Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 2007 / Commentary

Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

Sri Lanka won by an innings and 234 runs

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Hello and a very warm welcome wherever you are to Cricinfo's live coverage of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from the SSC in Colombo. I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for the day.

Word from the ground is that Mahela Jayawardene has won the toss and decided to field first.

With Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu and Upul Tharanga having withdrawn for various reasons from this series, Sri Lanka have a new opening pair in uncapped Malinda Warnapura and Michael Vandort, back in the side after a year.

And then there's a certain Muttiah Muralitharan, whose career tally of 674 includes 50 wickets in just six matches against Bangladesh. He is some 35 wickets away from surpassing Shane Warne's world-record of 708. Three Tests, 35 wickets?

Everyone in the Bangladesh squad is fit, and they have played the trio of left-arm spinners.

Just to remind you, the teams are:

Sri Lanka - 1 MG Vandort, 2 BSM Warnapura, 3 LPC Silva, 4 TM Dilshan, 5 KC Sangakkara, 6 DPMD Jayawardene, 7 HAPW Jayawardene, 8 WPUJC Vaas, 9 SL Malinga, 10 M Muralitharan, 11 CRD Fernando.

Bangladesh - 1 Javed Omar, 2 Shahriar Nafees, 3 Rajin Saleh, 4 Habibul Bashar, 5 Mohammad Ashraful, 6 Khaled Mashud, 7 Mashrafe Mortaza, 8 Mohammad Rafique, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shahadat Hossain, 11 Shakib Al Hasan This surface looks to be a good batting surface, with the ball expected to come on nicely. It drier than it usually is, with a few hairline cracks here and there, but overall its hard. Russel Arnold, in his new avatar as television commentator, termed the SCC surface "the best in Sri Lanka". The second and third days are likely to be the best for batting out of five days. A good Test-match pitch.

The main worry is that the country has experienced heavy rain over the past week, with more regular showers forecast during the next five days.

Bangladesh are led for the first time by Mohammad Ashraful, just 22. Here's what he had to say on the eve of the Test: "We have really done well in one-day internationals in the last few years, but we need to convert our success to Test matches. Batting for us will be the key. Earlier we have not adjusted sufficiently in Test matches and got into trouble by playing too many shots too early and we have been working on that aspect."

Both sides are under interim coaches as the respective cricket boards finish the selection process. Shaun Williams is standby coach until Bangladesh finds a successor to Dav Whatmore, while Trevor Penney, Tom Moody's assistant, is in temporary charge until Trevor Bayliss takes over in August.

Chaminda Vaas has the ball in his hands. Javed Omar to face with two slips in place. Here we go!

0.1

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, bang on target, no real movement yet though, as it lands fullish on off stump and Omar comes forward and defends

0.2

Vaas to Javed Omar, 2 runs, some swing this time, but down leg stump from middle and Omar gets his first runs with a little tickle past short fine leg

0.3

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, looking for swing again, he pitches a tad slower and fuller and Omar comes forward and defends to the off side

0.4

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, good stuff, good leave, Omar judging a good length delivery that moves outside off stump and carries well to the 'keeper

0.5

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, angled wider of off stump and Omar gets a good stride in before shouldering arms

0.6

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, good delivery, pitching outside off stump and straightening but Omar's got it covered, again choosing to shoulder arms and thats a tidy first over from Vaas

End of over 1 (2 runs) Bangladesh 2/0
Javed Omar    2* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0
Shahriar Nafees    0* (0b)     

Lasith Malinga has the ball now. Shahriar Nafees to face. Three slips and a gully in place.

1.1

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good ball first up, full and swinging in from off stump and Nafees does well to jam it out

1.2

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, 1 no ball, oversteps, banging one wide down leg stump, Nafees looks to withdraw but the ball clips the front edge of the bat, then thigh pad, and balloons up over short leg

1.2

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length outside off stump, defended down to point

1.3

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length outside off stump, Nafees walks into a good-looking drive to mid-off

1.4

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, back of a length, swinging away outside off stump, he gets the front leg in line and leaves it alone

1.5

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, 1 no ball, looking for that effort ball, he oversteps, and Nafees does well to arch his way back from a viscious lifter outside off stump

1.5

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, lovely delivery, short and very fast, springing up off the surface towards Nafees' head and again he does admirably to get out of the way as it snorts past him

1.6

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, short of a length on leg stump, he rolls the wrists to keep it down in front of debutant Warnapura at forward short leg

Good over from Malinga

End of over 2 (2 runs) Bangladesh 4/0
Shahriar Nafees    0* (8b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0
Javed Omar    2* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-2-0

2.1

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, back of a length, angled across off stump, Omar plays it with one hand and an angled bat in front of the point fielder

2.2

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, short of a length outside off stump, just, and Omar gets up on the toes to keep it down near his feet, good lift on this surface so far

2.3

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, looks for movement again with a full delivery swinging outside off stump, no hassles for Omar to ignore it

2.4

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, a little bit shorter this time and Omar again gets up to tap it down in front of point

2.5

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, pitches on middle and leg and swings in, Omar shuffles forward and across and cops it high on the front knee roll, Vaas appeals but the umpire reckons it would have swung down leg stump, good call

2.6

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, good length on off stump and he comes forward to defend

End of over 3 (maiden) Bangladesh 4/0
Javed Omar    2* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-2-0
Shahriar Nafees    0* (8b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0

3.1

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, he gets up tall and defends with soft hands, the ball rolls towards point and he calls for the risky single

3.2

Malinga to Javed Omar, FOUR, full on about middle and leg, Omar shuffles across and flicks, finding the gap behind square for his first boundary, and the first of the innings

3.3

Malinga to Javed Omar, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, he shuffles again and taps that between square leg and midwicket for a singler

3.4

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, yorker on off stump, Nafees judges it well and jams the bat down

3.5

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good lifter, pitching on leg stump and rising sharply, Nafees shuffles and tries to work it fine but the ball kisses the edge of the bat, quite high, and pops up in the air to the off side

3.6

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, slower ball, fuller outside off stump, he pushes that past point for one

End of over 4 (7 runs) Bangladesh 11/0
Shahriar Nafees    2* (12b)      SL Malinga    2-0-9-0
Javed Omar    7* (14b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-2-0

4.1

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length outside off stump, drawing him forward and the resultant outside edge drops well short of Dilshan at third slip

4.2

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length again, pitching on middle and off and moving away, Nafees drops the hands on it and defends down to gully this time

4.3

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, straighter delivery, he defends it back down the track to Vaas

4.4

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, pitches well outside leg stump and moves down, Prasanna Jayawardene takes it wel

4.5

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length, a hint of movement as Nafees gets onto the front foot and defends

4.6

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, too full on middle and leg, swinging down too, and Nafees clips it behind square leg for one

End of over 5 (1 run) Bangladesh 12/0
Shahriar Nafees    3* (18b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-3-0
Javed Omar    7* (14b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-9-0

Good batting track so far, with some good carry too, and no signs of rain yet

5.1

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, 1 no ball, short of a length, another no-ball, Nafees stands up and runs it to point

5.2

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, good shot, standing and greeting an overpitched delivery outside off stump with an on-the-up off-drive that beats mid-off's dive

5.3

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, short of a length outside off stump, beats his leaden-footed flirt, dangerous shot

5.4

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, great bouncer, kicking off from off stump and clipping his helmet as he arches the back

5.5

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, great response from the batsman, standing his ground and cracking a long-hop over backward point, full-blooded shot does the trick

5.6

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length delivery swinging away outside off stump, Nafees leaves it be

5.6

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, another bouncer down leg stump, swings and clips his chest as he tries to leave it be, the 'keeper dives to his right and catches it, appeals, but it was not off bat

End of over 6 (9 runs) Bangladesh 21/0
Shahriar Nafees    11* (25b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0
Javed Omar    7* (14b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-3-0

6.1

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, good short-pitched delivery kicks up and Omar is caught by surprise as he shuffles and defends

6.2

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, he hops up, turning the bat face and keeping the ball down in front of forward short leg

6.3

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, marginally overpitched this time and he goes for the front-foot drive, but doesnt time it well at all, the ball rolling into the covers

6.4

Vaas to Javed Omar, 1 leg bye, short of a length outside leg stump, just tickles his pad and rolls down to short fine leg for one

6.5

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length, swinging delivery outside off stump, he gets forward and leaves it be

6.6

Vaas to Shahriar Nafees, no run, good length again, this time he comes onto the front foot and defends it back to Vaas

End of over 7 (1 run, maiden) Bangladesh 22/0
Shahriar Nafees    11* (27b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-2-3-0
Javed Omar    7* (18b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0

7.1

Malinga to Javed Omar, (no ball) 1 run, short of a length down leg stump, he gets up and turns it to short fine leg, another no-ball from Malinga

7.1

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, banged in short, a rank long-hop on middle and leg and Nafees pulls, though not in control, over square leg for four

7.2

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, another bouncer outside off stump, two men in the deep now on the leg side, but Nafees covers his crease and arches back out of harm's way

7.3

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, caught behind down the leg stump, full and swinging down and Nafees flicks, the ball carries well to a diving Jayawardene behind the stumps, Malinga and all go up in appeal and umpire Shastri nods his head on Test debut before raising the finger, was there bat on that?

Shahriar Nafees c †HAPW Jayawardene b Malinga 15 (37m 30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Replays show that there was pad involved, and may have been a hint of bat involved. Malinga gets the breakthrough during a somewhat wayward opening spell. Here's the No.3, Rajin Saleh

7.4

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length on middle and leg, defended getting behind the line

7.5

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, bouncer outside off stump, left alone

7.6

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, slower ball, yorker on the off stump, defended back down the track

Yes, Nafees can consider himself very unlucky. There was no bat on that shot. Bangladesh 28 for 1

End of over 8 (6 runs) Bangladesh 28/1
Rajin Saleh    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-1
Javed Omar    8* (19b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-2-3-0

8.1

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, short-pitched delivery on off stump, surprises Omar as he gets up and defends uneasily to point

8.2

Vaas to Javed Omar, no run, full of off stump, he leaves it be as it stays low for the 'keeper to take

8.3

Vaas to Javed Omar, OUT, this time Vaas pushes one across him and Omar cant resist poking at it off the front foot, and the regulation edge is taken easily by Jawardene behind the stumps

Javed Omar c †HAPW Jayawardene b Vaas 8 (43m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Habibul Bashar is the new man in

8.4

Vaas to Habibul Bashar, no run, good length on off stump, he stands and defends it

8.5

Vaas to Habibul Bashar, no run, overpitched outside off stump, the slower ball, he comes forward and pushes to cover

8.6

Vaas to Habibul Bashar, no run, another short delivery outside off stump and Bashar gets out of the way to let it sail past him

Successful over for Vaas

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 28/2
Habibul Bashar    0* (3b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-3-3-1
Rajin Saleh    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    4-0-24-1

9.1

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, 1 run, overpitched on leg stump, Saleh gets off the mark on-driving into the midwicket region

9.2

Malinga to Habibul Bashar, no run, good bouncer, Bashar moves the head out of the way as it whizzes past him

9.3

Malinga to Habibul Bashar, no run, bouncer once more, but angled well outside leg stump and doesnt worry Bashar one bit

9.4

Malinga to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, good length outside off stump, allowing Bashar to get off the mark with a gentle push into the covers

9.5

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length outside off stump again, Saleh gets forward and shoulders arms

9.6

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, bouncer again down leg stump, wasted delivery as it doesnt bother the batsman and gives the 'keeper work to do

End of over 10 (2 runs) Bangladesh 30/2
Rajin Saleh    1* (6b)      SL Malinga    5-0-26-1
Habibul Bashar    1* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-3-3-1

Bangladesh rocked by that double-strike, two new batsman at the crease

10.1

Vaas to Habibul Bashar, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, Bashar drives at one angled past off stump and the captain cant get a hand to it at second slip, wouldnt have been out anyway

10.1

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone

10.2

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length once more, tempting him to drive away from the body but he leaves it alone with a stride forward

10.3

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, another one pushed across the stumps and he leaves it be

the inswinger coming up...?

10.4

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, nope, just another good length delivery angled across off stump and Saleh isnt interested i it

Short leg taken out for an extra slip

10.5

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, lovely, pitching on middle stump and seams past him, beating him all ends up as he opens the face and tries to defend

10.6

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, fairly wide of off stump, he just watches it through

End of over 11 (2 runs) Bangladesh 32/2
Rajin Saleh    1* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-3-5-1
Habibul Bashar    2* (7b)      SL Malinga    5-0-26-1

Bowling change: its going to be Dilhara Fernando replacing Malinga

11.1

Fernando to Habibul Bashar, no run, short of a length delivery comes in, Bashar makes room and punches to cover

11.2

Fernando to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length on off stump, he gets behind the line and defends

11.3

Fernando to Habibul Bashar, OUT, and he gets his man early! Pitches full on leg stump and swings down, Bashar plays all over it, the ball thuds into the pad, they all appeal and umpire Shastri gives his second decision

Habibul Bashar lbw b Fernando 2 (15m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Bashar's poor run continues. His replacement as captain, Ashraful, walks to the crease with plenty to do in his first game in charge. He made his Test debut hundred here. Today, Bangladesh three down for nothing much.

11.4

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets into position and defends it down

11.5

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller outside off stump, he drives hurriedly but cant beat cover

11.6

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, good length delivery, he gets behind the line and defends

Fernando doesnt take time to get stuck in

End of over 12 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 32/3
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (3b)      CRD Fernando    1-1-0-1
Rajin Saleh    1* (12b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-3-5-1

12.1

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, 1 leg bye, bouncer on the stumps takes Saleh completely by surprise, catching him smack on the forearm as he defends, taking his eyes of it, and the ball balloons over the slip cordon...ouch

12.2

Vaas to Mohammad Ashraful, 3 runs, fuller on leg stump, he shuffles and turns it towards short fine leg and gets three, well run

12.3

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, left alone

12.4

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, fuller delivery pushed across the stumps, he gets a foot forward and shoulders arms

12.5

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, short-pitched delivery sails over the stumps as Saleh ducks down low

12.6

Vaas to Rajin Saleh, no run, straighter delivery on the stumps, Saleh's right behind it, defending back to Vaas

End of over 13 (4 runs) Bangladesh 36/3
Rajin Saleh    1* (17b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-3-8-1
Mohammad Ashraful    3* (4b)      CRD Fernando    1-1-0-1

13.1

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, short delivery on off stump, he doesnt adjust and just lets it come onto his left glove, they need to pull up their socks against the shorter stuff

13.2

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, short and moving down leg stump, he shuffles and tucks it to short fine leg

Short leg comes into position for Saleh

13.3

Fernando to Rajin Saleh, 2 runs, driveable length outside off stump, he plays it softly past mid-off and calls for two

13.4

Fernando to Rajin Saleh, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he covers off and shoulders arms

13.5

Fernando to Rajin Saleh, no run, faster delivery nips in from outside off stump and catches him on the knee roll down leg stump, just did too much, though it caught him by surprise

13.6

Fernando to Rajin Saleh, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

End of over 14 (3 runs) Bangladesh 39/3
Rajin Saleh    3* (21b)      CRD Fernando    2-1-3-1
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (6b)      WPUJC Vaas    7-3-8-1

Malinga's back

14.1

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, begins with one full outside leg stump, Ashraful cant get to it

14.2

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, good length outside off stump, comes forward and shoulders arms

14.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, 3 runs, fuller and a touch slower on off stump, Ashraful shuffles and on-drives in the air well wide of mid-on and picks up three

14.4

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, overpitched outside off stump with that slinging action, but Saleh's not interested at that pace

14.5

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, slower delivery comes out a full toss but Saleh doesnt react in time, so ends up defending to the off side

14.6

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, 1 no ball, nice bouncer outside off stump, Saleh has to react quickly to get out of harm's way, but its a no-ball

14.6

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, follows up with a slower, full delivery on off stump which Saleh drives back down the pitch into the nonstriker's stumps

End of over 15 (4 runs) Bangladesh 43/3
Rajin Saleh    3* (25b)      SL Malinga    6-0-30-1
Mohammad Ashraful    7* (9b)      CRD Fernando    2-1-3-1

15.1

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, short of a length outside off stump, he gets up and defends it back uneasily

15.2

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, short of a length a little wider this time, and he defends it off the edge of the bat down to gully

15.3

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, good length delivery, he comes forward and defends to point

15.4

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, another one bites the dust! The trap was set with two men on the leg side for this very shot, and Ashraful cant contain himself, pulling a short-pitched delivery into the waiting hands of deep midwicket

Mohammad Ashraful c Warnapura b Fernando 7 (22m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 53.84

Shakib Al Hasan walks out with plenty to do

15.5

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, good length outside off stump and thats just a poke between cover and point for two

15.6

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short of a length outside off stump, his feet go nowhere as he flashes and misses

Ahsan emails in: "It amazes me that Bashar is still on the team. His captaincy was not the issue, it was his batting. Bangladesh have much better batsman to replace him. What is he trying to prove at the expense of Bangladesh cricket?"

End of over 16 (2 runs) Bangladesh 45/4
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (2b)      CRD Fernando    3-1-5-2
Rajin Saleh    3* (25b)      SL Malinga    6-0-30-1

16.1

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, 1 no ball, another no-ball, Saleh hops back and defends a back of a length delivery outside off stump, wanted the run but gets sent back, wisely

16.1

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, much fuller and its driven back to Malinga on the bounce

16.2

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, really, really short delivery that sails over Saleh's left shoulder as he gets down

16.3

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length outside off stump, he comes forward and defends to Vandort at gully

16.4

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length on off stump, he taps it with soft hands to point and sets off but Shakib sends him back

16.5

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, another good-length delivery comes into him, he stands and defends it back

16.6

Malinga to Rajin Saleh, no run, good length outside off stump, he gets forward and defends, the ball rolls to forward short leg

End of over 17 (1 run) Bangladesh 46/4
Rajin Saleh    3* (32b)      SL Malinga    7-0-31-1
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (2b)      CRD Fernando    3-1-5-2

17.1

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slower one, very full and wide of off stump and Shakib cant get to it

17.2

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good length just outside off stump, thats a good forward defensive from Shakib to cover

17.3

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, marginally overpitched and he cover-drives beautifully for four, leaning into it and placing it in the gap

17.4

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, bends his back and produces a shorter one outside off stump, left alone but umpire Shastri is worried about Fernando running onto the danger zones of the pitch

17.5

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, another short delivery, left alone

17.6

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he punches off the back foot to point

End of over 18 (4 runs) Bangladesh 50/4
Shakib Al Hasan    6* (8b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    4-1-9-2
Rajin Saleh    3* (32b)      SL Malinga    7-0-31-1

Here we go, Murali into the attack. Slip and forward short leg in place

18.1

Muralitharan to Rajin Saleh, no run, tossed up on the mark, he comes forward and smothers the spin

18.2

Muralitharan to Rajin Saleh, no run, flatter delivery, spins back into him and he defends it to silly point

18.3

Muralitharan to Rajin Saleh, no run, tossed up on leg stump, spins down and catches him on the pad, but hes moved away too much

18.4

Muralitharan to Rajin Saleh, no run, flatter one again, he gets back and defends it

18.5

Muralitharan to Rajin Saleh, OUT, got 'em! Murali fizzes one up on a length, landing on middle and leg, a clueless Saleh goes back in his crease and plays over it, gets struck in front of the stumps and Asad Rauf has no hesitation in giving that

Rajin Saleh lbw b Muralitharan 3 (69m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 8.10

34 wickets to reach Warne' record. Here's Khaled Mashud into the hot seat.

Short fine leg moves back to backward square leg. Tension, tension...

18.6

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, tossed up from around the stumps, Mashud gets the front leg forward dangerously and defends to the on side

Good start from Murali at the SSC

End of over 19 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 50/5
Khaled Mashud    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    1-1-0-1
Shakib Al Hasan    6* (8b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    4-1-9-2

19.1

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he stands and pushes at it, beaten by the movement and carry

19.2

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, nice shot, leaning into a full delivery and square-driving for four, though Silva at backward point did take some pace off that shot with a dive

19.3

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, edged and thats gone through Sangakkara at first slip! A regulation edge from a loose drive away from the body lands an inch or so before him, but he didnt get forward to it and you'd expect chances like those to be taken

19.4

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

19.5

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets back and pushes to point for a quick single

19.6

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, good delivery, close to yorker-length ball on off stump and Mashud digs it out to cover

End of over 20 (9 runs) Bangladesh 59/5
Khaled Mashud    0* (2b)      CRD Fernando    5-1-18-2
Shakib Al Hasan    15* (13b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    1-1-0-1

Murali continues with two slips

20.1

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump and its swept hard into the ground in front of short fine leg, aggressive intent from the young left-hander

Silly point comes in as Murali goes around the stumps

20.2

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Mashud flicks to square leg for one

Slip moves to the leg side

20.3

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, oh ho, the simplest of stumpings goes down! Murali tosses it up, Shakib comes down the track, gets beaten in the flight, and Jayawardene makes a mess of a regulation stumping

20.4

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, the stumping costs nothing, as Murali gets his man with the doosra! Lands on about middle and off and strikes Shakib, offering no shot, in front of the stumps for an easy decision from Asad Rauf, Murali having no hassles against such batting

Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Muralitharan 16 (25m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Shahadat Hossain comes in ahead of Mortaza and Rafique

20.5

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, tossed up, he defends to leg

20.6

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, tossed up, he gets a good stride forward and defends comfortably

End of over 21 (2 runs) Bangladesh 61/6
Shahadat Hossain    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    2-1-2-2
Khaled Mashud    1* (3b)      CRD Fernando    5-1-18-2

21.1

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he gets over it and defends

21.2

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, 1 run, a tad fuller this time and he drives it into the covers for one

21.3

Fernando to Shahadat Hossain, no run, the slower delivery ends up close to a low full toss on the stumps, which Shahadat drives via the inside-edge to forward short leg

21.4

Fernando to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, short of a length, sits up and squares him up, he stands and takes his eyes off it and the leading edge pops up towards Silva at point, who throws at the nonstrikers and but misses

21.5

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, another short-pitched delivery over the stumps, Mashud ducks under it

21.6

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, good length on the stumps, he gets behind it and drives to mid-on

End of over 22 (2 runs) Bangladesh 63/6
Khaled Mashud    2* (7b)      CRD Fernando    6-1-20-2
Shahadat Hossain    1* (4b)      M Muralitharan    2-1-2-2

22.1

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, flights up a full toss which is defended to forward short leg

22.2

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, tossed up again, and thats well defended to silly point

22.3

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, another well flighted delivery is defended back down the track

22.4

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, a touch flattter on leg stump, he gets forward and defends, the bal rolls to silly point

22.5

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, keeps this one a little shorter, it spins in but Shahadat gets well over it

22.6

Muralitharan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, tossed up on the stumps, and again he shows good defense

Perhaps just one more over before lunch

End of over 23 (maiden) Bangladesh 63/6
Shahadat Hossain    1* (10b)      M Muralitharan    3-2-2-2
Khaled Mashud    2* (7b)      CRD Fernando    6-1-20-2

23.1

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length outside off stump, jags in and beats his prod outside off stump

23.2

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, similar delivery goes the other way and again shaves past his bat, beaten for pace and the extra bit of carry

23.3

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, short of a length this time, Mashud initially comes forward but then holds back on the shot, twirling the bat out of the way

23.4

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, 1 run, slower and full, he comes onto the front foot and squeezes to cover, and a needless overthrow gets them a run

23.5

Fernando to Shahadat Hossain, OUT, needless shot on the stroke of lunch! Having defended Murali so well, Shahadat pulls a short delivery awfully poorly, unsure of which way to go, and cover only has to just come a few steps back and hold the simplest of catches

Shahadat Hossain c Muralitharan b Fernando 1 (13m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

So at lunch, Bangladesh seven down for just 64. Clearly Sri Lanka's session, and you can be sure Murali will be keen to wrap the innings up after the interval. I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator for the day, back with the second session in a while.

Welcome back for the post-lunch session. To fill if in if you've just logged on, Sri Lanka ripped through Bangladesh's batting after electing to field in overcast conditions at the SSC. Fernando has one delivery left in the over. Mashud batting on three. Mortaza is the new batsman. Three slips and a gully await any false move.

23.6

Fernando to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, good length delivery just outside off stump, defended off the front foot and thats the over

Momtaz Ahmed is worried: "Bangladesh's batting problems continued as they were bowled out one after another. The lack of partnerships is their biggest problem both in Tests and ODIs. Ashraful's batting is getting worse. He didn't do anything in the recent Afro-Asia Cup. What will the BCB do if the players can't figure out the basic math of cricket? I can only say God bless the team."

End of over 24 (1 run) Bangladesh 64/7
Mashrafe Mortaza    0* (1b)      CRD Fernando    7-1-21-3
Khaled Mashud    3* (11b)      M Muralitharan    3-2-2-2

24 overs bowled in the innings, Murali continues to Mashud from around the stumps, three men catching close in

24.1

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, tossed up, defended down towards gully

24.2

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, tossed up on a good length, comes in and he defends it compactly

24.3

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, well flighted on off stump, Mashud tentatively defends it to silly point

24.4

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, well flighted again, Mashud stays in his crease and defends it to silly point

24.5

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, moves over the stumps and pitches it outside off stump, the ball goes straight on and Mashud plays for the offspinner, beaten totally

24.6

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, 1 run, fizzed up, he defends and the ball runs just past lone slip for one

End of over 25 (1 run) Bangladesh 65/7
Khaled Mashud    4* (17b)      M Muralitharan    4-2-3-2
Mashrafe Mortaza    0* (1b)      CRD Fernando    7-1-21-3

Fernando continues

25.1

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, 3 runs, good length on off stump, Mashud comes forward and drives past mid-on, soft use of the hands for a gentle push and he gets three

Two men back on the leg side for the hook and pull

25.2

Fernando to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, good length, straight delivery which Mortaza defends

25.3

Fernando to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Mortaza defends, the ball rolls wide of point and a good call for the single gets Mashud on strike

25.4

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, fuller this time, he shuffles and on-drives but cant beat Vaas on the circle

25.5

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, a bouncer catches him by surprise, does well to get out of the way

25.6

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length, he hops up and defends to the off side

End of over 26 (4 runs) Bangladesh 69/7
Khaled Mashud    7* (21b)      CRD Fernando    8-1-25-3
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (3b)      M Muralitharan    4-2-3-2

26.1

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up, he lunges forward, ball scoots to forward short leg

26.2

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, a little flatter this time outside off stump, he gets a good step forward and defends

26.3

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes forward and defends, the ball pops up safely

26.4

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, flat down leg stump, he pads it away safely

26.5

Muralitharan to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, tossed up on a length, Mortaza comes forward and defends, the ball straightens and beats him, Jayawardene whips off the bails in a flash and replays show Mortaza just dragged the back leg out of the crease, smart work from the 'keeper to atone for the early fumble off Murali

Mashrafe Mortaza st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 1 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Mohammad Rafique comes in to bat but they're dropping like flies against Murali

26.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up just outside off stump, he defends to silly point to end the over

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 69/8
Mohammad Rafique    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    5-3-3-3
Khaled Mashud    7* (21b)      CRD Fernando    8-1-25-3

27.1

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, 1 run, back of a length and moving down leg, he turns it down to fine leg for one

27.2

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, no run, a touch slower and full, Rafique digs it out to cover

27.3

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, no run, a touch shorter this time, he stands his ground and defends, away from his body, and the ball scoots along the ground to gully

27.4

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, no run, good length delivery pushed across off stump, he initially comes forward to defend but then covers off and holds back the bat with a twirl

27.5

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, good length again, this time he greets it with a drive into the covers

27.6

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, overpitched and he square-drives to Silva at backward point

End of over 28 (2 runs) Bangladesh 71/8
Khaled Mashud    8* (23b)      CRD Fernando    9-1-27-3
Mohammad Rafique    1* (5b)      M Muralitharan    5-3-3-3

Back to Murali, 677 Test wickets and counting

28.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, FOUR, tossed up outside off stump and Rafique clears the leg and clouts this down to long-on for four

28.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, a little flatter and faster this time, he defends and the ball pops up off the bat and boot

28.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up well outside off, he leans forward and pads it away

28.4

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up well outside off again, he comes out and pads it away with a big stride forward

28.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, tossed up outside leg stump, Rafique sweeps, ball comes off the pad and then forearm and balloons up, the captain moves around from slip and takes it, they all appeal but no reaction from Asad Rauf

28.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, flicked into the midwicket region for one

End of over 29 (5 runs) Bangladesh 76/8
Mohammad Rafique    6* (11b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-3-8-3
Khaled Mashud    8* (23b)      CRD Fernando    9-1-27-3

29.1

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, 3 runs, overpitched outside off stump, he drives, with little footwork, in the gap at covers and picks up three as Silva gives chase and hauls it in near the ropes

29.2

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length outside off stump, left alone

29.3

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, short-pitched delivery outside off stump, he comes forward but then holds back and leaves it for the 'keeper

29.4

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, 3 runs, good length delivery, Mashud comes onto the front foot and drives through the covers, runs hard and gets good support from Rafique for another three

29.5

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, no run, lovely lifter angled across off stump, Rafique somehow manages to withdraw the bat as the ball sails past him

29.6

Fernando to Mohammad Rafique, no run, short of a length on middle and off, he stands deep in his crease and defends towards point

End of over 30 (6 runs) Bangladesh 82/8
Mohammad Rafique    9* (14b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    10-1-33-3
Khaled Mashud    11* (26b)      M Muralitharan    6-3-8-3

30.1

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, from over the stumps now, with three man catching close in, tosses it up on off stump and its defended to leg

30.2

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, no run, a bit flatter this time and Mashud plays out in front of his pad to silly point

30.3

Muralitharan to Khaled Mashud, 1 run, tossed up, it dips on Mashud but he uses the feet well and drives to mid-on

Deep midwicket goes back and gully is removed

30.4

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, no run, lovely spinner, pitches on off and beats him

30.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, 2 runs, tossed up, he clears the leg again and hits this high up in the air, mid-on and mid-off converge but the ball lands safely between them, Malinga failing to judge it

30.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Rafique, OUT, but he gets him this time, Rafique, deep in his crease, playing half-cock forward to one that pitches in line with the stumps and straightens, a vociferous appeal from Murali and Jayawardene is upheld with little hesitation from Asad Rauf and Murali moves to 678!

Mohammad Rafique lbw b Muralitharan 11 (19m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 64.70

End of over 31 (3 runs) Bangladesh 85/9
     M Muralitharan    7-3-11-4
Khaled Mashud    12* (29b)      CRD Fernando    10-1-33-3

The last man, Razzak, walks in with Bangladesh on 85. Murali has 4 for 11.

31.1

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, short of a length outside off stump, effort ball, lifts up but Mashud leaves it alone

31.2

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length outside leg stump, he tries to nudge it fine but doesnt time it well

31.3

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he stands up and defends to cover

31.4

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, Mashud turns it to forward short leg

31.5

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, back of a length, he gets behind the line but gets cramped in his attempt to turn it away, ends up tapping it back to Fernando

31.6

Fernando to Khaled Mashud, no run, another back of a length delivery, defended into the cover, calls for the last-ball single, gets halfway down the pitch before he sees his partner saying no, turns and sprints back home, a flat throw from cover comes in but the 'keeper, on the move, cant disturb the stumps

End of over 32 (maiden) Bangladesh 85/9
Khaled Mashud    12* (35b)      CRD Fernando    11-2-33-3
Abdur Razzak    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    7-3-11-4

32.1

Muralitharan to Abdur Razzak, FOUR, tossed up outside off stump, his feet dont move but he places his square-drive in the gap at cover and picks up four

That boundary saves Bangladesh the ignominy of their lowes total ever

32.2

Muralitharan to Abdur Razzak, no run, flatter one, pitches outside leg stump and comes in, he taps it away

32.3

Muralitharan to Abdur Razzak, OUT, five for Murali! Tossed up, Razzak gets down and wildly heaves across the line, misses it completely and Jayawardene completes a smart stumping to round off the Bangladesh innings at a paltry 89

Abdur Razzak st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 4 (7m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

So the tourists are bowled out for their third-lowest total in Test cricket, a poor performance from them inside two sessions on the first day of this match. Sri Lanka's decision to bowl first clearly proving a smart move. They will look to bat once and close up the game. This is Jamie Alter, your commentator for the day, and I'll see you in a few moments when the Sri Lankan innings gets underway.

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Jun 28, 2007

Mohammad Ashraful makes a point as Bangladesh reflect on an innings defeat, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Colombo, June 28, 2007

Mohammad Ashraful makes a point as Bangladesh reflect on an innings defeat

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Jun 28, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan look on during the prize distribution ceremony, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Colombo, 4th day, June 28, 2007

Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan look on during the prize distribution ceremony

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