The first test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in a high scoring draw after Sri Lanka declared the first innings on a mammoth 648 for 8 to lead by 107 in a thrust for an improbable win at the Pallekelle international Cricket Stadium on Sunday. With two sessions intact,the hosts did strike two early blows when strike bowler Suranga Lakmal dismissed both Saif Hassan for 1 and first-innings centurion – Najmul Hossain Shanto for a duck to leave Bangladesh tottering on 27 for 2 before Tamim Iqbal steadied the innings with a breezy unbeaten 74 in a total of 100 for 2 with the final session washed out by rain.
When play resumed, Sri Lanka went on to pile up the runs despite losing big guns Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva early. Both were dismissed by Taskin Ahmed. First to go was Dhananjaya who was bowled by Ahmed for 166 ending a record 345-run fourth wicket alliance. His knock contained 22 boundaries. Karunaratne was caught by Shanto off Ahmed. His marathon 437-ball 244 comprised 26 boundaries. Pathum Nissanka followed for 12 with the Lankans after quick runs to build up a fair lead to press for a win. Niroshan Dickwella went on to strike a 33-ball 31hitting 3 boundaries before being run out before Wanindu Hasaranga weighed in with a quickfire 43 off 55 with 3 boundaries, sharing in a 50-run partnership with Suranga Lakmal who was unbeaten on 22 off 31 spiced with a big six.
BANGLADESH 541/7 decl. (173 Overs)
(Najmul Hossain Shanto 163, Mominul Haque 127; Vishwa Fernando 4-96)
AND 100/2 (33 Overs)
(Tamim Iqbal n.o. 74, Mominul Haque n.o. 23, Suranga Lakmal 2/21)
SRI LANKA 512/3 O/N, 648/8 decl. (179 Overs)
(Dimuth Karunaratne 244, Dhananjaya de Silva 166, Lahiru Thirimanne 58, Wanindu Hasaranga 43, Niroshan Dickwella 33, Taskin Ahmed 3/112)