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The first bicentennial partnership of the Sri Lankan openers since 2011

Posted April 30th, 2021, 10:45 AM IST

The first bicentennial partnership of the Sri Lankan openers since 2011

Hosts Sri Lanka are heading for a big score in the first innings of the second Test against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, with openers Dimuth Karunatne (118 off 190 balls, 15 fours) and Lahiru Thirimanne (131 off 253 balls; 14 fours) leading the way with centuries. By the close of play on Thursday, Sri Lanka had lost 291 for 90 in the first innings. Karunaratne and Thirimanne put on a massive 209 for the first wicket. This is the first double-century partnership established by the Sri Lankan openers since 2011.

But ... after 21 years at home, it is a privilege to achieve this feat. Karunaratne completed his century off 165 balls. It was his 12th century in his career. He also received the 5,000-run milestone in Tests. Another opener, Thirimanne, completed his century off 212 balls. The Bangladesh bowlers, who sweated for 90 overs in the first day's play, were content with just Karunaratne's wicket. Oshada Fernando (40 off 98 balls; 4 fours) also came into the crease later. Thirimanne, along with Fernando, added 82 for the unbeaten second wicket.