Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 199 then. Off-spinner Naeem Hasan made some changes in the fielding to put pressure on the experienced batsman before the last ball of the 153rd over. Naeem’s goal was to make it difficult to take a single by bringing out mid on, mid off and mid wicket at 30 yards. Naeem took six wickets
The fielders of the Bangladesh team seemed to surround Mathews, who was one run away from the second double century of his Test career. Experienced Mathews also felt the pressure for a moment. He also lost attention. Naeem’s leg stump line left the crease and pushed the ball to the leg side and made a catch in the hands of Shakib who was stuck in the square.
Then Naeem and the joy of the Bangladesh team and who sees! Attempts of nine hours and 36 minutes were finally successful. Mathews was at the crease for so long before he was dismissed as the last Sri Lankan batsman to score 199 off 396 balls. Due to his marathon innings, Sri Lanka was able to bat up to 153 overs. The visitors’ first innings score of 396 was stopped by an incredible batting of Mathews.
It was the innings of 19 fours and 1 six that increased the expectations of the Bangladesh team. Mathews was saved once with a review during the personal 36 runs. Taizul Islam could have been out for 69 runs. But Mahmudul Hasan, who was on the slip, got a new life without a catch. This morning 119 runs can be out. Despite being caught behind by Khaled Ahmed, none of the bowlers and fielders of the Bangladesh team applied.
Mathews was the 12th batsman in Test cricket to be dismissed for 199 runs. However, this is the first time a batsman has been dismissed for 199 runs on Bangladeshi soil. Mathews’ 11 predecessors: Mudassar Nazar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Matthew Elliott, Sanath Jayasuriya, Steve Waugh, Younis Khan, Ian Bell, Steve Smith, Lokesh Rahul, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis. Besides, Andy Flower and Kumar Sangakkara were unbeaten on 199 runs.
If Mathews is the hero in the story of Sri Lanka’s innings, then Naeem Hasan is the hero of Bangladesh innings. The off-spinner took 2 wickets on the first day and added 4 more wickets today. This is his third 5 wickets in his career, second at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
In the last session of the day, Asitha Fernando came down to bat as a replacement for retired Heart World Fernando due to a head injury. Naeem got the fifth wicket by bowling Asitha in a great off-spinning delivery in the fifth ball of the 146th over of the innings. After that, when the world started batting again, Mathews tried to take Sri Lanka to 400 runs with him. With the milestone of his double century. Naeem did not allow that to happen again.
Naeem last played Tests in February 2021. He has struggled with a finger injury in the two-match Test series against the West Indies on home soil. After that, even though he was in the Test team, he did not get a chance to play the match. He also lost a place in the Test squad from this year’s tour of New Zealand. Naeem got a chance in the Sri Lanka series after Mehdi Hasan Miraj got injured. He used that opportunity very well. With 105 runs in 30 overs and 6 wickets, he made his return to Test cricket.... .…