Saturday, 4 December 2021

Bangladesh dominate Sri Lanka in 1st Test

Mominul Haque

DHAKA: Mominul Haque hit 175 not out as Bangladesh reached 3-374 at stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Mushfiqur Rahim was out for 92 toward the end of the day’s play, but he and Mominul combined for a national record of 236 for the third wicket.

It was Bangladesh’s highest score on day one of any Test, eclipsing the 8-365against the West Indies in Khulna in 2012.

Opener Tamim Iqbal chipped in with 52.

Mominul’s fifth century bolstered Bangladesh’s position after Tamim gave the hosts a solid start on a placid deck.

Tamim launched Bangladesh’s innings in aggressive style, hitting pace bowler Lahiru Kumara for three boundaries in succession in the second over of the day.

Tamim and fellow opener Imrul Kayes shared an opening stand of 72 runs in just16 overs.

The opener reached his 25th half century off 46 balls and looked solid until offspinner Dilruwan Perera crashed his stumps with a quicker one.

Kayes made 40, before Sandakan had him out lbw on the stroke of lunch.

But Mominul picked up where Tamim left off.

With Mushfiqur, he kept Sri Lanka frustrated throughout the second session.

He was fluent and took only 96 balls to reach his fifth century, which was the second fastest ton for Bangladesh after Tamim Iqbal, who made a 94-ball century against England at Lords in 2010.

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