CHATTOGRAM: A crafty century from veteran Angelo Mathews (114 not out) put Sri Lanka in a strong position at the end of the opening day in the first Test against Bangladesh, here on Sunday.
Sri Lanka were 258/4 at stumps on Day 1 with Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (34 not out) at the crease. Though the day was mostly dominated by Sri Lanka batters, spinners Nayeem Hasan (2/71), Shakib Al Hasan (1/27) and Taijul Islam (1/73) ensured that the Bangladesh have something to work with going into the second day.
Earlier, Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts were bolstered by the availability of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who recovered from COVID-19 to slot in the playing XI.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 1st innings 258/4 (Angelo Mathews 114 not out, Kusal Mendis 54; Nayeem Hasan 2/71). IANS
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