Lankans declared their innings with 493 runs
Tiger opener Tamim Iqbal is having a great series against the Lankans. He picked up a stormy half-century in both innings of the first Test of the series. And keeping that continuity of the first Test, he also saw a half-century in the first innings of the second Test. Tamim played just 57 balls to score his third consecutive half-century in Pallekele. He has scored 50 runs in three innings of the series and the last innings of the series against the West Indies.
The Lankans declared their innings at 493 for six on the third day of the second Test at Pallekele in Kandy. Tamim Iqbal attacked the Sri Lankan bowlers from the start.
Bangladesh is giving a great answer to Sri Lanka’s 493 runs in such a brilliant batting of Tamim. At the time of writing, the Tigers had scored 95 runs in 23 overs without losing a wicket. Where Tamim’s single collection is 6 runs. His partner Saif Hasan is playing with 25 runs.
Today, the hosts decided to declare the innings by batting only 15 minutes on the third day. Mushfiqur Rahim’s great catch in the bowling of Taskin Ahmed broke the previous unbroken partnership and Sri Lanka gave up batting for 493 runs.
The third day did not play for about an hour and a half due to rain. As a result, the fourth day’s game started 15 minutes earlier today. Batting 3.3 overs in these 15 minutes, Sri Lanka added 24 runs, losing the wicket of Ramesh Mendis. In all, their collection in the first innings stood at 493 runs for 6 wickets.
In reply, Tamim hit a boundary in the first over of the innings for the third time in a row, explaining that he would not let the bowlers sit down. With the confidence of the previous match, he has been attacking the Sri Lankan bowlers from the very beginning.
Saif Hasan, who failed in the first match, also got courage in Tamim’s smooth batting. The pair batted positively and scored 50 runs in 13 overs. Where Tamim’s contribution was 41 runs. Despite scoring less runs, Saif was batting more confidently than in the first match.
Tamim hit a boundary off the first two balls of the 15th over of the innings by Ramesh Mendis to reach 49 runs. He completed his 31st half-century of his career with 1 run in the fifth ball of that over. Where there were 6 fours. This is Tamim’s half-century in the fourth consecutive innings.
But for Tamim, this is not the first fifty in the first four innings. In 2010, Tamim has scored 50 runs in five consecutive innings. The last two innings of the service were centuries. Tamim did not score a century in the first three fifty innings. Bangladesh will be hoping for a century in the next two innings from his bat.