Bangladesh draw bat-dominated first Test with Sri Lanka after Tamim Iqbal’s breezy fifty and rain

Bangladesh draw with Sri Lanka in bat-dominated first Test in Kandy after Tamim Iqbal scores brisk half-century and rain prevents any play after tea on day five; sides remain all square going into Thursday’s second and final Test at the same venue

Last Updated: 25/04/21 1:29pm

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal scored 74 not out from 98 balls on the final day of the drawn first Test in Kandy

Tamim Iqbal’s breezy fifty, a gritty knock from Mominul Haque and late-day rain guided Bangladesh to a draw with Sri Lanka on the final day of the bat-dominated first Test in Kandy.

Sri Lanka had faint hopes of forcing victory after declaring on a mammoth 648-8 – giving them a first-innings lead of 107 – and then reducing Bangladesh to 27-2 in the second session.

However, Tamim (74no off 98 balls) and Bangladesh skipper Mominul (23no off 86) steadied their side with contrasting innings after Suranga Lakmal had removed Saif Hassan for one and then Nazmul Hossain Shanto – who scored 167 in the Tigers’ first innings – for an eight-ball duck.

Tamim struck three sixes and 10 fours in his 30th Test half-century but Mominul – who had hit his first overseas Test ton in his team’s first-innings 541-7 declared – scored no boundaries as he dropped anchor.

Bangladesh were 100-2 at tea but no further play was possible after that due to rain as a Test in which 1,289 runs were scored and only 17 wickets fell ended in a stalemate.

Dhananjaya de Silva (front) and Dimuth Karunaratne (back) put on a record 345 for Sri Lanka's fourth wicket

Dhananjaya de Silva (front) and Dimuth Karunaratne (back) put on a record 345 for Sri Lanka’s fourth wicket

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (244) and Dhananjaya de Silva (166) had earlier extended their partnership to a massive 345, the highest fourth-wicket stand in a Test in Sri Lanka.

Karunaratne and Dhananjaya were both dismissed by Taskin Ahmed (3-112) before Wanindu Hasaranga hit a quick-fire 43 to take the hosts’ lead past 100.

Sri Lanka’s victory push was then snuffed out so the sides remain all square heading into the second and final Test, also in Kandy, from Thursday.

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