Runfest at Galle as the first Test ends in a draw

Zeenews Sports Bureau


BANGLADESH Overs: 22 II Score: 70/1 (Jahurul: 41*, Ashraful: 22* )

Finally! Both the teams have decided that enough is enough and thus called the match off. A run-fest of a Test this at Galle as it ends in a dull draw! Not so dull for the visiting team as they created and broke records. A total of eight centuries were scored in the five day. Mohammad Ashraful came close to becoming the first from his country to record a Test double ton but he fell 10 runs behind. However, the honour went to his captain Mushfiqur Rahim as he scored exactly 200 runs. In the process, Bangladesh managed to record their first total of 600+ in the five day format. From Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara was the standout performer scoring a century in each innings.

BANGLADESH Overs: 20 II Score: 63/1 (Jahurul: 40*, Ashraful: 20* )

Islam drove the third delivery of the 11th over by Mendis through covers for a boundary. Off the next over, Islam collected 10 runs – four through covers and a six over long on boundary. The next boundary came in the 19th over as Ashraful shimmied down the track to loft Dilshan over cover region.

BANGLADESH Overs: 10 II Score: 28/1 (Jahurul: 19*, Ashraful: 6* )

So, it’s clear that Bangladesh aren’t going for the win (Duh!) but on the other end of the spectrum, Sri Lankan blowers are trying hard on this placid track to get the batsmen out and make something of the drab proceedings. The visitors have lost the wicket of opener Anamul Haque in the second over of their second innings. He was out played on off Eranga. He scored 1 (4b). His departure brought Mihammad Asraful to the crease. Jahurul Islam struck Eranga for two boundaries in the sixth over. Mathews has turned to spinners and Mendis and Herath are currently bowling in tandem.

SRI LANKA Overs: 83 II Score: 335/4 ( Mathews: 38*, Thirimanne: 2* )

Oh Well! Surprise, Surprise! Angelo Mathews has called everyone’s bluff by declaring the innings at 335/3 meaning Bangladesh will have to bat again in this Test. They have been set a target of 268 runs to win this Test. What is Mathews thinking? Does he feel his bowlers can make a match of it in the remaining overs of the final day or is he simply bored of batting? Maybe, he wants his bowlers to get some practice.

SRI LANKA Overs: 80 II Score: 313/3 (Vithanage: 53*, Mathews: 24* )

22-year-old debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage is using the occasion to slip his name into the pages of cricket record books as he has become the 14th Lankan batsmen to score a fifty in his first Test. He is scoring at a brisk pace reaching the landmark in 65 deliveries with the help of six boundaries and a six off Nasir Hossain. He later scored consecutive boundaries off Mahmudullah. The match is of academic interest only and just a batting practice for the Lankan team. The pitch has absolutely submitted itself to the whims and fancies of the batsmen offering nothing to the hapless bowlers. They’re relying on the batsmen to commit mistake and throw their wickets away.

SRI LANKA Overs: 70 II Score: 260/3 (Vithanage: 22*, Mathews: 2* )

The two centurions are back in the pavilion. Two Lankan wickets have fallen in Sangakkara and Dilshan. The former was removed by Mahmudullah as he went for a pull but Jahurul Islam dived to take a brilliant low catch at short midwicket putting an end to his innings. Sanga scored 105(172b, 4X10). His departure brought Kithuruwan Vithanage to the crease. Dilshan soon followed Sanga to the pavilion after being caught by Abul Hasan off Mahmudullah. He scored 126(190b, 4X9). Captain Angelo Mathews joined Vithanage in the middle following Dilshan’s dismissal. The lead is now 192 runs.

SRI LANKA Overs: 60 II Score: 230/1 ( Dilshan: 120*, Sangakkara: 105* )

LUNCH Sri Lanka have finished the morning session piling runs as both their batsmen completed their centuries. Sangakkara reached his 32nd Test century with a single off Mahmudullah. He has centuries in both the innings of this Test now. This is his fourth ton against Bangladesh in the longest format of the game. Dilshan scored a boundary off Elias’ final delivery of the 56th over. 114 runs have been scored in 30 overs today.

SRI LANKA Overs: 50 II Score: 200/1 ( Dilshan: 102*, Sangakkara: 93* )

It’s again Sri Lanka’s turn to pile on the runs. Dilshan has completed his 16th Test century in 139 deliveries with a single off Elias Sunny in the 48th over. Sangakkara is also nearing a Test century. The southpaw struck back-to-back boundaries off Hasan in the 47th over through covers.

SRI LANKA Overs: 40 II Score: 152/1 ( Dilshan: 80*, Sangakkara: 67* )

Kumar Sangakkara reached his 42nd Test fifty with a single off Shahadat Hossain. Off the previous delivery of the over, Dilshan added a single to his total that brought up 100-run partnership between the duo for the second wicket. Two runs came in that first over the day. The next fetched them just a single. Sanga then pulled a short one from Shahadat in the next for a boundary. Partnering the pacer is Sohag Gazi from the other end. Hossain gave away seven runs in the 35th over of the innings that included a no ball. Dilshan collected his fifth boundary hitting Sohag through covers. He added another boundary in the 40th over, again off Gazi, employing a late cut.

SRI LANKA Overs: 30 II Score: 116/1 ( Dilshan: 63*, Sangakkara: 49* ) (Lead by 48)

The Test match is heading for a draw that has seen a Bangladeshi batsman record a maiden double ton for the nation. The team also crossed 600-run mark for the first time.

Sri Lanka ended the Day 4 at the score of 116/1 losing the wicket of opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan reached his 23rd Test half-century with a single off Sohag.

Sanga then scored a boundary off the next delivery. Seven runs came in that over (24th) for Lanka. Off the next two overs, Sanga added two more boundaries to his score. Eight runs were scored of the following three overs. Mahmudullah bowled the final six deliveries of the day and Sanga managed to score a boundary.