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Ashraful century leads Bangladesh fightback

Ashraful century leads Bangladesh fightback

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful struck his fifth test century Wednesday to lead the home side to 373 for six wickets in its chase of an improbable victory on the final day of the first test against Sri Lanka.
Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan put on a 112-run fifth wicket stand before the Bangladesh skipper was trapped lbw by Chaminda Vaas on 101 _ the only wicket to fall in the morning session after the hosts resumed at the overnight score of 254-5. Ashraful's knock included 16 boundaries
Hasan was 82 not out at lunch with Mushfiqur Rahim on 40 and Bangladesh still requiring 148 runs for victory.
Ashraful scored his fourth 100 against Sri Lanka since becoming the youngest test century-maker at Colombo on his international debut in 2001 at age 17.
Muttiah Muralitharan claimed three wickets Tuesday before an unbeaten 74-run sixth-wicket stand between Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan (34) boosted Bangladesh's chances by stumps on the fourth day. The hosts had been floundering at 150-4 at tea.
Earlier, Sri Lanka declared its second innings before lunch at 405-6, anchored by captain Mahela Jayawardene's 166.


Updated : 2021-04-19 03:12 GMT+08:00