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Tamim misses ton as Bangladesh reaches 214-4 at tea

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Tamim misses ton as Bangladesh reaches 214-4 at tea

Opener Tamim Iqbal missed out his deserving ton, being out on 92 as Bangladesh reached 214-4 at tea on day three of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Bangladesh is now trailing by 279 and needed 80 runs more to avoid the follow-on an increasingly deteriorating pitch after Sri Lanka declared their first innings on 493-7.

Tamim gave Bangladesh a whirlwind start once again and reached his fourth consecutive fifty, third straight in this series off 57 balls, slicing Ramesh Mednis towards point for two runs. When he reached fifty, Bangladesh was just 61 with Saif Hasan on 7.

However after making 0 and 1 in first Test, Saif finally reached double digit figure, scoring 25 in this match.

He and Tamim put on 97-run partnership for the opening stand to keep Bangladesh in a strong position.

But Sri Lanka bounced back in style in the match at the cusp of lunch, taking the wicket of Saif and Nazmul Hossain Shanto in the space of eight balls.

While Saif edged Praveen Jayawickrama behind wicket to give him his maiden wicket on debut, Shanto bagged his consecutive second duck after his epic 163.

Shanto was undone by a lovely off-break of Ramesh Mendis.

After starting fluently, Tamim restrained him as he came on the verge of his 10th Test century. But that didn’t work well for him as Jayawickrama baffled him with a straighter delivery, forcing him to edge at first slip.

Tamim struck a dozen of boundaries in his 92 off 150 deliveries.

Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim then seemed to take the side in a position of dominance as they bated with caution and aggression to defy the Lankan bowlers.

But again at the fag end of a session, Bangladesh lost a wicket when Mushfiqur’s error of judgement of Jayawickrama’s length had him lbw. The umpire though didn’t call it out, the Lankan side reviewed it to turn the decision. Mushfiqur scored 40 off 62, hitting seven fours.

At the second interval of the day, Mominul Haque was batting on 47.

Debutant Jayawickrama ended the session with 3-74 while Ramesh Mendis had figures of 1-74.

Earlier, resuming the day on 469-6, Sri Lanka added just 24 runs for one wicket before declaring their first innings.

Taskin Ahmed who bowled beautifully, took the scalp of Ramesh Mendis after he scored 33. After his dismissal, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne declared the innings, leaving Niorshan Dickwell stranded on 77.

Dickwell struck eight fours and one six in his 72 ball-77 not out, which is his 18th fifty plus knock in 45 Tests. As the captain declared the innings to get enough time to press for victory, Dickwella missed another chance of hitting the century.

Taskin Ahmed ended with his career-best 4-127 while Shoriful Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam took one wicket apiece.

HM

 

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