Sri Lanka takes the lead as fishermen pursue Bangladesh's 280

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 Sri Lanka advances ahead as fishermen chase Bangladesh's 280

Sri Lanka takes the lead as fishermen pursue Bangladesh's 280
At the conclusion of the first day of the inaugural Test cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on March 22, 2024, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Taijul Islam (L) of Bangladesh stroll back to the pavilion.

Both Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis scored a century each, helping Sri Lanka reach a total of 280 in their first innings. Their bowlers then dominated Bangladesh on the first day of the opening Test in Sylhet. By the end of the day, Bangladesh were 32-3, trailing by 248 runs, with Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha making early breakthroughs. Fernando dismissed opener Zakir Hasan (nine) and Najmul Hossain (five) with similar in-swinging deliveries, while Rajitha dismissed Mominul Haque for five.

With nine runs, opener Mahmudul Hasan and Taijul Islam, who was still without a run, survived the day. Despite Bangladesh's fast start, which saw Khaled Ahmed and Nahid Rana each take three wickets, Sri Lanka rallied behind a fifth-wicket partnership of 202 runs between De Silva and Mendis. Their top order was destroyed at pace, which contributed to their shaky 57-5 start. This helped them rally. Following lunch, Sri Lanka was able to reassemble a solid innings thanks to the persistent dominance of De Silva and Kamindu.

In just 126 deliveries, Kamindu achieved his maiden Test century by smashing a four past Rana's covers. But he was out of the game the very next ball after edging a catch off Rana to Liton Das.

After Kamindu left, captain de Silva also went down, trying to hook Rana, but he was only able to provide a catch following his aggressive inning that included 12 fours and a six.

Early on, Khaled gave Mehidy Hasan a catch at third slip in the second over, dismissing opener Nishan Madushka for just two runs, causing difficulties for Sri Lanka.

Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne's partnership did not last long, as Khaled dismissed Mendis after he chipped the ball to Zakir Hasan at gully.

Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed for nine by Shoriful Islam, who had an effect. Mehidy took his second catch of the morning at leg slip. Bangladesh has never lost a Test series against Sri Lanka. Beginning on March 30, Chittagong is set to host the second and final game of the series.

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