length ball angling into off stump, defended towards mid-off
Mominul Haque and Shanto's 242-run partnership is BAN's highest for the 3rd wicket in Tests, breaking the record of 236 between Mushfiqur and Mominul Haque
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.
length ball fairly wide of off stump, left alone
length ball close to off stump, defended to mid-on
back of a length, angling into the pads, tucked away to long leg
fullish, wide of off stump, left alone, and the ball bounces three times before reaching the keeper. A metaphor for this entire Test match
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.
short, spinning down leg, tucked off the hip to backward square leg
back of a length, pitches wider outside off, goes back and across and defends with soft hands
back of a length, turning into the stumps, goes back and across to defend into the on side
tossed up outside off, another wrong'un, pushed into the cover point region off the front foot
filthy long-hop, but it's a wrong'un that keeps a little low and straightens towards off stump, so Tamim respectfully punches to mid-off
tossed up outside off, driven to the right of mid-on
The sky is darkening rapidly, and a stiff breeze is blowing too. Hasaranga continues from around the wicket.
length ball angling into off stump, plays around his front pad a little while defending to mid-on
length ball angling down leg, can't connect with the leg glance. And Lakmal has overstepped
fullish, angling into off stump, defended to mid-on
back of a length, angling into off stump, tucked away through square leg
Around the wicket.
back of a length on off stump, tucks it gently to the left of mid-on
full on the pads, clipped to long leg
back of a length, angling across the stumps, steps across to work it to deep midwicket
Lakmal returns to the attack. Sri Lanka's lead is now only 16. The dark clouds are gathering in numbers now. Over the wicket.
nice flight outside off, big stride out again to defend with the turn
|Pallekele International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Bangladesh, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||2-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2418|
|Hours of play (local time)||10:00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||21,22,23,24,25 April 2021 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||Bangladesh 20, Sri Lanka 20|