Dilshan, Sangakkara tons cap stalemate

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Centuries for opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and former captain Kumar Sangakkara marked the closing throes of Sri Lanka's drawn first Test on day five at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.

Centuries for opener Tillakaratne Dilshan and former captain Kumar Sangakkara marked the closing throes of Sri Lanka's drawn first Test on day five at the Galle International Stadium on.

A fixture characterised by an entirely flat pitch and lined with plenty of records, including the first Bangladeshi double-centurion in skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and the tourists' highest Test score of 638 all out, brought more milestones on Tuesday.

Dilshan welcomed the 16th centuries of his career en route to 126, while Sangakkara became the nation's most prolific centurion – as his 105 took him past team-mate Mahela Jayawardene's tally of 31 tons.

The pair's 213-run alliance for the second wicket was the highest for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh, trumping former opener Michael Vandort and erstwhile all-rounder Chaminda Vaas' collective achievement a decade ago.

Debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage, too, didn't miss out – and all but confirmed his selection for the second Test by scoring a promising 59. Sri Lanka were evidently in good hands in the absence of the injured Jayawardene and recently retired Thilan Samaraweera.

Had he gone onto three figures, the match would have heralded an unprecedented nine centuries. Instead, it remained level with 2005's eight in Antigua, where the West Indian and South African attacks endured a veritable tarmac.

Sri Lanka, at least, tried to make a contest of Tuesday's proceedings by declaring on 335 for four – to leave the Tigers a target of 268 in under 40 overs. The visitors failed to take the bait, though, instead batting out the draw in the wake of Jahurul Islam's dogged 41 not out.

Rahim was named Man of the Match for his 200, completed on Monday. The second and final Test gets underway at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.

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