Galle test may prove a turning point in the test history of Bangladesh as the team has achieved many milestones and the batsmen have shown their mettle when down under. For the first time in the test history of Bangladesh, the side managed to score 600 plus runs in an innings, surpassing its previous highest score of 556 runs in an innings against West Indies. As a result, Bangladesh is in a strong position as the chances of their defeat are far over.
The fourth day of the first test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka started with the two set batsmen i.e, Ashraful and Mushfiqur at the crease on 189 and 152 runs respectively. Bangladesh needed 132 runs to even the Sri Lanka’s first innings score with 6 wickets remaining. The pair had made 261 runs partnership by that time, making it the highest one for their side. After adding only six runs to the team’s total, the partnership was finally broken at 444 runs. Ashraful could add only one more run to take his highest test score to 190 as he edged Herath’s delivery to slip where Mathews took a simple catch, ending the 267 runs partnership. The partnership proved to be the longest one for Bangladesh in tests in terms of deliveries faced (518 balls). The previous longest partnership for the side was on 498 balls in 2005 in Dhaka against Zimbabwe.
After the departure of Ashraful, the in form Nasir Hossain joined Mushfiq at the crease. Coming into the test, Nasir had scored 4 half centuries in 6 tests. He maintained that form to add further woes to the Lankan side. Meanwhile, Mushfiq remained calm and focused, hitting boundaries and rotating the strike with singles as well. He became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score double century in tests, achieving the feat on 320 balls. The score was also the highest by a wicket keeper in Sri Lanka in tests. Nasir kept playing aggressively to score 50 off just 61 balls. He looked determined to convert the half century to maiden ton. Even in nineties, he did not look nervous and pulled Mendis over mid on and later to square leg to take a run to reach his maiden century off just 147 balls. He was out on Dilshan’s delivery as he attempted to play pull shot and caught by Sangakkara. After Nasir’s century, it was the first time for Bangladesh that at least three batsmen scored centuries in one inning. The team was all out on 638 runs posting a lead of 68 runs.
In the second innings, Sri Lanka has scored 116 runs for the loss of Dimuth Karunaratne who scored only 3 runs. The test is likely to end up in a draw. The score board is as follows:
Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec and 116 for 1 (Sangakkara 49*, Dilshan 63*) lead Bangladesh 638 (Mushfiqur 200, Ashraful 190, Nasir 100) by 48 runs