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

After drawn Test, captains call each other defensive

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Angelo Mathews has criticised Bangladesh for declining to orchestrate the highest successful chase in cricket's 137-year history. Mathews also labelled the Chittagong surface "a road", after which Mushfiqur Rahim countered by saying Sri Lanka had not bowled well enough to win. The two-Test series finished at 1-0, after Bangladesh chose to bat for the draw, instead of going after a target of 467. That total would have also been their highest ever second-innings score.

Sri Lanka had also delayed their declaration on day four, ostensibly, in part, to let Dinesh Chandimal score a third Test hundred. The move allowed Sri Lanka no more than eight overs at the hosts on the fourth evening.

"We didn't really declare late," Mathews said. "If they wanted to chase the 467, they could have, but they did not show any intent. They had 98 overs, and we actually could have bowled more than 98 overs, but they didn't show any intent. We were one-nil up in the series and they had to make a move. But we declared yesterday itself, rather than waiting for today. We were being positive and we were going all out for the win.

"We know that we could get them all out if they were going for runs. You could just block and survive on this wicket, but you can't actually go for big shots because the wicket was a slow one. We had different kinds of bowlers - we had Ajantha Mendis, we had Dilruwan Perera and Suranga Lakmal who were bowling well - so if they wanted to go for it, we were up for the challenge."

In response, Mushfiqur questioned the timing of Mathews' declaration. "I am also surprised that they only made us play a few overs [on day four]," Mushfiqur said. "If I was captaining Sri Lanka, I would have left it with 20 overs to go. I think I would have been happy with a 350-400 lead.

"I think we never get the credit we deserve when we bat well. I don't think they bowled in a way to take 20 wickets."

Mathews suggested Pakistan's recent historic chase of 302 at 5.25 runs an over, against Sri Lanka, indicated 467 was a chaseable target. "If they wanted to, it was possible," Mathews said. "You'd rather try to square up the series [even though you could] lose 2-0. That's what the Pakistanis did in Sharjah. If they wanted to make it 1-all they could have at least showed [some intent], but they didn't want to. We were just trying to get them all out, but the wicket wasn't assisting the bowlers."

Mushfiqur said his team had taken their Test record into account while formulating their fourth-innings strategy. "There may not have been a big difference between 1-0 and 2-0 for them, but not for us. I am disappointed at losing the series. If we had played well in the first Test, we could have drawn the series."

The second Test featured six centuries, including a triple-hundred, and Mathews said the Chittagong surface was not conducive to a result. He had expressed similar frustration last year in Galle, when that Test against Bangladesh had also ended in a draw.

"I'm very disappointed with the draw, but I actually thought we could start another Test match on the same wicket," Mathews said. "It didn't assist the bowlers at all. It wasn't a sporty wicket. It was a batsman's paradise. It was very hard and once the seam got soft, the bowlers didn't have any chance.

"The wicket was flat as a road. We couldn't do much. The bowlers gave their hearts out. Unfortunately that's all we got. We might have missed Rangana Herath's experience, but Mendis and Dilruwan bowled well."

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

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  • Leachim55 on February 11, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Angelo lost his mind It,s crazy to chase 467 in test cricket

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 11, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    "If they wanted to chase the 467, they could have, but they did not show any intent. They had 98 overs, and we actually could have bowled more than 98 overs, but they didn't show any intent. We were one-nil up in the series and they had to make a move. But we declared yesterday itself, rather than waiting for today. We were being positive and we were going all out for the win."

    Dumbest thing said in cricket for 2014 - lock it in. Even David Warner couldn't top that.

  • shanepe2003 on February 11, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    C'on Anji u r the next best thing happend to SL after Boxing Day Tsunami!i kw Every one tells he needs time, can anybody tell what he learnt from pakistan 2nd test? Answer is... Nothing!

  • ali14pakistani on February 10, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka should just play with India and make records. Stupid statement regarding 487 chase, should have done as Bangladesh captain says. No guts Matthews.

  • No1_Jon on February 10, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    It's one thing to be shrewd, smart, cautious, tight, call it what you want, but to then come out and try to justify your actions as progressive, daring and 'open' is just a down right JOKE!

    Mr Matthews you have lost my respect.

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Amazingly ridiculous comments coming from Matthews. Definitely not the brightest of captains.

  • TheKeeper on February 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Well played Angelo - you did the right thing. Why would anybody even want to give BAN a sniff of victory. Just play them out of the game and make double sure that you win the series. Forget the one game, it's the series win that is important because two years down the line all anybody will remember is the series win.

  • venbas on February 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Wow Mr.Mathews...Do you REALLY expect the minnow Bangladesh to score nearly 500 runs in a day to win a Test Match...in all the 2116 Test matches played before this match, not even the Great Australian or West Indian teams of the past has scored that many runs....even when playing against rank Minnows!!! And here Mr.Mathews expects the last ranked Bangladesh team to pull of such a heist against the far better placed Srilanka. The fans for sure knows what to do better than watch this bore of a game. No wonder the game is played to empty stands nowadays!!! VERY SAD DAY FOR TEST CRICKET.

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I am a jayasuriya fan what Mathews did is unfair captainship he wants to take the series, what I mean is he should have declared after sanga got out that wut have Bangladesh to bat 380 or so but they kept on batting.

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Common Angelo, you won it. Let them have their peace. If you really wanted to win you could have declared early and set it up. You played safe and that is it. I do not blame Angi for playing safe, but he has to understand that if you play safe it is hard to win. Blaming it on your opponent is just weak. BANG played solid test cricket and did well to save the game. They do not have Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela in their team to have a go at such a target. It would be childish to do that. With the resources they had they managed a good game and got a good result for them. We need a captain with a head and ethics. I see a lot of Dhoni in Mathews, and that is not gonna help SL going forward. We need a Sri Lankan captain like Arjuna, Mahela. They used to respect their opponents no matter how good or bad they are. Grow up Anji, for the sake of SL cricket.

  • Leachim55 on February 11, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Angelo lost his mind It,s crazy to chase 467 in test cricket

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 11, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    "If they wanted to chase the 467, they could have, but they did not show any intent. They had 98 overs, and we actually could have bowled more than 98 overs, but they didn't show any intent. We were one-nil up in the series and they had to make a move. But we declared yesterday itself, rather than waiting for today. We were being positive and we were going all out for the win."

    Dumbest thing said in cricket for 2014 - lock it in. Even David Warner couldn't top that.

  • shanepe2003 on February 11, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    C'on Anji u r the next best thing happend to SL after Boxing Day Tsunami!i kw Every one tells he needs time, can anybody tell what he learnt from pakistan 2nd test? Answer is... Nothing!

  • ali14pakistani on February 10, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka should just play with India and make records. Stupid statement regarding 487 chase, should have done as Bangladesh captain says. No guts Matthews.

  • No1_Jon on February 10, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    It's one thing to be shrewd, smart, cautious, tight, call it what you want, but to then come out and try to justify your actions as progressive, daring and 'open' is just a down right JOKE!

    Mr Matthews you have lost my respect.

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Amazingly ridiculous comments coming from Matthews. Definitely not the brightest of captains.

  • TheKeeper on February 10, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Well played Angelo - you did the right thing. Why would anybody even want to give BAN a sniff of victory. Just play them out of the game and make double sure that you win the series. Forget the one game, it's the series win that is important because two years down the line all anybody will remember is the series win.

  • venbas on February 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Wow Mr.Mathews...Do you REALLY expect the minnow Bangladesh to score nearly 500 runs in a day to win a Test Match...in all the 2116 Test matches played before this match, not even the Great Australian or West Indian teams of the past has scored that many runs....even when playing against rank Minnows!!! And here Mr.Mathews expects the last ranked Bangladesh team to pull of such a heist against the far better placed Srilanka. The fans for sure knows what to do better than watch this bore of a game. No wonder the game is played to empty stands nowadays!!! VERY SAD DAY FOR TEST CRICKET.

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I am a jayasuriya fan what Mathews did is unfair captainship he wants to take the series, what I mean is he should have declared after sanga got out that wut have Bangladesh to bat 380 or so but they kept on batting.

  • on February 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Common Angelo, you won it. Let them have their peace. If you really wanted to win you could have declared early and set it up. You played safe and that is it. I do not blame Angi for playing safe, but he has to understand that if you play safe it is hard to win. Blaming it on your opponent is just weak. BANG played solid test cricket and did well to save the game. They do not have Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela in their team to have a go at such a target. It would be childish to do that. With the resources they had they managed a good game and got a good result for them. We need a captain with a head and ethics. I see a lot of Dhoni in Mathews, and that is not gonna help SL going forward. We need a Sri Lankan captain like Arjuna, Mahela. They used to respect their opponents no matter how good or bad they are. Grow up Anji, for the sake of SL cricket.

  • swauzzie on February 10, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    @Dave Edmond are you for real? "Truth is Bangladesh dont have spine to try and win" Do you realise that NOONE has ever scored that many runs to win a test! As far as i can see NOONE has ever scored that many runs in a 4th innings - let alone 1 day!! (you do realise that it was Bangladesh playing - not SA or AUS?) You call them spineless 'cause they didn't think it possible to break countless world records? Spineless is what one would call Mathews. Poor captaincy is what you'd call it. This kind of decision making is the reason why SL are a terrible Test team & allways will be till they change their attitude about winning tests. They had at least 100 runs (& used up a whole session) more than they needed to try & coax a win out of the game. It's all about dangkleing a carrot out & saying "It's winable" It's above & beyond playing cautiously, it's wreaklessness & it's what kills a good game like test cricket. Well played bangladesh, you did your country proud!

  • on February 10, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Mathews might not be the best choice for captaincy. He is very defensive and this attitude is costing SL. What happened with Pakistan was also his fault in some ways. SL went very defensive and let Pakistan ran away with that game. This declaration was cowardly and shows his faith in his bowling. If SL had declared half a session earlier they would have a good Chance of wining this test as the bowlers would have enough overs to bowl BD out or they could have lost it too if BD miraculously pulled out a wonderful run chase (very unlikely). But that is the beauty of the game This is very negative cricket from Mathews and SL team :/

  • DislodgeMyBails on February 10, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Ms. Cricket: not sure how McCullum can be criticized for captaincy after yesterdays victory. Poor execution and brilliant bowling form the Indians made it seem like a bad decision but by that rationale one could say Dhoni shouldn't have put NZ in on first morning. McCullum up there with Smith and Misbah. Clarke stands out as world's best. Cook and Mathews average captaincy lately.

  • fkhawaja on February 10, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    i think srilanka and mathews are still hurting from their loss to pakistan in the last test. mathews has become over cautious. his remarks are totally wrong. even if he was in mushfiq's place he would not go for a win and end up losing the match. it was beyond reach. well played bangla for securing a draw. it is not easy to resist a whole day what ever the surface is like.

  • reyme on February 10, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @Dave Edmond: Name one team that would even dream to go for 467 runs on Day 5 of a Test Match. Name one. No Team did it before and surely SL could not do it either. The pitch was not dead, both BD openers got out on a very sharp turning ball. Truth is with mindset like yours, who probably did not even watch the match, don't have the guts to give credit where it is rightly due!

  • on February 10, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Mathews is right, 1-0 in the series Bangals had to make the move. Since he lacked the services of herath and eranga it was too much risk for letting them bat on this flat track. He's job is not to make test match interesting but to make sure his team get the series. Truth is Bangladesh dont have spine to try and win, they are still in minnow frame of mind so draw is a win for them. Well done Angelo on your first away test series win !

  • Hasun888 on February 10, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Expecting the lowest ranked team...in this case it is a fact...to be chasing 450 in a day...lets be real...Matthews just didn't want to lose...and would have been really happy if they won as bonus....the idea was to hope Bangladesh would go for it....but Mathews did not want to get embarrassed by losing to Bangladesh....and Bangladesh is always happy to get draws in any case

  • kohli_kuttu on February 10, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    both teams have way more talent than us indians. Look at us losing to no9 ranked NZ. So i think no one need to criticise anyone here. every team is better compared to my team india

  • on February 10, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Mathews was talking rubbish. Had he wanted to make the match more interesting, he could have declared the innings much before and set a challenging target for the Bangladeshis to achieve. Instead he first made it sure that Sri Lanka was not going to lose the match and now reprimanding Bangladesh for not trying to chase the mountain of runs. Is it not foolishness. Would Sri Lankans have tried to achieve this target in 98 overs. Pakistan chased just over 300 runs that too after starting very slow and assessing the situation very well Here the target was above 450 runs and Sri Lankan captain, knowing it was impossible , just trying to justify his stand.

  • guptahitesh4u on February 10, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    I think SL were defensive...It would be wrong to assume that any opposition will go after a target of 450+ score on the fifth day of a match...

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 10, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @mysay What on earth are you talking about? The declaration was incredibly late, this is Bangladesh we're talking about, not exactly a bastion of battle hardened top class batsman. India declared setting SOUTH AFRICA (the absolute best batting line up in the world, and the fact cannot be argued) 458 runs to get in 136 overs. 136 overs! And they still didn't make it! And here is Matthews blaming a minnow team for not "trying" to reach a target of 9 more runs in 38 fewer overs. He is clearly showing the psychological wounds of what Pakistan did to them, but 300 and 470 are worlds apart, as are the overall skills of Pakistan when compared to Bangladesh.

    Matthews comments say he wanted Bangladesh to play aggressively for no reason (457 off 98 overs, what a joke declaration), to give SL a chance of a win, rather than declare sooner and give them a chance to chase it down to FORCE them to play aggressively, thus giving SL a good chance to win. That, my friend, is completely ridiculous.

  • Widuror on February 10, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    it is insane that mathews talking about positive cricket, he is the captain of negative cricket, sri lankans never forget pakistan vs sri lanka 3rd test match.

  • ajithabey on February 10, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    I do not agree with Mathews comments which is very negative. Sri Lanka just did not have the bowlers to bowl Bangladesh out in the second innings and Bangladesh batted very well to draw the game. Any team in their right senses would have done the same with such a massive target ahead of them. If Sri Lanka were in this position they would have certainly committed hara-kiri by throwing away the match. Mathews should also make some contribution by bowling some extra overs as he bowled only 11 overs for the whole match and none in the second innings and introducing part timers to fill the void. I still hope that Sanga and the other seniors take a break for the rest of the Bangaldesh tour series and give the youngsters a break. The seniors could come back for the Asia Cup and T20 tournaments. Hopefully selectors will re-think their strategy and let the youngsters play in the limited over series with Bangladesh.

  • mysay on February 10, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Very convenient Mushfiqur Rahim. I personally don't think Bangladesh would have gone for the win if you only had a target of 300 to get. I'm not trying to e sarcastic, but this is why. The Bangladesh players play to the crowd, and when they hear the cheers for a boundary or a six they get carried away. With a low target you would have tried to be extravagant, which would have brought your downfall. I have three innings to back my statement. How many of your players actually got out to deliveries that were monstrous? I saw only 3 to be exact, even bouncers your players went for pulls. Therefore if anything was worth, it was personal milestones as anything less would have brought your downfall either way. Therefore without blaming a late deceleration, blame your bowlers who could not bundle out Sri Lanka in your own back yard.

  • Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on February 10, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    This is a shout out from Sri Lanka for the Bangladesh cricket teem. I believe they did fantastic job fighting back on the last day. Im a die hard Sri Lankan lions fan, but Angelo is being a little bit of a brat here. I think his statements are a bit harsh and unfair. also a shout out to our lankan boys,and what an effort by the legend Sanga also I'm very excited to see our young boys batting well, especially the newbies (kushal and Kithruwan, dilruwan). glad to see dinesh back among the runs. congrats to you all. I am very happy to see that the Bangladesh team is doing well and i wish them all the best.

  • Ms.Cricket on February 9, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Matthews and McCullum are the two worst captains in international cricket at the moment. One got lucky against India and one not so against Bangladesh, however the decisions they take and the comments they make are laughable.

  • msnsrinivas on February 9, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Angelo Mathews. Wow! Had Bangladesh shown some intent in the early part of that chase by hitting some boundaries, Mathews would have made it easy for them by placing every fielder on the boundary. Mushfiqur Rahim certainly missed a trick there. As far as Mathews is concerned, it is hard to say what he is worse at. Captaincy or after-match comments?

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on February 9, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Wow I can't believe Matthews would actually say that about Bangladesh. Yeah if they committed 5th day suicide SL would have won, we all get that. You gave them 98 overs, are they supposed to try and hit out with 8 overs left on day 4? No team in the world would do that. So they would have realistically had to chase 450 in 90 overs on the 5th day. And you expect the batting team to make the play when clearly a draw is the best option to play for, considering that a win will be over 5 runs an over for the entire innings? What an idiot. Should really be ashamed of himself for what he's said there, hopefully someone in the SL backrooms gives him a stern talking to about that blunder.

  • Metro-ant on February 9, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Is the confidence of one batsman more important than victory for eleven men Andrew? We all know teams do it but 467? Really? It seems like our team is only ever interested in getting as much money out of the game, gaining personal milestones and retiring with big egos. But after all the personal milestones, what do we have? We've never won a test/series in Australia, last time we won a series in England was in 1998, never won a series in SA and the last test series won in NZ was in 1994. Despite all this we still cancel opportunities to play tests in April so our boys can make money at IPL. I was hoping Mathews would be a more aggressive captain but our just can't deliver let alone our batsmen on faster wickets.

  • Lakpj on February 9, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    @gyusuf6 Oh Come on man you must had seen it by your self, on what pitch on the 5th day would behave like that unless it is a dead pitch. With all due respect to Sanga even though this is triple ton, i don't think even he rates this as one of this best innings. When he was asked about this at the presentation he just answered it casually without giving a proper answer. On the other hand Mathews was a bit arrogant when he talked, may be that lost to Pakistan still looms in his mind. Either way I think both captains have gone a bit too far in making statements. It is Bangladeshis choice whether to go for the win or not and it is Mathew's decision when to declare. Both of these are decisions of the respective teams where the opposition team has no business of.

  • on February 9, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    I'm a Bangladeshi fan and I wouldn't mind seeing them get all out chasing a 350+ score. But alas, Mathews killed the match when the target was set to 400+. Even the biggest second innings chase of history is was less than 450!! If captains don't have any intent to save test matches or don't have the willingness to make it more interesting then nothing else in the world can save test matches from getting ruined.

  • on February 9, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Firstly a draw against Bangladesh is equal to a loss to a better ranked like Sl.Declaration was toooo late he hand confidence he ll bowl Bangladesh out in a single day.(Over Confidence)If sl was in place of Bangladesh they would have done the same stuff....y will try n do some thing xtra ordinary??X Mathews is by far the worst skipper sl has had over the years according to me.Really dont know what they ll do with better teams and other foreign pitches...(tour to England)

  • on February 9, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    In Cricket history,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh together have played Sixteen Test Matches, 14 have won Sri Lanka and Two matches have been drawn.For both TWO drawn matches Sanga has scored FOUR hundreads for four innings..So his runs has not real impact to the game..All two matches he made TONs ended with DRAWN....

  • on February 9, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    i am sri lankan but i can't understand what mathews is talking about. Bangladesh won and they never going to go after the target. It was sri lanka who should have pushed a little more, and chandimal should have tried to get to his century bit earlier. and mathews bowling selection and field placing also too defensive for this match. would have been okay if he was playing against a better team but against Bangladesh he was too defensive.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 9, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    I don't understand what else a worst test team could've done. Bangladesh played 84.4 overs and scored 271 runs for the loss of 3 at 3.20 runs. How is that negative batting from Bangladesh? lol just shear frustration from Matthews and cannot admit Bangladesh have come a long way in last few years. Does he even know the world highest successful run chase? which is way less than what he has set-up for Bangladesh to achieve.

  • Built_4_the_Kill on February 9, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    Angelo Mathews, I believe is a very/very defensive captain. If he remains captain for Sri Lanka, he probably will snatch more draws out of the winning situations with his defensive approach. How can he expect a bottom ranked team to achieve a world breaking run chase? Not only BD had to chase the highest number of runs in the fourth inning but also maintain a run-rate which none of the nine teams (above them) had ever achieved in the past. A run rate of 3.5 for 120 overs was something which BD would have envied achieving it and probably would have gone for their strokes (biggest weakness of BD batsmen).

    The result of this test is a big achievement for Bangladeshi team (and fans). The best they could do in this test match was to go for a draw and they managed it.

  • Jimmyrob83 on February 9, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Angelo Mathews makes Alastair Cook look like a positive proactive captain.

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Mathews is not a good captain..He really doesnt know how to handle & win a test match. He SOMETIMES gives priority for personal goals of the players in the team..He won several ODI matches for Sri Lanka.He is talented. But he needs to adjust well for Test matches..He doesn't score runs appropriately in test matches.i.e. he should know when to score fast & when to score slowly...Infact he is slow in test matches ALWAYS.!! Hope he will learn how to lead a team in Tests & ODIs.. His selection of players is really poor..I dont understand why Prasanna is there in the team.. Also, he drops Thisara Perera quite often..If he doesnt rectify those mistakes world cup will always be a dream...

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Poor mathews,Don't expect Bangladesh team to be more positive than this .They batted really well .u are the worst , scary and defensive captain in the world .You guys playing for draw from the first day of Test match . you talk about others .hoooooooo funny

  • SarfBD on February 9, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Some fans, presumably Lankans, are criticizing Mushfiqur for his comments. But let me clear one thing. Mathews' press conference took place before Mushfiqur's and Mathews blamed Bangladesh first. Later, when journalists wanted Mushfiqur's response regarding Mathews' comment he rightfully defended his team. If you can't take it, then ask your captain not to start it. Simple. Mathews was desperate to hide behind excuses. I respect SL. But the route of respect should be both ways.

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    @Gayan Ekanayake: I see no reason why Mushfiq should be blamed at all, dear sir. If anything, all the blame should fall on Mathews. You are asking a team to chase 467 on the final day of a test match at 4.50+ an over? That is ridiculous. If he so badly wanted to win he should have taken a chance and declared with 390+ on board. Then he would have had enough overs to bowl Bangladesh out. Stop blaming others for your own mistakes and give a team credit when it is due to them.

  • vallavarayar on February 9, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Shame on you Mathews! One of the most defensive and test-soul-killing captains in the world.

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Mathews contradicts his own statement. He says "You can't actually go for big shots because the wicket was a slow one" in one place and then expresses his surprise at BD not going after the target. How can he expect a team to score over 400 runs on a 5th day wicket when not even 350 runs were scored on in any of the previous 4 days? Even the No.1 ranked South African team would not have chased down 467 in 98 overs. In their recent 450+ run chase against India, SA had plenty of overs to do that. Pakistan could afford to go after 307 set by SL because even if they had lost some early wickets and had to abandon the chase, the time was insufficient for SL to bowl them out. Besides Pakistan was a highly ranked team with experienced batsmen. BD is the bottom ranked team and two of their batsmen were carrying injuries. Having lost the first test by an innings, the best BD could have done was earn an honorable draw and they did that.

  • on February 9, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Taking Sanga (a legend in my book) out of the picture - what was the average batting score for SL batsmen on this FLAT track ? - BD fan.

  • on February 9, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Mr. Mushfiq. can you please stop over estimating your team at least now. and stop those lame excuses like umpiring decisions, whether etc. say thanks to your god for saving this match for you as a draw.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 9, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    It was clear that it was a tough pitch to get wickets. Sri Lanka did well. What we actually lack is a Chaminda Vaas who can bowl in this sort of pitches and get the wickets.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 9, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Defensive? 59 runs per wicket through the Test. Only 7 second innings wickets fell in almost two full days on Days 4 & 5. This was the perfect venue for a timeless Test. Bangladesh were only ever going to lose this match one way and that was by panicking.

    Angelo Mathews though was vindicated. Had he declared at Tea, Bangladesh would have really fancied their chances (357 in 120 overs) and would, most likely, have won.

  • Darkmanx12155 on February 9, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Oh poor mathews!... The captain with a "killer instinct". First if he wanted Bangladesh to try and go for the kill, he should have declared by tea on the fourth day with a 350+ and give them 120 overs to bowl out bangaladesh. Instead he wanted Chandimal to score his ton! Pathetic from the SL captain.. Ask your self if you would have risked it if you were 1-0 down in the series, to score 460+ score in 98 overs mr. mathews? I dont think so. All cricket fans saw how attacking you were against pakistan in the last test in the UAE series. Mathew is the worst test captain SL ever had! Cant wait to see how he would be "Attacking" against the best test teams like india, SA, Australia and NZ!

  • KingOwl on February 9, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    All of a sudden, 'defensive' seems to have become a dirty word! I find that completely ridiculous. There is absolutely nothing wrong in being defensive. Again, being defensive is not being negative. It happens all the time in all sports. In football, teams get a 1-0 lead and then play defend for the rest of the match with defensive substitutions. Same with American football. It's a strategy. Defend, but without going to a negative shell. It's just like playing a defensive shot. You can play it with firm intent, or in fear. The two approaches look different and convey a different message to the opposition.

  • on February 9, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Pathetic by Matthews. Saying 98 overs is childish for a start. The 8 overs the night before were never going to lead to many runs. No opening pair in the world walk out thinking anything other than surviving. That leaves 450+ for just 1 day. 130 less than SL scored in the first innings of the match in the last innings. At a scoring rate well over a run an over better. No team would seriously go after that, let along Bangladesh. It wasn't so long ago SL celebrated draws like wins.

  • Champagne_Cricket on February 9, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Mathews is the worst SL captain so far in my opinion. On top of his negative captaincy, he does not know when to open his mouth or when to keep it shut. He looks quite silly by blaming the BD team to have not taken up what could have been the highest chase in over a century of test match cricket. It is ridiculous for him to blame the BD team after he himself due to his negativity was batting at less than 2.5 runs per over in the final PAK test, was bowled out for a below par score and was right royally massacred by the PAK batsmen. Mathews is young and still learning. Hope he learns well and quick for the same of our cricket.

  • on February 9, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Mathews making an unacceptable excuse.... He was late in declare. He should admit that if he's an honest captain. I think he took the right decision not to allow BD to level the series. He decided to be happy with 0-1 in the series . While series is to won rather than drawn.... I think he was right in my point of view. But what is shameful is the fact that he accused BD not to go for world record by making 461 in 98 overs. Really disgusting.

  • JoshFromJamRock on February 9, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    As I said recently, the more some of these Sri Lankan players open their mouths, the more its evident they lack cricket intelligence. Matthews is neither intelligent nor honest in my opinion. He needs to educate himself in the sport and in morals. Credit to Bangladesh for scoring a decent rate in the last innings despite knowing the win was beyond them. They should not get any blame at all.

  • on February 9, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    There's no doubt that mathews is a great cricketer. But a great captain? I don't think so.

  • Annihalator on February 9, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    They are both right. Both lead defensive teams

  • CricLook on February 9, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka have chosen wrong person to lead the team. A team with good heritage of captain like Ranatunga, Jayasuriya,Jayawardene, Sangakkara; Mathews seems to be out of sort. Until Pakistan series his place in the side is questionable. His leadership is even poor. Strategy, decisions and handling the situation are so poor. Its not like that he should be a great captain over night but there must be the promise, the skill and the attitude which he lacks. He sometime seems confused , sometime arrogant, sometime crying baby. His comments after the match fully reflects these. When a team got 98 overs to chase 467 in fifth day, its natural they will play for safety. If Mathews was so disappointed then he should take a strategy where opposition tempts to go for the chase. He could declare after 350 runs lead. But he did not do that . He chose for safety. Now he wants opposition to commit suicide with illogical attacking chase and gift him a test win, ridiculous!!!

  • on February 9, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    If you look at the full score card. Only Sangakara in both innings and chandimal on the 2nd test batted well on this FLAT track Mathews is talking about. And BD didn't bat poor on the 5th day either. They had 3 players injured (imrul,Mushfiq,razzak) so why would they want to risk and go for a target which would have also been their highest ever second-innings score? Mathew's should admit he is wrong. You're a great player but not a good captain.

  • Monjur_Elahi on February 9, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Matthews should appreciate the fact that they would have been shamed with a loss if they didn't have a class player like Sanga and Mahela. The others are simple of lower quality than BD players.

  • RANILSAM on February 9, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Coming in to the test series BD never had any intention of winning it. They wanted only to have 0-0 result. But in the 1st test they got thrashed and then the next goal was to have 1-0 results instead of 1-1. If they had any intention of winning the test the curator would not have prepare a road for the 2nd test. So in the end BD got the result they wanted and SL got the results they were looking for which is to win the series 1-0 or 2-0. I dont know why both captains criticize each other and saying he should've done this,he could've done this etc..Both teams got the result they wanted from the 2nd test, BD-draw,SL-win or draw

  • ECPP on February 9, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Bangladesh is also making the same mistake which Sri Lanka did 15 years ago by producing dead pitches. There is no way they'll win matches by producing these type of wickets. They'll only improve their batting averages. Remember in order to win a test match you need to take 20 wickets, unless the opposition declare early. With the latest developments at ICC you'll have to play some test matches against countries like Ireland and Afghanistan in the future and if you continue to produce pitches like this you'll lose your test status for sure.

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Sparta makes a good point. India crumbled trying to overtake a smaller target and India's batting line-up (they claim) is among the best in the world. No one in his right mind would go for such a huge chase. That would be suicidal for Bangladesh. It appears that Mr. Mathews would have preferred that our batsmen throw away their wickets, so he could claim a whitewash. Sorry, Mr. Mathews but we have a record to safeguard too. You are ranked so much higher than us. Why couldn't u bowl us out then?

  • on February 9, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Mathews is wrong when he says that Bangladesh were only blocking. How do u explain Mominul's century. True BD was playing to avoid another defeat. But even then their batting was not lifeless. It was still enjoyable cricket. SL is ranked so much higher than us; yet they couldn't bowl us out. Their bowlers were very ordinary to say the least. A more gentlemanly comment was expected of the SL skipper. I remember the days when SL was the weakest side in International cricket. They were really bad in the 60s and no one wanted to play them then. A day will come when BD too will rise in its rankings, Mr. Mathews.

  • Jegenadhan_94 on February 9, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    That pitch was definitely rolled heavily on last day. Otherwise how those cracks did nothing?? No one could criticize mathew's for his decision because he shouldnt get any risk at all.

  • SpartaArmy on February 9, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Dude the reason your so called LEGEND made a triple and single centuries is because of the same 'ROAD' pitch. You should have complained about it earlier, when your mediocre batsmen raising bats after centuries, not after a minnow like BD survived.

  • SpartaArmy on February 9, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    SL team need some coach for press conference too. Going for 465 in 98 overs on day 4 and 5 pitch, which means a RPO - 4.65. And this guy is the CAPTAIN ?? 'If they had gone for chasing target, we would have taken wickets and win'- So what is he saying here - BD decided to draw the test instead of losing and it is a bad decision ( for SL) ? or BD should have helped them in winning the game' . Atleast he didnt mention BD batters were covering three stumps or else we could have got the wickets.

  • on February 9, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    lol..just watched India filed to score 407,u know y,that had enough overs to get to the score ,so they actually went for it,but still failed short...and you r saying BD should have go for it when they had no reason to believe that can get to it ,it was a flat track only for Sanga...and don't forget BD had one bowler injured ,so had to rely heavily on part timers,still at one point SL was 405/7...what you call a flat track?!..it's just pathetic...if SL really want to move forward they really should look for a new captain...

  • SajithaD on February 9, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    We didn't really declare late," Mathews said. "If they wanted to chase the 467, they could have, but they did not show any intent.---says mathews... He is the captain who used most of negative tactics and got a disgraceful defeat not so long ago from Pakistan... The worst thing is his arrogance and he never admits any mistake after done that... That makes him doing same mistakes again and again and there is no hope he will become more than this.. No doubt he is a great player but he is dragging the team, its performance and its image down... Only good thing about his approach is when the team going down in a situation he can make wonders ones or twice like MCG miracle or 2nd test vs Pakistan... We were happy about it but nowadays he is creating that situation and expects to do same miracles again and again... That makes a very good team in to a very inconsistent team who does miracles ones or twice... Good for entertainment but not for team...

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Mushfiquar - Quote " If we had played well in the first Test, we could have drawn the series." what is wrong with this line i dont know you all decide , to me its like if we were given a second chance we would still go for a DRAW rather than a WIN

    and nope Mushfiquar you will not captain the SL team and you wish ... i dont know even if you would be selected to play in a SL club match if played in here.

    you say if you were captain of SL .. to be that you have to play in SL domestic ... so in our domestic you have to perform,,, or just forget about the domestic our national colors holds more than 5 front line Wicket keeper batsmen - SO YOU WOULDN'T HAVE MADE IT .... Dream ON BOY end of story ... and dont HURT your self while trying to catch the ball .

    TRUTH is BITTER i dont know whether CRICINFO team will post this , if not Moderator you decide whether its true or not.

  • i_amVIVA on February 9, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Poor Mathews! In stead of praising an improving host for their well earned achievement, he is criticizing them for not going after a world record chase in the 4th innings. This is very un-leadership childish statement, especially after sitting in the host nation's soil......

  • on February 9, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    @ a133936 wow no comment just take a look at the NZ vs India match , take a look at the run rate NZ scored there 500+ runs and take more serious look at how you prepare wickets first of all .

    In Test you are allowed to take the home advantage but the point of that is to WIN in home conditions not to prepare CARAMEL PUDDINGS like this, if going down go GUNS BLAZING ,

    Constructive criticism is what we all need it makes you better, one question, was you opener Tami m playing his normal game ? Would our jayasooriya or dilshan would play different in any condition NO rite trust your skills and every one knows if Sanath got in there wouldn't be even a MATCH LEFT to play with ,

    BD you have lots to gain from these kind of matches NO ONE WILL career about this series if SL WON by one or 2 - 0 , Take you chances go for it , if you dont challenge your self's you achieve nothing

    Malinga is malinga , Jayasooriya is jayasooriya ... so dont change evolve around them and become a unit.

  • shirasm on February 9, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Real reason for this match to end in a tame draw was dropped catches by sri lanka. if sri lanka held on to catches, bang first innings could hav been much less,,

  • FLIPPER_99 on February 9, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Rahim's statement itself shows how flawed his tactics were. If SL bowling were as bad as he mentions then why didnt they go for the win? it would have been that much more easier. after a couple of years no one will remember if u lost 1-0 or 2-0 people only remember that you lost the series so Rahim should definitely have gone for it. its not like their test record could get any worse but a win or atleast an intent to win would have been marvelous for them and also the spectators.

  • Captainman on February 9, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    I don't understand how the few people can defend Matthews. Everyone knows that if you have at least 20 overs before the close of play to bowl at the Bangladeshi's, you could quite easily pick upto 3 wickets against them but Sri Lanka were again negative and reluctant to do that. I feel Sri Lanka blew away the win. People are criticizing the pitch blah blah blah this pitch had uneven bounce and some turn like Vithange wicket of Tamim and besides, how can you forget about that joke of a Galle pitch last year? exactly!

  • gyusuf6 on February 9, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Posted by Lakpj on (February 8, 2014, 14:17 GMT)"Anyone who has a basic cricketing knowledge would see that it is hard to take wickets on this pitch. After crumbling on a pitch that had a bit of bounce, Bangaldesh had drew the test on an absolute dead track" NOW MR LAKPJ Are you telling me that Sanga Scored a triple and a single century in this test on an ABSOLUTELY DEAD TRACK???? and NO Credit to him scoring that!!!!!! You have just disrespected him and his accomplishment!!! Mathews Comments sound like a Bully who wants BD to take a risk and chase but he himself wanted to be safe!!! Mushi was correct that SL did not bowl well to even try to win the match and that is my friend called Basic Cricketing Knowledge!!!!

  • Shaggy076 on February 9, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Matthews grown up on a diet of short form cricket and does not understand the longer game. Giving Bangladesh a glimpse of hope creates wickets but here he only gave them one option. Then he insults the Bangladeshis, Matthews time for you to learn the test game before making any comment on it.

  • gyusuf6 on February 9, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Posted by Lakpj on (February 8, 2014, 14:17 GMT)"Anyone who has a basic cricketing knowledge would see that it is hard to take wickets on this pitch. After crumbling on a pitch that had a bit of bounce, Bangaldesh had drew the test on an absolute dead track" NOW MR LAKPJ Are you telling me that Sanga Scored a triple and a single century in this test on an ABSOLUTELY DEAD TRACK???? and NO Credit to him scoring that!!!!!! You have just disrespected him and his accomplishment!!! Mathews Comments sound like a Bully who wants BD to take a risk and chase but he himself wanted to be safe!!! Mushi was correct that SL did not bowl well to even try to win the match and that is my friend called Basic Cricketing Knowledge!!!!

  • SLsupport on February 9, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    If BD needed a win this badly they should have prepared a good pitch.Then they don't have whine about SL not declaring early in third inning.They could have taken 10 wickets by themselves.So STOP WHINING.......

  • sidgupta on February 9, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    What a poor comment from Angelo Mathews. Road or not, he is criticizing BD for not attempting a 450+ target in 98 overs. Any side in the world would have done the same. If it was a road then they should have given themselves some more time to bowl out BD.They delayed the declaration either in fear of BD chasing down 400 (which I am sure is not the reason) or just to get to personal milestones. Granted that they were up 1-0 in the series, but it does not mean that they shouldn't try to win this test match.

  • Dashgar on February 9, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    Batsman's pitch and neither side had a strong bowling line up. Predictable it would be a draw. Bangladesh were well within their rights not to chase such a big total on day 5.

  • on February 8, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    u are saying bd should chase and took risk when u dont wanna take risk by declaring within 350-400, when u already leading the series. why on earth we would chase overrate more than 4.5 on 5th day.But no hard feelings, we love u sri Lanka team n thanks for for coming by.

  • Moppa on February 8, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Ridiculous from Matthews. He asked Bangladesh to score at about 4.75 an over to win. Taking stats since 2000, only five teams have scored at that rate or more to win (full list below). The highest total is Pakistan's 302 last month that Mathews is no doubt scarred from. Only one other chase of the five was above 220, and that was the Ponting inspired chase against South Africa in Sydney in 2006. It is ridiculous to think that Bangladesh, with four wins in its history, would chase 467 at 4.75 an over, let alone to criticise them for not going for it. ===List=== http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=4;orderby=runs_per_over;qualmin1=200;qualmin2=200;qualval1=target;qualval2=team_score;result=1;spanmin1=1+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;template=results;type=team;view=innings

  • on February 8, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Mathews need to Grow Up! Pakistan is a matured Test side. Mathews allowed his team to play negative cricket and lost in Sharjah. Bangladesh did well to draw the game Why did he wait until Chandimal got his 100. Can you remember in England he played maiden overs until Chandimal got his 100 in a ODI. He did that as a junior member of the team. Now as the captain he need to take decisions best suits to the team.

  • on February 8, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Guys give Angelo a chance. He is still learning the craft. It is not easy to be a captain in Sri Lanka. I am sure he is still worrying about the blunder he made against Pakistan. Then Micheal Clarke has made a few in his younger days as Aussie captain. He is now probably the worlds best. I like Angelo and I am sure he will be one of SLs best captains with given time. As you must have heard yesterday that Brendan McCalum should have imposed the follow on against Indians, instead he chose to bat again and collapsed for 102 giving Indians a glimpse of a rare win. They all make mistakes, even the worlds best.Give a guy (Angelo) a chance.....

  • asiacricket1234 on February 8, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Are you kidding me? How could anyone expect other team to chase down 467 in 98 overs? It have never happened before either. Angelo is a very defensive captain and he wasted overs on 4th day by keep batting. I love SL team & I am little bit worried about them if Angelo remains the captain. He played under to really good captain Mahela & Sanga. Didn't he learn anything from them? Mushi is right. No team will go for such crazy chase & hats off to BD batsmen for keeping their head down & secure a draw. Because of Angelo's negative captaincy SL lost the last test in UAE & now they've missed chance to win another test here. This guy need to look at himself rather than pointing at others

  • rhecra on February 8, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Coming from a neutral Kiwi I must say that Mathews comments are ludicrous. South Africa chose to ensure the draw against a smaller target when they were in much closer reach and surely he hasn't forgotten his debacle of a test against Pakistan where they played the most negative cricket I have ever seen! Mathews is the most conservative (negative) captain going around today.

    He could have won this test if he had set 400 and enticed Bangladesh to go for the target and play shots instead of letting Chandimal get his 100. Milestones seem to carry as much weight as winning in Sri Lankan cricket. He obviously doesn't have faith in his bowlers to defend even a world record chase against one of the lesser batting teams because even at a 420 and then 440 lead he did not declare.

    The gall that he can try to say that Bangladesh played the negative cricket here is astounding, he has a long way to go with his captaincy and it will be interesting to see how it evolves after the legends depart.

  • superdomestique on February 8, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Time and time again, we see another poor test match wicket in the sub-continent. It's no wonder players from the sub-continent have batting averages around 50. It is ridiculous, boring & most of all - does not truly showcase the talent of those playing (if they actually have any). It is no wonder why only a handful of sub-continent players can handle proper test match wickets in SA, Eng, NZ & to a lessor extend Aus (Sangakarra, Kohli for example). A test match wicket should see a result at the end of the 4th day, start of the 5th (excl weather). "Under promise & over deliver", sub-continent teams are the opposite, they promise so much when playing on their flat wickets yet struggle to perform elsewhere.

  • supacricfan on February 8, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Angelo matthews is joking if he is asking BD to chase 468 in 98 overs..SL players were preoccupied with records in their minds and r criticising wonderful display of BD batsman on last day track..accept that SL cant win even in sub continent with selfish batsman like sanga and poor bowling attack..give credit whre its due angelo !!

  • Lahori_Munde on February 8, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    @Randika Sanjeewa- You just sait it well.. 400 runs in 98 overs too risky for SL. Thats exactly the point that most trying to make that SL plays negative cricket-little more then mere defensive cricket. If SLwere playing against Aus or SA, Matthew woiuld have had tried and bat for 4 and half days in first inning itself and the blame the other team to finish three innings in half a day and win. The records over the years show that SL too negative...

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Yea Yea, If BD chose to chase down the highest 2nd inn total & failed, then everybody would be critisizing them for doing it.... no win-win for the minnows... hats off to the Tigers & captain Mushi for counter-attacking Angelo's critics!!! I agree w/ Mushi, SL declared a little too late on the 4th day for a result.... they batted on for the individual stats [Sanga's 100 & Chandimal's..]....

  • on February 8, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Ananda Aluwihare was absolutely right. That was what exactly Mathews did. No more. No less. Had he declared early and BD chased these runs, we would have been very dissapointed. This is cricket guys, every game is different. I am positive Mathews will get to be one of the best captains around.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    Its really bad to see captain like Angelo, who doesn't even have trust on his bowlers that they can even defend a target of 380+ against BD. All sub-continent teams have this mentally, no idea about this. Things must be changed after seeing from other TOP teams like Aus, SA. Hope guys will learn in future..

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 8, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    I don't understand why Angelo Mathews' captaincy is being questioned here? He did what any intelligent captain of a young team would do in that situation - help Chandi collect some career-initiatives and spare the bowlers some extra overs of toil. Declare one hour earlier or not, you had to depend solely on Bangladeshi batters' mistakes to take all the wickets, hadn't you? (BD batters deserves credit for throwing cold water on that). Even if he gave BD 4 sessions to chase 380, would anybody spare him had BD came out winner with that chance? You could argue SL could step on the gas in the second inning to declare quicker as well as safer, but then they might have collapsed as well.

    I think, overall, Angelo has captained quite competently and he will get better and better over time to lead Sri Lanka in may victories...

  • a133936 on February 8, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Does Matthews know what he was talking about? Scoring 467 in 98 overs in 4th innings at the rate of 4.76 RPO was more than unrealistic. If, in Mathew's book, not going for 467 in 98 overs in not positive cricket then I would like to know his opinion about some of these abandoned chases by Sri Lanka.

    Target: 270 in 71 overs at 3.80 - Sri Lanka ends up with 195-4 in 62 overs. Mathews himself scores 1* in 18 ball. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/562446.html

    Target: 492 in 149 overs at 3.32 - Sri Lanka ends up with 391-4 in 134 overs. Mathews himself scores 64* in 148 ball. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/403369.html

    In my opinion, Mathews' declaration was extremely defensive.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Hay Mathews! How dare U say BD didnt have the intent to chase 450+.No nobody would expect them to chase that.Its an unsporty declaration after all.They did defend the game with respect scoring at a run rate of over 3.Its a pity that U HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW USE SCORED AT SNAIL PACE AND VIRTUALLY KILLED THE RESPECTABLE SPORT CARRYING A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE NOT LONG AGO .DONT THROW STONES AT OTHERS WHILE LIVING IN A GLASS HOUSE.Best thing that U should do is learn to be positive or give up the captaincy.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Well he isn't exactly wrong. When SL played like this in Pakistan, everyone was saying how 'negative' they were playing. When Bangladesh played the same or even worse, it's a moment to congratulate them because they 'survived'? Some incredibly low standards for Bangladesh being set here. BD bowling is mediocre at best but they have a few capable batsman. 98 overs for 400 run lead is too risky and only a BD supporter would want such a declaration. Especially without Herath and Shaminda playing. 450 runs was the ideal amount for the declaration (it's a competitive score where the opposition have to actually work to reach) and if BD showed intent they could have actually had a good chance in this joke of a pitch that was prepared.

  • on February 8, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Going through Matthew's comments I must say I am disappointed. Instead of taking a dig at Bangladesh he should have admitted to the fact that his bowling attack wasnt up to the mark to take down the Bangladesh batting line up in the 4th innings. Expecting a team to chase down 450+ on the last day of a test no matter on what kind of a pitch is absurd! If one talks about being defensive then we have to agree that Sri Lanka's target setting of 450+ showed that they wanted to be on the safe side. Their action seems to say that they feared losing with anything around the 350-400 mark. Had they not been defensive and had posted a target within 350-400 things could have gone either way. None the less its sad to see teams not appreciating Bangladesh's performance! We play hard and draw after coming down from a huge defeat and all we hear is that the opposition says the pitch was a 'road' and the Tigers were a defensive bunch. Admit it we played as well as you guys did thus you couldnt win it!

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Oh come on Angelo, be real. You lacked the courage to declare earlier and now calling BD defensive to hide your own lack of confidence, bravo!!!

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 8, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    SL has found an excellent captain in Mathews(Sarcasm). I couldn't digest that he leads a team which was led by Ranathunga and Jayawardane once. Seriously SLC has to look in Mathews' case. He's not a captain material,mentally. He's not a captain mind. Sooner his mind gets into action and it percolates to the team. It will be difficult for players mentally fit if that happens.Historically all-rounders were great captains(Imran,Kapil,etc) as they have the complete understanding of the game but Mathews looks entirely different.

  • Masking_Tape on February 8, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    I just love how he actually believes as if he gave them a real sporting declaration of 467! Mathews is a joke!

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    a) No captain declares to lose a game. b) SL was short of two of their key bowlers. c) Angelo had not forgotten the Pakistan run chase and the fact that B'desh had two centurions in the first innings. d) It naive to expect a declaration where he risked a 1-1 drawn series instead of a series win. A 2-0 win was never possible after the 3rd day.

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    so mathiws that's it ..u are great ender and still u are young with team ..so learn and go for your focus . cheers sri lanka and grow up to quickly . bangladesh did better in last test than first one .

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    we should remember something guys..teams played real cricket and then we watch it,and we comment here......we can see something as our way but ..this things are not real.....if we have played we could have gone worse than that...... so then we all can't guess theirs works by watching cricket ..untill we play only bowlers and batsmans know how hard the work they did

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    So Mathews thinks Bangladesh have the capability to chase almost 500 runs at 5 runs per over! Pakistani batsmen (by chasing 300 at 5rpo) have really broken him down mentally as a captain. Think SriLanka should be investing in a shrewd captain like Jayawardane instead of him. Whats going to happen to SriLanka once Sanga, Jaya and Herath (who are all over 35) retire. And since they'r all the same age they r likely to leave together unless someone loses form suddenly.OTH Bangladesh seriously needs to work on looking for a test wicketkeeper and seriously needs to invest in fast bowling. A pace bowling academy of the likes of Australia, or MRF in India needs to be established ASAP. School cricket and first class cricket should be helped with funds for bouncy and quick pitches. We need someone like Kapil, Vaas, Pollock, Wasim, Ambrose to train young talent on a long term basis. Ex-players like Shanto, Shahadat, Taposh Baishya should be utilized to hunt and find talent

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 8, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Ha, ha! When the opposition team expresses concern that Bangladesh might chase down 467 on a 5th day pitch, that surely is the most unbiased testimony of our progress. True, Bangladesh has a long way to go but thanks to Angleo anyway, for the complements!

    Respect to the great Sangakkara, congratulations to Mendis and Chandimal. Bravo, Mominul, Shamsur, Kayes, Al-Amin and co.

  • Metro-ant on February 8, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Well it goes to prove that these are the only surfaces Sanga can score on. 1 flat track in Cardiff and the other in Kingsmead which even Morkel admitted is like a sub-continental track are the only 2 overseas grounds Sanga has scored centuries on since IPL. I'm disappointed as a Sri Lankan who admired the team a lot especially Sanga around the time of his 624 partnership and that attacking 192 against Australia. But since IPL, the players can only manage on Asian style wickets and since 2008 it feels like we are going backwards in progressing as a competitive test nation. Sanga whinges about a lack of test matches but is silent during IPL when tests could be played including Mahela, so when you have seniors acting like this no wonder we're ranked where we are right now when we are capable of so much more.

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    so mr. mathews! the pitch is a road when bd fight back but when sanga makes triple in da same road it's his feat? u blamed bd as defensive then why didn't u declare earlier when u had a lead of 161 run in da first innings?why didn't u make runs quickly in da second?actually u dared not take a challenge. u were rather on da defense.don't blame others.u r a very poor team without sanga n mahela.

  • on February 8, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Congratulation SriLanka for winning the test series. But remember in first test BD was nervous because there are lots of off field thing like ICC Revamp was going. Each player were in concern and nervous about their future. That can be a reason for that worst performance in recent time. last 7 test matches BD made 4 draw, 1 win and 2 lost something like that. So if pitch is helping slightly like others our batsman are there to secure a draw by making hundreds,

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    467 in 98 overs? Almost 4.8 per over for 98 overs in last day of a test match? Seriously mathews thought Bangladesh would have chased it. It was the most defensive declaration i've ever seen. They could easily declare 15 overs earlier and try to take some wickets in day 4. Traditionally srilanka are flat track bullies, apart from sanga none can play outside subcontinent, specially mahela has a pathetic record. They prepare flat pitches all the time and now complaining about pitch in bd! Hilarious.

  • fah4 on February 8, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    If Srilanka is chasing 467 in 98 against BD or Zim would they have go for it? No, Never. I don't expect Srilanka would have done it and even Methews know they wouldn't have gone for it still he wants BD to go for it and give the win to Srilanka what was he thinking?

    He made fun of Sanga's triple by calling the wkt as Road.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    I am completely ASTOUNDED by Angelo Mathews' comments!

    He is actually expecting the # 10 ranked team in the world to chase down FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN RUNS?

    Holy cow. Is this guy for real or what? I would seriously question his sanity after such a comment.

    Mushfiqur summed it up rightly. The Sri Lankan bowling attack was toothless without Herath and Eranga. They were simply not good enough to bowl Bangladesh out twice.

    My word of advice to Mathews would be that the next time you strive to take 20 wickets, do some bowling yourself!

  • KingOwl on February 8, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    There is no point in blaming either team. SL didn't care too much about winning 2-0 and Banglas also preferred to 1-0 to trying to tie and losing. The problem was with the wicket. The blame should go to the curator for producing this type of wicket. The first test was played on a sporting wicket with some bounce and seam movement. This pitch on the other hand was really terrible.

  • reyme on February 8, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    @Abdullah Jawzi: Dont embarrass yourself with your silly and meaningless comment! I suggest you watch some Test cricket for next 2 years and learn what Test cricket really means! BD drawn Test series against NZ, drew 2 out of last 4 Tests against SL including one in Galle, Drew one Test against WI and beat ZIM in ZIM. All this happened in the last 15 months. Now you know why your comment means nothing.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    If Mathews thinks that the Chittagong surface was not for any result, he should think about the Dhaka pitch, where SL made 730 runs! Sanga made 54% runs in the first innings at Chittagong; the rest of the batsmen made less than half the runs! What would he say about that? The think is, both the Dhaka and Chittagong wickets were not for good cricket. The Tigers lost at Dhaka just because of poor batting. In Chittagong, Tigers' batting was the difference. Does it take too much to admit this?

  • burnt_cow on February 8, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Angelo is the worst captain in terms of tactics. Bangladesh was a bowler short , even they didn't intend to attack to make some quick runs in their second innings. He's afraid from the last test when they had to loose with Pakistan. Criticizing Bangladesh for not chasing 467 in 98 overs was a prudent decision. SL bowlers got wicket only when BD played attacking and made mistakes. Before criticizing BD just look at your own team, you don't have a decent spinner other than Herath, no real quick bowler. With this bowling SL never deserved a test win unless opponent played foolishly like BD did in 1st test. From BD point of view, in home or subcontinent they can draw a test now with any team if they play sensibly. So start focusing on nurturing some batsmen who can play in green pitches and also BD doesn't have a pair of decent quick bowlers. Robiul and Al-amin might be ok, but they are not tested with real batting attack yet.

  • SarfBD on February 8, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Mathews depended on the suicidal tendency of BD batsmen rather than depending on his own team's ability. He should have forced BD to play more overs. The pitch was flat. But that is not a new tactic be weaker teams. Why shouldn't we? SL have produced pitches where matches could be played for eternity. Even they produced dead road against Bangladesh where we scored our highest (team and individual) total. Sorry Mathews, I admire SL but you should be the last man to talk about flat pitch.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Aside what them said IMO SL didn't bowled well, so many no balls and drop catches, waste of a test match

  • Wahid59 on February 8, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Never ever in the 140-year history of test cricket a team scored 467 in the 4th innings; and you Mathews is actually asking the no.10 ranked team to do that! And that to for a win in 98 overs! Pakistan test reference is out of context. How could you compare a target of 302 at 5.12 per over with a target of 467 at 4.77! A score of 170 is per in T20; does that mean 400 in ODI should be considered per as well? It is OK if Mathews wanted to play safe (with a 1-0 lead and in absence of two of his first-choice bowlers). But trying to put the blame on Bangladesh for not trying to win (not attempting suicide!) is not going to give him anything other than criticism from BD, Neutral as well as reasonable SL supporters also. I personally like the Sri Lankan team and was a big fan of Arjuna Ranatunga; the captain courageous. Mathews should remember that he is wearing that shoe now. All the best to both the teams and waiting for fascinating limited overs part of the series.

  • IAS2009 on February 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Pak won the 2nd test against SL because of Mathew's poor captaincy, instead of going for runs they blocked the ball and let pakistan in the game. not much better expected from mathews here either, but BD should have gone for it, at least they should have tried and back off it did not work.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    @rustyryan Exactly tell me a one batsmen who scored a triple century on a seaming track. When its a batting wicket batsmen score runs when its a bowling wicket bowlers gets wickets thats how it works.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Seeing so many people slamming Sanga for a phenomenal knock, which shows your ignorance of how cricket works, as well as insulting a very game Bangladesh side. I find it irrational that Bangladesh is calling Mathews defensive. We blundered during our last match with Pakistan, but this was no defensive last innings. We tried to take wickets, but Bangladesh played diligently, and defensively, the only choice they had. But a word to those who keep slamming Mathews for his captaincy and Sanga for his abilities: Do your research without spamming nonsensical comments. Read the articles that proceed this in regards to Sanga's abilities, and actually watch the match. Mathews has improved and matured vastly as a captain, and I found no fault with his strategy in regards to this series. Stop hating and try to be a little objective. This is a gentleman's game.

  • vik56in on February 8, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Never mind whose fault it was ! A dull draw and ultimately Test cricket is the loser ! If players are just concerned about their personal milestones and not about winning the Test match it doesn't augur well for the future of Test cricket !

  • Ashique129 on February 8, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Angelo and his team could have tried scoring 250+ in 50 overs, instead of 300 in 75. That would give them a lead of 420 and 110 odd overs to get Bangladesh out. A couple of wickets on the 4th day afternoon would have given us nightmares. But no. He went for Chandimal's meaningless (under the context) milestone. He knew he didn't have a Murali or Vaas or even Herath. What was he thinking? The Bangladeshis would commit their typical suicides? What if they didn't (which was the case this time)? I call it poor captaincy. The Pakistanis have worked him up well, and now he fears the "minnows". Well, good for us.

  • SarfBD on February 8, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    What!!! Anyone really believes 467 runs from 98 overs is a realistic target? Mathews is disrespecting his own bowlers by saying that Bangladesh could chase it down."You could just block and survive on this wicket, but you can't actually go for big shots because the wicket was a slow one"- that's exactly what Bangladesh did Mathews, your own prescription. Yes, the pitch was flat. But that doesn't hide the fact that Mathews was ultra defensive. But I'm grateful because he handed over a draw to us.

  • on February 8, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    BD doesn't deserve Test status. it's embarrassing playing them.

  • BMDeep on February 8, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Wait a min, let me laugh for some time. Firstly, it is undeniable that BD is making some good inroads and with the amount of test cricket they play these days which is absolutely minimal compared to other test playing nations, they r for sure showing some signs of improvements. Kudos to them. MHaq is certainly a good find and one for d future. Secondly, I thought AM forgot that their opposition is BD who as a whole didnt even play as many test matches as Sanga or Mahlela alone. I am not here to judge anyone but one thing is for sure. I dont know if ppl wud have complained abt BD if they have lost 2-0 instead of 1-0 but I for one know that 2-0 victory for SL wud have shown far more superiority over BD instead of 1-0. Having said that, I dont want to take any credit away form BD. AM should have known that d chance of getting a wkt is more on 4th evng after BD wer exhausted in d field. 8 overs brought nothing but who knows, had there been some more overs, they cud have got some cheap wkts

  • rustyryan on February 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    You know the pitch is flat and road when Sanga scored tripple. Lol

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Such absurd remarks by Angie. You are expecting the 10th ranked test team to chase such a huge score? You are out of your mind. No team would have even SL themselves wouldn't have. History would tell you that Bangladesh are prone to collapses everyone knows that. Also that pitch was not a 'road' because there were many dubious things the ball was doing. Give credit where its due. Well played Bangla.

  • British_North_America on February 8, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Badri Narayana Bangladshi bowlers did not bowl well but what that has to do with Bangladesh's batting and saving the test match?

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi, and I think both captain needs to respect decision made by them, as they saw it fit. Mushfiq is my fav cricketer in the world, but I think, he needs to be humble.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    in the last day Silva said that they wanted to keep a target out of sight of Bangladesh but now mathews is blaming BD for this. Bro you can target 300 in 50 overs but you cannot get 467 in 98 overs and no country ever chased down more than 418 runs. We saw in last ashes that England could not even score 498 runs in 5.5 sessions. Mushi was right because Mathews should have given BD to play about 20-25 overs and take some wickets on 4th days. Remember, Mathews waited for chandimal to score hundreds and waisted the time instead of thinking about winning the game for the country. Mahela should captain SL and Mathews could be VP.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Srilanka declared too late on 4th day, If they had declared 20 overs to go on 4th day, a target of 350-400 still difficult for bangladesh in second innings, bowlers taking 1-2 wickets on before final day will result in srilanka's win. Aus and SA play those games with fighting spirit, they always try to win the match. No captain of theirs would wait for centuries of their mates.

  • huffpost on February 8, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Overall, it was a lose-lose series for both teams....SL could have easily won 2-0 if they declared at TEA on 4th day.. the series 1-0 meant they will lose one point in the ICC ranking...For BD, it's another series and the same result...losing and still unable to win even at home against a top 8 team...they havent done themselves a favour by preparing such pitches...

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Pathetic captaincy by mathews who plays in the hands of sangakara. Sanga wanted his milestone and asked mathews not to declare. Once he got out definately chandimal questioned mathews "if sanga is allowed then why not me". Mathew didnt declae n couldnt win the match. Pretty shame.

  • huffpost on February 8, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    i cant believe mathews said that..so pathetic from him..SL deserves a better captain..

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    both captains seemed idiotic in their own ways....mathews for setting a daunting task of 467 against the minnows...how can he say that bangladeshis could have gone for win.......silly........and the bangla captains says lankans didnt bowl well......ha ha what were ur bowlers doing

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Right mathews, well said Sangkara and jaya are flat track bully sl only wait for others to loose and can't play cricket in right spirit

  • TorontoWrites on February 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Sri Lankans complaining about flat test wickets is the most hilarious thing I've ever read. Most of your domestic victories, your batting records are built on the flattest test surfaces in history. Remember that Jayasuriya triple century? The one against India where Sri Lanka scored nearly 1,000 runs in one innings? Even the Indians were embarrassed by that wicket.

  • Joamiq on February 8, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Matthews should stop whining. SL clearly should have declared at least somewhat earlier. No one chases 467 with barely more than a day to bat. He screwed up and wants to blame others. And regardless of what he says, that was still a 5th day pitch. SL bowled out BD in the 1st innings but can get only 3 wickets in the 2nd? Sorry, not good enough. Anyone who watched the match knows that there was plenty of purchase for the bowlers in the mornings before the track settled down some in the afternoons. Had Matthews been smart, he would have been more aggressive in the morning. He was not. His fault, not Bangladesh's. I have great respect for the SL team, but very little for Matthews himself. Very un-captainlike.

  • pitch_curator on February 8, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    " We actually could have bowled more than 98 overs" - We have seen your tactics against Pakistan in the recently concluded series. You would not have bowled even 80 overs if you had felt that BD had any chance. I can not believe that you can make such statements with the kind of behavior you had displayed hardly 3 weeks back. And you want the worst test team in the rankings to chase 470 odd in 100 odd overs. Are you joking? Have it ever been made before? How many times has SL made 70% of those runs in a single day, forget about the last day. It is obvious that you are trying to gloss over your pathetic decision of delaying the declaration by saying that the opposition did not commit suicide. lol.

  • on February 8, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    SLC and their conservative strategy evident here once again. They don't have the courage to win test matches. This cost them the match against Pak as well. SLC with their current frame of mind is not a good advertisement for test cricket.

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    There is no any pride in this draw for Bangladesh. If they think they are the happiest between 2 they have mistaken. You can be proud about a draw when you able to draw a match after staying in a loosing position. Which is not the case here. They made a ROAD when they are 1-0 down in the series & when the opposition is without it's main bowlers. They wanted a draw even before the match starts and nothing else. They never earned it.

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    "We didn't really declare late"- Yes you did!! Admit it, the test with Pakistan still hasn't gone off your mind.

    "If they wanted to chase the 467, they could have"- You really should have brought a better bait. This time the bait was unreachable- the fish went away. No point blaming the fish!!

    "The wicket was flat as a road. We couldn't do much."- You could have fielded better. In the last two days the ball was turning. BD wouldn't have time to regroup had you declared earlier. 2/3 wickets in the last session could have made the difference. Lack of morale might have induced an infamous BD batting collapse!!

  • KCMathews on February 8, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Cant understand why people are blaming mathews...before declaring one should make sure that your team is out of loosing position...if bangldesh really wanted they should have gone for that target....mathews must have had the pakistan match in his head where they chased 300 at more than 5 an over...and he knows bangladesh has the ability to chase that total considerinf the pitch...

  • lancia71 on February 8, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    I am a sri lankan living in Bangladesh. May be the declaration came in little too late. But the fact was our bowling was not penetrative enough. True the pitch was v flat but the bowling really lacked bite. Nuwan Pradeep looks quite slow. Don't think he ever touched 140 km's. don't know who was holding the speed gun when few years back they (s.l. coaching staff) said he hits 150km. bottom line is bowling not up to mark.

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    According to BD captain & most of the experts commenting here, SL should had declared earlier. Could that make any difference??? SL had to take 7 more wickets to win, while BD had to score more than 200+ runs. Those 10 - 15 overs can never do any difference to the result. And BD's run rate was 3.2, while SL scored their runs more than 4 runs per over. So whose negative???? Don't forget SL came to the match without their 2 premier bowlers. That was the difference between Dhaka & here. And of course Sri Lanka's fielding. It is hilarious when BD commentators describe this pitch as a "GOOD" test wicket. LOL. Only thing in bowlers' favor was the variable bounce, even though there was spin it was very slow.

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    The blaming time is over Bangladesh & Srilanka has to look forward for the the next two T20s

  • scarrule on February 8, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    as an neutral obserever., this is one of the greatest win for bangladesh nd biggest defeat for srilanka. What a waste of triple century. Bravo bangla desh. People will laugh in future if any sri-lankan will say that sanga scored a triple nd a century nd still couldn't manage a win. Lol seems like BD is rlly improving bt they have to be consistent

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Oh really mushfiquor? you have 98 overs to chase 467 overs with 10 wickets and whole day have to chase down. Why didnt try for it. forget it. If sri lanka defensive then how about your approach.do you think your approach is aggressive.lol. It was you said before series that you have confident thatt your bowkers could take 20 sl wickets in a test match what happen for that .and your shakib shout hard for sporty wickets what happen to it.look at your self still you try to draw test match atleast.that tell the story of yours. Learn before advice to others.grew up

  • on February 8, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    HAHAHA...is that a joke from mathews??? we saw your unwise performance as a captain against pakistan, and we are not surprise at all with your this test performance. if anyone batting was too slow and not future oriented, it happened in the second innings of srilanka..

  • NAD_SL on February 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Mathews, you are wrong here...467 in 98 overs to chase is not easy in a test match..but this game was going nowhere anyway..no good bowling performances from either team..thats the reason for the draw..

  • zmahmud on February 8, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    @Narayan Iyer The highest successful run chase was 418. It has never been broken - no matter how much of a road a surface is- and it will hardly be by minnows like Bangladesh. Bangladesh should be happy to take the draw, and the 1-0 as "respectable loss". In Bangla there is a saying that a dwarf cannot touch the moon. We should acknowledge our limitations and not dream of unreachable heights.

  • British_North_America on February 8, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    S.Jagernath Why do not you blame Dhaka pitch where SL made 700+ for 6?

  • British_North_America on February 8, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Lol Mathews is complaining? Sanga scored 319 out of SL's 587.Had Sanga not ben there, SL would have been all out under 400 and they said that the surface was a road? What about the surface in Dhaka where SL scored 700+ for 6.The fact is you dropped 2 catches in the first innings and both batsman scored century.Don't tell Bangladesh to chase 467 in 98 overs.There is a huge difference between 467 and 305.Why do you wait for a personal milestone while declaring early would give you advantage to pick more wickets?

  • Matadore on February 8, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Lol.. Mathews isnt talking any sense at all.. rather what mushfiq said is really sensible nd true

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Narayan-Iyer. Yeah I remember that match. SL wanted to bat all 5 days.

  • Akhter786 on February 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    BD is giving consistent performances over last few years but i personally think they can do better than this. Cmon BD just look at your bowling, can't u produce quality fast bowlers. Batting is more or less ok, fielding is improving it is only fast bowling that lets them down more often than anything. Even spin bowling is rather too good. JUST ask urself, u have someone like Sakib. Other teams are dying to have such allround talent.

    Due praise for this draw. Need to improve ur game and start winning series against higher ranking teams. Now the fear of relegation is also looming large.

  • Rafelgibt on February 8, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Its really funny that Matthews is complaining about...Really hilarious!!!!Frankly speaking SL should have been declared last day with 20 overs to bowl...That means 110 overs and 420 runs to defend...But without doing that Matthews is complaining about BANs approaches to win....

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Hilarious comments by Angelo.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 8, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    SL declares with a mere 98 overs to get 467, at close to 5 runs an over, on a 5th day wicket, and allege that Bangladesh was defensive. I mean, how dumb & funny is that!? But you should expect this from Sri Lankans. Remember the great Test match at Colombo, when SL batsmen batted for close to 3.5 Days to score 950+ runs, and the next game when India declared at 650 early on Day 3, they claimed India was defensive! I am driving, so I cannot roll and laugh...

  • mansman on February 8, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Expecting a team to chase 467 in 106 overs!! Angelo Mathews has lost his mind completely. He will never admit it to the media, but he made a hash of this test match. They mucked it up against Pakistan recently and now waiting for Chandimal to get to a hundred, instead of declaring early to get a stab at BD. There is a greater problem with SL cricket - what are the seniors Mahela and Sanga doing? Seems like they just want their own hundreds rather than giving sound advice to a new captain. Ridiculous. Its cricket like this that gives sub-continent teams a bad name.

  • Puffin on February 8, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    When setting a victory target, its often true that setting it too high with too few overs left will not tempt the opposition to go for it, and thus won't open the door for the bowling team to capitalise on any rash shots as time/overs run short. Of course in such a situation, the bowlers have to bowl well. I think BD batted with good application in the situation they found themselves - draw or lose.

  • nazmus.saqib on February 8, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    If scoring 259 in 72.4 over at a rate of 3.38 is "just blocking" in the 5th day of a test match, I don't know what is aggressive cricket. And to make the matter even worse, Mr. Matthews thought that Bangladesh will go for a chase of 467 on the final day. I don't think any team would have go for it. I believe he just tried to avoid criticism with this absurd statement. But, if he really believes that Bangladesh would have go for it and he really relied on this tactics, Angela Matthews needs to grow some cricketing sense real soon !!!

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Just ignore what angello mentioned, We know our goal in test cricket and achieving day by day. 1-0 is much better result for BD, but not for the SL, so angello is bit frustrated as all we know BD never shown this kind of patience in batting before.. If there wouldnt the break between BD tests SL wouldnt been able to win the first test i can bet for sure. Bravo Tigers, we are progressing......

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    You could not win- live with it, Matty. It would be unwise to blame it on the opposition.

  • 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, 14:17 GMT

    If Bangladesh unfortunately got all out,then Mathews might say that it was a SPORTY WICKET rather than batsman's paradise.

  • Lakpj on February 8, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    It is funny for Bangladesh captain to say things about the SL captain to say about declaration. Anyone who has a basic cricketing knowledge would see that it is hard to take wickets on this pitch. After crumbling on a pitch that had a bit of bounce, Bangaldesh had drew the test on an absolute dead track.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I hope that my comment gets through:

    1. Its really surprising how Mathews blaming BD for not chasing the target. I would like to ask him, would he be chasing the total (467)? Its absurd to chase more than 400 runs in 100 overs. I fell like crying to see such a comments. C'mon, give BD the praise they deserved. You should have declared yesterday by giving BD a target around 375-400 and enough time (125 overs) to get them.

    2. Mushi has evrey right to say that 1-0 is far better for BD then 2-0.

    I can challenge that BD would have bowled SR if they were to chase 467 in 100 overs.

  • S.Jagernath on February 8, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Surfaces like these are a disgrace to the game.It was a ridiculous amount of runs being scored with no chance or a result.Teams normally require about 60 overs to wipe Bangladesh out,but this surface was so flat,it was just a dream.I don't understand why Bangladesh don't prepare surfaces that turn.Angelo Matthews is absolutely correct in calling the surface a road!

  • kila995 on February 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    It's a bit disappointing reading what Angelo said i mean anything can happen in cricket , useless debating about it :(

  • on February 8, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    funny for mathews to call BD defensive with a record target of 457 in 100 odd overs at more than 4.5? when they thenselves didnt pushed enough or declared earlier to push for win. BD had no chance so i dont think they could have done anything else. this is the reason why SL or Pak will remain in bottom 5 in rankings. 1-0 is good but 2-0 would have been great. should focus on their own games instead of calling other defensive

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  • on February 8, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    funny for mathews to call BD defensive with a record target of 457 in 100 odd overs at more than 4.5? when they thenselves didnt pushed enough or declared earlier to push for win. BD had no chance so i dont think they could have done anything else. this is the reason why SL or Pak will remain in bottom 5 in rankings. 1-0 is good but 2-0 would have been great. should focus on their own games instead of calling other defensive

  • kila995 on February 8, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    It's a bit disappointing reading what Angelo said i mean anything can happen in cricket , useless debating about it :(

  • S.Jagernath on February 8, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Surfaces like these are a disgrace to the game.It was a ridiculous amount of runs being scored with no chance or a result.Teams normally require about 60 overs to wipe Bangladesh out,but this surface was so flat,it was just a dream.I don't understand why Bangladesh don't prepare surfaces that turn.Angelo Matthews is absolutely correct in calling the surface a road!

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I hope that my comment gets through:

    1. Its really surprising how Mathews blaming BD for not chasing the target. I would like to ask him, would he be chasing the total (467)? Its absurd to chase more than 400 runs in 100 overs. I fell like crying to see such a comments. C'mon, give BD the praise they deserved. You should have declared yesterday by giving BD a target around 375-400 and enough time (125 overs) to get them.

    2. Mushi has evrey right to say that 1-0 is far better for BD then 2-0.

    I can challenge that BD would have bowled SR if they were to chase 467 in 100 overs.

  • Lakpj on February 8, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    It is funny for Bangladesh captain to say things about the SL captain to say about declaration. Anyone who has a basic cricketing knowledge would see that it is hard to take wickets on this pitch. After crumbling on a pitch that had a bit of bounce, Bangaldesh had drew the test on an absolute dead track.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    If Bangladesh unfortunately got all out,then Mathews might say that it was a SPORTY WICKET rather than batsman's paradise.

  • 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, 14:35 GMT

    You could not win- live with it, Matty. It would be unwise to blame it on the opposition.

  • on February 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Just ignore what angello mentioned, We know our goal in test cricket and achieving day by day. 1-0 is much better result for BD, but not for the SL, so angello is bit frustrated as all we know BD never shown this kind of patience in batting before.. If there wouldnt the break between BD tests SL wouldnt been able to win the first test i can bet for sure. Bravo Tigers, we are progressing......

  • nazmus.saqib on February 8, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    If scoring 259 in 72.4 over at a rate of 3.38 is "just blocking" in the 5th day of a test match, I don't know what is aggressive cricket. And to make the matter even worse, Mr. Matthews thought that Bangladesh will go for a chase of 467 on the final day. I don't think any team would have go for it. I believe he just tried to avoid criticism with this absurd statement. But, if he really believes that Bangladesh would have go for it and he really relied on this tactics, Angela Matthews needs to grow some cricketing sense real soon !!!