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Cricket: Sangakkara, Dilshan excel in drawn eight-ton Test

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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara completed his second century of the match before the opening Test against Bangladesh ended in a tame draw on the fifth and final day in Galle on Tuesday.

Sangakkara cracked a solid 105 and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan an impressive 126 as Sri Lanka declared their second innings at 335-4 at tea to set Bangladesh an improbable 268-run victory target in the last session.

The tourists finished at 70-1 in their second innings.

The flat track at the Galle International Stadium produced eight centuries, equalling the record of most tons in a Test, set during the West Indies-South Africa match at Antigua in 2005.

"The draw is huge and it was also the first time we took the lead against Sri Lanka," said Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who was named 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."

Sri Lanka added 219 to their overnight total of 116-1 for the loss of three wickets, with debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage (59) and skipper Angelo Mathews (38 not out) being the other main scorers.

Sangakkara completed his 32nd century, the highest by a Sri Lankan in Tests, with a single off off-spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah. He hit 10 fours in his 172-ball knock.

The former captain, who scored a brilliant 142 in the first innings, also became the fifth Sri Lankan to make a century in each innings of a Test after Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva and Dilshan.

"It was disappointing not to win the match. It was hard work for the bowlers, but the batsmen batted really well," said Sri Lanka skipper Mathews.

"The batters would have loved to bat for another two days on this pitch. We have a couple days to freshen up and I look forward to the next game."

Dilshan, 63 overnight, played some good shots in the opening session and reached his 16th Test hundred when he turned left-arm spinner Elias Sunny to square-leg for a single.

Dilshan and Sangakkara fell in the space of 19 runs after lunch, but not before putting on 213 for the second wicket.

Sangakkara, 49 overnight, was caught by Jahurul Islam off Mahmudullah at short mid-wicket, while Dilshan was caught by Abul Hasan at deep square-leg off the same bowler after hitting nine fours in his 190-ball knock.

Bangladesh also put in a solid batting performance in the match as they posted their highest Test total of 638 in their first innings on Monday in reply to Sri Lanka's 570-4 declared.

Rahim top-scored with 200, the first Test double-century by a Bangladeshi batsman. Mohammad Ashraful (190) and Nasir Hossain (100) were the other main scorers.

The second and final Test starts in Colombo on Saturday.

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