Bangladesh v SL, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 3rd day February 6, 2014

Late wickets give Sri Lanka advantage

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Bangladesh 409 for 8 (Kayes 115, Rahman 106, Mendis 4-84) trail Sri Lanka 587 by 178 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Maiden tons for the overnight pair of Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes had energised Bangladesh and their crowd in the morning, but by stumps, Sri Lanka's industrious spinners had extracted enough dismissals to stay on track for victory, despite the visitors' abject fielding. A late Ajantha Mendis double-strike swung the match decisively in Sri Lanka's favour, after the Bangladesh middle-order provided fitful resistance. The hosts are still 178 runs adrift in the first innings, with two wickets in hand.

Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah had put on 46 together as the sun began to set, but with only 21 balls remaining until the day's quota was done, a wide ball from Mendis failed to bounce, and Dinesh Chandimal collected what the umpire believed was an under-edge. Bangladesh's last recognised batsman Sohag Gazi was struck in front of middle and off stump next ball, forcing his prompt departure, and Mendis was only denied a hat-trick by unexpected bounce, which may have taken the ball that struck the new batsman's front pad above the stumps.

Shamsur and Imrul were ruled by caution, then adventure, in the morning before giving way to impatience when they surrendered after lunch. They had only strayed, though, after having adding 232 runs, the second-highest Test partnership for Bangladesh, which was also the best for the second wicket. The wicketless first session appeared to unlock the spirit Bangladesh had lacked in the first six days of the series, even if the batsmen who followed were occasionally guilty of taking hair-brained options.

There were moments of imprudence at the top of the day, but the batsmen largely eschewed ambition and strove to reacclimatise themselves to the surface, in the first hour, dulling Sri Lanka's earnest start in the process. The first 15 overs of the day brought only 45 runs, but after that Imrul and Shamsur took to punishing a quickly-worsening bowling effort. They would advance at 5.4 runs an over for the remainder of the session.

The shift in Bangladesh's approach from the first Test was most evident in the way they dealt with Sri Lanka's short balls. Bouncers had been their undoing in Mirpur, but aided by a surface that did not reward short-pitched bowling, both batsmen hooked and pulled judiciously, and often. Shamsur's restraint was as laudably as his aggression. In the 37th over, he hooked consecutive Suranga Lakmal balls with authority, but when the bowler delivered a third short ball outside off stump, the batsman did not offer the same stroke.

Imrul's advances were more on the off side, as he laid into a visibly disorganised Nuwan Pradeep. Width was punished repeatedly and emphatically, in the arc between backward-point and cover, and the balls at the body only fared slightly better, with Imrul reprising the pull shot that had been profitable for him on the previous evening.

If the morning session had made clear the immense talent in Bangladesh cricket, the period after resumption laid out some of its enduring frustrations. Shamsur completed his maiden hundred, in his second Test, with a strike through the covers, but seeing his partner exult at triple figures seemed only to make Imrul more nervous.

On 95, he faced an over from Mendis replete with both cringe-inducing anxiety and incredible good fortune. Perhaps hoping to bash his way to the ton, Imrul advanced to Mendis, found the ball had pitched wide, and offered a gentle top-edged lob to Kithuruwan Vithanage who promptly shelled it. Becoming even more fidgety, Imrul was beaten by one that spun away from him next ball, then when he spotted the kind of short, wide delivery that he had imperiously played along the ground all morning, the batsman slapped it in the air to Vithanage, again.

At the other end, new-centurion Shamsur swung his bat in frustration at the timidity of his partner's dismissal, when the catch was completed. Only, when Shamsur turned around, the umpire had his arm out for a no-ball. Neither the Sri Lanka fielders nor either batsman quite seemed to believe it. By Mendis' next over, Imrul had girded himself enough to bat more intelligently. He blasted a short-wide Lakmal ball to collect his own hundred.

Just as the two should have consolidated their gains however, Shamsur offered an untimely slog to Mendis on 106 and was bowled. He left to a standing ovation, which he had deserved after his morning's work. But his attitude after both he and Kayes reached hundreds perhaps merited some reproach, given Bangladesh were still 355 runs short of Sri Lanka's total.

Imrul was less cavalier, but when Sri Lanka strung together several tight overs, the limits of his patience were also soon discovered. On 115, he ran at Mendis and played an almighty, hamstring-twinging slog, and had his off stump pegged back. Worryingly for Bangladesh, he needed to be carried off the field on a stretcher, casting severe doubts on his further participation in the match.

Sri Lanka's spinners found their groove in the second session, and though poor balls still frustrated efforts to build pressure, they managed enough turn and variation from the surface to prevent another big stand. Dilruwan Perera was the more accurate bowler, wheeling away on middle and off, and turning the ball away from Bangladesh's left-handed batsmen. He removed Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim after they had made promising starts, either side of tea.

Shakib Al Hasan played with characteristic enterprise for his 50, though he had first batted with reservation, scoring 1 from his first 25 balls. Soon he began to pick off the poor balls, particularly those wide of the stumps, as he flayed nine boundaries on the off side. He had seemed set for a bigger innings himself, but Perera, under Angelo Mathews' guidance, ambushed him with a pair of short covers. The bowler floated one up outside off stump and Shakib's drive, perfectly timed, was snaffled half a metre from the turf by Dimuth Karunaratne.

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

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  • ajithabey on February 7, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Bangladesh capitalize on a poor fielding effort by Sri Lanka but should be lauded for their much improved batting effort.SL need to wrap up the innings early and go for a challenging total so that they can make a match out of this game which otherwise will peter out to a drab draw. SL must go out today with a positive frame of mind to win this game instead of performing below expected standards as witnessed in some earlier games in the recent past.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    It was great to have the two great batsman, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane in Bangladesh...... their batting skill is something to watch, their temperament, patience, consistency, commitment to the team, leadership everything has been so pleasant for eyes...... their greatness is beyond any question........ It was a good opportunity for our players to learn from their batting...... and well done Shamsur and Imrul......... thanks for building up the resistance.........

  • CricLook on February 6, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Bangladesh did well no doubt but that don't hide the disappointment again. After building such a good partnership, both Kayes and Shamshur should carry on with minimal risk. Wicket was difficult but they by that time learned how to survive there, so only thing that can break the partnership was either a good delivery or self destruction. Both of them went for second. This is the difference between Sanga and the bd batsman. After that same old story , too many shots and wicket throwing. Srilanka are hot favorite to win from here. If BD want to save the test , firstly they have to cut the deficit as much as possible with occupying the pitch. Then have to maintain tight bowling so that SL can score quickly to set big total. If SL get a day , they will surely win coz historically BD batsman rarely played two good innings in a test match. Still expecting a strong performance from team BD and force SL to earn everything they are looking for.

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Nuwas you are just a jerk. BD fielders also droped catches a few times.

  • Yousafahmed11 on February 7, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    SL batsmen has fear of loosing the match again. Look at the runrate - just above 3!. Seems like they fear Mahmudullah 5-2-8-2 as a demon! Mathews praying that seniors will hit at least 50 each to help them to escape from this situation.

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    SL get quick 240 runs to make the lead 400 and push for the victory. That is the way to play a game. Positive thinking will lift the game.

  • Nuwas on February 7, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    From the looks of those drop catches, SL might've wanted to give BAN some lifeline to impress ICC with keeping their Test status.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Nice to see BD having a good score but groundsmen should prepare bowler friendly wickets so we can get results instead of a draw game, its same in entire Asia, always dead pitches . look what happen to India and Nz ? India is unbeatable in Asia but at the moment they are 50 for 4 chasing 500.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    The first hours play will be very important on the fourth day. It will decide everything.

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    If I am to count SL legends, it would be Ranatunga as captain, Jayasuriya as all rounder, Jayasuriya as batsman, Sangakkara as wicketkeeper batsman, and Murali as bowler Although I would like to also add Duleep Mendis

  • ajithabey on February 7, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    Bangladesh capitalize on a poor fielding effort by Sri Lanka but should be lauded for their much improved batting effort.SL need to wrap up the innings early and go for a challenging total so that they can make a match out of this game which otherwise will peter out to a drab draw. SL must go out today with a positive frame of mind to win this game instead of performing below expected standards as witnessed in some earlier games in the recent past.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    It was great to have the two great batsman, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane in Bangladesh...... their batting skill is something to watch, their temperament, patience, consistency, commitment to the team, leadership everything has been so pleasant for eyes...... their greatness is beyond any question........ It was a good opportunity for our players to learn from their batting...... and well done Shamsur and Imrul......... thanks for building up the resistance.........

  • CricLook on February 6, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Bangladesh did well no doubt but that don't hide the disappointment again. After building such a good partnership, both Kayes and Shamshur should carry on with minimal risk. Wicket was difficult but they by that time learned how to survive there, so only thing that can break the partnership was either a good delivery or self destruction. Both of them went for second. This is the difference between Sanga and the bd batsman. After that same old story , too many shots and wicket throwing. Srilanka are hot favorite to win from here. If BD want to save the test , firstly they have to cut the deficit as much as possible with occupying the pitch. Then have to maintain tight bowling so that SL can score quickly to set big total. If SL get a day , they will surely win coz historically BD batsman rarely played two good innings in a test match. Still expecting a strong performance from team BD and force SL to earn everything they are looking for.

  • on February 7, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Nuwas you are just a jerk. BD fielders also droped catches a few times.

  • Yousafahmed11 on February 7, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    SL batsmen has fear of loosing the match again. Look at the runrate - just above 3!. Seems like they fear Mahmudullah 5-2-8-2 as a demon! Mathews praying that seniors will hit at least 50 each to help them to escape from this situation.

  • on February 7, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    SL get quick 240 runs to make the lead 400 and push for the victory. That is the way to play a game. Positive thinking will lift the game.

  • Nuwas on February 7, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    From the looks of those drop catches, SL might've wanted to give BAN some lifeline to impress ICC with keeping their Test status.

  • on February 7, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Nice to see BD having a good score but groundsmen should prepare bowler friendly wickets so we can get results instead of a draw game, its same in entire Asia, always dead pitches . look what happen to India and Nz ? India is unbeatable in Asia but at the moment they are 50 for 4 chasing 500.

  • on February 7, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    The first hours play will be very important on the fourth day. It will decide everything.

  • on February 7, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    If I am to count SL legends, it would be Ranatunga as captain, Jayasuriya as all rounder, Jayasuriya as batsman, Sangakkara as wicketkeeper batsman, and Murali as bowler Although I would like to also add Duleep Mendis

  • on February 6, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    great BD batting? bad SL bowling? dead pitch? which is it? Anyway puts Sanga's triple in the right perspective.

  • on February 6, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    BD needs to play the first session to draw the test.

  • on February 6, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    @CricLook - Sanga is a class apart, he always has been. So was Murali, Arvinda De Silva, etc. SL always managed to produce special players. By comparison Bangladesh has none, they have survived with collective team work and that's not a bad thing. Over time their performances have improved, they Drew the Test vs WI and NZ, and won the ODI Series against both. BD also went to the final of the Asia Cup. The first Test was disappointing but they are showing some fight in the second. Unfortunately we won't be hosting any more Test Matches. However I think a stronger BD team will emerge in the next 5 years or so, provided there are no big hiccups from the Big 3.

  • on February 6, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    It will be a drawn test! Wicket is completely dead.

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    if SL bowled out BD within one hour in morning session tomo and SL get 300+ runs and give BD to bat with 100 over left then this match will be very interesting to see cause BD has ability to get 300+ runs in 100 overs and SL have preety gd bowlers to bowled out BD batters within 100 overs. Lets hope we gonna enjoy a gd match in 4th and 5th day. good luck BD .

  • on February 6, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Nice to see attitude of Each sides' supporters. This is an interesting test match but it is really difficult to talk about the pitch however i have seen that the pitch has become even more harder to bat on. The balls are now staying really low regularly and batsmen must be aware. Tomorrow it will be about how Sanga and Mahela bat.

  • bdsmaruf on February 6, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Bangladesh should target for draw test matches until we find two good pace bowler.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 6, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Bd dropped catches and now Sl follows that from Bd , before Sl somewhat undone the good work of their top order by giving away wickets playing some rush shots and now Bd follows that from Sl . How brotherly Sl and Bd are hehehe , no wonder Sl is the most supported foriegn team in Bd and Sl fans are well-wisher of Bd cricket . Anyway, as a Bangladeshi I wish Sl rise back to its old glory days soon but at the moment it seems they are quite dependant on couple of batters and couple of ballers , hope Sl works on this issue. As for Bd, congratulation to Shamsu Mia for his maiden ton at his 2nd test and congratulation to Kayes for coming back strongly after long time. To be fair, Bd's young batting line up looking promising , yes they are inconsistent but these young boys will mature. However, they must improve their balling depertment, once they find some quality ballers they will be alright for test. So I dont think Bd should be stripped off its test status now , let them work on it.

  • burnt_cow on February 6, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    At the end of the 3rd day the selection of 3 spinners by Bangladesh is justified. Only intelligent pacers can be benefited from this pitch like Angelo. He bowled really well against Shakib. But from last session of 3rd day this game will be all about spinners. BD will definitely miss the service of Abdur Razzak. If Mahmudullah can reduce the lead to 100 (which is highly unlikely because the attitude of Al-amin), this game will have the possibility of 3 results then.

  • on February 6, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Brilliant fight back from Bangla but Lankans are still in the driver's seat. 178 is still a big lead in a Test Match. 180 overs of play left and I am sure Lankans would play One Day Cricket tomorrow and fancy themselves for winning this Test Match... But I really hope Bangla can do something more magical to stop SL from winning this Test match..

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    what a great batting BD has displayed. I am a SL fan. we have to give credit to whom it deserves. BD players showed great resistance and great batting skills. Good for them. we need more of this kind of cricket to keep test cricket live. Congrats to SL players for showing well improved game plan.

  • amilag on February 6, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Excellent batting from BD. They showed they deserve the test status. we will have to work hard to win this match!

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    This has been a test full of injuries. First Razzak then Mushy. Mushy would have batted better if he was fully fit. Razzak can be very handy with the bat on his good day. We might still get to 500 and that will make the match more balanced. Turning out to be a exciting match. Good luck Tigers. U deserve a draw after Kayes and Imrul's superb yoeman effort.

  • bigbang07 on February 6, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Good stuff Bangladeshis, pushing us for a win. Still reckon SL has the advantage, but wary of the home team nonetheless

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I'm really impressed with Bangladesh batting today. Well played, great fight shown.

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    It's a really good fight back and slowly learning the right temperament for the test match. It's poor fielding effort by us. Bowlers creating chances but fielders disappointed them. Tomorrow is the very crucial day batting sensibly and building a good target and for Bangladesh is the important.

  • on February 6, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @Domestica - SL will not win :), your team will need to pull a 300+ lead before the last day.

  • lionspaw on February 6, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Great work by Bangladeshi players. Congratulations from a Sri Lankan. Keep up the good work.

  • Domestica on February 6, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    SL will definitely win in Day 5

  • fahimkabir on February 6, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Although bangladesh hasn,t batted well in the last session still if they can put more 60-70 runs they can have a good chance to draw the test.

  • WorldWideCricket on February 6, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    To All Sri Lankan Fans: You guys are different than any other cricket FANs in the world, You are truly cricket lovers who do not hesitate to give proper credit where it is due. You guys do not hesitate to praise your opponents. I, a Bangladeshi fan, salute you. Wish if we all were like that. After BD, SL is my favorite team and supporting SL since my childhood.

    Sanga is a legend, wish if we had anyone close to him.

  • on February 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Good fightback by BD Sri Lanka should bat patiently in the 2nd innings. Remember what happened in the last test? BD have the talent to chase so SL should go for the kill and should not take any chances

  • Lakpj on February 6, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    seriously speaking I don't see any good for Bangladesh from these type of pitches. They don't produce any quality bowlers from these and their batsman might struggle whenever there is some help for the bowlers. On the other hand SL could have shut out BD already if they had held on to their catches. Haven't seen this much of easy catches been dropped in one series before.

  • Balumekka on February 6, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    I am a Sri Lanka fan, but I am very happy with Bangladesh's response. They really fought back well, and will surely progress well in test cricket.

  • yogicoolboy on February 6, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Bangladesh have a missed a golden opportunity to create a upset. Srilankas fielding was also not upto the mark. Senior Bangladeshi batsman have to take more responsiblity.. Lets see how much Bangladeshi batsman can come close to srilankas total

  • stormy16 on February 6, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Good day at the office for Bangladesh but like SL on the first day, lost too many wickets at the end of the day and left with lots to do. SL will be looking to get the two wickets quickly and bat Bangladesh out of the game.

  • J.Mahmood on February 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I hate when BD batsman throws away wicket cheaply. When are they going to learn that this is test cricket and staying in the middle and playing safely is more important than trying to score quick runs unsafely. It's a shame that they spoiled another very promising start.

  • Fogu on February 6, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    One of those BD performances that give you hope and despair at the same time. At times they batted beautifully and then it seemed that they forgot this is a test match in which they are chasing a huge total. If SL had not dropped catches it could have been worse. However, if BD can keep the deficit in the 1st innings to around 100, this could be an interesting test on the 5th day. Congrats to Shamsur and Imrul on their maiden centuries! Go Tigers!

  • on February 6, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    SL fielding was so poor in this match and if they held on to their chances BD would not score more than 350/400 runs...if SL can pickup remaining two wickets cheaply then they can have a lead around 150...then bat possitively and give BD a target around 450 and SL can win this match... but the pitch is still very good ti bat...

  • pitch_curator on February 6, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Good fight by BD at last. But this is not over and based on their past history, I won't be surprised if their batting crashes in 1 session on day 5 and they lose. Infact that seems to be the most likely outcome

  • rmshamim on February 6, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Even though I am a Bangladeshi and a very good fan of Shakib but i think he can never be a grate player like sangakkara or mahela...because he han not that kind of mental strength and attitude as a batsman...he always remain a good player not to be a grate.....very shame....

  • jerryman on February 6, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Only chance for a SL win is to get them out asap tomorrow and keep a lead of about 150 , score quickly and set a target of about 400 + on the last day. However well played BD . SL must regret those chances they dropped. Catches win matches an old adage is so true.. SL must be attacking and try to go for a win and hopefully the spinners can get some turn on the 5th day.. Fortune favors the brave..

  • on February 6, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    I should say this test will be drawn, because both teams are looks so steady, but Bangladesh should try their best to get full control of this 2nd test to draw it, as long as it's their home ground.

  • on February 6, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Very good come back Bangladesh Team. 1st test 1st innings only 232. but now already 409. I thing this is good.. but our senior batsman Tamim, Sakib, Mosfiq need to take more responsibility. Sri Lankan batsman already tech us like that.. 1st and 2nd both test Sangakara & Jaybardhani show there responsibility......... So Bangladesh seniors also need to take responsibility.... then our team one day Champion.....

  • on February 6, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka can hold to chances. Dont want to see anymore drop catches from Sri Lanka. This test most likely to be a draw.

  • on February 6, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    disappointing batting from Bangladesh after very good platform 232/2. Muinul, Misfiq, nasir & sakib no one last long..

  • Crikoot on February 6, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Bangladesh players yet to overcome mental and attitude gaps. Both Shamsur and Imrul deserve congratulations - yet; have to go home now after scoring 100 is not acceptable. Shakib and Nasir want to go home even after fifties. Its so repetitive and obvious. They still have ODI mentality.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 6, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Good good Bangladesh. This is good stuff men! Keep working harder. This is what we love to see from you, Fighting. This is a great improvement.

  • AltafPatel on February 6, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Failure of Mominul and Mushfiqar cost Ban 100 runs.

  • on February 6, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka played very well except couple of fielding error. However, I am pleased that Bangladesh is fighting with limited resources they have. May be a draw test will be a good result for Bangladesh. Bangladesh should target for draw test matches until we find two good pace bowler. I am optimistic they will be winning very soon. Best wishes for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

  • asiacricket1234 on February 6, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    I saw people are saying that the pitch is dead. Same old story when the other team scores Bangladesh shouldn't play test and if our batsmen scores than the pitch had nothing for the bowler haha. Anyway don't lose your heart hater. Bangladesh had a good start of the day but as always they messed up at the end. This test could even finish before fifth day you never know. Sri Lanka still gonna win it.

  • CricSriLanka on February 6, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Catches are very important in any format of cricket. dropping catches is like dropping gold when it is given in a golden plate. Kalpage must brush up the team to keep the fielding to a good standard, almost 5 drop catches in an innings, that is like taking 15 wickets in that innings. India has also dropped some catches in NZ and that too is hurting them badly. But what does Ishant say "Drop catches are part of the game", don't agree with it totally. Look at SA they are safe like a house and thats why the are No.1.

  • on February 6, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    This puts Sangas triple in perspective.

  • Warm_Coffee on February 6, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Pitch is not totally flat. If you watch the game, the bounce of the wicket greatly varies and started to take a bit of turn hence wickets for Perera and Mendis. I don't think Bangladesh will have any chance of winning since Sri Lanka lead is too massive but a draw is certainly possible but work still remains in remaining few days for both sides. But a much better effort by the Bangladesh team after the disastrous first test. Congrats to Shamsur and Imrul in particular after returning to Test Cricket after 2 years for scoring their first test 100s and record 2nd wicket partnership for Bangladesh.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    sri lankans are missing Herath big time and eranga big time

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Good day for Bangladeshi batsman, let's see the finishes of the day.

  • on February 6, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    bangla should be patient and selective on shots and be focused on building a big innings to achieve anything but they can't project anything like the 1st innings and like Tamim who has been playing in t20 style silly.Shakib n Mushfic should now be leadibg from front without any fear and silly shots n should bat until at least 2mrrow half day

  • realfan on February 6, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    nuwan pradeep's batting average is 85??? oh wait.... :P

  • CricSriLanka on February 6, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    No one can remember the Pak series which SL concluded. There were Good opening partnerships between Dimuth and Kaushal, some brilliant knocks from Anji and match saving knock by chandi and 95 by dilruwan all against one of the best attacks in test (yes without irfan but ajmal was there). Now everyone is lamenting that SL is banking so much in their seniors. where as sanga and mahela scored less than 400 between them in that series. So SL is still in good hands. In this match it was the seniors chance to shine that's all.

  • Blade-Runner on February 6, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Good to see a fightback from Bangladesh. It makes things more interesting. I'm glad that this one is way more competitive than the previous one-sided match.

  • on February 6, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I can bet through experience.. BD's old story will repeat.. Even after strong come-back into the game, BD will loose this match by playing poor cricket on the remaining days...

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    BD batted well, cos it was a dead pitch Others bat well against BD, cos they are the geez! BD bowls out othersl, cos the others underestimated them Others bowl out BD, BD in test cricket! Shame! Shame! BD scores 600 in SL! SL is no longer a good team BD defeats Idia! Forget it- that was a bad dream!

  • yorkslanka on February 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    well played to Rahman and Kayes and also to Bangladesh. I obviously want SL to win but am really pleased to see Bangladesh starting to perform to their potential. I wish we had held on tothose catches now! come on Sri Lanka, we know we are without our two main bowlers but we should be competing more...

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Minus Sanga and Mahela and the Lankans don't seem any more formidable than the current Bangladesh side. Similar stories for most of the top 8 teams with aging superstars. Bangladesh on the other hand has 9 very young batsman who can consistently hit fifties against any side on any surface and thats why Bangladesh is the upcoming superpower of cricket in the next few years. Cant say the same for the other sides with baby boomers.

  • missionbegins2011 on February 6, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Nice to see BD scoring runs against a pompous SL team

  • yohandf on February 6, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh . as a Sri Lankan fan , i applaud this effort of Kayes & Shamsur . World cricket need such competitiveness from Bangladesh . Sri Lankan back up bowlers looks like they never expected to play test matches in this series . I wanted Pradeep to play this test anyway but heart broken after his wayward , overstepped bowling and drop catch . He is much better than this . Mendis is too predictable and have to find ways to stay competitive in test s .

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Honestly Sanga is an amazing batsmen. Along with Mahela and Herath they are basically the power behind the Sri Lankan Cricket team. However, what would happen to this game without these two batsmen? As such spectators have no right claiming that Bangladesh does not deserve TEST status. Amazing effort by Shuvo and Imrul. Between the two they have 19 test matches worth of experience compared to the 121 test matches of Sanga. Bangladesh cricket is at early positions. EVERY team in the top 8 have players who have monumental amounts of experience yet Bangladesh does not. What people need to understand is that Bangladesh have to learn everything by themselves. Our CAPTAIN has only 37 matches under his belt and yet his improvement in the last two years following the completion of his Masters degree has been phenomenal. All I ask is please don't be so quick to judge. There is nothing wrong with being slow learners as long as we make some progress along the way, which we have.

  • Matadore on February 6, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara.. "Dead pitch"?? Dropping 3 catches doesnt make any sense...(what bd did in d 1st test) Tell the SL fielders to take Those.. Ban can b 3 down easily here

  • Matadore on February 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Let me guess how many comments we gonna watch about "FLAT track" today... specially when SL Batsmen scored on a same wicket people talked ab8 BD bowlers.... Mayb people decide "its a flat track or not" by the scorecard of BD batsmen, not by watching the match.. LOL

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    well proved bd.....last test was just a bad match.....keep it up guys

  • Practical_person on February 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Looks like BL is going India's way preparing lifeless wickets but don't want to take credit away from the batsmen. Scoring tons in any condition against a good bowling attack is no mean feat.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Finally something for Bangladesh and their fans to be happy, of course on a dead pitch at least they having some batting. This will be seem to be a draw nothing to else to gain for Bangladesh

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Finally something for Bangladesh and their fans to be happy, of course on a dead pitch at least they having some batting. This will be seem to be a draw nothing to else to gain for Bangladesh

  • Practical_person on February 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Looks like BL is going India's way preparing lifeless wickets but don't want to take credit away from the batsmen. Scoring tons in any condition against a good bowling attack is no mean feat.

  • on February 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    well proved bd.....last test was just a bad match.....keep it up guys

  • Matadore on February 6, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Let me guess how many comments we gonna watch about "FLAT track" today... specially when SL Batsmen scored on a same wicket people talked ab8 BD bowlers.... Mayb people decide "its a flat track or not" by the scorecard of BD batsmen, not by watching the match.. LOL

  • Matadore on February 6, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara.. "Dead pitch"?? Dropping 3 catches doesnt make any sense...(what bd did in d 1st test) Tell the SL fielders to take Those.. Ban can b 3 down easily here

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Honestly Sanga is an amazing batsmen. Along with Mahela and Herath they are basically the power behind the Sri Lankan Cricket team. However, what would happen to this game without these two batsmen? As such spectators have no right claiming that Bangladesh does not deserve TEST status. Amazing effort by Shuvo and Imrul. Between the two they have 19 test matches worth of experience compared to the 121 test matches of Sanga. Bangladesh cricket is at early positions. EVERY team in the top 8 have players who have monumental amounts of experience yet Bangladesh does not. What people need to understand is that Bangladesh have to learn everything by themselves. Our CAPTAIN has only 37 matches under his belt and yet his improvement in the last two years following the completion of his Masters degree has been phenomenal. All I ask is please don't be so quick to judge. There is nothing wrong with being slow learners as long as we make some progress along the way, which we have.

  • yohandf on February 6, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh . as a Sri Lankan fan , i applaud this effort of Kayes & Shamsur . World cricket need such competitiveness from Bangladesh . Sri Lankan back up bowlers looks like they never expected to play test matches in this series . I wanted Pradeep to play this test anyway but heart broken after his wayward , overstepped bowling and drop catch . He is much better than this . Mendis is too predictable and have to find ways to stay competitive in test s .

  • missionbegins2011 on February 6, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Nice to see BD scoring runs against a pompous SL team

  • on February 6, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Minus Sanga and Mahela and the Lankans don't seem any more formidable than the current Bangladesh side. Similar stories for most of the top 8 teams with aging superstars. Bangladesh on the other hand has 9 very young batsman who can consistently hit fifties against any side on any surface and thats why Bangladesh is the upcoming superpower of cricket in the next few years. Cant say the same for the other sides with baby boomers.

  • yorkslanka on February 6, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    well played to Rahman and Kayes and also to Bangladesh. I obviously want SL to win but am really pleased to see Bangladesh starting to perform to their potential. I wish we had held on tothose catches now! come on Sri Lanka, we know we are without our two main bowlers but we should be competing more...