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SL Emerging Team v Bangladeshis, Matara, 3rd day

Mominul, Ashraful push cases for selection

The Report by Mohammad Isam in Matara

March 5, 2013

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Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team 410 (Vithanage 168*, Gazi 5-104) drew with Bangladeshis 479 (Ashraful 102, Mominul 99, Gazi 82*, Mushfiqur 81)

Mominul Haque (left) and Mohammad Ashraful take a break, Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team v Bangladeshis, Day 3, Matara, March 5 2013
Mominul Haque (left) and Mohammad Ashraful shared a 178-run stand for the third wicket © AFP
Mohammad Ashraful and Mominul Haque firmed up their chances of playing the first Test with significant innings on the last day of the tour game in Matara. The Bangladesh batsmen made best use of a sunny, windy day as their three-day game ended in a draw.

Ashraful made 102, his 17th first-class century, and Mominul fell on 99, but missing the landmark wouldn't deter the young batsman because he made his case for selection for the Galle Test. Mominul batted more than three hours, scoring 99 off 138 balls, and went through phases that were Test-like.

He took time to settle down but latched on to anything that made him comfortable. Early on, he used his feet well against the spinners. Mominul was picky against pace, square cutting or driving Lahiru Gamage. He started the second session with a clipped boundary off Kasun Madushanka, and followed up with a cover drive in the same over. He got to his 50 off 74 balls, and then hit a huge straight six against left-arm spinner Dulanjana Mendis. He was batting freely as he neared a fourth first-class century but perished to the pull shot, giving mid-on a simple catch in the final session.

Mominul needed to score after a lean BPL to justify his position ahead of Marshall Ayub in this line-up. He was picked to replace Shakib Al Hasan in the side, and thankfully for the selectors the other replacement, Ashraful, also did well.

Ashraful left more than he played at in the first session, letting Mominul have a lot of the strike. After lunch he was a different batsman, racing past Mominul to reach 50 when the left-hander was on 47. He moved quickly to his century, off 144 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six. He fell a few minutes later to a terrific catch by Ashan Priyanjan, diving high to his right at first slip.

Mahmudullah, the captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Sohag Gazi got some batting practice, making the best of the limited time in the final session. Mahmudullah made a quickfire 56 off 49 balls with three fours and three straight sixes. The fall of his wicket, though, started the fun-phase for Mushfiqur and Gazi as the two added 112 runs in 12 overs. Mushfiqur scored 81 off 69 and Gazi hit 13 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 82.

Opener Jahurul Islam had earlier made a good start but fell for 29 off 74 balls, edging Ishan Jayaratne. Jahurul had been more assured at the crease than Anamul Haque, who struggled to get the ball through the inner circle, and fell for 6.

The bowling attack provided less of a challenge to the Bangladesh batsmen, especially on such a good batting pitch that offered almost no lateral movement to the young pace bowlers Madushanka and Gamage. The main spinner, Mendis, is at an early stage in his career and found little assistance in the wicket to challenge the batsmen.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

@Android: Hi! just a small correction 398 was scored in just 1 day :P but still this 'emerging' team doesn't look like 'emerging' to me. If this is what Sri Lanka has in store for the future then may all the luck be with you :) <200 all out I can recall :)"

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

@Third_Gear. Is that why our Emerging team(who are not even our 3rd choice players) piled up 400 runs in 1 day against ur test attack. Bring ur Academy team too. We will give our school team to them. Instead giving this talk, prove it to us.

Posted by Mhkbd on (March 6, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

I am not totally agreed with abcdef_12345.Yes, we want entertainment from cricket but it is not everything.we play different sports to learn human qualities & it is test cricket from where a player can learn most not t20 or odi.hope bd will become a strong team in test & we can proud of them,more then now.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Tareq Muhammad Supon I also agree with you in that point but I always feel that it is high time cricket should have only one format which is T20 or at best include ODI.Test cricket is just a sport with no source of entertainment but only pride for the nations.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

@MR.JPNana: Glad to see that you got the most fundamental and inner meaning of cricket, a game. As all games have to do, cricket also has to entertain all the time. Otherwise, the definition of game has to be changed. So, I think in this matter, SL and some other teams of the world can learn something from Bangladesh here.

Now, as for the comments about the players, a stroke player does not necessarily mean a bad batsman. Similarly, you cannot just deny or lessen the effect of a spinner, especially in a sub-continent pitch, where spinners are normally the leading wicket takers. Too bad that SL is still looking for a matching replacement of Muralitharan. Hope they can fill up that gap soon because, after his retirement, the Sri-lankan attack seems somewhat shaky.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@MR.JPNana: Glad to see that you got the most fundamental and inner meaning of cricket. Its a game, man and it should always entertain as a game is supposed to do. Otherwise, the definition of a game has to be changed. So, in that sense, I think SL and some other cricketing countries can learn something here from Bangladesh.

And, as for the comment about the players, stork player does not mean bad batsman. Also, you cannot turn down the effect of spinner as most of the good bowlers of the sub-continent are spinners. So, think before you say something.

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Htc-Android@ Thanks for your honest feel. U gonna get the answer in field soon. I feel like The current SL team is equal to our Academy Team just wait we gonna prove it.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

Bangladesh needed a four day match before a test series. All of the batsmen could have enjoyed more time in the middle. Tamim is not 100% fit, Shakib is not playing, Enamul jr- one of Bangladesh's current best spinners is injured and can't play. Abul, Anamul, Gazi, Mominul -all are below 22. Gazi and Abul played only 2 Tests at home and none of them played Tests abroad. Some of the players in the emerging Srilankan side are more experienced than lot of players of the current Bangladesh side. Bangladesh shouldn't expect much from the Test series.

So, any win without an innings margin should be considered unsatisfactory even for a Srilankan A side.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 6, 2013, 3:31 GMT)

@JPnana: it must burn to see an ordinary guy like Shakib (according to you) is ranked higher than any current all rounders Sri Lanka has. And that is according to ICC, not BD fans. Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for SL, the world does not consider JPNana an expert on Cricket. The fact remains, regardless of what you think, Shakib is a better all rounder than any Sri Lanka has ever produced!:-)

Posted by Lakpj on (March 6, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

@Shafin98 having Strike rates here won't matter, if you think that batsman can score at that rate in test matches and score 450 in a day, then you are hugely mistaken. i would have preferred 350 to 400 for 4, 5 wickets rather than 479 all out. and on the other hand it is the Bangladesh bowling that worries me, if a set of players who haven't played more than 2 years of FC cricket can score 400 in a day then it would be hard to imagine that BD bowlers can survive against a good test line up. i am not saying this SL lineup for test matches is good yet, they have talent but still quite experienced. Gazi is the only bowler who looks good, hope he is a good turner of the bowler, if he is another mystery spinner like Mendis or Narine, i am afraid he won't last long in international cricket.

Posted by FOTO on (March 5, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

Honestly, I think if BD can't get their bowling good and let Shohag Gazi get all the wickets its not good. Our economical rate was 4.00 for most bowlers. I mean, test is not about bowling to take wickets, you gotta make sure you take wickets and be economical. Look at bowlers like Steyn their bowling is around 2.00-3.90. He takes wickets and is economical. Dot balls are supposed to give pressure. You can't have two maidens in a test match you need like 8+ maidens. If our bowlers give 400+ runs on the first day but getting everyone out... its not good enough you need to try to restrict them under 400 like 350. I am a BD fan who is saying this. I am happy with some parts of the batting but I think BD should focus on keeping each wicket a partnership about 15-30 overs long. Runs will come up slowly the BD players just get so much pressure over dot balls and is so used to limited over games to play each ball like in a T20 or ODI. I admired Ashraful's performance and hope that others learn.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

@FLIPPER_99:- Yes its true Sri Lanka dramatic rise when they got full status is very impressive but its a well known fact Sri Lanka had a strong cricketing structure for more than 50 years whereas our Bangladesh didn't. Also Cricket didn't start taking affect in Bangladesh since the 90s and was a secondary sport in Bangladesh. Population doesn't mean anything just take India as an example. Also Bangladesh is a poor country it doesn't matter how many people it has compared to Sri Lanka or whatever my friend plus a lot of our cricketing facilities are hand made so really Bangladesh are doing well in trying to become a competitive team in Cricket all the best mate ;)

Posted by The_Amazing_Avenger on (March 5, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

@Lakpj -- U can certainly see that the last few batsmen had strike rates above 100 and it is clear that they were just either practicing hitting 4s and 6s or were just having fun AND NOT PLAYING TEST SERIOUSLY . IF the second day would have been played 600 would not be impossible..

Posted by Mhkbd on (March 5, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

I hope bd will bat for longer prieod in test not like today as they played like t20 at one stage.We will miss Shakib both as a batsman & as a bowler but good luck for the tigers.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

MR.JPNana: bangladesh team dont have quality like other test nations .most of the bangladeshi batters are stroke players and most of bangladeshi bowlers are spiners. But when they are on the cricket field they always enjoy their game in all condition,even when they are loosing.One thing is sure when bd team is playing they always entertains.And thats all about cricket.When you becomes too much serious you just play like machines(like the south africans). Why So Serious? Chill man....... good things are coming.................

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (March 5, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

So i suggest the BD fans to stop trash talking and take teams like SL as an inspiration as we too were a small country (much less population than BD) yet became a major force in cricket in a couple of years after gaining test status which is something that BD is yet to accomoplish after more than a decade in the game.. but all the best to them and hope they will make it big some day soon because cricket needs more nations and a competitive BD sure would help ;)

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (March 5, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

lol some BD fans are saying that BD could have scored 600+ and this and that. when they got all out for 479 against what can only be called as a 5th or 6th team. guess they dont know the most fundamental basis of cricket that a team only has 10 wickets. There seriously isnt anything to be proud of by the BD performance as these SL bowlers are like the 2nd backup of the future SL team. When the test starts lets see how they handle herath, mendis, kaushal, kulaya etc. and im not even going 2 mention the SL batting stardom's... and also the SL emerging innings was played against your top string test bowlers yet SL scored 400+ which should be the greater worry for you people. Vithanage wasnt much heard of as a future SL star but bet he too would get a test cap soon..

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 5, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Batting was good today almost 500 in just a day is very unusual but we can't bat like that in the test matches. But our bowling attack is of a worry and just shocked to see both Nazmul and Shafiul not picked.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 5, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

There is no point in arguing here, i accept that Bangladesh will improve as a team and they have improved to some extent. SL too was once a team like that. But just that they are still not up to the mark to challenge teams away from home. they will be treating in their country, against any team. but away from home they have to improve and even at home they have to be more consistent. I can understand how passionate their fans are. but i think that they have got a bit carried away here.

Posted by Thriller_Tiger on (March 5, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

@JPNana... Odd wins? BD w0n 5 of their last 9 ODI mathches and f0ught hard in 0ther 4 matches. These mathches were against INDIA, SRILANKA, PAKISTAN & W. INDIES.

Last 9 mathces- WLLWWLWWL

Are u g0nna tell them odd wins even n0w?

Posted by Jadejafan on (March 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Best of luck Bangladesh from Indian fan. Sri Lanka are overrated they can't even beat us even at their grounds :)

Posted by DarindaUK on (March 5, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

@JPNana: To be honest, SL is the team which has been the runner up in last two world cup. Beside all that, they've lost the ODI against BD in Asia Cup. Atleast be patient with the young Tigers, In shaa Allah, they'll be with the top team in the future, but all teams have taken time to improve and build confidence. This young BD team is far better than the previous ones, and given the opportunity for the next cuople of years, they'll raise to the challange.

Lets see how the coming Test proves. I'm hoping that BD will atleast target for a draw. Good Luck Tigers and perform for your Shunaar Bangla.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 5, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

@JPNana:- Yes you're right 100% BD have a long way to go. We're not a top team but an improving team. We've been saying this all along, we know Sri Lanka are favourites and are expected to win but its yours to lose Janath :)

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 5, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

The Rising team... i won't say BD will remain in the same place forever, but stop talking nonsense first. accept you have still long way to go. i will admit you done something in ODI format though, against teams like NZ, WI.., but what is most important is consistency, not a odd win or two in year after year....

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 5, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

@JPNana.... looks lyk u hav a very little knowledge ab8 cricket... SHAKIB al hasan's Bowling AVERAGE, STRIKE RATE, ECONOMY rate r far far better than SL present TEST bowlers..... At first CHECK d STAT then talk... I'M NOT A BD FAN bt i'v 2 say honestly he is much better than present SRI TEAM alrounders

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 5, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

What most of these BD fans using, "could have, should have, if, and if, will be, could be." lolzzzz, haven't prove anything to the world yet. and the least thing these BD can do is do the champions talking in a public forum, so let them satisfy them selves at least by doing typing activities LOL

Posted by AzAb12754 on (March 5, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

ha! some Sri fans already with excuses despite us hearing how this development will tear through our batting apart and is good enough to handle them I know its tough to swallow its only a warm-up guys.

Just like to remind you that this was the LAST day of warm-up and scoring almost 500 in one day at very high strike rate says it all. If that second day wasn't washed off then most likely a 700+ score would've been made use your common sense :)

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 5, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

@JPNana:- Past is the past its what you need to do as a last resort, its all about the present and future. The team of Bangladesh today is completely different of the team that lost 70 something tests in the first 6 years WAKE UP!!! :)

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 5, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

It was a good practice overall for BD despite the one rain off day. If this is what these Sri Lankan fans tell us of their future then may all the luck be with them :)

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 5, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

@Android: But I remember you saying this development team will bowl out BD for less than 200 :)

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 5, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

@JPNana - Shakib is better than you, doesn't matter what you think. His records especially in the last 3 years is something Matthews can dream off you mean extraordinary my dear friend :P

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

This is a decent performance. This is also more like BD A team with so many our bowlers missing. The rookies leaked too many runs to SLDT. Towards the end of the day the guys started playing like T20, taking too many risky arial shots. Otherwise, they would have still preserved their wickets by end of the day.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 5, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

@Third_Gear. Feels like missing Dale steyn, Philander, Anderson, Pattinson missing from the team eh?

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 5, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

With such an ordinary guy like person called Shakib al hasan or what ever, who got such a similar average of SL most ordinary school boy, but yet become the most precious and most talented player of Bangladesh, so i think this will be the most understandable for whole world, the true status of bangladesh cricket team

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 5, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

TheRisingTeam... fan of a team which is still rising through out a 13 years of time, with 75 test defeats, who even didn't at least able to draw a single test against a top team....

now let's see. this is your best team, i mean the national squad, right?? and playing against SL's most youngest team who even did not represent A team or 25 men squad, who are just came from school level cricket and just started to play to the clubs. and these boys put up 400+ odd runs against you and came back to all out your team for 479, i mean it's your national squad right??? is this a significant performance??? of course by these SL young boys,

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 5, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

@TheRisingTeam. You guys just played with our 6th/7th choice spinner and the fast bowlers i have never heard of their names before this warm up game. Trust me i follow SL domestic cricket closely. But these are not our best players in our domestic circuit.(Except for that one player Angelo Perera)

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

We have a better chance in the ODIs....if Shakib could play... it could have been a clean sweep :)

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 5, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Bangali's NATIONAL SQUAD against SL 5th or 6th level team, all out for 470+ runs with lead of just 50+ RUNS. what a shame.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 5, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Now let's talk the facts. Bangladesh's National side, yep full National side all out for 479 against the Sri Lanka's 5th 6th level team, against the SL youngsters, who even didn't represent the SL A team. wow how could team like Bangladesh having test status still when they even can not perform well against a opponent's 5th or 6th team, what a shame

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 5, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

@Lakpj: No Shakib, Tamim , Mortaza, Nazmul, Shahriar etc all our first team players missing. Fact is mate almost scored 500 at almost a T20 strike out says everything about your future young talents :P

Bangladesh were simply practising and judging by the rate they were going, good luck in beating them all by an innings like you supposed to if not then its clear where Sri Lanka is heading :P

Your bowlers are nowhere near West Indies so of course our batsman will find your attack a lot easier than theirs :P

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 5, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

In absence of experienced Mashrafi,Nazmul,Shafiul,shahadat the pace attack is a serious concern for Bangladesh team ,if they can overcome this lacking the series win goes to them.

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (March 5, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Can we accommodate some how Marshall Ayub instead of two pacer..Or please bring taskin to give Sri Lankan batters a taste of fast and furry.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 5, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@ Shafin98 they got all out for 479, so how on earth are they going to score 600+ .. lolzz. and on the other hand it is BD who has to worry because a v inexperienced team ended up scoring 400 on a day against your test bowling lineup. if that is not worrying tell what it is? and you can't call these SL bowlers as high class because most of them haven't even payed 20 FC games.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Abul Hasan Raju is very good prospect for us but it seems right now he is not ready for international level where he didn't do any special till last 2/3 years. Robiul is far better than Raju and also Shahadat is more capable than before which showed in recent NCL and BCL tournament. So I prefer someone between this two instead of Raju in our first test. Hopefully our coach Jurgo will work a lot with Raju, Rubel and Taskin to develop them as world class fast bowler with fearsome pace like more than 140km/h

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Even though Ash scored a fine century,Marshall Ayyub is better than him or Mominul.My playing eleven is 1)Tamim2)Anam3)Marshal4)Momin5)mahmood6)mushfiq7)nasir8)suhag9)sunny10)shahadat husain11)rubel husain.......abul hasan is a useless as bowler.but yes he is a fine batsman but we need a strike bowler.At any how selectors must have selected nazmul husain provided he is fit.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 5, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

But yeah good practice, one full day of hard bowling on a hot day and one full day of easy batting and a break in between yesterday goes perfectly well.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 5, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Hopefully we will win the toss and bat first as we want our batsman to remain fresh and energetic rather than batting second after all the hard work in fielding which takes a lot out. Hoefully Tamim will be fit and finally get a 100 its been a while.

Posted by saifur.raffael on (March 5, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@ TheRisingTeam ..there is no point playing two pacers in Galle and that too in a BD team. Everyone knows what's going to happen if u play Shahdat & Rubel together. I would prefer an extra batsman in place of Shahdat. At the moment the favourite is Jahurul, but wont be surprised if Marshall gets the chance.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 5, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

I'm just glad we easily surpassed their total otherwise if we played like a proper test batting innings and made less than 250 or 300 instead, these Sri Lankan fans would've been all over here saying you scored 250 in 1 day while our team 400+ in 1 day or something. I like the attitude of our Bangladesh players and taking their future bowlers positively like it was a T20 match :)

Posted by ahmadmusa on (March 5, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

It is very good practice for bangladeshe side but i am surprise they can not pick Marshall my final XI is-1.Tamim 2.Asrhaful 3.Marshall Ayub 4.Moninul 5.Nasir 6.Mahmudullah 7.Musfikur 8.Gazi 9.Abul 10.Shafiul 11.Rubal.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 5, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

It's not a good batting practice by BD middle-orders. They batted like T20 rather than test. Infact Gazi, Mahmud, Mushfiq- they all batted in T20 matter which won't help them against SL main team. BD also lost last 4 wickets quickly & carelessly. So a lots of warning for BD batting & bowling. But thanx to Ash & Mominul for sensible batting. They shud b at 3rd & 4th place in main batting order.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

My Best XI Tamim,Ashraful,Mominul,Marshal,Mushfiq,Nasir,Riyad,Gazi,Sunny,Shahadat,Rubel. However i don't want tamim to be in the XI. But he'll be selected anyways. Anamul deserves a chance but there is no one to replace him.

Posted by Energetic. on (March 5, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Yeap! some Sri Lankan youngsters. The future is clear :)

Posted by CrICkeeet on (March 5, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

OMG!!! 442 RUNS IN 1 DAY........

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I am hopeful, this BD team can win test series in SL.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (March 5, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

If you BD fans say Gazi is the best bowler then you must agree that Vithanage's innings was the Best among the lot.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Feeling pretty sad for Mominul........

Posted by Abul.Hasan on (March 5, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Our Ashraf one of the key bats man in Bangladesh Cricket team. I pray his more glories innings in international match.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 5, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Good practice for Bangladesh players bat and ball. I think this XI should be picked - Tamim, Anamul, Ashraful, Mominul, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Sunny, Shahadat and Rubel.

Posted by The_Amazing_Avenger on (March 5, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

BD could have easily piled up 600+ if the 2nd day would have been played

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