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Tamim, Joy help Bangladesh reach 157-0 at lunch

Published : Tuesday, 17 May, 2022 at 1:44 PM  Count : 560

Tamim, Joy help Bangladesh reach 157-0 at lunch

Tamim, Joy help Bangladesh reach 157-0 at lunch

Bangladesh put them in a position of dominance, reaching 157-0 at lunch on day three of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here Tuesday.

The openers Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy kept them unscathed throughout the morning session of the third day to raise a prospect of an imposing total, in reply to Sri Lanka's 397 in the first innings.

They had already cut the deficit to 240 runs with Tamim batting on 89 and Joy on 58 at the first interval of the day. Tamim who batted fluently needs just 11 runs to reach his 10th Test century.

As Bangladesh resumed the day on 76-0, Tamim went after the Sri Lankan bowlers in aggressive fashion to make them disarray. He treated every Lankan bowlers in sheer disdain to help Bangladesh take the stranglehold.

He struck Vishwa Fernando consecutive boundaries in the first two balls he faced in the day and never looked back.

Fernando who was hit on his helmet by the bouncer of pacer Shoriful Islam, went to medical check-up after bowling four overs in the morning. Kasun Rajitha was announced his replacement.

Tamim brought up his 32nd half-century off just 73 balls, cutting offspinner Ramesh Mendia boundary past point.

Mahmudul was restrained but never shied away to punish the loose deliveries, which Lankan bowlers offered in abundance.

He reached his second fifty off 112 balls, flicking pacer Asitha Fernando for doubles through mid-wicket.

Asitha could have got Mahmudul in his next over but Lasith Embuldeniya dropped him at fine-leg when on 51.

It was the only chance, Sri Lankan bowlers could create in the entire session, BSS reports.


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