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Jayawardene surpassed Border and Chanderpaul to become the sixth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket history
Sri Lanka veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene added to Bangladesh’s misery on the third day of the first Test in Mirpur as he scored an unbeaten double century.
Jayawardene’s double century proved to be a historic one as well as he moved past the legendary Allan Border and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to become the sixth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket history.
Jayawardene was well supported by batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage, who scored a magnificent century, and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 86.
Starting out the day on 375/5, Jayawardene and Mathews amassed a brilliant 179-run partnership, during which Jayawardene brought up his century and Mathews his half-century, before Mathews was caught by Marshall Ayub at short mid-on off the bowling of Sohag Gazi.
Mathews’ fantastic knock of 86 came off 162 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.
From that point on, it was all Sri Lanka as Jayawardene and Vithanage assembled an unbeaten 176-run partnership, during which Jayawardene registered his seventh double century and Vithanage his maiden Test century, before Mathews decided to declare on 730/6.
Jayawardene finished on 203 off 272 balls, which included 16 boundaries and four sixes, while Vithanage remained undefeated on 103 off 104 deliveries, which included 12 boundaries and two maximums.
Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with three wickets, while Gazi snapped up two and Al-Amin Hossain chipped in with one.
Trailing by 498 runs, Bangladesh got off to an awful start as opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was brilliantly caught at point by Dilruwan Perera off the bowling of Rangana Herath for 11.
Ayub and Shamsur Rahman put together a 20-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.
Ayub finished on 11 off 14 balls, which included two boundaries, while Rahman remained unbeaten on nine off 22 deliveries, which included one boundary.
Herath was the only Sri Lankan bowler to pick up a wicket.
Bangladesh ended the day on 35/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.