Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Tamim brings up 10th Test ton, Bangladesh 220-3 at tea

Openers Tamim Iqbal hit century whiel Mahmudul Hasan Joy half-century to lead a strong Bangladesh reply on the third day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Tamim Iqbal smashed his 10th Test ton - making 100 off 162 – after Mahmudul Hasan Joy departed immediately after lunch.

Bangladesh trail by 177 runs while Tamim, on 133, and Najmul Hossain Shanto, on 14, were on the crese at tea.

arlier, the hosts reached 157-0 at lunch after they began the day on 76-0 in response to Sri Lanka's 397 in Chittagong.

Mahmudul, a 21-year-old playing only his fifth Test, survived a reprieve on 51 when Lasith Embuldeniya dropped a catch at fine-leg off Asitha Fernando.

Tamim, unbeaten on 35 overnight, led the batting charge for Bangladesh, hitting 10 fours.

He started the day confidently dispatching left-arm quick Vishwa Fernando for two fours in the second over of the day before bringing his 32nd Test fifty off 73 balls with a boundary.

Mahmudul, who was batting on 31 overnight, was relatively sedate before he completed his second Test half-century in 110 balls when he flicked Asitha Fernando towards mid-wicket for a double.

Sri Lanka suffered a further blow as Vishwa Fernando, having bowled in the morning, was ruled out of the Test after a blow he received on the helmet on Monday. Kasun Rajitha joined the squad as concussion replacement.

Angelo Mathews had held the Sri Lankan innings together before agonisingly falling on 199.

Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan claimed 6-105 for Bangladesh.