SL Board President's XI v Bangladesh, tour match, 1st day March 2, 2017

Tamim slams brisk ton; Mominul, Liton among runs


Bangladesh 391 for 7 (Tamim 136, Mominul 73, Liton 57) v Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI

File Photo - Tamim Iqbal struck seven sixes and nine fours in his 136-run knock © Getty Images

Bangladesh batsmen made a roaring start to their tour of Sri Lanka, as Tamim Iqbal reeled off a rapid hundred, with Mominul Haque and Liton Das also contributing with unbeaten half-centuries.

The Sri Lanka Board President's XI does not feature a particularly strong attack, given that the country's second-string bowlers are currently engaged in the Sri Lanka A team. However, a score of 391 for 7 will, nonetheless, have the visiting batsmen approach the Galle Test with a measure of confidence.

Tamim's 136 off 182 balls (retired out) came after a few modest performances on tours of New Zealand and India, during which he scored only one half-century in six Test innings. Perhaps, it is because of this brief stretch of indifferent form that he was not retired out earlier. In any case, Tamim struck seven sixes and nine fours in his innings, and forged a 143-run second-wicket stand with Mominul, following it up by a 75-run partnership for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim.

Mominul's 73 (retired out) also came at a brisk pace - off 103 balls - and featured 10 fours. Towards the end of the day, Liton struck an unbeaten 64-ball 57 in what was an important knock for the wicketkeeper-batsman, as he would be taking the gloves from Mushfiqur and, as such, will feature in the XI for the first Test.

Meanwhile, Mahmudullah, who finds himself in competition with Sabbir Rahman for a lower-order position, may not have done enough with his 73-ball 43 to definitively win over the selectors' favour.

Chamika Karunaratne, the 20-year-old Tamil Union seam bowler, returned the best figures for the hosts, taking 3 for 61. If the Board President's XI bat tomorrow, Dinesh Chandimal's innings will be of particular interest in light of him having failed to cross fifty on the recent tour of South Africa.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • cricfan05620840 on March 4, 2017, 12:22 GMT

    Stop predicting so early and just wait for the match to happen. BD was able to take the IND match to the 5th day, surely they'll be able to do better vs SL. They have some huge threats in Mendis, Herath, etc. but BD also has some good players in their mix. This will be a tight contest, methinks. No need to pull down any team or player.

  • MichaelBurton on March 4, 2017, 8:00 GMT

    SL is famous for their minor bashing. Feel sorry about this Bangladesh team.

  • Dhawala05 on March 3, 2017, 13:02 GMT

    Yes nipunasl. SL win 1-0. /2-0

  • nipunasl on March 3, 2017, 12:53 GMT

    alright bangladesh .... now please be quiet .... Australia did beat the SL A in their warm up game in an innings as I remember....but they got whitewashed .... any prediction what's gonna happen for u all

  • Dhawala05 on March 3, 2017, 12:26 GMT

    Chandimal is brilliant 190* within three sessions he scored 190 runs C Karunarathne performed well as an allrounder Good luck for young boys

  • nipunasl on March 3, 2017, 11:16 GMT

    warm up game going on.... bangladesh not able to take on sri lanka under 19s chandimal.... how will they beat the national team...

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on March 3, 2017, 11:05 GMT

    it's funny BD fans enjoying like they already win the test series. their biggest threat is our new comers like Lahiru Kumara,Lakshan Sadakan,Kusal Mendis and Dhanjaya de Silva

  • kanadi-moon on March 3, 2017, 11:02 GMT

    Our spinners are awful.In flat wicked they should bawl wicket to wicket,they are offering boundary ball in every over.Shakib is going down day by bay with bat

  • SABD on March 3, 2017, 10:19 GMT

    Our bowling does not look promising. I would be surprised if we manage to bind Sri Lanka below 300 in any of the 4 innings.

    I have a feeling that the younger SL players will shock us.

    No real Bangladeshi fan seriously believes that our team is better in any department.

  • MichaelBurton on March 3, 2017, 9:19 GMT

    If Bangladesh couldn't get SL out below 150, get ready Bangladesh for a complete humiliation in the tests. Because, this team is comprised of just passed out U19 players except probably Chandimal and Roshen.

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