Mushfiqur, Litton grind Lankans after Tamim retires hurt on 133...

Mushfiqur, Litton grind Lankans after Tamim retires hurt on 133

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 07:45 PM, 17 May 2022   Updated: 07:46 PM, 17 May 2022

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim; Photo: Collected

Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim; Photo: Collected

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das’s half-centuries with opener Tamim Iqbal’s century helped Bangladesh to a good start at the end of the third day of the Chattogram Test against Sri Lanka. The Tigers have scored 318 runs after losing 3 wickets in 107 overs.

With 7 wickets in hand, Bangladesh is now behind by 79 runs. Sri Lanka scored 397 runs in the first innings.

Tamim retired hurt with 133 runs. Although Joy was dismissed for 58, Mushfiqur and Liton are unbeaten on 53 and 54, respectively, at the end of the day.

Sri Lanka were all out in the last session of the 2nd day yesterday. Then on the same day, Bangladesh got a chance to bat 19 overs. Bangladesh scored 76 runs without wickets. Tigers’ openers Mahmudul Hasan Joy (31) and Tamim (35) were unbeaten.

Joy and Tamim have been fighting hard against the Sri Lankan bowlers since the start of the third day on Tuesday. They took the team score to 100 in the sixth over of the day. With this, Bangladesh overcame the drought of hundreds in the opening pair in the Test. After 61-run innings, Bangladesh openers scored a century in the pair. Tamim and Soumya Sarkar made a pair of 118 runs against Sri Lanka in the last Galle Test in 2016.

Tamim hit a half-century before the team’s score reached 100. He played 63 balls to get the 32nd half-century of his Test career.

Joy also tasted a half-century off 110 balls. Joy got life right after a half-century. He hooked the ball to pacer Asitha Fernando’s short ball and lifted the ball into the sky. Lasith Embuldeniya dropped the catch in the fine leg. Joy was then 51 runs.

Joy and Tamim’s pair of half-centuries in 48 overs without wickets, Bangladesh scored 157 runs without a wicket before lunch. Tamim was unbeaten on 89 and Joy on 58.

Even though Joy got life before the break, he was dismissed in the 11th ball of the second session. Joy caught behind the wicket while playing a short ball on the leg side of Asitha. The ball touches his gloves and falls into the hands of Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. As a result, the opening pair of Joy-Tamim broke the highest 162 runs in Test cricket against Sri Lanka. Joy scored 58 runs off 142 balls with 9 fours.

Tamim was 94 when Joy returned to the dugout. In the 51st over, he reached 99 runs with a boundary after the first ball of Asitha. Tamim completed the century with 1 run by pushing the next ball to the square leg. Playing 162 balls, Tamim scored his 10th century in his 66-match Test career and his first against Sri Lanka. He scored a century on the soil of Chattogram after seven and a half years and on the country’s soil after more than five and a half years. And after February 2019, Tamim scored a century in Tests.

Bangladesh came under pressure after Tamim’s century. Najmul Hossain Shanto could not take advantage by going down to number three. He scored only one run after playing 22 balls. Shanto got out with substitute bowler Kasun Rajitha’s off-stump ball.
Then Tamim failed to play defensively off Sri Lankan off-spinner Ramesh Mendis. The umpire gave out to Tamim at the Lankans’ request. However, Tamim survived by taking the review. He was then 102 runs.

Though Tamim survived, captain Mominul Haque lost his wicket. Rajitha got his wicket. Mominul made 2 runs from 19 balls. Mominul, who has scored the most six centuries at this venue in Chattogram, has failed to touch double digits in the last five innings.

Dhananjaya de Silva gave life to Tamim for 114 runs after surviving the review with Ramesh Mendis’s ball. He caught Tamim on the slip.

After Mominul’s departure, Mushfiqur Rahim became Tamim's partner in the crease. There was a competition between the two as well as the team scorers. That is — to become the first batter in the country to touch 5,000 runs in a Test. Before this Test, Mushfiqur needed 62 runs and Tamim 152 runs to enter the 5000-runs club.

Tamim was 133 and Mushfiqur was 14 till the tea break. However, Tamim did not return to the field after the tea break. Liton came to the wicket in place of Tamim as he felt uncomfortable while batting.

Liton turned the run wheel with Mushfiqur by adapting to the wicket. However, he got life by Oshada Fanardo in a short leg off Dhananjay for 33 runs. Liton tasted the 12th half-century of his Test career. Mushfiqur scored his 26th half-century. Bangladesh’s score touched 300 in the 101st over before the two half-centuries.

Mushfiqur and Liton ended the day unbeaten with a half-century. Mushfiqur was unbeaten on 53 off 133 balls in 2 fours and Liton is unbeaten on 58 off 114 balls in 8 fours. 

Mushfiqur-Liton played 211 balls for the fifth wicket and scored 98 runs. Today, neither Mushfiqur nor Tamim could enter the 5,000-run club. For this, Mushfiqur needs 15 runs and Tamim needs 19 runs.

Sri Lanka’s concussion sub-Rajitha took 2 for 17 and Asitha took 1 wicket.

Scorecard (Toss-Sri Lanka):

Sri Lanka first innings: 397/10, 153 overs; Mathews 199, Chandimal 66, Nayeem 6/105

Bangladesh first innings: 318/3, 107 overs (continue); Tamim 133, Joy 58, Mushfiqur 53, Liton 54, Rajitha 2/17, Asitha 55/1.