Dimuth Karunaratne plays captain’s knock, hits maiden double ton to neutralize Bangladesh

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Apr 24, 12:07 PM

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Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne hit his maiden double century in Test cricket as he alongside Dhananjaya de Silva continued to steer the Lankans to safe havens against an imposing Bangladesh’s first innings total of 541 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. At the end of the fourth day’s play due to bad light, Karunaratne was unbeaten at 234. 

In his marathon knock which has taken up 419 deliveries till now, the left-handed maestro has hit 25 fours and not a single six, showcasing how disciplined he has been in his approach. After three wickets fell in quick succession, including that of experienced campaigners like Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne, the 33-year-old alongside young gun de Silva built a partnership, which is now 322 runs strong. 

For Bangladesh, it was a day of despair as they failed to pick even a single wicket on the fourth day of play. Among the three wickets that have fallen, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan have picked one each. 

Earlier Bangladesh declared their innings after scoring 541 in 173 overs. Their innings was dominated by young Najmul Hossain Shanto who scored a brilliant maiden Test hundred (163) and was well supported by skipper Mominul Haque with his 11th Test ton (127). 

With the onset of the fifth day, Sri Lanka, who trail by 29 runs would look to take a definite lead and practice their batting some more as getting a result out of this game seems impossible.

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