Third time unlucky for Tamim
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal played a 49-run innings, putting together 95 runs alongside Soumya Sarkar, before getting out in the last over before tea. However, prior to his dismissal, Tamim survived a few close call lbw appeals during his 91-ball stay at the crease. The first one came in the third over against Suranga Lakmal. The second one came in the 19th over against Dilruwan Perera. If Sri Lanka had taken reviews on those appeals, then Tamim would have been in trouble on both the occasions. Tamim proved to be third time lucky when on-field umpire Aleem Dar turned down another lbw appeal in the last over before tea. But this time around, interim captain Rangana Herath was the bowler and he took the review. TV replays showed that the ball would have hit the stumps and the decision was duly overturned in the 28th over. And so, Tamim’s review luck came to an end.
Shakib’s risky cameo
In the last half an hour, Bangladesh were under pressure after losing three quick wickets - Imrul Kayes, nightwatchman Taijul Islam and Sabbir Rahman. When Shakib came in to bat, the scoreboard read 198 runs for five wickets and chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan was on a hattrick. However, very much against the tide, Shakib scored 18 from eight deliveries. Among those eight balls, Shakib played a sweep shot off the hattrick ball before executing a late cut shot that went past first slip. He then got a life when Upul Tharanga dropped him at deep square-leg. And last but not least, he exhibited a pull shot that went high in the air before dropping just in front of Dinesh Chandimal at deep square leg. If Shakib had lost his wicket in the last few overs, then it could have spelled disaster for Bangladesh. But ladyluck shone on Shakib numerous times during his eight-ball vigil at the crease.