Galle, Mar 11: Mushfiqur Rahim entered into history books on Monday by becoming the first Bangladesh batsman to score a double hundred in Test cricket.
Captain Rahim completed the feat in the post-lunch session on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.
Rahim had to spend anxious 40 minutes in the pavilion before reaching the landmark. He was on 198 at lunch and was quick to get to 200 after the break. He reached there with a single off Nuwan Kulasekara in the 168th over of the innings. In the same over, Rahim was dismissed LBW by Kulasekara for exactly 200. He batted for 436 minutes and faced 321 balls. Rahim hit 22 fours and one six.
While overnight batsman Mohammad Ashraful missed the mark by 10 runs in the morning session, Rahim did not disappoint. Also, Rahim and Nasir Hossain continued the good work from yesterday as they were involved in a century stand for the sixth wicket.
On Sunday, both Ashraful and Rahim had hit centuries on way to breaking few records. Their partnership ended on 267 runs today when Ashraful was dismissed for 190 by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. Ashraful had yesterday become Bangladesh's highest individual scorer in Tests.
Sri Lanka had declared their first innings at 570/4.