Sri Lanka dominated three out of the first four days but failed to get the better of Bangladesh as the Chittagong wicket played in favor of the batsman even on the final day of the 1st Test.
At the end of Day 4, the visitors were hot favorites having dismissed three key Bangladesh players for just over 70. Monimul Haque’s 105 and Liton Das’ 94 helped Bangladesh to a draw and they were 307 for 5, 107 runs ahead at the end of the day’s play. Rangana Herath dismissed the two batsmen but it was a little too late for the men in blue.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the Tigers were all out for 513. Monimul Haque top-scored with 176, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah made 92 and 83. Rangana Herath and Suranga Lakmal bagged three wickets each for Sri Lanka.
In response, Mehedi Hasan had Dimuth Karunaratne walking back to the pavilion for a duck but 308 run partnership between Dhananjaya De Silva and Kusal Mendis lifted Sri Lanka to a mammoth 713 in a little less than 200 overs. Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, and Roshen Silva made centuries. Mendis was dismissed just four runs short of his double century on his 23rd birthday.
The Sri Lankan spinners kept it tight in the final session of Day 4 and it worked in their favor as three key batsmen were out before the end of the day’s play. However, on Day 5, the pitch was absolutely flat and the two batsmen used the conditions well to save Bangaldesh from what would have been another defeat.
Credit should also go to Monimul and Lion for staying sensible and putting away any bad delivery to avoid scoreboard pressure.
Monimul Haque was adjudged player of the match for his contribution with the bat at Chittagong.
“I was looking for the hundred. It was a mistake on my part. When I and Mominul batted we planned over by over. There are some rough patches, but we managed to cover it,” said Liton Das who was dismissed for 94.
Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh in the second test from the 8th of February 2018 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
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