Bangladesh score 187/3 at lunch on Day 5 in 1st Test

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PV Sports Desk : A 106-run fourth-wicket stand between Mominul Haque and Liton Das took the Tigers to 187 for three in the first session on day 5 of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Sunday.

Mominul followed up his first innings ton stayed at the crease with a well knock 70 off 115 balls while Liton Das was providing him a good support with 47 runs off 89 balls respectively as the umpire removed the bails for lunch break.

Lakshan Sandakan, Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera shared one wicket each conceding 25, 52 and 54 runs respectively.

Earlier, Bangladesh began the day with 81-3, trailing by 119 runs. The Lankans declared their first innings at 713-9 in reply to a Bangladesh first innings total of 513.

The visitors took a 200-run lead courtesy centuries from Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva and Kusal Mendis on day 4 and sending Bangladesh to bat. Bangladesh suffered early batting jolt in their second innings as they slipped scored 81 for 3 at stumps.

Bangladesh have lost both the openers in the last session of day four after Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 713 for 9.

The pressure was back on Bangladesh and the responsibility was on local lad Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes’ shoulders. They started the second innings quite confidently with a 52-run opening stand.

Opener Imrul, on 19, fell to Dilruwan Perera by playing a paddle sweep while Southpaw opener Tamim departed from the crease in the last half an hour of the day’s play after composing 41 runs off 62 balls that studded with six boundaries. Lakshan Sandakan took the wicket of Tamim in his first over.

Brief score: Bangladesh 1st innings – 513 for all, Mominul 176, Mushfiqur 92, Mahmudullah 83 n.o, Sunzamul 24, Mehidy 20, Lakmal 3/68, Herath 3/150 and Sandakan 2/92.

2nd innings – 187 for 3 in 55 overs, Tamim 41, Kayes 19, Mominul 70 batting, Lakshan 1/25, Herath 1/52 and Perera 1/54.

Sri Lankan 1st innings – 713/9 in 199.3 overs (dec.) Kusal 196, Dhananjaya 173, Roshen 109, Chandimal 87, Taijul 4/219, Miraz 3/174.)