Jonny Bairstow’s 110 for England against Sri Lanka, and Nayeem Hasan’s 5-61 on debut for Bangladesh against West Indies were the highlights of Friday’s Test cricket action.
England scored 312-7 on day one of the third Test against Sri Lanka. Bairstow’s 110 off 186 balls (9×4, 1×6) was the backbone of the innings, and he added 100 for the third wicket with Joe Root (46 off 79 balls) and 99 with Ben Stokes (57 off 88 balls, 5×4, 2×6) for the fourth wicket.
All of the English batters reached double figures, with three scoring 13, including first Test centurions Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes, along with Adil Rashid who ended the day 13 not out along with Moeen Ali (23 not out).
Lakshan Sandakan took 4-91 (econ 4.33) with his slow left-arm chinaman bowling, with Malinda Pushpakumara taking 2-64.
It was ‘moving day’ at Chittagong on day two of the first Test between the West Indies and Bangladesh. Resuming on 315-8, Bangladesh added only nine runs to their total, Jomel Warrican taking two wickets 4-62.
The West Indies top order failed to shift into gear, losing three wickets by the time the score was on 31, and then five down for 88. Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich got the innings back on track with a 92-run partnership for the sixth wicket that saw them recording scores of 63 each, though via different routes.
Hetmyer’s 63 came off just 47 balls (S/R 134.04) and included five fours and four sixes. Dowrich’s undefeated 63 was somewhat more circumspect, although also hard-hitting, as he struck two fours and three sixes off the 101 balls he faced.
Nayeem Hasan bowled superbly on his Test debut, taking 5-61 with his right-arm off-breaks in 14 overs. While somewhat expensive at 4.35 runs per over, his dominance over the West Indies batters was highlighted by the fact that he trapped three batters leg before, bowled another batter and had a fifth caught off an inside edge on to his pad.
Taking a 78-run lead into the second innings, Bangladesh’s batters collapsed in dramatic fashion, finishing the day on 55-5 off 17.3 overs. Mohammad Mithun top-scored with 17 off 35 balls, while Roston Chase (2-16) and Warrican (2-22) did the most damage with the ball.
Bangladesh 324 & 55-5
West Indies 246
Bangladesh lead by 133 runs with 5 second-innings wickets in hand
Australia vs India, 2nd T20I
Match abandoned due to rain with Australia on 132-7 after 19 overs.
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