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Bangladesh took the lead in the first innings on the basis of the record of their senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. Mushfiqur scored the eighth century of his Test career.
The toughest match of cricket is being played in Bangladesh in the midst of scorching heat – Test match. In Chittagong, hosts Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka) are embroiled in the first Test match, which is important for both the teams in terms of the ICC World Test Championship. At present, host Bangladesh’s grip in the match has strengthened amid incidents like injury to some players, umpire getting sick from heat. Senior Batsman and Former Captain Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh has tilted the match in their favor on the basis of (Mushfiqur Rahim) becoming the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a century and 5000 Test runs. On the fourth day of the match, Bangladesh took two wickets till the stumps of Sri Lanka’s second 39 runs, while Sri Lanka are still 29 runs behind.
On Wednesday 18 May, Bangladesh scored 465 runs in their first innings against Sri Lanka with Mushfiqur’s eighth Test century. He was dismissed for 105 while trying to sweep left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya. Before Mushfiqur, Tamim Iqbal had also scored a century in the same innings. Sri Lanka scored 397 runs in the first innings. In such a situation, Bangladesh took a lead of 68 runs in the first innings.
Mushfiqur’s century and record
Tamim Iqbal was the top scorer for Bangladesh in the first innings, scoring 133 runs. Apart from these two, Liton Das contributed 88 and opener Mahmudul Hasan contributed 58 runs. The fourth day’s play was delayed by 30 minutes due to rain. Bangladesh started playing 318 runs for three wickets. Mushfiqur was 15 runs behind the 5,000-run mark and completed it in his 81st Test by taking two runs at fine leg off fast bowler Asitha Fernandes. He shared a 165-run partnership with Liton Das.
The 35-year-old Mushfiqur made his Test debut against England at the Lord’s Test in 2005 and has now completed his eighth Test century in 270 balls. In his innings, he hit only 4 fours.
Earlier on the third day, Tamim Iqbal, who retired hurt for 133 due to a muscle strain, came out to bat but got out on the very first ball, leaving him 19 runs behind the 5,000-run milestone.
Sri Lanka rely on captain Karunaratne
As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, Kasun Rajita, who was fielded due to the concussion of Vishwa Fernando, gave a career-best performance of four for 60 and Asitha took three wickets for 72 runs. On the other hand, Sri Lanka lost the wickets of Oshada Fernando and Lasith Embuldeniya in their second innings. At the end of the day’s play, captain Dimuth Karunaratne returned unbeaten on 18 runs and now the team’s hopes of saving the match on the last day will be based on him.