Mathews ton gives Sri Lanka first-day honours...

1st Test of Bangladesh-Sri Lanka

Mathews ton gives Sri Lanka first-day honours

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 06:50 PM, 15 May 2022  

Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews after the century

Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews after the century

Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews scored his first century against Bangladesh on the first day of the Chattogram Test. With the help of Mathews’ ton, the visitors kept their weight heavy on the first day. At the end of the first day’s play, Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets and scored 258 runs. 

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne decided to bat before winning the toss at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday.

In the beginning, two fast bowlers Khaled Ahmed and Shoriful Islam gave the Lankans a chance to open run scoring. However, there was a strong appeal in the fifth over of the day. But Bangladesh failed with the review. 

Nayeem Hasan picked up the ball for the first time in the seventh over of the innings and got success in his first over. Nayeem returned to the national team jersey after 15 months and took the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne. The left-arm batsman fell just outside the off-stump and cut the ball into the armpit. But before this, the ball touched his pad. Karunaratne took a review, however, failed.  He returned to the dugout with only 9 runs.

After Karunaratne’s dismissal, Mominul did not use Nayeem as there were two right-handed batsmen on the wicket. He gave the ball to Taijul Islam, but Nayeem was sent back as Taijul, the left-arm spinner did not take advantage.

The visitors who lost one wicket gave the message of “turning around the table” with the bat of Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis. Nayeem became the savior for the team again. Oshada Fernando tried to play by extending the delivery outside the off-stump in over the wicket. Couldn’t manage it properly, touched the edge of the bat and got stuck in Liton Das’s gloves. Nayeem broke the 43-run partnership of Fernando-Mendis. Fernando returned for 36 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam kept the Lankans under pressure even though they did not get wickets. Taijul Islam took the third wicket to return Mendis. Mendis completely wrapped himself up after touching the score of 50. However, he did try to play some shots.

Taijul’s delivery seemed to like hitting. The short ball was spinning out, as a result, there were some easy chances to hit those balls over the boundary. Mendis tried to play with these balls, but could not do it, instead, gave an easy catch at midwicket. Taijul broke the pair of Mendis-Angelo Mathews, scored a 92-runs partnership in 209 balls.

After the tea break in the last session, Shakib Al Hasan got success with the ball in hand and sent Dhananjaya de Silva to the dugout with excellent delivery.

Dhananjaya wanted to defend by extending his legs. He couldn’t do it right, touches the edge of the bat and gets caught on the pad and goes towards the slip. Mahmudul Hasan Joy caught the catch by jumping forward from the first slip.

Mominul Haque took the review when the umpire did not give out. After two failed reviews, Bangladesh succeeded this time. The decision was reversed after evidence of touching the ball in the bat on the ultra edge. Shakib broke the pair that scored 25 runs.

For the rest of the day, Angelo Mathews did not let the team fall into danger anymore, Dinesh Chandimal gave him a worthy company. The duo dominated the Tiger bowlers. Mathews took advantage of the opportunity and picked up the century. The right-hander, who hit a half-century off 111 balls, hit his 12th century off 163 balls. This is his first century against Bangladesh.

Mathews will start the second day of the match on Monday with 114 runs. Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on 34 runs in a 75-run stand with the right-handed batsman. Nayeem Hasan took 2 wickets, Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam took 1 wicket each for Bangladesh.