Najmul Hossain Shanto 102*
Tamim Iqbal inflicted the first blow of the series on Sri Lanka along with his unbeaten 65 within the first session of the first Test in Pallekele. Bangladesh went to lunch on 106 for 1, with Najmul Hossain Shanto also unbeaten on 37.
Iqbal struck 12 fours in his 72-ball innings, having reached his fifty off 53 balls, as he dominated a keen tempo assault on a greenish pitch. There have been loads of boundary-balls because the guests, who opted to bat first after selecting a daring enjoying XI with 5 bowlers, took management of the morning session.
The house aspect had additionally begun off promisingly sufficient. Bangladesh misplaced Saif Hassan very early on, trapped lbw by Vishwa Fernando within the second over. Fernando pitched on size with a slight nip again into Saif who appeared to have fallen over attempting to cover the ball. After umpire Kumar Dharmasena denied the attraction, it was wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella who insisted on the overview, and it got here in Sri Lanka’s favour. Saif received out for his second duck in three Tests.
However, this was a slight hiccup whereas Iqbal, who had struck two fours within the first over of the match itself, saved discovering the boundaries. Earlier than Shanto may open his account, Iqbal had already struck six fours.
Shanto received off the mark within the seventh over with a drive via further cowl, whereas Iqbal struck Lahiru Kumara for 3 fours within the area of 4 deliveries in his second over. After a delicious straight drive, Kumara bounced Iqbal however the ball took the highest edge because the batsman tried to duck below the ball. The ball went for a one-bounce 4 over the wicket keeper. Subsequent ball, Iqbal pasted Kumara via level, amongst his prime three pictures within the morning.
The opposite two got here within the 22nd over towards Fernando when he reduces him via level despite the fact that the bowler had packed that space. One ball later, Iqbal scorched a full supply straight previous the bowler for his 12th boundary.
Sri Lanka had their probability shortly afterwards when Shanto, batting on 28, edged Dhananjay de Silva however wicketkeeper Dickwella missed the simple probability by getting up too early. That was the sign for the batsmen to decelerate, and bat out the remaining 4. Four overs as they completed the session with none extra harm.