Tamim tunes in one-day mode, notches up 50

Bangladesh have started well in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Tamim tunes in one-day mode, notches up 50
Tamim Iqbal teed off in the morning session. Photo: AFP


Touring captain Mominul Haque made a decision to bat first on a wicket that has shades of greenery proved to be a sporting one. Both teams brought in three frontline seamers.

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Tamim Iqbal started the proceedings with two boundaries off the first over bowled by Lankan spearhead Suranga Lakmal. His opening partner Saif Hassan, who made a return to the XI, fell for a six-ball duck to an inswinger from Vishwa Fernando in the next over.

The fall of wicket however did not stop flurry of runs. Tamim played shots all around to race his way to a 29th Test fifty in 53 balls.

Bangladesh got to 100 runs inside 24 overs, making a promising start to this Test match.

Najmul Hossain Shanto, who has been under the scanner for off-form across formats, held his nerves in a 98-run partnership with the senior statesman. He was given a life on 28 by wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella off Dhananjaya de Silva.

Bangladesh go into lunch on 106 for 1 in 27 overs. Tamim has struck 12 boundaries in his unbeaten 72-ball 65 runs. Shanto is on 37* from 86 with 5 fours.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 106/1 in 27 overs (Tamim 65*, Shanto 37*; Vishwa 1/27)

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