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Day 1 report: Forerunners Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne posted a whole bunch and a double century place as Sri Lanka reached 291-1 towards Bangladesh on a worrying first day of the second take a look at on Thursday.
Captain Karunaratne scored 118 for his twelfth century attempt, then Thirimanne hammered his third century and his second this yr. He was 131 steps out on the stumps in tandem with Oshada Fernando, 40 steps out.
“That is the primary time that I’ve scored a whole bunch in a row, and (I am) very proud of it,” mentioned Karunaratne, completely happy to win the draw. “It is nice to see Thirimanne have 100 too. He is been superb. For us this yr, however he hasn’t turned his 50 into a whole bunch but. It is good to see him occur.”
Bangladesh’s bowlers had little probability towards the in-form batsmen on one other flat subject, subsequent to the block the place each groups scored over 600 factors with out being eradicated within the first draw that ended on Sunday.
“There wasn’t a lot for the bowlers on day one, however… the spinners began to show in direction of the tip of the day,” mentioned Karunarate. “I believe that wicket goes to deteriorate and we’ve got to place in one thing like 600 factors and put them beneath strain.”
Karunaratne was vigilant from the primary hour, settling in earlier than breaking free as soon as the ball acquired outdated. On the twenty eighth it was deserted on the primary slip and it turned out to be expensive.
Contemporary off his profession report of 244 final week, the skipper performed elegant photographs forcing the bowlers to shift into defensive mode. Towards the spinners there was intelligent use of the toes, the rotation of the strike and the storage of unhealthy balls.
For some purpose, Bangladesh withheld its most skilled melon, Taijul Islam, till after lunch. The left arm spinner was solely launched within the thirty eighth, however at that time each batsmen have been properly positioned. With Mehidy Hasan, the non-spinner participant, Taijul shared many of the bowling. The duo despatched 41 overs.
Whereas the captain was fluid, Thirimanne was calmer. Since making his Check debut at Southampton 10 years in the past, Thirimanne has loved an excellent 2021 after some technical changes to his sport and the discount of some dangerous photographs. The self-discipline has paid wealthy dividends within the final two collection and, with 131 no outings, he’s on his second finest rating.
The batsmen should have made a mistake to come back out, quite than get thrown, and Karunaratne threw his flashing wicket to a supply and tried to ship it sq. offside. The ball was too near his physique and he was caught behind on 209-1 after dealing with 190 deliveries and reaching 15 limits.
He turned the primary take a look at window for Shoriful Islam, a mean 19-year-old pope.
Within the final go earlier than the stumps, it seemed like Shoriful had had a second as Thirimanne had acquired the leg earlier than the wicket. Nevertheless, the choice was overturned after the batter’s evaluate.
Fernando, after a disappointing first take a look at, seemed undefeated on 40. He and Thirimanne have a partnership of 82 factors.
“It seems to be like Sri Lanka will get an enormous rating,” Bangladesh batting coach Jon Lewis mentioned. “We will have at the very least two extra classes on the pitch, and that is one thing we’ve got to take care of.
“The pitch nonetheless seems to be good in the meanwhile. We now have beaters with good type behind them after the primary Check.
With contributions from the Related Press