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Ashraful shows his class with ton

The batsman smashed his third Test century to power Bangladesh to 315-9 in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 18:54 IST
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Mohammad Ashraful smashed his third Test century to power Bangladesh to 315-9 in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Muttiah Muralitahran and Lasith Malinga snared three wickets apiece, with Malinga Bandara taking two.

At stumps, Bangladesh cruised to 315 in their first innings. Tailenders Shahadat Hossain remained unbeaten on 11, with Enamul Haque, who just scored a single.

The total was Bangladesh's highest Test run scored in a day in the 41 Test matches they have so far played.

Ashraful's solid knock of 136 off 184 balls included 15 boundaries and three sixes at Chittagong's Bir Shrestha Ruhul Amin Stadium.

In hammering his second Test hundred against Sri Lanka in five years, Ashraful craftily tackled top off-spinner Muralitharan before being dismissed by him.

The right-hand batsman arrived at the crease when Bangladesh were wobbling at 81-3 thanks to a fine spell by leg-spinner Malinga Bandara, who grabbed two wickets in as many overs just before lunch.

Ashraful pulled a short ball off Lasith Malinga for a boundary to reach the landmark. He struck his maiden century in 2001 against Sri Lanka.

After Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar won the toss and opted to bat first, the focus was on Muralitharan who appeared in his 100th Test match, only 16 wickets away from his 600th Test wicket, second only to Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

Muralitharan had to wait until after lunch for his first wicket of the match when he removed Khaled Mashud (6). He also dismissed Alok Kapali (16).

The first session was dominated by Bandara, who clean bowled opener Nafees Iqbal (34) in his first over, followed by the leg-before-wicket dismissal of captain Habibul Bashar, who made 29. The spinner broke Bangladesh's 72-run second wicket stand between Iqbal and Bashar just before lunch.

Pacer Malinga removed experienced opener Javed Omar in the first over of the match for four. Javed edged a sharp catch to Thilan Samaraweera at first slip, leaving Bangladesh at 4-1. Bashar and Iqbal defied Sri Lanka's Muralitharan, who was to get a wicket before lunch.

At lunch Shahriar Nafees remained unbeaten on four with Mohammad Ashraful on three.

Scoreboard:

Bangladesh:
J Omar c Samaraweera b Malinga 4,N Iqbal b Bandara 34, H Bashar lbw b Bandara 29, S Nafees b Maharoof 27, M Ashraful c Tharanga b Muralitharan 136, K Mashud lbw b Muralitharan 6, A Kapali c Tharanga b Muralitharan 16, M Rafique b Malinga 17, S Hossain not out 11, S Rasel b Malinga 1, E Haque Jr not out 1, Extras: (b-11, lb-4, nb-15, w-3) 33, Total (for 9 wkts, 90 overs) 315.

Fall of wkts: 1-4, 2-76, 3-81, 4-146, 5-210, 6-248, 7-293, 8-308, 9-314.

Bowling: Malinga 16-3-55-3,Maharoof 11-3-37-1,Fernando 17-4-50-0, Muralitharan 31-8-85-3,Bandara 13-0-61-2.

Teams:

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (captain), Khaled Mashud, Shahriar Nafees, Javed Omar, Nafees Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Syed Rasel, Shahadat Hossain, Enamul Haque, Mohammad Rafique, Alok Kapali.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Michael van Dort, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Thilan Samaraweera.

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (West Indies), Asad Rauf (Pakistan). TV umpire: Aktaruddin Shahin (Bangladesh). Match referee: Clive Lloyd (West Indies).