Mominul hits ton, Shanto crosses 150; Tigers at 378/2 till break
Published: 01:22 PM, 22 April 2021
Bangladesh is batting on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. The Tigers are currently doing well on their way to a big collection with the determination of the Shanto-Mominul. Shanto crossed the milestone of 150, Mominul also scored a ton as the second batsman on the team.
Till the lunch break, Bangladesh scored 378 runs after losing two wickets. Najmul Hossain Shanto was unbeaten for 155 runs and Mominul Haque unbeaten for 107 runs.
Bangladesh started the 2nd day with 302 runs after losing two wickets. Shanto-Mominul duo started the innings from where they had finished yesterday. The pair had already crossed 200 runs partnership.
Mominul’s century was a significant moment in the first session of the 2nd day. The left-arm batsman completed the ton by hitting a boundary to Dhananjaya de Silva. He made the 11th century of his career with 224 balls. This is his first century outside the country.
Earlier on Wednesday, Tiger captain Mominul decided to bat after winning the toss at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy. The series is part of the World Test Championship. Tamim Iqbal and Saif Hassan opened the innings for the team.
Tamim gave a good start by scoring 8 runs with the help of two fours in the first over. However, Saif returned to the dressing room before opening the score in the next over. Vishwa Fernando trapped him in the leg before lbw.
Despite losing wickets in the beginning, Tamim did not let the team come under pressure. He continued to make quick runs in counter-attacks. The country’s best batsman completed his career’s 29th fifty with just 52 balls.
Tamim and Shanto finished the first session uninterruptedly. They were leading the team in the second session by playing with a calm head. Shant, who was moving slowly, completed his fifty with 120 balls.
After that, Tamim became the second victim of Fernando for 90 runs. The Tiger opener, who played outstandingly throughout the day, gave a catch to Lahiru Thirimanne in the slip. Tamim, who played in ODI style, had 15 fours in his 101-ball innings.
Bangladesh did not lose any wickets for the rest of the day. Shanto played 235 balls in his career’s maiden test century with 12 fours and a six.