Mominul Haque’s second hundred in the match and Liton Das’ career-best 94 have helped the Tigers finish the game in a draw. They put on 180 runs for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh were 81/3 at stumps on day four.
Bangladesh went to tea at 281/5 with stand-in skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Mosaddek Hossain unbeaten at the crease. Both batsmen were defensive after the tea break. Mosaddek took his first run on his 19th ball he faced.
The game was declared draw when Bangladesh were 307/5 in 100 overs. Mahmudullah remained not out on 28 runs off 65 balls including 3 fours. Mosaddek scored 8* off 53. Bangladesh were ahead by 107 runs.
Bangladesh made 513 runs batting first after Mahmudullah won the toss in his debut Test captaincy match. Mominul scored 176 runs in the first innings. Sri Lanka piled on 713/9 in reply with centuries from Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis and Roshen Silva.
Bangladesh were behind by 200 runs. Mominul scored 105, becoming the first Bangladeshi to score hundreds in both innings of a Test match.
A total of 1533 runs were scored in this game, the third-highest aggregate in Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Tests. The second Test will begin from February 8 in Dhaka. Bangladesh will need to at least draw that match to move to no.8 in Test rankings.
Bangladesh 513 and 307/5 in 100 overs (Mominul 105, Liton 94; Herath 2/80, Dhananjaya 1/41)
Sri Lanka 713/9d
Man of the Match: Mominul Haque (176 & 105)
Watch Mominul Haque’s 105 Runs against Sri Lanka here-
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com