Sri Lanka’s De Silva, Mendis pound Bangladesh
AFP – Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis remained firm at the crease as Sri Lanka continued to build on their innings in the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday.
Overnight centurion de Silva maintained his prolific scoring rate to be 170 not out as Sri Lanka reached 295-1 by lunch on the third day, trailing Bangladesh by 218 runs in the first innings.
Mendis, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday, also completed his hundred to be unbeaten on 125.
Bangladesh worked hard to separate the right-handers, who began their partnership after Sri Lanka lost opener Dimuth Karunaratne before they had even got off the mark.
Resuming the third day’s play on 187-1, Sri Lanka added 108 runs in the opening session without facing any serious trouble.
De Silva survived a strong lbw appeal on 119 off Taijul Islam when the ball hit him on his toe before going to the slips.
With the hosts having already used both their reviews, they had no choice but to accept the decision of the on-field umpire.
Mendis hit left-arm spinner Sunzamul Islam for a boundary to bring his fourth Test hundred off 200 balls.
De Silva, who was unbeaten on 104 overnight, reached his 1,000 runs in Tests on 154, joining Roy Dias as the quickest Sri Lankan to achieve the feat in his 23rd innings.
earlier, Bangladesh ended their first innings on 513 with Mominul Haque top-scoring with 176 and Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad adding 92 and 83 not out respectively.
Medium pacer Suranga Lakmal and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath finished with three wickets each.