POST TIME: 5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Bangladesh squeeze draw out of SL
Mominul scores tons in both innings
Syed Mohammed Pithu, Ctg

Bangladesh squeeze draw out of SL

Bangladesh cricketers Mominul Haque (L) and Liton Das (R) run between the wickets as the Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara (C) looks on during the fifth and final day of the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. AFP Photo

Mominul Haque left Sri Lanka in a state of frustration to save the first Test, showing impeccable resistance and staunch determination and thereby became the first Bangladesh batsman to score centuries in both innings. The diminutive batsman followed his epic 176 with 105 in the second innings as Bangladesh forced for a draw, what looked unlikely following Bangladesh’s 81 for three at the end of the fourth day. As the home side reached 307 for five, 45 minutes after the tea session of the fifth and final day, the two captains agreed for a draw, with no result on the cards. This was Bangladesh’s 16th draw in 105th Test in which they won just 10. Knowing that they need to fight for survival, Mominul showed a required calmness under huge pressure in the morning session and survived the first hour without any trouble. The pitch however had no demons with odd deliveries that turned sharply. For him, the challenge was to deal with those odd deliveries, which he did perfectly. Liton Das was also at his best to give an ably support to Mominul but still played some exquisite drives to show why he is rated so highly.

Together they denied Sri Lanka a wicket throughout the whole morning session, raising the prospect of saving the match. However one hour after lunch, when the draw was a  likely result, Mominu nicked one to slip where Dimuth Karunarate took a fine catch of Dhananjaya De Silva bowling. He hit five fours and two sixes in the innings, lasting for 174 balls. With the prospect of a potential defeat, Mominul and Liton Das combined for a 180-run partnership for the fourth wicket, what was the turning point of the game.

Mominul’s 281 runs in the match now is the highest for a Bangladesh batsman in a Test match, eclipsing Tamim Iqbal’s 231 (206 and 25) against Pakistan in Khulna, 2012.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath then dismissed Liton Das when he was on 94, what could have been his maiden century had he not played a rash shot. He sent the ball across the rope 11 times in the knock in which he played 182 balls.

With no assistance from the pitch, as what was expected on fifth day pitch, Sri Lanka bowlers found it tough to break through. Captain Mahmudullah Riyad then remained solid after the tea break, ensuring the match would destine to a draw. He was on unbeaten on 28 with Mosaddek Hossain on 8.

Rangana Herath was the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka with two for 80.

Sri Lanka rode on centuries of Kusal Mendia (196), Dhananjaya De Silva (173) and Roshen Silva (109) to declare its first innings on 713-9 before taking a 200-run first-innings lead over Bangladesh who was dismissed for 513 in its first innings. Apart from Mominul’s 176, Mushfiqur Rahim hit 92, Mahmudullah Riyad made 83 not out and Tamim Iqbal scored a fluent 52.


Bangladesh first innings:     513

Sri Lanka first innings: 713-9 dec

Bangladesh second innings

(overnight 81-3):

Tamim c Dickwella b Sandakan     41

Il Kayes c Chandimal b Perera     19

Mominul c Karunaratne b de Silva     105

Mushfiqur c Mendis b Herath     2

Liton c Perera b Herath     94

Mahmudullah not out     28

Mosaddek not out     8

Extras (b3, lb2, w1, nb 4)     10

Total (five wkts; 100 overs) 307

Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-76, 3-81, 4-261, 5-279.

BOWLING    O    M    R    W

R Herath    28    6    80    2

S Lakmal    9    1    25    0

D de Silva    12    0    41    1

D Perera    26    5    74    1

L Sandakan    18    2    64    1

S Kumara    6    0    16    0

K Mendis    1    0    2    0

Result: Draw