1st Test, Galle, Mar 8-12 2013, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
570/4d & 335/4d
(22 ov, target 268)
638 & 70/1
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Eight tons in Galle stalemate

Sri Lanka had to live with a high-scoring draw in Galle, which had a record-equaling eight centuries from both sides over five sapping days of Test cricket

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Devashish Fuloria
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka570/4d(135 overs)1st Innings
Sohag Gazi3/164(50)
Abul Hasan1/112(27)
Bangladesh638(196 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka335/4d(83 overs)2nd Innings
Bangladesh70/1(22 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 223 runs
BDESH: 70/1CRR: 3.18 
Mohammad Ashraful22 (56)
Jahurul Islam41 (73)
Tillakaratne Dilshan4-0-11-0
Ajantha Mendis7-1-23-0

So that is the end of our coverage of this match. We will be back soon with the second Test of the series that starts on March 16 in Colombo. There is a lot of analysis yet to come from Isam and Fernando, so keep an eye on that. Thanks for being patient with me, but we all had fun. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.


Mushfiqur Rahim gets the Man of the Match: "It is really enjoyable, the team is playing very well together. We didn't really bowl well first up, so we had a chat that we need to show character and then our batsmen did really well. The draw is huge, it was also the first time we took lead against Sri Lanka."

Angelo Mathews: "The batters would have loved to bat for another two days on this pitch. It was disappointing not to win the match, but it was hard-work for the bowlers. But the batsmen batted really well. We have a couple days to freshen up and i look forward to the next game."

Dilshan gets an award for fastest fifty (In a Test match? Why?)

Hand Shakes? Anyone. Yes, so that is the end of the Test match. A match sprinkled with lots of high-scores and fun-time for the batsmen. But Bangladesh have drawn for the first time against Sri Lanka. Mushfiqur Rahim scored a brilliant double, while Ashraful and Nasir Hossain also added superlative hundreds. Not to forget the twin hundreds by Sangakkara, maiden hundred by Thirimanne and Chandimal and you can bet that it has been a run-feast. The two teams go to Colombo soon for the second Test with the series still wide open.

sakhawat: "Many congrats to the tigers, looking forward of next match. Hope they will keep our head up as well"

Marcus: "I genuinely feel Bangladeshi cricket has turned a corner, as exemplified by this performance. Good on them! Cricket is better off for it."

Cliff: "Who is in charge of RPS Colombo pitch. Pls meet the Galle one to discuss what he shouldn't do"

Ravi B: "Wow! what a test match? 19 wickets over the 5 days, out of which most of the wickets fell today are not due to the pitch but by throwing them away."

Shoel: "This game has proved that precision in the fielding plays a vital role in the game. If those catches weren't missed we might have had a result for both sides!!!"

Joffa: "One last quick question...How many catches dropped by each side in this test?" - Are you trying to do a Colombo here? Many, in one word, but I will need to go through all the comms to answer that.

James: "Homework for both sides: 3 things to make the rest of this series more interesting. Try taking catches, less flat pitch and adventurous declarations. Bangladesh will be the happier team."

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run
fuller delivery, the batsman pushes it to mid-off and they take a quick single
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run
bowls it down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone
Dilshan to Jahurul Islam, 1 run
flighted on leg stump, the batsman drives it to deep midwicket
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run
full and flighted, it is driven down the ground to long-on
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run
now he comes forward and defends the tossed up delivery back down the pitch
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run
the batsman defends the flighted delivery from the crease

Round the wicket

end of over 21Maiden
BDESH: 67/1CRR: 3.19 
Jahurul Islam40 (72)
Mohammad Ashraful20 (51)
Ajantha Mendis7-1-23-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan3-0-8-0

Bones: "This test is going to be remembered for a long time...People are going to tell "remember the test match that as played when Australian players were caught by the headmaster for not doing their homework? yeah, someone apparently scored a double hundred of sorts on that day!"

Mendis to Jahurul Islam, 4 byes
that's the carrom-ball, and it turns away from the right-hander and beats the keeper too, goes for four byes
Mendis to Jahurul Islam, no run
on the middle stump this time, defended easily off the back foot

Kaiser: "I bet a big jumbo can still land safely on this fifth day pitch!!!!"

Mendis to Jahurul Islam, no run
fuller delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends
Mendis to Jahurul Islam, no run
goes on the back foot and defends to the leg side
Mendis to Jahurul Islam, no run
flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward to defend
Mendis to Jahurul Islam, no run
bowls it flat on the leg stump, tucked towards square leg for a single
end of over 206 runs
BDESH: 63/1CRR: 3.15 
Mohammad Ashraful20 (51)
Jahurul Islam40 (66)
Tillakaratne Dilshan3-0-8-0
Ajantha Mendis6-0-23-0
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run
tossed up delivery, on off stump, the batsman comes forward to defend
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR runs
comes down the pitch and meets the ball on the full, he drives it all along the ground to the extra-cover boundary
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run
stays on the back foot and defends the flatter delivery down the pitch
Dilshan to Jahurul Islam, 1 run
comes down the pitch and drives it easily to long-on
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run
fuller delivery outside off, the batsman comes down the pitch and pushes it to mid-off for a quick single.
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run
bowls an offspinning delivery which hits the pads, but again that hits him outside the line of off

Saikat Mukherjee: "Only reason this Test will be remembered is for the Bangla batting and the apt reply they gave to shock the Lankans out of their wits. If this is how tests are played, no doubt it will die ;) Thankfully Pakistan and India have tests and pitches to produce results."

Best performances - batsmen
Mushfiqur Rahim
200 runs (321)
22 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
46 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
Mohammad Ashraful
190 runs (417)
20 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
97 runs
13 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Sohag Gazi
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesBangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Mushfiqur Rahim
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2078
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days8,9,10,11,12 March 2013 (5-day match)
Test debut
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Anamul Haque
Mominul Haque
Richard Illingworth
Nigel Llong
TV Umpire
Tyron Wijewardene
Reserve Umpire
Sena Nandiweera
Match Referee
David Boon