Sri Lanka batter Kamindu Mendis joins elite list by joining legend Javed Miandad in a 'world-record'

Kamindu Mendis also became one of the very few batters who have scored two centuries in a single Test match; he achieved this feat against Bangladesh.

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Sri Lanka batter Kamindu Mendis (File Photo: X)

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The Sri Lankan team broke a couple of world records first Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh. The prime faces of Sri Lanka’s records were Dhananjay de Silva and Kamindu Mendis. The duo registered a record scoring two centuries in the same Test by any pair of teammates.

Meanwhile, the young middle-order batter Kamindu Mendis also got his name in the history books, by equalling the former legendary Pakistan batter Javed Miandad in a world record for the fastest start to the Test career, especially in the first four innings.

Javed played the knocks of 163, 25*, 25, and 206 within 15 days in the first two Tests of his career, 48 years back in the year 1976. On the other hand, Kamindu Mendis scored 419 runs in the first 4 innings of his Test career.

Sri Lanka in a dominant position against Bangladesh in the second Test

Speaking of Kamindu’s short Test career so far, which started two years back in Galle against Australia, he has scored 428 runs in 5 innings of the 3 Tests so far, with a sensational average of 107.00, hitting 2 centuries.

Talking about the ongoing two-match Test series between the hosts Bangladesh and De Silva’s Sri Lanka, the visitors won the first Test match by a massive margin of 328 runs. In the second and last Test of the two-match series, the Islanders are in a dominating situation as they are leading by 455 runs in the second innings.

At the end of the third day of the match, Sri Lanka had posted a score of 102 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 25 overs, with Prabath Jayasuriya and the former skipper Angelo Mathews there in the middle. Hasan Mahmud has scalped 4 wickets for Bangladesh so far, alongside two wickets picked by Khaled Ahmed.

Earlier in the first innings, Bangladesh were bundled out at the score of 178 runs in response to Sri Lanka’s first-innings total of 531 runs.