Record 8 centuries in drawn Galle Test

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Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 16:29 [IST]
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Record 8 centuries in drawn Galle Test

Galle, Mar 12: Kumar Sangakkara scored his second century of the match as the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in a draw on the fifth and final day on Tuesday.


From the first day of this Test, it was complete domination by the batsmen. A record equalling eight centuries (five from Sri Lanka, three Bangladesh) were scored over the five days. On the final day, Tillakaratne Dilshan was the other centurion on a flat wicket at Galle International Stadium.

Even though there were no signs of a result, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews declared the second innings at 335/4 setting Bangladesh 268 to win in 37 overs. The visitors were 70/1 in 22 overs when the players decided to end the game.

In this Test, as many as 1613 runs were scored in 436 overs for the loss of 19 wickets. This is the second most runs scored in a Test in subcontinent. Highest ever is 1,702 runs in the Test between India and Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006.

The eight tons in this game matched the previous same mark seen in South Africa-West Indies Test in 2005 in Antigua. In that Test, Chris Gayle had scored a triple hundred (317).

Sangakkara went past Mahela Jayawardene as the leading century maker for Sri Lanka in Tests. Today's three-figure mark was the 32nd in his career, one more than former skipper Jayawardene. He was dismissed for 105. The left-hander had made 142 in the first innings.

Sangakkara (142 and 105), Lahiru Thirimanne (155 not out), Dinesh Chandimal (116 not out), Tillakaratne Dilshan (126), Mushfiqur Rahim (200), Mohammad Ashraful (190) and Nasir Hossain (100) were the eight century makers this Test.

The second Test and final match of the series begins in Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium on March 16.


Story first published:  Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 16:16 [IST]
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