Liton and Mominul built a 106-run partnership © AFP
Liton and Mominul built a 106-run partnership © AFP

Mominul Haque and Liton Das saved Bangladesh from a collapse, surviving the first session of the final day of Chittagong Test against Sri Lanka. The hosts were reduced to 81 for 3 at the end of Day Four, even after a steady start of 52 for 0. Mominul and Liton showed temperament and built a 106-run unbeaten partnership to take their side to 187 for 3 at lunch. Mominul is unbeaten at 70 while Liton is at 47 and Bangladesh trail the visitors by 13 runs only.

In reply to Bangladesh’s 513, Sri Lanka gathered a mammoth 713 for 9 decl., taking a 200-run lead. Bangladesh batsmen could not convert their start on Day Four into dominant performance but Mominul and Liton came to the rescue. Mominul, who had scored 176 in the first innings, has now scored the most runs in a Test by a Bangladesh cricketer. If he converts his knock in this innings into a century, he will become the first Bangladesh cricketer to have hit centuries in each innings of a Test.

Liton, too, impressed as Mominul’s batting partner. Though he got out for a duck in the previous innings, he looked in a better touch, building a crucial partnership in the time of need for his side.

The Chittagong wicket has helped the batsmen majorly in this Test and the saga continues. The Sri Lanka spinners had found some turn towards the end of day on Saturday and will want the same to happen post lunch.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 513 and 187 for 3 (Tamim Iqbal 41, Mominul Haque 70*, Liton Das 47*; Rangana Herath 1 for 52, Dilruwan Perera 1 for 54, Lakshan Sandakan 1 for 25) trail Sri Lanka 713 for 9 decl. by 13 runs