For the first time in 147 years: Sri Lanka Batter makes history with tremendous achievements | 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 game while batting at number 7 or below. Mendis achieved the feat on the third day of the first Test match against Bangladesh in Sylhet. Mendis scored 102 in the first innings and scored an impressive 164 in the second innings. Dhananjaya de Silva also scored multiple times in both innings of the game and the pair became the third pair in the history of the game to achieve this feat after Greg Chappel-Ian Chappel (Australia) and Misbah-ul-Haq-Azhar Ali (Pakistan). . .

Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis both hit their second centuries of the game as Sri Lanka set a 511-run target for Bangladesh before cornering the hosts in the first Test on Sunday.

The visitors scored a total of 418 runs in their second innings at Sylhet, with Mendis making 164 runs to go to add to his 102 in the first innings and De Silva also scoring 102 runs in the first innings to add 108.

The Sri Lankan pacers immediately began their winning push, reducing Bangladesh to 47-5 at stumps, with 464 more needed for an unlikely win.

Vishwa Fernando took 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 left.

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

The Chappell brothers Greg and Ian of Australia achieved the feat against New Zealand in March 1974 before Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali replicated it against Australia in Abu Dhabi in 2014.

The pair, who shared 202 runs (280 runs in total) in Sri Lanka’s first innings, combined for 173 runs this time.

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

With the score at 119-5, the visitors lost early night watchman Fernando (four) to Khaled Ahmed before de Silva and Mendis took control.

De Silva brought up his second century with a single against Mehidy before being bowled out for 101 by Nahid Rana against Shoriful Islam.

Mehidy ensured that the drop did not hurt the team further and soon ended de Silva’s innings with Zakir taking the catch at short midwicket.

Mendis fended off a full toss from Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto to bring his own hundred to 171.

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

Mehidy could have grabbed his fifth wicket had Liton Das not dropped Mendis for 133.

Mendis protected last man Rajitha, who added 52 runs in the last pair of wickets to put Bangladesh in misery.

Mendis hit Taijul Islam for three sixes in an over to reach his 150 and help the lead cross the 500-run mark.

Taijul eventually dismissed Mendis to complete Sri Lanka’s innings.

Sri Lanka have never lost a Test series against Bangladesh.

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

(With AFP inputs)

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