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Bangladesh earn draw in Galle

UPDATED 13 March, 2013 8:20AM AEST | by Omnisport

Bangladesh have drawn a Test in Sri Lanka for the first time as Kumar Sangakkara grabbed his second century of the match on the final day.

Bangladesh have drawn a Test in Sri Lanka for the first time as Kumar Sangakkara grabbed his second century of the match on the final day.

In a match dominated by the bat from the first session of day one, Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan (126) and Sangakkara (105) added the seventh and eighth centuries of the contest on the final day, leading the hosts to 4-335 declared.

But Bangladesh batted out the final 22 overs of the match to ensure a draw - their first ever away to Sri Lanka and only their second from 14 Tests.

Sri Lanka started the fifth day at Galle International Stadium at 1-116 with Dilshan on 63 not out and Sangakkara unbeaten on 49.

Sangakkara notched his half-century in the first over on Tuesday but it was Dilshan who dominated the opening session, reaching triple figures for the 16th time in his career in the 18th over.

Dilshan hit four boundaries in the morning session to complete his century and Sangakkara joined him on three figures with lunch looming, scoring a hundred in each innings of a Test for the first time in his career.

At lunch, the home side had reached 1-230 with a 162-run lead over Bangladesh but in the first over of the second session Sangakkara was gone, caught at midwicket off Mohammad Mahmudullah's bowling.

Dilshan followed soon after with Mahmudullah again making the breakthrough and Sri Lanka were 3-249 and 181 runs ahead.

Surprisingly, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews waited until his team were 267 runs ahead to declare just before tea and with just over a session to bat out, Bangladesh had little trouble in avoiding defeat, ending the day on 1-70.

Mahmudullah was the best of the Bangladeshi bowlers in the home team's second innings with 3-70 off 20 overs, while Jahurul Islam (41 not out) and Mohammad Ashraful (22 not out) steered the tourists to their first draw in Sri Lanka.

Shaminda Eranga took the only wicket of Bangladesh's second innings, bowling Anamul Haque for one in the second over.

Visiting captain Mushfiqur Rahim was named man of the match for his double century in the first innings, the first ever by a Bangladeshi batsman.

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First Posted 13 March, 2013 8:14AM AEST

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