Karunaratne and Dickwella stars as Sri Lanka secures draw in 1st test against Bangladesh

First test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in draw. Image : AFP

First test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in draw. Image : AFP

Resistant half-centuries from captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella guaranteed a draw for Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series opener against Bangladesh in Chattogram. Continuing the day at 39/2 yet 29 runs under, Kusal Mendis counterattacked to clear off the primary innings obligation however the commander, and the seventh-wicket sets of Dickwella and Diensh Chandimal alleviated the game by extending the guests’ lead to 192 without the expectation to proclaim. That after Bangladesh spinners Taijul Islam (4/82) and Shakib Al Hasan (1/58) reigniting faint any desires for a success on one or the other side of the mid-day break with four strikes at customary spans for only 55 runs.

Mendis sent off a whirlwind of limits from the word go and Bangladesh had no responses for the primary hour on the last morning. He wrapped up Taijul Islam’s incomplete over from last night with several fours and afterward hit a full go-around of limits off Khaleel Ahmed. It took Sri Lanka simply the fifth over of the morning to delete the shortage; Mendis proceeded with the assault and lobbed the following ball from Taijul over mid-off to place Sri Lanka into the lead.

He entered the 40s with a bang – hitting a four and a six off progressive conveyances from Nayeem Hasan to likewise raise the 50 years of his association with the chief. In any case, his euphoria was brief as Bangladesh spinners helped pull things back in the hour paving the way to and after Lunch. As it turns out, in the wake of taking a forceful course the entire morning, Mendis fell safeguarding a drifted conveyance that turned away pointedly to pound his protection and thump the offstump just after drinks. Angelo Matthews had distinctly differentiating fortunes in the subsequent innings, Taijul striking for the second time in the meeting to hand the previous skipper a 15-ball duck after the awe-inspiring 199 in the principal exposition.

Limits evaporated post that until Nayeem was invited once again into the assault with a trudge clear over profound midwicket wall by Dhananjaya de Silva. With a lead of 60, for a short period after Lunch, Sri Lanka looked occupied in the center. The initial three overs brought a sum of 15 runs, throughout which Karunaratne finished his 132-ball fifty.

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Be that as it may, the captain fell not long after attempting to take the forceful course. Karunaratne moved down the track to Taijul and attempted to hang one over midwicket just for Mominul to invest a fine plunging energy to one side to provide the spinner with his fourth wicket of the innings. Additionally, de Silva excessively fell attempting to raise the stakes. He took Sri Lanka past the 150-run mark and lobbed two or three conveyances effectively to the wall at the end of the day confused a draw on 33 to be likewise gotten at midwicket as Shakib opened his record.

Dickwella hit two or three limits promptly after showing up at the wrinkle, as though to keep up Sri Lanka’s forceful methodology. At the end of the day the seventh-wicket pair got comfortable, made a stop and stalled their direction to the security of a draw through their unbeaten 99-run stand. They rebuffed a periodic free conveyances – Dickwella sloping a short over the attendant’s head to take Sri Lanka’s lead past 150 and Chandimal sending off one straight and high over lengthy on wall to put Sri Lanka near the very edge of 250. Dickwella raised his 83-ball 50 years not long before Bangladesh snatched the second new ball behind schedule. Their bowling, somewhat hampered by the injury-constrained shortfall of pacer Shoriful Islam, neglected to strike in the five overs with the new cherry, and the commanders at last shook hands.

Brief score : Sri Lanka 397/10 (Angelo Mathews 199, Dinesh Chandimal 66, Kusal Mendis 54; Nayeem Hasan 6/105) & 260/6 (Niroshan Dickwella 61*, Dimuth Karunaratne 52, Kusal Mendis 48; Taijul Islam 4/82) drew with Bangladesh 465/10 (Tamim Iqbal 133, Mushfiqur Rahim 105, Liton Das 88; Kasun Rajitha 4/60, Asitha Fernando 3/72).

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