Galle: Bangladesh achieved their first ever draw against Sri Lanka in a record fest.
Day 5 of this run fest was no different to the previous days as it saw two more centuries which took the tally to a total of eight in the match equaling the world record locked in West Indies and South Africa in Antigua in 2005. Being their first ever drawn test match against Srilanka, the Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim called it “a huge achievement”.
It was the first time Bangladesh posted a total over 600 in a test match and batted 196 overs, the longest they have advocated since getting their test status, back in 2000.
“Our past record against Sri Lanka definitely motivated us. For instance, they have scored 19 or 20 centuries against us. We stressed on the fact that this is a big opportunity for us. We thought this is a chance for us to make them work hard on the field as we batted on and on.
“The team that often keeps you in the field for days that beat you regularly, we wanted to give it back to them. I think they are shocked, because they couldn’t imagine we would play well.” Said, the Bangladesh captain.
Pitch was nothing more than batting paradise, as 1613 runs were scored for just 19 wickets. . It was the first time Kumar Sangakara posted 2 tons in a test match. Srilanka placed a respectable 570/4 dec in the first innings, and 335/4 in the second innings respectively. Assigning a target of 268 that was to be chased in one session. First wicket of Anamul Haque came early, but the game was later on controlled well by Jahurul and Mohammad Ashraful who took the score to 70 by 4pm, The game was later called off as expected.
“The team that often keeps you in the field for days that beat you regularly, we wanted to give it back to them. I think they are shocked, because they couldn’t imagine we would play well.”
The captain pointed out the different players who had made contributions, mostly with the bat, an end result that is relatively new to him in Tests. “We need a pen and paper to write down the positives in this Test. We had the team’s highest score, Ashraful and my highest scores, Mominul’s debut fifty, Nasir’s maiden 100. I think this was also the highest score in Galle.” Said the Bangladesh captain.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board had also announced allurements for the team players for drawing Tests and taking games into the fifth day. The team will now get an $1250 for drawing the Galle Test apart from their match fees. Mushfiqur Rahim was awarded as 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.” He added.
This test match again showed the massive improvement of Bangladesh since Asia cup. But Credit goes to Bangladesh players for showing immense patience that is needed to survive in Test Cricket. All in all a moral victory for Bengal Tigers.