Rahim ton helps Bangladesh take lead

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Mushfiqur Rahim’s eighth Test hundred helped Bangladesh reach 465 all out on Day 4 of the first Test against Sri Lanka, in Chattogram, on Wednesday. Through the course of his innings, the veteran batter also became the first Bangladesh player to register 5000 Test runs.

Even as the hosts have lost three wickets since the start of play on Wednesday, Mushfiqur’s century has enabled them to take a 68-run lead at the end of the second session’s play. In a slow-moving session where only 51 runs were scored, Bangladesh lost two wickets soon after the Lunch break. Kasun Rajitha ended Litton Das’s stay on 88, and Tamim Iqbal who had retired hurt yesterday, after scoring a century had his stumps shattered by the pacer. Tamim was dismissed without being able to add to his overnight score. Shakib Al Hasan survived an early chance when the ball lobbed towards Oshada Fernando at short leg but dropped just short of the fielder.

Despite not looking fluent, Shakib looked to counter-attack the Sri Lankan bowlers but was eventually out gloving a pull to the wicketkeeper, on 26. Mushfiqur, however, saw through a testing period, without much trouble.

Earlier in the day, play started half an hour late due to a rain delay. Liton and Mushfiqur went through the morning session untroubled but their partnership was brought to an end soon after lunch, on 201.

Sri Lanka were 39 for 2 in their second innings. Oshada Fernando was run out for 19 and skipper Dimuth Karunarathne was unbeaten on 18. Night watchman Lasith Embuldeniya was bowled by Taijul Islam for 2.

Sri Lanka 1st innings (153.0 overs) 397 all out

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

Oshada Fernando run out (Taijul Islam)                         19

Dimuth Karunaratne not out                              18

Lasith Embuldeniya b Taijul Islam                   02

Extras                                                                   00

Total (for 2 wickets in 17.1 overs)                    39

Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Oshada Fernando, 11.5 ov), 2-39 (Lasith Embuldeniya, 17.1 ov)

Bowling: Nayeem Hasan 9-3-21-0, Khaled Ahmed 1-0-6-0, Shakib Al Hasan 6-3-12-0, Taijul Islam 11-1-0-1

Bangladesh 1st innings

Mahmudul Hasan c Dickwella b A. Fernando               58

Tamim Iqbal b Rajitha                                        133

Najmul Hossain c Dickwella b Rajitha            01

Mominul Haque c & b Rajitha                           02  

Mushfiqur Rahim b Embuldeniya                     105

Litton Das † c †Dickwella b Rajitha                 88

Shakib Al Hasan c †Dickwella b A.M. Fernando           26

Nayeem Hasan c BKG Mendis b de Silva      09

Taijul Islam c sub (C. Karunaratne)

b A.M. Fernando                                                  20

Shoriful Islam retired out                                    03

Khaled Ahmed not out                                        00               

Extras (b 4, lb 8, nb 8)                                       20

Total 170.1 Ov (RR: 2.73)                                  465      

Fall of wickets: 1-162 (Mahmudul Hasan Joy, 48.5 ov), 2-172 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 54.4 ov), 3-184 (Mominul Haque, 60.5 ov), 3-220 (71.6 ov), 4-385 (Litton Das, 134.1 ov), 5-385 (Tamim Iqbal, 134.2 ov), 6-421 (Shakib Al Hasan, 146.1 ov), 7-439 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 157.1 ov), 8-450 (Nayeem Hasan, 163.6 ov), 9-465 (Taijul Islam, 169.2 ov), 10-465 (Shoriful Islam, 170.1 ov)

Bowling: Vishwa Fernando 8-0-42-0, Asitha Fernando 26-4-72-3, Ramesh Mendis 45-10-119-0, Lasith Embuldeniya 47-9-104-1, Dhananjaya de Silva 19-2-48-1, Kasun Rajitha 24.1-6-60-4, Kusal Mendis 1-0-8-0