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07-Mar-2017 11:09:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, day 1

Mendis century lifts Sri Lankan momentum

Gallle: Kusal Mendis scored an unbeaten century to takes 321 for 4 on the opening day of the first Test in Galle on Tuesday.

Mendis was batting on 166 as the hosts reached 321-4 at stumps. Wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella batting on 14.

Mendis scores second Test century after tea. He struck 18-boundaries and two sixes in 242-ball unbeaten knock.

It left Sri Lanka reeling at 92-3 but Mendis revived the innings with a 196-run partnership with Asela Gunaratne for the fourth wicket. In-form batsman Gunaratne bowled by Taskin Ahmed on 85. He faced 134 balls and struck seven fours.

Bangladesh picked up only Gunaratne wicket in final session and conceed 166-runs.

Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman removed Dinesh Chandimal in the post-lunch session. Chandimal managed to score just five runs despite facing 54 balls before edging a catch to Mehedi Hasan at gully.

Stand-in skipper Rangana Herath won the toss and opted to bat but the visitors struck in the sixth over when Roy beat Tharanga with a perfect inswinger to uproot his middle stump.

Roy thought he had removed Mendis off the next ball when wicketkeeper Liton Das dived to his right to take a catch from an inside edge.

Replays however showed the bowler had overstepped, prompting the umpires to declare it a no ball.

Mendis and Karunaratne put on 45 runs for the second wicket before Bangladesh's 19-year old spinner Mehedi struck, bowling Karunaratne through the gates.

Bangladesh omitted left-arm spinner Taijul Islam from their side after the selectors opted for a three-man pace attack, including the injury-plagued Mustafizur, who is playing his first Test since August 2015.

Liton was keeping wickets for the tourists after captain Mushfiqur Rahim handed him the gloves in order to concentrate on his batting.

The hosts went in with three spinners, meaning the all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva missed out after playing the last Test during Sri Lanka's recent tour of South Africa.

The second Test, which will be Bangladesh's 100th, will be held in Colombo from March 15-19.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka -
321 for 4 (Mendis 166*, Gunaratne 85)

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