Mominul Haque turned the primary Bangladesh participant to attain centuries in each innings of a take a look at as the house facet staged a valiant rearguard motion to attract the primary match of the collection in opposition to Sri Lanka Sunday.
Bangladesh had been 307-5 on the fifth and closing day when each captains referred to as a halt to proceedings 45 minutes after tea.
Mominul adopted his 176 within the first innings with 105 within the second earlier than he was nicely caught at slip by Dimuth Karunaratne off the bowling of Dhananjaya De Silva. He hit 5 fours and two sixes in his 174-ball knock.
“I’d maintain the second forward of the primary as a result of it helped save the match,” Mominul mentioned. “Liton (Das) and I took it session by session, hour by hour. We did not think about batting the entire day, which might have been powerful to plan.
“It’s a must to be mentally robust and imagine in your self. I believe that has come from everybody within the staff, together with the administration. The captain (Mahmudullah) advised me that we should have no doubt that we may save this recreation.”
Resuming on 81-Three, nonetheless trailing by 119 runs after Sri Lanka had amassed 713-9 declared of their first innings, Mominul and Das placed on 180 for the fourth wicket to frustrate the touring staff.
Mominul was first to go earlier than left-arm spinner Rangana Herath eliminated Das for 94 however, general, Sri Lanka acquired little help from the pitch on the ultimate day.
“I do not assume this can be a good wicket for take a look at cricket,” Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne mentioned. “I believe there must be one thing for the bowlers as nicely. I’m hopeful we’ll get a 50-50 wicket within the subsequent take a look at.
“Usually on the sub-continent there’s some activate the fourth and fifth day. Right here there wasn’t a lot flip or bounce.”
Mahmudullah, who was 28 not out when the sport ended with Mosaddek Hossain unbeaten on eight on the different finish, held a unique view.
“I do not understand how he mentioned it wasn’t an excellent wicket for take a look at cricket,” he mentioned. “I believe we now have to ask him what kind of wicket he needs.
“The batsmen from either side dominated the sport. The run-rate was fairly good. I believe it was an excellent wicket.”
Bangladesh had been bowled out for 513 of their first innings.
The second and closing take a look at in Mirpur begins on Thursday.