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Bangladesh lose early wicket to chase Sri Lanka`s mammoth 531
  Date : 21-04-2024

In reply of Sri Lanka`s mammoth target of 531 in the first innings of ongoing Chattogram Test, Bangladesh lost opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy and ended day two at 55 for one on Sunday.

Sri Lanka had ended day one at 314 for four, adding a further 217 runs on day two while losing their remaining six wickets.

Kusal Mendis and Kamindu Mendis narrowly missed centuries, falling for 93 and 92 respectively. Kusal was dismissed by Shakib, while Kamindu remained unbeaten.

Four other Sri Lankan batters also scored half-centuries in this innings.

For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, returning to Test cricket after a year-long gap, bagged three wickets. Debutante pacer Hasan Mahmud took two.

Bangladesh`s fielding performance in this match has been notably sloppy. They dropped at least seven catches in Sri Lanka`s first innings and called for an lbw review of a delivery that clearly hit the bat, attracting much discussion on social media. Even an Indian police department made fun of it on their social media handle.

In reply to Sri Lanka`s first innings total, Bangladesh openers Mahmudul and Zakir Hasan started cautiously, adding 47 runs for the first wicket. Mahmudul fell first to Lahiru Kumara for 21. Taijul Islam, batting at number three, remained unbeaten on zero off eight balls.

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