The first Test match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to a halt as umpire Richard Kettleborough had to walk off the field due to illness. He did not further take any part till the end of the day’s play.
The incident occurred during day four of the first test match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. Ahead of the 139th over of the Bangladesh innings, the players took small drinks break.
Due to excessive heat at the venue, Richard Kettleborough felt uneasy and had to walk off the field. TV Umpire Joel Wilson came down to replace Richard for the rest of the play on day four.
The Chattogram heat continues to cause havoc.
Richard Kettleborough has had to leave his post due to an apparent illness. We wish him well.
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Opener Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim slammed hundreds to take their side to a good total. Tamim score 133 runs, while Mushfiqur contributed 105 runs. Liton Das also played a fine knock of 88 runs. Bangladesh put on a mammoth 465 runs in their first innings, before getting bowled out. Kasun Rajitha was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, with bowling figures of 4/60.
Earlier in the match, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. They scored 397 runs, on the back of Angelo Matthews’ 199 runs and Chadimal’s 66. Nayeem Hasan picked six wickets conceding 105 runs. At the end of day four, Sri Lanka is 39/2 in their second innings and is trailing by 29 runs.
Everyone was super disciplined: Jamie Siddons on Bangladesh’s batting performance
Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons was all praise for his batters after their brilliant performance in the first innings of the Test match. He expressed that the batters showed great discipline.
“It is confidence, and understanding what their game plan is. They executed it beautifully. If you noted, there was no big shots in the air, apart from Liton a couple of times. Everyone was super disciplined,” said Jamie Siddons.