Galle, Mar 10: It was a Super Sunday for Bangladesh as records tumbled at the Galle International Stadium here during the first Test against Sri Lanka. The records were set thanks to magnificent centuries from Mohammad Ashraful and captain Mushfiqur Rahim.
Ashraful on 189 not out and Rahim on an unbeaten 152 made it Bangladesh's day on the third day of the Test. At stumps, the visitors were 438/4 in 136 overs in reply to Sri Lanka's 570/4 declared.
Right-handed Ashraful registered Bangladesh's highest ever Test individual score, beating his own record of 158 not out against India in 2004. Rahim's 152 not out is the third highest individual score for his country in the five-day game.
Also, Ashraful and Rahim set the highest partnership record for any wicket for Bangladesh. So far, they have added 261 for the fifth wicket.
Rahim's score is the fifth highest by a wicketkeeper-captain in Test history. The record is held by India captain MS Dhoni who recently struck 224 against Australia in Chennai.
Ashraful and Rahim came together in the 55th over with the score on 177/4. Ashraful could have his name in the history books tomorrow by becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score a Test double century.
The 28-year-old Ashraful got to his sixth Test century in 58th match. For Rahim, this was his second ton in 31st Test.
Ashraful resumed the third day on 65 and played some delightful shots on way to century. So far, he has faced 398 balls scoring 20 boundaries and a six. Rahim has batted for 236 deliveries with 18 fours and 1 six.