Dhaka - Mahela Jayawardene became Test cricket's sixth-highest run-getter
with a glorious unbeaten double-century as Sri Lanka compounded
Bangladesh's misery in the first Test in Dhaka on Wednesday.
veteran right-hander made 203 not out, his seventh double-century in 33
three-figure knocks, as the tourists piled up 730-6 declared on the
third day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Having gained a mammoth
lead of 498 runs, Sri Lanka reduced Bangladesh to 35-1 in nine overs
before stumps to step closer to an overwhelming victory in the first
match of the two-Test series.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath,
brought on after three overs, struck with his third delivery when he
forced Tamim Iqbal to mistime a catch to point.
Shamsur Rahman was unbeaten on nine and Marshall Ayub was on 11 at close, with Bangladesh still trailing by 463 runs.
leapfrogged Allan Border (11 174 runs) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul
(11 219) to move behind record-holder Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting,
Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara in the all-time list.
36-year-old former captain, who now has 11 236 runs in 142 matches,
equalled team-mate and close friend Kumar Sangakkara's Sri Lankan record
of 33 Test centuries.
Jayawardene said he was not aware of the personal milestones, insisting the team's needs always took precedence.
probably feels good, but at the end of the day what matters is that we
put up a decent score on the board," he said. "Along the way if you
achieve those things it gives a tremendous feeling."
Jayawardene refused to take victory for granted despite his team being in such a commanding position.
is a funny game and I have played enough to realise that nothing
happens easily," he said. "We just need to be patient, create pressure
and grab those opportunities that come our way.
"We have two days to go, so I hope that is enough time. We will wait and see."
smashed 16 boundaries and four sixes in a typically elegant innings,
reaching 203 with a six over mid-wicket off Nasir Hossain.
Vithanage joined the run-spree with an unbeaten 103 as Bangladesh
conceded their highest ever total, surpassing the 648-9 by the West
Indies in Khulna in November 2012.
Vithanage, a 22-year-old left-hander playing his third Test, hit 12 fours and two sixes in his maiden century.
Bangladesh struggled to contain the runs on the even-paced wicket after Sri Lanka resumed the day on 375-5.
Lankan captain Angelo Mathews partnered Jayawardene in a sixth-wicket
stand of 179, himself making 86 before being dismissed before tea.
missed his third century when he mistimed a drive against spinner Sohag
Gazi and was caught at short mid-on by Marshall Ayub.
out to be Bangladesh's lone success in the day as Vithanage helped
Jayawardene add 176 for the seventh wicket, before Mathews closed the
The only time Jayawardene appeared in trouble was when he
survived a loud appeal for leg-before on 119 as he attempted to
reverse-sweep Sohag Gazi.
Television replays favoured the bowler, but the Decision Review System is not being used in the series.
and Vithanage joined opener Kaushal Silva as the three century-makers
in the innings, while Sangakkara, Dimuth Karunaratne and Mathews chipped
in with half-centuries.
Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was Bangladesh's most successful bowler with three wickets. But his 43 overs cost 159 runs.
Al-Amin Hossain had one for 118 in 32 overs, while fellow seamer Robiul conceded 109 runs in 29 wicketless overs.
The two-Test series will be followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.Teams:
Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman, Marshall Ayub, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (captain, wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain
JK Silva, FDM Karunaratne, KC Sangakkara (wk), DPMD Jayawardene, LD Chandimal, AD Mathews (captain), KDK Vithanage, MDK Perera, RMS Eranga, HMRKB Herath, RAS Lakmal