Bangladesh take 68-run lead...

Bangladesh take 68-run lead

 Sports Desk

 Published: 05:39 PM, 18 May 2022   Updated: 09:11 PM, 18 May 2022

Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh's first innings ended at 465 for nine after No. 10 batsman Shoriful Islam was forced to retire following an injury. That gave Bangladesh a lead of 68 runs in their first innings of the Chattogram Test in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 397.

Bangladesh used up 170.1 overs to score 465 runs, with opener Tamim Iqbal (133), Mushfiqur Rahim (105), Liton Das (88) and Mahmudul Hasan Joy (58) scoring the bulk of runs.

Rajitha Fernando, the concussion sub, was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka with four wickets while another pacer, Asitha Fernando, took three wickets.

Bangladesh scored just 67 runs in the first session. Sri Lanka got back with bang in the second session, with Kasun Rajitha dealt a double strike in consecutive deliveries.
He forced Liton to nick a delivery to the wicket-keeper in the first ball of the post-lunch session, removing him for 88 off 189. Liton stroked 10 boundaries in his knock.
Liton's dismissal brought Tamim, who retired hurt on 133 on day three, in the crease. But he went for an expensive drive in the first ball he faced and paid the price of being bowled, leaving him 19 runs short of reaching the 5000-run landmark.
Shakib then showed some intention to score quick runs but after reaching 25 off 44, he top-edged an Asitha Fernando delivery.

Mushfiqur Rahim lost his leg stump trying to sweep one from Lasith Embuldenya, right after Tea, having scored 105 runs off 282 deliveries. The diminutive batsman tried to sweep one which pitched on leg stump and was bowled around his legs.

Mushfiqur smashed only four boundaries in the patient knock to bring up his eighth century in Test cricket. Mushfiqur's century came off 270 when he glanced Asitha Fernando for a boundary through fine-leg. It was the slowest century amongst his eight Test tons.

Nayeem Hasan was joined in by fellow spinner Taijul Islam in the middle as the Tigers continued their slain-pace scoring in the first innings.
Rajitha ended with 4-60 while Asitha Fernando had figures of 3-72. Dhananjaya de Silva and Lasith Embuldeniya took one wicket each.

Till this report, Sri Lanka were 29/0 after 10 overs. Dimuth Karunaratne 15 and Oshada Fernando 18 were batting.