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Bangladesh draw bat-dominated first test with Sri Lanka after Tamim Iqbal wind and rain Cricket news


Bangladesh draw with Sri Lanka in bat-dominated first test in Kandy after Tamim Iqbal scores half a century alive and rain prevents any play after tea on day five; the teams all remain tied before the second and final test on Thursday at the same place

Last updated: 25/04/21 13:29 pm

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal scored 74 paces on 98 balls on the last day of the first test shot in Kandy

Tamim Iqbal’s fifty breeze, a hard blow from Mominul Haque and late afternoon rain drove Bangladesh to a draw against Sri Lanka on the final day of the bat-dominated first test in Kandy.

Sri Lanka had low hopes of forcing the win after declaring a massive 648-8 – giving them a 107 lead in the first set – and then reducing Bangladesh to 27-2 in the second session.

However, Tamim (74 of 98 balls) and Bangladeshi skipper Mominul (23 of 86) stabilized their squad with contrasting innings after Suranga Lakmal knocked out Saif Hassan for one, then Nazmul Hossain Shanto – who scored 167 in the early stages. Tigers innings – for an eight-ball duck.

Tamim hit three sixes and ten fours in his 30th half-century test, but Mominul – who declared his first test ton away from home in his team’s opening 541-7 innings – didn’t score no border when casting anchor.

Bangladesh were 100-2 at tea, but no further play was possible after that due to the rain, a test in which 1,289 points were scored and only 17 wickets fell, ended in a stalemate .

Bangladesh draw bat-dominated first test with Sri Lanka after Tamim Iqbal wind and rain Cricket news

Dhananjaya de Silva (front) and Dimuth Karunaratne (rear) set a record 345 for Sri Lanka’s fourth wicket

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne (244) and Dhananjaya de Silva (166) previously extended their partnership to a whopping 345, the fourth-highest wicket in a test in Sri Lanka.

Karunaratne and Dhananjaya were both sacked by Taskin Ahmed (3-112) before Wanindu Hasaranga hit a quick shot 43 to take the hosts’ lead past 100.

Sri Lanka’s winning push was then stifled so that the teams all remained tied before the second and final test, also in Kandy, from Thursday.

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