SL vs BAN: Only 17 wickets fell in the match as the high-scoring 1st Test between the two Asian teams ended in a draw on Sunday. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 244 runs in the match.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 244 runs in the match (AP Image)
- First Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in a high-scoring draw
- Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne scored 244 runs in the first and only innings of his team
- In reply to Bangladesh’s 541/7d, the hosts declared their innings on 648/8 on Day 5
A high-scoring first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in a draw on a rain-marred Day 5 on Sunday.
After not getting a single wicket on Day 4, Bangladesh bowlers bounced back with five wickets in the morning session of the final day in the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Taskin Ahmed ended the monstrous 345-run third-wicket stand between Dhananjaya de Silva and his captain Dimuth Karunaratne.
The Bangladesh pacer struck again in his next over, picking up the prized wicket of Karunaratne, who missed out on the chance of socring a possible triple ton and got out on 244. His innings included 26 boundaries.
Pathum Nissanka was the third Sri Lanka batsman to get out in the session. Towards the end, handy contributions from Niroshan Dickwella (31) and Wanindu Hasaranga (43) and Suranga Lakmal (23*) helped Sri Lanka to cross a 100-run lead. Karunaratne then called the batsmen in, with Sri Lanka declaring on 648/8, with a first-innings lead of 107.
Bangladesh got off to a shaky start in their second innings. Lakmal struck twice, dismissing Saif Hassan after his edge found the wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. In his next over, Lakmal dismissed Najmul Hossain, who had scored 163 in the first innings, for a duck.
After the two early wickets, Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque joined forces and resticted Sri Lanka from getting any more wickets. Tamim seemed in good touch as he dealt with Sri Lankan bowling with relative ease. He hit his 30th half-century in Tests with a sublime cover drive off left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando’s.
Unfortunately, the rain hit the Test match again, washing off the final session and putting an end to the first Test.
The second Test will take place at the same venue in Kandy from April 29 to May 3.