Pallekele: Najmul Shanto hit his first century and Tamim Iqbal 90 as Bangladesh seized a uncommon probability to loot an opponent on day certainly one of their first check in Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Bangladesh, chasing their first away check victory in 4 years, went 302 for 2 on a straightforward wicket to attain at Pallekele.
After Saif Hassan fell in love with a duck in opposition to Vishwa Fernando within the second, Shanto and Tamim added 144 for the second wicket to determine Bangladesh’s dominance over the bowlers.
Shanto and captain Mominul Haque then scored 150 unbeaten factors for the third wicket.
22-year-old southpaw Shanto was deserted by wicket keeper Niroshan Dickwella on the twenty eighth however went on to hit triple digits in his seventh check. He was on 126 on the finish of the day with 14 fours and a six.
Shanto stated he was “relieved” to have his first ton and was joyful to attend for Sri Lanka’s “unfastened bullets”.
“I had labored actually exhausting however sadly I wasn’t getting any massive factors. However I believed in my means and I am joyful all of it clicked at the moment. It was tough months after a disappointing collection in opposition to the West Indies.”
The skilled Tamim accelerated the race by scoring when he entered and narrowly missed a deserved century.
His twenty ninth half-century had solely 54 balls with ten limits.
After hitting 90 of 101 balls with 15 fours, Tamim delivered a half-hearted shot and was caught by lone outfielder Lahiru Thirimanne at Fernando’s bowling alley.
Mominul, undefeated on 64 on the shut, was additionally deserted by Dickwella, however the wicket wouldn’t have counted as Silva’s Dhananjaya had handed the bowling line.
Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower expressed hope for a fast breakthrough on day two.
“It has been a tricky day, but when we take two wickets early tomorrow issues can change fairly rapidly.”
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