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Centuries galore in drawn match

Galle: Bangladesh drew the high-scoring first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday to snap their 12-Test losing streak against the islanders.

Chasing an improbable 268-run victory target with just one session and 37 overs left, Bangladesh were 70 for one wicket in 22 overs when the teams agreed to a draw after five days of batting dominance on a placid track.

Only 19 wickets fell in the Test while eight centuries were scored, equalling the record set in the 2005 South Africa vs West Indies Test at Antigua. The 1613 runs scored by both teams also made it the highest match-aggregate in a Test in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored his country's maiden Test double century, was named Man of the Match.

Colombo hosts the second and final Test from Saturday.

Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara (105) helped himself to his second century of the match while Tillekaratne Dilshan (126) also joined the list of centurions before Sri Lanka declared their second innings on 335 for four at tea.

Sangakkara completed his 32nd Test hundred shortly before lunch to become the fifth Sri Lankan — after Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva (twice) and Dilshan — to have scored centuries in both innings of a Test match.