Bangladesh started their tour of Sri Lanka strongly as they piled up 391 runs at the end of Day 1 after being sent to bat by Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.
With Imrul Kayes ruled out of the series due to fitness issue, Soumya Sarkar partnered Tamim Iqbal to open up the innings. Soumya’s poor run of form continued as he was sent back very early in the innings for 9 runs – The boy seriously needs to step up to cement his place in the team. Tamim and Mominul batted beautifully as they negotiated the bowlers with ease. Mominul retired at 73 runs, making room for the new number 4 batsman, the captain, Mushfiqur Rahim. He did alright as till the moment where he was cleaned up by Karunaratne at 21 runs.
Tamim on the other had was batting with authority and got himself a century as his innings included seven sixes and nine fours. He batted till the Tea session as he retired at 136 runs. Shakib, Mahmudullah and Liton, all scored runs with ease. Mehedi’s romance with binary numbers continued as he fell cheaply for 1 run. Bangladesh ended the day on 391/7 with Liton and Taijul unbeaten on 57 and 4 runs respectively.
Hope to see more of the dominance tomorrow from the Bangladeshi boys.