Hosts Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 493 for six in the second Test at Pallekele. Sri Lanka finished the second day with 479 runs for 6 wickets. Sri Lanka declared the innings at 3.3 overs on Saturday morning.Sri Lanka declared the first innings after picking up Taskin Ahmed Ramesh Mendis in 159.2 overs.
At the time of writing, Bangladesh had scored 79 runs in their first innings. Meanwhile, Tamim Iqbal (72) has scored a half century. Saif Hasan (13) is with him.
Earlier in the day, two unbeaten batsmen Ramesh Mendis (22) and Niroshan Dickwella (64) batted. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne declared the innings after returning Taskin Ramesh Mendis. Dickwella was unbeaten on 6 runs. Taskin was the best bowler in Sri Lanka’s first innings for Bangladesh. He took 4 wickets for 128 runs. Shariful Islam, Taizul Islam and Mehedi Hasan took one wicket each.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) lost to Punjab Kings by 34 runs in a 22-yard battle. Harpreet Brar, a 26-year-old spinner, was instrumental in Virat Kohli’s loss to RCB. He took 3 wickets for only 19 runs in 4 overs.
Virat Kohli lost the match by 34 runs after failing to chase Punjab’s target of 160 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera on Friday.
RCB captain Virat Kohli decided to field first after winning the toss. Jamieson also proved his decision correct. Punjab opener Prabhasimron (6) took the wicket at the beginning. But then Punjab captain KL Rahul teamed up with Caribbean star Chris Gayle. The duo added 60 runs for the second wicket.
Gayle collected 46 runs from just 24 balls. Although Gayle was out, Preeti’s Punjab lost several wickets in a row. Nicholas Puran (0), Deepak Hooda (5) and Shah Rukh Khan (0) returned quickly. But in the end, Harpreet Brar and Rahul’s tough batting stopped their innings at 169 for five in the allotted 20 overs.
Where Harpreet was at the crease with 25 off 18 balls, KL Rahul played an unbeaten 91-run innings. That is only 56 balls. Maren has four fours and five sixes. He also left Shikhar Dhawan behind and took possession of the Orange Cap.
Meanwhile, RCB started losing wickets at regular intervals from the start to chase the target of 160 runs. Batsmen like Devdut Parikkal (7), Glenn Maxwell (0) and AB de Villiers (3) failed to bat. Only Virat Kohli (35) and Rajat Patidar (31) got some runs. In the end, Hershel Patel (31 off 13 balls) tried a bit but it was not enough for the team to reach the target. In the end, Kohli’s innings stopped at 145 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs.
Harpreet of Punjab picked up three wickets for the team besides scoring 25 runs with the bat. Kohli, Maxwell and D’Villiers batsmen out. Ravi Vishnu also got two wickets.
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