On a rain-marred Day 2, Bangladesh lost 2 wickets and added 172 runs to take their first innings total to 474 for the loss of 4 wickets in Pallekele. Mominul Haque slammed a hundred and partnered for 242 runs with Najmul Hossain Shanto, who got out after scoring 163. At the time of stumps Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das were unbeaten on 43 and 25 runs respectively.
Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto partnered for 242 runs in 517 balls (Courtesy- ICC)
- Bangladesh ended the Day 2 of 1st Test on 474 for the loss of 4 wickets vs Sri Lanka
- Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto partnered for 242 runs in 517 balls
- Only 65 overs were bowled due to bad light and rain on Thursday
Bangladesh continued to dominate in the first Test versus Sri Lanka in Pallekele as Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto put on a record partnership to help the visitors post 474 of 4 wickets on day marred by rain and bad light.
Only 65 overs of play was possible as Bangladesh added 172 runs more to their overnight score of 302/2. The Bangla Tigers lost only 2 wickets in the process as Mominul and Shanto piled up 242 runs in 517 balls to stitch the highest-ever third wicket partnership for Bangladesh in Test cricket.
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Captain Mominul hit his first overseas century and his 11th overall, with a boundary. However, Sri Lanka had their breakthrough soon after as Lahiru Kumara took a return catch from Shanto, ending the 22-year-old’s fine 163-run knock.
Mominul followed Shanto, edging Dhananjaya de Silva to slips off one that gripped and turned. With both the set batsmen back in the pavilion, the hosts regained some control in the second session.
However, experienced Mushfiqur Rahim (43*) and wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das (25*) combined to bring up a fifty-run partnership for the fifth wicket to further trouble the hosts.
Bangladesh will look to capitalise on the advantage and put up a massive first innings total before putting Sri Lanka to bat.