429.2 overs, 1533 runs, 24 wickets - the relevant numbers for the game. Sums up the match, right? Test cricket certainly doesn't require such games for its advancements. With a hope that the following game doesn't offer the same, we head to Dhaka for the second Test. It begins on the 8th of February, 2018 from 0930 local time (0330 GMT). Do join us. Till then, take care. Cheers! Adios! Meanwhile, you can catch some limited overs action by switching to the ongoing South Africa vs India game.
Mominul Haque became the first cricketer from Bangladesh to score two tons in a single Test. He also returned with most runs in a game for a player of his nation - 281. His love affair with Chittagong continued. Rightly so, he is adjudged the MAN OF THE MATCH.
In reply, Sri Lanka turned up with a mountain of runs as the each from the second wicket to the sixth wicket stand crossed the 50-run mark. The 308-run association between Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva helped them build a strong reply. Both of them got daddy hundreds but missed out on double tons. Even Roshen Silva used up the chance to get to his maiden test ton. Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan picked up 7 wickets between them. With a 200-run lead, the visitors came out all guns blazing but then an effective response from Haque and Das turned out to be their undoing.
Earlier in the game, the hosts had no hesitation in batting first. The 236-run partnership between Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim helped them set the base for a big score. The hometown southpaw stroked his way to a huge score while the latter missed out on his ton by 8 runs. Even Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah used the occasion to add a half century to their kitty. For the Lankans, Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath turned up with three apiece.
Here is what Liton Das has got to say when he is caught up after the game. He says that he thought of reaching his landmark in style quickly and hence came down the track to that ball and played the shot. Athar Ali Khan takes the mike from him and states that the youngster has realised his mistake. On being asked about his stand with Mominul Haque, the wicketkeeper-batsman states that he and the southpaw decided to take it over by over and that worked. He opines that the middle of the track was very flat and the areas outside the stumps had some roughs.
After the two batters departed in succession, the tourists sensed an opening to get a positive result in their favour. But Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain combined together for a stand worth 28 that took 106 balls, which signified that the game was moving nowhere and only one outcome looked assured, which is what happened.
Such has been the nature of the track, that wonder if it is right to give credit to Bangladesh for this or whether to blame the placid pitch for the tame run-filled boring draw. The hosts came into the final day still 119 adrift of Sri Lanka's total. They had lost three quick wickets towards the end of Day 4, to stare at a possible innings defeat. But Mominul Haque and Liton Das had different plans. They stitched together a 180-run stand and quelled any hopes that the visitors would have had of an early end to the game. The southpaw passed the triple figure mark for the 6th time in Tests, 5th in Chittagong, while the latter missed out on his by a mere 6 runs.
That's that! The SHAKE OF HANDS THAT WE ALL AWAITED! It's come. Both the sides decide that it isn't possible to eke out a result from this point and decide to settle for a DRAW. Wonder who will the happier of the two sides at the end of the game.
Lakshan Sandakan to Mosaddek Hossain
Floated up at a fuller length, Hossain pushes it back towards the bowler.
Well, well, well down the leg side, it spins further away. Mosaddek lets it be. The leg gully takes evasive action even as the keeper rushes to stop that. Wide not signaled, even the umpire is bored perhaps.
MH goes back and presents a straight bat face to keep this out.
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
Floated on the stumps, pushed to mid-wicket.
Where was this Sandakan all this while? Tosses up a googly around off, it goes straight on. Squares Mosaddek up who just misses out on edging it.
Kusal Mendis to Mahmudullah
A loopy full toss, hit back to the bowler with love.
Flighted ball around off, Mahmudullah taps it towards covers. Wants a run but decides against it seeing the fielder get to it quickly.
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
Kusal Mendis to Mosaddek Hossain
This is what you get with leg spinners. A long hop on the stumps, punched through mid on for one.
Oh! Mendis extracts purchase from this surface. Tosses it up outside off, Hossain goes for the drive but misses. It turned sharply.
Floated outside off, driven through covers for one.