“Kamindu Mendis Delighted with Maiden Test Century in Challenging Conditions”

Kamindu Mendis played a crucial role in lifting Sri Lanka from a precarious position on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet by scoring a maiden Test century.

Coming to bat with Sri Lanka struggling at 57/5 on a challenging wicket after being put in to bat, Mendis formed a vital partnership with skipper Dhananjaya de Silva. Their double-century stand helped Sri Lanka recover and reach a favorable position by the end of the day.

Mendis, after reaching his maiden Test hundred, departed along with de Silva as Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for just 21 runs. Reflecting on his century under pressure, Mendis stated, “Our goal at that time was simply to settle at the crease and then focus on building a long innings. Once we achieved that, our partnership stabilized, allowing us to carry on.”

Facing adversity at 57/5 is not uncommon in Test cricket, and Mendis acknowledged the challenge posed by Bangladesh’s fast bowlers and the helpful conditions. Despite being dropped on the first ball he faced, Mendis seized the opportunity to counterattack the Bangladesh bowlers with aggressive cricket. His century, scored at a strike rate of 80.31, played a vital role in Sri Lanka’s resurgence.

“I noticed that the boundary on one side was shorter,” Mendis explained. “I felt if I could capitalize on the short ball, it would benefit us. While Bangladesh’s fast bowlers bowled well, they also delivered some loose balls. Dhananjaya and I remained positive and took advantage of the opportunities.”

Playing only his second Test match, Mendis made the most of his opportunity to cement his place in the Test XI. He acknowledged the difficulty of breaking into the settled Test team but expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and his relentless efforts over the past few years to reach this point.

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