Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 1st day

Sangakkara 160* leads Sri Lanka

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

February 4, 2014

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Sri Lanka 314 for 5 (Sangakkara 160*, M Jayawardene 72) v Bangladesh
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Kumar Sangakkara powers the ball to the leg side, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 1st day, February 4, 2014
Kumaar Sangakkara hit Test century No. 34 © AFP
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A seamless 178-run union between Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene formed the centrepiece of Sri Lanka's familiar dominance on the first day in Chittagong. Having been joined with Sri Lanka in minor strife on 49 for 2, Sri Lanka's senior pair bent a torpid Chittagong surface and a spin-heavy Bangladesh attack to their will, through a combination of cricketing nous and batting instinct.

Sangakkara finished the day unbowed at 160, after two late wickets weakened Sri Lanka's chokehold. Jayawardene had fallen for 72 early in the third session to Mahmudullah, who was one of four frontline spinners Bangladesh played - having anticipated the nature of the pitch. Al-Amin Hossain was the only seam bowler.

Having drawn level with Sangakkara's 33 tons in Mirpur, Jayawardene had hoped his team-mate would eclipse him once more in Chittagong, but for most of their time together, it appeared as if both were destined for triple figures. Sangakkara's hundred drew him equal with Brian Lara and Sunil Gavaskar at fifth on the century-maker's list. His runs had come in spurts, like the undulations of a melody. Jayawardene - slower and steadier - held rhythm, finding a greater percentage of his score in the outfield.

Sangakkara's most profitable stroke was his pull. Rarely did he fail to slink back and wallop any spinner that pitched it short - which Mahmudullah and Sohag Gazi did frequently. All three of his sixes came over deep midwicket - the second of which propelled him beyond fifty for the seventh time in as many innings against Bangladesh.

Though Jayawardene had taken time to adjust to the pitch's pace, jamming down late on three Al-Amin deliveries in the morning, Sangakkara had unpicked it almost immediately. Often he flitted quickly into position when he saw a poor ball, but delayed his stroke whenever it slowed markedly off the track. It was the sort of surface on which batsmen may never feel set, but the almost complete absence of false strokes in Sangakkara's 245-ball stay was tribute to his enduring concentration.

The stone most often thrown at Jayawardene is that he makes his runs on generous decks, but in difficult conditions favouring spin, his batting so often seems effortless. The spinners fed him enough loose balls after his mild travails against the seamer, and he soon slipped into the kind of slow-pitch reverie that is a familiar sight in Galle or at the SSC. Sangakkara played calculating cricket, darting down the track to hit bowlers off their length, but Jayawardene's method was mass-hypnosis. When Mahmudullah spun one more than expected to strike him in front of middle and leg, he had been in his breezy monotone for hours.

There was turn from the track as well, but it was of the slow variety batsmen find easier to contend with, and Bangladesh did not deliver enough good balls in a stretch to mount significant pressure. That had been part of their undoing in Mirpur as well. Gazi began the day bravely, putting his balls in the air and hoping for something unusual for the surface. He generated decent turn in his opening spell, but though he dismissed Kaushal Silva, his overs became flatter and faster as the day wore on.

Shakib Al Hasan was the most expensive frontline bowler, conceding 70 from his 15 overs - largely because he could not settle on a consistent length. Mahmudullah suffered from the same malaise, to a lesser extent, but his line was better in comparison. Abdur Razzak bowled only one four-over spell, in the morning, before he left the field with a strain in his left hamstring in the 37th over.

Bangladesh might have had hopes of dismissing Sri Lanka for under 300, when they sent back both openers in the first session. Silva was undone by the low bounce, as his sweep shot passed over the ball, which struck him in front of the stumps.

Dimuth Karunaratne had been positive at the other end, finding runs into his favoured leg side and dealing with the vagaries of the surface with security and confidence. But his inability to convert starts at this level persisted. On 31, he hit a short wide one from Al-Amin directly to the man at point, and sunk to his haunches in disappointment before exiting. He now has five scores between 20 and 40 in his last eight Test innings.

Dinesh Chandimal also scripted a disappointment, running down the pitch at Shakib with only six full overs left in the day, to offer a leading edge to backward point. He had fallen in similar fashion against Saeed Ajmal two weeks ago, and in this innings, Chandimal had already survived another familiar close call. In the over before he got out, Chandimal had spotted a short ball from Al-Amin and pulled it on impulse, but though the fine leg fielder could have stayed within bounds after snaffling the top edge, momentum took him over the line. Angelo Mathews also fell attempting a slog - which left Shakib with the best figures of the day, though others had bowled better than him.

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Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (February 5, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Sangakkara scored AWAY 200 too. 211 vs Pak @ Abudhabi / 230 vs pak @ lahore/ 244 vs BD @ Chittagong / 270 vs Zim @ Bulawayo were not at Colombo. ZIM and BD bowling are good at their home, so, they are good double tons!

Posted by Yousufahmed11 on (February 5, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

This article http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-india-2014/content/story/715521.html presents a clear picture of where we Indians are nowadays. Even I failed to realize this truth along with most of my Ind fans and tried to justify our performance by using past statistics. Further, we together started to bash other countries and players specially our arch rivals Pak, Lankans, Ausies and Saffas as they were playing better than us recently.

I can't believe that we are at the last position along with Zim in away test matches from July 2011. We managed to draw only 2 while we lost 9 matches. SA, Pak, Aus and SL leading the table while Ban, NZ and WI are also ahead us. Also, we have 3-2 win-loss ratio in Zim, which is the worst among other major test playing countries against Zim. We have won only 2 matches against mighty Ausies when we loose 14.

This should be the worst away loss coz we lost 9 from 11 matches as compared to 9 from 22 in 1993-2000 period.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

BD new selectors are doing too much. They should wait and give players more freedom. Akram khan was the best in this position.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

BD new selectors are doing too much. They should wait and give players more freedom. Akram khan was the best in this position.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (February 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Jayawardhane and Sangakkara can score double ton at will. Look at this series both scored double hundred. Is it @ Colombo? So, it is wrong to call them home track bullies. Even our Mathews can score double ton against any team in the world. Sachin, Dravid etc find it hard to score double ton.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

As a BD fan i can say that BD does not improve as a test nation. There is no shame to say that. all of our top players love to play shots like one day whatever the situation. Nasir, Tamim , Shakib . Only Musfiq and Mominul showed some class but they also play their natural strokes at times. They score runs most times in flat dead pitches. where pitches are difficult most of them struggle and very little patience. when batsman clicks then bowler do not perform. I can not blame only the player, it is the whole setup. Our ex cricketers , selectors are doing fine but they also had little experience in test arena. Our strategy is not working, most of the time it back fires , even just play for 5 days or draw.Test cricket is all about strategy, implication of your strategy. Zimbabwe recent test win showed how well players are supported by their ex think tanks. Our first class matches are most times one sided. it is time to take help from a foreign test performer or specialist,

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (February 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Well done Sangakkara. What a class. Smashed best fast bowlers and spinners in a bowling pitch. great work.Score a triple or 400 and beat Lara's record. We want that record.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

sanga's touble tons "230 vs pak in lahore, 270 in bulawoyo, 232 against south africa, 287 against south af(both in colombo), 200 and 222 against bangladesh in colombo, 219 vs India(colombo) and finally this innings in Chittagong. So except those two doubles against bangladesh in colombo others are either against a good team or away from home."

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 5, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

What a terrible decision by Paul Rifle to give Kithruwan Withanage out. I don't think I've ever seen a poorer decision. One got to feel sorry for Kithruwan who was batting nicely.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

@nzcricket174 Aye aye captain. I'm with you.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

While Sangakarra apparently has the highest batting average of anyone who's played 100 Test matches, Vithanage's batting average is currently nearly double Sangakarra's.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

150 for Sanga. This is the 17th time he has passed that mark. and Sanga's 34 Hundreds -

Vs Australia - 1 Vs England - 2 Vs South Africa - 3 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 3 Vs India - 5 Vs Pakistan - 9 Vs Bangladesh - 6 Vs Zimbabwe - 2

MJ's 33 Hundreds -(Mahela Jayawardene)

Vs Australia - 2 Vs England - 8 Vs South Africa - 5 Vs New Zealand - 3 Vs West Indies - 1 Vs India - 6 Vs Pakistan - 2 Vs Bangladesh - 5 Vs Zimbabwe - 1

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

heres a stat i would like to know...which team by average is the shortest test team in history.......for that matter which is the fatest....lol....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

I agree with some of the comments in this column. but if not add following facts I may be failing un my duties as a Sri Lankan . One has to see the no of test that the Lankan's get per calendar year compared to auss, eng, protease and India. we all know that a cricketers are going through a foam period during their career, in that case sanga and the greatest Lankan batters would have missed great opportunities in yesteryear's for not getting enough matchs to played. so considering above facts I rate sanga and mahela's achievements are above to pontin and lara . but they were great players simply cannot forget their achievements. finally I should say that we have to wait another couple of years to see more tons from these two great cricketers.

Posted by Hasi21 on (February 5, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

Stats says Sanga isnt only Scoring Weaker Test playing countries. So, Haters..., Pls be Quite!

Inn Runs HS Ave 100 50

v Australia 21 878 192 43.90 1 7 v Bangladesh 20 1552 222* 91.29 6 7 v England 36 1226 152 35.02 2 6 v India 24 1257 219 57.13 5 2 v New Zealand 17 672 156* 48.00 3 2 v Pakistan 37 2486 230 80.19 9 10 v South Africa 28 1362 287 48.64 3 5 v West Indies 19 918 157* 54.00 3 5 v Zimbabwe 6 536 270 89.33 2 1

Posted by nzcricket174 on (February 5, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

I hope Sangakarra posts an absolute mammoth of a score. I love nothing more than watching Bangaldesh getting smashed.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

Once again Chandimal fails. Why SLC continue with him in tests when they can bring in much better players who are suitable for test cricket. Even the captaincy in T20 should be given back to Matthews since Chandimal is still immature to captain any international side. Let him perform and come up like Sanga and Mahela.

Posted by MH19 on (February 5, 2014, 0:45 GMT)

So Sanga equals Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara on the century list which means the most successful test batsman in the history of our SL cricket. Even Aravinda, Jayasuriya or Ranathunga have not achieved.Amazing he is getting mature and mature and more hundreds to come.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

What is Sanga's average against the weaker test playing countries? He canes the weaker opposition along with Mahela!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

Guys cool down still left four days, do not predict so much things. Bangladesh must out Sangakara before lunch otherwise match will be going out of BD hand. So BD more focus on their bowling. As a Bangladeshi expecting this match draw, we are very happy. But everything dependence on today. BD must All out them before lunch then have chances to match draw. All BD supporters very upset outcome of last match. If this Match draw we could console ourself. but one thing BD player have to take initiative & more responsible then possible. It is nice to watch SAnga & Jaywadene batting.

Posted by Puffin on (February 4, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

1st thing to do for BD tommorow is finish off the SL innings, then the 2nd thing is bat properly.

I have doubts over both. But both ought to be possible with the right application.

Posted by dual.citizen on (February 4, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

Another emphatic defeat for BD on cards. How long can BD afford to be a punching bag for top 8 teams. Relegate them down to give them chance to compete with their likes so as to give them some confidence.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

Razzak was sorely missed. He would be better able to contain the batsmen. Still, things have gone better in the second test than the first. But the ominous signs of a big score is very much in evidence. Bangladesh will do well to mop things up by 500. Anything more than that could lead to a repeat of the "disaster at Dhaka", a few days ago.

Posted by fr600 on (February 4, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

Looks like another innings defeat... A draw if the batsmen perform.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 4, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Questions over Bangladesh Test will keep rattling this team if they don't step up in the next 2 days. Bangla must look into the eyes of adversity and see that as an oppurtunity to show its fans they can do it! Good Luck from India. And for SL, they are building new players around 2 legends nicely. They are going to miss Sanga and Mahela when both finish playing..That will be a huge huge test for thier resilience.

Posted by BARFI on (February 4, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

BD needs to understand how to play test cricket

Posted by RedGreenTiger on (February 4, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

After the second wicket fell and Mahela came in to join Sangakkara, I knew it would be a while before we could get a third wicket. These two are Sri Lankan Walls. Hopefully BD can get a few quick strikes early in the morning so we can chase an attainable total. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

Why the critics doesn't want to point out for how many tests - how many centuries are scored !

Posted by SLMaster on (February 4, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

For those Indian fans in here... Weak oppsoing team or not at least we can say WELL DONE SL !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

End of the day what matter is who get the highest Test Runs and will be Santa someday and Mj will be 2nd, both of them along with future 3rd Sachin will be remembered forever, but when it comes to bowlers people only remember Murali and Warne, no one knows whos the 3rd highest wicket taking spinner was, cricket is all about numbers not the names

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 4, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

NEWSFLASH - this is a match between SRI LANKA and BANGLADESH so where does india and its players come into it?getting bored of the constant trolling..

Posted by stormy16 on (February 4, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

Dissappointingly for SL it was left to the experienced guys to make runs while the younger guys failed to show any application that was required. Both Chandimal and Mathews showed lack of experience in playing wild shots to get out close to the end of the day. SL had got in to a dominant position and the call of the day was to take that to the next day and bat Bangladesh out of the game. Instead SL gave Bangladesh a sniff and the next batters have a totol of 6 tests between them before the tail. SL had a good day but left themselves with lots of work to do to dominate the game.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Both of Sachin and Sanga are great players. No one can take anything away from them.

Just look at following details of them http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/50710.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 4, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

@ yashitha lakmal I think u know how many centuries sachin has scored outside asia which included attacks like mcgrath warne donald walsh ambrose to name a few greats and how many sanga has scored outside subcontinent against far ordinary bowlers.

Posted by gauravm5 on (February 4, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

@Yasintha Lakmal Rajawansha: wat u r trying to say, Mahela Jayawardena is equivalent to sachin; biggest joke in the history of world cricket... Mahela's test batting average is 27.87 in SA, 27.71 in New Zealand, 31 is Australia and 33.41 in England. On the other hand, Sachin's test batting average is 46.44 in South Africa, 54.31 in England, 53.20 in Australia and 49.52 in New Zealand.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 4, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

I think sanga can easily score 50 test centuries if he plays only in subcontinent

Posted by Sayeret_Matkal on (February 4, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Congratulation Sanga, SLK should look for say 450 runs in the first innings and wrap up this test by Friday the 7th.

Posted by skobe on (February 4, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

Congrats Sanga! You are the best test player considering your average.You are so consistent in test matches , such a delight to watch you play.Try and get a triple century it will be a great start for this year.Good luck champ.

Posted by Fogu on (February 4, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Don't be down asiacricket1234. I don't think any BD fans expected BD to win any tests against SL. It is disappointing the way we lost the 1st test but this test is only one day old. Let's see the rest of the days. Day 2 will be critical for BD. They need to put up a good batting display. If they can bat for 140 overs in the 1st innings, this test will head for a draw. I think after the embarrassment of 1st test, our batsmen will respond. This young team is not the same as teams of old when batting collapses were more common. SL on the other hand are on the upswing. They played well in UAE against PK and it seems they are gearing up for a good, long extended run. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

BD is lacking in a pace department. Without a quality pace bowler, it is impossible for any team to win any test match. In a test match, 3 pacers and 2 spinners could have been a good combination but BD is playing with 4 spinners and 1 pacer. BCB must need to make some changes to the domestice 4-day match as well as one day match. It should be required for any team to play at least 3 pace bowlers whoever will participate in a domestice tournament. This way BD has a chance to produce some quality pace bowlers.Currently, BD has quality spin bowlers, so there is no reason to hire a spin bowling consulate instead BD should hire a fast bowling consultant. It is evident that pace bowlers need some help, so BCB must need to focus in that area.

Posted by KingOwl on (February 4, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

Sanga at his best. The young ones seem unable to mix aggression with defense. They are either very positive or very negative. The shots the captain and VC played sound like premeditated shots (I could be wrong, didn't watch the match). Despite excellent averages, I think they have some way to go before they get fully comfortable in test cricket. Not complaining...

Posted by mahdisa on (February 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

This the 50th international 100th of Sangakara Test -36+ ODI 16. Wish your talent production to SL cricket .

Concentrate on your way just break the record of most runs in test ............wherever talking.........

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Sanga is batting without a semblance of difficulty. Shows the class of the batsman. Very dissapointed with the rash shots played by Chandimal, Mathews, Karunaratne to get themselves out

Posted by jerryman on (February 4, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

SL will need to try to get another 140-180 runs if possible . Batting on the 4th day may be difficult thereafter .. Well played Sanga & mahela , the old stalwarts.. Chandimal does not have the temperament for test cricket .Wish they had given his spot to Priyanjan . If chandimal gets a chance batting in the 2nd innings and does not score , he should be removed from the test format . Am hoping Sanga will have the patience to convert his total to a 200 + score and will get support from vithanage & perera .. If either perera or vithanage score over 50 + , this will put more pressure on Chandimals removal from tests .. Good luck lions

Posted by Crickger on (February 4, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Sanga is a great one in today's cricket world.And he is just proving his cricket aptitude once again in Chittagong test.Hopefully Bd tigers will be able to take his precious wicket at early morning tomorrow and will also be able to make prove their genuine potentiality.Good Luck Tigers!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

What kind of a disappointed shot that chandimal played. He watched closely before came to bat, how well that both class players spend time in the middle they never show such intention or hurry when they came in to middle. Throw the chances giving to him

Posted by Ranjit_Perera on (February 4, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

Well played SANGA and I hope you make it to your 9th double ton tomorrow so good luck :) Listen guys you say and I total agree with you that its a flat track and all of you sound as if its so damn easy to bat on these FLAT TRACKS but the truth is its not like what we are thinking and I dare all of you claiming about the easiness of batting to go out there and try score at least a proper HALF CENTURY.Sanga is having a sublime form in his last 2-3 years of test career so lets forget his past record for now and focus on what he is gonna show us in ENGLAND then you can say all what you want.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Sangakkara is the first to touch Test average of 57 among batsmen who has scored 10,000 runs. At this moment his average is 57

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

What is this man? Razzak bhai only bowled 4 overs but was exceptional in the first 3. Mushfiq man what is this

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 4, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

Well it was expected that Bangladesh will get owned on the field as we are evidently the worst test team in the world and SL is the best test team in the Asia because unlike other Asian team they don't get all out under 100 every series or get hammered whenever they play out of home. Against such team we supposed to have hard time and we are but what I was expecting is that Bangladesh will put up some resistance. They couldn't even do that this time. They seem clueless against Mahlea, Sanga despite the fact they have played against them many time. I donno if it is because of the mentality of our players. They probably give up even before the match start. This test gonna have the same result as the first test. Wish razzak wasn't injured. Not saying he was gonna take all the wickets but at least he could slow down the scoring. Tamim is injured too but that doesnt really matter. He wasnt gonna survive more than 5 overs anyway

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (February 4, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

Well contested Bangladesh! SL Captain and Vice Captain Mathews and Chandiimal may have had poor shot selection but at the end of the day they were definitely outmaneuvered and the credit is to the BD bowlers. Good for Mahumudallah too for MJ's wicket. I don't anticipate SL getting 700 odd again but then you never know…with Vithanage, MDK Perera , and the tail. Hope BD make at least a 450 odd total to make an interesting match of it all….Well played Sangakarra! Flat track yes, but the track is for both teams and showing no signs of crumbling...

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 4, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

So at the end of the day two of our players are injured. Great. Not only we are rubbish team now we even have to play the test with 9 players.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Boring and one sided.. it's like Barcelona playing Mohan bagan..

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

@supacricfan......... Indians are the Flat-track bullies. Didn't you see what happen to them, during thier last series in SA and NZ. Sri Lankan performances are quite good compare to indians. Indian can only score runs in their pitches only, when it bounces and seams, we can see their inability to handle it.

Go Sri Lanka Go.....

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

srilankans are the best teams against poor attacks, they simply murder the like of bangladesh zimbabe etc on flat tracks.....they dont let any oppertunity against these teams....

Posted by its.rachit on (February 4, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

@Drak Fury - so u atleast agree that pitches in BD are flat dead ones ... all the more case for removing test status from BD ... cant even make 300 on flat dead pitches in their own country ... and lose 8 out of 10 matches by an innings . atleast the team you are referring to wins matches at home ...

Posted by realfan on (February 4, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

why does lankan matches have so less number of comments??? nobody cares about lankan matches???? even some of the lankan fans who coment in indian domestic matches doesnt coment here.... lol...

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 4, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

If Mahela and Sanga score 50 hundreds in tests each, then also nobody will notice flat pitches bullies record.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 4, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

Mahela was not to play the match. But he decided to play against weak team on batting friendly pitch to score runs, particularly when he is out of form.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

@blade-runner- same to you and all other Sri Lankans brother...Sanga digging in for a biggy here by the looks of it...all those who are commenting about the pitch, i assume this will be a draw then as its such a flat deck?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

White washed for years yet some fans still concerned about other teams rather than worrying about theirs. I'm sure the team I'm hinting ever visited Bangladesh in near future they'll still get white washed. And their demigod's height was against Bangladesh too on dead flat pitches too. Oh, the irony!

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 4, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

BD are really crazy to go with just one fast bowler. They will pay dearly for it.

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 4, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

looks pitch changed romantically.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

Sri Lanka should find better things to do than playing cricket with BD Totally waste of time

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 4, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

The flat track boys are on the march again! Kumar & Mahela just love a dead flat track and some dibbly dobbly bowling. They will be out there for 2 day,s having fun

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 4, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

All my fellow SL fans, Happy Independence Day to y'all !!!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 4, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@OttawaRocks; Whats your point ? Sanga can only play the opposition in front of him. Its not like he has a choice or something. Sanga is already an all time great. So, 100+ avg or not, he will always go down in the history as one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket.

Posted by Lakpj on (February 4, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

Really pointless team selection by Bangladesh,regardless of the quality of your spinners or the state of the pitch you must play 2 seamers. even if there is any reverse swing, there wont be anyone to take advantage of it. Funny thing is you have 4 spinners and already Gazi had bowled 18 off the 60 overs that had been bowled. Last time they messed up things by playing 3 seamers this time around it could be the opposite.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Bangladesh is not seeing in the long run, after giving your right to BCCI you would be isolated in future and India would control who should play with Bangladesh and who should not, end result would be no cricket for Bangladesh and other weaker crickting nations, Its not all about money its the control which BCCI wants to have on ICC, Its like Bangladesh is giving there rights to India a democratic right and make them dictator, Pakistan, Srilanka and Southafrica are the savers of cricket, and soon other cricket nation who are supporting BCCI control on ICC would realise after there cricket is isolated by the BIG3,

Posted by OttawaRocks on (February 4, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

Wow, now that BD is supporting the Big 3, we'll see more matches like these. I mean SL is on the outside and BD will be backstabbed by the Big 3 when those tours aren't forthcoming so BD and SL will be playing each other a lot. Pretty soon Sangakara will have a test average of more than 100 and we'll all hail him as better than Bradman. Woohoo, yay for more boring test cricket.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

i hope bd will do even a bit better than dhaka

Posted by wapuser on (February 4, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

I think Mahela and Sanga are the key for Sri Lanka.BD need to better plan for these two batsmen out.

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 4, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

i don't think bd were past 180 in this pitch.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

A satisfactory team selection from tigers'....

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

The batting paradise of Bagladesh is set to deliver the matchdays again. i think day 2 will indicate what may be the result of the test match

Posted by Tokai69 on (February 4, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

Bangladesh fielding is not up to the mark yet! In a test match all the pressure and hardwork done by the bowlers are slipping away...

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 4, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

i still saying kusal janith is the perfect partner for kaushal silva.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

Sri Lions are celebrating their freedom, with a winning strategy in this match. Good Luck Lions

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (February 4, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

Much better team selection from BD. Exactly what I wanted. Good luck to both teams!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

All the best for Nuwan! like to see him get into form

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