CricketAngelo Mathews Falls On 199*, The Veteran Gave It All
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Veteran Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews fell on Monday in the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh, making a huge knock of 199 runs in a match played at the Zahur Ahmed Choudhury Stadium in Chattogram. Offspinner Nayeem Hasan claimed a career-best 6-105 and denied Angelo Mathews double century by one run, as Bangladesh sought to reply to Sri Lanka on Day 2 of the first Test on Monday.

During day two of the first test of the continuing Sri Lankan tour to Bangladesh at Chattogram, former Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews missed his second Test double century by a single run. Mathews failed to reach his second Test double century during the first Test against home team Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Choudhury Stadium in Chattogram. The retirement of Sri Lankas Angelo Mathew meant that the visitors were bowled out for 397 runs, having lost the final six wickets for only 78 runs in day two at a flat Chittagong (Bangladesh) pitch.

Off spinner Nayeem Hasan broke the heart of Angelo Mathew, forcing him to take a spoon-shot at square leg to Mahmudul Hasan for 199, while making a desperate effort to score a double century with the final man, Vishwa Fernando, at the other end. Bangladesh off-spinner Nayeem Hasan was Bangladeshs best bowler, returning figures of 6/105 in their opening innings. Mathews decided to come off the crease and bowled Bangladesh spinner Nayeem Hasan across leg-side, but found Shakib Al Hasan on square leg and was caught.

Shortly after, Angelo Mathews reached his hundred-run marker, then went on to form a vital partnership with the newly-signed batsman, Vishwa Fernando, to ensure that Sri Lanka did not lose another wicket during the afternoon session, heading into tea at 375/8. Before becoming just the 12th batsman to score 199 runs in Test history, Angelo Mathews led the Sri Lankan attack in an intelligent manner against the Bangladesh spinners, who took all 10 wickets with varied tempo. Batting in the heat and oppressive humidity, as well as some fairly precise bowling by the Bangladesh spinners, he kept Sri Lanka in order, making significant partnerships, and also getting Sri Lanka out of a tight spot three or four times.

Mathew has completed the trifecta once in 95 Tests, and the Sri Lankan players were confident that another one was coming. Angelo Mathews was in fine spirits in his post-day press conference, speaking frankly about his misjudgment in the 199, sharing some laughs as well. Mahmudul Hasan took two wickets off just two balls in the first over after tea, pushing Bangladesh in the corner.