Bangladesh and Sri Lanka drew the first Test in Chittagong yesterday after Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella hung on for the visitors in a vital seventh-wicket stand of 99.
On the fifth and final day the two teams settled on a draw 45 minutes before the scheduled close of play with Sri Lanka on 260-6 in their second innings.
Dickwella was unbeaten on 61 alongside Chandimal on 39 not out at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Hosts Bangladesh made 465 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 397 as Tamim Iqbal (133) and Mushfiqur Rahim (105) played starring roles.
Man-of-the-Match Angelo Mathews hit 199 to form the backbone of the Sri Lankan first innings and Nayeem Hasan claimed 6-105 for Bangladesh.
Yesterday left-arm spin duo Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan had given Bangladesh hope of victory. Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne made 52 off 138 balls before he gave a catch to his counterpart Mominul Haque at midwicket off the dangerous Taijul, who ended with figures of 4-82.
Shakib soon had Dhananjaya de Silva out for 33 off 60 balls as Mushfiqur took the catch, also at midwicket, leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 161-6. Dickwella swept the next ball high but Taijul could only manage to get a finger on it at square leg.
After the scare, he and Chandimal dug in at the crease before and after the tea break to stubbornly thwart the home side.
“We tried to do something differently and put them under pressure, but we played some poor shots and then we had to change tactics,” Karunaratne said.
“We unfortunately couldn’t put pressure on Bangladesh on the last day.”
Taijul struck twice in the morning session after Sri Lanka started aggressively, resuming on 39-2.
Taijul bowled Kusal Mendis for 48 and then removed first-innings centurion Mathews for a duck, caught and bowled.
“The second innings was a bit disappointing, but Shakib bowled really well in both innings. We missed Shoriful for sure, but we managed to cover for him,” skipper Mominul said. “Every time we have to keep improving, batting, bowling or fielding, we have to keep getting better.”
The second Test starts at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.
Sri Lanka first innings 397
Bangladesh first innings 465
Sri Lanka second innings
O Fernando run out 19
D Karunaratne c Mominul b Taijul 52
L Embuldeniya b Taijul 2
KMendis b Taijul 48
A Mathews c&b Taijul 0
D de Silva c Mushfiqur b Shakib 33
Dinesh Chandimal not out 39
Niroshan Dickwella not out 61
Extras (lb 2, nb 4) 6
Total (six wickets; 90.1 overs) 260
Did not bat: Ramesh Mendis, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Oshada), 2-39 (Taijul), 3-106 (Mendis), 4-110 (Mathews), 5-143(Karunaratne), 6-161 (Dhananjaya)
Bowling: Nayeem 23-5-79-0, Khaled 7-2-37-0 (nb1), Shakib 25-5-58-1, Taijul 34-9-82-4 (nb3), Najmul 1-0-2-0, Mahmudul 0.1-0-0-0
Result: Match draw
Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Sharfuddoula (BAN)
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