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1st Test, Pallekele, April 21 - 25, 2021, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
541/7d & 100/2

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
Bangladesh 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
Bangladesh 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Bangladesh 1st Innings 
c Thirimanne b MVT Fernando9010118515089.10
lbw b MVT Fernando069000.00
c & b Kumara16337853317143.12
c Thirimanne b DM de Silva12730443111041.77
not out 681562306043.58
c BOP Fernando b MVT Fernando50671055174.62
c †Dickwella b Lakmal315180020.00
c †Dickwella b MVT Fernando28160025.00
not out 69121066.66
Extras(b 9, lb 6, nb 6, w 11)32
TOTAL173 Ov (RR: 3.12)541/7d
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Saif Hassan, 1.6 ov), 2-152 (Tamim Iqbal, 38.3 ov), 3-394 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 124.1 ov), 4-424 (Mominul Haque, 139.5 ov), 5-511 (Litton Das, 164.1 ov), 6-515 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 167.5 ov), 7-524 (Taijul Islam, 170.4 ov)
167.5 to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, ok gone this time. Caught behind. What a strange over. This is slightly fuller, tighter into the stumps, and Mehidy plays a drive. It seams away just a touch off the deck, and takes his outside edge. The umpire gives it out straightaway, and the batter doesn't review this time.. 515/6
1.6 to Saif Hassan, big lbw shout. And a deliberation whether to go for the review as it has been turned down by the on-field umpire. Karunaratne takes a while, but ultimately decides to review. This is a length ball from Vishwa, straightening off the deck and hitting Saif's front pad just below the knee roll. That's clearly hitting the stumps, but is it pitching in line with leg stump? The ball tracker says it is! Three reds for Saif, and Vishwa has a breakthrough in his first over.. 8/1
38.3 to Tamim Iqbal, gone, that's a cute shot that probably wasn't necessary. Back of a length in the corridor, and Tamim presses forward and then leans back for a late dab. I guess he wasn't looking to play it as fine as he did, but there's a bit of extra bounce, possibly, and he ends up steering it into the hands of the lone slip fielder at chest height. That extra bounce ensured it hit the outside half of the bat. 152/2
164.1 to Litton Das, Vishwa has been the most threatening bowler this morning, and he gets some reward. But it's a weird shot from Liton. This is pitched on a length, but well wide of the off stump - the ball angled way across the batsman. Liton pushes at it without a lot of footwork, and the outside edge goes straight to gully at belly height. Oshada Fernando, the fielder there, catches it after a brief juggle. Fernandos combining for that wicket. (One on commentary too.). 511/5
170.4 to Taijul Islam, length ball in the corridor, and Vishwa gets his fourth wicket. Taijul wasn't looking very convincing out there, and he goes for a drive away from his body and only manages a thin nick through to Dickwella. The ball may have straightened just a hint after pitching. 524/7
124.1 to Najmul Hossain Shanto, and he gets the breakthrough straight away! Return catch. That was 131kph - not quite a slower ball, but perhaps slower than Shanto was expecting. He tries to punch this length ball back down the ground, but is quick on the shot, and pops a catch up straight to Kumara, who takes it pretty easily at round belly height. End of an outstanding innings from Shanto. Misses out on the double, but he's put his team in a commanding position.. 394/3
139.5 to Mominul Haque, gone, Dhananjaya has got the centurion. Good ball, this. Enticingly flighted outside off, and he gets Mominul to attempt a drive away from his body with an angled bat. A bit of dip and turn, and all he manages is an edge to first slip at waist height. 424/4
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Taskin Ahmed24443769826055.83
lbw b Mehidy Hasan Miraz581251728046.40
c †Litton Das b Taskin Ahmed2043564046.51
b Taijul Islam2532344078.12
b Taskin Ahmed16629141222057.04
c †Litton Das b Ebadot Hossain1223341052.17
run out (Mehidy Hasan Miraz/†Litton Das)3133593093.93
b Taijul Islam4355713078.18
not out 2231390170.96
not out 075000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 10, nb 3, w 10)27
TOTAL179 Ov (RR: 3.62)648/8d
Did not bat:
Fall of wickets: 1-114 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 38.6 ov), 2-157 (Oshada Fernando, 53.3 ov), 3-190 (Angelo Mathews, 62.3 ov), 4-535 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 153.4 ov), 5-544 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 155.4 ov), 6-553 (Pathum Nissanka, 159.4 ov), 7-585 (Niroshan Dickwella, 166.5 ov), 8-647 (Wanindu Hasaranga, 177.3 ov)
53.3 to BOP Fernando, full, angling down leg, and Taskin has struck! Oshada strangles a catch down the leg side! Looks to glance it fine, ends up playing it too fine, and Liton grabs it with a dive to his left. Excellent footwork first up, a couple of steps to his left, and then the dive to snaffle it with both gloves. Looks like the ball hit bat and then the edge of Oshada's pad. 157/2
153.4 to DM de Silva, gone! DDS has chopped on, and a 345-run partnership has come to a close. This was back of a length outside off, and DDS was very late on the shot - I think a largely defensive prod into the offside. It took the inside part of his bat, hit the ground and then bounced into the stumps. That's the first wicket in 90 overs.. 535/4
155.4 to FDM Karunaratne, gone! Taskin's got both overnight batsmen early. This was a short ball, well wide of off stump, at 141kph. Gets up to almost shoulder height for Dimuth, who tries to fetch it from the off side and pull it over midwicket. He mis-hits it though, and ends up only spooning a catch to the midwicket fielder. End of a fantastic innings from Sri Lanka's captain. He's been batting for 698 minutes!. 544/5
159.4 to P Nissanka, gone! Another one. Wickets are tumbling from that end, and it's Nissanka this time, who tries to chop down on a wide-ish, back of a length ball outside off stump from Ebadot, and sends a healthy edge through to the wicketkeeper. Maybe beaten for pace a little bit. That came through at 141kph.. 553/6
38.6 to HDRL Thirimanne, got him, that is beautifully bowled! Thirimanne has reviewed, though... Lovely, lovely flight, and he gets it to drift into the left-hander and pitch on an off-stumpish line. Thirimanne's front leg ends up going further across than it should, because he hasn't accounted for the drift, and the ball, which continues with the angle, beats the inside edge of his defensive prod, and hits front pad. Strikes him in line with middle stump or thereabouts, and it's hitting leg stump according to ball-tracking. Superb delivery to get Bangladesh their breakthrough right on the stroke of tea. 114/1
62.3 to AD Mathews, bowled him, Taijul has made this change of angle work! Slightly casual from Mathews there, and probably a misjudgment of length too. Goes on the back foot, looking for a late cut, and leaves a gap between bat and pad for the ball to zip through and bowl him. Regular stock ball turning away from the right-hander, but it pitched fuller than Mathews judged it to have pitched, so he misjudged the extent of turn as well, and it went past his inside edge and hit off stump. 190/3
177.3 to PWH de Silva, bowled him. Quickish, back of a length, and maybe it spins a little less than Hasaranga expects as he opens up to whip it through square leg. Inside-edge, onto the back pad, and into leg stump. 647/8
Bangladesh 2nd Innings 
not out 749813610375.51
c †Dickwella b Lakmal18160012.50
b Lakmal087000.00
not out 23861080026.74
Extras(nb 2)2
TOTAL33 Ov (RR: 3.03)100/2
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Saif Hassan, 4.1 ov), 2-27 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 6.3 ov)
4.1 to Saif Hassan, Gone! Saif collects his second modest score of the game. This is a length ball just outside off. There's just the merest hint of shape to this ball, that straightens down the line. Saif prods at it and sends a thin edge to the wicketkeeper. Sri Lanka have a breakthrough.. 21/1
6.3 to Najmul Hossain Shanto, chopped on! Lakmal is giving Sri Lanka a tiiiny bit of hope here, however futile this seems. This is a length ball angled across the batsman, who stays in his crease and seems to want to play a defensive shot. His bat is angled though, and he seems to be a tad late on it, so all he does is chop it back on to his stumps. Out without scoring after his big hundred in the first dig.. 27/2
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Wed, 21 Apr - day 1 - Bangladesh 1st innings 302/2 (Najmul Hossain Shanto 126*, Mominul Haque 64*, 90 ov)
Thu, 22 Apr - day 2 - Bangladesh 1st innings 474/4 (Mushfiqur Rahim 43*, Litton Das 25*, 155 ov)
Fri, 23 Apr - day 3 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 229/3 (Dimuth Karunaratne 85*, Dhananjaya de Silva 26*, 73 ov)
Sat, 24 Apr - day 4 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 512/3 (Dimuth Karunaratne 234*, Dhananjaya de Silva 154*, 149 ov)
Sun, 25 Apr - day 5 - Bangladesh 2nd innings 100/2 (33 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Sri Lanka: 550 runs in 157.5 overs (950 balls), Extras 22
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 560/6 in 162.0 overs (N Dickwella 13, PWH de Silva 0)
  • Sri Lanka: 600 runs in 168.4 overs (1015 balls), Extras 22
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 49 balls (PWH de Silva 28, RAS Lakmal 17, Ex 5)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 648/8 in 179.0 overs (RAS Lakmal 22, MVT Fernando 0)
  • Bangladesh 2nd innings
  • Drinks: Bangladesh - 39/2 in 15.0 overs (Tamim Iqbal 37, Mominul Haque 1)
  • Bangladesh: 50 runs in 16.6 overs (102 balls), Extras 0
  • Tamim Iqbal: 50 off 56 balls (7 x 4, 2 x 6)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 107 balls (Tamim Iqbal 44, Mominul Haque 11, Ex 0)
  • Over 26.1: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge, Batsman - Mominul Haque (Struck down)
  • Bangladesh: 100 runs in 32.3 overs (197 balls), Extras 2
  • Tea: Bangladesh - 100/2 in 33.0 overs (Tamim Iqbal 74, Mominul Haque 23)
  • Rain: Bangladesh - 100/2 in 33.0 overs (Tamim Iqbal 74, Mominul Haque 23)
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2418
Hours of play (local time)10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days21,22,23,24,25 April 2021 - day (5-day match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsBangladesh 20, Sri Lanka 20