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

After drawn Test, captains call each other defensive

Andrew Fidel Fernando and Mohammad Isam

February 8, 2014

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews felt the Bangladesh batsmen, including Tamim Iqbal, didn't show enough intent to try and level the series © AFP
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Shamsur reprimanded for inappropriate comments against decision

  • Bangladesh opener Shamsur Rahman has been reprimanded after pleading guilty to making inappropriate comments about an umpiring decision while interacting with the media after the third day's play in Chittagong.
  • Shamsur, and the Bangladesh dressing room, had been irked by Nasir Hossain's dismissal as he was erroneously given out by umpire Paul Reiffel. Hossain had tried to cut a delivery from Ajantha Mendis towards the end of the day and was adjudged caught behind by wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal. Shamsur had said after the match their "day had been ruined by one decision".
  • Shamsur breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in the match.
  • Shamsur admitted the offence on Friday evening and accepted the proposed sanction offered by match referee David Boon. There was no need for a formal hearing.

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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Posted by Leachim55 on (February 11, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

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