Mominul Guides Bangladesh to Draw With Record Ton

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Chittagong (February 05, 2018): Mominul Haque became the first player from Bangladesh to score a century in both innings of a Test as he steered his side to a draw in the opening match against Sri Lanka.

Mominul, who made 176 in the first innings, hit 105 off 174 balls to help Bangladesh reach 307-5 before the teams accepted the draw with an hour´s play left on the fifth and final day in Chittagong. Skipper Mahmudullah was at the crease on 28 not out alongside Mosaddek Hossain (8 not out) when the stumps were drawn at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sri Lanka held a 200-run first innings lead after declaring on a mammoth 713-9 in reply to Bangladesh´s 513.“I would put my second century ahead of the first one because it helped us save the game,” Mominul said.”We have been in this situation before. You have to be mentally strong and believe in yourself.”

The visitors fancied their chances for a victory when veteran spinner Rangana Herath picked up the crucial wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim off the last ball on the fourth day.But Mominul, 18 not out overnight, and Liton Das, who fell just six runs short of his maiden Test century, shared a crucial 180-run stand for the fourth wicket to frustrate the Sri Lankan bowlers.

It was Dhananjaya de Silva who broke their partnership, dismissing Mominul shortly after the left-hander scored his second century of the game with a single off Lakshan Sandakan.

It was Dhananjaya de Silva who broke their partnership, dismissing Mominul shortly after the left-hander scored his second century of the game with a single off Lakshan Sandakan.

Karunaratne, who was out for a duck in Sri Lanka´s first innings, criticised the batsman-friendly pitch.

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