Bangladesh earn first WTC points in drawn Test
The first Test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has ended in a draw leaving the second one to be the decider.
The 15th and last session of the match has been washed out wirh rain which poured down heavily. Both teams get 20 points for the World Test Championship. Bangladesh have had their first points in the competition. Irrespective of the result in the second Test starting from April 29, the Tigers will end up being the last.
Sri Lanka started the day wirh 512/3 after batting out day four.
Taskin Ahmed brought the early breakthroughs for Bangladesh dismissing both the overnight batters to end a 345-run stand between Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva.
The first of the five wickets in the morning was Dhananjaya, who edged onto the stumps after making 166 runs from 291 balls.Then Taskin had the skipper Karunaratne caught at short mid-wicket for 244 off 437.
Niroshan Dickwella (31 off 33) and Wanindu Hasaranga (43 off 55) pushed for quick runs to end on 107-run lead.
Sri Lanka declared on 648/8 in 179 overs after the lunch. Bangladesh persisted with the old ball and did not bother taking the third new ball which was available after the 160th over.
Taskin remained the best bowler for Bangladesh as he claimed a career-best 3 for 112 in 30 overs.
Bangladesh’s start was stuttered by Suranga Lakmal, who sent back Saif Hassan for 1 and first innings centurion Najmul Hossain Shanto for an eight-ball duck.
However, that did not Tamim Iqbal from attacking. He raced to his 30th Test fifty in 56 balls, and by the time he reached there his team’s score was 52.
Captain Mominul Haque was circumspect in his approach to follow his first away ton. He went to tea at 23* from 86, while Tamim made 74* off 98 with 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Bangladesh 541/7d in 173 overs (Shanto 163, Mominul 127, Tamim 90, Mushfiqur 68*, Liton 50; Vishwa 4/96)
Sri Lanka 648/8d in 179 overs (Karunaratne 244, Dhananjaya 166, Thirimanne 58; Taskin 3/112, Taijul 2/164, Mehidy 1/161, Ebadot 1/99)
Bangladesh 100/2 in 33 overs (Tamim 74*, Mominul 23*; Lakmal 2/21)
Player of the Match: Dimuth Karunaratne