World famed Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scored his 5th Test century in the 2nd match of the two-match Joy Bangla Cup series against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Friday.
This is Shakib’s first Test century against Sri Lanka. He resumed his innings in the morning with an overnight score of 18 runs, hammered the polished ton of 116 runs off 159 balls featuring 10 boundaries to take 129 runs lead in the a first-innings, reports UNB.
The left-hand batsman demonstrated an outstanding batting display after an attacking but shaky start to reach his historic century.
He completed his ton in the 110.1 overs with a well-timed sweep off Dilruwan Perera bowling.
Three overs later, Shakib went down the wicket to charge a delivery of left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan but unfortunately was caught by Dinesh Chandimal at mid-on due to poor timing, leaving the team at 421/7 in 113.2 overs.
Before departure, the 29-year old experienced all-rounder built up a crucial partnership of 131 runs with debutant Mosaddek Hossain in 32.1 overs.
The duo started building up the partnership, record-breaking one for Bangladesh against any opponent in the 7th pair, after the departure of skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at 290/6 in 81.1 overs.
In 2013, Mohammad Ashraful and Musfqur Rahim shared a colossal partnership of 191 in the 6th wicket stand at the same venue against the same rival.
The Tiger all-rounder is also the second run scorer for Bangladesh in Test cricket scoring 3464 runs in 49th match, with the ongoing one, with an average of 41.23.
Apart from five centuries, he also hammered 21 half centuries.
Playing same number of matches, left-hand opener Tamim Iqbal is leading the table with 3595 runs.
Shakib scored two centuries against New Zealand, including a double ton, one against Pakistan and the other against Zimbabwe.