Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das stitched together a partnership of 272 runs for the fifth wicket in the second and final Test in Mirpur.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das. Courtesy: Bangladesh Cricket Facebook.
- Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das scored centuries
- Bangladesh scored 365 runs in the first innings of the Dhaka Test
- Kasun Rajitha picked up a five-wicket haul
Bangladesh set a unique record during their second Test against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. For the first time in the history of the purest format, a team had two centuries and as many as six ducks.
After electing to bat first, the Tigers, led by Mominul Haque Showrabh, found themselves in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 24/5 in 6.5 overs. The pace bowling duo of Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando wreaked havoc in the Bangladesh top-order.
The two opening batters, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Tamim Iqbal, and Shakib Al Hasan couldn’t even open their accounts. However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das stepped up and not only bailed their team out of jail, but also helped the Tigers post a decent first innings score of 365.
The duo put on a stupendous partnership of 272 for the fifth wicket and kept the Sri Lankan bowlers at bay. After becoming the first Bangladesh batter to score 5000 Test runs, he stayed unbeaten on 175 with 21 fours.
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Das went on to score 141 runs off 246 balls with 16 fours and one six. After their stand, the Tigers’ innings faced another collapse. Rajitha and Fernando came back to brush off the tail without much fuss. Apart from Tamim, Joy and Shakib, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Khaled Ahmed and Ebadot Hossain also scored ducks.
Rajitha, who came in after Vishwa Fernando was ruled out for concussion in the Chattogram Test, picked up a five-wicket haul. Fernando let him support by picking up four wickets. At the close of play on Day 2, the visitors trailed by 222 runs after half-centuries from Oshada Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne.