Wellington, Mar 11 : Captain Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a double ton in the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, as the tourists scored a mammoth 638 in their first innings in reply to hosts’ 570-4 declared, taking a 68 runs lead.
The total is Bangladesh''s highest in test cricket, improving on the 556 all out they made against West Indies four months ago in Dhaka, Stuff.co.nz reports. Sri Lanka''s bowlers took five wickets after lunch with part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan accounting for two of those in successive overs.
Mushfiqur was on 198 at lunch and reached the double century soon after the break by pushing a single to the cover region off Nuwan Kulasekara, however, two balls later he was trapped leg before wicket to end a glorious knock that lasted for nearly eight hours.
On the third day, the more flamboyant Mohammad Ashraful overshadowed Mushfiqur’s stand, but after the former captain departed following a record partnership, he was at centre stage, the paper said.
Mushfiqur faced 321 deliveries and hit 22 fours and a six for his 200 that set the stage for Bangladesh to draw the test. Mushfiqur added 106 runs for the sixth wicket with Nasir Hossain, who went onto make a maiden test hundred.
It was the fifth wicket stand between Mushfiqur and Ashraful that laid the foundation of their innings. The 267-run stand is a record for Bangladesh for any wicket against any opposition. It''s also a record at Galle for any wicket by any team.