Twitter Reactions: Dimuth Karunaratne resolute after Bangladesh’s batting marathon
Angelo Mathews and Oshada Fernando got out in their 20s.
Updated - Apr 23, 2021 5:56 pm
After two days of sheer dominance from Bangladesh, the honours were shared on the third day of the opening Test. Sri Lanka didn’t throw in the towel, but the visitors ended the third day with their noses ahead. At the close of play on Day 3, the Lankans are trailing by a massive 312 runs with seven wickets left in their first innings. They still need 112 runs to avoid the follow-on in Pallekele.
Mushfiqur surpasses Tamim
Both the overnight batters, Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim, made sure that they carried on the good work by Tamim Iqbal, Najmul Hossain Shanto and skipper Mominul Haque. The duo put on a partnership of 87 runs for the fifth wicket to take their team past the 500-run mark.
Even as Rahim was a tad circumspect, Liton went for his shots and notched his half-century off a mere 66 balls. Prior to that Mushfiqur accomplished his fifty off 120 balls. The Bogra-born also surpassed Tamim to become Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in Test cricket.
Vishwa Fernando, who picked four wickets, got rid of Liton after the latter’s 67-ball 50. Mushfiqur stayed unbeaten on 68 and the Tigers declared their innings at 541 for seven. Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Dhananjaya de Silva got a wicket each for the hosts.
Dimuth Karunaratne holds fort
Replying to the Tigers’ batting show, the Lankans matched fire with fire. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 114 runs for the opening wicket. Mehidy Hasan Miraz broke the stand, by removing the latter, who scored 58 off 125 balls with the help of eight fours.
Oshada Fernando looked determined, but he perished to Taskin Ahmed after scoring 20 runs off 43 balls with four boundaries. Taskin was fiery in his first spell, bowling some bouncers and also showed a lot of accuracy. He was rewarded with the wicket of Fernando.
Thereafter, Taijul Islam joined the party, getting rid of Angelo Mathews, who got a brisk 32-ball 25. Karunaratne looked unshakable as he stayed unbeaten on a 211-ball 85 with eight fours. Along with him is Dhananjaya de Silva, who’s batting on 26 runs with four fours.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to the day’s play:
Angelo mathews 🔥
Dimuth karunaratne 🔥
— kishore _Msd🦁 (@kishore__msd) April 23, 2021
Two consecutive Test century partnerships by Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne & Lahiru Thirimanne (101 & 114), Sanath Jayasuriya & Marvan Atapattu the last Sri Lanka Test openers to score 2 consecutive Test opening partnerships (281 & 100 in 2004) @IamDimuth @thiri66 #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) April 23, 2021
Bangladesh played three fast bowlers in a Test after an eternity. But it was Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam with 44 out of the 73 overs bowled. Taskin Ahmed, clearly the standout speedster with pace, venom and accuracy. #SLvsBAN #SLvBAN #Bangladesh
— Sabyasachi Chowdhury (@sabya0912) April 23, 2021
Comparison of two Sri Lankan Test openers
Marvan Atapattu 5317 runs 136 innings 43.22 average
— Aqeeb (@Aqibmzm) April 23, 2021
A Sri Lankan pair to share a century opening partnership in consecutive Tests:-
Marvan Atapattu & Sanath Jayasuriya, 2000
Marvan Atapattu & Sanath Jayasuriya, 2004
Dimuth Karunaratne & Lahiru Thirimanne, 2021#SLvBAN
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) April 23, 2021
— Crow Gaming – FreeFire (@Surgical_Crow) April 23, 2021
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 229/3 Bangladesh 🇧🇩 541/7 Dec Day 3 #SLvBAN
— Rashid Latif ®️🇵🇰🌹 (@iRashidLatif68) April 23, 2021
— Sourav Paul (@paul_souravbd) April 23, 2021
Karunaratne is only better test player in Lankan team who is so good in past 2 years for his team! Consistent performer at top and smart captain as well. #SLvBAN
— Ramesh (@Ramesh27Thakur) April 23, 2021
First time I've seen home umpires who favour the visiting team😂1st against eng now against ban#SLvBAN
— Oshxdha Gunasekara (@OshadhaGunasek6) April 23, 2021
Sri Lanka in to bat and suddenly the ball is spinning a mile 🤷🏾♀️#SLvBAN
— Estelle Vasudevan (@Estelle_Vasude1) April 23, 2021