Despite losing two quick wickets before the end of day’s play, Bangladesh have completely dominated Sri Lanka in the first day of the first Test courtesy of Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahm’s 236 runs partnership. Bangladesh ended the day with a mammoth score of 374 runs.
The stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad elected to bat first after winning the toss in a wicket which looked a batting paradise in the first day. Opener Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes started aggressively. Tamim needed only 47 balls to score his fifty but he couldn’t make his innings bigger as he was departed for 52 runs.
Before the end of first session, Kayes was also dismissed and he could have saved himself if he would have taken a review. Then the show of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque began.
Mominul’s aggressive approach gave a tremendous setback to the Lions and started to make their day worse when he became set and started playing shots. After three years, Mominul scored a hundred and he did it in style. He became the 2nd fastest Bangladeshi to score a Test hundred and the love affair between Mominul and Chittagong continues. Out of his 5 Test hundreds, 4 are in the Chittagong.
Former Test captain Mushfiqur was also on his way to score his 6th Test hundred but that didn’t happen in the end as he was dismissed by Suranga Lakmal for 92 runs. In the very next ball, Liton Das was out for a golden duck and some sort of pressure started to build for Bangladesh.
But Mominul stayed till the end and made sure that the day belongs to Bangladesh and he is now just 25 runs away from scoring his first ever double hundred in international cricket.
BAN 374/4 (90) | Mominul 175* | Mahmudullah 9* | Mushfiqur 92
Lakmal 2/43 | Perera 1/98
Watch Mushfiqur Rahim’s innings here-
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