Bangladesh openers makes a steady start after Mathews’ 199 helps SL to 397

Angelo Mathews missed out on a double century by one run. Image : AFP

Angelo Mathews missed out on a double century by one run. Image : AFP

Angelo Mathews missed the mark regarding a twofold hundred years by only one disagreement the last meeting of Day 2 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 397. Bangladesh in answer, made areas of strength for a with the openers – Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy – unbeaten as the hosts finished the day on 76 for 0, following by 321, on Monday (May 16) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

Mathews was on 178 when the last meeting continued and took Sri Lanka near the 400-run mark with his heavenly innings, with Asitha Fernando for organization as the pair added 47 runs for the eighth wicket. Nayeem Hasan, who had four wickets by then, at that point, hit back with the wickets of Asitha and Mathews to end Sri Lanka’s opposition and wrap up with a six-wicket pull.

Bangladesh’s spinners did well to hold Sri Lanka in line who were looking set to get an all out near 500. Nayeem and Shakib Al Hasan divided nine wickets among them, with the last option returning 3-30. Vishwa Fernando was hit by a bouncer and he resigned hurt yet gotten back to bat towards the end and upheld Mathews. Aside from Mathews, there were pivotal commitments from Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal which guaranteed they arrived at near 400.

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It was a decent wicket to bat on and Bangladesh’s openers capitalized on that. Tamim was dropped right off the bat in the game at second slip, however it didn’t make any difference as Asitha Fernando had bowled a no-ball. From that point, the initial pair offered no possibilities and scored at a sound pace of 4 in the 19 overs they needed to haggle in the last hour of play. Tamim struck four limits in his 35-run innings, while Mahmudul Hasan Joy had five, unbeaten on 31 at stumps.

Brief score : Sri Lanka 397/10 (Angelo Mathews 199, Kusal Mendis 54, Dinesh Chandimal 66; Nayeem Hasan 6-105, Shakib Al Hasan 3-60) lead Bangladesh 76/0 (Mahmudul Hasan Joy 31*, Tamim Iqbal 35*) by 321 runs.

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