Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 2nd day January 28, 2014

Silva ton powers SL into lead

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Sri Lanka 375 for 5 (Silva 139, Sangakkara 75, Karunaratne 53) lead Bangladesh 232 by 143 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka strengthened their grip on the Test through steady accumulation, aided by a series of let-offs that allowed Kaushal Silva score his maiden Test century. Bangladesh needed to grasp all opportunities given their first-innings score of 232 that appeared inadequate after the opening day, but their performance in the field failed to complement the efforts of their seamers, particularly Al-Amin Hossain, who toiled with little luck. Sri Lanka stretched their lead to 143 and focused on grinding out the opposition to a position which would give them the luxury of batting just once.

Silva displayed one of his biggest strengths - patience, and his ability to occupy the crease would have been deflating enough for Bangladesh, if the three let-offs weren't bad enough. Silva's stint could have ended on 39 - he went on to add exactly 100 more, by which time he had already shared two century stands, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Kumar Sangakkara.

Bangladesh picked up only one wicket over the first two sessions, that of Karunaratne, but they ought to have seen the back of the other opener as well. To Bangladesh's credit though, they created opportunities in an overcast morning session that assisted their seamers.

The unluckiest bowler of the morning was Al-Amin, who was let down by a combination of poor catching - his captain one of the culprits - and the misfortune of his back foot hitting the stump on his delivery stride. Silva had his first life on 39 when he was squared up by Al-Amin's probing line outside off and edged to the keeper Mushfiqur Rahim who grassed a straightforward take. Silva added one more to his score when he edged Al-Amin again to Rahim, who took it cleanly. The batsman, who had started walking, was asked to wait by the umpires who referred the verdict to the third umpire. Al-Amin's front foot was behind the popping crease but unfortunately, his back foot knocked the bail down before delivery and as per the recent amendment to the laws, it was declared a no-ball.

Silva escaped again, on 42, when he drove Al-Amin away from the body and edged low to Shamsur Rehman, who failed to catch it to his right at gully. Aside from those let-offs, Silva played some attractive shots, like when he lofted the offspinner Sohag Gazi down the ground and brought up his fifty with a boundary off a paddle sweep in the same over.

Sri Lanka consolidated their position in the morning session with periods of watchful play, but after lunch, they added 98 without any further loss of wickets. There were more overs of spin post lunch, but Gazi and Shakib were, at times, guilty of dropping the ball too short. Shakib got away with one when Karunaratne punched a short one straight to cover, against the run of play, but Sangakkara ensured he found the gaps at cover.

Sangakkara brought up the fifty stand with Silva with a glorious cover drive off Rubel but perhaps his most effortless shot of the day was a defensive push off Robiul Islam that sneaked past the stumps at the other end and beat two fielders chasing.

Silva's knock post lunch was relatively chanceless, though he had a close call on 98 when a ripper from Shakib turned, bounced and beat the edge and the stumps. He pulled a couple of freebies from Shakib down the leg side to head into the 90s and he reached the landmark with a similar pull off Shakib to the fine leg boundary. Silva punched the air as soon as he found the gap and the relief was palpable, considering he failed to achieve three-figures after making 95 and 81 recently against Pakistan.

The new ball, taken after tea, was Bangladesh's best hope of picking up wickets. Rahim brought back his best bowler, Al-Amin, and the ploy worked in getting rid of Sangakkara. A set Sangakkara, who batted with ease against the spinners, was all at sea against Al-Amin's nagging line across the left-hander, and was squared up twice in an over. The exasperated seamer smiled at his own predicament, but his luck finally changed when Sangakkara played a loose cut and edged to first slip where Nasir Hossain juggled it twice and held the catch one-handed on the third attempt, with the second slip fielder waiting to pluck the rebound. The catch was a relief following the earlier sloppiness.

Al-Amin bowled a shorter length to Silva with two men in the deep for the pull, but he didn't get drawn into the trap. Silva was let off once more, on 129, when he edged Shakib to Rahim who failed to get his glove on the ball. Silva aggravated the pain with a six and a four off the following balls, making Shakib kick the air in frustration. Fortunately for Bangladesh, they saw the back of Silva in the same over when he was trapped lbw.

Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal batted aggressively to stretch the lead. Jayawardene used his feet to the spinners and played his signature glides and nudges behind the wicket while Chandimal charged the spinners with sixes down the ground. Bangladesh picked up two late wickets but they still have a deep batting line-up to contend with, and a set Jayawardene. A better fielding effort on the third day will help limit the damage.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Yousafahmed11 on January 29, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Forget about the runrate against Pakistan. That was our tactics. We decided for a draw to win the series even before the match. Because Pakistan are far better team than us. We are playing very well against the team with same strength now. Our mediocre batsmen can pile up runs and school level bowlers are able to get wickets against BD. So, we can score in good runrate.

  • on January 29, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    This is getting difficult to watch. The Sri Lanakans are scoring at wil; the BD bowlers are totally ineffective. Its past midnight where I am. I think I will just go off to bed.Hard to see my guys getting creamed.

  • on January 29, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Great viratkholi : :) India no 1 in all formats? are u out of mind. Test : SA ODI : AUS T20 : SL

    Check your stats before posting bro :)

  • MichaelBurton on January 29, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    @chirag23: There is a reason for that. We are a giant in cricket world and a world beater. We are at the top of the rankings in all formats. Yet, we are a minnow in fast bouncy conditions and get humiliated by even No. 8 team. That may be the reason for Lankans to play with Ban, probably a better oponent than overhyped giants.

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Silva is a superb find for Sri Lanka. He has the correct technique and temperament for an opening batman. He has been playing superbly for last 3 games against much stronger and recognised side(Pakistan). He was denied a century in last 3 attempts. He was dismissed in nineties. You can understand why the guy was over the moon when he reached his hundred finally. Congratulations Silva!

  • chirag23 on January 29, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    It still not understood that why the likes of Sanga and Mahela Keeps onplaying against minnows like bangladesh? they just keeps on piling runs against sides like this which benefits only thier CV and not the Sri Lankan team....

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    shahzan - its his maiden century so he don't care which bowling attack it is, also he scored really well against Pakistan as well so I don't see any different

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    K.Silva jumping in the air is beyond my understanding. Scoring a hundred against BD is not a thing to be proud of. Instead he should have just shyly smiled. But by looking at his photo seems he has scored 100 either the best bowling attack of Pakistan or South Africa.

  • Yuosufahmed on January 29, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome: You will be amaized by SL run rate closer to 3.5 if you compare with the runrates of the series of our Ind/SA and Aus/Eng which are less than 3 most of the time.

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @haiderpakawsome you're dumb. SL runrate is above 3 the entire match, very good for test cricket. The last ten overs almost 5 even! Wauw, they where killing BD! But still, this is test cricket. And Mathews needs to take a page out of Misbahs book and go tuk tuk style till SL reaches 700 odd runs

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 29, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Forget about the runrate against Pakistan. That was our tactics. We decided for a draw to win the series even before the match. Because Pakistan are far better team than us. We are playing very well against the team with same strength now. Our mediocre batsmen can pile up runs and school level bowlers are able to get wickets against BD. So, we can score in good runrate.

  • on January 29, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    This is getting difficult to watch. The Sri Lanakans are scoring at wil; the BD bowlers are totally ineffective. Its past midnight where I am. I think I will just go off to bed.Hard to see my guys getting creamed.

  • on January 29, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    @Great viratkholi : :) India no 1 in all formats? are u out of mind. Test : SA ODI : AUS T20 : SL

    Check your stats before posting bro :)

  • MichaelBurton on January 29, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    @chirag23: There is a reason for that. We are a giant in cricket world and a world beater. We are at the top of the rankings in all formats. Yet, we are a minnow in fast bouncy conditions and get humiliated by even No. 8 team. That may be the reason for Lankans to play with Ban, probably a better oponent than overhyped giants.

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Silva is a superb find for Sri Lanka. He has the correct technique and temperament for an opening batman. He has been playing superbly for last 3 games against much stronger and recognised side(Pakistan). He was denied a century in last 3 attempts. He was dismissed in nineties. You can understand why the guy was over the moon when he reached his hundred finally. Congratulations Silva!

  • chirag23 on January 29, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    It still not understood that why the likes of Sanga and Mahela Keeps onplaying against minnows like bangladesh? they just keeps on piling runs against sides like this which benefits only thier CV and not the Sri Lankan team....

  • on January 29, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    shahzan - its his maiden century so he don't care which bowling attack it is, also he scored really well against Pakistan as well so I don't see any different

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    K.Silva jumping in the air is beyond my understanding. Scoring a hundred against BD is not a thing to be proud of. Instead he should have just shyly smiled. But by looking at his photo seems he has scored 100 either the best bowling attack of Pakistan or South Africa.

  • Yuosufahmed on January 29, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome: You will be amaized by SL run rate closer to 3.5 if you compare with the runrates of the series of our Ind/SA and Aus/Eng which are less than 3 most of the time.

  • on January 29, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @haiderpakawsome you're dumb. SL runrate is above 3 the entire match, very good for test cricket. The last ten overs almost 5 even! Wauw, they where killing BD! But still, this is test cricket. And Mathews needs to take a page out of Misbahs book and go tuk tuk style till SL reaches 700 odd runs

  • Yuosufahmed on January 29, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome: You should compare the run rates of your Ind/SA series and Aus/Eng series. You will amaized by the run rate closer to 3.5 by SL in this match

  • ajithabey on January 29, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka will have to consolidate as they are only 143 ahead with 5 wickets standing. Hopefully they will not throw it away as they have done in the past. They need to get another 250 runs if they are to exert maximum pressure on the Bangladesh team. Silva deserves the hundred despite some dropped catches and it is a pity that Sanga could not carry on to get a big score. Mahela should be there till the end to consolidate the innings. It is also refreshing to see that SL have found a good set of opening batsmen and opening bowlers and the selectors should persist with them as long as they show application and consistency.

  • RedGreenTiger on January 29, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu Our BD team is highly inconsistent, showing great performances one day, and laughable performances the next. But Shakib has been the one constant. Even if he played for another country, he would still deliver and do the job.

  • sdesilva on January 29, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    @Dutugemunu, your comments on Shakib seem a tad unfair. If you remember, thats exactly what many were saying about Murali. We dont have an allrounder of his ability yet either although hopefully Dilruwan can fill this gap.

    This BD side has plenty of potential but may lack the mental strength to compete for extensive periods in test cricket. They will eventually get there just like we did ourselves in the late 90s

  • shan_abc on January 29, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: I assume you are SL too as I am. Isn't that how Murali climbed the rankings in the 90's too (or Herath nowadays)? There were no other bowlers that took wickets consistently enough, so most batsmen fell to Muralis genius. In the same way Shakib is a class player. With or without others performing, these guys will always shine. The only difference is Shakib would be in the winning side more often, if his team had better support in batting/bowling.

  • on January 29, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    Well played Kaushal - and SLC please drop Chandimal from the test side he plays one day cricket in tests !

  • on January 29, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Chandimal used his feet well this time! The ball he got out was perfect. He still reached out fully. Good job, Keep it up!

  • Legaleagle on January 28, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    Inshallah Bangladesh will be defeated comprehensively.

  • Htc-Android on January 28, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee. Thats why u should never underestimate any bowlers. Eranga is the most promising fast bowler in SL. He is the only bowler to take a wicket in his very 1st over in all 3 formats. He is improving day by day.

  • Htc-Android on January 28, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Problem with BD is their batting and their fielding. They have talented young players, but they lack patience. If you compare the how SL approached the innings and BD innings then you will find the difference. BD probably has the fielding units in world cricket. They dropped some catches in the 1st innings. If they correct these issues, then they can be a good test side at home conditions.

  • Haiderpakawsome on January 28, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    typical negative tactics from SL.

    Slow run rate to ensure BD bowlers get tired. When BD would be in their 2nd innings SL would start bowling at their best, i.e. negative bowling round the wicket pitching 1 ft outside leg with all the fielders on ON side.

    They are trying the same tactics as they had done with Pak. I am sure the result would be similar. BD would come back strong. Go tigers go.....

  • kandykolla on January 28, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    To keep test cricket alive and competitive I think BD should be demoted ( So, they can more focus on one days and T-20) and for test cricket, England and Aussie ladies must be promoted compete with the rest of the men. They are powerful lasses you know !!!

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on January 28, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    3 - 5 opportunities not going BD's way today - compared to 1 not going SL's way yesterday, and some wrong decisions favoring SL as well. Not using these as excuses but merely pointing out that the results could be different had the above been more balanced. We got 5, we can get 5 more. Congrats to Al-Amin for some solid bowling and Kusal for his maiden ton, he played very well and luck favored him.

  • on January 28, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Very good SL, but let's not count the chickens before they hatch. A few months ago, NZ had a good start and BD came back. In the second test BD was all out for 283 but came back with a 271/3 and the match was drawn. The series continued where NZ and BD drew in both test matches and then BD white washed NZ in ODI. Now SL is a different team, they know how to play spin in the sub-continent.I hope as a Bangladeshi, this team will bounce back.

  • gagagaga on January 28, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    Good to see the 'Fatten my avg cup' has come around again. Just the 5 test series this time?

    Hail the great Sir Lankan batsmen

  • on January 28, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    BD is still a relative new comer to test cricket. They have few good players but they need to play more test cricket to master the art of playing test cricket. They need to curb their aggression and learn to occupy the crease without worrying about run rates. Same goes for their fans. Just read a few posts here you can see how they worry about run rates. If you are worrying about the rates then you are watching a different game. It's not test cricket! BD fans the essence of test cricket is all about patience and being able occupy the crease and accumulate runs like what silva did earlier on today.

  • on January 28, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Lots of thing is happening outside cricket for Bangladeshi players. It is not easy for them to concentrate and perform as it is the most difficult format of the game. I hope they will show their true potential and fight till death. Plan and execute . just do that

  • Dhutugemunu on January 28, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Once again Shakib is shining. He is the only International Player among bunch of mediocre Club level players (in BD test side). This is why Shakib is among the current best all-rounders in Tests or ODIs. He scores runs and he takes wickets for BD. Others don't score or don't take wickets. So Shakib gets more points. Ranking goes up. No offense. But, if Shakib was playing for another country he is not going to get that much rating points. Coz in other teams there are real top order batsmen who scores and recognized bowlers who take wickets unlike BD.

  • Solid_Snake on January 28, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    What a gem SL found out...Silva is just too good..The way he played against Pakistan..Amazing..And now continuing his great from against BD..

  • Fogu on January 28, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Thank you Yorkslanka. I agree with you however I am hoping BD can bat in the second innings like they did in SL and wrest a draw out of this test. SL bowling has impressed me. Not only here, they were good against PK in UAE as well. SL seems to have gotten past their adjustment period and are now primed to ascend the ranking. Go Tigers!

  • Independent_fan on January 28, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Bangladesh is a competitive ODI team. When it comes to test, they have decent bowlers and batsman with talent. Lacking patience in batting and poor fielding seem to be major weaknesses. It would have been a different situation if SL played against better fielding side. Inconsistency is a big challenge for Sri Lanka in most instances.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 28, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Bangladesh has no chance of a win. The only hope is for a draw but knowing how our batsman can play, I pretty much doubt they'll be able to do it. If they can then that clearly shows progression but just have to wait till then. But what I don't understand is how they are struggling against Sri Lankan pacers when they did well against New Zealand pacers??? Rahim should bat at 3 and the useless Marshall and Rubel need to be removed from the side for good.

  • i_golam on January 28, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Morning session will be the key for BD in this test / Couple of early wickets & then BD are in the match again / .... Nothing impossible in cricket //

  • yorkslanka on January 28, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    A good day for Sri Lanka and we are heading towards a decent lead. Bangladesh need to temper their aggression when batting in tests. I do like them as a team and think, like we did, will win a limited over WC within the next ten years if played in Asian conditions...good luck to Bangladesh for the future but I hope my team wins this series 2-0.

  • amilag on January 28, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    SL test team getting better and better. They will become force to recon in test arena in near future.

  • sandeep33 on January 28, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    bangaladesh is not yet matured to play test,,this team lacks tempermnt,patience,,first they need to study the basics of test crickt rather than approaching the game as limited ovrs

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on January 28, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Compare Sl top-order approach and Bd top-order approach - huge difference. One played proper test cricket batting with patience right temperment , the other tried to play t-20/odi . It seems when Bd prepares for t20 wc they play t20 in all formats and when they prepare for test they play test in all formats . Sl seems promising and hope they soon become the very strong Sl team that they used to be in past. Bd should never play Rubel hossain in Test and they should find couple of more effective ballers otherwise test would be very difficult for them no matter how they are in batting. Shakib seems to me the only effective test baller in Bd. Bd batting is okay although very inconsistent but I believe once they find couple of effective ballers they would be okay in test.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on January 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    I'm really impressed with Al-Amin. He has a nice action.Given enough experience,he will become a front-line seamer for BD. Good luck.

  • bootlicker on January 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    I am a total outsider and a England supporter and not supporting neither of above teams. I would like to make one comment on Sameer Jayasinghe's post. Sanga is a wonderful batsman and what you claimed is absolutely right but as you very correctly said Mahela is the most gifted batsman. Only correction I want to make is Sanga can't do what Mahela can do especially in ODI s and T20, but in contrast Mahela can do anything and everything Sanga will do in any format. As far as the consistency is concerned Sanga is marginally ahead of Mahela but Mahela has a variety of shots, nice dabs, late cuts so on and so forth but Sanga doesn't have any of those. He is purely a copy book batsman.

  • on January 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    mahela looking for another century in 2014 good luck mahela

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 28, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    congrates silva for your hundred !!happy with lions performance.although the extreme failour karunaratne failed again to score a hundred even against weak bowling.i think sri should bat out tomorrow and bowled BD out in 4th day.i smell an easy win for lions.

  • on January 28, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    tomorrow I hope Anji will bat with q better strike rate, century off 300 balls won't do anything for the team, Anji , Mahela and Dilruwan isn't he key, if they can score some fast runs we can go for an innings win

  • Fogu on January 28, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Seamers (3 frontline)= 204 runs of 56 overs, 1 wickets, average 204.00 This story would have been very different if chances off Al-Amin were taken. He was extremely unlucky. He bowled really well and created many chances. I do agree about Rubel. I am not sure why he is in the team consistently. We need to cut the chord with him until he develops better control. He was picked due to his ODI performance against NZ similar to Hafeez in PK. Both decisions were wrong. Robiul is coming of an injury but was economical. We do not have wealth of fast bowling talent to pick from but I am sure we can do better than Rubel. However, I am not too hard on BD regarding fast bowling. IN with 1B people over the last 80+ years has not produced a decent fast bowler except for Kapil Dev and Zaheer.

  • Sinhaya on January 28, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    First session tomorrow will decide if Bangladesh is in this game or not. They musy get Mahela and Mathews out and then the rest are vulnerable. If Sri Lanka passes 450, signs will be worrisome for Bangladesh. Had they held on to the catches today, not sure if SL would have been 6 or 7 down by curtains today.

    As for SL, hope Vithanage scores a ton ideally and cements his place. So far Dilruwan Perera has not been effective as a bowler and we may regret dropping Senanayake. Good luck to both teams tomorrow and looking forward to seeing a day of exciting test cricket tomorrow. Thanks to the people of Bangladesh for giving our boys fully tight security.

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I think, Kanishkaa, the word 'sloppiness' was awfully well-chosen. Bangladesh consistently showed their lack of regular play at this level of cricket - sloppy choice of shots by the batsmen, sloppy mindset in having only one way and one speed they can bat, sloppy line and length from the bowlers, sloppy fielding ... It's a situation that can only be addressed in two ways - Bangla need much more Test cricket, and their batsmen need to learn that a side that only knows one way to bat is nowhere near a serious Test team. The first is not in Bangla's control, but the second most definitely is.

  • Lakpj on January 28, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Chandimal threw his wicket again. But generally SL had a good day if they can score another 100 in the morning session tomorrow and after that they can try to get as much as possible in the afternoon session. Mahela and Mathews would be the key. Bangladesh need early wickets otherwise they might be in for another long day.

  • on January 28, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Seamers (3 frontline)= 204 runs of 56 overs, 1 wickets, average 204.00 Spinners (2 frontline)= 163 runs of 52.2 overs, 4 wickets, average 40.75

    Can anyone tell me why taking 3 frontline seamers on bangladeshi wicket, none of whom can bat? one of them has an career average of 76 per wicket playing more than 18 test matches, another is a debutant. And bowling them more than the spinners? 2 frontline spinner only without the likes of mahmudullah riyad who could even bat??

    Our seamers cannot contain the opposition in pace friendly wickets abroad, how come they are picked in 3s time and time again in dead surfaces like in Dhaka?

    Please explain this to me, what logic goes around in the team selection process.

    How are we going to improve faster? I know we have improved big time as a batting unit. But bowling? Please lets admit the truth and start sticking with 1 seamer and 4 spinner combination, otherwise bring on someone like Syed Russel, who can do the containing job from on end.

  • NALINWIJ on January 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    After a dumb defensive effort against Pakistan, Sri Lanka has Mahela, Mathews, Vithanage and Dilruwan to stretch the lead past 300 and declare late tomorrow and go for a win. Bangaladesh has wasted a seaming pitch with their fielding while Lakmal and Eranga out performed them with fielders out performing Bangaladesh who may have talent but little idea of professional grit.

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Common BD fans enjoy cricket ... winning is not only thing to enjoy....

  • on January 28, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Muhammad Jesus - DRS is a must for Test Cricket, it's BCB's fault so don't blame anyone else

  • Blade-Runner on January 28, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Congratz to King Sanga for his 10000 test runs at no.3 , Kaushal for his well deserved maiden century 'n Al-Amin Hossain for his first test wicket ( he will be able to brag about it coz it was the wicket of legendary Sanga ).

    I think we should bat tomorrow about 70 more overs and set up a lead of 350-400 runs. Its very important not to lose any wickets before the lunch as it will allow us to score at a higher rate after the lunch.

    I'm sure that BD batsmen will give their best to avoid an innings defeat. So, I'm expecting them to put up a fight which will make this match more interesting.

    I'm eagerly waiting to see another classy,elegant Mahela-100 !! :)

    LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    very well played Sri lanka and thank you for everything

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 28, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Horrendous keeping and fielding performance by the Bangladeshi boys , hope they will concentrate more in the field. Good luck boys

  • sachinssnn on January 28, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Come on SLCB & selectors or whatever...put Kaushal on for ODIs...he will be a perfect no 3...remove that Lahiru...very negative player...curse 4 the team i guess...my opinion though...

  • BhaskarHajong on January 28, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    What it take to be a world beaters. BD have the best batsmen, bowler, and ofcourse the best fielders! :-P

  • jerryman on January 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    SL will need to get another 150-180 runs and take lead to 300+ . This will put some pressure back on the BD team .. Build the pressure and go for the kill ..

  • Samin on January 28, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    @Jadejafan No. A team doesn't need top quality players mainly. What it needs that each player's ability to perform a match-winning performance. BD has it. For Example: Whitewash of NZ :)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 28, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Congratulations to Sangakkara for his double ton! Well played old man. Also, good ton by Chandimal and Karunaratne.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    All the match officials are from India, ENG, and AUS with no DRS system. Bangladesh cannot expect a fair game here. Few LBWs were not given today and few LBWs were given yesterday against BD. what are they trying to do in here?

  • yohandf on January 28, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    SL should feel ok with batting effort but Chandimal wasted an opportunity to score big . When you are in you need to maximize like Kaushal did today well played for his first ton . SL can only be satisfied with a total excess of 500 and we will see it tomorrow . Bangladesh bowlers were not bad but fielders did not support them .Al amin can be a good bowler . Bangladesh need to get remaining 5 wickets as early to get in to game .

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Obviously Mahela is the most gifted and natural talented batsman between the senior duo. But Kumar Sangakkara is the more hardworking and determined one. It was not an easy path he had to take to become one of the modern legends of the game.

    Adjusted his techniques several times, worked in his weaknesses, even adjusted his batting stance and hence became one of the most reliable and consistent batsmen the world has ever seen. The way he adapted to T20 cricket was fantastic to watch although it is not his natural game. His position today in modern cricket is not merely a gift but a result of endless trying. He would always be remembered above Mahela although he is less gifted than the latter.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    what was the point of having one extra bowler and one less batsman? Is Rubel hussain related to anyone in the BCB selectors panel? Forhad Reza has been doing well in first class consistently and never gets a chance but Rubel has an avergae of 80 runs per wicket yet he always gets a chance? playing with the 7 batsmen is not a good idea BD.

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    such negative tactics agian from mattews sending lakmal as nightwatchme.... so pooor..

  • on January 28, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    happy to see chandimal scoring freely. he has to convert 40's to 100's but still satisfy with his effort! that ball is brillient! kausha silva the next big thing of Sl test cricket! this guy is very steady! love o have him top of the order! dimuth did well! sanga not his best but ok..mahela going well! if kithruwan failed from next tour roshen de silva should include

  • asiacricket1234 on January 28, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Well an Innings defeat is on the way. Mahela will score a 100 tomorrow and than we will have a 300+ lead in front of us and than we will lose by an Innings. Some common names are here showing their Joy about our performance. Good to see you guys having good time. None of the BD fan claimed that we can beat SL in test so stop saying that. SL is far better team than us. Anyway not looking forward to next 2 days. Im pretty sure this test wont go to 5th day

  • anver777 on January 28, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    A well deserved maiden century by the "pocket size" Kaushal Silva !!!!! SL had found a sound test player & hope he will continue for sometime !!!!!

  • Cricsnake on January 28, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Silva played brilliantly. Both openers did their job very well. Anyway I expected a century from Sanga. But he also batted quite well. It's mayyas turn now. Chandi and others can join the party later. BD hardly need good pacers. They should get a quality fast bowling coach from Pakistan or SA. Spinners alone cannot pick wcikets and they need assistance from quality quicks. Best wishes to both teams.

  • Jadejafan on January 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Major problem with Bangladesh is that they only have 1 top quality player whereas most of the other teams have on average 3-4 of them.

  • on January 28, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    i feel weird whenever BD fans pump up on a single victory once in a while and say mighty words about em selves.. what a disgrace to cricket they are.. i still remember how proud that jerk nasir hussein becomes on certain ocasions with no records in hand no wins nothing significant ! what a shame.. they should think beofre saying anything big in future

  • iemerald on January 28, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    why is this match relegated from the main page. is bangladesh or sri lanka insignificant. there is a whole load on england though.

  • Pran_BD on January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    wanatawu, Please do it if you can. Yes Bangladesh is a new team but you have no right to tell like this. Please don't forget about the early days of Srilanka in test arena.

  • yorkslanka on January 28, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Well done to Silva on his ton, great to see him get over the line this time after a number of big scores without getting the ton. Good to see youngsters standing up to be counted..keep going Sri Lanka. Expecting a 2-0 win in tests...

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Muhammad mamza . You didnt win the Test Series you guys must happy at least you drew the match. it was your home ground.and we are proud about it.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I have to say only one thing for this tournament. Even SL wins 2-0 with Mahela,Sanga,Hearth it's more disgrace than 1-1 with youngsters like Kusal,Ashan,Chathuragana de silva,Tharindu Kaushal. What's d point of getting 2-0 even can't win a series against at least PAK,NZ with full team. What's d point if Sanga get 200+ without getting even 100 in at least one innings of PAK tour. if youngsters employed atleast we could gain some thing 4 future. Finally i wish Dimuth,Kaushal,Kithruwan to get their 1st 100 while Chandi to gain good form.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @Chathura Lakmal Don't forget last test against Pakistan....Lolzzz

  • wanatawu on January 28, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Relax guys I see they up it its 3.5, so its improving. But is still its unfair to bat @ under 5.5 runs even in tests against Bangladesh.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @wanatuwu: this test cricket! 3.11 Is aver decent rate. There's another 3.5 days to go. SL nenes get to about 500 in two days.

  • SandipManjrekar on January 28, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    10 k at no. 3 position. Hearty congrats to Big Sanga!! 2nd batsmen after Dravid!! Well played!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @wanatawu : thats why it is called as Test.. this is not ODI or T20. That is the Average Run rate of a Test Macth. if you cant watch BD loosing..go watch India vs NZ

  • wanatawu on January 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    With is up with Sri Lanka's slow scoring rate in the last couple of tests, 2.4?

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  • wanatawu on January 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    With is up with Sri Lanka's slow scoring rate in the last couple of tests, 2.4?

  • on January 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @wanatawu : thats why it is called as Test.. this is not ODI or T20. That is the Average Run rate of a Test Macth. if you cant watch BD loosing..go watch India vs NZ

  • SandipManjrekar on January 28, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    10 k at no. 3 position. Hearty congrats to Big Sanga!! 2nd batsmen after Dravid!! Well played!!

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @wanatuwu: this test cricket! 3.11 Is aver decent rate. There's another 3.5 days to go. SL nenes get to about 500 in two days.

  • wanatawu on January 28, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Relax guys I see they up it its 3.5, so its improving. But is still its unfair to bat @ under 5.5 runs even in tests against Bangladesh.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @Chathura Lakmal Don't forget last test against Pakistan....Lolzzz

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on January 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    I have to say only one thing for this tournament. Even SL wins 2-0 with Mahela,Sanga,Hearth it's more disgrace than 1-1 with youngsters like Kusal,Ashan,Chathuragana de silva,Tharindu Kaushal. What's d point of getting 2-0 even can't win a series against at least PAK,NZ with full team. What's d point if Sanga get 200+ without getting even 100 in at least one innings of PAK tour. if youngsters employed atleast we could gain some thing 4 future. Finally i wish Dimuth,Kaushal,Kithruwan to get their 1st 100 while Chandi to gain good form.

  • on January 28, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Muhammad mamza . You didnt win the Test Series you guys must happy at least you drew the match. it was your home ground.and we are proud about it.

  • yorkslanka on January 28, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Well done to Silva on his ton, great to see him get over the line this time after a number of big scores without getting the ton. Good to see youngsters standing up to be counted..keep going Sri Lanka. Expecting a 2-0 win in tests...

  • Pran_BD on January 28, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    wanatawu, Please do it if you can. Yes Bangladesh is a new team but you have no right to tell like this. Please don't forget about the early days of Srilanka in test arena.