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1st Test, Pallekele, Apr 21 - 25 2021, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
(33 ov)541/7d & 100/2
648/8d
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
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• Mohammad Isam

Rain takes over after breezy Tamim Iqbal fifty as first Test ends in high-scoring stalemate

It was a match in which 1289 runs were scored for 17 wickets, the combined bowling average a whopping 75.82

Match centre 
Scores: Binoy George
Comms: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
Bangladesh541/7(173 overs)1st INNINGS
Sri Lanka648/8(179 overs)1st INNINGS
Bangladesh100/2(33 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 332 runs
BDESH: 100/2CRR: 3.03 
Tamim Iqbal74 (98)
Mominul Haque23 (86)
Suranga Lakmal 8-2-21-2
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 9-0-15-0

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
Lakmal to Tamim, no run

length ball angling into off stump, defended towards mid-off

32.5
Lakmal to Tamim, no run

length ball fairly wide of off stump, left alone

32.4
Lakmal to Tamim, no run

length ball close to off stump, defended to mid-on

32.3
1
Lakmal to Mominul, 1 run

back of a length, angling into the pads, tucked away to long leg

32.2
Lakmal to Mominul, 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, 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.

end of over 322 runs
BDESH: 98/2CRR: 3.06 
Mominul Haque22 (84)
Tamim Iqbal73 (94)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 9-0-15-0
Suranga Lakmal 7-2-19-2
31.6
Hasaranga de Silva to Mominul, no run

short, spinning down leg, tucked off the hip to backward square leg

31.5
Hasaranga de Silva to Mominul, no run

back of a length, pitches wider outside off, goes back and across and defends with soft hands

31.4
Hasaranga de Silva to Mominul, no run

back of a length, turning into the stumps, goes back and across to defend into the on side

31.3
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Tamim, 1 run

tossed up outside off, another wrong'un, pushed into the cover point region off the front foot

31.2
Hasaranga de Silva to Tamim, no run

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

31.1
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Mominul, 1 run

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.

end of over 315 runs
BDESH: 96/2CRR: 3.09 
Tamim Iqbal72 (92)
Mominul Haque21 (80)
Suranga Lakmal 7-2-19-2
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 8-0-13-0
30.6
Lakmal to Tamim, no run

length ball angling into off stump, plays around his front pad a little while defending to mid-on

30.6
1nb
Lakmal to Tamim, (no ball)

length ball angling down leg, can't connect with the leg glance. And Lakmal has overstepped

30.5
Lakmal to Tamim, no run

fullish, angling into off stump, defended to mid-on

30.4
1
Lakmal to Mominul, 1 run

back of a length, angling into off stump, tucked away through square leg

Around the wicket.

30.3
1
Lakmal to Tamim, 1 run

back of a length on off stump, tucks it gently to the left of mid-on

30.2
1
Lakmal to Mominul, 1 run

full on the pads, clipped to long leg

30.1
1
Lakmal to Tamim, 1 run

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.

end of over 302 runs
BDESH: 91/2CRR: 3.03 
Mominul Haque19 (78)
Tamim Iqbal70 (87)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 8-0-13-0
Dhananjaya de Silva 11-1-46-0
29.6
Hasaranga de Silva to Mominul, no run

nice flight outside off, big stride out again to defend with the turn

Best performances - batters
Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne SL
244 runs (437)
26 fours
0 six
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
47 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Dhananjaya de Silva portrait
DM de Silva SL
166 runs (291)
22 fours
0 six
Control89%
Productive shot
cut shot
32 runs
6 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Vishwa Fernando portrait
MVT Fernando SL
O
35
M
9
R
96
W
4
ECO
2.74
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Taskin Ahmed portrait
Taskin Ahmed BDESH
O
30
M
6
R
112
W
3
ECO
3.73
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
SeriesBangladesh tour of Sri LankaICC World Test Championship
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2418
Match days21,22,23,24,25 April 2021 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsBangladesh 20, Sri Lanka 20