Mominul's Third Test Ton Helps Bangladesh Draw
Mominul Haque hit an unbeaten century as Bangladesh survived on the final day against Sri Lanka’s bowlers to draw the second Test in Chittagong. The result means that the visitors secure the series 1-0.
Resuming on 12 without loss and chasing a hypothetical 467 for victory, openers Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman batted cautiously and took their partnership to 71 before Tamim was bowled by Kithuruwan Vithanage for 31 in the 30th over. Rahman fell soon after for 45 as he was bowled by Dilruwan Perera for 45 and Sri Lanka perhaps sensed an opportunity.
However, first innings centurion Imrul Kayes and eventual second innings centurion Mominul Haque took the hosts closer to safety by batting for another 19 overs during a third-wicket stand worth 70. Kayes was eventually trapped in front by Perera for 25, but on a flat pitch, Sri Lanka were rapidly running out of time.
Shakib Al Hasan joined Mominul and the pair ensured that Bangladesh didn’t lose another wicket as they eased to the draw. Shakib ended on 43, with 22 year-old Mominul bringing up his third Test ton in only his seventh match, at which point the teams shook hands on the draw with Bangladesh on 271 for three.
Perera ended as the pick of the tourists’ attack with two for 55 from 28 overs, while fellow spinner Ajantha Mendis couldn’t match his first innings performance and went wicket-less from 16 overs. Suranga Lakmal (13-5-30-0), Nuwan Pradeep (9.4-1-33-0), Vithanage (16-0-73-1) and Dimuth Karunaratne (2-0-5-0) were the other bowlers tried by Angelo Mathews but with little reward.
The two sides next meet in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals in Chittagong on Wednesday before a three-match One-Day International series begins on 17th February in Sylhet.
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