Mominul Haque scored a century in the first innings of the first Test against hosts Sri Lanka. He played an impeccable innings of 128 runs. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne also scored a century like the Bangladesh captain.
Karunaratne is batting 101 off 26 balls with the help of 6 fours. This is his eleventh century in Test cricket like Mominul. At the time of writing, Sri Lanka were 251 for three. They are still 290 runs behind Bangladesh, they have 6 wickets in hand. Dhananjaya de Silva (32) made a 61-run partnership with Karunaratna.
Earlier, Bangladesh declared their first innings at 541 for 7. Nazmul Hossain Shant 183 and Muminul Haque 126 runs for the Tigers. Besides, Tamim Iqbal scored 90, Mushfiqur Rahim unbeaten 6 and Liton Das 50 runs.
The bowlers can understand the fun of Pallekele’s batting wicket. The Sri Lankan bowlers understood for the first two and a half days, now the Bangladesh camp is feeling it. Today, on the fourth day of the match, the Tigers could not take a single wicket till 4 pm Bangladesh time. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Koranaratne (192 *) is on his way to a double century. Two Bangladeshi bowlers have scored different centuries with the ball.
As mentioned earlier, blaming the bowlers on this wicket is an exaggeration. There are two spinners in the list of ‘centuries’ with the ball. Mehdi Miraj bowled 48 overs and scored 109 runs. And Taizul has scored 117 runs in 36 overs. Both took 1 wicket each. Fast bowler Ebadat Hossain is on his way to a ‘century’ with 72 runs off 16 overs. Taskin, who gave away 6 runs in 23 overs, did not go less.
Earlier, two Sri Lankan bowlers also scored ‘centuries’ in Bangladesh’s first innings. Dhananjaya de Silva gave 130 runs in 30 overs and Hasranga gave 111 runs in 36 overs. World Fernando missed a ‘century’ for a short time with 96 runs in 35 overs. Two more were close to three figures with the ball in hand – Lahiru Kumara (7 in 26 overs) and Suranga Lakmal (71 in 36 overs) were close to a century.