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Bangladesh extend lead by 68 runs against Sri Lanka at Tea on Day 4

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Mohammad Ashraful (left) and Mushfiqur Rahim added a record-breaking stand of 267 runs for the fifth wicket © AFP

Galle: March 11, 2013
 
Bangladesh managed to post a mammoth total of 638 before being bowled by Sri Lanka at Tea on Day Four of the first Test match at Galle on Monday.

Nasir Hossain became the third Bangladeshi player to score a ton in the same innings.

This was Bangladesh’s highest total in Test cricket as they plundered the Lankan bowlers on a track that offered little help to the bowlers.

The visitors have taken 68 runs lead in the match with four sessions of play left.
Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi to crack a double-century, on the fourth day of the first Test at Galle against Sri Lanka.

Shortly after scoring the double ton, Rahim was dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara.
 
Earlier at Lunch, Rahim was unbeaten on 198. The skipper hit one six and 22 fours in his 317-ball knock, as Bangladesh reached 546 for 5 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 570 for 4 declared after adding 108 to their overnight total of 438-4.
 
Rahim put on 102 for the unfinished sixth-wicket with Nasir Hossain (61 not out) as Bangladesh frustrated the hosts for a second successive day with their determined batting. Top-order batsmanMohammad Ashraful missed out on his own double-century when he fell for 190 earlier in the morning session.

Ashraful, playing his first test in more than a year, added just one to his overnight score when he went for a rash drive off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and edged a catch to captain Angelo Mathews at first slip.

He occupied the crease for more than a day, hitting one six and 20 fours in his marathon 417-ball knock.

Ashraful, who batted with patience on Sunday, also added a record 267 partnership for the fifth wicket with Rahim. Bangladesh’s previous highest in Tests was 200 between Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique against India in Dhaka in 2010.

Ashraful earlier survived a confident appeal for a catch at leg-slip off the first ball of the morning while attempting to reverse-sweep part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan.

(With inputs from AFP)

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 570 for 4 decl. (Lahiru Thirimanne 155, Kumar Sangakkara 142; Sohang Gazi 3 for 164) lead Bangladesh 638 (Mushfiqur Rahim 200, Mohammad Ashraful 190; Tillakaratne Dilshan 2 for 75) by 68 runs

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