Shanto, Tamim put BAN in command at stumps day-1...

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Shanto, Tamim put BAN in command at stumps day-1

 Sports Desk

 Published: 06:22 PM, 21 April 2021  

Shanto, Tamim put BAN in command at stumps day-1

Shanto, Tamim put BAN in command at stumps day-1

Left-hand batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto's unbeaten maiden ton and fifties from opener Tamim Iqbal and skipper Mominul Haque put Bangladesh in command at stumps Day-1. As the visitor finished day-1 scoring 302/2 in the first Test against host Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium at Kandy on Wednesday. Shanto and Mominul were in the batting scoring 126 and 64 respectively.

Left-hand batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto struck his first Test hundred off 235 balls with the help of 12 fours and one six. 

Earlier, after winning the toss Bangladesh chose to bat first but they lost opener Saif Hasan (0) in the second over. 

Tamim kept the runs flowing with his stroke-filled batting and got support in Nazmul Hossain Shanto, who showed his utter stubbornness in the crease.

They eventually shared 144-run for the second wicket stand and it was broken only when Vishwa Fernando undid Tamim Iqbal with a delivery that carried extra bounce. Tamim struck 15 boundaries in his 90 off 101.

Shanto played as the second fiddle to Tamim initially but after the dismissal of senior mate, he came out from the shell to take the onus.

Skipper Mominul Haque also gave him the necessary support to keep the side rolling and together they kept the Lankans at bay on a hot and humid day in Pallekele.

They so far shared 56 runs till Tea session for the third wicket stand.

Bangladesh were 200/2 at tea break. Mominul Haque and Shanto finished the third session keeping them intact. They so far shared 150 runs off 311 balls between them in the unbeaten third-wicket stand.