Mominul, Das help Bangladesh hold on to draw on final day
Bangladesh 513 & 307-5 (Mominul 105) v
Sri Lanka 713-9 dec (Mendis 196)
First Test, Chittagong, day five
Mominul Haque scored his second century in the game while Liton Das supported him with a 94-run knock as Bangladesh managed to bat out the final day to end the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong with a draw.
Bangladesh resumed the day with a score of 81 for three, still trailing Sri Lanka's first innings total by 119 runs.
Even though there was sharp turn on occasions, Mominul (105) carry forwarded his confidence from the first innings with a six off Rangana Herath (2-80) in the 31st over.
Both Mominul and Das (94) looked in no trouble whatsoever as the 50-run stand came in the 41st over. Mominul completed his fifty off 78 deliveries and when he reached 56 runs, he went on to create a Bangladesh record for most runs in a Test match after notching 176 runs in the first innings.
Bangladesh ended the first session with a score of 187 for three, still trailing Sri Lanka by just 13 runs.
In the seventh over after the restart, Bangladesh went on to claim the lead. In the 71st over, Mominul became the first player from Bangladesh to score twin centuries in a Test match and the duo began to gain confidence as the innings progressed.
Dhananjaya de Silva (1-41) finally brought an end to the 180 run stand when Mominul edged one to the slips and Sri Lanka took the second new ball immediately when it was available. Herath provided some hope for Sri Lanka when he had Das caught as Bangladesh reached 281 for five at tea.
Skipper Mahmudullah (28 not out) and Mosaddek Hossain (8 not out) batted 14 overs in the final session without any trouble and with Bangladesh having a 107 run lead and just 15 overs left in the game, both the teams decided to end the game in a draw.
Mominul won the player of the match for his knocks of 176 and 105 in the game. The teams will now head to Dhaka for the second and final game of the series which will be played between 8th and 12th February.
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