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First Time In 147 Years: Sri Lanka Batter Makes History With Massive Achievement | Cricket News

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First Time In 147 Years: Sri Lanka Batter Makes History With Massive Achievement | Cricket News

Sri Lanka cricket team all-rounder Kamindu Mendis became the first ever cricketer in the history of Test cricket to score two centuries in the same match while batting at number 7 or below. Mendis achieved the feat on Day 3 of the first Test match against Bangladesh in Sylhet. Mendis scored 102 in the first innings and followed with an impressive 164 in the second innings. Dhananjaya de Silva also scored centuries in both innings of the match and the pair also became the third in the history of the match to achieve the feat after Greg Chappel-Ian Chappel (Australia) and Misbah-ul-Haq-Azhar Ali (Pakistan ). .

Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis both scored their second centuries of the match as Sri Lanka set a 511-run target for Bangladesh before pushing the hosts to the corner in the first Test on Sunday.

The visitors were all out for 418 in their second innings at Sylhet, with Mendis making 164 more runs with his 102 in the first innings and De Silva, who also scored 102 runs in the first innings, adding 108.

The Sri Lankan pacers immediately went on a winning streak, reducing Bangladesh to 47-5 at stumps with 464 still needed for an unlikely victory.

Vishwa Fernando claimed 3-13, while Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara claimed a wicket each as Mahmudul Hasan (0), Najmul Hossain Shanto (6), Zakir Hasan (19), Shahadat Hossain (0) and Liton Das (0) all departed .

The dismal display from the Bangladesh batsmen came as de Silva and Mendis dominated the bowlers for most of the day and became only the third pair in Test history to score a century in both innings.

Australia’s Chappell brothers, Greg and Ian, achieved the feat against New Zealand in March 1974, before Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali emulated the feat against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

The pair, who shared 202 runs in Sri Lanka’s first innings totaling 280 runs, put on a combined 173 runs this time.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz broke their partnership before finishing with 4-74 for Bangladesh.

At 119-5, the visitors lost nightwatchman Fernando (four) early to Khaled Ahmed, before de Silva and Mendis took control.

De Silva brought up his second century in the match with a single off Mehidy, before being dropped by Nahid Rana off Shoriful Islam on 101.

Mehidy stopped the drop from hurting the team, bringing De Silva’s innings to an early end, with Zakir taking the catch at short midwicket.

Mendis dismissed a full toss from Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto to reach his own hundred of 171.

Mehidy removed Prabath Jayasuriya, who made 25, and Lahiru Kumara from consecutive deliveries to give Bangladesh some relief.

Mehidy could have taken his fifth wicket had Liton not dropped Das Mendis on 133.

Mendis shielded last man Rajitha to add 52 runs to the last wicket pair, inflicting misery on Bangladesh.

Mendis hit Taijul Islam with three sixes in an over to reach his 150 and help push the lead to over 500 runs.

Taijul eventually dismissed Mendis to wrap up Sri Lanka’s innings.

Sri Lanka has never lost a Test series to Bangladesh.

The second and final match of the series will be played in Chittagong from March 30.

(With AFP inputs)

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