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5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Bangladesh-SL Test series tit-bit

Sports Reporter, Ctg

Mominul’s first!

In the last 25 Test and 26 ODIs which he played before the Test against Sri Lanka, Mominul Haque never hit more than one six in his career. Even not in a five-T20 International match that he has so far played. But perhaps in post-Chandika Hathurusingha era, he vowed to change him completely—something that was evidenced in his first innings 176 runs knock, he was fluent than any other batsman of Bangladesh but struck just one six in addition of 16 fours, the six was only second six in his 26-match Test career. However in the second innings of this Test, he took his six-tally to four, by hitting two six in his 174 ball-105 and it was the first time not only in an innings, but also in a Test that he hit more than one six.

Saga of century in both innings

The first player to score centuries in both innings of a Test match was Warren Bardsley of Australia, who made 136 and 130 against England in August 1909. Since then, the feat has been accomplished by 67 players on 83 different occasions including the feat of Mominul Haque. 10 players have scored centuries in both innings of a match two times in their careers, while Sunil Gavaskar of India, and Ricky Ponting and David Warner, both of Australia, have achieved this feat thrice. England's Graham Gooch has the highest aggregate in a match while scoring centuries in both the innings; his combined tally of 456 runs in the match—333 in the first and 123 in the second innings—was entered into The Guinness Book of Records as "Most runs scored by a player in a Test match (male)". Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva is the only player to remain not out in both innings. Australia’s Alan Border is the only batsman to score 150 plus knock in both innings.

Superb Liton, yet reckless

Experts in the country’s cricket fraternity have already reached in a consensus—when Liton Das is on song, he is eye-catching, he is a treat to watch by a distant mile than his colleagues in the national team. He got the form on a day when his performance mattered most for Bangladesh and played some exquisite on drive, off-drive, flick, cut and upper-cut that was a spectators’ joy. However as he approached his maiden century in just seventh Test, his reckless shot almost ruined the beautiful work made by him in one and half session. On 94, he charged down the pitch to hoicked it over deep mid-wicket, when he needed not to charge. However he mishit it high down the ground and Dilruwan Perera did the rest.

No turn, no luck

Sri Lanka came to the match with a hope to get some assistance from the pitch to script a victory to what could have been superb, considering they came to bat with a burden of 513 runs. However they were left surprise by the behaviour of the pitch. It had no turn and bounce as what is expected naturally on a fifth day pitch. There were some odd deliveries that that turned sharply but otherwise the pitch was nice to bat on like the day one and two.

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