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Mohammad Ashraful targets Bangladesh Test milestone on Monday

Mohammad Ashraful: Chasing first ever double ton on Monday

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Mohammad Ashraful is keen to make Bangladesh cricket history on Monday after reaching another milestone on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The experienced batsman is currently unbeaten on 189, having faced 398 balls and batting all day on Sunday.

The 28-year-old's previous highest best was 158 and the latest knock is the highest Test score ever made by a Bangladesh batsman.

By close on day three, Bangladesh reached 438-4 in replay to the hosts making 570-4 declared - lead of 132.

Ashraful said: "This is the first time I spent so much time in the nineties and I felt like batting all day.

"I made 35 runs in the second session today but it wasn't boring. I told myself that this is Test cricket.

"I enjoyed every moment of it. I am just thankful that they selected me. I am just 11 runs away. I want to be the first Bangladeshi to score a double-century."

Sri Lanka's coach Graham Ford added that there was still a lot of cricket to be played over the remaining two days.

He pointed out: "When we came to the ground this morning we were hoping for a better day.

"But all credit to Bangladesh and those two batsmen particularly, they batted superbly and played Bangladesh into a pretty strong position.

"It's up to us to break this partnership early in the morning and if we can get a couple of wickets the game can change quite quickly."