Karunaratne scored a double century for the first time in his Test career. (Twitter / SLC)
The first Test match of the series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is heading towards a big-score draw. Bangladesh scored 541 runs in the first innings, leaving the Sri Lankan team still behind by 29 runs. The Sri Lankan team scored 512 runs by losing 3 wickets till the end of the fourth day’s play. Karunaratne scored 234 and Dhananjay DeSilva hit the crease after scoring 154 runs.
Karunaratne scored the first double century of his Test career and got the full support of Dhananjay De Silva. By the end of the day’s play, Karunaratne had scored 234 runs and De Silva scored 154 runs. The final day’s game will start early on Sunday as 22 overs were not bowled on the fourth day. The Bangladeshi bowlers could not bowl a single wicket on Saturday, with Karunaratne and De Silva sharing an unbeaten 322 for the fourth wicket. Karunaratne hit 25 fours and DeSilva hit 20 fours during his innings.
The Sri Lankan team was trailing by 312 runs from Bangladesh till the start of the day’s play, and the team was trailing by just 29 at the stumps. Karunaratne batted through Sri Lanka’s entire innings in which his marathon innings has lasted for 11 hours, he landed on the ground all day for a total of 1443 minutes. Karunaratne, who was 33 years old on the first day of the match, hit a mid-wicket off Taskin Ahmed But completed his 11th Test century by taking two runs. After this the left-handed batsman was in full rhythm. DeSilva did not have any problem with the bowlers and collected some excellent shots. DeSilva completed his seventh Test century and has batted for more than six hours.