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Runs fest ends in draw

GALLE – Kumar Sangakkara became the fifth Sri Lankan to score a century in each innings of a Test as the series opener with Bangladesh in Galle ended in a draw today.

Sangakkara followed his first-innings 142 with a knock of 105 second time around to help Sri Lanka to a declaration at 335-4 at tea on the final day.

That left Bangladesh an unlikely target of 268 in 37 overs and they declined to take up the challenge, instead easing to 70-1 before a draw was agreed.

Tillakaratne Dilshan also recorded a century as Sri Lanka, on 116-1 overnight, batted on throughout the first two sessions.

Dilshan advanced to his 16th Test hundred from 139 balls, including eight fours, and was soon followed to the same landmark by Sangakkara, in his case for the 32nd time, taking the total of centuries scored in the match to eight.

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