Image courtesy of: Yahoo
Haque’s century kept Bangladesh’s innings intact
Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque stole the limelight on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong as he scored a magnificent unbeaten century.
Haque was well supported by opening batsman Shamsur Rahman, who made 45 and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 43.
Starting out the day on 12/0, Bangladesh’s opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Rahman were able to convert their 12-run partnership into a 71-run partnership before Iqbal was clean bowled by Kithuruwan Vithanage for 31.
Rahman failed to last much longer as he was clean bowled by Dilruwan Perera for 45.
Imrul Kayes and Haque stabilised the innings with a 70-run partnership before Kayes was given out lbw off the bowling of Perera for 25.
Haque and Al Hasan kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 120-run partnership, during which Haque brought up his third Test century, before both teams decided to end the match as a draw.
Haque finished on 100 off 167 balls, which included 11 boundaries, while Al Hasan remained undefeated on 43 off 88 deliveries, which included five boundaries.
Perera was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with two wickets, while Vithanage chipped in with one.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was impressed with his team’s performance, and said: “It was needed badly and the boys stuck to the task and delivered. Especially with the bat with Imrul and Shamsur in the first innings and Mominul in the second.
“It’s a day five wicket and the way the boys applied themselves in the second innings and we carry on this momentum into the ODI and T20 series. [Regarding his injury] I will go have an X-ray and scan tomorrow and hopefully I’m ready.”
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was pleased to have won the series 1-0, but also congratulated Bangladesh for the fight they showed.
“They batted well, but I think we could play another Test on this wicket right now,” he said. “The pitch didn’t do much and once the ball got soft there was nothing in it for the seamers.
“Bangladesh have really improved from the last game. They did pretty well though the bowlers had very little help.
“Not really [about the delayed declaration], it was a good pitch and they could have gone for it [if the target was too small]. We bowled pretty well and they didn’t show much intent about going for the target.”
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara was named Man of the Match for scoring a triple century in the first innings and a century in the second.
He was also named Man of the Series for scoring 499 runs at an average of 166.33.
“I think the wicket was pretty good to bat and my job was to score as many runs for the side,” he said. “All the batsmen when they walk out, the main idea is to bat long and makes sure there’s a foundation upon which the team can build and that’s what we did.
“It is my first triple, so that’s special. Probably not one of my difficult hundreds, but in terms of concentration this was up there. Hopefully I play a few more Tests before I call it a day. My career is probably in the twilight. Few more Tests and a few more wins and I’ll be very happy.”