Bangladesh fac­ing up­hill task

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of a maiden dou­ble cen­tury but his ca­reerbest 194 pro­pelled the hosts to 494 all out against Bangladesh in the first in­nings of the first Test yes­ter­day.

In re­ply, the tourists fin­ished day two on 133-2, still 361 runs be­hind, at the Galle In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium.

Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar, who raised 118 runs with fel­low opener Tamim Iqbal (57), was bat­ting on 66 at stumps with skip­per Mush­fiqur Rahim on one at the other end.

Mendis, re­sum­ing on his overnight score of 166, eclipsed his pre­vi­ous best of 176 when he at­tempted a hook shot off Sub­ha­sis Roy and Mustafizur Rah­man caught the top-edge, but not be­fore the fielder trod on the bound­ary rope.

Mendis smacked Me­hedi Hasan Mi­raz for his fourth sixth to race to 192 but fell to the off­spin­ner when Tamim took a bril­liant catch in the deep.

Re­al­is­ing mo­men­tum was tak­ing him across the rope af­ter tak­ing the catch, Tamim lobbed the ball back into play and re­turned to pouch it, end­ing Mendis’ 285ball knock which also in­cluded 19 bound­aries.

Mendis added 110 runs with Niroshan Dick­wella whose flu­ent 75 off 76 balls in­cluded six bound­aries and a six.

Down the or­der, Dil­ruwan Per­era scored 51 be­fore the hosts were all out an hour af­ter the lunch break.

Me­hedi was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, claim­ing 4113.

Kusal Mendis

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