Mominul stars as Tigers ensure draw


Sports desk: Mominul Haque, for the second time in the Test, headlined his side’s resistance against Sri Lanka with another century, becoming the first Bangladesh player to have twin centuries in a Test as the first game of the two-match series ended in a draw.

Bangladesh batted out three sessions on the fifth and final day on Sunday (February 4) to ensure a draw, finishing with 307 for 5 when the captains decided to shake hands with the game only headed one way in Chittagong.

Mominul, who was eventually named the Man of the Match, became Bangladesh’s first batsman to have scored the most number of runs in a Test with a 176 in the first innings, followed by 105 in the second. He, along with Liton Das, resisted Sri Lanka’s attack en route a 180-run stand in the second innings only to eventually fall in the space of five overs of each other as a rather nervy Mahmudullah came to the middle. His nerves derailed a rather composed Das to play a poor shot to fall six runs short of his own century after Mominul’s wicket. Mahmudullah had his fair share of luck early into the innings with some mishits falling short of the Sri Lankan fielders.

Resuming the final session, Bangladesh’s stand-in skipper and Mosaddek Hossain took their time and kept Sri Lanka at bay while extending the lead which went past 100. But with a draw being imminent, it was put to an end with 1533 scored across five days for just 24 wickets.

Mominul and Das started the day under pressure after the hosts lost three wickets last evening before stumps were drawn. The pair successfully managed to negate Sri Lanka’s attack with positive intent in the first session, where they lost no wickets, on a surface that assisted the batsmen to overcome the 200-run lead that Sri Lanka had before their declaration yesterday. The pressure was on them to play out the day to avoid a defeat and the pair made a great start towards that endeavour, accelerating in phases, going for their shots but also keeping the scoreboard ticking otherwise, in what was a brilliant mix of caution and aggression.

Sri Lanka’s slower bowlers could extract a bit of turn, but it wasn’t anything that posed a threat to the Bangladesh batsmen per se. They tried a number of things, which were all negated by the wicket that still remained true for batting, like has been the case all Test with its slowness. Bangladesh will go into the next Test with a moral edge given their excellent recovery on Day 5, while Sri Lanka can take solace from the fact that it was hard being a bowler on this wicket.Cricbuzz.


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