Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day

SL inflict crushing innings and 248-run defeat

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

January 30, 2014

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Sri Lanka 730 for 6 dec (Silva 139, Jayawardene 203*, Mathews 86, Vithanage 103*) beat Bangladesh 232 (Rahim 61, Shakib 55, Eranga 4-49) and 250 (Mominul 50, Perera 5-109) by an innings and 248 runs
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Dilruwan Perera picked up five wickets, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day, January 30, 2014
Dilruwan Perera took a five-wicket haul in only his second Test © AFP
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Sri Lanka recorded their second biggest ever Test win by an innings, wrapping up the first Test an hour after lunch on the fourth day with Bangladesh still 248 runs short of making the visitors bat again. An innings deficit of 498 was demoralising enough for Bangladesh to capitulate without a fight, and there was no stoic resistance from them to take the game to the fifth day, let alone save the game. Sri Lanka's seamers began the slide before the middle order succumbed to the offspin of Dilruwan Perera, who took a five-wicket haul in only his second Test.

Sri Lanka had batted themselves into position from which they would certainly not have to pad up again. The same pitch that produced 730 runs in a single innings was made to look like a seamer's paradise when Sri Lanka took the ball, causing the Bangladesh batsmen to hop and weave even on a fourth-day surface. In the end, Sri Lanka narrowly missed recording their biggest innings win, that of 254 runs against Zimbabwe 10 years ago.

The wickets in the morning were attributed more to good bowling from the visitors, and the aggressive approach from the hosts always gave the bowlers a sniff. The only cheer for Bangladesh was a brisk fifty by Mominul Haque, but it did little to wrest the initiative from Sri Lanka.

The overcast conditions were ripe for seam bowling and Sri Lanka prised out two wickets with the short ball. Shaminda Eranga's snorter off the second ball of the morning was too good for Shamsur Rehman who failed to pick the ball from the gloom and gloved it to the wicketkeeper. Marshall Ayub was impressive with his defense before he too was found wanting with his technique against the bouncer. Suranga Lakmal bowled round the wicket with a leg gully and short leg waiting and Ayub failed to fend it off, lobbing the ball to Kaushal Silva at short leg.

Bangladesh were firmly pegged on the back foot but the situation didn't deter Shakib Al Hasan and Mominul from going for their strokes. The seamers persisted with the short stuff and both left-handers were compulsive with the pull, though not all shots were in control. Mominul wasn't afraid to slash over the slips and point and Shakib too didn't restrain himself.

The introduction of spin, via Perera, sunk the hosts further. Shortly after Shakib brought up the fifty stand with a cover-driven boundary, he played back to Perera and was trapped lbw to one that went through with the arm. Mominul brought up his half-century, off just 52 balls before he too fell lbw to Perera, playing back. There was a semblance of doubt with the verdict, however, as replays indicated that the ball may have been sliding down the leg side.

Mushfiqur's wicket was probably the biggest blow, for he has shown on many occasions that he can occupy the crease, a quality many of his teammates have failed to show consistently. In the last over before lunch, he was beaten by flight going for the drive and bowled through the gate.

Nasir Hossain was the only specialist batsman remaining but he too succumbed to a poor stroke, skying the ball to mid-off, giving Perera his fourth wicket. The two Hossains - Rubel and Al-Amin - gave the crowd something to cheer with a blazing last-wicket stand of 53 in just 6.2 overs, but it wasn't enough to hide the embarrassment of their fourth-biggest innings defeat, that too at home.

Bangladesh have an extra day to ponder over the loss and rethink their combination for the Chittagong Test which begins on February 4. They picked three seamers on a pitch in Mirpur that had more bounce than a typical Bangladesh surface, but as Sri Lanka proved, in order to exploit it to the fullest you needed bowlers with extra yards of pace like Eranga and Lakmal. With the series at stake, Bangladesh could revert to a more spin-heavy attack and prove that their progress in 2013 was no fluke.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

@Zubair Arrayeen, don't be so judgmental. The way England is playing right now is an insult not only to test cricket but all cricket. Besides, India isn't playing all that well either.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Here is a question for everyone: Nazmul Hussain's bowling average in test is 38 whereas Rubel Hussain's bowling average in test is 81! Why isn't Nazmul in the team? We all know he is not "injured" since he is playing in the NCL. Even Melinga doesn't pay test cricket. If Rubel Hussain was trying to be like Melinga, why is he playing test and making a horrific record for himself?

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Looking at this test match, one starts thinking positive about Big Three thingy. These are useless matches, rather an insult to test cricket.

Aus, Eng and India are too smart as they think of getting rid of such stuff.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

To many attacking shots played by Bd batsman. I thing it causes their downfall. Also Mushficker s poor wicket keeping another factor. they should play with proper wicket keeper.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Tamim should not be vice captain. Tamim and Shakib should concentrate more on their performance. prepare spining track and bring more spinners. Hope for the best.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

As a cricket loving country Bangladesh have come a long way.A slightly lesser history than Sri Lanka but somewhat of simillar back grounds.Sri Lanka doesnt boast to a huge talent pool like India n the same goes wt BD as well.So better infrastructure, better management .inspirational coaches and a nvr say nvr captain.Dav whatmore.Arjuna Ranathunga and excellent managers dd it for sri lanka.Dont see why BD cant get there as well.This is a dying sport we need more teams to play international cricket not tier 2 cricket.Break or make point for BD a concerned young well wishing fan of BD from SL.Kudos.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

very disappointing test defeatwe know our team noe plays as a unitas seen recently against new zealand.now new zealand cireared thier mess and playing excllcent cricket against india.we must sit down and latk sense,and play test matches as it should be played.watch and play.wait for bad ball,leave ball out side the off stump unless it is .wait .short of length.in cricket thier are more then 25 ways of getting runs,avoid the short where your weakness is exposed wait for bad ball,make the bowler tired,leave as much as you can,especially out side off stump.best of luck for the next test match and other matches to follow.you can do it with right approach.

Posted by MeijiMura on (January 31, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

This result doesn't reflect very well on Bangladeshi cricket. Sri Lanka is one of the weakest teams going around world cricket these days. At ODI level they are highly competitive, but at Test level they have a very weak bowling attack and their two champion batsmen, Sangakarra and Jayawardene are on the way out. I don't expect either of them to play beyond next year's World Cup. Bangladesh have been playing cricket at the highest level long enough to put in better performances than what they are now. Their batting and fielding was embarrassing! Remember, there's no shame in losing, it's the manner with which Bangladesh lost that is the problem and it gets repeated over and over and over again no matter who they play.

Posted by ajithabey on (January 31, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Great to watch Seniors and Newcomers blending together to win this game with an all round performance. Hopefully, they will keep the consistency and momentum going for a few more years. Selectors have done well to introduce young players to the big league in the recent past. Hats off to Marvan and Vaas for imparting their skills, knowledge and experience on these players.

Posted by abcdef_12345 on (January 31, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

My dear fellow BD fans, don't defend the BD team by saying that other teams started playing test 50 years ago.Because this stats won't count anymore and also we improved a lot in the last year.We now believe in our ability.What happened in the first test could have been an outcome of mental pressure as players were unsure of their cricketing career.Even this Sri Lanka team digested the fastest chasing of 300 runs by Pakistan only a few days ago.So, keep yourself calm and hope for the best.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

one bad game does not mean its the end of the way...every cricket lover should respect the way bd team is improving and approaching except last game.I dont know why some people try to say to take away test status..if bd had enough money like bcci has i think those people would be dumb n deaf...shame to those people who does not know how to respect and earn respect..inshaa Allah bd team will get back in next match..back biter should be careful...

Posted by RedGreenTiger on (January 31, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

Horribly disappointing loss for us. We were thoroughly beaten in every department of the game. I am glad, however, that this loss was to the Sri Lankans. Out of all the teams in Asia, I respect Sri Lanka the most as they have always shown us support. Also, the majority of SL fans have class and respect, while I see many Indian/Pakistani fans always trying to downgrade Bangladesh. We may not be a strong team yet, but that doesn't mean you can insult us. True winners win with grace and respect their opponents. Either way, congratulations to Sri Lanka, it was fully deserved. Hope to see some better competition in the next match.

Posted by mazdonal on (January 30, 2014, 23:41 GMT)

Some of the prophecies of gloom for BD are premature. This is the same team that was up on points in the Test series, just a few months ago, against New Zealand and gave them a drubbing in the ODIs. NZ are giving the "mighty" Indians a bashing in the ODIs. They can take some comfort from that.

They are trying out some new players but certainly need to curb their impetuosity, which is more fitting for ODI's and T20s. I am sure they will do better in the next Test.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

Great win, but i'm sorry, i'm yet to regain the respect for this disrespectful team and their lack of sportsmanship skills (evident in that last Pak-SL test match).

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 30, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

I think I'm seeing the rise of the Sri Lankan test side. Vaas has done well to inject some venom into some of the fast bowlers. Eranga and Lakmla look good and even Nuwan Pradeep looks threatening. Not to mention that Herath is one of the best spinners out there today (probably 2nd to Ajmal though) and the Big 2 are still playing.... Silva is also looking good as is Matthews.... Even though it is Bangladesh that got beat, the manner in which the defeat was done was very good signs... I remember less than a year ago, the Bangladeshis drew a Test easily IN sri lanka. Am hoping for a good England Tour later this year when the dejected England that is broken from the Ashes will be going against a rising Sri Lanka. I expect fireworks

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

I can see a worse thrashing (for Bangladesh) coming in the second test. To name a unchanged side after such a huge defeat is just mind boggling. The selectors never learn; nor do the batsman who just swing at everything. Try to learn from Mahela or Sanga. These two are maters of batting. Do u see them swing and miss at everything? When will Bangladesh's "greatest batsman" - Sir tamim Iqbal ever learn. You don't play for personal glory. When u don the national colours, you owe it to your country to play responsibly and for the team. Even a die hard Tiger fan like myself am thinking that perhaps we don't deserve test status.

Posted by fr600 on (January 30, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

One word: disappointed. Losing is ok, it's part of the game, but not like this. I hope BD delivers in the next match.

Posted by niazbhi on (January 30, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

For those of you who thought BD did badly in this test, I have some information. There is a new game bangladesh is trying.. when the other team is playing test cricket, bangladesh plays ODI in the same game. As long as they score more runs in the first 50 overs BD team is celebrating a win! That way both teams feel like winners!!

Posted by Fogu on (January 30, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Very professional work by SL. Congratulations to them. They are definitely on the rise with young talents surrounding Sanga and Mahela. In a couple of years SL will be hard to beat if these youngsters continue to learn and grow. BD on the other hand needs to learn to bat for Test match. All of our players grow up playing T20 and ODI with very little experience in the longer version of the game. Even though, we have performed better in the last two years, we have a long way to go. Our batsmen have not learned to value our wicket. Also fielding is a big concern. Terrible way to lose. Hoping for a better showing in the next match.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Izzmail55: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in a test match last mnoth, which is a higher rank team. They beat England and South Africa within last 2-3 years in a test match. Do not simply write things that come to your mind. Check statistics before that.

Posted by Izzmail55 on (January 30, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Srilanka is becoming a weaker and weaker team day by day they can only beat a team that is a lower level then them. They bowl negative lines and field they bat so slowly like a turtle

Posted by zeuskhan on (January 30, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

An honest opinion: BD should stop playing test cricket with immediate effect. They should take this decision by themselves because it is bringing a bad name to them. They should work on their basics, build a team that is capable of competing at the International test arena and then start playing. This is not to an insult of any sort but something that is in the larger interest of BD and the Cricket.

Posted by Atish_Man on (January 30, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

I think BD need someone who can carry their batting on his shoulders and rest can play around him. Much like what sachin and Lara did for their teams. They still may not win as u need 20 wickets to win , but it will give them fighting totals and also hope.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (January 30, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Excellent show Sri Lanka - great work - with ball and bat. Am happy to see Angelo's team gel so well - which is what Sanga and Mehela wanted to much coming up to the World Cup - so happy to see the clever and strong effort. BD needs to remember every mistake here and come back strong and make some serious changes for the next test: Drop Tamim - bring in Naeem Islam. Drop Shamsur (good player, just too early now) - bring in Imrul Kayes. Drop Rubel - bring in Mahmadullah. Drop Marshall (good player again - just not required now) - bring in Forhad Reza!!! Remove recklessness, and bring in more patient quality that are waiting for their chance - what do we possibly have to lose?

Posted by rahsun on (January 30, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Good way for Sri Lanka to get back to form. We need more series against Ireland, Afghanistan, PNG, Nepal and co. Hopefully we beat them too.

Posted by Nirem on (January 30, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

I will like to give Marshall Aiyob onbe nore run. and bring back Imrul kayes for shamsur rahman. And one of the pacer must sit down for Razzak/ Mahmudullah.

Posted by IAS2009 on (January 30, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

BD should really quit playing Test cricket, all they are doing is racking up losses in their lost column, in tests matches their batting is awful, it is not about scoring fast, you have 498 deficit, at least make bowlers earn your wicket, put a prize on your wicket, make bowlers suffer, the approach was poor from all batsman, like they need to get extra day off. I think BD have not done any progress or very little progress in a decade now, no one wants to play test matches with this team, there is no contest. They should only play ODI and T20, even in that format batting is awful, BD batsmen play predetermined shots in all formats and in a decade it has not changed one bit, between so many players, coaches. The captain can prerecord a video for press conference after every defeat and use it every time, it is so predictable unfortunately. It was mistake to give BD test status.

Posted by amilag on (January 30, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

what a team SLankans are turning out to be? They are becoming stronger and stronger day by day and the best part of it is the performance of youngsters. This is good signs for SL cricket and Mahela and Sanga can step down without any worries.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Bangladesh went down without any fight. But it could have been better than this. Mahmudullah should have been included in the team as he gained some form back recently. The selectors persist with Marshall Ayub where Nayeem Islam could have been a better alternative. Tamim's approach to cricket was improving, suddenly he is overtly concreting on being natural, which seems to be very ineffective. Pls BD players, put on a better show. We don't watch follow cricket for hours to see you getting bashed this badly.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 30, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

I am happiest about the fast bowlers. The rest is not a surprise by any means. Vaas needs to take a bow as well. I think local batting, bowling and fielding coaches (who do technical coaching) together with a foreign head coach who does strategising and keeps politics out of the team is the ideal way forward.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Let us not drag India or any other country and look at this game. It was a very good wicket. It had a little bit for pacemen but not much. It started giving some assistance to spinners only by 4th day. BD had the opportunity to bat first in spite of loosing the toss. Once they lost 4 top order batsmen in the morning session they had already surrendered the initiative. 232 was a below par score. Then dropping some crucial catches did not help BD and SL posted a massive 730. Yet again BD had the opportunity to battle it out and at least take the game to the 5th day. However, their batters kept on playing irresponsible shots and getting out. It was like they did not believe that they would be able to survive for long if they tried to grind it out. BD selectors should be bold enough to send a clear message to batsmen by dropping few who batted recklessly. The reputations do not count if you cannot deliver.

Posted by i-s-r-a-r on (January 30, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

LOL all that fight over test status over at the ICC meeting, and BD pull of a horrific performence like this. This is why two tier tests are necessary. BD is just simply not good enough for tests. Letting theem play tests only against lower teams is already more than they deserve. Yah the country has a large population of crazy cricket fans, but it does not have the infrastructure to develop world class players who can perform constantly and reliably. Plus people in BD barely watch test cricket. Recently they came out just to gather in protest the threat against their status. It was to prevent something embarassing rather than their love for test cricket. And all this is coming from a Bangladeshi.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

What a great show from the Sri Lankan youngsters. Hopefully, no one will be dropped for the second test. Kithuruwan and Dilruwan have done their share to stay in the team.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 30, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Well it was a really bad test for us but I don't see why some Genius here crying about taking away our status again. We had a really good last year as a test team unfortunately we have bad start this year. Unlike some other team we are not getting alllout under 100 in every series either so rather than commenting about us they should oil their own machine. Good Luck to our boys. Hope they hit back hard next test. SL is really strong team. The best test team in Asia at the moment so it'll be an uphill battle for us but I am sure we can at least finish the series with a draw. Best of luck to our boys

Posted by jerryman on (January 30, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

well played SL. Bangladesh need to adjust to test cricket accordingly. One would think they were playing an ODI in their 2nd innings. The difference was the partnerships. I believe SL had 5 x100 partnerships and BD did not have even 1 . Must learn to play longer innings . Hope they learn from their mistakes. Am sure they will fight harder in the ODIs .. Nice to see the youngsters in the SL take their opportunities like Kaushal silva, Vithanage and Dilruwan perera .. Bodes well for SL cricket after their stalwarts Sanga & mahela step down .. Hopefully tharindu Kaushal and akhila also get their chances..

Posted by amilaaka on (January 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

I'm really happy with the end result of this match...it was obvious that srilanka will win the match easily...This time i really impress with mathiews captancy..He used his bowlers well and he attack bangaladesh batsman whole the innings even bangaladeshi batsman score in a higher rate...this is what he should do in the last match vs PAK...i think he learned his mistakes and reacting to situvation well....Last time he didnt use offspinner dilruwan and made a big mistake...this tym it proved that dilly is a much more capable offspinner.....anyway i really happy that we are in right track....hope this trend will continue and hopefully this year will be great onefor our team...GO LIONS GO...............

Posted by KusalJayasuriya on (January 30, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

Well Done SL! What a crushing defeat! Much much needed for us and this will give us lot of confidence. Apart from Mahela and Sanga we have a very young team and I'm pleased about their performances, especially Dilruwan and Kaushal and Mathews who is showing lot of promise as a leader.

I see lot of debates going about Mahela but the truth is that he's a legend. May not be in the same class as Sanga, Sachin or Ponting but still a great player for sure and his overall contributions for cricket is excellent. He is also the owner of 624 run partnership for any wicket in tests against SA.

I honestly feel for Bangladesh. I actually expected them to do lot better than this given the fortitude they showed when they toured SL last time. There is no denial that Bangladesh played horrible cricket in this match which is the reason why SL won in such a thumping margin. Bangladesh is not playing test cricket. They really have to find the true definition of the word "test cricket" before everything.

Posted by Charles_Quiah on (January 30, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket badly needs to create a pool of players with test match temperment. This team may be a good one day team but it does not have the terperment to survive at 5 day games at the highest level. Batsmen ready to face as many balls as possible without reckless aggression will draw/win the team games. Bowlers with test match temperment will get the team 20 wickets more often than not. A collective effort from all quarters will be needed. From the Government, from the sponsors to support 4 day games in the domestic circuit and selectors need to look not only for stroke makers but also for batsmen who are very patient and have good defensive technique to flourish at this level. The time to act is now.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 30, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

Its a great performance and win for SL but I am awfully dissappointed by Bangladesh. I expected alot more from a team that now has experienced players in the batting line up, especially Rahim and Sakib. Surely you cannot get rolled over for 250 twice on a home wicket the oppoent made 700+. With all these debates going on about two tiers and test status of Bangladesh, which seems secured by virtue of voting with the greedy 3, a solid on-field performance was called for but they let everyone down badly. Take nothing away from SL and happy to see someone other than Herath taking some wickets.

Posted by Rajdev on (January 30, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

@IndiaRules Everybody: I agree with you.

Posted by Mervo on (January 30, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Such a mismatch. SL should have beaten Pak easily but made a tactical error and gave them the match. That at least was a competition, where as this ... Well two-tier competition will be good for BD. This outcome is no basis to build on. It only inflates the SL team stats unreasonably.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

IndiaRulesEverybody only in India. Sorry to see what happened to them in New Zealand recently. Please do not let the other countries down. Once the great Sachin said they would require to score 1000 runs if they need to beat Sri lanka.

Posted by blthndr on (January 30, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

@ thecutiepie.....its only about test cricket not odis...bangladesh good in odis.....matter of fact is dat they hav lost 68 matchs out of 82 matches.. dont u think its too much.....yes they had their bad days....question is how long.....

Posted by CricketPissek on (January 30, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

IndiaRulesEverybody - your username needs modification after the humiliating defeat your team suffered in New Zealand. Please go troll somewhere else. This has no relevance to someone with a username such as yours who obviously only blindly supports one team and lives to insult others.

Posted by SeamingWicket on (January 30, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

People still say Bangladesh dont deserve test status? Has anyone forgotten India losing EVERY SINGLE match on their 2011 tour of England? All tests, all ODis and T20s 10 defeats in a row This too shortly after they were called 'world champions' By such logic, India should have been banned from playing international cricket for bringing the sport into disrepute

Posted by nothingnew on (January 30, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody ,who is ur legent ? virat kohli or any other ? did virat kohli can score more than 150 in test ? or did he score more than 200 + even in first class ? u indian players can't win over overseas . Sri lanka won against south africa 2010 ? what happened to no . 1 team when at the south africa ? we don't think mahela is legend . but he is class .

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 30, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody ; A pop quiz : 1) How many matches have India won so far in 2014 ? LOL 2) How many centuries has FTB Dhoni scored outside SC ? 3) How many wickets has Ashwin taken in his last 6 int. appearance s ? LOL 4) When was the last time India won a test match outside India ? 5) Is "Ishant Sharma" a pop gun brand ?

FYI, Legendary Mahela scored match winning 129 against Pakstan during the 2nd Test.

Posted by thecutiepie on (January 30, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

@UAETigers Mominul Haque scores something around 180 against new zealand then Mushfiqur scored 200 against Sri lanka. What had happened if bangladesh played one bad play they'll come arround for the next match. Everybody had their bad days. India is having now yet nobody blamed them.

Posted by priceless1 on (January 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

most of the BD players in the current Team are sloggers , Starting from Tamim , this may work once is a blue moon but will fail most the times , i think they should given up playing Test cricket and focus on playing only T20's an ODI's which suits their batting style

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

I guess when india doesnt do well its always easy to pick on neighbouring countries when they excel

Posted by Champagne_Cricket on (January 30, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody, yes, good idea. Since India lost the one day series to the lowly placed NZ team, they too can join SL and Bangladesh in the 'rightful' tier.

Posted by cric_leo on (January 30, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

as far as BD cricket concerns, they have to address following issues immediately for sake of their country's cricket. in test matches, they would practice how to develop a proper inning, for a long period of time with proper leaving, defense, concentration techniques. it is evident that BD batters didn't know the concentration for a long period of time. they try to occupy the crease by attacking the bowlers every time, which is couldn't do in test match cricket. because of the concentration level was pretty poor they couldn't stuck on to a plan. Mushfiqur is the best example, he was complacent with his mind and as a result he put down several vital catches that proves costly for the context of the match and other thing is BD fans, they are pretty ordinary and doesn't know anything about test cricket. they were never cheer for patience defensive stroke. they want boundaries and sixes every time, even in test match. BD players went for satisfy the gallery and finally in loosing side.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Time for one of the big two to retire and start giving youngsters chances. My suggestion mahela should retire this series and sanga can retire by the end of the year.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (January 30, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

SL must be feeling pretty good right now after the flogging they got from Pak. Their "legend" got to score a double hundred against a club level attack. Just goes to show why we not only need a 2 tier but 3 or even a 4 tier Test system so SL and BD can be rightly put in their tiers with their so called "legends".

Posted by SA_Ahmadi on (January 30, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Congrats to SL and Mahi, i think SL should have some abroad to SA,Aus and Eng to the longer format matches, in order to further increase there abilities as a complete team, because they are yet to prove their abilities against Pace and Bounce.

Posted by UAETigers on (January 30, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I have said it earlier and will repeat again, BD is still not ready to play test cricket. They are a good team with some good players but they only know how to play ODI & T20. First they should play more 4 days matches with Ireland, Afghanistan and A-Teams of big countries. Once start winning it will improve their test performances also. To BD Fans pleaseeeee don't compare your ordinary test players with legend from all countries. When was the last time a BD batsmen scored a 150+ against any team other then WIM & ZIM?? BD is still a minnow and baby at Test cricket and should quite it for a while until not improved. And for less matches according to stats, BD has played 50 matches the most quickest then anyother team from ASIA.

Posted by blthndr on (January 30, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

BCB just save their test status by giving support to big three.....no matter what just not take things for granted start showing dat u are deserved the test status....u r playing at home u must play like a tiger atleast at home.....

Posted by TheKeeper on (January 30, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Bangladesh needs a better domestic cricketing structure, otherwise they will never get any better. Also, better coaching staff is an immediate necessity.

Well played Sri Lanka! Impressive performance all-round.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Would Ireland do worse, no get status for Ireland and at least they wouldn't roll over like that.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

I was amused that the only duck in the match was made by a Sri Lankan when they made such a massive total

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Bd shouted that they are nt playing to draw and their aim is to win. Bt they didnt know even the difference between tests and t20s. I hope to see amazing shots in t20s. Bcs they played a t20 in 1st test. They must have well trained guys for test who know tech, ft works etc. Their appearence brought an insulting face to sri lankan fans. Bcs sl fans know how to play in tests than bd players. (sl fan)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 30, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

missionbegins2011 ; India need to find some good bowlers. I think we should not bring the argument of that Indian population is 1.3 bil, yet can't produce a decent pacer. Why ?? because 60% of their population are below the poverty margin (below $1.5/day). And 1/3 of world's poor are living in India. So, these poor people have other priorities such as food, shelter n so on than playing cricket. So, Its quite understandable why they can't produce a single pacer who can clock 150-155.

Posted by yohandf on (January 30, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Job done in first test . i really expected Bangladesh to bat well as there is no terrors in pitch . but they just capitulated . Bangladesh need to express themselves now than past as there test place is being questioned by cricket boards . they can t do that by slogging and getting out in 50 overs . instead try to play proper test cricket and try to occupy a day in the middle . I am a sri lankan fan and happy that we won BUT cricket needs competitive Bangladesh test team coz as long as Bangladesh fails the chances for Ireland , Afghanistan to enter test team is limited . Hope they will come hard in second game ( not with slogging but with proper test batting)

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

@ missionbegins2011 yes u may correct in old statics.how much matches win india in 2014?

Posted by NAYANADINI on (January 30, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Poor cricket from bangladesh. They needed someone who can grind. But unfortunately no batsmen turned up for doing that today. But i request my fellow countrymen not to bash the bangladesh cricketers. I don like people bashing the neighbours of india just because many people have a grudge towards india. Remember that We have been in the same situation many times in the past.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

welcome big3 at any cost.BD cricket always overestimated.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 30, 2014, 8:44 GMT)

missionbegins2011; Feeling pretty insecure coz your team is getting walloped by everyone these days ?? How dumb one has to be to bring SLvIND stats to a SLvBD thread. I give it 10. Cheers !

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (January 30, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

And yes i had forgotten to mention in the earlier post that SL played its first ODI way way back in 1975 (not very new, huh?) and IND did the same in 1974 & still head to head its 78 -53, what say guys now about the newness of SL team?

Looking at the number of replies i have got, it seems that the statistics have really rubbed SL fans in a wrong way, i think i will repeat it once more to clear the air

IND vs SL

Tests 14 - 6 ODI's 78 - 53 T20's 3 - 2

Not very hard to understand is it? IND is the best

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 30, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

So glad to see Bangladesh absolutely destroyed. Their fans talk their team up so much, it is insanely annoying.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 30, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

I think we have enough with tamim.he is a poor batsmen with no footwork and test tempermant.time to bring anamul in place of tamim.he is more talented than tamim and knows which balls to leave or play.

Posted by cricketfanpavi on (January 30, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

give additional chances to play tests to teams like BD,Zim, WI , removing their test status is not positive for cricket. its take time. like some fans justifying the failure of teams like AUS, ENG,IND,SL and PAK in their losses. with time definitely BD players develop into world class players can give equal fight to the dominant teams. A cricket fan from lanka

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (January 30, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

BD has to seriously work on their bowling dept, you cant concede 700+ runs for only six wickets that too in your home ground. I still feel they have good batsmen, just need to show more application.

Posted by sonu77 on (January 30, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Al Amin should bat at no.3

Posted by Bdthetiger on (January 30, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

We BD fans had enough with this kind of result.BCB needs to take proper steps from now on.we need to strenghen our domestic first class cricket.we need wickets that suits fast bowlers.bcb enough of childish domestic leauge b proffessional.

Posted by fjurang on (January 30, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

Bangladesh in the 1st Innings total 232 (67% in 4's and 6's) Sri Lanka 1st Inning total 730 (46% 4's and 6's) Bangladesh 2nd Inning total 250 (63 % in 4's and 6's). This clearly shows how Bangladesh Test Cricket in a might hurry score their runs when compared to Sri Lanka. Test Cricket is not 4's and 6's its how you play a long innings and building a good score for the team. When you look at the statistics Bangladesh cricketers are more keen in hitting 4's and 6's rather than playing Test Cricket at normal level.

Posted by wapuser on (January 30, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

Bangladesh have nothing to worry about, their test status is secure, courtesy of the 3 gangster members of the ICC. They can now under perform to their hearts content.

Posted by AK_25 on (January 30, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

i think bangladesh given test status prematurely and its reflects in their performances in test.....bt thing is dat they r nt improving in test no doubt they are good in ODIs.....i f u look at all Asian teams their initial period of 50 matches... pak won 10 loss 14 draw 26....sri won 4 loss 22 draw 22...ind won 5 loss 18 draw 27.....and now BAN won 1 loss 44 draw 5...... u can see the how terrible they are in test.....if u see overall out of 82 matches they lost 67 matches....its just like a teenager given a hell lot of responsibility without any experience or credibility and then its start taking its toll on him.....

right now they often complain about not playing enough matches ...how about this no of matches first 10 years in test cricket...Pak 42 , sri 44, ban 68 and india it taks 20 years to play first 25 matches....so its time to show their worth of test status not just complain about other things.....

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (January 30, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

@ SeamingWickets, GarretJacks & Danuka Parera : At one end SL fans are totally dismissing the BD fans argument that "BD is a new team & this becomes the attributing factor to their bad performance" on the other hand to help their own cause they are putting forward the same pretext that "SL is new & hence behind IND", why the double standards, may i ask? accept the fact that IND has done much better in all formats be it for any reason than SL & this includes the highly coveted World Cup. Even if you dont bother to accept, stats will never lie, IND is the best of the two period

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

What is d highest score made by a team for an inning in all records? Please search my great Indian fans who try to compare the countries record each other. Do not forget that most matches SL lost against India in 80's and early 90's. Also Sri Lankan test debut in 1981 and Indian debut was in 1932.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

sad loss...BD really underperformed...very sad for a fan. I ha high expectations.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

Another rubbish performance from Bangladesh they take 1 step forward and then go 2 steps back no wonder they have agreed to the big 3s plan they need to learn how to fight what's the point of playing the big guns who will destroy them and their moral a good first class structure is key to success at the top level

Posted by BD_FANS on (January 30, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Agree with @ PompandCircumstance

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 30, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

Well done Team SL !!! It was a great team effort to inflict a crushing defeat on Bangladesh. They performed extremely well in all 3 departments. Even though it was against rank no.10 team, we have to acknowledge the performance of young SL players. They rose to the task extremely well. Anyway, congratz to Captain Cool, Mathews for his 3rd test win, legendary Mahela for his match winning performance, Kithuruwan n Kaushal for their maiden centuries and our rapidly improving pace unit.

For BD, you guys tried, but fell well short. I was really expecting a better fight from BD. I hope they will come back strong n test our young players in the next game.

missionbegins2011; This is a match between SL n BD. Your nonsense stats show how insecure you guys are coz your team is yet to win a game in year 2014. LOL First try to win something n bring those stats to relevant thread. Tnx.

Posted by iNsiDers on (January 30, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Such a waste to see BD play .... Their test status should be taken back

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (January 30, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

What Bangladesh and other countries like Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands and Afghanistan need to do is to be able to compete with the first-class teams of the bigger cricketing nations first. Only when they have gained enough experience could they be allowed to climb up the ranks and play against international teams in Tests.

Posted by TIGER_THE_KILLER on (January 30, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi i want to say failure is the pillure of success...Our batsman one day will stublish t20 or odi batting on test as well...lol.. i really hope they will..In our domestic cricket in 4 days or 5 days test match runrate around 4.5 or 5.In Dhaka premiere league also we saw high run rate on tests. Recently Shamsur rahman made double century(267)..He made 200 in 1st day of the test match on our domestic.The difference is our domestic has no such sharp quality bowler but when it comes to international they falls on trap and get out.I am sure they will be successful also in test with aggression and sensible with leaving the ball ouside and defend with good technique. cricinfo plzz publish.

Posted by BD_FANS on (January 30, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

BD asked for sporting wicket ???? Haha... A team who cant bad well asked for sporting wicket ?? You play test like T20s.. Test cricket are for pros...When will you guys learn from mistakes ?? People's money are wasted on you & you keep us ashamed... Tamim you better retire from test cricket because you are a disturbance in Test Cricket...... SHAME ON YOU BD TEAM :(

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 30, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

@Kalana. Your comparison of SL and India's overseas test records is extremely misleading. First, using time (i.e., minimum years) as a measurement of success is flawed because there were great lapses in time when no test cricket was played in the world - such as during WWII, from 1939-1945. Therefore, expecting India to play test cricket in England while England were being bombed by the Germans is asinine. Second, prior to 1960, regular jet aircraft passenger service was infrequent at best. In fact, overseas travel was commonly done by ferry, which would take 3-4 months. Therefore, the number of matches that could be played in any one year prior to 1960 was quite different for India than it was for SL post-1982. Third, your comparison of India's overseas record in SA is wrong. India did not take 74 years before getting their first overseas win in SA. In fact, India only took 14 years, playing their first match against SA in 1992 and getting their first win in SA in 2006.

Posted by PompandCircumstance on (January 30, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

This is why BD, WI and Zim need to be relegated, until they learn how to play proper cricket. While India, England and Australia have their ups and downs, there is over time a semblance of fight and balance in the results.

But barring small miracles, these three bottom countries in the Test rankings are perennial losers, and embarassingly so.

Of course, ODI and T20 remain a more egalitarian version of the game, where as they say in America, "Any Given Sunday", but Test cricket should be played by teams who can at least give as good as they get.

Posted by Ranpa on (January 30, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Does BD get enough tests from Eng., Aus., South Africa etc to learn about test cricket? Nevertheless performance by SL is exemplary and BD can learn from them, they are as good as the big three or even better than some of them most of the time.

Posted by Cricketman777 on (January 30, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

missionbegins2011

come back to us when India wins a game agianst the 8th ranked new zealand side.......lol

Posted by Yousufahmed11 on (January 30, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

Congrat Lanka! You are a perfect example in test cricket for my country. Its good we have BIG 3 proposal, otherwiser we will definitely be relegated to the second tier to play with Ban and some associates.

Posted by SeamingWicket on (January 30, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

India, England and Australia have all been getting whitewashed on tours And these are the teams that have played for a very long time

Be patient with Bangladesh They will become a force eventually with time

Posted by Sarwar2u on (January 30, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Big Three.......!!! sounds very funny.....seems they own the cricket.....win or loose is the part of game but ppl jump a lot when the name appears "Bangladesh"..... Can anyone remember about how srilanka loose their last macth or India is going to be white washed in one day from NW.......

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (January 30, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan and this is one of the worst performances from a test playing team I have ever seen. Which is hard to watch because most Sri Lankans wish the Bangladesh team well because they remind us a lot of Sri Lanka in the early days. Firstly no player from Bangladesh congratulated Mahela for his 200 (according to cricinfo commentary). Then they threw their wickets away when they should have played for their country's pride. And then the crowd in the stadium didn't seem to care at all and were dancing with every six they hit. Extremely disappointing.

Posted by Rohantha on (January 30, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

This is what could be termed a total team effort from SL. The top 7 batsmen scored over 40 and the 4 strike bowlers took at least 3 wkts in the match.

Posted by BCCIRoxx on (January 30, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

Loosing by an innings and 248 runs inside 3.5 days, speaks volume about BD first class structure and BCB. For any other team, this could have been a massive shake-up. But for BD, and I feel sorry for my BD fans, it seems like another day in the office. No real intent to occupy crease or buy out time by ANY ONE! And now since they are assured of not loosing their test status, I believe that they will NEVER learn.....

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Congratulations to SL.....!

Posted by sirnayem on (January 30, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

I am proud to be a Bangladeshi but ashamed of their performance in this test, specially their performance with balling, fielding and game plan on SL 1st innings batting and 2nd innings batting of Bangladesh.

Fantastic performance which proves that these amateur cricketers should not be allowed to play cricket at the most respected level test. They just don't have the understanding what is test cricket all about. Shame on to the whole nation, Shame on to the coach and the selectors, shame on to the board.

I am not going to watch any match of Bangladesh until I see a proper investigation and punishment to the whole team and team management for this shameful performance.

Most pathetic thing is not a single player understand and try to stay their on the pitch for the day!! Why did you come to play test then????

Or the team and management is doing what they are ordered to ? How could it be?? so many national hero's couldn't be sold out at a time! could it be????????

Posted by SeamingWicket on (January 30, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

missionbegins2011 1.2 billion population and 50 years more experience than Sri Lanka in international cricket Aswell as far money being pushed into the game by India SL has achieved more than India in a shorter time in cricket Fact India are underachievers taking things into proper context

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Tamim as V.C. is bad luck.. BRING BACK MAHMUDULLAH

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Big Three one vote away because BCB secures Test Status assurance... ok fine... 1st Test: SL won by an inning & 248 runs against Bangladesh in Bangladesh Is this the reason BCB is going to vote in favor of Big Three so that their legendary test performance like this one continues? :D

Posted by CricketFever11 on (January 30, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Bangladesh will play real test cricket in ODIs I guess. Indian Flat track bullies what are you doing here.

Posted by pcexp on (January 30, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Immature cricket from BD. They were having a lot of time, more than 2 days to play with patience to draw at least. They played street or TAPE BALL cricket. Don't understand their tactics. So what if they got run rate more than 4.8. What they wanted to show ? Keep test status in this way ? No wonder they are voting for BIG THREE to keep their TEST STATUS only. Poor performance by BD. Well done SL.

Posted by Garretjacks on (January 30, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

@missionbegins2011 Congrats on India being ahead in all formats vs SL, but have you ever considered for a fact that Sri Lanka started playing tests in 1982 and India started playing in the 1920's?? Ooops, lets look at the stats again now... considering that Sri Lanka has started playing cricket much later than India shows that those records and stats are actually very impressive from a Sri Lankan point of view and India haven't really done that well against us.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

real stupid comparison by missionbegins2011.because sl is a small island which has limited talent base.on the other hand ind get the test status 50 years before sl and have 1.2 billion people.considering these facts ur comparison shows how good sl is.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

Loool guys it's funny how you're mad at the same team you were supporting 4 months ago.. All I got to say is you.guys are nothing other than bandwagon and plastic.. Jumps on the cart when there I'd amazing performance (last 24 months) and jumps off cause off one bad match.

Posted by mushfiq_07 on (January 30, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Bad times may appear but i am hopeful that it will disappear very soon as we are the Bangla Tigers.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

learn from sri lanka....to all da viewers of test cric...

Posted by Shakibfan on (January 30, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

I hve seen enough bad performance from bangladesh in test. agree with those who say bangladesh dont deserve play test cricket. i cant watch our team lose like this any more.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Bangladesh have to respect the format. otherwise, they'll have persist with selling thier soul to bcci to retain test status.

Posted by ZakharovHasan on (January 30, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

This is very frustating to see that bangladesh batsman have learned nothing from sri lankans. The should have given a try to fetch the match at least to 5th day. This not done for a professional test playing team. They have to learn a lot but at first they have to learn to control their temperment. Mominul should have carried his to 100. But it is matter great regret that they doesn't even wants to fight to survive.

Posted by Udendra on (January 30, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Bangladesh prove they are not test match material. They should get out of ODI/T20 mentality. That's not how test cricket is played. You need to play balls & time!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 30, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

I am not a BD supporter but still I am angry at this pathetic performance. BD had a golden chance to show the world why they deserve to be a test playing nation. It seems they don't deserve that spot. The BIG 3 were right in their proposal for a two tier system. BD simply don't have what it takes to be a decent test playing nation. If the two tier system is in place, BD deserve to be pushed into that group. Even Ireland and Afghanistan could beat them. Very disappointing for fans and well wishers.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

What ever it is Srilanka is just a flat track bully.Jayawardene scores against Bangladesh,Zimbabwe and still avg is in 30's .Srilankans will satisfy by winning against Bangladesh.

Posted by spiritwithin on (January 30, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

very good performance by SL,impressed by the fact that most players are new to test cricket and starting to do well,as an indian fan i hope our players learn from SL especially the bowlers..BD still need to learn a lot about test cricket.

Posted by crookedfinger on (January 30, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

This bangladesh team has absolutely no idea about, how to play a test match. Its an insult for Sri Lanka (for that matter any of the top 8 teams) to play against them.

Posted by ihmubarak on (January 30, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

@ SSuman, Your comment make no sense at all. Sports is kind that win or loose. All teams are equally good. its subjective how you perform in the middle. If you perform well you win if not will end up in loosing side. No one goes to middle to loose a game, all wants to win. So there is nothing called minnows/mightiest per say. All it depends on how you play.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (January 30, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

IND vs SL head to head

Tests 14 - 6 http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;opposition=8;team=6;template=results;type=team

ODI's 78 - 53 http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;opposition=8;team=6;template=results;type=team

T20 3 - 2 http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;opposition=8;team=6;template=results;type=team

IND leads against SL in each & every format of the game and especially by a big margin in Tests & ODI's

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

as indian i respect bangala fans. but they should nt blindly support players who are making fun of test cricket. tell players that there are other formats to showcase your aggrassion. not here mates. to pathetic.

Posted by wanatawu on (January 30, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

The end is near. Can't see Bangladesh surviving much longer.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 30, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

Well, there are still 4 wickets remaining. I'm going to hope Bangladesh fight it out because its better for World cricket if they do.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

It is not great to win against minnows, they lost horribly to pak

Posted by Lakpj on (January 30, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Really hard to understand their approach. Bangladesh fans can shout about their improvements as much as possible but for those who are waiting to chop off Bangladesh from test status these ideal performances. It is ok to loose a test after playing some good cricket, but this is crazy.

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

One bad performance and all haters start to comment. watch out for the rest of the series! Bangladesh is gonna do amazing!

Posted by RANILSAM on (January 30, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

BD batsman have not learned any thing from the 1st innings. I wonder why they want to play test cricket. It seems that Even BD commentators have no idea what test cricket is about. Their comment when Monimul got out was "well played 50". How can that be a good knock when he threw away his wicket when his job was to occupy the crease and make a big hundred. Anyway most of the time he was just slogging.

Posted by indian.apple.iphone on (January 30, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

this is very good performance by SL. Im very sad about our great indian team situation. We will not win a match against BD even. Good luck SL.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

I think SL is going to win by one of the largest margin in test cricket. This is what I said in the beginning of the series. My predictions Test 2-0, T20-2-0 and ODI 3-0. As SL team has largely improved over the last year when BD last played SL. On this flat wickets they will smash over 350 in ODIs. I m looking forward to it.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (January 30, 2014, 5:53 GMT)

Looks like Bangladesh is getting rolled like an omelette again. When you see these type of performances on a regular basis you begin to realize that maybe the rationale behind the 2 tier system wasn't quite so far fetched as it initially sounded.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

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 YsaKaru on (January 30, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

realy poor,over positive batting by bd.

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