1st Test: Sri Lanka push Bangladesh to brink after de Silva, Mendis feat | Cricket News


New Delhi: Dhananjay De Silva And Kamindu Mendis Both scored their second centuries of the match as Sri Lanka set a formidable target of 511 for Bangladesh before pushing the hosts to the brink in the first Test on Sunday.
The visitors were all out for 418 in the second innings in Sylhet, with Mendis contributing 164 runs compared to his earlier score of 102 and de Silva, who had also scored 102 in the first innings, adding a further 108 runs.
The Sri Lankan fast bowlers immediately began their pursuit of victory, restricting Bangladesh to 47–5 at stumps, leaving the hosts needing 464 more runs for an unexpected win.
Vishwa Fernando Whereas, were impressed by the figures of 3-13 Kasun Rajitha And Lahiru Kumara Mahmudul Hasan (0), Nazmul Hossain Shanto (6), Zakir Hasan (19), Shahadat Hossain (0), and took one wicket each. Liton Das (0) All fell cheaply.
Bangladesh's batting problems were in contrast to the dominance displayed by de Silva and Mendis throughout the day, as they became only the third pair in Test history to score centuries in both innings.
Australia's Chappell brothers, Greg and Ian, 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, which had made a partnership of 202 runs against Sri Lanka's score of 280 runs in the first innings, made a partnership of 173 runs this time.
Mehdi Hasan Miraz broke their partnership, before finishing with 4-74 for Bangladesh.
Reaching 119-5, the visitors lost nightwatchman Fernando (four) to Khalid Ahmed early on, before de Silva and Mendis took control.
De Silva completed his second century of the game by taking a single off the bowling of Mehdi, before being caught by Nahid Rana off the bowling of Shoriful Islam on 101 runs.
Mehdi ensured that the drop did not cause much damage to the team, soon de Silva's innings ended, caught by Zakir at short midwicket.
Mendis completed his century on the score of 171 by dismissing the full toss ball of Bangladesh captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
Mehdi gave some relief to Bangladesh by dismissing Prabhat Jayasuriya and Lahiru Kumara, who scored 25 runs, on consecutive balls.
Had Liton Das not dropped the catch of Mendis at the score of 133, Mehidy could have taken his fifth wicket.
Mendis saved the last man Rajitha by adding 52 runs for the last wicket and increased the problems for Bangladesh.
Mendis hit three sixes in one over of Taijul Islam, taking his score to 150 runs and taking the lead beyond 500 runs.
Taijul finally wrapped up Sri Lanka's innings by dismissing Mendis.
Sri Lanka has never lost a Test series to Bangladesh.
The second and last match of the series will be played in Chittagong from March 30.
(with AFP input)

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