Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 234 on the finish of Day 4 of the first Test in opposition to Bangladesh.© AFP
Dimuth Karunaratne scored his maiden double hundred as Sri Lanka batted via the day with out shedding a wicket Saturday to match Bangladesh’s 500-plus rating within the first Test. The Sri Lankan captain ended the fourth day on 234 whereas center order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva moved to 154 as the house facet reached 512 for 3 at stumps, nonetheless 29 runs behind Bangladesh’s first innings complete. They have added 322 runs for the fourth wicket, the best stand at Pallekele for any wicket. The earlier finest was by Australia’s Mike Hussey and Shaun Marsh, who made 258 in 2011, additionally for the fourth wicket.
Karunaratne handed his profession finest rating of 196, set in opposition to Pakistan in 2017, by elegantly driving Taskin Ahmed for 4 and in the identical over reached his first double ton.
The 33-year-old left-hander has now been on the crease for greater than 11 hours and confronted 419 deliveries, 25 of which have been boundaries.
Bangladesh took the second new ball within the morning however after failing to make a breakthrough together with his seamers, captain Mominul Haque reverted again to spin.
After lunch, de Silva reached his seventh Test hundred by pulling Taskin Ahmed for 4. He has confronted 278 deliveries and hit 20 fours.
Bangladesh gave away a number of overthrows and misfields which helped the rating.
The sport suffered one 29-minute hold-up as a result of unhealthy mild after tea. The gamers returned briefly however had been taken off once more in fading mild and by no means went again. A complete of twenty-two overs had been misplaced.
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