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Bangladesh in dominant position after day 3

Published : Tuesday, 17 May, 2022 at 6:10 PM  Count : 380

Mushfiqeur Rahim playing an odd sweep against spin.- AFP

Mushfiqeur Rahim playing an odd sweep against spin.- AFP

Tamim Iqbal’s 10th Test century was followed by unbeaten half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das as Bangladesh finished the third day of the first Test on 318 for 3 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Tuesday.

Tamim Iqbal had been dismissed in the nineties twice in his the last five innings against Sri Lanka, coming into the first Test. He had seven half-centuries against them in the format, but had not breached the three-figure mark even once. He set the records straight as he notched up his 10th Test century on the third day, helping the hosts take control of the first Test, in Chattogram.

The Tigers are still trailing Sri Lanka by 79 runs in the first innings. Mushfiqur Rahim, who is just 15 runs away from becoming the first Bangladesh player to reach 5000 runs in Test cricket, ended the day unbeaten on 53. Litton Das, who added 98 with Mushfiqur, was also unbeaten, on 54. Tamim, for the most part looked like reaching the 5000-run mark first, but was forced to retire hurt on 133 because of cramps. He is now 19 runs away from the landmark, who is likely to resume his innings on Day 4.

The third day, though, firmly belonged to Tamim, who fought the weather, and some tight bowling. He was his usual aggressive self from the get-go and found boundaries at regular intervals in the morning session. Unbeaten on 35 overnight, Tamim raced to his fifty in the fifth over the morning and notched up his ton shortly after lunch. However, the humid conditions got the better of him and he could not come out to bat after tea.

Bangladesh began the day on 76-0, in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 397, with Tamim and Mahmudul Hasan Joy unbeaten on 35 and 31 respectively. Bangladesh's batters quickly went about their job. In a near-perfect morning session, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Tamim added 81 runs in 28 overs, as Bangladesh went to lunch unscathed on 157 for 0.

Tamim Iqbal gets tended to by the team physio. - BCB

Tamim Iqbal gets tended to by the team physio. - BCB

Sri Lanka did get a chance to end the stand in the 39th over when Joy miscued a pull shot off pacer Asitha Fernando. But Lasith Embuldeniya dropped the simple catch.

But Joy failed to make use of his life as he gave a faint edge to the keeper off the same bowler soon after the break, which Niroshan Dickwella gladly accepted. Joy’s innings ended on 58.

Tamim, however, carried on in the same manner and ended his three-year-long century drought in Tests in the 51st over by hitting a boundary and taking a single off Asitha.

Sri Lanka then made a concussion substitution when they replaced pacer Vishwa Fernando, who was hit on the head on Day 2, with another pacer Kasun Rajitha. The replacement brought Sri Lanka back in the contest as he dismissed Nazmul Hossain Shanto (one) and skipper Mominul Haque (two) in quick successions to reduce the Tigers to 184-3.

Tamim also had some close shaves in the session, as he got dropped by Dhananjaya de Silva at slip and was given out caught behind, which got overturned after a review.
Rajitha was Sri Lanka's pick bowler with 2-13 while Asitha Fernando took 1-45.


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