Sri Lanka enforce surprise declaration

In an unexpected move, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews decided to declare the second innings with his team 267 ahead less than half an hour before the scheduled tea break. Kithuruwan Vithanage, who had to wait till the fifth afternoon for his first chance to bat on debut, helped himself to a brisk fifty. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara both fell after scoring centuries on a benign track.

It was a surprise declaration, considering that Bangladesh have just a session to bat out. If there is absolutely no chance of a result, the captains have the option of calling it off an hour before stumps. A draw was still the most likely outcome.

Sangakkara scored his second century of the match, Dilshan helped himself to one too after missing out on the first innings, increasing the match century tally to eight, equaling the world record set by West Indies and South Africa in Antigua in 2005. The fifth-day pitch was so flat, they might as well have been batting on the swanky Southern Expressway a short distance from the ground. Read more
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