Lanka, Bangladesh play out draw
Galle: The first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh has ended in a draw after the tourists resisted the temptation to chase down an improbable...
Galle: The first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh has ended in a draw after the tourists resisted the temptation to chase down an improbable target during the final session in Galle. Centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka reach 335 for four in their second innings before the captain Angelo Mathews declared, setting Bangladesh a total of 268 to win with just 35 overs remaining on the final day. That decision could have posed an intriguing dilemma for Bangladesh on a flat pitch which has yielded many runs, but they were more than happy to settle for their first draw against Sri Lanka. Monday marked a special day for the tourists, with captain Mushfiqur Rahim becoming the first Bangladesh player to make a double century and the Tigers posting their highest ever total of 638, for a first-innings lead of 68 which was soon wiped out by their opponents. Resuming on Tuesday on 116 for one, Dilshan and Sangakkara picked up where they left off to reach their hundreds for Sri Lanka. Dilshan, who began the final day on 63, was the first to pass the mark in 139 balls by clipping a single to square leg. Sangakkara also completed a ton to become the fifth batsman to score twin centuries in a Test match for Sri Lanka. Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 570/4d & 335/4d vs Bangladesh 638 & 70/1. Man of the match: Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)