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Sangakkara, Dilshan excel in drawn eight-century Test against Bangladesh

AFP, GALLE, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara completed his second century of the match as the opening Test against Bangladesh ended in a tame draw on the fifth and final day in Galle, Sri Lanka, yesterday.

Sangakkara cracked a solid 105 and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan an impressive 126 as Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea to set Bangladesh an improbable 268-run victory target in the last session.

The tourists finished at 70-1 in their second innings.

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

Sri Lanka added 219 to their overnight total of 116-1 for the loss of three wickets, with debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage (59) and skipper Angelo Mathews (38 not out) being the other main scorers.

Sangakkara completed his 32nd century, the highest number by a Sri Lankan in Tests, with a single off off-spinner Mohammed 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 also put in a solid batting performance in the match as they posted their highest Test total of 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.

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