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Nayeem’s career-best bowling dismisses SL for 397

Published : 16 May 2022 08:13 PM

Offspinner Nayeem Hasan registered his career-best 6-105 as Bangladesh wrapped up Sri Lanka for 397 in their first innings of the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Monday.

Nayeem’s six-wicket haul, which was his third five or more wicket haul, included Angelo Mathews who got out as the last batter for 199. This was heartbreaking for Mathews who carried his side astutely amid the Bangladeshi bowlers disciplined bowling on day two.

Shakib Al Hasan claimed 3-60 to complement the effort of Nayeem, who was playing his first Test since February last year. Apart from Mathews, who missed out his second double century, Dinesh Chandimal scored 66 and Kusal Mendis made 54.

Resuming the day on 258-4, Mathews and another overnight unbeaten batter Dinesh Chandimal made a smooth progress despite some good bowling of Bangladesh bowlers.

The hosts’ bowlers in fact were happy to stem the run flow as they were not getting assistance from the wicket.

Mathews, however, took the charge to go after the bowlers in his attempt to pace the scoreboard.

Chandimal, who appeared to be shaky initially, found his rhythm, hitting a six off left-arm spinner Taijul Islam.

But as it looked, Sri Lanka will head to lunch without losing any wicket, Chandimal made the first mistake of the day, trying to reverse sweep Nayeem. Chandimal made 66 off 148 with two fours and three sixes.

He reviewed the leg-before decision in vain as the 136-run partnership between him and Mathews came to an end.

Four balls later, Nayeem dismissed Niroshan Dickwell (3) with a quicker delivery that went straight to crash his stump. Shakib then joined the party with the double strike to further peg back the Lankan innings.

Just after lunch session, he took the wicket of Ramesh Mendis (1) with an arm ball before a quicker delivery hit the pad of Lasith Embuldenia to have him leg-before for golden duck in the immediate next ball.

Vishwa Fernando dealt with the hat-trick ball successfully and to Bangladesh's surprise made a huge resistance when the home side sensed an early wrap-up of the Lankan innings.

With Fernando’s assistance, Mathews grew strength to strength and kept Bangladesh busy in the rest of the session in scorching heat.

After Tea session, Asitha Fernando came to bat instead of Vishwa Fernando who was hit on helmet by Shoriful Islam but Nayeem dismissed Asitha for 1 to complete his third five-for in Test cricket.

Fernando then came to bat again and partnered Mathews with unwavering resolve. However Mathews slogged one off Nayeem to square leg where Shakib completed the catch to remove him.