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Twitter Reactions: Out of gas Bangladesh put baby steps towards Sri Lanka’s mammoth 513 target

BAN vs SL. (Source -Getty Images)

A total of six batters scored fifties in Sri Lanka’s first innings. Unfortunately, Kamindu Mendis missed out on a well-deserved century and was left hanging on 92. Despite the slow wicket, Sri Lanka managed to tire the Bangladesh attack, and none of the Lankan batters scored a century. Nevertheless, they managed to post 513 runs, which was a commendable feat. Shakib Al Hasan was the pick among the Bangladesh bowlers, taking three wickets in total in the 159 overs bowled by his team. 

Bangladesh started decently in their innings, despite already having spent almost two days on the field, with Sri Lanka putting up 531 runs. The Bangladesh bowlers lacked gas but continued to probe away. The team then had to play out almost an hour of play. The openers started off on a solid note and looked in good touch. The Lankan pacers did not get the same movement that the Bangladesh pacers got. Lahiru Kumara got rid of Mahmudul Hasan Joy as Bangladesh ended Day 2 at 55 for 1.

Bangladesh’s love affair with dropped catches has cost them big-time

Bangladesh’s poor catching once again resulted in defining the game, as Sri Lanka took control on the opening day of the second Test. The hosts missed three opportunities on the first day, which saw Sri Lanka finish the day on 314 for 4.

Joy was at second slip when he dropped Nishan Madushka in the sixth over of the day. Sri Lanka had scored 13 runs at that time, and the openers went on to add 96 runs. Joy had also missed catching Kamindu Mendis earlier in the first Test innings in Sylhet, with Sri Lanka at 37 for 4. Mendis and captain Dhananjaya de Silva then added 202 runs for the sixth wicket, which became a vital factor for Sri Lanka’s big win in the first Test.

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Shakib Al Hasan later missed catching Dimuth Karunaratne on 22, when he failed to judge the left-hander’s top edge at deep fine leg. Karunaratne had previously survived a run-out chance on 18 and went on to score 86. Later in the day, Shahadat Hossain also missed catching Angelo Mathews at slip when he was on 10.

Here’s how ‘X’ users reacted to Sri Lanka’s marathon innings for two days:

Attempt 1 – dropped
Attempt 2 – dropped
Attempt 3 – dropped#BANvSL #Cricket

— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) March 31, 2024

2nd Test | Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Day 2 Stumps | Bangladesh trail by 476 runs.

Sri Lanka 531
Bangladesh 55-1 #BANvSL #2ndTest #Chattogram

— Thimira Navod (@ImThimira07) March 31, 2024

SL vs BAN 2nd Test in Chattogram;
Sri Lanka 531 all out in the 1st innings; (Kusal Mendis 93, Kamindu Mendis 92*, Dimuth Karunaratne 86,Dhananjaya de Silva 70, Chandimal 59, Nishan Madushka 57, Shakib al Hasan 110/3) #LKA #BANvSL

— Sri Lanka Tweet 🇱🇰 (@SriLankaTweet) March 31, 2024

Sri Lanka record the HIGHEST Test total without a century.

531 – Sri Lanka🇱🇰 v BAN, 2024
524/9d – India🇮🇳 v NZ, 1976
520/7d – Australia🇦🇺 v WI, 2009
517 – South Africa🇿🇦 v AUS, 1998
500/8d – Pakistan🇵🇰 v AUS, 1981#BANvSL #SLvBAN

— Ashish kumar (@ashuisbad) March 31, 2024

Taijul Islam protected Zakir Hasan like an Omega Chad today. 😩🙏🏼#BANvSL

— AJ Labib (@AJL1916) March 31, 2024

#SriLanka well and truly ahead in the test at stumps day two! #Bangladesh have a lot of work to do tomorrow to stay in the test. If the pitch opens up significantly tomorrow it could be the last day of the test 😏 #BANvSL #CricketTwitter

— Mohamed Shazeen (@ShazeenIfamy) March 31, 2024

Sri Lanka put up a mammoth total in Chattogram to go past a 48-year-old record 😯#WTC25 | #BANvSL #SriLanka

— Kasthuri Rengan (@RenganVoice) March 31, 2024

No they are playing volleyball 🏐

— Khan (@Khanmohammed12) March 31, 2024

No need for boundaries.
Just take singles. And stand there for 2 days. #BANvSL

— chester 🇧🇩 (@mdsiaofficial) March 31, 2024

Kamindu deserved that 100 but it wasn’t to be. He has however taken to test cricket like ducks to water! He has bigger challenges ahead of him in the #England and #SouthAfrica tours this year along with tough home series. GREAT start to his test career! #BANvSL #CricketTwitter

— Mohamed Shazeen (@ShazeenIfamy) March 31, 2024

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