Kusal Mendis produced the goods with the bat for Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Galle. Bangladesh started the better in an energetic first session but looked to be out of steam as the day wore on. Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharang, Dinesh Chandimal and Asela Gunaratne were the wickets to fall on the day. Mendis stayed unbeaten on 166 and found good support from Gunaratne who went for 85. Bangladesh looked out of sorts and out of ideas with the day passing.
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 1: As it happened
1730 hrs IST: STUMPS! Mendis, fittingly, plays the last ball of the day and he could have been gone for the very first he faced on the day. At close, Sri Lanka are 321/4 on Day 1 with Dickwella on 14 and Mendis on 166.
1700 hrs IST: Taskin Ahmed comes up with a brilliant delivery as he breaks through Gunaratne’s defence and knocks off his bails. Sri Lanka reach 300 run mark as Mendis (163) still in the middle.
1636 hrs IST: SIX! Kusal Mendis hits Shakib-Al-Hasan for a straight six. Sri Lanka cross 250 run mark. What a way these two batsmen are batting.
1621 hrs IST: The 130 run unbeaten partnership between Mendis and Gunaratne takes the visitors to 225 for the loss of three wickets. Mendis batting at 115 and Gunaratne 61 from 104 balls.
1600 hrs IST: Second Test half-century for Asela Gunaratne. What an innings he has played and what a way to reach to a milestone. Plays a cover drive off Mahmudullah for four runs. Gunaratne has played a superb supporting role as he along with Mendis take Sri Lanka to 208/3.
1550 hrs IST: What a way to bring up his century. Kusal Mendis punches it past Soumya Sarkar for a four. As he runs towards the non-strikers crease he raises his bat and acknowledges the crowd. Also takes Sri Lanka close to 200. Second Test century for Mendis!
1527 hrs IST: Soumya Sarkar has the ball and Kusal Mendis is inching towards the century. He’s on to 88 runs and has Asela Gunaratne for company. Sri Lanka up to 176/3 in this final session of play. If you’re curious, in a massive comeback across in Bangalore, India have beaten Australia by 75 runs.
1505 hrs IST: Players are back in the middle. Sri Lankan batsmen will be relieved as they have scored easily.
1446 hrs IST: It’s time for Tea and this break will be very crucial for the hosts as they need to rethink their strategy. Sri Lanka will no longer be stressed. What an innings by Kusal Mendis , 80 not out, and great support by Asela Gunaratne (26). Mendis and Gunaratne have added 63 runs for the fourth wicket. SL 155/3.
1430 hrs IST: Back to back fours by Gunaratne takes Sri Lanka close to 150. Mushfiqur Rahim looks clueless as his bowlers are not able to get anything from the pitch or by their bowling.
1426 hrs IST: Gunaratne and mendis take Sri Lanka to 136 as it seems as if there is not much of support for the spinners. Though Shakib has got some help as he is flighting the ball while Mehedi is bowling flatter.
1410 hrs IST: Two runs from Mustafizur Rahman’s over. With Gunaratne and Mendis (55) in the middle, visitors find themselves in a comfortable situation. Sri Lanka reach 111 for three in 44 overs.
1401 hrs IST: Mehedi Hasan comes round the wicket to Kusal Mendis and the Sri Lanka batsman plays it fine off the back foot to bring up his fifty. Sri Lanka move past the 100-run mark in the process as well
1347 hrs IST: GONE! Dinesh Chandimal falls for five from 54 balls. Dot balls have resulted in the pressure and it has got the wicket for Mustafizur Rahman. Short delivery outside off and it is an off-cutter that gets a thick edge to gully.
1346 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal scores his first run in 24 balls and he’s moving on to 5 from 53 balls. Has Kusal Mendis at the other end who is on 45. Sri Lanka nearing the 100-run mark
1305 hrs IST: 31 overs bowled in the Sri Lanka innings and they are 70 for the loss of two wickets. Taskin to replace Roy in the bowling attack
1250 hrs IST: Two overs after Lunch and Sri Lanka have scored only two runs. Sri Lanka once again cautious against spin! Chandimal and Mendis at the crease
1243 hrs IST: So we are back after Lunch in Galle! Sri Lanka are resuming at 61 for 2. Who will come out on top after this session? Bangladesh to start with Shakib after Lunch
1203 hrs IST: Lunch! A session shared by both teams. Bangladesh will be very happy with the two wickets they have managed to take with Sri Lanka scoring only 61 runs in that session
1158 hrs IST: Last over before Lunch coming up. Subashis has the ball in hand. Chandimal, the new man, is on strike. Sri Lanka are 61 for 2
1156 hrs IST: WICKET! Mehedi Hasan has got the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne! Played on. Bottom edge as he tried to play it square. Sri Lanka lose second second wicket for 60
1154 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have slowly settled down. No more trouble for the batmen. Bangladesh with spin from one and pace from other. Mehedi Hasan to bowl
1141 hrs IST: 50 up for Sri Lanka in that over. They are 51 for the loss of one wicket after 19 overs. Mendis and Karunaratne doing it nicely in the middle
1132 hrs IST: Sri Lanka rebuilding after that early wicket. Karunaratne and Mendis showing some good confidence. Sri Lanka are 43 for the loss of 1 wicket
1113 hrs IST: 13 overs bowled in the Sri Lanka innings. They are 33 for the loss of one wicket. Taskin bowled the last over and now Roy will continue for Bangladesh
1103 hrs IST: Drinks in Galle! What a great first hour of cricket we have had. Bangladesh showing they can compete and compete good. Sri Lanka are 30 for the loss of one wicket
1053 hrs IST: Taskin Ahmed is back for Bangladesh. He is replacing Mustafizur in the attack. Sri Lanka are 26 for the loss of one wicket
1048 hrs IST: A series of maiden over and Sri Lanka are static at 22 for the loss of one wicket. Brilliant bowling from the Bangladesh bowlers. Just stunning
1034 hrs IST:
WICKET! Two in two for Roy! He is over the moon here. Mendis gets an inside edge and Das has caught it. Wait… They are checking for no-ball and dear oh dear! He has over-stepped. Mendis will be recalled!
1032 hrs IST: WICKET! Roy has a wicket. He is ecstatic. Pacy delivery that skidded off the pitch and beat Tharanga’s defence. Bowled. Sri Lanka lose their first wicket
1026 hrs IST: Maiden over from Mustafizur and Sri Lanka remain at 15 for no loss. Change in bowling and Subhasis Roy has taken the ball from
1020 hrs IST: Four overs bowled and Sri Lanka are 15 for no loss. This has been a good start for Sri Lanka as the openers haven’t been troubled by the bowlers
1012 hrs IST: Two overs bowled and Sri Lanka are three for no loss. Tight line from Taskin and Rahman in the first overs. Sri Lanak cautious
1006 hrs IST: Single from the first over for Sri Lanka. Tharanga yet to face a delivery. Taskin Ahmed will he sharing the attack with Mustafizur. Karunaratne on strike
1001 hrs ITS: Mustafizur Rahman to bowl to Dimuth Karunaratne with the new ball. Upul Tharanga the other opener for Sri Lanka
0955 hrs IST: The two teams and the officials are out on the ground for the National Anthems. Bangladesh first, followed by Sri Lanka
0943 hrs IST: Playing XI for Sri Lanka
Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan
0940 hrs IST: Playing XI for Bangladesh
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy, Mustafizur Rahman
0932 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have won the toss and Rangana Herath, their new captain, has elected to bat in Galle
0920 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This will be a big test for Sri Lanka as they have had some disastrous matches in South Africa. Bangladesh will fancy their chances to the recent results
Squads: Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Asela Gunaratne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Vikum Sanjaya, Upul Tharanga
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mominul Haque, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Subashis Roy, Taijul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed