Bangladesh break records in Sri Lanka test

Bangladesh break records in Sri Lanka test

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Bangladesh recorded their best ever performance in Test cricket as they broke more records on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Monday.Having amassed a massive 638 in 196 overs to surpass their previous best 556 against West Indies in Dhaka last year, it gave them a 68-run lead.
The unique total also was a record by any team at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka chipped away at the lead to close on 116-1 in their second innings.
Shahadat Hossain had opener Dimuth Karunaratne (7) caught in the deep.
Stalwarts Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara though will start the final day on 63 and 49 respectively.
The Tigers who resumed day four on 438 for 4 with Mohammad Ashraful batting on 189 and Mushfiqur Rahim undefeated on 152, progressed to 444 when they lost Ashraful after he added just one more run to his magnificent innings.
Ashraful’s mammoth 417-ball knock ended when he tried to hit Rangana Herath over his head but he mistimed it and the edge went straight to Angelo Mathews in first slip.
He struck 20 fours and a six and put on a record 267 runs for any wicket with Mushfiqur .
At the lunch break, Mushfiqur became the country’s highest individual Test scorer as he finished unbeaten on 198 with Nasir Hossain providing good company with an effortless 61 not out and the Tigers on 546-5.
The Bangladesh captain went through a few anxious moments in the final over before lunch as he tried to get to his double hundred and had a close call when a delivery from Shaminda Eranga rapped him on the pads prompting a stifled appeal.
Mushfiqur made history just after lunch with a single through cover off the back foot off Nuwan Kulasekara’s first ball and celebrated by punching the air and kissing the turf.
But his joy was short-lived as he was trapped lbw for exactly 200 in the same over.
Mushfiqur faced 321 balls, hitting 22 fours and a six. He added 106 runs for the sixth wicket with Nasir.
Nasir then joined the run-feast becoming the sixth centurion in the match completing his maiden Test hundred off 147 balls.
Nasir, who had previously been out twice in the nervous nineties, made it third time lucky with a gentle dab through mid-wicket off Ajantha Mendis.
However, he was out caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Tillakaratne Dilshan having faced 151 balls with nine fours.
(Source: bdnews24.com)

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