1st Test - Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka - Day 1 - (Kandy)
Sri Lanka was put through one of its hardest days on the field, as Bangladesh reached 302 for 2 on the first day of the first cricket Test at the Pallekele International Cricket stadium on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka's solitary form of jubilation was savoured when opener Saif Hassan was ruled out leg-before to left arm paceman Vishwa Fernando in the second over of the day without scoring, as Bangladesh lost their first wicket with the total at 8.
But Bangladesh settled in to bat out Sri Lanka for the rest of the day, as Tamim Iqbal was joined by Najmul Shanto who went on to score his maiden Test century and remain unbeaten on 125 made off 288 deliveries.
Tamim and Shanto were associated in a 144-run stand for the second wicket that came to an end when Tamim was caught by the lone slip fielder Lahiru Thirimanne, off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando for 90, as the batsman gently edged a rising ball that was too close to his body.
But the Sri Lankans gained no comfort since the exit of Tamim who hit 15 fours as skipper Mominul Haque prevented any further losses, as he and Shanto batted with relative ease to be involved in an unbroken stand of 150 runs for the third wicket, while the second new ball brought no relief to the home side's bowlers.
Bangladesh also phased out their innings with persistent consistency after producing 106 runs in the first session, 94 runs in the second post lunch session and a further 102 runs in the final session of the day.
Shanto hit 14 fours and a six while Mominul had six fours in his unbeaten 64 that came off 150 balls.
The pair defied the Sri Lankan bowlers for 51.3 overs.
The Scoreboard at the end of the day read Bangladesh 302 for 2 off 90 overs.