Kusal Mendis thumps Bangladesh in the first day of Galle Test

 . Last updated on March 8, 2017, 2:49 PM
Kusal Mendis thumps Bangladesh in the first day of Galle Test
Kusal Mendis scored 166 runs in the inning playing throughout the first day in Galle.
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In the first of the Galle test, Sri Lanka was way ahead of Bangladesh dominating the game with a massive score. Kusal Mendis hammered 166 runs in the inning hauling the score to 321 for 4. With Asela Gunaratne, the player partnered for 196 runs on a fourth wicket stand. Gunaratne scored 85 in the stretch. With such a play, Sri Lanka is expected to reach the score of 400 easily in the favorable pitch of Galle. Bangladesh displayed some bowling prowess by the afternoon session. They also removed wickets by the end of the day. The best strike from the visitors is 92 for 3 wickets.

In the first stretch, Mendis batted with several shortcomings, which were not utilized by Bangladesh bowlers. His grip on the pitch was slow as he played with utmost caution. He also got a second life at 22 when Subhashis Roy delivered a no ball to send an edge to the keeper. It made the batsman more cautious from becoming over stressed. The pitch too, help the player to gain a better composure. He started his strikes in the over from Shakib Al Hasan. He also replied well in the over from Taskin Ahmed. By middle of the day, he reached his first half century playing 101 balls. However, the contrast in his batting become apparent with his next fifty in 64 balls.

As Mendis began to exert his pressure on Bangladesh bowlers, Sri Lanka got into a dominant position. In the 76th over, he smashed Shakib followed by the shots off Mehedi. By the last overs, he ran passed the 150 mark, adding another record to his name. The partnership between Mendis and Gunaratne was for 43 overs. They players did not leave any opportunity to score in short balls as attack the spinners. Gunaratne brought his half century in 85 balls. The players built up the score to mark a breakthrough in the match, of which, the inning was deprived in the morning session.


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