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Sri Lanka pushes Bangladesh to brink after de Silva, Mendis score centuries

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Mar. 24 (AFP) - Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis both slammed their second century of the match as Sri Lanka set up a 511-run target for Bangladesh before pushing the host to the corner in the first Test today.

The visitor was all out for 418 in its second innings at Sylhet, with Mendis making 164 runs to go with his 102 in the first innings and De Silva, who also scored 102 runs in the first innings, adding 108.

Sri Lankan pacers began the victory push immediately, reducing Bangladesh to 47/5 at stumps, with 464 more needed for an unlikely win.

Vishwa Fernando claimed 3-13, while Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara each claimed a wicket as Mahmudul Hasan (0), Najmul Hossain Shanto (6), Zakir Hasan (19), Shahadat Hossain (0), and Liton Das (0) all departed.

The sorry display from Bangladesh’s batters came when de Silva and Mendis dominated the bowlers for the better part of the day, becoming only the third pair in Test history to score a century in both innings.

The Chappell brothers, Greg and Ian, of Australia achieved the feat against New Zealand in March 1974, before Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali emulated it against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

The pair, who shared 202 runs in Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 280 runs, put on 173 runs together this time. Mehidy Hasan Miraz broke their partnership before finishing with 4-74 for Bangladesh.

Resuming on 119/5, the visitor lost nightwatchman Fernando (four) early to Khaled Ahmed before de Silva and Mendis took control.

De Silva brought his second century into the game with a single off Mehidy before he was dropped by Nahid Rana off Shoriful Islam on 101. Mehidy ensured the drop did not hurt the team more, soon ending de Silva’s innings, with Zakir taking the catch at short midwicket.

Mendis put away a full toss of Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto to bring his own hundred off 171.

Mehidy removed Prabath Jayasuriya, who made 25, and Lahiru Kumara off successive deliveries to give Bangladesh some relief.


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  • Jude Sunday, 24 March 2024 09:23 PM

    Bangladeshi players tail between the legs huh!! I challenge you B'deshis players to do the Timeout mockery at the end of this game!!

    wsw Monday, 25 March 2024 07:44 AM

    Hope they stop this childish tit for tat 'Timeout' nonsense once and for all, show the Deshis we Lankans will always be gracious in victory or defeat, unlike them. Go Sri Lanka !!

    Sam Sunday, 24 March 2024 10:32 PM

    If not for Silva and Kamidu we would have not got a big lead. Time to retire Chandi and Mathews from test and give those two slots to new comers. Oh forgot that king kusal. Probably arrange some tournaments for Kusal with a team like Ireland in Sri Lanka on a flat track so that he can score some runs as he cannot bat on any pitch that has any kind of support for ballers. Playing since 2018 and still cannot bat. lol

    Jude Monday, 25 March 2024 12:01 AM

    Since the beginning of Baseball in the 19th century, players have adopted unwritten rules about how to behave during the game. There's set of unwritten rules of baseball that some players and managers follow. The rules often concern gamesmanship and not disrespecting players on the opposing team. Cricket is a game played with bat and ball and governed by ICC. The rules and laws set forth by a Committee under the direction of MCC. In cricket, there should be certain behavioral thresholds for gamesmanship, sportsmanship . Having said that what happened in WC match where Angelo Mathews was Timedout, grossly against the spirit of the game!! Yes it's within the the rules of the game and ironically it was implemented for the first time since The establishment of the game!! In any international cricket games theres plenty of delay of game deliberately, it has become a tactic by all teams.


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