started and I was set up here, I really wanted to fight for a long time, especially since they had already achieved a great result. “
His colleague from Bangladesh Mominul Hake said the draw was a fair result and he was relieved that his team had bounced back after suffering a series of bad performances.
“It was a very good weekend where bowling didn’t help much. So I think it’s best to accept equality. Our bowling alley tried really hard. Tamim set our tone with his 90’s. It was an important inning. “
Mominul also recorded his first foreign hundred in a test during the match.