Mominul, Mushfiqur shine before bad light halts Bangladesh’s march | Daily News

Mominul, Mushfiqur shine before bad light halts Bangladesh’s march

Mushfiqur Rahim in action. (Pix courtesy SLC)
Mushfiqur Rahim in action. (Pix courtesy SLC)

Bangladesh continued their dominance over Sri Lanka as they reached a massive 474 for four in their first innings on the second day of the opening Test match, which continued at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy yesterday.

When bad light brought an early end to the proceedings, Mushfiqur Rahim was unbeaten on 43 while wicket-keeper batsman Liton Das was batting on 25 with the pair having already added 50 for the unfinished fifth wicket.

The Bangladesh batsmen continued to make merry on a placid batting strip as the overnight pair of Najmul Shanto (163) and Mominul Haque (127) frustrated the Sri Lankan bowlers with a splendid 242-run stand for the third wicket.

After having endured a wicketless first session, Sri Lanka fought hard and struck soon after the break with Lahiru Kumara ending Bangladesh’s record third-wicket stand against any country by dismissing Najmul.

The 22-year-old elegant left-hander collected his runs from 378 deliveries and included one six and 17 boundaries.

The left-hander was early into the drive and popped a simple return catch, much to the relief of the Sri Lankans, who had toiled hard since late afternoon on the first day.

The hosts thought they had another wicket with the very next ball but the LBW review against Mushfiqur was shot down, after television replays confirmed that the batsman had managed a faint inside edge before being struck on the pad.

The former Bangladesh Skipper had another close shave after he reviewed successfully against an LBW call on 11, with replays suggesting that there could have been an inside edge.

Eventually, the third umpire gave the benefit of doubt to the batsman.

While Dimuth Karunaratne kept plugging away with his bowlers, runs came at a fair clip before Dhananjaya de Silva dismissed Mominul who struck 11 boundaries.

But by then, Bangladesh had gone well past the 400-run mark and the home team was left playing the waiting game.

The match will begin 15 minutes early today, at 9.45 a.m. in an attempt to squeeze in 98 overs through the day and play will go on until 5.15 pm with an extra half an hour added on if overs still remain to be bowled.