SL vs BAN: Angelo Mathews’ 12th Test century against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s first-day performance in Chattogram.
Sri Lanka revived in the second season
SL vs BAN: A 92-run stand for the third wicket with Kusal Mendis revived Sri Lanka in the second session and kept things in their favor till the end of the day.
Bangladesh will regret leaving Mathews on 69, but for Sri Lanka’s batsmen, it was an otherwise tough competition against stagnant home spinners.
After a big stand with Mendis, Mathews added another 75 for the fifth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal, who was unbeaten on 34 at stumps.
Used All My Experience:-
Mathews was on 114, he used all his experience to score his maiden century against Bangladesh.
SL vs BAN: Only Bangladesh spinners took wickets, with Naeem Hasan taking two and Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan taking one each.
Mathews’ most useful area was the front of the wicket, driving mostly straight on a pitch that had little bounce but was good for batting from the second session onwards.
Between extra cover and midwicket, he hit 11 fours and hit a straight six. The rest of the boundary of Mathews went towards the fine leg.
Good catch to dismiss Dhananjay de Silva:-
When he was on 69, Mahmudul Hasan Joy dropped Mathews at slip in the 65th over off Taijul, and although Mahmudul made a good catch to dismiss Dhananjay de Silva in the next over, it was a costly one. Drop proved.
Sri Lanka started the third season on a poor note when Mendis pulled a long-hop off Taijul to Nayeem at short midwicket. Mathews and Mendis kept wickets in the second session during the long haul.
Mendis batted fairly conservatively, hitting only a few cover drives and another boundary through midwicket, as he allowed Mathews to flourish. He came late in the first session after Nayeem took two wickets.
The offspinner, playing his first Test in over a year, dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne in his first over before dismissing Oshada Fernando. However, Bangladesh lost two of its reviews with the usual lbw appeal.