Stats: Mominul no longer the holder of ‘home bully’ record
Batters Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto have ensured yet another day go Bangladesh’s way.
Bangladesh finish day two on 474/4 in 155 overs against Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Records have galored from the first two days of the Test match.
Mominul, into eight years of Test cricket in which he made his debut in Sri Lanka, finally got to meet the magical three-figure mark away from home. Before this Test match, his highest away score was 78 against South Africa in 2017.
Having started the day with 64 not out, Mominul remained kept his cool and composure to relieve the ‘home bully’ tag off from him to some extent. In 224 balls he found the ropes to get to his 11th Test hundred, the first in overseas. Before this innings, he held the record of most centuries (10) at home without having any away from home.
Now India’s Rohit Sharma holds the record with seven hundreds at home and none in away conditions. Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has made five hundreds at home since he reemerged into the Test scene in the 2019 Ashes.
Mominul played 304 balls in his 127-run knock, which is his longest. Today’s ton is also his fourth against Sri Lanka.
Before the skipper, it was Shanto who had all the attention. His converted his maiden hundred to 163 runs in 378 balls. Mominul (181 vs NZ in 2013) has has a highest score in a maiden Test century among Bangladeshi batters. Soumya Sarkar’s 149 in 2019 New Zealand tour and Aminul Islam’s 145 in Bangladesh’s inaugural Test (against India) are behind Shanto’s 163.
Mushfiqur Rahim (200), Mohammad Ashraful (190) and Mominul (176) have better scores against Sri Lanka than Shanto.
Mominul and Shanto put on 242 runs which is the fifth highest partnership in Bangladesh’s history. This is the highest third-wicket stand for them, surpassing the one involving Mominul and Mushfiqur. against Sri Lanka three years ago – 236.
Mushfiqur and Ashraful’s 267-run stand for the fifth-wicket remains Bangladesh’s highest partnership against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh could face the ‘third new ball’ for the second time in their history if they bat for another five overs on day three. The only time they did it was against Sri Lanka in Galle eight years ago.