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De Silva, Mendis help Sri Lanka reach 295-1 at lunch

Mominul rewrites history Late strikes hurt Bangladesh
Melissa Porter | 05 February, 2018, 06:19

Resuming the day on 3-81, Mominul and Liton Das combined for a 180-run partnership for the fourth wicket to keep Sri Lanka frustrated for one and half sessions before Mominul's dismissal.

In his absence the Tigers put in a credible display as the two sides scored 1533 runs between them over five days, with 24 wickets falling.

The charge of saving the game was led by Mominul, who became the country's first batsman to score a century in both innings of a Test and helped the hosts secure a noteworthy draw after they put themselves in a hard position after an enduring fourth day.

The hosts posted 513 runs on the board in the first innings, in reply Sri Lanka scored a mammoth 713/9 and declared the innings, in the third inning Bangladesh were 307/5 when the captains chose to shake hands.

Sri Lanka held the upper hand after getting a 200-run first innings lead following their declaration on 713-9 on day four.

"Liton and I took it session by session, hour by hour", said Mominul.

"I don't think this is a good wicket for Test cricket because already 1,500 runs have been scored".

"I haven't thought too deeply about my captaincy in this game".

He fell six short of three figures, though, as Rangana Herath (2-80) gave Sri Lanka some hope, the left-arm spinner having Das caught in the deep by Dilruwan Perera after a rare loose shot.

"Normally on the sub-continent there is some turn on the fourth and fifth day".

Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 28 alongside Mosaddek Hossain (8 not out) at close.

"We have a pretty good chance to win the Test". Both the teams displayed their batting prowess as batsmen piled on the runs with very little on offer from the surface for the bowlers to create any impact.