Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 1: Mendis’ unbeaten 166 caps off dominant day for Sri Lanka

Mendis made his second Test hundred

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Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis scored an unbeaten 166 to put his side in firm control over Bangladesh on the first day of the first Test in Galle.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a disappointing start as opener Upul Tharanga was clean bowled by Subashis Roy for four runs.

Just as Sri Lanka were beginning to rebuild their innings, Dimuth Karunaratne was clean bowled by Mehedi Hasan Miraz for 30.

Dinesh Chandimal failed to have an impact as he was on his way back to the pavilion after scoring just five runs.

Mendis and Asela Gunaratne stabilised the innings with a much-needed 196-run stand, during which Mendis surpassed his century and Gunaratne his fifty.

Mendis and Gunaratne’s partnership was the highest fourth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in a Test match against Bangladesh, going past the 150 put together by Aravinda de Silva and Kumar Sangakkara in Colombo in July 2002.

With Sri Lanka firmly in control, Bangladesh were in desperate need for a wicket, and it was Taskin Ahmed who provided it as he cleaned up Gunaratne for 85, which came off 134 balls and included seven boundaries.

Gunaratne scored his second Test fifty

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Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 33-run partnership before stumps was called.

Mendis finished on 166 off 242 balls, which included 18 boundaries and two sixes, while Dickwella remained undefeated on 14 off 13 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Subashis, Mehedi, Mustafizur and Taskin claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day one on 321/4 and will continue batting on Wednesday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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