Sri Lanka Dominate Bangladesh with 531, Yet Mendis Misses Rare Achievement

Sri Lanka Dominate Bangladesh with 531, Yet Mendis Misses Rare Achievement

News by “M.Sheharyar”

In Chittagong on Sunday, Bangladesh ended the second day of the second Test at 55-1 in their first innings after dismissing Sri Lanka for 531.

Opening batsman Zakir Hasan stood unbeaten on 28 alongside nightwatchman Taijul Islam on 0 following Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s dismissal for 21, bowled by Lahiru Kumara.

Sri Lanka amassed a historic 531 runs in their first innings, marking the highest score in Test cricket without any batsman reaching a century.

Meanwhile, Kamindu Mendis narrowly missed achieving a remarkable milestone of scoring a third Test century in consecutive innings.

The left-handed batsman finished not out on 92 as last man Asitha Fernando was run out for a duck, falling eight runs short of becoming only the fourth Sri Lankan to achieve three centuries in consecutive innings.

Mendis, who scored 102 and 164 in the first Test, aggressively struck two sixes off Taijul Islam in an over in his pursuit of the milestone. However, Fernando’s dismissal dashed his hopes.

Aside from Mendis, who was playing in only his third Test, Dhananjaya de Silva (70), Dinesh Chandimal (59), Kusal Mendis (93), Dimuth Karunaratne (86), and Nishan Madhushka (57) also contributed with half-centuries. Shakib Al Hasan concluded with figures of 3-110 as Sri Lanka made Bangladesh toil for nearly two days after opting to bat first. Sri Lanka resumed the second day’s play at 314-4.

De Silva, much like Mendis, who also scored 102 and 108 in the first Test, hinted at the possibility of achieving a third consecutive century before being dismissed in the post-lunch session.

Chandimal was the lone batsman to fall in the first session, caught behind off Shakib after scoring 59 runs.

Khaled Ahmed trapped De Silva leg before wicket in the first over after lunch.

Khaled could have taken another wicket shortly after, but Prabath Jayasuriya survived a comical drop by three slip fielders when on six.

Mendis was initially given out caught behind on 35 off Mehidy Hasan Miraz, but the decision was overturned following a review.

Shakib dismissed Jayasuriya, caught plumb in front, ending a 65-run seventh-wicket partnership with Mendis, who was also fortunate to survive a dropped catch by Hasan Mahmud when on 60 at deep square leg.

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