Galle - Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and
Kumar Sangakkara hit impressive centuries against Bangladesh on the
fifth and final day of the opening Test, heading for a draw in Galle on
Opener Dilshan was unbeaten on 120 and Sangakkara 105 not
out, his second hundred of the match, as the hosts reached 230-1 in
their second innings at lunch after adding 114 runs to their overnight
total of 116-1.
Sri Lanka, trailing by 68 runs on first innings, are now 162 runs ahead with nine wickets in hand.
completed his 32nd century, the highest by a Sri Lankan in Tests, with a
single off off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah. He has so far hit 10 fours
in his 170-ball knock.
The left-hander, who scored a brilliant
142 in the first innings, also became the fifth Sri Lankan to make a
century in each innings of a Test after Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha,
Aravinda de Silva and Dilshan.
The match has so far produced eight centuries, which equals the record of most tons in a Test.
63 overnight, played some attractive shots in the opening session and
reached his 16th Test hundred when he turned left-arm spinner Elias
Sunny to square-leg for a single.
He has so far cracked nine fours in his 176-ball knock.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 638 in their first innings on Monday in reply to Sri Lanka's 570-4 declared.
Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 200, the first Test double-century by a
Bangladeshi batsman. Mohammad Ashraful (190) and Nasir Hossain (100)
were the other main scorers.