s predicted at the end of day four of Galle test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the match ended in a draw. The venue had been famous for victory for the hosts in the past and centuries for Jayawardene, however, none of the two things happened this time as the batsmen from both the sides dominated on a flat pitch.
The final day of the first test started with Sri Lanka at 116 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Kumar Sangakkara was on 49 runs and Dilshan was on 63. Six centuries had already been scored in the first two innings of the test, three for each side. Both the batsmen played cautiously but aggressively when needed. Dilshan who scored 54 runs in the first innings looked determined to make use of flat track to increase his average. He scored a century on just 139 deliveries. Sangakkara who had scored a hundred in the first innings went on to score another century in the second innings, taking his tally of centuries to 32. It was his maiden two hundreds in a test match. That took the tally of centuries in the test match to eight, equaling the record for most centuries in a test match.
The second wicket partnership between Sangakkara and Dilshan lasted for 213 runs, making it the highest against Bangladesh for Sri Lanka and fifth highest overall. The partnership was finally broken when Sangakkara was out by Mahmudullah on 105. Mahmudullah later dismissed Dilshan at 126. Mahmudullah also bowled out Vithanage at 59. There was a surprise declaration of second innings by Angelo Mathews at the end of penultimate session when the team’ total was 335, giving the opponents a target of 268 runs to win the match. Seeing the target to be out of reach, Bangladesh saw off played slowly without any panic. The team scored 70 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Finally, the test ended in a draw as predicted. The score board is as follows:
Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 142, Thirimanne 155, Chandimal 116*) and 335 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 105, Dilshan 126, Vithanage 59) drew with Bangladesh 638 (Mushfiqur 200, Ashraful 190, Nasir 100) and 70 for 1 (Jahurul 41*)