Najmul Shanto hit his maiden century and Tamim Iqbal 90 as Bangladesh took a uncommon likelihood to plunder runs off an opponent on the primary day of their first Test in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Bangladesh, in search of their first abroad Test win for 4 years, made 302 for 2 on a straightforward wicket for scoring in Pallekele. After Saif Hassan fell for a duck to Vishwa Fernando within the second over, Shanto and Tamim added 144 for the second wicket to ascertain Bangladesh’s dominance over the bowlers. Shanto and captain Mominul Haque then placed on an unbeaten 150 runs for the third wicket
Maiden Test ton for Najmul Hossain Shanto, 14th Test fifty for Mominul Haque
— ICC (@ICC) April 21, 2021
The 22-year-old left-hander Shanto was dropped by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella on 28 however went on to achieve three figures in his seventh Test. He was on 126 on the finish of the day with 14 fours and a six.
Shanto stated he was “relieved” to get his first ton, and had been blissful to attend for Sri Lanka‘s “loose balls”.
“I had worked really hard but unfortunately I wasn’t getting big runs. But I believed in my ability and I’m glad it all clicked today. It was a tough few months after a disappointing series against West Indies,” Shanto stated.
The skilled Tamim accelerated the run scoring when he got here on and narrowly missed out on a deserved century. His 29th half-century got here off simply 54 balls with ten boundaries.
Having reached 90 off 101 balls with 15 fours, Tamim supplied a half-hearted shot and was caught by lone slip fielder Lahiru Thirimanne off Fernando’s bowling.
Mominul, unbeaten on 64 on the shut, was additionally dropped by Dickwella, however the wicket wouldn’t have counted as Dhananjaya de Silva had overstepped the bowling line.
Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower expressed hope for an early breakthrough on day two. “It has been a tough day but if we take two early wickets tomorrow things can change pretty quickly,” he stated.
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