Sports Desk: Angelo Mathews' century widened the gap between the performance of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on the first day of the Chittagong Test. The Tigers, suffering from a lack of consistency in bowling, picked up four wickets for the Lankans on the day. If Mathews had been returned, the hosts would have had a day considering Sagarika's wicket.
At the end of the first day's play, Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets and collected 256 runs. Mathews will start the second day of the match on Monday with 114 runs for the 12th century of his Test career. Dinesh Chandimal is unbeaten on 34 runs in a 75-run stand with the right-handed batsman. Naeem Hasan took 2 wickets, Shakib Al Hasan and Taizul Islam took 1 wicket each for Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh team was relieved even though they did not show dominance in the first session of the day. He took 2 wickets for 83 runs. The Lankans reigned supreme with the bat in the second session. They scored 85 runs in this session without losing any wicket. After losing 2 wickets in total, the visitors started the third session with 156 runs. Kushal Mendis and Matthews went on to bat in the third and final session of the day from unbeaten 54 runs.
However, after the tea break, the Bangladesh team saw success. Taizul returned Mendis with the first ball of this session. The left-arm spinner's short ball was spinning out. Boundary could easily be. Mendis tried to turn the leg, but could not, Naeem took an easy catch at mid-wicket. Mendis returned with 54 runs, breaking a pair of 92 runs from 209 balls.
After that, just as the fielders of the Bangladesh team dropped an easy catch, so did the half chance. However, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Liton Dasra could not use those opportunities. If the catches were captured on the palate, the game would have been played in the name of Bangladesh!
Dhananjaya de Silva hinted at teaming up with Mathews for the fourth wicket. Shakib did not allow this pair to increase the danger. In the 7th over of the innings, Dhananjaya was dismissed by the left-arm spinner with an excellent delivery. He wanted to defend with his legs extended, but he couldn't. Joy jumped forward a little from the first slip and took the fist. Dhananjaya returned for 6 runs.
For the rest of the day, Mathews did not let the team fall into danger anymore, Chandilam gave him a worthy company. Tiger bowlers have ruled two batsmen. Taizul and Khaleda gave a run saying that Khei Hari is loose. Mathews took advantage of the opportunity, picked up the century. The right-hander, who hit a half-century off 111 balls, hit his twelfth century off 163 balls. This is his first Test against Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi bowlers could not distract the attention of Mathews and Chandimal even after taking a new hand after 60 overs. At the end of the first day's play, Sri Lanka lost 4 wickets and collected 256 runs. Mathews (114) and Chandilam (34) will start the second day tomorrow.