Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day

Jayawardene, Vithanage help SL surge to 498 lead

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

January 29, 2014

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Bangladesh 232 and 35 for 1 trail Sri Lanka 730 for 6 dec (Jayawardene 203*, Mathews 86, Vithanage 103*) by 463 runs
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Mahela Jayawardene celebrates his century, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 3rd day, January 29, 2014
Mahela Jayawardene surpassed Allan Border's tally of 11,174 Test runs © Associated Press
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Individual milestones dominated the most one-sided of the three days so far as Sri Lanka eventually declared after piling on a whopping 730 for 6, after Mahela Jayawardene reached his seventh double-century and Kithuruwan Vithanage scored his maiden century in only his third Test. By tea, Sri Lanka were already ahead by a healthy 370, but the captain Angelo Mathews held back the declaration till Jayawardene reached his milestone, giving Sri Lanka a seemingly unassailable lead of 498. Sri Lanka picked up a late wicket to cap another dominant day.

Bangladesh had been on the field since the final session on the first day and the physical and mental fatigue was apparent with the way they carried themselves on the third day, as if waiting to be told when to head indoors and pad up. Their specialist seamers weren't effective enough and their spinners too were at the mercy of Sri Lanka's in-form batting line-up. There was little the part-timers could do. It's normal for captains to give their bowlers at least an hour before stumps to nip out a few wickets, but Mathews adopted a more conservative approach and instead was happy to give the hosts nine overs. In that period, Bangladesh lost Tamim to a reckless shot.

Mathews had a chance to add to the centuries tally, before falling for 86. Jayawardene continued to milk the bowling in placid conditions and he brought out his signature late cut and paddle sweep against the spinners. Having begun his innings overnight, he brought up his fifty with an effortless cover drive off Al-Amin Hossain. He moved to the 90s with an impeccable reverse sweep off Sohag Gazi that went for a boundary. He sped towards his century with a late cut off the part-time legspinner Marshall Ayub and followed it up with another boundary in the same region, off Robiul Islam. The seamer dished out a long hop down the leg side which Jayawardene pulled to fine leg to bring up his century.

He barely gave the bowlers a chance, until he survived a close shout for lbw off Gazi on 119. Jayawardene attempted another reverse sweep and was struck adjacent to the stumps with the ball pitching in line with the stumps despite the round the wicket angle. Gazi was exasperated when it was turned down but it summed up Bangladesh's day.

Mathews too survived, when on 68 he edged Ayub and was dropped by the wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Mathews capitalised on Robiul's poor length, pulling a short one down the leg side and driving the next one down the ground for consecutive boundaries. He had a century for the taking but chipped Gazi towards midwicket where Ayub took a sharp catch.

Vithanage made merry given the carefree situation and along with Jayawardene, helped take the score past 600. Vithanage made a fifty on debut, against the same team last year in a similar pressure-free scenario. His inclusion in this Test was due to Prasanna Jayawardene's departure due to his father's death. And Vithanage made good use of this unexpected opportunity. The left-hander was busy at the crease, rocking back to cut the spinners through the off side when they dropped it short. He came down the track to the spinners and tonked two sixes down the ground.

The new ball didn't give Bangladesh any respite as a couple of short balls were dispatched for fours behind square leg by Vithanage, who brought up his fifty with one of those. Luck was on his side as two outside edges by Vithanage found the third man boundary, one of which bisected the keeper and first slip, both of whom were unmoved.

Vithanage brought up his ton with a square cut for four off Nasir and at that stage, Jayawardene was still 17 short of a double-century. Jayawardene batted with greater urgency after tea, shuffling across his stumps to sweep the spinners and he raced to his double-ton in style, with two sixes over deep midwicket off Nasir. Jayawardene, in the process, overtook the Australian Allan Border's tally of 11,174 runs and is now the sixth-highest run-getter in Tests.

Neither pace nor spin worked for Bangladesh, and their frustration in not being able to pick up wickets was summed up in one small passage of play in the morning when Robiul Islam exchanged words with Jayawardene, making the umpires and Rahim intervene to appease the situation.

They now face the task of batting out two days. Tamim's dismissal, caught off a leading edge to point, was perhaps the last thing they needed. The best they can do is take a leaf out of Sri Lanka's book and use the conditions to play themselves in and grind out the opposition.

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Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

Why this double standard when comparing 'big' players? If centuries are yardsticks to a player's greatness, why not double centuries? Only because a certain player was better at the former? Actually the big number of winless centuries of this player is a matter of his conversion rate too, apart from his team's infamous inability to take 20 wickets. His away record too is not as good as it's made out to be; he relies too much on a rather sub continent-like Sydney to make his records in Oz look decent. DB has hit 12 double hundreds in 52 tests, which is awesome. Actually it's 200 rather than 100 that should be considered for greatness since you rarely end up on the losing side after scoring one, even if your side is weak. As for home/away records, see how this player's ODI records compare with say Viv's, if you want a real picture. I'd not have dragged his name at all, if some people had stayed away from belittling MJ in favor of him. Belittling him in favor of MJ too is as unacceptable.

Posted by Zainnajam on (January 30, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Thats Mahela for you, and i think Sri lanka may Have learned some lesson from their last Battle against our Pakistani men, Surely they are trying to earn Their lost Pride and From my point of View they might have Succeeded in doing so.....

Posted by __India__ on (January 30, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

@SL_rockz : Your comment is in very poor taste. Yeah surely Mahela & Sanga will surely top test charts, but for that they will have to play 5match series with BD & ZIM every year, as the Big3(irrespective of how much I hate their bullying tactics) will anyway won't play against SL. To some point one has to agree that Sachin piled up such wonderful numbers purely because of his longevity. But it surely takes a lot of motivation & hunger to keep playing for so long. Others would have got disillusioned & given up. That too goes to show how much he loved the game. And the fact that he did it without ever uttering a word against anybody or getting involved in any controversy on & off the field over such a long span of time is appreciable.

Posted by humi_cric on (January 30, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

One team was playing test and the other was T20, match is just over. I think it was a T(test)20 match, not a test match. Last wicket partnership was entertaining.

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 30, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

I also predict sanga or mahela cant hit a century in that tour. Just answer this quiz friends. Dont compare to other teams. Am a srilankan so i know what happnd here, look at the stats in s.a thilan samaraweera average well, but he is forcd to retire. Yes sanga and mahela most stylish and elegant players in the world, but also we have to accept the loopholes of them.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

@Dilip Waghuwhatever Wow!!! So if Sanga and Mahela were good enough to lower their home averages they would have been "legends" right?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@Optimistix Ok then heres the number of tests in each country before a win, SL in England (16th year) 4th match they won India in England (32nd year 19th match), SL in SA 29 years and 9th match India in SA 74 years 12th match, SL in Aus yet to win a game played 12 years India in Australia 45 years 14th match. I think now I made my point. crickinfo please publish

Posted by GustavXV on (January 30, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

What kind of field setting is this? Five wickets down, new batters, over 350 runs lead, 10 minutes for lunch and the field is spread. No pressure whatsoever applied on batsmen. When SL had 350 runs on the board and BD captain had a silly mid-on and forward short leg even for Mahela, that's what is called putting pressure on.

Posted by jj0685 on (January 30, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Great batting by Sri Lanka. Looking forward to seeing the names of Mahela and Sanga at number 2 & 3 in most runs scored in Test cricket after SRT. If Mahela got more opportunities to play against non subcontinent teams, he would have got his average up against these teams. He a true legend of the game.

Posted by yohandf on (January 30, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

Happy with the way SL carried on . They got runs at pace enough to reserve 2 days to bowl Bangladesh out . Mahela does not miss much when he gets in , so his double ton is not a surprise . But i value Kaushal s and Kithruwan s tons . these guys are taking the challenge of batting post-seniors era . Once Thirimanne comes our batting line will be Dimuth , Kaushal , Thiri , Chandi , Angi ,Kithuwan , Prasanna . but they have to proove them ok in aussie , kiwi , engladn too. Spare a thought for Bangladesh - with the fear of relegation , i thought Bangladesh would do best to express themselves . instead this was ordinary effort with poor strokes , lose bowling ,drop catches and so on . like the effort of young pacer Al amin hussain

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 30, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

Yes great elegant century by mahela, but real test is in july in england, mahela and sanga should bat well there! Srilanka won a test match wayback in england, thats also by a great bowling by legend murali. Sangakara and mahela are great always. But are they well enough when the bowl is seaming, i think theres no much examples to prove they can play the moving ball well, srilankan supporters, i just analyse here mahela and sanga, so talk the performance about them, mahela always trouble for the outswingers.

Posted by Philippe on (January 30, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

& its been years & years.....but still 1 thing is same.... BD can't play test cricket. I don't know y they were given test status... they boast of shakil as hasan as best alrounder but is he the one? I don't think he is even better than any of the spin bowling alrounder in world cricket.. Poor bangladesh. they din't even seem to know basics of playing test cricket.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (January 30, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

Why bother playing in this match if every decision is going to be given out for BD????

Posted by gagagaga on (January 30, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

i cant believe that there's people out there, that honestly believe that Bangladesh deserve to be a Test playing nation. They have seam bowlers that bowl 117km/h and batsmen who would prefer to get a run-a-ball 50, than i well fought 100.

Time to give another nation a chance.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

International cricket continues to be a farce. Sri Lanka are feeble at best but then what category does Bangladesh fit in?

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 30, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

Poor cricket by SL. Do not have dare to declare with a lead of 300. No wonder why nobody watching test cricket. All sorts of negative tactics from my team.

Posted by Optimistix on (January 30, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

Kalana - Why are you counting years, instead of tests? It's well known that the frequency of tests was much, much lower in earlier eras - hence the much higher number of tests played by players of today in their careers. If you want to compare how much exposure/experience it took before winning abroad, you should be comparing the number of tests, not years.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

I have no clue what Bangladesh are attempting to do! It must be very frustrating for Bangladeshi fans seeing their batsmen mindlessly swinging their bats with no attempt to survive! Ridiculous!

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 30, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

@NIPPY_89. If a player averages 31 only in SA,Aus,Eng considered as a 'legend' by us then no wonder someone with average 28 (Dhoni) can be considered as a legend by our neighbours! So, in that standard, they have11 legends in their team! ha ha

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 30, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Am a indian supporter. But i like srilankan fast bowling always. Look at last 3 or 4 matches , lakmal,eranga and pradeep bowling exceptionaly well. There are great for the future for s.l, and the coaching of the world class chaminda vaas, india also think in that way!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

So you admire Sachin's double century against SA (Steyn, Parnell and Kallis) , in the ODI batter than any other ODI performances? Both of them @ Home against SA. You should use same scale for everything! :P

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

some ppl are not built for test cricket....know ur limitations!

Posted by ajithabey on (January 30, 2014, 3:11 GMT)

Superlative batting performance by Sri Lanka. All credit to Mahela & the rest of the batsmen. irrespective of what the critics say, test cricket is test cricket and run rates will be run rates and that is what test cricket is all about. Hopefully, the Sri Lankan bowlers will hone in on their skills and skittle the Bangladesh batsmen today.

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

If you are given one or two test matches in every six or twelve months how would you grow the temperment & attitude for test cricket? Though BD now has well organized first class domestic league, but ofcourse anyone will agree playing in different condition with qualiyy players is another thing.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

it does not matter which team u play against Still you have to play well to win a match coz none is in the ground to mess around . every team want to win . it s the cricketing knowledge and skill levels differ between teams but the attitude the same

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

y Sl should have declared with the lead of 300+ . last time they declared with 550 in the 1st innings . BAN went on to score 600+ .

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

@Kalana well said , and thanx for stats mate

Posted by Legaleagle on (January 30, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

Bangladesh is not good for Test, One Day or T20. They are "ordinary" and "pathetic". ICC should remove BD and get Afghanistan/Ireland into the fold.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (January 30, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

Wonderful batting from SL side. Jay and Sanga are very popular in PAK SL fan from PAKISTAN

Posted by Crick_Expert on (January 30, 2014, 1:32 GMT)

Good game from SL side. Congrat to Jay for double century A fan from Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

i am sorry to srilankan fans but the negative tactics of methews will cause the match for srilanka because in 2013 bangladesh already played 650 runs innings against sri and they played 2days and maybe they will do again how defensive captain of methews is? so bad for sri.

Posted by Messa1 on (January 29, 2014, 22:01 GMT)

Congrats Kaushal and Kithruwan for their tons and Mahela for his double century. Also well done to team SL for performing well in all three departments. Hope to see 2-0 victory for SL!

Posted by Beazle on (January 29, 2014, 21:42 GMT)

Yet another huge score achieved against mediocre bowling. These modern records mean nothing.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (January 29, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

Since Bangladesh can't lose their Test status (ever), opposition teams should rest their best players to sort of "even out" these contests. As it relates to Mahela, he is very good but not a great in my opinion. Sanga is ahead of him by miles despite what others say. To ICC, don't let Bangladesh play Tests against teams ranked higher than West Indies. Ireland, Afghanistan and West Indies are "good enough" competition. Home and away in Tests, matches between them is perfectly ok. Of course i'll give Bangladesh its due with regards to ODIs and T20Is.

Posted by dulabhai on (January 29, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

DROP TAMIM! This guy is good for nothing. BD will not win any match until he is out of the team. He is just another Ashraful. Just talk no walk.

Posted by Cric_Sanity on (January 29, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

Tamim needs to be dropped in the next test. He did well in the last Asia Cup after being dropped in the initial squad - which was subsequently overturned by his uncle's lobbying. He needs to be reminded of the fact that the place in the national squad is not guaranteed. Everyone is replaceable. His reckless approach in the first innings set the precedence for the remaining batsmen. Perhaps, both Tamim and Shakib, are eyeing for the IPL recruit and using the test match to improve their marketability.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

hope at least Bangladesh get some runs in the second innings. otherwise this series will be boring

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

@sachin_equal_to_bradman you have asked for a reply to your comment so heres my reply. SL have won against NZ in NZ so I dont have to talk about that. But digging in to statistics I saw a alarming thing about India and SL so let me go through that with you. India got test status in 1932 SL got it in 1982. And now I m going to show the difference in years that SL took for a win in a country and how long India took to win in the same country.SL won in Eng after 16 years It took 32 years to India to achieve that, in SA SL won in 16 years, for India it took 74 years, In Aus it took Ind some 46 years to win a test and SL still have 14 years to beat that, as its only 32 years since SL reached the test status. Do you wanna bet that SL not gonna win a test in Aus for next 14 years I will bet that SL will win a test in Aus in next 14 years. I m expecting a reply. Cricinfo please publish....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

man why are people trashing mahela? mahela's doing the best he can; he's not out there to be better than anybody else (i don't recall him comparing himself to tendulkar, that's something the low lives on the cricinfo comment section does), he's just going out and trying to win matches for his country. and with 11000 runs to his credit at an average of 50, he's done a damn good job of it. plus, on him being a flat track bully: what of it? it's not easy to play spin bowling. he's never been stumped in a career spanning 2 decades - the odd flat track helps, but i think he's a great player of spin bowling and that's the cause of his success. in any event, i don't care where he gets his runs, as long as he gets them somewhere sri lanka have a good chance of playing well.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 29, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

Simply poor Cricket by Bangladesh - batting, bowling, fielding you name it. All this miserable performance in this test match will do is just spur on the critics. Its a good pitch to bat on and seem we cannot hold a bat in this test match. Tamim why? Sri Lanka have played exceptionally well and deserve to sail through simple as that.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (January 29, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

This is a "Test" match between "SL" and "BD". So talk about Test Cricket, SL players and BD players after this point. We don't want to talk about retired Indian players or do silly comparisons. Thanks.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (January 29, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

if Dravid and Laxman are "Legends" why not Mahela? I think he is in that same category.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

in odis avrage away frm home in each nation country mj ks new 17 -32 zim 18 -79 Sa 20-31 pak 25-52 aus 32-40 bang 31-50 ind 38-45 wi 45-35 eng 45-33 my lankan frinds i always appriciate good cricket. thats why im fan of sanga and critics of mahela. im an indian. plz henceforward dont tell all cricket fans that he is legend. we all kno that he is only a colambo tract bully. i kno im hurting ur feelings but truth is truth. stats arent alwys says truth but they r the reflections of players ability.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (January 29, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@Dilip Waghchoure i think its better to compare 100s per innings overseas and at home rather than just the number of 100s overseas, since India gets more overseas tests series than Sri Lanka. Cannot compare sachin and mahela, sachin was way better, but cannot dismiss mahela as a legend as well, its not easy to make 11,000 test runs and average 60+ in spin friendly conditions.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Dilip - from which book you found how to categories legends and others ?dude what matter is amount of runs score and wickets take.

Posted by Stat1977 on (January 29, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

I have no idea as waht some of Indian fans are expecting here boasting about their retired players averages.Is it to keep your self happy as your team is getting beaten by every corner of the world? lets talk about recent away performance by SL & India.SL in England ODI-3-2,Test 0-1, T20 1-1,Australia- ODI 2-2,Test 0-3,T20 2-0,South Africa ODI 2-2,Test 2-1, Pakistan ODI 3-2,Test 1-1, t20 1-1...Ok Now tell me how many matches won by India in those countries in recent tours? I recall India's last tour of England your all big names played.How many matches they won for India in that series? Individual averages mean nothing to me when someone get beaten badl .What's happening in NZ right now? Any Indian fan who talks about flat track bullying, please answer me.Then we will talk about who the real FTB are...Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

plyer avg home away diff sachin 52 54 +2 dravid 51 53 +2 waugh 47 55 +8 kallis 56 53 -3 ponting 47 56 -9 sanga 63 50 -13 mahela 61 39 -22 listen boys to b called a legand someone needs to b at 0 diffrernce bet home and away avrage this shows how that player coped wit different challanges. yes mahela is bradman of asia but not a legand. becoz bradman also has differenc of ? 3 in his avrg so called best of the world. so cool down and pray that he wil score more away right now he is most ftb of world

Posted by Optimistix on (January 29, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Hi Priyantha, I wouldn't have brought in Sachin's name on my own, I was only responding to comments which had already been made.

Posted by RedGreenTiger on (January 29, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Congratulations to Mahela on his double. Bangladesh tigers seem to have no teeth in their play at all. Lack of proper planning, dropped catches everywhere and poor bowling, very disheartening to watch. They are getting what they deserve with every ball they bowl. Also, Tamim's batting is devastating. I seriously think we should experiment someone else as an opener in tests, because Tamim just can't hold his nerve. His "big bang" attitude just is not working in tests. Top order batting is another serious problem for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: How could you even think of comparing Mahela with Sachin. In tests matches, Mahela is a flat track bully. You are trying to say Mahela is better than Sachin Tendulkar outside sub-continent. It is the biggest joke in the history of world cricket. Look at the following stats: In Australia: Mahela batting average is 34 whereas Sachin averages 53

In SA: Mahela-27 & Sachian-46

In Eng: Mahela-31 & Sachin-54

IN NZ: Mahela-28 & Sachin-49

Posted by Shajadul on (January 29, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Seriously, BD needs quality first bowlers and a good number 3 batsman.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (January 29, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Dear whoever - Posted by on (January 29, 2014, 17:46 GMT) replied to Gaurav Manchanda - What you said is correct, scoring in sub-continent is not easy even it is flat track. But scoring only in Flat tracks and not in other part of the world will be named as Flat Track Bully, as you brought SRT name, can you check SRT's averages in SA, ENG & AUS in tests? SRT was highest run scorer in 2003 WC in SA (676 runs) and please check how many runs Mahela (SL Legend) scored in 2003 world cup played 9 matches scored 21 runs with a lengendry average of 3.00 (sourse: statsguru). I personally like Mahela's batting when he is in full flow but he will be in full flow only in SL or sometimes IND/BD and very rarely rest of the world.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 29, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Keep trying Bangladesh. Being a brother-country, we like you to become better. Challenges are to make you better. More the sword is hammered and heated, better it becomes! Trust yourself that you will one day be the best Test team on earth! You need to come up with strategies to achieve that. Like a fast bowler bowling the corridor line continuously, without making any mistake, you have to execute your plans properly.

Kithruwan is my second most loved young batsman after Dimuth. Both are very aggressive. Kithruwan is from my school, and I hope he will make us proud in future also. Real test will come later in England. Keep working hard buddy. You edged to first slip, but there was no first slip, and it went in between wk and second slip. I was just stunned at that moment. Need to find the middle point in between aggression and conservative play, like Mahela and Sanga. All the best!

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 29, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

I agree mahela is a class act, but there many many faults in his batting. Especially in odi is average is 32 all the years, but he is still playing for the country, he done well while opening the batting in o.d.i. If s.l have a plan to extend him til world cup, he has to open the batting, otherwise no use!! And many said that he going to break sachins record its never ever happen guys!! What are trieng to prove is well enough like SRT, NEVER,thatswhy sachin always best. Mahela or sangakara cant touch his feet, both their great for srilanka, but whats the impact they made to the test team over the years, yeah scord many runs in sub continent.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

@Gaurav Manchanda, As a Sri Lankan born who now supports South Africa, I think I'm qualified to answer your question. Dear Gaurav Manchanda and all the Indians! Yes I personally think Mahela is a flat track bully and this 200 means naught to me, but then again if anything he scored has no value in your eyes, same applies to your greats and my eyes as well. If that's the case even 15,000 odd runs Sachin scored meant naught to me too. And then again I think wait! Cricketers away from subcontinent can't score inside it, so that makes me think that they are fast track bullies and it takes something special to play on these kind of pitches. All those things said aside, unlike Indian cricket TEAM Sri Lankan TEAM(Even if Mahela is a one) are not flat track bullies! They win at least something where ever they go. If Australia, England South Africa, New Zealand give more chances to Sri Lanka I'm sure they'll show how Indian team it is done. Hope I answered your question.

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 29, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

@Thomas Cherian

Same thing has to be said about so called aus,SA,ENG teams as well.They play well in their pitches and when they come to sub-continent they are just mediocre set of players..You need good very good talent to play spin in these part of the world..So you rule in your own backyards by seam and we INDIA,SL,PAK rule here with spin and flat tracks..You challenged us to play and win in your seaming tracks and we SUBCONTINENT challenge you in the same spirit Come and play in our flat spin tracks against our spinners...I bet steyn wont be a use even... If you call us FLAT TRACK bullies for not playing well in seaming wicket of yours we can call you the opposite....FAST TRACK BULLIES....For not managing to play well in SUBCONTINENT...Truth is you play well in your part of the world better and we play best in our part..It is fair by all ..There is nothing in CRICKET ALMANAC that team who plays better in seaming wickets are SUPERIOR ones to than who play well in spin tracks.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Its nice to see MJ scoring big and other young players scoring big and getting the confidence, our guys will be tested in England and I love to see MJ scoring good in England and show he's good outside Asia as well. Bangladesh got lot to improve on, bowling, fielding aside batsmen should learn to occupy and build would innings, even tomorrow they bat with T20 mindset they don't deserve to play the longer format, loosing is OK but should work hard face more balls and fight, no go all guns blazing quick fire 40 and get out

Posted by Chandima.Ceylon on (January 29, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Mr Omar Afrah Moriom, thanks for your gratitude,SL touring your country in very doubtful situation.SLC satisfied the security system provided by your country.BD has very good quality one day batsmens may be not suited to Test level since once they lost their concentration, strong opposition teams easily know that to land the delivaries to the right spotsto collapse get him out.SL produced quality test batsmen from 1996 wc like Jayasuriya,Atapattu,Mahela,Sanga,Thilan and now Kausal,Mathiwes and today what about Kithu.Ban batsmen should improve their paitence and temperment.to my view,either SL or BAN have not any quality fast bawlers at Test level.Main thing is Chaminda Vaas's great guidence for producing wicket taking deliveries by these youngsters .That's why Lakmal Eranda and Prsdeepseemed so sucess in seaming and controlling since UAE tour. Vaas has that ability so there is no problem whatsoever to call him as a national resource in SL cricket forev

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Good to see mahela scoring a double hundred. He has always been a more than excellent batsman on subcontinent pitches. In tests, mahela averages 34 in Eng, 27 in South Africa, 28 in New Zealand and 31 in Australia. Sri Lankan fans never miss even a single chance to call Indian batsmen flat track bullies. Now I really want to know how SL fans rate Mahela Jayawardena.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 16:46 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

Posted by fzsTrio on (January 29, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Bangladesh is not a test playing material.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

SL_rockz Sanga maybe he will catch up for Jaya to catch up you have to ensure he plays in Asia for next few years

Posted by CricketLifer on (January 29, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

and Bangladesh wants to continue playing top tier Test Cricket. They are a joke and being used by all others to run up scores and improve their stats!

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (January 29, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

misbhpak -- Yes , Mahela will get the highest test runs, more and more he plays in SL, BAN and in Middle East

Posted by British_North_America on (January 29, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

I do not know if Tamim wanted to avoid hard work by getting out ASAP.

Posted by misbhpak on (January 29, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

mahela will be get highest runs in test.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Every team has bad match or 2 even a series but bengali fan shoud feel proud of the way they have handled nz nd wi in bangladesh nd like most teams are creating their home their fortress however i think the fast bowling dilemma can only be solved if bd hire a good fast bowling coach nd apply him in academy or national team. for example in 2008 zimbabwe had no fast bowlers whatsoever but then they hired heath streak and by 2010 they had several good prospects about 7 fast promising bowlers. if bd follow the example wonders can happen like they did for zim

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Optimistix: We are commenting on BD vs SL first test match. There is no need to make comparisons with Sachin, Lara, Dravid etc. Although sub-continent wickets are known to be batting friendly, many reputed players from England, Australia, NZ etc. have struggled on such wickets. You require certain specific skills to play on these type of wickets. Now coming back to the match, the way Tamim got out is indicative of the state of temperament BD batsmen possess. There is severe lack of concentration, patience and application. Unless such qualities are developed BD will get no where in test cricket. BD batsmen need to apply much more than batsmen of other test playing nations, because of weaknesses of their bowling attack. I wonder why coaching staff are not emphasizing on such qualities.

Posted by jb633 on (January 29, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Sorry to dive in but BD are just not up to test standards. I want to see them improve in test cricket but they do not have the bowling for it. Surely if ENG/AUS/NZ were to play against Ireland in Ireland they would put up a better show than BD have done for years on end.

Posted by jb633 on (January 29, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

@pradeep, no he shouldn't be apologetic at all. MJ is a class player and one I admire greatly. The fact he performs better at home than away is nothing new. I mean which player in worlf cricket would not take their home grounds/conditions over away conditions. MJ is class. Not in the same calibre as Sanga (due to away record) but still a brilliant batsman.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Every bad coments against bangladesh will remove tomorrow after seeing tomorrow bd bating :)

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (January 29, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

As a Bd fan I have said all along that Bd is not ready for test until produce 2 or 3 more effective ballers. Till now there are only one or two effective ballers in Bd test squad, the rest are all useless. No team can play test without ballers. But Bd has improved in batting, although batting is inconsistent but its okay. If Bd can find 2/3 more effective ballers then they can be competitive in test. So I am not surprised at this horrible result but I am not hopeless either . Even this test could have been compatitive if Bd had couple of more wicket taking effective ballers.

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (January 29, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

I fail to see why Mahela should be apologetic at being the best batsman in the world in spin friendly conditions in the last two decades.....only comparable player i''ve seen is VVS... Now is Mahela great outside Asia? No i don't think so..but he has done well, and has scored probably two of the most beautiful and flowing centuries seen at Lord's of late And is he comparable to Sachin overall? of course not, no current batsman is. Why is this stupid topic even brought up? But i really don''t think there is anyone in world cricket now who bats as elegantly Mahela.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Being a Bangladeshi I am disappointed with the Bangladesh team performance and how they are currently performing. Regardless of all the controversies of the Two Tier system, this test match should be more of an opportunity for Bangladesh to prove the ICC that Bangladesh is a formidable Test side. But as usual inconsistent performance from both the bowling and batting side of Bangladesh. Tamim being one of the most senior players, playing so recluse and getting out early always puts pressure on the rest of batsmen. In test match opening pair stand is very crucial to a foundation and some of the senior batsmen have to set up and play long innings. Anyhow, I dont want to take credit away from Sri Lanka, they played well in UAE and now they are playing well in Dhaka. The Sri lankan batsmen have shown great patience and temperament. Also, I want to specially thank Sri Lanka for touring Bangladesh even with uncertainty of the security issues.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (January 29, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

clearly a case for 2 tier test cricket.

Posted by jerryman on (January 29, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

Now Sl need to be a little ruthless and win if possible on the 4th day . The real challenge will be when SL tour England in June this year. Nice to see Vithanage get a 100 and his run rate was amazing for a test at # 8 . Congrats to mahela and mathews as well. Only way for BD to challenge their batting depth is to salvage a draw without a rain affected game. . I believe SL is on the right track and must start giving more youngsters a break. Would be nice to give some other spinners a break , maybe Tharindu Kaushal who is having a good game in 1st class cricket . Even Akila should be given more chances .. Good luck lions ..

Posted by ABKhanISB on (January 29, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

@sachin_equal_to_bradman

Most of the times when Sachin scored a century even when he made a century of centuries India lost to Bangladesh. Not even near to great in my books

Posted by Cannuck on (January 29, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

A double is a double regardless where you scored it. IF batting were EASY in subcontinent then everyone would have the record, MJ, Sanga & even Sachin has. People commenting here has personal, regional or other issues to ridicule any achievement by bringing stats, name calling etc., which they think makes them patriotic about their own country. Sadly it's the opposite, when it's crystal clear who they are & why they are posting. It's the SAD state of the game, administrators & even the fans! These are book cricketers, with stats in hand toiling here cause their own teams SUCK! Their own team just lost the #1 spot in ODI against #8 team, They lost the test #1 a while back, so now they are worried their demi god's highest runs are threatened. Personally I think 15k runs will NOT be broken by MJ or Sanga, but makes me smile seeing the other's reactions.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 29, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Everybody seems to have forgotten that Mahela scored 129 against Pakistan a few days back. :)

Posted by Optimistix on (January 29, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Kindly use Statsguru and confirm the following for yourself:

Mahela averages in the 20s(!!) in SA and NZ, and 30s in Aus and Eng - his home average is fully 20 runs more than his away average.

Sanga is much better than him, but even he averages in the 30s in Eng, Ind, SA and WI, and his home average is 16 runs more than his away average.

Sachin, on the other hand, averages in the 40s or higher in every single country he's played in, and his away average is actually higher than his home average. This in spite of him having played much more of his cricket in the 90s compared to Mahela and Sanga, who thrived in batsman-friendly 2000s.

So perhaps now you (those talking Mahela up) know why they, and especially Mahela, cannot be realistically compared to Sachin, or for that matter, Lara, Waugh, Dravid and others who have performed well in many different countries.

Posted by GustavXV on (January 29, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

@ sachin_equal_to_bradman, Can you counter argue this?? India took 35 years to win a test overseas but Sri Lanka took only took 13 years. India took 20 years to win a test whereas Sri Lanka took only 4 years, BTW it was India who was beaten by Sri Lanka. Ha ha…..ha!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

It is true that SL is a very good test side.BD is definitely has improved as a test playing country.BD's matches against SL and NZ confirmed their strength.SL in the form of new opening pair has one of the best openers in the circuit.BD should thank SL for visiting the country and playing despite adverse security reports.The way BD fans came in thousands show the anxiety of the BD fans towards supporting BD and Test cricket.One word to BD players-pl learn from the SL batsmen on the virtues of test batsmanship.

Posted by Seller2015 on (January 29, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

soooooo is this the 10th double hundred for Jayawardene against Bangladesh time to get his average to 50

Posted by Puffin on (January 29, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

The difference between the two sides is clear to see, one applies steady pressure in all aspects of the game - nothing too outlandish, just getting the opposition out for a modest total and then steadily batting them out of the game. If they then contribute to their own downfall, well that's gratefully accepted and the steamrollering continues. Much to learn here.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

Mr Sachin you are correct on Australia and India but our first away win was in NZ. So your challenge is as useless as your Indian team in NZ.

Posted by sergio11 on (January 29, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@Blade-Runner..yeaa sachin's 248 came against BAN...bt thats not the only double he achieved...legend MAHELA never scored a double in AUS or a ton in SA..lol...all he done through out his career..smashing hip high bullent straight ball...lol...ONLY 6 OF HIS 33 TEST CENTURIES CAME OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT..AMONG THAT ONE IN ZIM...SO THATZ 5/33..AWESOME RECORD.. ..congratz mahela!!!!

Posted by merandy on (January 29, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

@ sachin_equal_to_bradman SL has won in NZ!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

kithruwan is the today we found.he is the best replacent for thirimanna.if we can manage to built his skills he will best middle order match winner.chandimal again proof his ability and he didnt know match siyuation and shot selection.all the best young guys.

Posted by cricket_jaya on (January 29, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

@Kirit Patel Pls mate just go through the score board u can realize ......

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (January 29, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

SL not won a SINGLE TEST in INDIA, AUS , NZ!!! Anyone can counter argue this??????? Challenge to all SL fans...REPLY TO THIS

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (January 29, 2014, 13:43 GMT)

Blade-Runner -- Everyone knows the difference between Sachin and Mahela.. and who is the Best. Mahela's all the 200 plus on flat tracks. Four of them in Sri Lanka including his best against SA.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

SL should have played till the close of play. because they were scoring faster after kithruwan came in. if they have batted through out the day there was a chance to beat the world record. I waited for that. Because 2 days are enough to get them all out. mahela's innings was exelent. he needed this innings. In my opinion Sanga's innings was a fail.Captain Mathews is showing his talent again and very consistant. Chandimal got a huge chance to het a hundred but miss his opportunity. And Kithruwan wonderful innings. 730-6. Sri Lanka imroving in test as a team.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 29, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

I can see some hilarious comments here, made by Indian fans. The thing is they have nothing to laugh at coz Sri Lanka are doing exceptionally well , compared to team India that are getting thrashed by the rank no.8 team. The funny thing is that Sachin's highest score, 248 has come against Bangladesh while Mahela's highest 375 against South Africa (Steyn, Ntini). What are you guys trying to prove here ??

Posted by penr on (January 29, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Please bangladesh and bangladesh cricket team & captain, before worrying about new ICC rules, try to play some good cricket. It hurts when you guys lose badly or the way you played this game, i have been following and supporting bangladesh team next to INDIA obviously for long long time .... there were some amazing days where you guys play like champions (but happens in patches that too very lean).

Hope your board will develop young players and increase the bench strength which would indirectly put pressure on the current squad.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

Bangladesh played better cricket against Srilanka and NZ in 2012. A few months of lay off and suddenly players have gone nuts again. This match is becoming a pain to watch!! Hopefully the rest of the BD players won't follow Tamim and put on a better show on the 4th day.

Posted by Legaleagle on (January 29, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

Sri Lanka has decimated pathetic Bangladesh. This was expected but the way Mahila and the whole team has performed, its amazing.

Bangladesh has excuses ready, they feel they have won the one day world cup ad T-20 world cup so its OK to be pathetic in tests. Bangladesh has similar abject record in one day and tests. Beating New Zealand at home one time in their entire cricketing years is their satisfaction. If thats your standard then you have already won the world cup.

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 29, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

__India__

You Love stats haa:) So wait your little master will stay as the highest test run scorer for next 3 years only..... He will become 2 nd or 3 rd.... :) How is that stat ha haa :)

Posted by bootlicker on (January 29, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

__India__ , Night_Fury appreciate your stats and comments on Indian players. It is true nobody will argue the capabilities of Sachin. He is one and only Sachin like one and only Murali. Sanga is a legend, why? because he is so stylish and consistent than Sachin. Sachin is a born batsman but not elegant at all. His style is very average but a consistent batter.

Posted by SkyCutter on (January 29, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

There was a big big hoopla before this test match about BAN performing very well in this test match. Poor performance once again by them. I agree with comments from others that IRE have a better record then them.

Poor performance so far !!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

What kind of inning that Kithruwan played, I'm so impressed with his inning due to the how unfortunate place he gets. It's a the inning that prove how good him play according to the situation and Mahela again shown his class and continue his good form. That's is also totally lions day.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

To see hundreds n double hundreds is nice but I am worried about the future of SL Cricket!! Soon both Sanga n Mahila will retiered; they shoul have given chance to young guns who are awating chance to play for SL and you can't get better chace to statrt with team like BD. Sangan Mahila could have taken rest n ready for English summer. Looks bit selfishness of senior plyers.

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (January 29, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

What can u say about BD, their bowlers cant take wickets and their batsman cant score runs.I don't know on what basis Mushfiqur gave a statement that they are capable of taking 20 wickets, maybe he was saying we are capable of giving 20 wickets to SL.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (January 29, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

For all those who talk about FLAT TRACK BULLIES and home advantage , let us look at the performance of the top batsman

Ponting has 6 double centuries , 5 were at home( the exception was against a weak WINDIES attack comprising Dillon , Drakes and Marlon Samuels in 2003)

SACHIN TENDULKAR has 6 doubles and the highest of unbeaten 248 was against Bangladesh and has another unbeaten 201 against Zimbabwe at home-Sachin has only one away double which was against the Aussies on a flat track Sydney pitch where Laxman scored 172 with an indian total of over 700 ( Aussies were chasing 443 and scored 357 for the loss of 6 wickets clearly indicating a benign pitch even on the fifth day )

Hayden held the world record of 380 against Zimbabwe at home.

Thus, there are many instances where all batsmen have tucked in to weak attacks/flat tracks to bolster their averages.The only exception is Brian Lara who has 2 doubles in Australia ,one each in Lanka,SA & Pakistan

Posted by __India__ on (January 29, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

Now this is for scenario when I leave out Bangladesh & Zimbabwe as opposition in Away or Neutral Venues. Again I am not here to make judgement, but merely to present the numbers. Below stat is for 100's in Away Matches(other than ZIM/BD)@Average Tendulkar 24 in 95@52 Dravid 17 in 82@50.8 Laxman 8 in 70@42.64 Ponting 14 in 54@50.29 Lara 16 in 61@48.32 Kallis 14 in 60@49 Sangakkara 8 in 35@46.8 Jayawardene 6 in 42@34.25

Posted by onebump on (January 29, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

A lot of the arguments about flat track bullies is a bit stale and predictable. So, unless you want to make just noise please don't waste your time and everyone elses. all know and accept Mahela has a pretty ordinary record against non-sub contingent teams when playing away. Given how technically correct, and beautifully he plays it is a frustrating fact for SL and other cricket fans. Also given he is a smart person, he should have sorted this out. Another issue is how little opportunities SL get to play in those countries. The FTP has been abused by those countries and the SLC. The test empty 2013 was a nasty example. Other countries also don't give enough opportunities as SL brings in less money. For example, this English summer, the young Indian batsmen, the like of Pujara and Kohli will get 5-10 innings to sharpen their skills in playing in English conditions. Whereas Silva, Chandimal and Karunarathne will get 2-4 innings. There is nothing that India has done differently to earn m

Posted by Nmiduna on (January 29, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

@indiamustwin12: u may be indian or sri lankan or whatever, but your argument itself is full of 'loopholes'.I agree kohli is in a dream run these days and performed far better than sanga or mahela in ODIs BUT not in tests.And saying 1st innings scores in ODIs are not that important is unjust and superficial! talking about mahela, you can't say he's made all these runs in 'flat' tracks. not all spin-friendly tracks are flat, best eg is Galle where mahela has played a few important innings when almost all others struggled.and he has played many a match-winnings in WORLDCUPS and played a great part in us reaching finals.if you remember the last t20 cup semi where mahela made it look like he was batting on an entirely different track against the likes of ajmal! and my friend, playing spin well is to me EQUALLY GOOD as playing seam! and though not the only reason, playing very few tests in those conditions have also played a part.As with sanga, don't forget hobart..kohli hvnt reached there!

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 29, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

sorry Sanga 10727 not 10927 runs scored..... :) He will have 6 innings to score 273 runs to reach the 11000 as the fastest man ever played in this scared game of TEST CRICKET..

Posted by __India__ on (January 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

I am not here to take sides or comment on who is better abroad, who is worse. I just love numbers, so I am putting it here:- Tendulkar Away:29 in 106 matches@46.40 Total:51 in 200@54.17 Dravid Away:21 in 94 matches@53 Total:36 in 164@52.31 Laxman Away:9 in 77 matches@42 Total:17 in 134@46 Ponting Away:16 in 71 matches@46 Total:41 in 168@52 Lara Away:17 in 66 matches@48 Total:34 in 131@34 Kallis Away:20 in 74 matches@54 Total:45 in 166@55.37 Sangakkara Away:10 in 48 matches@47.64 Total:33 in 121@56 Jayawardena Away:10 in 58 matches@41.42 Total:33 in 142@50.38 But what really surprised me is that Mahela & Sanga played almost 2/3rd matches at home

Please feel to judge who is better or who is worse. I am not here to do so.

Posted by Night_Fury on (January 29, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

Please donot compare Sachin to any SLankan batsmen. Its not worth. You insulting the little genius. Let me put the stats in front of you all. I start with Tests:- Sachin has scored 51 Test Centureis out of which 29 are out of India. I will drill a bit and tell you all that astonishing 17 centuries have come against AUS NZ SA and ENG, away from india. Thats 33% in so called bouncy pitches. He has clobbered SL 9 times and 5 of them are in SL. But most of his 17 away century came against AUS (6). Now lets see the stats of Sanga in test matches shall we:- Sanga has scored 33 centuries, 21 of them at home and paltry 12 away. Out of 33, 5 have come against Bangladesh in Srilanka. He has scored only 1 century against each of India AUS England and SA. How the hell is he legend. He is average batsmen. Any Lankans here? You want me to compare any other with the little master. There is can and will be only 1 SACHIN.

Posted by AJ8147 on (January 29, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Poor, poor Bangladesh. How can a team with 1 win, 3 draws and 2 losses over the past twelve months have the audacity to play test cricket! They have 1 win, 1 draw, and 2 losses in their last 4 overseas tests over this period, too. Can you imagine a proper test team like India with such an overseas record? Relegate Bangladesh and replace them with Ireland! After all, Ireland has won 2 out of 7 ODI's against Bangladesh and an incredible 1 out of 4 T20's against Bangladesh. With that record it is obvious that Ireland is better than Bangladesh!

Posted by stormy16 on (January 29, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Great show by SL but probably not the best time for Bangladesh to be in this position given all the presure on relegation etc. No different to India trying to call all the shots and run with the money but yet to win a game in 3 overseas series in the last few months! I presume the SL thinking was to bat once and bat big but I must a lead of 500 looks excessive but will only be questioned if they fail to force a win. Bangladesh must look to take the test to the 5th day regardless.

Posted by sachin_equal_to_bradman on (January 29, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

@Selfishkar and @SL_rockz and all SL Fans: Don't compare a platinum like SACHIN with SILVER like Mahela and Gold Like Sanga!!!! MAHELA's AVERAGE IN AUS-31.42 , In ENG-34.11 In NZ-27.71 In SA-27.87!!! Is he a legend?????

Posted by UAETigers on (January 29, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

BD is a quite good ODI and T20 team and no one has denied this fact, but in Test matches they haven't learnt anything or imporved at all. Still their performance against top teams is same. Inning defeats, big run losses etc. They should play more 4 day matches and then come back to Test cricket. They do not have a single World Class Batsmen, Fast / spin bowler, All rounder. Please don't rate your T20 / ODI stars as Test match Stars. BD can still improve a lot but first they have to develop a separate bunch of test cricketers. Still in few overs to go before close and Tamim played a shot like he is batting on 200+ or playing an ODI. Don't take it negatively but test cricket is bigger and tougehr then ODI and T20.

Posted by sandeep33 on (January 29, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Bangladesh thrashd in their own backyards...think before you talk and compare with world clas team lik india,,despite performng nt much abroad they are unbeatabl at hom,,

Posted by SportsObserver on (January 29, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Did you see the shot Tamim played to get himself out. When a team is not only trying to save a test but also trying to save their test status, he goes for that shot!! I can not remember an uglier shot coming from an opening batsman under these circumstances. No real test bats man should ever go for a spin like that after playing a shot. No matter how many centuries he got in the past, board and captain should drop him for a couple of series and send a message that this kind of carefree attitude will be tolerated anymore.

Posted by SANG1 on (January 29, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

Guys every match is not about winning. And this matches declaration came late may be not becoz of Mahela but for Vithanage to get himself some confidence in the international stage. As he might not get a second innings to bat and may be even not play the next test if Prasanna is back. So think of the positives at this stage than criticizing the young captain. And I believe decisions are not made by a captain alone. The entire team discusses a lot of situations in the dressing room and its the captain who always gets the blame.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 29, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

feels pity of Mathews for not declaring with a lead of 350 and silly on Jayawardhane for the 200. Lions indeed!

Posted by SL_rockz on (January 29, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

SAchin-15921 .....

MAhela -11236

Sanga-10927...

Nearly three years to play in tests..... SO Little master is under threat..... 15921 will be chased by one of these two.

Posted by Yasi_Gee on (January 29, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Congratulations Kithruwan on your maiden test century, also to Mahela for his brilliant 200 and to Kausalya for his attacking 100. Well done SL and keep going and win the test.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

Srilanka had shown to BD that how to bat on this batting paradise pitch. They really deserve victory. And as an opener Tamim should be omitted for test cricket in the future. I think he doesn't know the language of test cricket !

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

hey guys stop uttering about flat tracks, u should understand that even MJ has got only less than 10 test matches to play AUS in AUH in his 25 cricketing carrier...if he get more chances tour ENG, AUH, SA or NW he will perform in fast track too.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 29, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

@Pubudu Jayawardana. Absolutely. Jayawardhane is no way near to those veterans!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

@Mervo so true, isn't that how Jason Gillespie scored his one and only double in tests.

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 29, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Hey sl fans, am srilankan, am living in wattala. I dont scare to speak the truth, yes india is very below in foriegn conditions, but far better than srilanka, srilankan fans just clarify how many odi matches won by srilanka with a century by sanga or mahela?? I agree their great players to watch but there are many many loopholes on them. Dont compare them with kohli. He is just 25 and already hit 12 century while chasing, and what about sangakara and mr.mahela while chasing, i was admrd a innings from sangakara against england in england apart from that sangakara rarely score while chasing, and he was always under pressure while chasing, i thnk mathews scord some valuable runs while chasing. And aravinda also great player, yes they have the best parnership, thats also scord in ssc ground. I express my views with points not emotions. Just think and talk. Am a srilankan and i know here in srilanka team selections also based on schools. Most of the players from ananda,nalanda, royal or joseph, thatswhy they keeping mr chandimal in the team as the t20 captain even he hasnt score well enough, thatswhy i admire players like rangana, sanath their from rural areas! So dont try justify!!

Posted by mansoor777 on (January 29, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

remember Jayawardena n Sangakara are th one who will break Sachin Record of Highest test Runs. still Fit Jayaardena is a Class player and staill have 3 years to play . Sri Lanka will win this match tommarrow

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

When big team like England lose by 5-nil without any competition , nobody says nothing. But when Bangladesh plays bad in 1 match, people start talking about their test status. please at least try to consider the performance they showed in last 5 test matches before talk something like arrogant All are hater and hypocrite people, specially in south Asia

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

If there was a more persuasive argument for two tier Test Cricket or for Bangladesh to step down into the Intercontinental Cup this is it. Meanwhile a side like Ireland who have progressed year on year are denied their chance. This is not a Test match and it isn't sport, it's a one sided spectacle that embarrasses us all.

Posted by neo-galactico on (January 29, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

What's up with subcontinent players and their obsession with personal milestones? Even the great Sachin was consumed by the fabled 100th hundred. Good on Mahela for getting his double hundred but once again I'm very critical of Mathews' captaincy. Surely no matter how flat a pitch it is you don't need a lead of 500 against any team, let alone Bangladesh (with respect they're not the best team in the world not even close). Cricket is a team sport and personal milestones are only viable if they are in the best interest of the team.

Posted by Selfishkar on (January 29, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Mahela has more double hundreds than Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

please don't bring vishwanath n ganguly to compare with mahela n sanga its embarrasing its like comparing Brazil n india in soccer

Posted by LoveLanka on (January 29, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Some fans here need not to worry about SL performance against BAN i believe.. because they need to figure out how they trail 3-0 right now with world champs tag on them. when SL toured AUS .. it was 2-2, in South Africa it was 3-2 to SA, in ENG it was 3-2 to ENG... so much better our beloved fans work out with your team how to avoid another 4-0 again.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

was their any need of 500 run lead. they should have declared with lead of 350

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

MJ truly is Class act....good craftsmen in batting....Best of Luck

Posted by dual.citizen on (January 29, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

BD is being embarrassed in their own backyard by SL. Seems like they will lose by an innings with a day to spare. It cries for two tier system and may be lower tier should initially play 4 days tests. BD talks too much, time to talk by bat for a change.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

@pasan its ok lets enjoy the great game

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

why selectors made Tamim vice captain. It is a gone chapter while Tamim was deputy of Shakib. Come on selectors do not need to change or reshuffle the team. And team selection was bad. Why they played three seamers !!!

Posted by 9ST9 on (January 29, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

wow BladeRunner must be really popular there's now even a parody username for him under 'Blade-Runnar' and judging by the spelling there's no doubt from which country he/she is from.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 29, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Awesome batting display by legendary Mahela, young Kithuruwan n Captain cool Mathews. I'm really impressed by the aggressive maiden century of young Kithuruwan. Too bad, Mathews missed out on his century once again.

Nothing much to say about BD bowling efforts though. And they lost a wicket too, during those 9 overs of play. The game is most likely to be over within 4 days.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

our so called most flat track bully sehwag scores at an avarage of 44 in away matches. howwhat abt ur mahela who scores at 39 in away matches. so who is ftb

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

this is mahela's 7th double ton and have scored 33 centuries with his test runs more than 11000+ ..great batting lions and take the series . batting line up was so good and bowlers have to toil . wish u to play well bangladesh.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 29, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

@Kalpa Manoj . Check whats his average in Aus, SA and Eng where your batting will tested by good bowlers and fast bowling pitch.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

@ Dilip, that is ok mate you have your own right. Btw you guys had VVS right? he was not in the same class of Sachin. Likewise we have Sanga & Mahela. Yes Mahela's away record isn't great. Agree!!! Anyway there can't be 2 Sangas know! But you must have someone to score at home right? When those so called greats squared up due to the spin at Galle, he played many match winning & match saving innings there! Personally I want both of them to give chances to youngsters, specially in ODIs. Anyway I respect your opinion. Cheers!!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

thank you---mahela jayawardene. I.m Bangladeshi-----me all time support sarilonka tem ------thank you.mahela

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

@Mervo ; Well, But Australia have play BD in Australia. Otherwise, they will get whitewashed by BD too coz Aus are bad tourists, if not the worst.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

a fatastic performance by SL..even though BD is an average team but still SL played an awesome knock.good job.love from pakistani fan

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

Same old story of lopsided match involving Bangladesh. It is not great advertisement for test cricket. Test status should be withheld forthwith for Bangladesh. Mahela, the subcontinent Bradman keeps piling up runs. Every know his statistics outside subcontinent is pathetic to say the least. Is he one of the great batsmen scoring more than 10,000. This club has some terrific players who have scored across the world, not sure Mahela would fit into this elite club.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (January 29, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

This is not even a cricket match.Bangladesh really should be relegated!Mahela Jayawardene is back in form now,I wonder how!

Posted by DocBindra on (January 29, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

For those who think test cricket is not in trouble...please look no further...first the Pakistan series where next to nobody saw the matches and now this series against BD. Mahela keeps beating up on substandard attacks to bloat his numbers. He is by far THE MOST OVERRATED STAR PLAYER in cricket.

Posted by NAP73 on (January 29, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Unfortunately this supports the argument for a two-tier competition. Bangladesh have gone backwards in the test arena.

Posted by nothingnew on (January 29, 2014, 11:09 GMT)

@VKohli_theGreat i am sorry to say , VKohli is not great as u think . he is just little ahead to Ravichandran Ashwin , before SA tour , Aswin had test average around 40 , like what Kohli has now (44.32) . even he couldn't make more than 150 + . mahela scored 200 runs in seven times and sangakkara did 8th times. how about Kohli ? don't blow like balloon . it will blast like what happened to india team now a days .most indian's are just flat pitch batsmen .

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

As a fan of Bd Team. I must congrats to mahela for his superb batting as well as SL team alongside. Wish tomorrow BD will comeback with their best batting lineup .Good luck tigers .

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

fast track bully dnt hide truth mahela's avg almost 50.means superb for test player.

Posted by UAETigers on (January 29, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Now I strongly feel that BD should stop playing Test cricket, their players and their level are not meant for Test Matches at this very moment. They should play more 4 day FC matches with A Teams. After winning against big A teams only they should be allowed to play test matches. In 10+ years BD has not produced a real test batsmen, bowler and all rounder. And Please don't tell me about Shakib. he is good in ODI & t20 but not a test allrounder. May for BD but not for International standards.

Posted by NalinPerera on (January 29, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

Weldon SL , it was the right decision to wait until MJ to get 200, Mathew you did the right thing by allowing MJ to add another double , who cares about people who dont care about statistics.

Posted by Mervo on (January 29, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

I just wish Australia got to play BD at some time. Many sub-continent cricketers' stats are inflated though this kind of mis-match. There really should be a two-tier competition.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

Such a one- sided affair. If BD fight then it makes for a good game. Else such matches kill cricket.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

I wish all the Bangladeshi supporters would stop grumbling about run rate, umpiring etc and just accept that BD batted terribly in the 1st innings. The whole point of it being called a test match is that its supposed to be a test of the players endurance, patience, stamina etc. Run rate doesn't figure in it at all. You want to see high run rates go watch T20. Also no point grumbling about umpiring decisions because BD should never have given those chances anyway. Good sound batting would have prevented any chances. Instead Bangladesh playing a test like a T20 and then their fans complaining when they post a below par target is quite ridiculous. One of the hardest things in international cricket these days is to adapt to each format as a player (especially if you play all 3 formats) and that's something that BD still have to learn.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

gz Mahela, Kithruwan & Silva & to guys who don't know abot Mahrla he is the only batsman in the world that who can score centuries in the 4 th innigs@ galle

Posted by Domestica on (January 29, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

700+ Runs after long time in Test Cricket,Well done SL,and Mahela for superb Inning without any doubt,

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

@ tim its 5/33

Posted by TheKeeper on (January 29, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

Obviously the people quoting statistics here are all armchair cricketers who have never played any real cricket. Statistics do not present the actual on-field gamesmanship of a test batsman; you can ask any selector or coach. In test cricket what makes a batsman great is his ability to construct partnerships.

Now, go and Google: Test record partnerships by wicket.

Mahela has more than any batsman ever. Go Look!

Posted by wanatawu on (January 29, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

Think SL wants a 1000run lead.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully : Thanks for the interesting info mate. This shows we had few legends, but currently we don't have any except Kohli. It is pathetic to see our GREAT LEGENDARY CAPTAIN EXCUSE has awful 28.16 average with no centuries from 40 innings. Even ordinary players like Samaraweera has better average with 2 centuries from 28 innings.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

@pasan hundred per test by great players smith- 17-56-0.30/test cook- 14-48-0.29 tendulka-29-106-0.28 kallis -22/78-0.28 lara -17/66-0.25 ponting-; 18/76-0.23 dravid 21/94-0.22 waugh 17//79-0.21 sangakra-12/54-0.22

mahela.11-65-0.16 plz accept it.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Now I need Sri Lanka to reach 1000. Please don't declare now. Pleaaaase !!"

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Ok. Stats guys. Someone post me one. How many Test 100's has Jayawardene scored outside the sub-continent? Which are genuinely recognised as batter friendly conditions. I bet he hasn't scored many.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 29, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

Now this is just embarrassing. It seems like Bangladesh team went back to their past habit. I understand that SL is lot better than SL but we should at least able to get 10 wicket before 700. What is wrong with our bowler. Why on earth we picked 3 fast bowler to start with?

Posted by sskg on (January 29, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Dear Indiamustwin12, Please don't worry about Sri Lankan Cricketers if they performed well They will win If not They will loose there is nothing to worry for you & Please go and look at your country cricket team Just they lost a another tournament to NZ. Women's team lost to Sri Lankan Women's . I do request you to not to post any negative comments not only to Sri Lanka To any other nations Cricket Team . Don't Spoil other good Indians peoples name which always posting positive comments. Bye & Good Luck My Friend.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 29, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Another legendary Jayawardhane averages 31.25 and Indian captain who considered as tailender in tests averages similar to that - 28.16. Not much difference between them!

Posted by Cricsnake on (January 29, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Fast Track Bully;

Just see the ODI record as per your filter since 1997

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=5;qualval1=matches;size=200;spanmin1=15+Mar+1997;spanval1=span;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=batting

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully : Thanks mate for the interesting stat. It is pathetic to see our LEGENDARY CAPTAIN EXCUSE has an average of 28.16 with no centuries. Real flat track buly overhyped legend.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 29, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Yes. Only A Ranatunga (SL) is having a close avergae to 40 in away matches. Thats the highest from us. Rest of them are FTB.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 29, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

@jb633. Do not blame him. He have fear in mind and know we will collapse in the 2nd inngs even for a score of 100 to chase. So bat as much as and take away the possibility of loosing the match as BD are not wise like Pak.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 29, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu. Sangakkara averages 38 only in SA, Eng and Aus. Tendulkar, Kohli, Dravid, Gavaskar, Ganguly, VVS even GR Viswanath have better average than him!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

@ pasan im indian.i m not blind lover of cricket . sanga is my faviourate. thats why im nt published his ststs 12/33 i kno it. but he has scored runs on fast tracs of aus/newzland/sa/ aganst quality attacks. so dont compare him wit ur colambo legend some stats for u tests R avr 100 50 sanga- 121-10727-57-33- 45 mahela 142-11203-50-33-45 odis sanga- 362-12116-40-16-83 mahela-405-11401-33-16-70 sanga allmost played 60 games less still on top. im tru fan of cricket and admire sanga. but not ur other ctl great

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Tendulkar, Kohli, Dravid, Gavaskar, Ganguly, VVS even GR Viswanath have better average than legendary SL players in away matches in SA, Eng, Aus.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;home_or_away=2;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=5;qualval1=matches;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=batting

Posted by jb633 on (January 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

What is Matthews actually doing, how many more do you need to be ahead to declare. I hope BD bat for two days now to teach him lesson. Surely he musyt have learnt something from Pak game

Posted by crookedfinger on (January 29, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Bangladesh should not play with any of those top 8 test teams. They dont have the qualities of a good international test team. They better play with afghanistan,zim,Ireland and try to improve themselves. They are giving freebies to lankans here.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (January 29, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

likewise we have many proud moments against SL.

Posted by Ramansilva on (January 29, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

"Dimuthu an online commentator of Cricinfo said after 174th over: "What if they want to better the 952 against India?"

I thought.... oh!!! please don't even think of it. That 952 against India was one of the proudest moment we enjoyed. There is no pride in holding a higher total against Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

@ Dilip, that is an interesting fact. But could please give the number of away matches played??? Then you will realize by tourself!!! You forgot Sanga though. :P

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (January 29, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

@ Indiamustwin12; Don't try to pretend that you are a Sri Lankan. You can't even type "Jayasuriya" with correct spellings.

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 29, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Well said mahela very very good in ssc, he ir colombo champ. But away frm home?? In australia? Or south africa he rarely score? Shame for srilankan fans for being emotianal not argue with real facts

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

@Dilip Waghchoure: yea, you spot on mate. We had that legendary talent. But look now. Our captain excuse has 1 6 record of away total centuries. Very pathetic. I wonder why he blocks Kohli's captaincy.

Posted by hass2008 on (January 29, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

Bangladesh has up till now only bowled 171 overs and three of its player has made hundred (the bowlers :))..... it seems Bangladesh's players are playing without any motivation.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

@ Indiamustwin12: We all hope that Ind must win, but the question is if we can do it with the flat track bulies we have. Misinformation can't hide the real truth and it won't do any good for our players. Lankan legend Sanga has 60.33 average in Aus with the highest 192 and 35.75 in SA with the highest 108. But we don't have that talent in our present team. Our great captain excuse has 18.69 with 57 highest in Aus, and 28.46 with highest 90 in SA. A GREAT LEGENDARY CAPTAIN. He is blocking the captaincy to Kohli my favourite. Kohli has 37.5 with 116 highest in Aus, but he has compensated with 60 in SA. Even our legendary Dravid had 39.57 in Aus and 37.63 in SA. Laxman had 44.14 in Aus. Sachin is the only one who can be considered a true legend though we had some issues with him late on not retiring with poor playing. I am sure Kohli will follow him.

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 29, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Ok he scored a century in hobart. Its not a bouncy track, why he cant in perth, adelaide. Or wanderers. You just put the centuries list in foriegn soil of him, just u come with that 192, i dont why ur so emotianal.come with facts, am a srilankan but i support india because of their real talent, i cant understand always jealous about indian team, i love jayasooriya he is better attacking player. I argue with facts. Why world always talk about sachin and dravid because they are real world class players in all cönditions. Sanga scord many double tons. But those were scord in sub continant. But look at sachin! Dont be emotional. Go and check the stats. I argue with facts.plz publish

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

player away total tendulkar 29 51 dravid 21 36 kallis 23 45 lara 17 34 smith 17 27 s wagh 17 32 ponting 18 41 cook 14 25 dviliars 9 18 all these players scored centuries 50 percent or some less away frm home. now jayawardene 11 33

now dont tell me that stats r wrong. true colombo tract legend

Posted by YsaKaru on (January 29, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

another 10-12 overs and get 50-60 runs and time to declaration.420 will be a realy good leading score.

Posted by SaroarIslam on (January 29, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

What's your opinion about the umpiaring in this match guyz. . . . .

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

@Indiamustwin12, Really??? Then who scored 192 against Aussies in Horbat??? You??? Don't show your stupidity if you don't know the facts. Cricinfo please publish!!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

@ indiamustwin..u go to hell dont tell lies...sanga has scored 196 in ausies...also lot of centuries in south africa..

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

Only the openers and wicket keeper haven't bowled...8 others have...come on give them a bowl...would like to know the record for the highest number of bowlers bowled in an innings?!"...............

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

i dont know why raheem not giving da ball to shakib..he z da highest wicket taker for bangla..

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (January 29, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

@ Blade-Runnar Why u forgot Kaushal Silva and Mathews every time. Is it intentional or Mistaken?. I feel it's intentional.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

I was enjoying the match between Lankans and Bangladesh. Those two teams are really good teams than the ranking indicates. These two teams along with Pak are friendly both in the pitch and outside the pitch (in comments). I really appreciate this attitude which our fans like SLslider, Yousufahmed1 don't have. I accept the fact our fans were really embarrased by getting hammered by No. 8 team showing actually where we are in the ranking. Whole cricket world claims us being flat track bulies, home tigers, inflating averages and making legends by scoring bucketful of runs at home and against minnows, avoiding away matches with top 4 teams (SA, Aus, Eng and Pak), sitting ducks players in fast bouncy pitches (except Kohli and Pujara), having a captain who favours his CSK players, captain giving excuses before the match (shape of the ground) and after the match (dew), the list might go on

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

sangakkaraʹs highest in aussie is 192 runs and got out for a poor decision . i think most Indian fans are now much interest in sl performance rather than Indian performance away from home bcos in recent tours Indian team has been awful if to say really no wins in 7odis

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Weldone Lanka. Our cricket is struggling big time these days. Men's team is getting humiliated by the No. 8 team in fast bouncy conditions. Women team lost the T20 by 2-1 at the hand of mediocre Lankans.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (January 29, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Congrat Lanka. Our cricket is struggling big time these days. Men's team is getting humiliated by the No. 8 team in fast bouncy conditions. Women team lost the T20 by 2-1 at the hand of mediocre Lankans.

Posted by aussie1993 on (January 29, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

both medicore teams when sri lanka tour australia last year I cant see these centuries

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

hi Indiamustwin12, indian batsmans are same as Sri Lankan batsmans. They cant play at bouncy pitches.

Posted by Indiamustwin12 on (January 29, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Yes very good performance by srilanka, but why they cant equally well in australia or england or south africa. Look at sanga and mahela they scored 33 centuries but where they are come from? In ssc, or galle or kandy or around the subcontinant, what abt sanga and mahela centuries in australia or england or south afrca? Time to call sangakara and mahela as flat track bullies, i ddnt saw a spectular century in the fast tracks, sangakara's highest score in australia 70 odd runs. But look at sachin, dravid. And laxman. Ganguly thats why there are legendary players

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

SL need to get to about 640 in another 35 overs before they think of declaring today.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Sri Lanka are one of my favourite teams. I doubt Bangledesh can save this match. Sri Lanka will have 2 days to bowl out Bangledesh.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (January 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Our performance show the quality of opposition. Against the top ranked Pakistan, we were like kids and against same strength BD we are playing like masters. Sangakkara and Jayawardhane are the key even against minnows. Let them improve rankings.

Posted by humi_cric on (January 29, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Can BD save this match???? Even if they take the game to the final session of the last day then I will agree with all our BD team supporters that BD is improving -- and learning curve for BD players (though seems to me a straight line, TBH). This is their real test, if they save the game or even lost in the final session then that would be a big achievement, atleast for me (as a neutral fan). I personally believe they have the potential but not the test match temperament. Anyway, good luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

SL has improved tremendously, mainly due to playing a high quality bowling like Pakistan, the bowling had been shaky but BD batting collapsed badly. Lions we can thank Pakistan for the win

Posted by ajithabey on (January 29, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

Good sensible and disciplined batting by Sri Lanka.They should bat out this important session and accumulate at least another 100 runs before sending Bangladesh for their second innings.

Posted by Lakpj on (January 29, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

SL should come out and score quickly and try to get that lead to 400 ASAP. then they can ask Bangladesh to bat for 15-20 overs in the evening. After being the field for nearly 6 session it would going to be a very tough ask.

Posted by EmKay443 on (January 29, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Such a commanding position and yet the run-rate for last 10 overs 3.40 and overall 3.37. A boring team SL is. That is why they don't attract much audience.

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