Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day

New highs for Mushfiqur and Bangladesh

Bangladesh put forward their best batting display ever in Test cricket as they piled up 638 in their first innings of the Galle Test

S Rajesh

March 11, 2013

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Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim savour their marathon stand, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 3, Galle, March 10, 2013
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Ashraful combined to produce the highest Test partnership for Bangladesh, and also notched up the highest scores for them as well © Associated Press

  • Bangladesh's total of 638 is their highest in Tests, and the first time they topped 600 - their previous best was 556 against West Indies in Mirpur in 2012, in a match they eventually lost by 77 runs. The 196 overs they batted is also their most by far - their next best is 153.3. Their total is the seventh highest by any side against Sri Lanka.

  • Bangladesh have two new highest individual scores: Mushfiqur Rahim's 200 is the highest, followed by Mohammad Ashraful's 190. The previous best before this Test was Ashraful's unbeaten 158 against India in Chittagong 2004.

  • Mushfiqur has become only the ninth batsman to score a double-century from the No.6 position in Tests. The previous-best for Bangladesh at No.6 was Shakib Al Hasan's 144 against Pakistan in 2011.

  • Before Mushfiqur, only seven wicketkeepers had scored double-hundreds in Tests. The highest by a wicketkeeper is Andy Flower's unbeaten 232 against India in 2000. Mushfiqur's double is the highest score by a wicketkeeper against Sri Lanka.

  • Mushfiqur joins the following batsmen in scoring the first Test double-century for their country: Billy Murdoch (Australia), Tip Foster (England), Aubrey Faulkner (South Africa), Clifford Roach (West Indies), Martin Donnelly (New Zealand), Imtiaz Ahmed (Pakistan), Polly Umrigar (India), Brendon Kuruppu (Sri Lanka), and Dave Houghton (Zimbabwe).

  • The 267-run partnership between Mushfiqur and Ashraful is the highest for Bangladesh, and only their second double-century stand in Tests. The previous highest was 200, between Junaid Siddique and Tamim Iqbal against India in 2010. Ashraful and Rahim had also added 191 against Sri Lanka in 2007, which is Bangladesh's third best stand in Tests.

  • Three batsmen scoring centuries in an innings is also a first for Bangladesh. Only once had they scored more than one hundred - against West Indies in 2004 both Habibul Bashar and Mohammad Rafique scored centuries in Bangladesh's first innings.

  • Nasir Hossain's 100 is the second highest for Bangladesh at the No.7 position, a run short of Mushfiqur's 101 against India in Chittagong in 2010.

  • Both Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis conceded more than 150 runs in Bangladesh's innings, the seventh time this has happened for Sri Lanka's bowlers, and the first such instance for any team against Bangladesh.

  • Six centuries have been scored in the Test so far, only the 31st instance of six or more hundreds in a Test. It's the third such instance in a Test in Sri Lanka, and the first in almost 16 years.

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Posted by Bang_La on (March 12, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@Mehboob Khan and MrGupta, in those times tests were played 3 or 4 per team in a year. So, count the time that MIGHTY India scored their first double not how many tests they played. An apple and an orange can never be compared.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

@Mrgupta ... Fully agree with you :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury ... When India and England started their Cricket ... there were no ODI, T20, IPL, BPL ...... so Dont you think that its not appropriate to COMPARE those days with now ... :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Its would be nice to see, if Bangladesh can continue this, consistency is what they have lacked the most. It would be fun having another team that can play good-hard cricket.

And the pitch is flat but hey you still need to have the stamina and technique to bat this long. Srilanka's all new low not a good day for Vaas as a coach

Posted by Dreamscrapper on (March 12, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Bangladesh is improving faster than most other test playing nations. After these remarkable feats, tigers have proved that they have achieved all the batting skills required to play a test match appropriately and can face any tough opposition. They have made 8 records in this match! Well done, Tigers!

Posted by mrgupta on (March 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury: Congrats to Bangladesh for finally reaching this milestone. I hope there are more to come. Just one quick update on your Cricket Knowledge though. India got their first double Century in their 45th test. Yes that was after playing for 23 years but they played only 45 tests till then. Bangladesh got their first Double in their 76th test. Yes they took 12 years and 3 months to play close to double the number of tests India played in 23 years!

Posted by tmp789 on (March 12, 2013, 1:07 GMT)

What happened to the pretty SL bowlers and fans who comment on every article involving India?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Agree with Anwar Chowdhury.

Posted by bayzid47 on (March 11, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

As BD is improving, I don't think this records would last long.... There will be now records in every series they play....

Good luck Tigars

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

India got their 1st double hundred after playing 23 years of test cricket, England got that after 26 years, but Bangla Tigers got the double hundred after 12 years and three months! Bravo Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Two other factors have helped Bangladesh in this improvement of theirs. The wicket for the test was an absolute run feast. This is definitely good for Test Cricket. Secondly the weak and insipid SL bowling. If this kind of performance regularly happens in SLby visiting teams, they would have no chance of winning tests ever again.

Posted by bored_iam on (March 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

@Wam_Coffee: Been reading some of your comments, here and around. Really appreciate your objective approach to the game!

Posted by bored_iam on (March 11, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury- Sorry to sound patronising, I mean NO disrespect to BD here, my point is that this pitch is just as bad for either team. In general, this is a poor cricket pitch and not for good cricket. Shouldnt you be supporting the cause of a result pitch, it gives you the very chance to get back at those people (and I am one of them, in all honesty) who claim that your team doesnt deserve Test Status? Winning the game should be the goal. You guys have started proving people like me wrong in the ODI arena, do the same in the Test arena. Again, taking nothing away from BD. This performance is their best ever I understand, hence I do congratulate you guys, but more matches like this one is NOT good for the Test game overall. Coz this is a dull, drab draw. (Though I hope some magic happens tomorrow :-P)

Posted by hpc1 on (March 11, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Mushfiqur is only 2nd wicketkeeper captain to score double ton, Dhoni is 1st and he did that just before 15 days only.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 11, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

I agree! almost all fans and experts dislike flat pitches for Test Cricket and should tend to be avoided. A turning or seaming pitch makes Test Cricket fun to watch as there is an even contest between bat and ball. This is what Test Cricket is supposed to be about and dearly needs. Also need to understand that these kind of pitches for the long form can turn viewers off if runs and runs are continuing being made.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

I just saw the link for last Stat. India has involved in 14 of 31 instance and second team is Auss with 12 out of which 11 came before 1983.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

When Sri Lanka does well, Bangladeshi bowlers are going bad and every one shouts for snatching the test status from... When BD batted well, pitch is behaving flat and the test match is dyeing..... these are totally ridiculous comments by whom who say those......

Posted by bored_iam on (March 11, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

As much as it is a great achievement for BD, this test has been a pointless exercise in how NOT to prepare a pitch. The subcontinent should produce result pitches-turning, bouncing tracks. One of the great shames of SC cricket in the noughties has been the preparation of ROADS in the name of test match cricket. I'm glad there is a revival of result pitches in India. I hope to see BD and SL follow suit. I genuinely hope, for the sake of the game of cricket, that the SC succeeds in bringing back crowds to Test match cricket. And producing result pitches is perhaps the 1st major step towards doing so. Again, congratulations for BD cricket. But commiserations for Test Match cricket.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka made a mistake preparing the pitch so flat because its most likely going to be a draw now and against a team like Bangladesh who played extremely well no doubt, is unacceptable by Sri Lanka. I don't know what the pitch for test 2 will be like but if its a turner than Bangladesh have a glimpse of a chance of winning not only the test match but series which would be quite embarrassing for Sri Lanka especially when they are playing at home. But batting from both sides showed their skills and temperament which was impressive especially from these Bangladeshi's very unexpected.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

This is a great achievement of Bangladeshi players considering the fact that they are missing the service of their main & original selection like Tamim, Shakib, Nafees, Nayeem as batsmen and Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul Junior as bowlers for injuries caused by the BPL, So u see, the 7 main players was missing in from the BD squad and u can easily say that this is a 2nd string BD team and still BD made this amazing performance! wow! Bravo! Moreover, some poor selection for not picking the bowlers like taskin, najmul, mosharof rubel, razzak caused problems in bowling department who were in tremendous form in the domestic cricket! I don't know why Abul and Shahadat were picked who were in poor form!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

So are we back to the SL pitches of the late 1990's? Hahahaha

Posted by MmpRubel on (March 11, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

too many records in a single test. hope this is just the begining. wish to see such stats regarding BD again and again.

Posted by SpitFire on (March 11, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

The way things are going, sanga and Dilshan both might get to 100, and that will make 8 Centuries in 1 Match.

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