Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong February 2, 2014

Sangakkara expects Bangladesh fightback


Sri Lanka will anticipate stiffer resistance from Bangladesh in Chittagong, despite the feebleness of their Mirpur loss, batsman Kumar Sangakkara said. The hosts had failed to exert pressure on Sri Lanka for significant periods in the first Test, and were bowled out cheaply in both innings as they continued to offer rash strokes. The Bangladesh bowlers had only dismissed six Sri Lanka batsmen - one of them a nightwatchman who was slated to come in at No. 11 - as the visitors amassed 730.

Bangladesh had been more spirited in the two-match Test series the teams had played in Sri Lanka last year, drawing one match and stringing together impressive periods in the second, which they eventually lost.

"We are pretty much used to Bangladesh putting up a pretty good fight usually," Sangakkara said. "They pushed us in the Test series over there, and we walked away 1-1 in the one-day series. More often than not, they are more competitive in the one-day version of the game, so in the shorter formats of the game, we know we're in for the fight. We won't expect anything less than that from them here. The earlier game was easier than we thought it would be, but we expect it to be different here.

"Whether we are complacent or not can only be seen when we start playing. The guys usually are very good in their preparation. Complacency is not something we think about or pay much attention to. We just go through our preparation process really well."

Sri Lanka's fast bowlers had blasted Bangladesh out with the short ball in Mirpur, but a change in tack may be required for a drier Chittagong pitch, Sangakkara suggested.

"It's hard to use the same strategy, because the wicket looks quite different from there to now. But even on this track a short ball can be useful," he said. "We don't really know what we will plan for the batsmen, but our job is to do the basics well - put the ball in the right areas. If we have a specific strategy, to make sure the bowlers bowl to that field and that strategy.

"There's not much grass, and not much moisture in the pitch. I'm not that great at predicting exactly what happens on a wicket, but we'll have to wait and see how it pans out over the five days."

Kithuruwan Vithanage and Kaushal Silva had made maiden hundreds in the first Test, as Angelo Mathews continued his fine stretch of form with 86. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are the towering figures in that top order, but contributions from the younger men do not necessarily ease their burden, Sangakkara said.

"Whoever scores runs, it doesn't take that expectation away from any other player. Pressure is something that's constant," he said. "It's not really something you think about. If you can't handle pressure, it's no use walking out there in the middle. There's no guarantee that you'll score every time you go out, but chances are every time you walk in, after a good start - whether you're in form or not, your job is to score runs."

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

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  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Bangladesh need to work much more well. They need the to practice the patience in cricket much.

  • mainul on February 3, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    A bad game, a bad performance is not the end of the world. Bangladesh can bounce back. I have faith in them and every Bangladeshi should have. I request all the Bangladeshis not to demoralize our players by making negative comments.Just ignore the bashing and one sided comments of other country's fan. Your team needs your support the most during bad patch.Sakib, Tamim, Nasir, Mushfique,Robiul, Shohag...u are one of the best.Keep believe and faith in yourselves.Inshallah Allahpak will help you.

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    They should drop Chandimal and give another player a chance. He mid got spoiled too soon. He has not performed consistently during the last two years.

  • udendra on February 3, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    @LIONS_ROARR: actually they are better ;)

  • mano on February 3, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Dont write off BD. They just lacked concentration and some flaws in techniques. They have some good players and will certainly do better in the tests to come. I dont agree when someone says BD must leave Test Cricket. Defintely No. Give them some encouragement. Lets all enjoy a good game of Cricket. ( Sri Lankan Fan)

  • Ziggy on February 3, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    LIONS_ROAR. no way man. India's new players are all flat track bullies, just like the previous gen however kohli is class. he has brilliant record away and home, reminds me of VVS, my favourite indian player. As for SL, their youngsters are a long way to being the best. Take out mahela, sanga and see how the team goes. your quicks are improving, but there are thousands of quicks like eranga and lakmal here in aus, and they are 18 or 19 years old. K Silva is not even young, neither is mathews, however mathews is a classy batsman. i remember him against australia when he was young and he recovered sl from an impossible situation to win batting with malinga who could barely hold a bat. i believe betting agencies put SL ate $350 to win, if i just put $1 i could have got a new tv. that match was the greatest chase i saw in odi for the past decade.

  • Amaan on February 2, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Comparing with other nations, SL's new cricketers seems to be second only to India's.

  • Jay on February 2, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    SL are overly dependent on Sanga and Mahela for all their batting needs. That mentality has to change if they are to climb up the ICC rankings across formats. Playing in the subcontinent is fine and rosy but overseas is the real test. I support team India and even they have a lot of issues. They are too over dependent on Kohli and Dhoni. This is why Asian teams struggle when they tour Aus, SA or ENG. I think SL should rest Sanga and Mahela from the second test to see how their youngsters cope with pressure. It will also give a good test to Bangladesh to see whether they can at least beat a second string SL team.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Sanga is a class act. Always the gentleman; ever the one to encourage younger guys and teams. God bless the man. Reminds me of a certain (then star) who dismissed Bangladesh as "very ordinary". That's not what one expects of a established star in the game. No wonder his shine has long gone.

  • subhasish on February 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    i do not think SL can win the 2015 world cup if they not found any other players to score runs expect from mahela,santa.dilsan.

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