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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Cricket

First test in Galle ends in draw
AFP
Galle, March 12, 2013
First Published: 15:20 IST(12/3/2013)
Last Updated: 02:06 IST(13/3/2013)

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara completed his second century of the match before the opening Test against Bangladesh ended in a tame draw on the fifth and final day in Galle on Tuesday.

Sangakkara cracked a solid 105 and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan an impressive 126 as Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea to set Bangladesh an improbable 268-run victory target in the last session. The tourists finished at 70-1 in their second innings.

The flat track at the Galle International Stadium produced eight centuries, equalling the record of most tons in a Test, set during the West Indies-South Africa match at Antigua in 2005. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/3/13_03_13-metro22g.jpg

“The draw is huge and it was also the first time we took the lead against Sri Lanka,” said Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who was named man of the match.

“It is really enjoyable. The team is playing very well together. We didn't really bowl well first up, so we had a chat that we need to show character and then our batsmen did really well.” Sri Lanka added 219 to their overnight total of 116-1.


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