Chittagong. Sri Lanka, recovering from setbacks in the second innings on the fifth and final day, played the first Test of the series (BAN vs SL 1) against Bangladesh here on Thursday.st Test) was drawn. The innings of Dinesh Chandimal (39*) and Niroshan Dickwella (61*) were crucial for Sri Lanka on the final day, who helped the team recover from the morning’s tremors. In the middle session, Sri Lanka’s score in the second innings was 161 for 6 and they took a lead of 93 runs. But when the game was stopped after 73 overs with the consent of both the captains, Sri Lanka’s score was 260 for 6 wickets. This series is part of the World Test Championship. In the draw, both the teams got 4 points each. Bangladesh played a Test draw for the first time. Earlier, he had lost 5 out of 6 Tests, while he had won one.
Sri Lanka had scored 397 runs in the first innings, in response to which Bangladesh took 465 runs to take a 68-run lead by the end of the fourth day with Sri Lanka taking two wickets. The second and final Test of the series will start in Dhaka from Monday. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam’s two consecutive strokes in the morning session in the second innings gave Bangladesh hopes of an impossible victory, as Sri Lanka’s four wickets fell by lunch. Taijul took 4 wickets for 82 runs and also scored a run out.
Mathews was dismissed for zero in the second innings.
But the Bangladeshi attack missed pacer Shoriful Islam, who was injured while batting on Wednesday. He didn’t bowl and he’s out of the game for four-five weeks. Sri Lanka started playing with 39 runs for 2 wickets in the morning. Lost the wickets of Kushal Mendis (48) and Angelo Mathews (0), leaving his score at 128 for 4 by lunch. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (52 runs) was the 5th player to be dismissed by Taijul.
Dhananjay de Silva was dismissed for 33 runs, which was the team’s sixth wicket. After this Chandimal and Dickwella stood firm. Dickwella also completed his 20th half-century in 83 balls during this period. Bangladesh’s team is currently at number 8 in the Test Championship. England is at the bottom 9th position. Australia is first and Team India is at number three. Angelo Mathews, who played a brilliant innings of 199 runs in the first innings, was adjudged the player of the match.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 19, 2022, 18:17 IST