Bangladesh v SL, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 5th day February 8, 2014

Bangladesh save Test but SL take series

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Sri Lanka 587 (Sangakkara 319, Shakib 5-148) and 305 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 105, Chandimal 100*) drew with Bangladesh 271 for 3 (Haque 100*, Perera 2-55) and 426 (Rahman 106, Kayes 115)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mominul Haque had arrived at the fifth day short of runs and confidence, but, showcasing remarkable courage and a striking understanding of the dynamics of Test-match momentum, he led Bangladesh to safety with a third Test hundred in his 12th innings. Charged with simply surviving, Mominul chose to press Sri Lanka instead.Having hit 424 runs earlier in the match, Kumar Sangakkara said positivity at the crease had been the hallmarks of his success. Perhaps Mominul had taken note.

Bangladesh were three down when Mominul scored the run that sent him to three figures, after the hosts had begun the day with all ten wickets in tact. With less than an hour of scheduled play remaining, Angelo Mathews agreed to cut Sri Lanka's losses, and hand Bangladesh their second consecutive draw in Chittagong against a top-eight team. The hosts will be pleased that despite Sangakkara's deluge, they had unearthed considerable spirit after their putrid display in Dhaka.

The afternoon session became the key to Bangladesh's resistance after two wickets had fallen in the morning, and Mominul managed that period sagely, to bat through. Cutting the wide balls, and consistently positive outside the off stump, he leant heavily on hand-eye coordination for survival, and prompted more defensive fields from Sri Lanka in the process. By the end of the session, this had in turn inspired yet more aggression in Mominul. Sri Lanka began the session full of spring and enthusiasm and finished it relatively flat. Seven wickets in the final two hours is a difficult proposition against any opposition.

Having scored 10 from his first 39 balls, Mominul worked up an appetite for scoring with consecutive boundaries off Ajantha Mendis, and cut, swept and drove with a freedom that still gave heed to the match situation, because his judgement was razor-sharp. A fluid cover drive that threaded the packed offside field brought him his first fifty of the series, and at tea, his most recent 61 runs had come in 73 deliveries.

After tea his advance was more measured. He would dart occasionally at the slow bowlers, often driving, sometimes making room to hit through off, but largely, he attacked only the poor balls. Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal served up few of those, but Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Pradeep gave away plenty. Part-time legspinner Kithuruwan Vithanage had begun the day strongly, but his accuracy tailed off as the day wore on, and perhaps Sri Lanka erred in keeping him on too long. Most of Mominul's 11 boundaries came from errors in length, but the batsman also collected singles into the outfield efficiently, and Shakib-Al-Hasan, his partner for most of the innings, did the same.

The period when Mominul approached his ton was the most tense of his innings. Pradeep found the consistent line outside off stump that had evaded him for most of the match, and beat both his edges in two gripping overs. Though clearly nervous, the batsman collected himself enough to score when Pradeep strayed slightly. The single off his hips towards deep square leg prompted a far more muted celebration than the other Bangladesh centurions had produced, and also marked the end of the match.

Shakib benefited from Mominul's approach mining gaps in the field that had not been present for previous batsmen, but he too played a vital role as the senior batsman. He edged two past the slips soon after arriving at the crease, but hit a confident boundary through point before tea, by which time he seemed more secure. In the final session, he was grooved into the beat of singles and twos, breaking rhythm only to step down the pitch and hammer Vithanage past mid-on, twice.

Pradeep had improved since the first innings, but he still sprayed the ball both wide of off stump and too straight, in the first two sessions. Mendis could not find a consistent length, and threatened only rarely. Perera's pinpoint offspin built significant pressure, and brought him two wickets, while Lakmal was again earnest and economical on a surface that did not assist him. Rangana Herath's experience was missed.

Throughout the last two sessions, Mathews set creative fields - the kind that had eluded him on the final day in Sharjah, three weeks ago - but with two frontline bowlers having off days, there was not enough pressure to reap rewards. Lakmal often had 8-2 offside fields, with no one on the fence. Perera had as many as four men around the bat, and a short leg and leg slip routinely in place for the right-handers. As Sri Lanka sat on their pile of runs, Mathews saw no risk in delaying deployments on the fence.

Earlier, Bangladesh's openers had survived sensibly in the first hour, but allowed Sri Lanka a sniff by getting out in the 40 minutes before lunch. Vithanage proved an inspired choice of bowler in the second hour, when Tamim was a victim of his own impatience, allowing the ball through to his stumps as he attempted an aggressive stroke away from the body, against the turn. Shamsur Rahman's leaky technique allowed Perera to burst through between bat and pad and onto the stumps.

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

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  • r0ketman on February 10, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see BD test cricket is slowly moving in the right direction. I think even 3 years ago BD would have lost this match handily. Sanga showed his class again. I hope the ODIs are competitive. One request to BD fans, please do not respond to Legaleagle, I think he or she has been trolling on BD cricket news for a long time. I wonder why cricinfo keeps publishing the hate Legaleagle spews on these boards against BD. I am glad the rest of the Pak or other Asian fans have a different view.

  • rsmehdihasan on February 9, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    First and foremost BD needs to make difficult lively spinning or bounce pitches in their first class domestic circuit if they want their batsman to be more mature. The problem lies with BD batsman is not their ability or patience . The problem lies with the condition and situations when in difficult time batsman needs to check their shots, and need a different caucus approach.

  • bdsmaruf on February 9, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    icc rating system is a big joke. Kumar Sangakkara hits triple ton & a ton in a away match( 319 of 587 & 105 of 305), but only earned 58 rating points ! But Micheal Clarke hit a triple ton against India at home(similar bowling attack compared to bangladesh) he earned 102 rating points!

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    @ Legaleagle: Shocking how you used Insha' Allah to wish something bad for others. Kind of thing we are not suppose to do. Yea you are right against a team like SL drawing a test is like winning it as they are one of the top team with some great players in their team not like we were playing against a over hyped ordinary team like Pakistan. So yea we are happy about what we have done

  • wezwaz on February 9, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @mchayen...yes, we know India are only at their best at home. They have just been beaten by NZ. You would have thought they could knock NZ over, even away from home. The thing is they will never be a truly great team because they insist on preparing featherbed, slow and low pitches. How is that ever going to help their cricket development? I have been watching cricket for over 40 years and India has never ever truly dominated around the world. Think Australia 1989 - 2008 and West Indies 1976 - 1995. India has never remotely approached these levels.

    I hate to see Sangakkara milking weak attacks to pump his average up. It's pathetic the number of Tests he gets to play against these weaker sides. You think of teams in the 70s and 80s facing the brutal bowling attacks from the West Indies. I'd like to see how many Sangakkara would have made against them.

  • KallisTheGreatest on February 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    I told you guys ! This Ranking system is a joke! Kumar Sangakkara hits triple ton & a ton in a away match( 319 of 587 & 105 of 305), but only earned 58 rating points ! But Micheal Clarke hit a triple ton against India at home(similar bowling attack compared to bangladesh) he earned 102 rating points!

  • Captainman on February 9, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    What Bangladesh seriously needs are top quality pacers. I strongly advise Bangladesh management to nurture and look after someone like Abul Hasan who not only has talent with ball but also bat and could be a perfect test player for us. Even Sanga last year himself admitted that Abul is by far the quickest Bangladeshi pacer he has faced to date.

  • mainul079080 on February 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Picking Mominul was i'll say the best task performed by the selectors so far.He can be Bangladesh's Indian version of Pujara. He should be properly guided in future. That's very important.The senior batsmen in the team Tamim and Sakib haven't yet developed the matured mindset yet to play test cricket. How they will guide a newcomer like Mominul?Rather Mominul should guide these 2 about how to occupy the crease and build an innings. I am very disappointed about Sakib. He is just wasting his talent. He is not a 35+ avg test batsmen. He has ability to increase his avg to 45+ .Yesterday he played at least a dozen of rash shots in his 40+ innings and should have got out.He most of the time plays a 35-50+ innings full of shots and gets out playing a rash ugly stroke.Bangladesh needs long inningses from him.

  • goldeneye075 on February 9, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    It's a good draw by Bangladesh !!! They did show the fight. But i must question angello's tactics , having more than 400 runs, he did not attack the Bangladesh batsman, to the extent that should have. There should have at least two slip fields-man at all times when Kitruwan was bowling as he was exploiting the ruff outside the left hand batsman. Yes we were really hampered by the loss of Herth and Eranga not playing. But still I can remember Clark & co came to sri lanka with a rookie spinner at that time Lyon and with great fields set by Clark he won the match for Australia. Should have set great fields when Kithruwan , Dilruwan & Mendis were bowling. there is always room for improvement.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Lions gn bite the tigers ass in T20.

  • r0ketman on February 10, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see BD test cricket is slowly moving in the right direction. I think even 3 years ago BD would have lost this match handily. Sanga showed his class again. I hope the ODIs are competitive. One request to BD fans, please do not respond to Legaleagle, I think he or she has been trolling on BD cricket news for a long time. I wonder why cricinfo keeps publishing the hate Legaleagle spews on these boards against BD. I am glad the rest of the Pak or other Asian fans have a different view.

  • rsmehdihasan on February 9, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    First and foremost BD needs to make difficult lively spinning or bounce pitches in their first class domestic circuit if they want their batsman to be more mature. The problem lies with BD batsman is not their ability or patience . The problem lies with the condition and situations when in difficult time batsman needs to check their shots, and need a different caucus approach.

  • bdsmaruf on February 9, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    icc rating system is a big joke. Kumar Sangakkara hits triple ton & a ton in a away match( 319 of 587 & 105 of 305), but only earned 58 rating points ! But Micheal Clarke hit a triple ton against India at home(similar bowling attack compared to bangladesh) he earned 102 rating points!

  • asiacricket1234 on February 9, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    @ Legaleagle: Shocking how you used Insha' Allah to wish something bad for others. Kind of thing we are not suppose to do. Yea you are right against a team like SL drawing a test is like winning it as they are one of the top team with some great players in their team not like we were playing against a over hyped ordinary team like Pakistan. So yea we are happy about what we have done

  • wezwaz on February 9, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @mchayen...yes, we know India are only at their best at home. They have just been beaten by NZ. You would have thought they could knock NZ over, even away from home. The thing is they will never be a truly great team because they insist on preparing featherbed, slow and low pitches. How is that ever going to help their cricket development? I have been watching cricket for over 40 years and India has never ever truly dominated around the world. Think Australia 1989 - 2008 and West Indies 1976 - 1995. India has never remotely approached these levels.

    I hate to see Sangakkara milking weak attacks to pump his average up. It's pathetic the number of Tests he gets to play against these weaker sides. You think of teams in the 70s and 80s facing the brutal bowling attacks from the West Indies. I'd like to see how many Sangakkara would have made against them.

  • KallisTheGreatest on February 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    I told you guys ! This Ranking system is a joke! Kumar Sangakkara hits triple ton & a ton in a away match( 319 of 587 & 105 of 305), but only earned 58 rating points ! But Micheal Clarke hit a triple ton against India at home(similar bowling attack compared to bangladesh) he earned 102 rating points!

  • Captainman on February 9, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    What Bangladesh seriously needs are top quality pacers. I strongly advise Bangladesh management to nurture and look after someone like Abul Hasan who not only has talent with ball but also bat and could be a perfect test player for us. Even Sanga last year himself admitted that Abul is by far the quickest Bangladeshi pacer he has faced to date.

  • mainul079080 on February 9, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Picking Mominul was i'll say the best task performed by the selectors so far.He can be Bangladesh's Indian version of Pujara. He should be properly guided in future. That's very important.The senior batsmen in the team Tamim and Sakib haven't yet developed the matured mindset yet to play test cricket. How they will guide a newcomer like Mominul?Rather Mominul should guide these 2 about how to occupy the crease and build an innings. I am very disappointed about Sakib. He is just wasting his talent. He is not a 35+ avg test batsmen. He has ability to increase his avg to 45+ .Yesterday he played at least a dozen of rash shots in his 40+ innings and should have got out.He most of the time plays a 35-50+ innings full of shots and gets out playing a rash ugly stroke.Bangladesh needs long inningses from him.

  • goldeneye075 on February 9, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    It's a good draw by Bangladesh !!! They did show the fight. But i must question angello's tactics , having more than 400 runs, he did not attack the Bangladesh batsman, to the extent that should have. There should have at least two slip fields-man at all times when Kitruwan was bowling as he was exploiting the ruff outside the left hand batsman. Yes we were really hampered by the loss of Herth and Eranga not playing. But still I can remember Clark & co came to sri lanka with a rookie spinner at that time Lyon and with great fields set by Clark he won the match for Australia. Should have set great fields when Kithruwan , Dilruwan & Mendis were bowling. there is always room for improvement.

  • on February 9, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Lions gn bite the tigers ass in T20.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    T 20 Bangladesh will win the series. Go go bangla tigers boys

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Srilanka cant win in home soil. How can they win the second test in bangladesh. Hats off bangladesh

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Watch the NZ Vs india and look what happend to India .. so BD you all decide where you all want to be ....... So with your Legendary EPIC Impeccable Superhuman like Draw i think you all deserve a Series in NZ , AUSSI , ENG or SA :)

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 9, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Bd has obviously improved and its fair to say these new talented young guns will mature and make Bd stronger in near future, hence Bd haters now got no reason to yell for take off test status from Bd. Yes I would agree with them that Bd balling has not improved much yet and until Bd find some quality ballers they cannot go for win just have to be satisfied with draw. However its not impossible for Bd to come up with new talented ballers in 2/3 years, already we see new young ballers in the waiting-list such as arafat sunny, taijul, muktar , nurul hassan etc etc. Tashkin ahmed, the teenager for example, if guided/nurtured properly he will become a superb pacer. I bet if this teenager was indian then he would have been already put on course by india so that he becomes ready to serve india in 3/4 years but sadly I dont know whether BD will nurture/prepare him. Its better for world cricket to let Bd play test a bit more often so that they can work on it, produce new ballers and improve.

  • SL.FOOLS on February 9, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    @ kohli_kuttu What are you talking about. We SL fans are such big fools. We have not won a single test series outside our home since 2000. Sanga and Mahela are true colombo track bullies. What do you want to learn from us How to cheat?? How to cry for bad light?? How to not let players reach 100s by bowling no balls?? How to bowl with suspectable actions??? How to Beg to play matches with us??? 1st tier rankings for tests 1)SA 2)Aus 3)Pak 4)IND 5)Eng 6)Ban.... 2ND TIER TEAM rankings should be 1)Hong Kong 2)PNG 3)Ethiopia 4)Mexico 5)UAE 6)Central African republic 7)Syria 8) PnG 9) Uganda 10) finally our Colombo track champs SL.

  • hasa555 on February 9, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    @ Narabavi Thank you mate. True Indian !

  • on February 9, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Creating these kind of pitches would not improve BD cricket. They need to create more testing and live pitches in order to make their batsmen prepare for real challenges and improve them. Otherwise its all an illusion for them to think that their batsmen are getting better etc. etc. Outside the country, even in subcontinent they will be thrashed mercilessly. If you want just the self satisfaction and the mere illusion that ur batsmen are getting better, keep playing on these kind of pitches.

  • jhumon_sydney on February 9, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    @randika sanjeewa...there are heaps of reason BD fans to cheer a draw.Srilanka did not have gut to set a target which can be won! The target was 467 runs in 98 overs and required runrate was nearly 5.Do you think it was easy?NO TEST PLAYING COUNTRY COULD CHASE THE TARGET 418 IN 4TH INNINGS IN 137 YEARS OF TEST HISTORY.

  • kohli_kuttu on February 8, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    I dont think we dont deserve to be in the top tier for test cricket as currently we are getting hammered by NZ. We have so many things to learn from teams like Pakistan and SL. 1st tier rankings for tests 1)SA 2)Aus 3)Pak 4)SL 5)Eng 6)Ban.... 2ND TIER TEAM rankings should be 1)Hong Kong 2)PNG 3)Ethiopia 4)Mexico 5)UAE 6)Central African republic 7)Syria and 8) finally our home track champs INDIA

  • on February 8, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    I reckon Andrew Fernando spent a near sleepless night before the fifth day in fear of Ajantha Mendis capturing 10 wickets for the test, winning it for Sri Lanka and thereby guaranteeing his future at the top level.

  • on February 8, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    When Sangakara was in the middle of his massive innings, I was having a debate with a friend of mine about his outside asia performance! I cheked out his records in Cricinfo Stats and figured that the one of the few places where he does not have a good record is in England. As England is the next stop for Srilanka, I hope he turns this around and put down the final nails on his greatness.

  • on February 8, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka were very lucky that Bangladesh were without their 2 frontline bowlers, mainly Mashrafe(injured) and Robiul(dropped for no reason). They are also lucky Abdur Razzaq got injured. Just like SL, BAN were hit with many injuries(actually more than SL). Sri Lanka's bowling was just ordinary except the fluke ball that bowled Tamim. Boring match. I am pretty sure Bangladesh will win the ODI series and maybe tie the T20 or win it.

  • Greatest_Game on February 8, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka lose a guaranteed draw against Pakistan, and now draw a guaranteed win against Bangladesh. Something tells me that they are not any good at bowling in the 4th innings, (or just maybe not good at bowling.) A little help with strategy may do them some good too!

  • Legaleagle on February 8, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    According to Bangladesh standard they have won the test match, so Congratulations!!

    Now the real deal- Take a bow people- Its Kumar Sangakara!! Incredible player with absolutely conviction. He single handedly decimated pathetic Bangladesh.

    Inshallah, BD will remain a lower level team.

  • Captainman on February 8, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Bangladesh played much much better in this second test. Usually they always lose both matches badly but improvement is showing. Anyone can have a one off bad match. Mominul Haque what a talent. 22 years old and in short career to date, already has 3 100s and 3 50s. Probably Bangladesh's best batsman to date. Hope he can translate it to ODIs now where he hasn't really kicked on yet. Surprised Shakib didn't go for his another 50 oh well!!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Mominul is the newest rock of Bangladesh batting. I disagree that he came to the crease short of runs. He had scored a 50 during the debacle at Dhaka. In 12 test innings so far, he has scored 3 tons and a couple of 50s. His average is very impressive. Tamim is not suited for test cricket anymore. He should be relegated to the shorter format. Shamsur is far more reliable and he had a outstanding test. Kayes would probably have scored more, had he not been limping with a strain. His ton in the first innings was a reason for the team doing so well eventually. Overall, well done Tigers. To hold SL to a comfortable draw is an achievment in itself. Next time we will go slugging after a measly target such as this. But that's for another day.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    first of all Thumbs up 4 both Teams! sri Lanka played well nd Bangladesh stood up from sinking in the Sea!! Great Work from the Bangladeshi batsmen, at one time lankan bowlers were probably getting bored to bowl! Also good stuff frm Sanga d great! I feel were gonna b having a competitive Odi nf T20!! All good wishes for BD nd Sl! haters Gonna hate! go BD

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    it's odd to see fans cheering a draw. Either way good win for SL. I like how youngsters are showing what they are capable of in both the batting and bowling departments. I hope Vithanage and Kaushal get a chance in the ODI/T20s too. Should be fun.

    @rk_ks: That's some fine logic there. Use only the criteria you have come up with but don't use others! lol Your logic is flawed. With a 1.1 billion crowd comes crowd support all around the world, way more so than the SL supporters due to sheer size. It's a two sided coin of pressure and support and it goes both ways. Sachin playing 200 games is very important factor too, you can't just choose to ignore that fact just to suit your agenda. All batsman go through highs and lows and Sachin or Sanga are not exceptions to this nor is this unique to Sachin. A case can be made for both batsman..I mean for example Sanga was a Wk-Batsman for a good chunk of his career...that's extra stress/work per innings compared to Sachin too

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 8, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Apologies to JPNana, Thomas Cherian et. al. from a Bangladeshi fan for our elation, but we can't help it! This 'mere' draw is not the reason though, trust me. (In fact, personally I'm a little disappointed that Bangladesh couldn't win this test to draw the series... any way)

    We are happy because these recent and frequent draws are slowly paralyzing the haters' tongues that used to lash upon Bangladesh and its 13-year-old test status and always trying to belittle our achievements.

    Please pardon our naivety. You are most welcome to follow BD cricket and your countries are welcome to try thrash BD in cricket matches home/ away. The more, the merrier!

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Congrtz to BD team, first of all. They have showed day by day their potentiality, some idiots say they are the weak member of ICC, but true fact is ,, within short time , each team survived hardly in past, so ICC should concern about BD team ,, and allow them to play more test match and ODI matches .... We believe from my bottom of heart, one day Bangladesh Tigers will conquer the world.

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    It s good performance by the Bangladesh batsmens. These pitches only create batsmens but not the bowlers Bangladesh should try to develop more sporting pitches that will improve there talent more. It's a bad miss of the Herath and Eranga in this match. Good luck for the rest of the series for the both teams

  • MEHATELK on February 8, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    @kohli_kuttu same no8 team without some key players beat yr mighty lankan at yr home soil and draw the series,

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Incredible talent from Bangladesh.As an Indian I feel Bangladeshi's drop a player very soon.Each player picked should be given a fair run in international cricket.Results will never come overnight.A whole lot of patience is required to guide these young hihgly talented players.The case of Ashraful is a classic example as he was a superb player of the short ball as Brett lee found out !!

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    @wapuser R U JOCKING? BD can defeat India? I accept the fact that india is struggling outside india against a good fast bowling attack can you name one fast bowler in BD who is as threatening as Johnson, Styen, Morkel, Mcglengan, Southee and so on... I am sure every team in their own backyard is a king same with India but BD cant even able to win a test match in their backyard against SL and you comment on India. First try to improve your team and then you can comment on ours. Everyone knows if India takes on BD if it is in India 100% india going to win Big but if it is BD then there is a very slight change that BD can Win its like 9:1 to India.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    BD has shown better character. Now BCB should host either NZ or WI or ZIM in a 4 test series along with 3 t20s, and 5 ODIs to continue the improvement and go up the ranking to be in the 9th place ahead of ZIM in test. They can also go ahead of the NZ and WI if they can win the Asia cup and win 8-10 ODIs this year.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 8, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian... same thing happend to me when reading these comments. they are commenting like they have won a test lol

  • rk_ks on February 8, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    @Great_Lion :

    No Offense to Sangakkara. He is a great player definitely.

    India population 1.1 Billion -- Pressure on Sachin Srilanka Population 20 Million - Pressure on Sangakkara (2% of what Sachin has carried)

    Sachin Away Record 176 innings 54.74 avg 29 hundreds Sangakkara Away Record 89 Innings 51.55 Avg 12 Hundreds

    Don't use the term if Sanga has played more matches as Sachin. We can also tell that lost his form during the last 3 years . If he was in form then the avg would have been more. If you think Sangakkara to be great call him. But the world never calls Sangakkara great over Sachin. Please stop comparing. Both are different and the pressure on Sangakkara is not even comparable to what Sachin has carried.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    It is a draw right ?? Reading the comments made me wonder if Sri Lanka had lost the test

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Yes, it's perfect time to invite India for a series. The recipie is simple, make a sporting pitch with some bounce on it and put quick seamers on action, India is bundled cheaply! But I am afraid India will not tour Bangladesh though promised because their job is done, Bangladesh gave their vote in favor them, so nothing more they need and they can Easily break promises. Because they don't want to lose against Bangladesh. Instead they will play another home series where their Hollywood batters will score heavily in flat pitches. Remember against Aussies they scored 350/300 almost every odi but now in NZL they can't stand for 200!

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Congrats Sanga. This was the worst inng i habe witnessed. A 300 vs the wealest team in world cricket and then a selfish 100 in the 2nd Inng. You didnt deserve to win. Happy for bangladesh.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    If Bangladesh gets consecutive test matches, everyone will be able to see how they improve. Good luck to SL in ODI and T20. We give everyone tough time in these formats home or abroad. :)

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Good work BD. Hope you keep improving and become a stronger force.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Poor captaincy by mathews. he doesnot know how to handle test cricket. Angelo is a poor captaincy srilaka ever had what a different sanga and mahela worst mathews he can only draw and loos poor srilankan. i can not think why selectors gace captain ngelo poor src

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Batting starting to come together for Bangladesh. Top 9 can all bat fairly decently, though I have reservations about Kayes still. Got to work out how to get 20 wickets if they ever want to challenge the more established teams more regularly - severe dearth of pace bowling sadly. Young team though - hope they can keep improving and the ICC gives them the opportunity to do so.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Last time the teams met in an odi, Bangladesh won (in SriLanka) and last they played in Bangladesh, Sri lost handsomely.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I think BD have a opportunity to beat the Current Indian test side.best of Luck,request for a Bilateral tour as promised to your board.Sooner the better.

  • mchayen on February 8, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    @wezwaz.... No offense to Tendulkar but check his average against Australia or SA or ENG or NZ at respectively away matches from India. YOU WILL FIND YOUR ANSWER. In fact check India's so called good batting lone average against those big time oitside of India. Good for India that they mostly play inside India where all their bollywood stunt batsman can score runs regardless of their quality. Oh of course keep Rahul Dravid as exception to tjis comment.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on February 8, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Though first test was a real frustration, tiger's second performance should be acknowledged by all. According to my observations, only one end was used for fast bowling, resulting much fewer cracks to produce turns on 4/5th day. Needed only legspinner to extract turn from the cracks. So vithanage managed some turn from the cracks including Tamim's dismissal. This is why the pitch looked flat. Anyhow, with so many on-field injuries (Razzak barely bowled any over, Shamsur keeped awkwardly after Mushy's injury, Kayes hobbles for Hamstring), still good result.

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 8, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    It was draw written allover because of the negative captaincy of Angelo Mathews. He's the only test captain I know going for a draw each and every match. Good luck to him. What next? Zimbabwe???

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Great Performance......BD team.

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    @ Mubassher Dont worry you will remember who Kushal is when the ODIs and T20s are over. It will be SL who wins the ODIs and T20s in 3-0 and 2-0 . Cant wait to here from this BD fans and BD captain what are excuses for that.

  • wezwaz on February 8, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    How many Tests can Sri Lanka play against Bangladesh and gorge themselves? This is just rubbish. Bangladesh are up-and-comers, but the likes of Sangakkara are milking these Tests to pump up their average. He has been a great batsman over a long period, but his average suggests he's better than V Richards, Ponting, Tendulkar, Lara, etc. Yeh right. Check his career breakdown against all countries - not so good against Australia or England. Wonder what his totals are against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe? Sri Lanka have played these two nations a total of 31 times, more than any other nation has.

    The same could be said of Murali. He was a demon against most countries, except Australia. And of course his stats against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are just brilliantl. Australian batsmen knew they were in a contest with him, but ultimately they won the battle every time. Result? Sri Lanka has one solitary win ever against Australia.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    @dinush Its true that I have no idea who is KUSAL JANITH PERERA but remember you have also no idea who was sabbir and anamul

  • samincolumbia on February 8, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Boring cricket played on a road pitch. Pitches like this make average/mediocre batsmen look great. How many centuries were scored in all and that too by batsmen that had not even scored a single century yet!

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Good to see Bangladesh playing well and not being push-overs. Wish them all the luck. They are showing the glimpses of how Srilanka were about 25 years back.

  • durber99 on February 8, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Mathews....I am afraid. If it is 5 years back then Bangladesh could easily loose the match whatever the condition is but nowadays they are capable to draw a test match. The turn (Spin) from Vithanage was huge, it was impossible to chase the world record even South Africa was also afraid against India just a few months ago. Srilanka could declare when the lead was 375 then it would be an interesting thrilling game but I think Mathews was little bit scary because Nowadays they dont have the magic baller like great Muralidharan. If Sanga and Jayabardhane get retired then you guys will face serious problem. On the other hand Bangladesh has got an young team. They should concentrate on their pace Bawling department and batsman needs to apply more. 1 to 9 position all of them have got the test century. So, they have the talent, they can just capitalise it. Best wishes for Bangladesh team and at the same time wishes for Srilankan team as well.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Congrats for da effort. First learn how to draw then how to chase and we believe we'll continue to win tests. All the bst for da upcoming limited over series..

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    first of all congrats to both teams.bangladesh did very well in this test match.they have made a statement that they can play test match and play well according to the situation.we dont have to see others negetive commnets.just look forward.some guys are very narrow minded and busy saying something which is unneccesary.if we would lose the game then negetive minded people would say that bd could not play test on a batting friendly pitch.We have to draw test matches rather than win a test match coz we have to have faith in our ability.ICC should give more chancs to play test..best of luck on t20 and odi...

  • stormy16 on February 8, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Bangladesh had a good day and had two good innings to earn a honorable draw with some big runs. Both teams will be more concerned about their respective bowling lines ups but I presume this was always going to be a draw wicket unless one of the teams messed up in the batting. Bangladesh will be the happier team from the draw while SL will be will be having doubts about the batting outside Sanga and Mahela.

  • i_golam on February 8, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    it was worth for me to wake up 4:30 in the morning in all the past five days ! SL declaration was to late & too tough to chase ! Why so defensive ? SL could have given BD 4 session & 450 to chase &and if it would have been so ... then BD could have easily given a hard match to SL and could have even beaten both the SL and the world record too !!! Bravo tigers !!!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Bangladesh took their chances by preparing pace friendly wicket at the test in Dhaka but the results showed that the players are not ready for those kinds of surface. Pace friendly wickets need to be introduced in first class cricket before the international games. The reason players like Imrul, Shamsur and Mominul should be praised is that they showed better test batting and did not throw their wickets away before they made significant contribution.

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    We all will miss mushfiqur Rahim:(the best captain av ever seen!! But don't worry we have mumin(modern little master)sakib(no.1all rounder) Nasir (the best finisher) Tamim (gonna blast all bowlers)shamsur (most emerging batsman) and obviously our boss mashrafee:)

  • Blade-Runner on February 8, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Congratz Sri Lanka for winning the series 1-0. Even though Sri Lanka went to the 2nd match without their main strike bowlers - Eranga 'n Herath, BD did well to draw the 2nd match. So kudos to them. The most unfortunate thing is that even after winning the series, Sri Lanka lost 1 ranking point. :( Btw, why haven't they updated the Test player ranking table ?? I just wanna see where Sanga "THE REAL GOD OF CRICKET" stands. :)

    So, what's next ? Ah... The limited over series. Kusal must be itching to get into action. Can't wait till 12th of feb. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    mominul; new emerging tiger did very well job: now he must give full concentration on upcoming ODI and T20: we also must not forget Shakib; shuvo ; Imrul as well as; best wishes to all Tigers from Ivory Coast

  • Rafelgibt on February 8, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Congrats to SL for winning the TEST Series 1-0 and also well done BD to draw the 2nd TEST after being thrashed in the 1st TEST.Frankly speaking SL are simply far better than BD at all the aspects of TEST cricket.As a die hard BAN cricket fan i would like to urge our batsmen specially in TESTs that plz play with more time, temperament and composure (TEST match requires) to get more 100s and help us to make more DRAWs in TESTs.Hope in ODIs BAN are going to win the series by 2-1 inshallah.Wishing all the best to both the teams.

  • dual.citizen on February 8, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    @Prabhash1985-- I agree with you . They are capable with slight modification "against average bowling attack on placid slow wicket".

  • on February 8, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    ok BORING stuff gone away , waiting for the T20 and the ODI , BD fans Remeber this name " KUSAL JANITH PERERA " ......... i know who .. who kusal huhhhh.... ya ya i know hes no one .... BUT wait and see :)

    he he ohhh pls be 12th of February fast :) i guarantee you by the end of the T20 and the ODI you will get to know him better :)

  • Yousufahmedl on February 8, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka were the better side and they thoroughly deserved to win 1-0 and congratulations! Bangladesh no doubt as expected fought hard after the first test disaster.

  • on February 8, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Don't compare any players with any one, they a great in their time, this time for sanga, kholi, mahela, ab, hashim....and etc. All a great in the modern cricket.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 8, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka... Well done Bangladesh. But you need to improve further, on building a bigger innings. Had one at least taken a 200, it could have been much much better. They are capable.

  • AltafPatel on February 8, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Question again arise, why it's 2 test series, it must be 3 to make it more interesting as we saw in UAE between PAK-SL.

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Congrates Srilanka for wint the series and Bangladesh for draw the match. it shows Bangladeshi talents can play with patience and the time comes to know that either tamim, shakib, mushfiq, must show their capabilities as a senior player neither replacement will made for test squad......Best of luck for t20 and Odis

  • KallisTheGreatest on February 8, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    @Narabavi: no mate, he will not! because he is not from a 'BIG THREE' nations :) we'll wait & see..

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 8, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    This game could have been won had the target been about 375. With 110 overs Bangladesh might have lost 1-2 wickets by stumps on 4th day and probably would have lost 5-6 wickets by the final hour on the 5th day and Sri lanka would have had at least a sniff at victory on albeit a dead pitch. No matter the scoreline in a series, a team must always for a win in every game even if it means giving the opposition the chance of an unlikely win. A chasing team given a reasonable chance will always take chances, at least at first, to win. Despite the predictable result though, credit must be given to the superb individual performances on both teams. Sangakkara, if he plays 4 more productive series against Bangladesh/India/WI/Zimbabwe, will over Tendulkar's record run tally in Tests by late 2016 barring injury.

  • on February 8, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    Bangladesh played very well in this kind of situation...specially mominul showed the beauty of test batting....so bangladesh made a great competitive test match....

  • bdcricket_crazy on February 8, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    Wow! I am really impressed with the performance of Mominul Haque! I think that he is going to be a great asset for BD team in test arena! Look at his tremendous record in test, man! Test- 7, Innings- 13, Runs- 755, HS- 181, Ave- 75.5, 100s- 3, 50s- 3! Just too great!!! Wish him a great future!!!

  • Herath-UK on February 8, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    And also thank Bangladesh for their 'spunk' for cowering to the big three selling the game of cricket.Bravo Sri Lanka!

  • Herath-UK on February 8, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Mathews said that another test could be played right on this pitch so even Kenya or UAE would have made a draw here. Getting a hundred or so nothing but having a triple under any condition is massive so well done Kumar & Sri Lanka winning by innings the first test. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Great_Lion on February 8, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar vs Kumar sangakkara

    away averages

    Sacin : Country/ average ; pakistan/40.25 ;Australia/53.20; New zealand/ 49.52

    Sanga : Country/ average ; pakistan/86.87 ;Australia/60.33; New zealand/ 66.80

    Source : cricinfo -Statsguru

  • WannaBeRusta on February 8, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Justifies Mathews strategy of waiting for Chandimal century before declaring. Anyone with cricketing sense can see that the wicket is not a mine field and BD is not as bad as most ppl think (including some BD fans). Without Eranga and Herath SL bowling is not penetrative enough to run through the batting line on this wicket and Pradeep is a negative factor.

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Well done tigers!!! Congrats to our little master Mominul! Bangladesh is proving themselves....and what about the great three (actually two..)

  • Narabavi on February 8, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Weldone Bangladesh ! Congratz Sri Lanka for their series win !! Well Played Sangakara..My favourite non indian batsman.following him closely since four,five years, he is getting better & better every day..will he pass 938 rating points (his best in ICC Rankings) after this performance? interesting to see !

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    **Congratulations Mominul Haque on your brilliant Hundred!!! This little dynamite has a great future ahead of him. A great asset for Bangladesh Cricket. 3 hundreds B| already in his little career. Passed Shakib Al Hasan in this regard.

    ** A very determined batting display by the Tigers. They scored 3 centuries and took 14 wickets in this test match. Ahead of Sri Lanka in every department. They proved that losing 1st test match in that awkward fashion was just an accident. A great comeback by the tigers.

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    legend like Sangakkara, Samsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque??? Do u know wat's the meaning of legend?

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    legends like Sangakkara, Samsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque ..................do u know wat's the meaning of legend???????????????????????????

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh! As a Sri lankan i'm dissapointed, but i really can't fault our team as the pitch was very flat and a draw was on the cards. Bangladesh have improved a lot in the past few years, but for them to win matches against top ranked teams, they must play regularly on good pitches and not these Batsman friendly ones. Good luck!

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 8, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    A well earned draw BD. I heard one of their front line bowlers had some injury.Also their batsmen are coming good but inconsistent. And it is unfair to refer them minnows. they surely are growing. Good luck

    @dhoni_MyF.TrackChampion But the same Indian team beats your SL time and again? Clever imposter !! Better luck next time

  • rajcl on February 8, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    @ dhoni_MyF.TrackChampion,,dude this page belongs to sl vs bd in ur opinion who performed well apriciate them,stop comparing, even any one in the world not going perform in every match & in home nz is equal to sa, aus, eng, pak in bowling department so stop talk rubbish things , give credit where its no 1 to 10 ranks

  • asiacricket1234 on February 8, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    I don't care what other people says about us but this is clearly a good sign of improvement. There was a time when all test series used to finish with the result of 2-0 against us and here we managed to draw a test against one of the top team and we have done the same when we played in SL. Well Done boys. Very best of luck for ODI & T20 series. Again SL is better than us in those formats too but I'd love to see our boys winning some matches there.

  • Messa1 on February 8, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I dont know why some of these people here calling SL had negative tactics. If we had declared around 300 on this flat deck it would have been easily chased down. Mathews did the right thing and congrats to SL on their series victory and well done to Bangladesh for drawing the match (they are definitely improving and could be a really good team in the future as most of their players are still young ) So next comes our 2 favourite formats T20s and ODIs'. Those games will be really competitive and the stadiums are gonna be packed!! Good Luck SL and Bangladesh, but hope for SL win in both the formats.:)

  • on February 8, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Bangladesh team should thank pitch curator for preparing such a dull pich (flat track). No support for bowlers. Anyway congratz for Bangaldesh team for shown commitment and dedication.

  • yohandf on February 8, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Well the game is drawn . Bangladesh deserved it for their grit shown throughout this test . But not unhappy about SL too . If a series win matters , it s there for them . But they will rue of missed chances during this test . Setting a target excess of 450 is not negative as pitch behaved .

  • Srilanka-rules on February 8, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    What a thrilling game! Legends like Sangakkara, Samsur Rahman, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque showed the world how beautifully flat the wicket was! Brilliant stuff overall. Thank you Bangladesh

  • yorkslanka on February 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    well done to SL on a series win away. i would have liked 2-0 but Bangladesh deserved the draw in this test and well played to them also..

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Bangladesh has improved a lot. But these flat wickets are making the game very boring. Conversely, Srilanka's negative tactics are sickening. Haven't they lost a game to pak recently?

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    **Congratulations Mominul Haque on your brilliant Hundred!!! This little dynamite has a great future ahead of him. A great asset for Bangladesh Cricket. 3 hundreds already in his little career. Passed Shakib Al Hasan in this regard.

    ** A very determined batting display by the Tigers. B| Tigers scored 3 centuries and took 14 wickets in this test match. Ahead of Sri Lanka in every department. B| They proved that losing 1st test match in awkward fashion was just an accident. A great comeback by the tigers.

  • Forward-DEFENCE on February 8, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    congrats bangladesh . but u have to wait so long time to have a test match with a top team under new ICC rules.ur decision is not going to help you.invite india to play test matches with bangladesh good luck

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Congrats boys ..u have done it!!

  • kohli_kuttu on February 8, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    @MEHATELK I dont know what u r talking about? I am an Indian but i'm absolutely fed up with our team. Look at the way they are getting humiliated by NZ. So i decided to follow SL cricket same as u. At least they don't have an away record of 0-15, btw is that a world record?LOL. So u should come and join me to support our lankan bros!

  • Arun_Mathew on February 8, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    srilanka negative mindset coming to fore again, they did it already against pakistan losing the test match. Srilanka could have easily declared giving more time to bowlers to bowl them out. But again went for negative tactics. I feel this negativity on and off the field is the reason why srilanka is so down in both test and odis, they just play for individual records.

  • matchfixerpkn on February 8, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Bangladesh playing like real tiger ..good to see positive cricket from tigers .. not like scoring in 1.1 per over rate ...

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Without srilankans best strike bowlers, we can't put this match at any risk. in this dead pitch chasing 350 is nothing. I agree with mathews.

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    All credits to Bangladesh. They played like a better test playing team especially after chasing a mammoth total in both the innings, their batsmen were not nervous. They have grown up to a very good test side.

  • on February 8, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Bangladesh team now looking like there can play test good luck bd.

  • GRVJPR on February 8, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    This has exposed Sri Lankan Team. Their batsmen scored on flattest tracks on earth and now bowling is pathetic. Bangladesh has exposed them to the core.

  • jb633 on February 8, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    These commentators are clueless. If this makes a good pitch i would love to know what makes a bad pitch. People say India make flat tracks etc but they are the only tracks that offer spin and bounce any more. Pitches like these need to be reported to the ICC. So boring.

  • MEHATELK on February 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @dhoni_MyF.TrackChampion we know you are sl cunning lion, why dont you praise BD for the fight they have shown this match, why dont you criticise yr lion for their continuous negative tactics.

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    The only thing i can see is Draw !

  • OttawaRocks on February 8, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Really loving the Bangladesh fight back. I believe they can beat SL. Go Tigers! Great grit being shown.

  • Warm_Coffee on February 8, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Cannot believe Sri Lanka needed 450 odd runs against a team like Bangladesh on a 5th day. Surely 300 is more than enough against such a team. Its unsporting and this kind of negativity will not get the team far in my view. Anyway, congrats in what it looks like a series win for you mainly due to the staggering help of your senior experience guys like Sanga (won't be around forever) against our very inexperienced and young test side according to stats and profile :) :P

  • Matadore on February 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Both team will b happy with this... Srilanka is happy for winning the series and sanga's performence.. bangladesh is happy to draw the match after the their poor show in the first test... Atleast we can say now Bangladesh can draw Test match. its a good batting track, bt still its an achvmnt for bd.... bd passed that time when they lost 80% matches by ings...

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    so far BD look good to draw it. they done well today. if its drawn then it will give SL more to think on their own strategies. they havent learned lesson from past. should have gone for 2-0 and declared earlier in 2nd innings. thats why teams like sl, pak can never reach to no1 . anyway still some overs left and a collapse of BD can give SL 2-0 . otherwise a 1-0 series win is already there. batting was good eapecially sanga in this game. he was superb. they were far better team than BD in this series. BD can take lot of positives from 2nd game. batting was good in both inings. few new guys played well.

  • kohli_kuttu on February 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Us indians need to learn from SL how to bat. We should be currently ranked bottom of the rankings table in all 3 formats. Look at our 'legends' Kohli and Pujara, got out for 4 & 1 runs respectively against the world no8 ranked team NZ. ROFL. We should go play against Nigeria or even Iceland but I still doubt we can win. Anyways well done to sl for this series victory.

  • matchfixerpkn on February 8, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    bangladehs any day better than srilalnka ..but unfortunately lack of experience makes them to gift wicket....they alsway play positive cricket ..but when srilankan will learn to play gentlemenas game ???

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    miracle needed divine intervention Rain!!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    if bd show they're patience then can draw the match.

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  • on February 8, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    if bd show they're patience then can draw the match.

  • on February 8, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    miracle needed divine intervention Rain!!!

  • matchfixerpkn on February 8, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    bangladehs any day better than srilalnka ..but unfortunately lack of experience makes them to gift wicket....they alsway play positive cricket ..but when srilankan will learn to play gentlemenas game ???

  • kohli_kuttu on February 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Us indians need to learn from SL how to bat. We should be currently ranked bottom of the rankings table in all 3 formats. Look at our 'legends' Kohli and Pujara, got out for 4 & 1 runs respectively against the world no8 ranked team NZ. ROFL. We should go play against Nigeria or even Iceland but I still doubt we can win. Anyways well done to sl for this series victory.

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    so far BD look good to draw it. they done well today. if its drawn then it will give SL more to think on their own strategies. they havent learned lesson from past. should have gone for 2-0 and declared earlier in 2nd innings. thats why teams like sl, pak can never reach to no1 . anyway still some overs left and a collapse of BD can give SL 2-0 . otherwise a 1-0 series win is already there. batting was good eapecially sanga in this game. he was superb. they were far better team than BD in this series. BD can take lot of positives from 2nd game. batting was good in both inings. few new guys played well.

  • Matadore on February 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Both team will b happy with this... Srilanka is happy for winning the series and sanga's performence.. bangladesh is happy to draw the match after the their poor show in the first test... Atleast we can say now Bangladesh can draw Test match. its a good batting track, bt still its an achvmnt for bd.... bd passed that time when they lost 80% matches by ings...

  • Warm_Coffee on February 8, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Cannot believe Sri Lanka needed 450 odd runs against a team like Bangladesh on a 5th day. Surely 300 is more than enough against such a team. Its unsporting and this kind of negativity will not get the team far in my view. Anyway, congrats in what it looks like a series win for you mainly due to the staggering help of your senior experience guys like Sanga (won't be around forever) against our very inexperienced and young test side according to stats and profile :) :P

  • OttawaRocks on February 8, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Really loving the Bangladesh fight back. I believe they can beat SL. Go Tigers! Great grit being shown.

  • on February 8, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    The only thing i can see is Draw !

  • MEHATELK on February 8, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    @dhoni_MyF.TrackChampion we know you are sl cunning lion, why dont you praise BD for the fight they have shown this match, why dont you criticise yr lion for their continuous negative tactics.