Sangakkara Ton Puts Sri Lanka in Command Against Bangladesh

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The two test series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh commenced on Friday, March 08, 2013. The first test is being played at Galle. Sri Lanka was playing under the captaincy of new skipper Angelo Matthews. Looking at the flat batting friendly track, none of the skippers wanted to bowl first. However, Mathews was lucky to win the toss and took the obvious decision to bat.

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Sri Lankan batsmen took full advantage of batting first on the flat pitch and scored without any real danger or problem. Runs came at a good rate as Bangladeshi bowlers failed to make an impact. As a result, the skipper had to use spinners from both the ends. Tillakaratne Dilshan scored with a quick rate of almost run a ball. The fifty for Sri Lanka came in just 55 balls. Dilshan reached a quick fifty off just 59 balls which helped the coming batsmen especially the middle order to play more freely. Former test skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who was out of game for the last three months after fracturing his finger against Australia in December last year was forced to come to the field early on when the opening batsman Karunaratne was retired hurt as the ball hit his arm when pulling the ball. However, Sangakkara showed no signs of being away for so much time and played the spinners with authority. He was given a life when he was not given lbw on 38 although the review showed he would have been out in the presence of DRS.

Dilshan was the first breakthrough which the Bangladesh bowlers got. He was out on 54 by Sohag Gazi. Sangakkara went on to score his 31st test century and also surpassed 10,122 runs scored by Sunil Gavaskar. With his century, Sangakkara also became the highest Sri Lanka centurion along with Jayawardene. He is the first batsman to score more than 1000 runs in Tests against Bangladesh. His average against Bangladesh in tests is 78.30. He was joined by Karunaratne after Dilshan’s departure who had the advantage to play in a pressure free situation. Karunaratne was out lbw by Gazi on 41. He later took the most wanted wicket of Sangakkara when he was on 142. The score card is as follows:

Sri Lanka 361 for 3 (Sangakkara 142, Thirimanne 74*, Dilshan 54) v Bangladesh

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