Angelo Mathews fell short of a double century by just one run in the final session of Day 2 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 397. Bangladesh in reply, made a strong start with the openers – Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudul Hasan Joy – unbeaten as the hosts ended the day on 76 for 0, trailing by 321, on Monday (May 16) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Mathews was on 178 when the final session resumed and took Sri Lanka close to the 400-run mark with his stellar innings, with Asitha Fernando for company as the pair added 47 runs for the eighth wicket. Nayeem Hasan, who had four wickets by then, struck back with the wickets of Asitha and Mathews to end Sri Lanka’s resistance and finish with a six-wicket haul.
Bangladesh’s spinners did well to keep Sri Lanka in check who were looking set to get a total close to 500. Nayeem and Shakib Al Hasan shared nine wickets between them, with the latter returning 3-30.
Vishwa Fernando was hit by a bouncer and he retired hurt but returned to bat towards the end and supported Mathews. Apart from Mathews, there were crucial contributions from Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal which ensured they reached close to 400. cricbuzz