Galle: Mar 12, 2013
Bangladesh played out a dull last session against Sri Lanka as the first Test at Galle ended in a draw on Tuesday.
Chasing a target of 267 runs in the last session, Bangladesh were 70 for the loss of one wicket when captains from both teams agreed to conclude the match since a result was not possible with a handful of overs remaining on the fifth day.
Post Tea, Shaminda Eranga infliceted early damage on the Bangladesh batting by dismissing Anamul Haque for one run. The batsman presented a faint defence to an incoming delivery as the pace of the ball disturbed the stumps.
From thereon, Jahurul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful held on to their wicket as the a draw was imminent.
This is the first instance of Bangladesh playing out a draw against the Lankans. The match never looked like producing a result as both teams posted mammoth first innings totals with the visiting team taking a lead.
This Test saw as many as eight tons from both teams together including a double ton by Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Brief Score: Sri Lanka 570 for 4 decl. and 335 for 4 decl. (Tillakaratne Dilshan 126, Kumar Sangakkara 105; Mahmudullah 3 for 70) drew with Bangladesh 638 and 70 for 1 ( Jahurul Islam 41*, Mohammad Ashraful 22*; Shaminda Eranga 1 for 10)
First Published: March 12, 2013, 4:17 pm