Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 1st day January 27, 2014

Quicks bundle Bangladesh out for 232

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Sri Lanka 60 for 0 trail Bangladesh 232 (Rahim 61, Eranga 4-49, Lakmal 3-66) by 172 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

If Sri Lanka arrived in Bangladesh having freshly learned about the perils of negative cricket in Sharjah, their hosts illustrated there is also danger in aggression. Having been asked to bat, Bangladesh lost their top four to intense seam-bowling before lunch, and though they mustered a better middle session through a rapid Shakib Al Hasan riposte and a more measured Mushfiqur Rahim resistance, callousness marked the tail-end of their surrender for 232 as well.

Five of Bangladesh's top eight had perished trying to take the bowlers on, when perhaps some circumspection was warranted on a Mirpur pitch that rewarded fast bowling more than usual. When Shakib and Mushfiqur had asked for a sporting surface before the game, they perhaps did not envision the frailty of their team's batting in such conditions would be so markedly exposed. By stumps, the Sri Lanka openers had trod a more secure path to 60.

Shaminda Eranga provided more proof of his ample potential as he led the Sri Lanka attack in spirit and method, bruising Bangladesh with a brace of sharp, short balls. His returns of 4 for 49 were the best in the innings and indeed, a statistical best for himself. Suranga Lakmal found success in imitating Eranga's preferred length in the innings, taking 3 for 66, while the spinners and Angelo Mathews provided able assistance, sharing three wickets between them.

Eranga had bowled balls moving both ways off the seam in the morning, but after his first bouncer leapt up to shoulder-height, he rarely let an over pass without aiming several at the body and the head. He should have had Tamim Iqbal for 6 in his fourth over, but Kaushal Silva at short-leg fumbled the take. He did not have to wait long, however. Next over Eranga baited Tamim into a hook and, failing to control the ball which had reached him at above head height, Tamim sent it off the top-edge to fine leg.

His next victim did not fall to a short ball, but perhaps the shot Shamsur Rahman played, to end a bright but streaky debut innings of 33, was a knock-on effect of the short barrage. Having ducked or weaved around several short ones in the over, Shamsur drove at one that was swinging away from him, and was caught by gully. At the other end, Angelo Mathews had nailed Marshall Ayub with an in-ducker, before Lakmal got Mominul Haque - also with a short ball - to have Bangladesh at 59 for 4.

Though they were on the ropes after the first session, Shakib thought his team would punch their way out of it. He dealt with the pace of the pitch and Sri Lanka's short balls better than anyone, murdering three off them to the square-leg fence. His audacity almost cost him his wicket three times but Shakib did not see it as cause to temper his advance, nor did it encourage Sri Lanka to press for his wicket. They put men back on the square fence and waited for his mistake, and it came after he had crossed 50. Rangana Herath - Sri Lanka's most expensive bowler of the day - beat Shakib's ambitious sweep with one that dipped and straightened.

Mushfiqur's progress was steadier and more secure. He fended away the short stuff and met moving deliveries with a dead bat, but as the pace in the pitch rewarded stroke-making as well, he was quick to climb into balls he fancied - particularly wide of offstump. Unsurprisingly, he also made the top score of 61, and was perhaps unlucky to be dismissed. Lakmal got one to move into him appreciably after tea, but the dual noise in the replay and Mushfiqur's surprise upon seeing the umpire's raised finger suggested he might have got an inside edge to the ball that struck him on the thigh.

The Sri Lanka spinners also found some assistance, but they were prevented from settling into a rhythm by Bangladesh's enterprising batting. Both Shakib and Sohag Gazi used their feet to Dilruwan Perera, and walloped him towards the sightscreen. Gazi's 42 from 56 effectively epitomised the Bangladesh batting effort: promising and fun to watch, but of no great substance in the end.

Eranga was most pumped up when he had Nasir Hossain leaping with an arched back, as the batsman attempted to avoid another bouncer and the ball clipped glove on the way through. Eranga came back to end the innings with a deserved fourth wicket.

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had no major scares during their 19-over unbroken association. Opening bowlers Robiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain were doughty, but unthreatening, failing to generate anywhere near the pace or lift Eranga had managed. Bangladesh's spinners looked more likely to make a breakthrough, particularly when Gazi was bowling to Karunaratne, but Sri Lanka were happy to head off five overs early when the light depleted, only 172 adrift of their opposition.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on January 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    One bad innigs...followed by 1 good opening partnership doesn't mean everything is over. Come on tigers show ur true color

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Will some body from Bangladesh throw light on the selection of Mohammad Rubel Hossain...with a strike rate of 117.9 and Avg of 78 in Tests and 93.4 and 62.92 in First Class Cricket his strike rate and average is worse than that of a club level player...are there no other pace bowlers ...a couple of quality pace bowlers will do wonders for Bangladesh cricket

  • maeen on January 28, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    It is not very often that BD can score more than 300 , rather it is usual score for them.Where they played a bad inning today hopefully they will do better in future.

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    I really miss the Banglawash :P lol

  • fjurang on January 28, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    67% of the total scored by Bangladesh in boundaries and 2 sixes thats shows how Bangladesh cricketers in a mighty hurry to score and they fell into Sri Lankans trap bowling short and let them play false strokes. Eranga and Lakmal bow very well and Bangladesh cricketers should blame for themselves. Test cricket is not sixes and fours and not playing to the crowd, its how to build a innings and put pressure on the opposition by putting up a good score. Bangladesh have been playing Test cricket for sometime still dont have mental experience in playing Test Cricket and will to build up a innnings by putting up a good score.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on January 28, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    I'm sure that all these negative comments are from Indians, and not from Pakistanis or Bangladeshi's. SL's have a much better relationship with Paki's and Bangal's unlike India. Who seems have to got into bad books of all cricket fans.

  • ajithabey on January 28, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka did well on the first day to restrict Bangladesh with their limited over approach to test cricket. Herath seems to be off colour and lacking in line,direction and length. Hopefully he will come back strongly in the second essay if Sri Lanka are to win this game. It was also refreshing to see the sri lankan openers bat sensibly in an orthodox manner unlike in previous years where it was all cowboy and slap bang cricket more suited for limited over cricket. Sri Lanka should consolidate today with sensible batting and get to about 350 today to force Bangladesh to struggle to save the game in the last 2 days.

  • sdesilva on January 28, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Where is Ashraful? Scores a century more often than not against us

  • Sudu_putha on January 28, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I think ICC should take BD test status... they should go and learn the game first...

  • hasa555 on January 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Caught another one. see the different of Blade-Runnar. Original - Blade-Runner Duplicate - Blade-Runnar(SL hater)

  • on January 28, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    One bad innigs...followed by 1 good opening partnership doesn't mean everything is over. Come on tigers show ur true color

  • on January 28, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Will some body from Bangladesh throw light on the selection of Mohammad Rubel Hossain...with a strike rate of 117.9 and Avg of 78 in Tests and 93.4 and 62.92 in First Class Cricket his strike rate and average is worse than that of a club level player...are there no other pace bowlers ...a couple of quality pace bowlers will do wonders for Bangladesh cricket

  • maeen on January 28, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    It is not very often that BD can score more than 300 , rather it is usual score for them.Where they played a bad inning today hopefully they will do better in future.

  • on January 28, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    I really miss the Banglawash :P lol

  • fjurang on January 28, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    67% of the total scored by Bangladesh in boundaries and 2 sixes thats shows how Bangladesh cricketers in a mighty hurry to score and they fell into Sri Lankans trap bowling short and let them play false strokes. Eranga and Lakmal bow very well and Bangladesh cricketers should blame for themselves. Test cricket is not sixes and fours and not playing to the crowd, its how to build a innings and put pressure on the opposition by putting up a good score. Bangladesh have been playing Test cricket for sometime still dont have mental experience in playing Test Cricket and will to build up a innnings by putting up a good score.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on January 28, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    I'm sure that all these negative comments are from Indians, and not from Pakistanis or Bangladeshi's. SL's have a much better relationship with Paki's and Bangal's unlike India. Who seems have to got into bad books of all cricket fans.

  • ajithabey on January 28, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka did well on the first day to restrict Bangladesh with their limited over approach to test cricket. Herath seems to be off colour and lacking in line,direction and length. Hopefully he will come back strongly in the second essay if Sri Lanka are to win this game. It was also refreshing to see the sri lankan openers bat sensibly in an orthodox manner unlike in previous years where it was all cowboy and slap bang cricket more suited for limited over cricket. Sri Lanka should consolidate today with sensible batting and get to about 350 today to force Bangladesh to struggle to save the game in the last 2 days.

  • sdesilva on January 28, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    Where is Ashraful? Scores a century more often than not against us

  • Sudu_putha on January 28, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I think ICC should take BD test status... they should go and learn the game first...

  • hasa555 on January 28, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Caught another one. see the different of Blade-Runnar. Original - Blade-Runner Duplicate - Blade-Runnar(SL hater)

  • CricTimer on January 28, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Despite all the arguments and confession of mistakes, Bangladesh really in need of producing good pace ballers. Bangladeshi batsman are always in deficiency of practice quality pace ball in comparison to other countries. Even their captain Mushfiqur (most sensible player in the team) also raised the demand of recruiting quality pace ballers addressing his side is struggling in balling department. I am sure Bangladesh will consider their limitations and bring more competition in the world cricket.

  • on January 27, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Regardless of their performance, I think BD is going in the right direction in terms of their mentality. Shakib requested sporting pitches, which is a bold move which even a Sri Lankan captain wouldn't ask for. Then they tried to play positive cricket and perished. I think if they keep up with this mentality, BD would get better and better and be a major force to reckon with in the test arena.

  • on January 27, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Happy with SL's performance today. The quicks did there job. Hope they will keep improving so that they can give England a run for their money next May. Matthews is learning well. Hope the batsmen will play positive cricket without playing harry carry. So far this looks very mature stuff. Keep it SL' As BD they batted positively. But they lack maturity. That will come with time. SL used to play like that back in early 90's. BD has a lot of talented players and am sure they will improve. Just give them time! After SL I love watching BD in all forms of cricket. They play with passion.

  • hasib9 on January 27, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    2nd day will belong to BD. Things will turn around. Expecting 5 for from Gazi and 4 from Shakib. Wish Mahmudullah was here.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on January 27, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    i was dissapointed to see our team got out to 232. but this happens in cricket. part of the game. england loose to 5-0 to australia not so long ago. anyway best of luck bangladeshi bowlers

  • zzby on January 27, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    @MAN_AT_WORK : u cant compare yourself to PAK who have chased highest and fastest 4th innings in the history of cricket. tho th. th.

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Remember this: Sri Lanka is not just looking good in this test match - they are also ranked #1 in world T20, which is a totally different kettle of fish. If you look at World T20 rankings, Mahela Jayawardene has the 2nd record for most number of runs in world T20 (more than any other batsman except Brandon McCullum) and Lasith Malinga has the world record for most wickets in international T20 (more than any other bowler). Ajantha Mendis has best bowling figures in international T20...and also, Sri Lanka has the worlds highst T20 score in an innings (260/6).

    Sri Lanka can soon become the masters of all formats :) India of course hates these facts.

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    @ cjscanada - Hip, hip hurray - you are one person with a lot of sense. I agree with all the points you have made. I will take it that you have probably played first-class/club cricket and if you didn't, that's okay, because you seem to have a lot of good analytical cricketing sense. Congrats!

    The only point I disagree on is the one you make about, "you cannot expect them to get better if they do not have any team willing to invite them over".

    That point is also true, but there is also the possibility of improving a teams test cricket abilities by playing good quality first-class cricket. Sri Lanka is a good example because Sri Lanka also played only 3 test matches in 2012. The difference is that Sri Lanka have a stellar domestic cricket scene where quality excels quantity.

    I don't know which country you come from, but your assessment that the "temperament is missing" is a good analysis of the current BD team. Also, BD need to study there opponents and play to a plan.

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    @ Fogu - Now your point gets clearer and more accurate too. However, the type of cricket you play does not equate to your understanding of the game and how you play it in the different formats. Test cricket is a very different ball game to ODI and t20, and players of all three formats need to develop an understanding of the requirement for each individual format at domestic level.

    Test cricket is about the mindset, technique and hard graft - not just come in and swing the bat and hope for the best. Test match cricket is about testing the discipline, character, physical, mental and technical abilities of a cricketer, and this should be developed at domestic and grassroots level.

    Sri Lanka also played only 3 test matches in 2013, so no excuses.

    Sri Lanka have been world ODI champs (1996) and ODI runner-up 2007 and 2011 - also currently ranked #1 world in T20. However, they still understand test match cricket (rank 6) and that is only because of good school and first-class setup.

  • lionspaw on January 27, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Special thanks should go to the bowling coach of Sri lanka "CHAMINDA VAAS" for making the charcoal into diamonds. It is the quality every coach should have. Applause goes to sanath Jaysuriya for selecting VAAS as the bowling coach.

  • on January 27, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    good work lions..u did it greatly and going on wanna se mahela and sangas's another classy inning. .good luck lions and Bangladesh .

  • cjscanada on January 27, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    It is really frustrating and sad to see us Asians so negative and childish in our comments. Have a healthy debate and respect for each other. Nice of SL to play them, wish India and Pak too play a few tests. We should encourage BD and Afghanistan and hope for a strong Asian fortress. I would love to see BD play more, you cannot expect them to get better if they do not have any team willing to invite them over. They have a very good team filled with talent but the temperament is missing. This is test cricket and you should not always expect to dominate but gut it out. The first hour of play is crucial. Like Sunny says play in the V for the first hour. Once the BD openers do that, they will test a lot of team. I did not see the game but was happy to see Tamim trying to restrain himself, early in the innings. Bd fans are patriotic and it is nce to see them support their team. There are a few good players like Nasir, Sohag and of course Shakib, Tamim, Mahmud and Mush. Good luck BD and SL.

  • on January 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    I do know what is wrong with the umpire's decision b/c the lbw of marshal and caught behind of nasir were two bad decisions. all of the umpire's and match referee's are from those " 3 musketeers". Umpires NJ Llong (England) PR Reiffel (Australia) Match referee J Srinath (India)ред

  • LAKINGSFAN on January 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Looks like even BD scored faster than SL.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on January 27, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Legaleagle @ Just refresh your memory Pak bundled up last year bellow 100 few times and below 150 few times also last year!! and they chocked one day series against SA !! tut tut tut

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on January 27, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Why Play Tests? Simple - because WE want to! Not the best of days, we had some luck in the beginning and then lost it, Mushi's wicket was not a good decision and could have made the the difference between a target of 280+ and what we achieved seeing as how determined he was while playing. But 280+ is not enough, we need other guns to shoot - pick it up Boys, lets put on a good show for the rest of the 4 days, what do we have to loose?

  • Fogu on January 27, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    @TheKeeper - I am not arguing that BD domestic circuit does not need improvement but stating that these same players are playing more ODIs and T20 and their growth as a batsmen are stunted. If all you do is play test cricket, your mindset revolves around it and you can improve your game with experience but if you play more ODIs and T20 and very little Test cricket, it is obvious that your gowth in this area will be stunted. Again, I am not saying we do not need to improve our domstic circuit. I am arguing that the comparisons are not equal and BD needs to play more tests matches along with more longer version of the game in their domestic operation.

  • on January 27, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    People all are here are just barking....... Game is not finished yet or bd didnt all out under 50 or 100 runs.Game is still alive for both side.Plz dont make harsh comments before ending match.still Sl has long way to go ......

  • Shajadul on January 27, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Not that bad show as BD plays only 4 test matches each year. BD needs to play more cricket with bigger teams to flourish. If BD can concentrate on second innings, this match might be competitive.

  • Legaleagle on January 27, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    I am a die-hard Pakistani fan but looking at pathetic Bangladesh I feel sorry the team and its fans. Moreover, BD fans are mistaken that Indian fans are after their life for nit-picking. Its everyone who appreciates good circket gets riled up at BD's continuous abject performance.

    If you want to keep using the excuse that every other country took 100 years before they start playing well then be my guest. That argument is so pathetic that it defies logic.

  • saju1983 on January 27, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    A innings defeat awaiting for Bangladesh team this time.

    They think after commiting mistakes every times but they never try to correct it. They r in need of cricketing education rather than training. You can see too many dot balls in Bangladesh innings in T20 or ODI matches where actually they should be aggressive and they play super aggressively in test matches where actually they should leave balls all day along.

    Someone have to teach them about 3 formats of cricket that in which format how they have to play.

    Today's innings gave the 3 Bigs a strong point for the revamp. Poor Bangladesh Team.

  • IndianCoolGuy on January 27, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    The script was executed well. Well its time for Mr.Sanga to make some records. Every one knows that he cannot give his place even when their team playing against a week Asian team.

  • jerryman on January 27, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Whatever SL does must score at 3 rpo or above . need to try to get a lead of at least 200 . Need a good innings from Sanga ..long overdue . If Chandimal fails this time , must give his spot to Kusal Perera Hopefully Matthews will try to play positively to bring a result .. Go for a win. Fortune favors only the brave..

  • on January 27, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    BD has the worst pace bowling unit of all the Test playing nations. They need to fire from all units or else their Test status would be over. anyway BD rightfully are Ranked 10th and I doubt Ireland or Afghanistan taking that spot from BD but never know they need opportunities to showcase themselves. All I see is SL winning from here on.

  • on January 27, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Hello my fellow BD cricket fans stop making excuses and accept that your team has to improve a lot to beat a team like SL. SLs had it fair share of problems after the retirement of murali and vass but finally it looks like they are starting to get a grip with their bowling. (England tour will give us a better idea of where we are in test cricket so making comment about fast bowlers is still premature). SL has lots of quality young batsmen coming through the ranks (A.Perera, N. Dickwella,Roshen Silva,K.Vithanage,S.Jayasuriya, K Perera etc to name a few) but problem with BD is their first class structure. Just see how many players have FC avg of over 45 in BD, I think its not a lot. Beating NZ in home and in NZ is two different things. Last year BD fans said SL is over after Sanga,Mahela and Dilshan and year goes by youngsters of SL are coming through. Its the same thing with Ind, Pak,Aus,Eng,SA,NZ as they produced better cricketers to replace the once that are leaving. WI,BD lacks this.

  • Rafelgibt on January 27, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    I think like any other BIG teams BAN played very badly today.I'm not going to reply to ALL THE HATERs here.But want to add that why BAN team got 3 pacers here?I think it would have been better to have Mahmudullah instead of Rubel Hossain as Mahmudullah can be handy batsman with the ability to bowl at least 20 overs without providing too many runs and picking up odd wickets.But not we can do much now.Hope our batsman would apply more concentration in the 2nd innings and put up good show.They must target themselves to play at laest 150 overs in the 2nd innings to save the match.

  • drnaveed on January 27, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    while playing test matches , the BD team ,should try to occupy crease as much as possible .Because they play just a few test matches each year ,and play more T-20 and one day matches , they , like most other team players, have developed the habit of taking unnecessary risks while batting in test matches . i think ,they should have two separate teams , one for the test matches , and the other for T-20 and one day formats. no doubt they have some very attractive and talented players for the shorter versions of the game, but they need a separate bunch of test match oriented players.

  • on January 27, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    those indian are commenting here? dont forget that indian is a home base cricket country. and i hope u guys please comment on the next friday after the result has been published for 1st test bd vs sl :D :D :D :D :D i wana see u guys face

  • sandeep33 on January 27, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    very poor performanc,,icc shud tak bak the test status frm bangla,,ireland s bettr than bangla,,

  • on January 27, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Fogu: You have not identified the real problem. To be granted test status you need not only physical infrastructure but players with test match temperament. When you were granted test status you were severely short of such players. Sri Lanka did have such players. They further sharpened their skills playing test cricket. The newcomers came in while those seniors were there and playing alongside them contributed a lot towards their development. This process continued to produce quality test players from SL. Your entry to test cricket was like starting a business with virtually no capital. There is no way out. Your players should somehow improve their temperament, endurance, application etc. The skills are there but without those qualities you will not get anywhere. No point blaming T20 and ODIs.

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    @ Fogu - usually I never reply to other comments here on Cricinfo, but as I'm off work today and have time on my hands, I would like to point out that your last comment is very wrong. You see Mr. Fogu, it has nothing to do with the type of cricket that is currently prevalent that makes a team good at a particular type of cricket, but rather the quality of their domestic/first-class cricket. If your country's domestic first-class cricket is of great quality, then you will also produce good quality test cricketers - and vise versa. It's got nothing to do with the most prevalent from of cricket.

    Please go and have a look at BD openers (Iqbal/Rahman) first-class batting stats and then compare those with SL openers (Karunaratne/Silva) and you will see a marked difference. Check averages, check runs, check 50s & 100s and you will see a huge difference in the quality of these players.

    Now, think about if Karunaratne and Silva played in BD domestic scene, where will they be?

  • on January 27, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    What Bangladesh lost in the test is the temperament. They tried too many things while batting in the short period and pay it by very costly by 232 all out. No dought that BD young batsmens have the talent but it should be display with the patient and picking the right delivery not by trying to attack all and every delivery. This mistake is what leads to Bangladesh couldn't achieve the success from the long period. Good inning from mushifiqur but none of the batsmen provide the support he expected. It's a winning day for sri lanka

  • cric_roch on January 27, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    BD is a young team..they should be given enough time.no doubt about that. But those claiming BD whitewashed NZ @HOME and india losing to them should stop comparing BD and india...in last 5 years we have won World Cups all format...BD hasn't achieved anything other than beating few teams at home.

  • aRahmanS29 on January 27, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    to be good in this format, BD need more match to play. but its not happening!this is the result of it! cook debuted 1yr after mushi and played 100+ test whereas mushi just played around 30+ test!! 4-5 matches per yr isn't enough!

  • on January 27, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    why are some people climbing on Bangladesh's back? These are the same people that bash them, so I don't understand their excitement to come out here and waste their time. Maybe Bangladesh is doing something right, which is forcing people to come here and comment on the same thing over and over again. If you don't like them, don't watch them...simple. I personally adore the Bangladesh team, and fellow Asian teams as well, but unfortunately it is us who undermine one of our own Asian teams instead of encouraging them.

  • aRahmanS29 on January 27, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    I've been looking for you HATERS when ind lost a test by 10 wkts and pak lost by 9 wkts just few days back! ind bowled out for 223 against SA and pak bowled out for 165 against SL. and what about eng whitewashed in the ashes?? no one questioned about their ability, but when it comes about BD you haters step up! when top ranked team lose horribly, it become accident? india is on the brink of another series defeat to NZ, to whom BD whitewashed! grow up haters, stop your one-eyed judgement!

  • Fogu on January 27, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Just a note for those comparing BD entry to Test vs. others; When BD entered Tests, ODI was more prevalent and in the last 6 years T20 is taking over. The growth of batsmen is stunted in such environment. When most countries entered test arena, that is all the cricket there was. That was your exposure. This is not an excuse but it is a fact. BD does not play enough test matches to improve by leaps and bounds. However, there have been significant improvement and we are on the rise. It may take a little while but we will soon be competitive in all formats. Those contiually bringing BD test status in question either do not want to see the facts or their hatred overshadows their common sense.

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    It was a miserable day for Bangladesh cricket. Sure, Bangladesh can talk a good game but when it comes to performing in the middle there is no substance at all. Also, some childish excuses from Shakib at the end of day interview.

    Sri Lanka will now look to bat the full day tomorrow and also day 3 until one hour before end of play - make BD really tired and then put them into bat on day 3 evening. If SL bat for 160 overs BD will be crushed.

  • on January 27, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    I just don't understand What was Gazi doing? He is just playing a T20 style, infront of his captain - who recieved some public attention before the game with his comments.. Wonder what was he telling to gazi when at non-striker end?

  • on January 27, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    The basic problem with BD was that they were granted test status prematurely on the hype created after a single World Cup win against Pakistan in 1999. So having elevated to test status based on wrong reasons they are struggling ever since to come to terms with top test teams. In the case of Sri Lanka in spite of some very impressive performances against full members they gained test status after a long hard struggle. Although one may argue that many other big guns in test cricket are doing better than SL, they have produced several cricketing legends and have done reasonably well and at one time were ranked second in test cricket. BD has got talented batsmen but they lack ability to play a long innings. To improve this what they should do is to re-structure first class cricket and if possible get on board some first class players from countries like SL playing in their tournaments. That should take care of batting but still pace bowling will be a big concern.

  • Blade-Runner on January 27, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    I was kinda disappointed with the way BD batsmen played today. As much as I want Sri Lanka to thrash BD, I was kinda expecting Bangladesh to put up a fight. They just managed to play only 60 overs outta 400+ overs. They just handed the game over to Sri Lanka. Even their most senior batsmen played very irresponsible cricket. They really need to learn to put a price for their wickets 'n occupy the crease for a longer period. Test cricket isn't about smashing the ball all over the park. You make one mistake 'n pay the price.

    On the other hand, I thought Sri Lanka bowled very well. They were accurate, disciplined n consistent with line n length. And, those efforts paid dividends. The opening batsmen gave a nice start 'n made sure not to throw their wickets away. BD bowlers , on the other hand, were far from threatening 'n wasted the new ball completely. Now its a uphill task for BD from here on out considering the SL batting strength. Sanga, Mahela, Mathews,Chandimal, Perera :O

  • blthndr on January 27, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    hahahahaha...whats going on....as a cricket fan and a critic we used to debate on matches rather abusing each other....now it become ugly and hilarious to see fighting like a child and grow up mates....

  • Legaleagle on January 27, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Bangladesh should be send out of cricket for sometime. They are an "ordinary" team in all forms of the game. They are no good in ODIs or T20 even.

  • amji1 on January 27, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    well played sri lanka .sri lanka has improved well in their fast bowling department.thats really good to see but still a long way to go.and some here are pretending their self as sri lankan and they are bashing at bangladesh but i think they are not sri lankans so bangladesh fans dont worry because we r friendly nations .good luck for both the teams . enjoy good cricket . cheeeerzzz!!!! from sri lanka.

  • Fogu on January 27, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    Aha! After the first day the haters are back. Didn't the same haters come out strong after the first day in SL when SL piled up a big total. Definitely BD batting needs to improve but playing four tests in a year is not going to do that. BD have enough good batsmen that will step up in the second innings after the lessons learned from the first innings. However, SL bowlers did an excellent job and must be commended. They stayed disciplined and stuck to their plans. BD batsmen helped them as well. Looking forward to a good fight back from the Tigers. Go Tigers!

  • on January 27, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    This performance does not help in sending a message to the ICC about the proposed entry of ranks 9 and 10 into intercontinental cup. Inshallah tomorrow we will see an improved display because I am sure the players know they are being watched closely.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on January 27, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    I have to say that bangladeshi cricket fans are very impressive. They love their game. Btw have to say there is something going on with commenting. I can gurantee bangladeshi fans that any of our SL fans will never let you down. Even with a comment. Every teams have their ups and downs. It's cricket!

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Yousufahmed1... lol i saw your comments throughout SL vs Pak series, from the first T20 you are bashing SL. we all know you are Indian. do not be ashamed to be an Indian

  • Atish_Man on January 27, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @Extraz well your team famously lost a test and one odi to zim. Also just managed to tie one match against Irland. Atleast we have not produced such performance.

  • UAETigers on January 27, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    This is so hilarious comment by a BD fan that they had defeated everyone from test playing nation!! If a single win against test playing nation in ODIs cannot be calculated against Test match!! Since when BD defeated any of the test playing nation other then WI? they won total 3 test matches and that's against ZIM and WI!! They have to learn how to play test match cricket by playing more four days and matches against A Teams. If they defeats them even in BD then they can defeat the big boys!!! It's high time to keep boys away from MEN, not playing with big guys just to learn cricket!! BD Should play four days matches, start winning them and then play test!! And please stop comparing your Stars with the other teams Legends. Yes BD have Star players but they are simple Stars not legends or Greats of cricket. A True great batsmen must have 50+ average and a bowler with 300+ wickets and less then 25 average.

  • Solid_Snake on January 27, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Wow..What a collapse.BD can't even play on such dead pitches..A pitch where 400+ runs should have been scored..But BD collapsed..BD..Please stop playing test matches...you are not ready yet.BD needs 100 more years to beat another top ranked test playing nation..Inngs defeat is coming up ahead..Watch out :)

  • yohandf on January 27, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @ Yousufahmed1 - ok you have right to comment on SL s last match but this is not the only such case . In 2000-2001 time England won a test series in Pakistan under Nasser hussain and Pakistan team tries to delay the game deliberately knowing they would loose (they did ) .India started ball tampering way back in 1993 fearing a defeat of test in SL (ask manoj prabhakar) . When a defeat is looming team more often do such things and anyway such act is wrong . SL has learned the lesson and moving forward with this game so we too as fans . you can repeat this incident no of time you like with out any success .

  • Sudu_putha on January 27, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    BD should stick to ODI and T20...your team can never improve. Look at SRI lanka only 20 mill population and already won the WC and one of the top nations in cricket, BD have a big population and still cant find a a good team and sad thing is u guys always at the same level. Sad but true

  • priceless1 on January 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    did some one say he is a PAK fan and live in karachci? This is what he wrote in NZ -IND Thread ( Yousufahmed1 on (January 22, 2014, 4:10 GMT) @ MaruthuDelft And your team with bowlers average with 50 should play. At least we play the game with spirit and are no. 1. Have you ever had the feeling of being no. 1. LOL. ) :D

  • on January 27, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    We only played 62 overs in a test match that tells the story!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @ sameeratenakoon i m just saying that there is only one legend playing in sl side. nt talking abt murali vaas sanath they r legends but im only criticizing ppls who say mahela is a legend. after playing 400 odis just avaraging 33 & in tests 33 outside subcontint shows how big legend this guy is. dont take otherwise sanga & murali r my bests. frm india

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 27, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @Blade_Runnar,it is redicules u r pretending to b our Blade_Runner.i think everyone should realize about your secreat.

  • Ammo666 on January 27, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    @Messa1.. oh yes mate "SL_Slider" is an Indian because i saw him in so called legendary India match threads as well as how he wrote:D & i know their recent series of both TEST & ODI against the real mighty SA.. ROFL!! & then NZ which NZ was banglawashed by BD even in their last tour to BD ROFL!!...now after reading here even China,PNG,Nepal & Afghanistan would play much better cricket than IND in SA & NZ..wait i am not a SL hater but on "SL_SLider" comments i should say that if test status given to PNG or China now then IND & SL both will lose a 5 day test against them in less than 2 days ROFL!!!! getting test status is not like eating a piece of cake, must know before raising ques against BD considering few of their current performance even against SL..but yes to me BD needs even more improvement as a team in test especially with top order & fast bowling......

  • UAETigers on January 27, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    BD Fans are the most craziest and biggest fan of their Country in today's cricketing world!! I feel so bad and pity for them that after playing for almost 1 1/2 decade BD Team is still in learning phase. Still they close their eyes on team by the phrase "Improvement". In the end a Loss is a loss and continuous losses are no signs of improvements. BD people should invest their energies in other sport and I am sure they will excel in that atleast in a decade.!

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @ ABKhanISB Well I am a PAK fan and I live in Karachi. And after that last test match between Sl and PAK. I have not met anyone who has any respect for SL cricket. Burning stadium was pathetic but was done by some angry fans on the other hand SL cricketers are the one who don't play fair cricket. Need I remind you how Randiv bowled a no ball to deny century to Sehwag. So if you support SL that's fine but please don't count everyone with yourself.

  • on January 27, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    you guys always thinking negatively about Bangladesh.......remember.... BD starts cricket about 16 years ago internationally.....they also beats all the test playing country.....last they won the series against New Zeeland. they won all the ODI match and test match performances also well......they also won against Srilanka few times.....please thiniking be positive......grow your mind guys as ideal humanity. .....

  • Bdcricketdebator on January 27, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    @srislider,We all know u r indian.because when i was commenting in ind forum about their weakness u deffended them.the real sri fan is Sl_slider.i guess u r pretending to b a sri because u r ashamed of your team.

  • on January 27, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    it's disgusting to see non Sri Lankans are commenting as Sri Lankans, As a Sri Lankan I'm proud how Asian teams dominant and love to see BD becoming a stronger team like Ind, SL and pak, but today BD batting performance were miserable, they just wanted to entertain the crowd it seems, fishing outside off stump and pulling short balls around and getting out is not Test Cricket

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 27, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Yeah. SL cricket in right path. Only we have good youngsters in the team. Look at today's performance. We thrashed BD. We are the best team! Well done Mathews and Eranga .

  • Yousafahmed11 on January 27, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    We are the no:1 side in the world. Look at our bowling strength! At least we can enjoy now! We are going to beat BD! We cannot beat Pak or India but we can beat BD any time! Well done SL!

  • Blade-Runnor on January 27, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    What a pity day for Bangladesh. They have collapsed like a cycle stand. No real fight. I dont think they should be eligible for Test cricket any more. On the other hand SL as usual are dominant and will continue beating Bangla ruthlessly.

    Great work done by SL pacers. Lakmal will become worlds number one bowler and Mathews would be number one captain.

    SL is going to white wash Bangla.. no doubt.. All the best SL..

  • Sameeratennakoon on January 27, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @ Dilip Waghchoure:- legends are coming from just little things. Who'd ever thought that 16 years old boy would become great Sachin Tendulkar, A young guy picked up as a spinner would become great Sanath Jayasuriya. Legends need time to start up. Once they become legends they will rock the world..

  • sadSajith on January 27, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Well some fans from some country are commenting as here as Sri Lankans...We never bashed any country other than india in comments (some times AUS too, but just for fun)... BD and Sri Lankan fans, don't fall on to their hands... Not sure if Cricinfo going to post this...I think they want this to happen...Lot of my comments were not published recently...

  • SLslider on January 27, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Sl is just wasting time here in BD. But good way to improve our rankings. Lions are going to whitewash BD easily.

  • stormy16 on January 27, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    There were a few interesting things today. Firstly its rare for winning captain to insert the opposition on an Asian track and secondly SL went in with 2 seamers with intentions of bowling first. The decision was proven to be the correct on both front given the score but it was an interesting move. Bangladesh rely alot on the experienced Sakib and Rahim and it was dissappointing to see Sakib not show a bit of petience. Just as the stand with Rahim was looking threatening Sakib threw it away. Take nothing away from the SL's who probably had a perfect day after winning the toss and the seam attack bowled well again. SL will be looking to build a strong first innings score when conditions should be best for batting.

  • Extraz on January 27, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Night_Fury...You guys also lost to Pak in your own country not very long ago 2-1 remember!? while Pak just recently won a series against SA in SA, the only asian team to do that!

  • ex-Srilankan on January 27, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans, don't get carried away. If Sri Lanka cannot beat BD in tests, there is a serious problem with the test cricket in Sri Lanka.

  • ABKhanISB on January 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    @ JPNana

    Couldn't agree more. No doubt Sri Lankan team and fans are liked all of the world because of their cool temperament. We all know who burn the stadium if their team is on the verge of loss (Hint 1996 worldcup Semi final)

  • SL_rockz on January 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Night_Fury

    What about Pak series??? Forgot them haaa...:))))

  • sapnil2000 on January 27, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    this is what happened--when u play after a long hiatus and if ur test status taken away, it will be another 100 years to come back to the stage where team is now. only solution--play more matches and regularly and make 12 team fulll test team

  • Messa1 on January 27, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    @Night_Fury "winning most of the ODI's" Please man can u explain me the 0-9 away loses of inidia. They are currently in the process of getting humiliated by no8 ranked NZ. Pure flat track fans trying to defend their flat track legends

  • on January 27, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    woah harsh words from slslider but not totally unjustified lol

  • Cricsnake on January 27, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    @ Ammo666, This SL_slider is neither SL fan nor supporter but a hater of SL. He published many rubbish against Pakistan before. Please ignore him and don't get insulted. Bangladesh is a very good team in limited over formats but still improving in Test Cricket. It was just one day off for them. Hope they will comeback strongly from next day. Good Luck for both teams. Win or loose we just enjoy the game. Cheers !

  • Prabhash1985 on January 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Try and try, one day you will fly! Keep working hard Bangladesh, and of course Sri Lanka.

  • SL_rockz on January 27, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    @ Ammo666

    I am addressing about the test arena in this comment. What is your improvement or achievement that you boast about during the past? ...Look at this match ..232 all out on a good batting wicket. Wicket is not bad .SL openers played steadily to reach 60/0 with ease shows pitch is good for batting.But in your country ,in your pitches, in your town your so called talented team unable to cross even 250+ in a test inning.. Is that you called improvement? .... during first 80+ tests all other 3 asian teams have performed very well than BD....they have lost 69 out first 82 matches ...They didnot even manage to draw matches even...PAk,SL,IND all have won and most importantly have not lost humiliatingly like this..They drew more matches even though they didnot win...If BD manage to draw matches on more consistence basis than loosing i can accept their test status... But simply even today's match showed there is no test match mindset in BD batsmen..Then why paly tests???

  • on January 27, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    # we will always compliment when our players do well but some crucial matches also have to be played in this same intensity.

  • Night_Fury on January 27, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    @All.. y do u all crib so much? U all feel that your team is prolly best going around. PAK is getting clobbered everywhere. Even SL was close to winning series against them and they would have done so in case they were not so negative. We clobbered AUS in India. Australia has steam-rolled England. Srilanka is yet to win a test match in India. They also need to learn to play honest cricket and not shout crib and jump like what Mahela and Sanga did in Champions Trphy Final and last day of 2nd Test against Pak. Atleast we dont loose in our country (except the England Series). The only team who is consistently good in SA. AUS and India are 2nd best. Grow up guys and face reality. India eats SL for breakfast lunch and dinner. And to all those who say that we have 1/6th of world population and cant produce a bowler, the answer is simple. IPL and dead tracks. If our bowlers are getting hammered, so are the opposition bowlers as well since we are winning most of the ODIs. Asia cup will clearal

  • StraightDRIVvE on January 27, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    True it's day 1 and is too early for one, to predict the result. However they just showcased the problems they have and may face in the WC15. Yes there was one or two unlucky decisions but when an top order batsman can't face a bouncer at around 130kph and making it seem 140+ shows how badly bangladesh need to prepare different wickets in the domestic leagues. The mindset of the batsman need to be clear. If there leaving the ball outside off and bouncers then why attempt a hook and get dismissed with out a major contribution. Another thing is Bangladesh needs to create pace camps/trials. They recently discovered Taskin Ahmed, it's matter of time when he will take the responsibility of leading the attack and then sidelined due to injury leaving us with the regular faces. The current bowling line need to learn couple techniques such as swing. Al amin for example goes wide off the crease and darts the ball into the pads. becomes predictable in test, a good variation in limited format

  • Messa1 on January 27, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    @Ammo666 the guy "SL_slider" is an indian. Just ignore him, he wants to create a fight between SL and Ban fans

  • Nazmulj7 on January 27, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Bangladesh really made me upset. I had a lot of hope...

  • SLslider on January 27, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    One thing BD can never do is put up a fight against mighty SL. They are just not talented. Team filled with sloggers.

  • SLslider on January 27, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    So Much talk by BD fans before the series and on the 1st day they fall flat on their faces. They are the most pathetic team in the world and don't deserve test status. Some BD fans where saying how they will BANGLAWASH SL. LOL. This match will end on the 3d day with BD getting thrashed by an innings. I think their test status should be given to PNG or China as they will at least put up a fight. LOL.

  • on January 27, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Indians you may be hurt by Bangaladeshi act against BCCI proposals! but don't bash them! Bdesh bowlers are better than Indian bowlers! also Tamim and sakib is far better than raina,jadeja and dhawan! you guys only performs in hoe condition! Dale stayen "This is not mumbay where the ball never bounce more than stums height"

  • on January 27, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Yousufahmed1-- Ya we have o accept that you are not educated or matured enough but better you stop shedding your hates! Sri lanka is the only team that help pakisthan to regain! If ever Pakisthan will host cricket matches at their home the 1st team to visit their surely will be Sri lanka! Non of your current batsman in world class level! non of them called as class in international stage! that's why you guys hate us

  • on January 27, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Surprise is coming in this test

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Awesome cricket by SL! Actually there was a big difference in the two teams approach towards both the batting and bowling. Sri Lanka showed great discipline in both departments and BD showed very little discipline. SL have done their homework and BD have not bothered. Also, the BD bowlers struggled to bowl above 130kmph and that is a fairly big problem because batsman of Mahela's and Sanga's class will not be troubled by this pace. If SL bat for over 100 overs, then the BD bowlers will surely lose even more pace once they start tiring - and will really take a hammering.

    I feel that Kaushal Silva's first 100 in test match cricket is about to happen - let's hope so. Maybe Dimuth too.

  • on January 27, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    @ BCCIRoxx- Why u wasting your time by watching this match. your nonsense comments won't make any difference to BD's success & improvement...!! Remember Cricket will win at last .......... Long live cricket.

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    martin000... your arguments are quite baseless. stick to the Cricket, not about political or Country's achievment. if you want argue, on those come to other public forum. you would amazed about the things which SL achieved while Ind being such huge could not achieve yet.. lol

    Bangladesh haven't show temprement which is highly needed when playing in test format. bundle out for 230+ and looking at the wat Lankans going i don't think sri Lankans will bat in the 2nd innings

  • humi_cric on January 27, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    First day belongs to SL, well played. I think BD needs to realize they are playing test match not ODI and T20, even 7 or 8 wicket partnership can change the whole complexion of the game. Still 4 days in the match, anything can happen, but BD needs to focus on this test match not on upcoming big event. Good luck to both teams from a Pakistani supporter.

  • Ammo666 on January 27, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @SL_slider.. your nonsense comments out of no where won't make any difference to BD's success & improvement...!! if u really think that Afghanistan or Nepal would play better cricket than BD then i must say your SL will definitely lose all the matches against this two teams whenever & wherever they play...hope you know what i mean... BD is no more like what you have seen in your childhood anymore ok...& now seems like you are in real fantasy & still making such comments even after BD's recent performances & there will is always ups & downs..just look at your poor SL in recent how they were beaten by PAK in 4th innings in there last test match, it was like PAK was chasing a good total not against SL but PNG ...so better learn to face reality & sportsmanship!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    @Night_Fury, why you are even bothered to comment here then !!!!!????? Go to sleep and watch you teams play next day.

  • on January 27, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    that's not the end of the match..beauty is waiting

  • on January 27, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Stop quoting false stats and bringing up history. All teams can have a bad day with the bat, but give credit where it is due in the Sri Lankan quicks who have improved immensely and I give respect for that. Poor shot selection is always BD's problem, but 232 is not a collapse or a horrendous total, but neither is it a par score and certainly gives SL the advantage. And to Indian and Pakistanis commenting, this series does not concern you, leave us and the Lankans alone. Good luck to both teams.

  • on January 27, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    first 82 test team won lost Draw pak 14 22 46 shrilanka 11 36 35 India 9 34 39

    Bang 3 69 10 at least pak ind shri shown how to not loose by drwing games but this pathetic bang team cant draw games. deserv to be in th 3rd fourth tier

  • on January 27, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    score line shows the truth :) why people make so much drama when it's quite obvious. I don't know why Indian fans so much interested in this series may be the kiwi effect in down under :)

  • BCCIRoxx on January 27, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    Cricinfo headline reads "...hosts all out for 232" and the article points Bangladesh is "bundled" out..... so my cry-baby Bangladesh cricket fans, ask your team to elevate its level and without doing any work or seriousness, don't ask for abandon of 2 tier system; and ask your skipper not to cry again when after 2 tier system you guys get relegated! The height of seriousness can be judged by the fact that BCB prepare for this "Test" series by playing its main players in a "local" T20 tournament....

  • Night_Fury on January 27, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Is there any one even watching this test match. Why are these guys playing and why is SriLanka even wasting there energy? I think SL should have sent a second grade team to Ban considering there status will be revoked in few days. Also look at there performance and people ask why Ban dont travel India. I wont even watch the match on TV let alone going to stadium. Waste of energy time and money hosting Bangladesh. Wake up tomorrow and see India vs NZ. Cracker of a game gonna happen.

  • OttawaRocks on January 27, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    The days of Bangladesh scoring 140-180 runs and losing inside 3 days are gone. However, they still are losing often, although somewhat less frequently than in the early 2000s. All that said, if all they got was 232 in the first inning, this one is definitely SL's to win.

  • on January 27, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    When did Bangladesh last toured India?? Well...the answer is easy.....never. According to the current FTP they wont until 2020...and according to the BCCI and Co.s plans to revamp world cricket, BD will probably never play a test match in India.

  • PadMarley on January 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    This is good news for Sri Lanka again from a fast bowling point of view. Shaminda Eranga by any means is not the most promising fast bowler in the world, but statistically, only Chaminda Vaas has a better average than him out of all the fast bowlers who have taken more than 30 wickets in SL test history. And I guess, he can only get better!!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    SL will win before the lunch of day 4 :)

  • chathur88 on January 27, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    all BD people should appreciate SL team since they come to this series without concerning security problems. Both team have different kind of resourses which are unique to them. I feel BD team more concern about T20 world cup. They show their T20 power in test mach format. Still they are good upcoming team

  • on January 27, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    @ JPNana-- How many test BD got chance against India to Play in last 14 years?

  • PK-KID on January 27, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Boring Series Between 2 Medicore Teams SL and Ban..

  • on January 27, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    SL v ban math still earlier stage of the game Bangladeshi players need 350+ score need for give some pressure SL bowlers give good presure in first day taxiS low order batting talent is awesome

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    martin000... justify your presence in this section at first place??? lol

    Nobody want to hear about Indian whinge here. come when there's a match between SL and Ind. i still amazed how on earth country that represent 1/6 world population, still could not find a proper bowlers.

  • TheKeeper on January 27, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    It must be said that Bangladesh batted very badly. Maybe they have forgotten that this is test cricket and not t20. It looks like a very good batting track, but for some reason Bangladesh is not using the conditions to their favour. Sri Lanka have bowled well - they have certainly done their homework and have bowled to a plan. Other than Mushfiqur the rest of the Bangladeshi's are quite terrible batsman.

  • yogicoolboy on January 27, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Great fight back by bangladesh. They have posted a decent score as of now. Score may not indicate but Considering the position they were in

  • martin000 on January 27, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @JPNana, attitude?? lol!! it would be really good if you Srilankans never talk abt attitude or the spirit of game. You jus proved tat you guys will never learn your mistakes!! And by the way what do you mean by ground is packed with SL supporters in AUS?? so wat?? Most of the stadiums are empty in your home country and you are bragging abt something else.. lol!! And guys stop whining abt population coz tat jus shows your inability.. lol!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    sl slider: If Bangladesh doesn't deserve to play test cricket then srilanka doesn't even deserve to play cricket.We all know how many times sangakakkra refused to walk away even after being edged, we remember how shameless act mathews did against pakistan. it goes against the spirit of cricket.Stop playing cricket and tell your players to be prfessional

  • King_Ravanaa on January 27, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @martin000.... India got haters all around the world because of their lack of good attitude towards other, same applies with their fans also. Sri Lankans loved by most people including Pak, Ban even in here in Aus. whenever SL tour Aus, stadiums getting crowded by most Lankans as well as Aussi supporters. It is natural Lankans having so many jelous haters, even your presence in this section reveal the same.

  • on January 27, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @Tharindu: Well said bro. At least some brainy comment here. :)

  • on January 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    I would like to urge BD team not to give further justifications to go for two tier system of test cricket. Already lost six wickets, not a good news. Commentator keep saying shot selection of batsmen. Have you not heard enough of these when it comes to poor batsmanship? They mainly play for BD team.

  • on January 27, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    So much hate towards SL and most of those facts ain't even right. Wrong player AVG. Wrong match status. What's wrongs with these people? Sri Lanka is the only team that managed to won a test match in SA against SA recently. And Sri Lanka only played just three test matches in whole 2013 year and that's also in Sri Lanka. These Indians and Pakistanis asking Sri Lanka to be the best test team and to have best players without playing Test matches. As the smallest cricket playing nation and having a small population they'll be proud about their cricket. So called top team couldn't find eleven guys to their team while having billions in population to beat ranked 7 ODI team which BD whitewashed.

  • martin000 on January 27, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1, mate, Big teams like India have so many haters from SL & all over the world only coz of SL's inability to win against us and our financial power in ICC. But your comments in all the SL forums will make the great SL experts to think that everyone is jealous of their team and their team has huge number of fan followers. They will never realize that they are getting hatred comments only coz of some of their fan's childish behaviour in other forums. Spending your precious time in demeaning SL which has already hit its rock bottom in PAK series should be the last thing you should do.

  • humi_cric on January 27, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Brother Yousufahmed1, please respect other nations. I know you are from India than why you pretend here that you are from Pakistan? Kindly post positive comments and enjoy this beautiful game of cricket, as your posts suggest that you love this game and watching a match in which even India is not involved. Just pray that tomorrow, Big 3 proposal will go to the shreddar machine right after the meeting.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on January 27, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 - thank you for supporting BD. we also love to watch pakistan play good cricket.

  • Htc-Android on January 27, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn. You are right.Bangladesh do much better than India in testing conditions. They only game played between the two teams outside the subcontinent was won by BD(Remember 2007 league match).BD won only 1 ODI against AUs and PAK. HOw is it called as a better performance?

  • on January 27, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Should have picked Sri Lanka's two best spinners for this match. Herath and BAW Mendis.

  • humi_cric on January 27, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    I just don't understand why so much mud splashing on this forum. Calm down guys, just a start of a series, first day first session and so many negative comments towards SL, not good TBH. In the current political turmoil in BD, SL board give green signal to SL team to play in BD, which is overall very good for the game of cricket, you should appreciate SL board and team for this courageous move. May be you will realise this when other boards will raise their concern on T20 event venue. We need to appreciate good cricket, as this game may be hijaked by Big 3, hopefully not. Good luck to both teams and please stay positive.

  • on January 27, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    sl u hav only one legend thats sanga.... mahela hhaa? haa? haa?

  • PadMarley on January 27, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Andrew Fernando has made lot more improvements in his reporting than most of the SL players have progressed in their play over the months. There was a time, we used to read what was obvious through a score card anyway. Now we can picture of the status of the pitch, attacking lines of bowlers etc to get an idea of the story beyond what the score card says. Good going Andrew!!

  • Yuosufahmed on January 27, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Definition of legend in my Chak De India team: A person who scores bucket full of runs in flat home tracks and sitting ducks on fast bouncy pitches even against No. 8 team. Very pathetic and shameful....

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    I hope Sl will play fair cricket and will not cheat like they did with us. I know they are embarrassed that they have not won a single test series outside SL since 2000 and this record will continue but they shouldn't stoop so low every time they take the field. I hope Sanga will walk after he edges it and they try to maintain a runrate of above 2 in this series. bangladesh will easily on current form as Banglades has actual talented players not colombo LEGENDS. We Pak fans will be supporting Bangladesh here.

  • YsaKaru on January 27, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Shamsur Rahman caught by dilruwan perera and Mominul Haque caught by i think Eranga.not vithanage.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Sl got some lucky breaks coz BD played bad cricket. But on this pitch SL will not even cross 100. They can only win if they play unfair cricket from here on.

  • SLslider on January 27, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    BD has to be the worst team in the world. They are actually supporting BCCI by playing this type of cricket. For me they don't deserve to play Test matches and even ODIs. They can only play T20s where they can upset a team once in a blue moon. But then again they played like the way we expected them to. Afghan or even Nepal can play better than this BD team.

  • on January 27, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Yousufahmed1 doesn't watch or understand cricket surely. he just checks career statistics in cricinfo and acts smart. LOL

  • Messa1 on January 27, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @Ayesh Buddima Well said mate. But I dont think he'll understand it cas he's mentally dropped after his flat track team got hammered+thrashed by the no8 ranked NZ team.

  • SLNuwan on January 27, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    @Yousufahmed can u pls tell which cricketing nation u r supporting?

  • Ruban_Varathan on January 27, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Well said @Ayesh Buddima on @Yousufahmed1's Childish comments...!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    @Yosuf: Are you cricket fan or statistician? feel sorry for you.

  • Ruban_Varathan on January 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    I think @Yousufahmed1 doesn't know the meaning of "LEGEND"....Its not about AVERAGE...Its all about match winning KNOCKS......Even GREATS with high average not popularised so....Know about cricketing knowledge first before u write....How many match winning knocks SACHIN has played....Sachin has got the most no. of Man of the match Award in a MATCH LOSING CAUSE...!!

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh win this match

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 whenever I read comments on matches that SL take part u always post the same comment tired up of seeing ur foolish comments if u dont have any work just spend time on thinking about why u hv goy such a small brain? average don't makes a legend legends are guys who score whenever country needs & who play the game as a gentleman according to u if a batsmen plays a 1 match score 70-80 & retire hes a legend understand thaifvu cant please check ur brain

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 Just wait and see how out pacers perform, then come and talk. Okay? Thanks :)

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    @ Htc-Android Still haven't won any test matches. And decide first sometimes you call them flat tracks and some times rank turners. LOL.

    And I wanted to confirm something. Is lakmal the worst ever bowler to have played the game. He averages 54 after playing 18 test matches and you claim you offer helpful tracks for fast bowlers. So your "PACE" battery's leader has an average of 54. LOL. Kind of comparable to Legendary Ishant Sharma from India. LOL.

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    I dont know..why mamudullah is not there ???

  • Htc-Android on January 27, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Sri lanka Should have picked Pradeep ahead of Dilruwan. Already we are witnessing Eranga troubling Bangladeshi batsman with his pace and bounce. Pradeep could have much more handy against Bangladesh. I dont think there is much help for the spinners.

  • Matadore on January 27, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Bangladesh Want a Bowling pitch and they got it! Now lets see what bd bwlers can do....

  • Htc-Android on January 27, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1. Why dint you mention that he averages 61 in your so called rank turners. His average in UAE is 29. Not 13.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    There is this player who plays as a specialist spectator. Here is Mahela's test averages in SA-27.87, NZ-27.71, aus-31.42, England-34.11, Bangladesh-38.12, UAE-13.37.

    True colombo track bully.

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on January 27, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Luck favoring BD, toss going BD's way even though Mush would have bowled as well. And some shots going BD's way. But Angelo getting maiden his 1st over and bringing himself in so soon means he is in for business.

  • Matadore on January 27, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    I'm in the stadium now.. hoping for a gr8 match..

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  • Matadore on January 27, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    I'm in the stadium now.. hoping for a gr8 match..

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on January 27, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Luck favoring BD, toss going BD's way even though Mush would have bowled as well. And some shots going BD's way. But Angelo getting maiden his 1st over and bringing himself in so soon means he is in for business.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    There is this player who plays as a specialist spectator. Here is Mahela's test averages in SA-27.87, NZ-27.71, aus-31.42, England-34.11, Bangladesh-38.12, UAE-13.37.

    True colombo track bully.

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

  • Htc-Android on January 27, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1. Why dint you mention that he averages 61 in your so called rank turners. His average in UAE is 29. Not 13.

  • Matadore on January 27, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Bangladesh Want a Bowling pitch and they got it! Now lets see what bd bwlers can do....

  • Htc-Android on January 27, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Sri lanka Should have picked Pradeep ahead of Dilruwan. Already we are witnessing Eranga troubling Bangladeshi batsman with his pace and bounce. Pradeep could have much more handy against Bangladesh. I dont think there is much help for the spinners.

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    I dont know..why mamudullah is not there ???

  • Yousufahmed1 on January 27, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    @ Htc-Android Still haven't won any test matches. And decide first sometimes you call them flat tracks and some times rank turners. LOL.

    And I wanted to confirm something. Is lakmal the worst ever bowler to have played the game. He averages 54 after playing 18 test matches and you claim you offer helpful tracks for fast bowlers. So your "PACE" battery's leader has an average of 54. LOL. Kind of comparable to Legendary Ishant Sharma from India. LOL.

  • on January 27, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 Just wait and see how out pacers perform, then come and talk. Okay? Thanks :)