Najmul Shanto hit his maiden century and Tamim Iqbal 90 as Bangladesh took a uncommon probability to plunder runs off an opponent on the primary day of their first Check in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Bangladesh, in search of their first abroad Check win for 4 years, made 302 for 2 on a simple wicket for scoring in Pallekele. After Saif Hassan fell for a duck to Vishwa Fernando within the second over, Shanto and Tamim added 144 for the second wicket to ascertain Bangladesh’s dominance over the bowlers. Shanto and captain Mominul Haque then placed on an unbeaten 150 runs for the third wicket
Maiden Check ton for Najmul Hossain Shanto, 14th Check fifty for Mominul Haque
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The 22-year-old left-hander Shanto was dropped by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella on 28 however went on to achieve three figures in his seventh Check. He was on 126 on the finish of the day with 14 fours and a six.
Shanto mentioned he was “relieved” to get his first ton, and had been completely happy to attend for Sri Lanka’s “unfastened balls”.
“I had labored actually onerous however sadly I wasn’t getting huge runs. However I believed in my means and I am glad all of it clicked as we speak. It was a tricky few months after a disappointing sequence in opposition to West Indies,” Shanto mentioned.
The skilled Tamim accelerated the run scoring when he got here on and narrowly missed out on a deserved century. His twenty ninth half-century got here off simply 54 balls with ten boundaries.
Having reached 90 off 101 balls with 15 fours, Tamim provided a half-hearted shot and was caught by lone slip fielder Lahiru Thirimanne off Fernando’s bowling.
Mominul, unbeaten on 64 on the shut, was additionally dropped by Dickwella, however the wicket wouldn’t have counted as Dhananjaya de Silva had overstepped the bowling line.
Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower expressed hope for an early breakthrough on day two. “It has been a tricky day but when we take two early wickets tomorrow issues can change fairly rapidly,” he mentioned.