First Time In 147 Years: Sri Lanka Batter Makes History With Massive Achievement


Sri Lankan cricket team all-rounder Kamindu Mendis became the first cricketer in the history of Test cricket to score two centuries in the same match while batting at No. 7 or below. Mendis achieved this feat on the third day of the first Test match against Bangladesh in Sylhet. Mendis scored 102 runs in the first innings and after that he played a brilliant inning of 164 runs in the second innings. Dhananjay de Silva also scored centuries in both innings of the match and the pair became the third pair in the history of the game to achieve this feat after Greg Chappell-Ian Chappell (Australia) and Misbah-ul-Haq-Azhar Ali (Pakistan). . ,

Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis both scored their second centuries of the match as Sri Lanka set a target of 511 for Bangladesh before pushing the hosts into a corner in the first Test on Sunday.

The visitors were all out for 418 in their second innings in Sylhet, with Mendis making 164 after scoring 102 in the first innings and de Silva, who had scored 102 in the first innings, adding 108.

The Sri Lankan fast bowlers immediately started the winning campaign and reduced Bangladesh's score to 47-5 at stumps, with 464 more runs needed for an unexpected victory.

Vishwa Fernando claimed 3-13, while Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara took one wicket each, as Mahmudul Hasan (0), Nazmul Hossain Shanto (6), Zakir Hasan (19), Shahadat Hossain (0) and Liton Das (0) is all out. ,

The disappointing performance from Bangladesh's batsmen came as de Silva and Mendis dominated the bowlers for most of the day, becoming 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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