Sri Lanka get both centurions in second session
Sri Lanka have completed their first successful session against Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
The hosts took the wicket of Najmul Hossain Shanto early in the second session. Pacer Lahiru Kumara brought the breakthrough for the team. Shanto tried to punch Kumara’s length ball back down the ground, but it was quick on the shot and popped a catch up straight to the bowler, who took the catch easily. Shanto was able to add just 8 runs to his score after lunch. His outstanding innings of 163-run consisted of 17 fours and 1 six.
The left-handed batsman also put on a 242-run partnership with captain Mominul Haque which is now Bangladesh’s third highest partnership away from home for any wicket.
After that, Mominul continued domination with Mushfiqur Rahim. But he also was unable to make his innings bigger as he got out edging to first slip to Lahiru Thirimanne in the over of Dhananjaya de Silva. He scored 127 runs off 304 balls with 11 fours.
Mushfiqur and Liton Das passed the remaining time of the session safely and Bangladesh are at 440/4 after 145 overs at tea. Mushfiqur and Liton are batting at 22 and 12 runs consecutively.
Earlier, at lunch Shanto was only the second Bangladesh batsman to cross 150 in his maiden Test hundred and Mominul ended his away century drought. Bangladesh ended the first at 302/2. Tamim Iqbal made 90 runs off just 101 balls that included 15 boundaries all around the ground.
Bangladesh 440/4 in 145 overs (Shanto 163, Mominul 127, Tamim 90, Mushfiqur 22*, Liton 12* Vishwa 2/75, Kumara 1/85, Dhananjaya 1/103)
Tea- Day 2