New Delhi: The Galle Test match that concluded in a draw on Tuesday was notable for several reasons, but the one that it will perhaps find a place in the record books for is being just the second instance in Test history where eight centuries were scored in five days. Kumar Sangakkara (twice), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillkaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Ashraful, and Nasir Hossain all recorded three figures in a dull Test in which 1543 runs were scored for the loss of just 18 wickets.
This marked only the second time that a Test match included eight centurions. The first was at St John's in April 2005 when AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince, Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo each scored hundred in another high-scoring stalemate.
Sangakkara (142), Thirimanne (155*) and Chandimal (116*) drove Sri Lanka to 570 for 4 declared; Ashraful (190), Mushfiqur (200) and Hossain (100) helped Bangladesh surpass that with 638; and Sangakkara (126) and Dilshan (105) hit centuries as Sri Lanka made 335 for 4 declared in the second innings.
After these two matches, there have been six instances of a Test match seeing seven centuries scored.