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

Penalty runs add to Bangladesh misery

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

February 5, 2014

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File photo: Bangladesh were penalised five runs after a throw from the deep hit the helmet behind the keeper © Getty Images
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As if Kumar Sangakkara ruthlessly punishing the bowlers was not enough, Bangladesh were hit with five penalty runs after a lackadaisical bit of fielding on the second day of the Chittagong Test.

Shakib Al Hasan tried everything to disrupt Sangakkara's concentration, but it went horribly wrong when he bowled a wide way down the leg side in the 146th over. Shamsur Rahman, Bangladesh's makeshift wicketkeeper, didn't even attempt to stop the ball and as it rolled towards the fine-leg fielder Tamim Iqbal.

With only the No. 11 for company, Sangakkara was looking to farm the strike and had declined the easy single on offer. With no urgency to get the ball back, Tamim sauntered after it, and lobbed in a casual throw towards the stumps. To his dismay, the ball hit the helmet placed behind the keeper and immediately the two umpires converged to discuss the issue. They then awarded five penalty runs in accordance with Law 41.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka had seen the ball beat Ajantha Mendis' bat and hit the offstump only for the bails to stay firmly in place. The penalty runs were another slice of misfortune for them on a day when almost everything went wrong, as Sri Lanka powered their way towards 600.

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Posted by yorkshire-86 on (February 5, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

'Posted by rizwan1981 on (February 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT) The best batsman in the country , Mohammed Ashraful is not in the team for reasons other than cricket - Its sad that a potential all-time great has lost his way.' This is the main reason Bangladesh are nowhere near Test quality and never will be. Thier so called 'best batsmen in the country' is statistically the worst ever specialist batsmen in the history of the game to have played over 50 Tests. Try it yourself. Load up statsguru and set filters 50+ tests with under 10 wickets (to filter out allrounders) and sort by reverse batting average. Incidentally, the worst ever 50+ test batsmen in the history of the game outside of Ban and Zim is..... Mark Ramprakash!

Posted by Chris_P on (February 5, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

@UAETigers. I totally concur with you. I also have been saying this for a long time. There is no argument that talent wise, BD cricketers match up with any country, but they simply do not have the experience or grounding to prepare them for tests. When the focus is on T20 there is little to no chance things will improve. In 10 years of tests little has changed & to be blunt, nor will it. Their board must adress the issues at greass-roots level & develop an infrastructure to enable them to prepare players better for the longer form. This simply doesn't exist. Nor does it for Afghanistan, that is a ridiculous notion, they haven't even got any FC structure there let alone a poor one. We all want to see competitive countries, but BD will perpetually struggle in tests unless drastic changes occur.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 5, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

@ UAETigers: Actual fact is that before late 90s cricket wasn't popular in BD. The Bengali spoken area was football loving region in most of the decades of last centuries. Lot of Bangali footballer played for Pakistan team in 50s & 60s. On the other hand no cricketer shined to make spot in test team. Cricket became most popular game after 1999 WC.

Posted by UAETigers on (February 5, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

I will repeat the same thing that I have been saying since many months now, BD is very much pre-mature to play Test matches against big boys!!! BD is a competitive and strong team in ODI and T-20 because of their infrastructure but they are not at all suited for 5 days play!!! Even we never had any players from that time East Pakistan in PAK test side!! BD should play more 4 day matches with A teams of big countries, improve their temperament and then play test matches!!! 67 loss out of 82 matches in first 12 years of cricket is never good and that also after qualifying for World Cup!!! BD is not a minnow but they are not ready yet for test match level and standard!!

Posted by British_North_America on (February 5, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Why Tamim is in playing XI?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

@Ahmed: our last year performance shows why we should be playing test. Even in this test we didn't do that bad. Apart from Sanga we didnt let other batsmen score big and its only the second day so we never know whats gonna happen next. No one can disagree with the fact that our performance has been pathetic over the year but since the last year it hasn't been that bad

Posted by M.Faheem on (February 5, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Despite under par performances, BD has produced an outstanding player in the form of 'Shakib-ul-Hassan' who is eligible to be part of any cricket-XI. They will be avoiding such humiliations the day they will get 10 more players of Shakib's callibre.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

No matter which team is playing which, the Indian team always gets mentioned, please my dear neighbours, too much hatred is not good, please mind your own game and businesses and let us do ours( which by the way is already too much to give a damn to you people too). Anyways wishes for BD, and keep trying hard, your team needs your support now not petty comments form you too and prove that to our neighbour.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

asiacricket1234: tell me one reason why Bangladesh should be persisted with in test cricket? In a span of ten years there has been consistent dismal performances, I know Pakistan has nothing to right home about but that doesn't change the fact the Pakistan hasn't lost a home test series since 2007, in their worst period they Won ODI series in South Africa and India.

I supported Bangladesh's test status when they got it, i believed they will improve but sadly they havent..I am not saying there havent been good performances every now and than, but they are really far apart.

I believe Bangladesh will become a very good limited overs side in the coming years, but in test cricket they are really far off...I am not saying their test status should be taken as saqlain was suggesting, but someone needs to find a way for Bangladesh to improve ...for an international team, their progress has been far too slow

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 5, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Saqlain: Really so we had one bad test and now you think we shouldn't play test. Wow... your cricket knowledge is great mate. So what we should do about the team that continuously getting all out under 100 and losing test with 4 days quiet often nowadays? Rather than whining about us look at your own over hyped ordinary team. We are fine with our team and that should be enough for them

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