January 30, 2014 2:48:48 am
Mahela Jayawardene became Test cricket’s sixth-highest run-getter with an unbeaten double ton as Sri Lanka compounded Bangladesh’s misery in the first Test in Dhaka. The veteran right-hander made 203 , his seventh double-century in 33 three-figure knocks, as the tourists piled up 730/6 declared on the third day.
Having gained a mammoth lead of 498 runs, Sri Lanka reduced Bangladesh to 35/1 in nine overs before stumps. Bangladesh was trailing by 463 runs.
Jayawardene leapfrogged Allan Border (11,174 runs) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,219) to move behind Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara in the all-time list. The 36-year-old, who now has 11,236 runs in 142 matches, equalled Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 33 Test centuries. Jayawardene smashed 16 boundaries and four sixes in his innings, reaching 203 with a six over mid-wicket.
Kithuruwan Vithanage joined the run-spree with an unbeaten 103 as Bangladesh conceded their highest ever total, surpassing the 648/9 by the West Indies in Khulna in November 2012. Vithanage hit 12 fours and two sixes in his maiden century.
SL captain Angelo Mathews partnered Jayawardene in a sixth-wicket stand of 179, himself making 86 before being dismissed before tea. That turned out to be Bangladesh’s lone success in the day as Vithanage helped Jayawardene add 176 for the seventh wicket.
The only time Jayawardene appeared in trouble was when he survived a loud appeal for leg-before on 119 as he attempted to reverse-sweep Sohag Gazi.
Jayawardene and Vithanage joined opener Kaushal Silva as the three century-makers in the innings, while Sangakkara, Dimuth Karunaratne and Mathews chipped in with half-centuries.
Shakib Al Hasan was Bangladesh’s most successful bowler with three wickets. But his 43 overs cost 159 runs. Al-Amin Hossain had one for 118 in 32 overs, while fellow seamer Robiul conceded 109 runs in 29 wicketless overs.
The two-Test series will be followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 232 & 35/1, trailing behind 463 runs vs Sri Lanka 730/6 dec (M Jayawardene 203 n.o, K Silva 139, K Vithanage 103 n.o, S Al Hasan 3/159, S Gazi 2/130)
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