Lanka v Bangladesh 1st Test: Run fest drawn

Bangladesh take honours breaking several records

Bangladesh made 70-1 in 22 overs in their second innings having been set a target of 268 by Sri Lanka who declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea on the final day of the first Test which ended in a tame draw at Galle on Tuesday.

Jahurul Islam who missed out on the first innings was unbeaten on 41 off 73 balls having hits five boundaries and a six while Ashraful was with him on 22 when stumps were drawn with 15 overs still remaining.

Eranga finished with one for 10 from three overs.

Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara hit centuries against Bangladesh on the fifth and final day of the first Test in Galle on Tuesday as the match headed for a draw.

Opener Dilshan scored an impressive 126 and Sangakkara a solid 105, his second hundred of the match, as the hosts declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea.

They added 219 runs to their overnight total of 116-1, and leave Bangladesh chasing an improbable 268-run victory target in the last session.

The flat track at the Galle International Stadium has so far produced eight centuries, which equals the record of most tons in a Test set during the West Indies-South Africa match at Antigua in 2005.

Sangakkara completed his 32nd century, the highest by a Sri Lankan in Tests, with a single off off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah. He hit 10 fours in his 172-ball knock.

The former captain, who scored a brilliant 142 in the first innings, also became the fifth Sri Lankan to make a century in each innings of a Test after Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva and Dilshan.

Dilshan, 63 overnight, played some good shots in the opening session and reached his 16th Test hundred when he turned left-arm spinner Elias Sunny to square-leg for a single.

Dilshan and Sangakkara fell in the space of 19 runs after lunch, but not before putting on 213 for the second wicket.

Sangakkara, 49 overnight, was caught by Jahurul Islam off Mahmudullah at short mid-wicket while Dilshan was caught by Abul Hasan at deep square-leg off the same bowler after hitting nine fours in his 190-ball knock.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 638 in their first innings on Monday in reply to Sri Lanka's 570-4 declared.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 200, the first Test double-century by a Bangladeshi batsman. Mohammad Ashraful (190) and Nasir Hossain (100) were the other main scorers.

Complete scoreboard on the fifth and final day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Galle on Tuesday:

Sri Lanka 1st innings 570-4 decl (L. Thirimanne 155 not out, K. Sangakkara  142, D. Chandimal 116 not out; Sohag Gazi 3-164)

Bangladesh 1st innings 638 (Mushfiqur Rahim 200, Mohammad Ashraful 190, Nasir Hossain 100; T. Dilshan 2-75)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 116-1):

D. Karunaratne c Hasan b Hossain                   3
T. Dilshan c Hasan b Mahmudullah                 126
K. Sangakkara c Jahurul b Mahmudullah            105
K. Vithanage b Mahmudullah                        59
A. Mathews not out                                38
L. Thirimanne not out                              2
Extras (nb2)                                       2
Total (for four wickets decl; 83 overs)          335
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Karunaratne), 2-230 (Sangakkara), 3-249 (Dilshan), 4-320 (Vithanage).
Bowling: Hossain 9-1-33-1 (nb2), Hasan 10-0-45-0, Gazi 15-1-58-0, Sunny 20-0-76-0, Mominul 5-0-25-0, Ashraful 1-0-10-0, Mahmudullah 20-1-70-3, Nasir 3-0-18-0.

Bangladesh 2nd innings:
Jahurul Islam not out                              41
Anamul Haque b Eranga                               1
Mohammad Ashraful not out                          22
Extras (b4, lb1, nb1)                               6
Total (for one wicket; 22 overs)                   70
Fall of wicket: 1-2 (Anamul)
Bowling: Kulasekara 4-1-6-0 (nb1), Eranga 3-1-10-1, Herath 4-0-15-0, Mendis 7-1-23-0, Dilshan 4-0-11-0

Result: Match drawn

Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Tyron Wijewardene (SRI)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Second Test: Colombo (March 16-20)

EVENING SESSION

Ashraful hits hits first boundary after facing 50 balls driving Dilshan through extra cover.

A total of 1,600 runs have been scored for the loss of 19 wickets in 433 overs in four innings on this dead wicket at Galle.

A bizarre statistic for what passes as Test match cricket on a featherbed of a wicket which turned out to be a paradise for batsmen and a nightmare for bowlers.

The 50-run partnership for the second wicket comes in 84 balls with Ashraful's contribution being 13 as the match meanders along to  a meaningless draw.

Jahurul Islam is finding the gaps getting another boundary this time off Herath driving him through the covers and ends the over by hoisting him for the first six of the innings.

Jahurul Islam has driven Mendis square on the off side for his third boundary.

Ajantha Mendis into the attack now as Sri Lanka go with all out spin with Herath at the other end.

Sangakkara makes a valiant effort art point to hold on to a stinging drive from Ashraful off Rangana's Herath's first over.

Jahurul Islam hits a couple of boundaries off Eranga in the sixth over of the innings to finally break the shackles.

Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful have yet to open their account as Bangladesh make a jittery start.

Shaminda Eranga has rocked Bangladesh striking with his second delivery to dismiss Anamul Haque bowled.

Haque departs in the second over of the second innings chopping Eranga onto his stumps.

AFTERNOON SESSION

Scoreboard at tea on the fifth and final day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Galle on Tuesday:

Sri Lanka 1st innings 570-4 decl (L. Thirimanne 155 not out, K. Sangakkara  142, D. Chandimal 116 not out; Sohag Gazi 3-164)

Bangladesh 1st innings 638 (Mushfiqur Rahim 200, Mohammad Ashraful 190, Nasir Hossain 100; T. Dilshan 2-75)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 116-1):
D. Karunaratne c Hasan b Hossain                   3
T. Dilshan c Hasan b Mahmudullah                 126
K. Sangakkara c Jahurul b Mahmudullah            105
K. Vithanage b Mahmudullah                        59
A. Mathews not out                                38
L. Thirimanne not out                              2
Extras (nb2)                                       2
Total (for four wickets decl; 83 overs)          335
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Karunaratne), 2-230 (Sangakkara), 3-249 (Dilshan), 4-320 (Vithanage).
Bowling: Hossain 9-1-33-1 (nb2), Hasan 10-0-45-0, Gazi 15-1-58-0, Sunny 20-0-76-0, Mominul 5-0-25-0, Ashraful 1-0-10-0, Mahmudullah 20-1-70-3, Nasir 3-0-18-0.

Mathews sweeps Mahmudullah to fine leg for another boundary and finally declaring less than half an hour before lunch.

Bangladesh have been set a target of 268 off 35 overs.

Mathews was unbeaten on 38 off 49 balls with two sixes and one boundary.

Mahmudullah was the most successful bowler finishing with three for 70 while Shahadat Hossain claimed one for 33.

Mathews has hit another six this time off Mominul Haque over long off as Sri Lanka lead by 258 runs.

Mahmudullah claims his third wicket as Vithanage's enterprising comes to an end when bowled off an inside edge after having swept the previous ball for a boundary.

Vithanage departs for 59 off 70 balls having struck seven boundaries and a six in his maiden knock in Test cricket.

Kithuruwan Vithanage reached his maiden Test half century by swinging Sunny to the fine leg boundary after having attempted a reverse sweep in the previous delivery.

His half century came off just 65 balls and contained six boundaries and a six.

Mathews brings up the 300 of the Sri Lanka second innings in the 78th over by dancing down the track and lofting Nasir Hossain into the stands for his first six.

It also brought up the 50 partnership off 66 balls for the fourth wicket with Vithanage.

Vithanage seems intent on making a half century on his debut Test innings slamming two consecutive boundaries off Mahmudullah to fine leg and midwicket.

Vithanage has hit the first six of the innings launching a flat delivery from Nasir Hossain over midwicket.

The big hits are not forthcoming from Angelo Mathews and Vithanage as Sri Lanka seem to be unwilling to force the pace.

Vithanage is playing a nice cameo knock picking up his third boundary off Sunny as Sri Lanka's lead nears 200.

Sri Lanka seems to be showing signs of setting Bangladesh a target in this bland wicket as Sangakkara and Dilshan depart in search of quick runs.

Mahmudullah strikes as Dilshan falls attempting to heave it out of the ground but only succeeding in skying to Abul Hasan who takes a tumbling catch in the deep.

Dilshan made 126 off 190 balls with nine hits to the fence.

Debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage hits the first boundary after the lunch interval when he punches Mahmudullah off the back foot.

The left-hander gets another boundary with a reverse sweep off Sunny as Sri Lanka step up the tempo.

Jahurul Islam takes a brilliant catch at short mid wicket to dismiss Sangakkara in the first over after lunch off the bowling of Mahmudullah.

Sangakkara attempts to pull Mahmudullah but only finds the fielder as he departs without any addition to his score at the interval.

It also brings to an end his second wicket partnership with Dilshan which yielded 213 runs.

MORNING SESSION

Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara hit impressive centuries against Bangladesh on the fifth and final day of the opening Test, heading for a draw in Galle on Tuesday.

Bangladesh failed to find purchase on a dead track at Galle as overnight batsmen Dilshan (120) and Sangakkara (105) completed unbeaten centuries.

Sri Lanka enjoy a lead of 162 runs with nine wickets in hand having added 114 runs in 30 overs accelerating during the second hour of the morning session as they look for a possible declaration.

Sangakkara completed his 32nd century, the highest by a Sri Lankan in Tests, with a single off off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah. He has so far hit 10 fours in his 170-ball knock.

The left-hander, who scored a brilliant 142 in the first innings, also became the fifth Sri Lankan to make a century in each innings of a Test after Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva and Dilshan.

The match has so far produced eight centuries, which equals the record of most tons in a Test.

Dilshan, 63 overnight, played some attractive shots in the opening session and reached his 16th Test hundred when he turned left-arm spinner Elias Sunny to square-leg for a single.

He has so far cracked nine fours in his 176-ball knock.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 638 in their first innings on Monday in reply to Sri Lanka's 570-4 declared.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 200, the first Test double-century by a Bangladeshi batsman. Mohammad Ashraful (190) and Nasir Hossain (100) were the other main scorers.

Scoreboard at lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Galle on Tuesday:

Sri Lanka 1st innings 570-4 decl (L. Thirimanne 155 not out, K. Sangakkara  142, D. Chandimal 116 not out; Sohag Gazi 3-164)

Bangladesh 1st innings 638 (Mushfiqur Rahim 200, Mohammad Ashraful 190, Nasir Hossain 100; T. Dilshan 2-75)

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 116-1):
D. Karunaratne c Hasan b Hossain                   3
T. Dilshan not out                               120
K. Sangakkara not out                            105
Extras (nb2)                                       2
Total (for one wicket; 60 overs)                 230
Fall of wicket: 1-17 (Karunaratne)
Bowling: Hossain 9-1-33-1 (nb2), Hasan 10-0-45-0, Gazi 15-1-58-0, Sunny 13-0-44-0, Mominul 4-0-17-0, Ashraful 1-0-10-0, Mahmudullah 8-0-23-0

Dilshan slashes Sunny past backward point for another boundary to bring up their 200 partnership for the second wicket off 307 balls and also extend their lead past 150.

Kumar Sangakkara completed twin centuries, his 32nd Test ton and fourth against Bangladesh with a single off Mahmudullah.

This is the eighth century in the match equalling the record for the mosts in a Test.

Sangakkara's century which came off 156 balls contained 10 fours.

Dilshan completed his 16th Test century clipping clipping Elias Sunny for a single to fine leg.

His fluent century which came off 139 balls contained eight boundaries.

Sangakkara has attacked Abul Hasan executing two exquisite cover drives as Sri Lanka turn it on after the drinks break perhaps in hope of a declaration.

Sangakkara edges one past the outstretched hand of Mushfiqur Rahim for another boundary as Sri Lanka forge ahead.

The 150 partnership for the second wicket between Dilshan and Sangakkara comes off 233 balls while Sri Lanka extend their lead to 99 in their second after the first hour's play.

Dilshan is unbeaten on 92 and Sangakkara is on 70 as the overnight pair added 51 runs in 14 overs.

Dilshan has swiftly moved into the 90s cutting Abul Hasan past gully for another boundary.

Dilshan hits his second boundary of the morning with a delicate late cut off Sohag to bring up the 150 of the Sri Lanka second innings in the 40th over.

Dilshan hits his first boundary of the fifth morning by cracking Sohag Gazi through extra cover in the sixth over of the day.

Sangakkara hits the first boundary of the fifth morning when he pulls Shahadat Hossain to midwicket in the third over.

Kumar Sangakkara brings up his 42nd Test half century by jabbing Shahadat Hossain to point after Dilshan brought up the 100 partnership off 153 balls for the second wicket with a single in the previous delivery.

Sangakkara's fluent 50 came off 79 balls and contained six boundaries.

Sri Lanka will resume on 116-1 in their second innings on the final day of the first Test in Galle on Tuesday against Bangladesh enjoying a lead of 48 runs.

Dilshan is unbeaten on 63 while Sangakkara is just one short of a half century as the pair overhauled the deficit of 68 runs during an unfinished 99-run stand for the second wicket.

DAY FOUR - BANGLADESH ON SONG

Bangladesh were bowled out for 638 at tea on day four with Mushfiqur Rahim (200), Ashraful (190) and Nasir Hossain (100) contributing to their mammoth first innings total in reply to Sri Lanka's 570-4 declared.

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