Tamim falls short of 100, Shanto still going

Yet another successful session for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka on the first day of the first Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Tamim falls short of 100, Shanto still going
Tamim was dismissed for 90. Photo: AFP


Tamim Iqbal has fallen short of a tenth Test century in an upsetting fashion. He nicked a good length ball outside off to the lone slip fielder Lahiru Thirimanne, giving left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando his second wicket.

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This is the second time Tamim has fallen in the nervous nineties in Tests. He made 90 runs from 101 balls in the first innings as he provided Bangladesh a commanding start right from the word go. The southpaw hit 15 boundaries in the process.

Najmul Hossain Shanto seems to make a vow to prove himself. He reached his second Test fifty in 120 balls. He remains on 78 runs from 172 balls, hitting 10 fours and a six.

Tamim Iqbal and Najmul Hossain Shanto put on a big stand. Photo: AFP


Captain Mominul Haque has arrived at the wicket and played 42 balls for 21* runs.

Bangladesh – 200/2 after 53 overs at tea – are maintaining a high run rate.

Bangladesh were 106/1 at lunch after recovering from the early blow losing Saif Hassan for a duck in the second over. Tamim and Shanto built on a 144-run partnership, which is the first three-figure second-wicket stand by Bangladesh since 2009.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 200/2 in 53 overs (Tamim 90, Shanto 78*; Vishwa 2/52)

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