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12-Mar-2013 11:19:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day

Eight Tons Highlight in Galle Boring Test

Galle: The first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ended in a draw Tuesday after a high-scoring five days that included eight centuries.

Bangladesh were set a daunting target of 268 runs in 37 overs to win, but they opted for a draw reaching 70 for one when the captains decided to call off the game early.

The result was a moral victory for the tourists who had lost all 12 previous Tests to Sri Lanka. It was only Bangladesh's eighth draw in 76 Tests.

The game also produced the highest match aggregate for a Test in Sri Lanka, with 1,613 runs scored. The previous mark was 1,489 in the 1997 draw between Sri Lanka and India at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, where the second Test will be played.

Earlier, Opener Dilshan scored an impressive 126 and Sangakkara a solid 105, his second hundred of the match, as the hosts declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea.

They added 219 runs to their overnight total of 116-1, and leave Bangladesh chasing an improbable 268-run victory target in the last session.

The flat track at the Galle International Stadium has so far produced eight centuries, which equals the record of most tons in a Test set during the West Indies-South Africa match at Antigua in 2005.

Sangakkara completed his 32nd century, the highest by a Sri Lankan in Tests, with a single off off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah. He hit 10 fours in his 172-ball knock.

The former captain, 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.

Dilshan, 63 overnight, played some good 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.

Dilshan and Sangakkara fell in the space of 19 runs after lunch, but not before putting on 213 for the second wicket.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 200, the first Test double-century by a Bangladeshi batsman, he declared man of the match for maiden double ton.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka
570 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 142, Thirimanne 155, Chandimal 116*) and 335 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 105, Dilshan 126, Vithanage 59)
Bangladesh 638 (Mushfiqur 200, Ashraful 190, Nasir 100) and 70 for 1 (Jahurul 41*)
Result Drawn
MOM Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh)

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