Mohammad Ashraful targets Bangladesh Test milestone on Monday
Mohammad Ashraful is keen to make cricket history on Monday after reaching a milestone against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Last Updated: 10/03/13 3:43pm
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."