Chittagong: Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes hit maiden centuries as Bangladesh found some batting form to avoid the follow-on in the second and final Test, against Sri Lanka, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, on Thursday.
The hosts, in reply to a monumental Sri Lankan first innings total of 587, fought splendidly to reach 409 for eight at stumps on Day III.
The loss of four batsmen in the final session despite being at 319 for four at one stage, meant Bangladesh still trail by 178 runs with just two wickets in hand.
Rahman and Kayes, who came together when Tamim Iqbal was dismissed without a run on the board, on Wednesday afternoon, put on Bangladesh’s highest second-wicket stand of 232.
Rahman scored 106 in only his second Test and left-handed Kayes celebrated his return to the Test side after two years with 115 to lift Bangladesh to 232 for one soon after lunch.
The duo surpassed their side’s previous best partnership for the second wicket of 200 by Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddiqui, against India in Dhaka back in 2010.