Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

FDM Karunaratne
FDM Karunaratne
244(437) 26x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 47 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
21 25 24 7 71 25 13 58
DM de Silva
166(291) 22x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 32 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
25 19 16 24 25 15 14 28

Best performances - Bowlers

MVT Fernando
MVT Fernando
O35
M9
R96
W4
Eco2.74
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
Taskin Ahmed
Taskin Ahmed
O30
M6
R112
W3
Eco3.73
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Bangladesh , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

2-match series level 0-0

Match number

Season

Match days

21,22,23,24,25 April 2021 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Sri Lanka 20, Bangladesh 20

Scorer: Binoy George | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

END OF OVER:
33 | 2 Runs | BDESH: 100/2

  • Tamim Iqbal74 (98b)
  • Mominul Haque23 (86b)
  • Suranga Lakmal8-2-21-2
  • Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva9-0-15-0

4.50pm And that is that. Five days dominated almost entirely by the bat. Like Dimuth Karunaratne said, we hope Pallekele will produce a pitch with a bit more balance between bat and ball for the second Test. That begins on Thursday, so make sure to join us for the start. Until then, it's goodbye from me, Fidel, Isam, Binoy and the rest of the crew bringing you this coverage.

Dimuth Karunaratne is the Player of the match. "I had a very hard time in the West Indies. First few overs I was struggling, but I thought if I get a start and hang around, I can get a big one. We thought the wicket would have good pace and bounce, but in these conditions, with the heat, it was a bit flat. The bowlers tried their heart out, but Bangladesh batted very well, showed good patience, and when we batted as well, nothing much for the bowlers, pretty much a batting paradise. Even if we had another chance [on this pitch], I don't think we could have done anything differently [with the ball]. We need a 50-50 wicket [for the second Test], we need something for the bowlers as well."

Mominul Haque: "I think it was a team performance, everyone contributed, especially Shanto. We were set up really well by Tamim Iqbal, and later on Liton and Mushy did really well. The bowlers tried really hard, especially Taskin, Miraz and Taijul. It depends on your mentality [dealing with bubbles]. When you represent your country, you have to adjust, it's totally a mental thing. I'm happy as a captain to contribute for the team [when asked about his first away hundred]."

Mahedi Sabuj: "Finally, BD got 30 points in Test Championship."

4.18pm The match has been officially called off. No century for Tamim Iqbal, but he's played an excellent hand to ensure there was no late drama after Bangladesh lost those two early wickets. So finally, after 28 straight result Tests, we have a draw on Sri Lankan soil.

Habibul Hasan Z: "Thunder god not be listening to Tamim's prayers "

4pm: The rain has slowed to a drizzle now, but there are huge pools of water on the covers, and even if it stops, a re-start will take 40 minutes at the least. By which time light will begin to be an issue.

Lots of comments from Tamim fans who want their man's fun to continue. AnamBMDF: "That's bad for Tamim, who is in attacking mood, playing nicely and deserve a ton in this Test. Rain, rain go away, please...."

3:43: Still raining incredibly hard. Harder than it was 20 minutes ago.

3:23: The whole ground is covered, but a bit of rain fell on the outfield before all the covers came on, so a restart will require some drying. It's still raining. Thunder ringing out too. I think that's it, probably.

3:13 Folks. Rain has arrived. Reasonably heavy stuff. To euthanise this lame horse of a Test match. Most of the ground is covered now. We will not be having a prompt restart. And I suspect that is it for this game. But we'll wait around just to make sure.

Irfan: "My Lord, please send your showering blessings after Tamim Iqbal completes his century or gets out. Sincerely- A Bangladeshi Cricket Fan."

3.00pm And that is tea. Tamim and Mominul have all but ensured this Test match will end in a draw. The playing conditions require the teams to play on until the start of the last hour, after which they can agree to a draw at any point. We'll be back soon to bring you the last session. Not sure how much play we'll get given the light/weather situation.

32.6
0
Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball angling into off stump, defended towards mid-off
32.5
0
Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball fairly wide of off stump, left alone
32.4
0
Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball close to off stump, defended to mid-on
32.3
1
Lakmal to Mominul Haque, 1 run, back of a length, angling into the pads, tucked away to long leg
32.2
0
Lakmal to Mominul Haque, no run, fullish, wide of off stump, left alone, and the ball bounces three times before reaching the keeper. A metaphor for this entire Test match
32.1
1
Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, shortish, rising ball in the corridor. Hops to ride the bounce and dab gently to the right of short extra-cover

This should be the last over before tea. Lakmal continues from around the wicket.

Bangladesh 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st21Tamim IqbalSaif Hassan
2nd6Tamim IqbalNajmul Hossain Shanto
3rd73Tamim IqbalMominul Haque