Shakib, Litton rebuild as Bangladesh erase deficit...

Shakib, Litton rebuild as Bangladesh erase deficit

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 12:53 PM, 27 May 2022   Updated: 12:53 PM, 27 May 2022

Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan

Liton Das and Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan said in a press conference on Thursday that it would be difficult to hold the match if the team lose one more wicket in the first session on Friday morning. His words came true as Mushfiqur Rahim returned to the dugout in the first session. However, Shakib Al Hasan is raising hopes of saving the match in a great pairing with Liton Das who is in a great performance. 

Bangladesh added 115 runs in 33 overs after losing one wicket till the lunch break on the 5th day of the Dhaka Test on Friday. The Tigers now taking a lead by 8 runs. Bangladesh, who went to the lunch break with 149 runs for 5 wickets, now has high hopes of saving the match.

Liton-Sakib, in an aggressive mode, added 96 runs in 25.3 overs for the sixth wicket. Shakib is unbeaten on 52 runs off 61 balls and Liton is unbeaten for 48 runs off 127 balls.

Liton-Mushfiqur started the day with 34 runs for 5 wickets. They were handling well the spell of Sri Lankan fast bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando. However, the Tigers fell into trouble at the very end of Rajitha’s spell.  

Mushfiqur became the savior of the team in the previous innings amid extreme danger. This time the team was expecting another resistance from him with Liton. However, Mushfiqur could not do it this time. The most experienced batsman of Bangladesh became bowled out after missing the ball line which was slightly lowered inside Rajita. Mushfiqur stopped for 23 runs off 39 balls.

Then Shakib got down and started playing. He kept on bringing quick runs in one boundary after another. At that time, the bowling of Sri Lankan spinners was also quite loose. After overcoming the inertia of the beginning, Liton also matched with Shakib. The run wheel of Bangladesh was quite active then.

Liton, who hit a ton in the first innings, touched 2,000 runs in Tests as the 8th Bangladeshi batsman. He reached this milestone in 58 innings in 33 Tests. 

Shakib started at the pace of T20. After slowing down the run, he touched fifty off 61 balls at the end of the session.