Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladeshi to 5,000 test runs as he hit a patient 105, his eighth century.
Together with Tamim Iqbal, who retired hurt on 133 the day before and couldn’t add to his score on Wednesday, Mushfiqur and Liton Das’ 88 helped Bangladesh notch 465 and eclipse Sri Lanka’s 397.
Mushfiqur was 15 runs short of the 5,000-run milestone when play resumed and he hit the mark, in his 81st test, with two runs to fine leg off pace bowler Asitha Fernando.
“It’s nice feat to get finally,” Mushfiqur said. “But it’s not the end. I hope the legacy will be continued. I believe there are junior players, like Mahmudul Hasan, will get 8,000 or 10,000 test runs in future.”
Vishwa Fernando’s concussion sub, Kasun Rajitha, struck twice in the first two balls of the post-lunch session. He first removed Liton, whose 88 from 189 balls included 10 boundaries.
That brought an end to the 165-run partnership between him and Mushfiqur.
Tamim came back after cramps on Tuesday, and 19 runs from the 5,000 mark, but was out trying to drive the first ball he faced. Rajitha registered a career-best 4-60.
Mushfiqur helped Bangladesh pass Sri Lanka’s total and reached his century off 270 balls, glancing Asitha Fernando for a fourth boundary through fine leg. It was Mushfiqur’s slowest century in terms of balls faced.
While Mushfiqur moved slowly, Shakib Al Hasan tried to up the pace but he top-edged a delivery from Asitha to the wicketkeeper on 25.
Asitha finished with 3-72.
Mushfiqur followed Shakib soon after and the tailenders couldn’t produce any resistance. No. 10 Shoriful Islam retired hurt.
“Only in Bangladesh, I have seen that people compare me to Don Bradman when I score a century, but then when I don’t score runs I feel like digging a role for myself,” Mushfiqur Rahim added.