After being cruelly removed one run short of a double century in the first Test against Bangladesh on Monday, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews said he accepted his fate.

After losing their last six wickets for just 78 runs on day two on a flat Chittagong pitch, the visitors were bowled out for 397 runs.

The hosts were 76 for no loss at stumps, with opener Tamim Iqbal on 35 and Mahmudul Hasan on 31, trailing by 321 when play was stopped due to bad light with seven overs remaining. “Obviously, getting that one run would have been nice, but you have to take what God gives you. I’m grateful for the opportunity to play a good knock. Hopefully, it will assist us in winning the game “According to Mathews.

Mathews’ heart was broken when off-spinner Nayeem Hasan forced him to spoon a ball to Shakib Al Hasan at square leg on 199 in a desperate attempt to clinch his double century with last man Vishwa Fernando at the other end.

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