Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day March 19, 2013

Birthday boy Herath stars in Sri Lankan win

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Sri Lanka 346 (Sangakkara 139, Chandimal 102) and 160 for 3 (Dilshan 57, Sangakkara 55) beat Bangladesh 240 (Mominul64, Herath 5-68) and 265 (Tamim 59, Herath 7-89) by seven wickets
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Since Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement in 2010, Sri Lanka had won only four Tests. Rangana Herath's figures in those are: 9 for 128, 12 for 171, 5 for 121 and 11 for 108. They completed their fifth victory on Tuesday at the R Premadasa Stadium, and Herath was instrumental yet again - marking his 35th birthday with figures of 12 for 157 to strangle Bangladesh and set up a 1-0 series win.

There was the added joy of completing 200 Test scalps for Herath. In the last two years alone, he has taken more Test wickets than any Sri Lankan has in their career, barring Murali and Chaminda Vaas.

His heroics have smoothed Sri Lanka's transitional phase. Regulars like Thilan Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardene have been discarded, and the Sri Lankan captaincy spot has been a bit of a merry-go-round in the past few years. Anything less than a victory in this series would have heaped the pressure on the new leader, Angelo Mathews, who hasn't had the best of times in the two Tests.

The experienced Herath began the trek towards victory with his bagful of wickets, after which two other senior statesmen, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, quickened the march with brisk half-centuries that left Sri Lanka on the brink of another series win over Bangladesh.

Herath had undone 80 overs of good work from Bangladesh yesterday with a double-strike late in the final session. In his first three overs today, Bangladesh's chances nearly evaporated. The sixth ball of the day spun and Mominul Haque's attempt at working it to the leg side resulted in a catch at short leg, and soon after he removed the usually reliable Nasir Hossain, who looked to launch the ball towards long-on only for it to turn past his bat and hit the middle of middle stump.

With the lead only 65, it left Mushfiqur Rahim as the only recognised batsmen. To the credit of the Bangladesh lower order, they didn't collapse completely against the rampant Herath. Even between those two early Herath strikes, Mushfiqur charged out and slammed a straight six, and the big strokes regularly flowed as the Bangladesh tail searched for quick runs.

Sohag Gazi typified that approach. In the first over of the second new ball, he was put down in the cordon by Dimuth Karunaratne, which only prompted a series of boundaries - three off his next four deliveries before he was caught at long-on looking to clear the rope.

Sri Lanka's catching has been below-par in this match, but Angelo Mathews snapped up his second sharp take at slip to dismiss Mushfiqur for 40, with the lead at 122. There was no quick finish as Abul Hasan, who hit the headlines with a whirlwind debut century last November, again showed off his hitting ability, striking a couple of big sixes to push the lead past 150.

With the tailenders hitting out against the spinners, Sri Lanka turned to the pace of Shaminda Eranga. It took him only five deliveries to finish off the innings, following up a bouncer with a yorker that cannoned towards the base of offstump, leaving Sri Lanka a target of 160.

Sri Lanka began the chase brightly, but Dimuth Karunaratne failed again, which means he has only one half-century in his previous 10 Test innings. Karunaratne shouldered arms to an incoming delivery to be lbw for 16. Any nerves for the home side though were eased by a stream of boundaries from Dilshan, while Sangakkara continued to show the form that has fetched him three centuries in three innings in this series. The pair put on a 94-run stand to erase any doubts over a Sri Lankan victory.

It was another defeat for Bangladesh, but it wasn't all gloom for them, especially considering the hammering they have usually received on visits to Sri Lanka. Though it was a flat track in Galle, Bangladesh's notoriously fragile batting showed plenty of backbone after Sri Lanka had piled up a big total. Even in this defeat, they regularly pushed Sri Lanka, making the home side work hard for victory. There was improvement, but not enough to force a favourable result.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • lukecannon on March 19, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Congratz Sri Lanka. Kudos to BAN for giving a solid fight especially when no one gave them a chance. Good luck to BAN in all future prospects. BAN gained a new fan :). Awesome stuff from Hera and Sanga. These 2 should hang around (Tests only) for a while. Atleast untill Thiri and Chandi prosper with the bat and Eranga with the ball.I have no idea what Mathews is doing in this team. His captaincy is appealing and he's not performing with bat and ball and drops sitters in the field. Thilan should have been named captain for tests. You are too young for this job Anjelo. I hope Mathews will perform in the limited overs matches and wish him the best.

  • ajithabey on March 19, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Great bowling effort by Herath once again.Mathews not bowling enough leaves a void in the SL bowling line up which is taxing for the others.Mathews must contribute positively when playing as an allrounder.Hopefully he will bat after Tirimanne,Chandimal & Vithanage without adding pressure to the middle order by going at 4 or 5.The ideal position for mathews is 7 in my opinion as he does not have the batting technique to match the others mentioned earlier.Good luck Sri Lanka bat sensibly and win the match handsomely.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 20, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @SL_rockz: Again excuses! is that why Australia thrashed Sri Lank in 3-4 days? :) fact is you failed to thrash Bangladesh at home. Also so what if Bangladesh have zero points in ranking its not like they play enough Test Cricket these days :P

  • SL_rockz on March 20, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    History Remains the same ...Except for one match due to the pitch BD still cant keep a test match alive for 5 days.....Reality is that ...But some commented here before the commencement of the series about a white wash to BD :P IF galle pitch was not such a flat track it will b a white wash but for SL...Series was always in the hand of SL even befre t had begun....But BD you know as usual before the start of any series tells that they will win (They tell that befre coz they always loose after the series end)....Hilarious...A country with 0 points in test analysis and never even came closer to win talked about white wash....SL must be careful to make correct pitches .....Why you make pitches to draw matches when match was already in ur hand ...i cant understand y??? .... But at the end we won ..WIN is WIN and LoST is LOST.....Some BD's trying to beat the bush and pretend as usual they cud have won if dz and dat went their way blaming to pitches and umpiring decisions etc.....

  • on March 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    where Murali had the support of Vaas, Malinga and Herath himself, Herath is largely on his own

  • old_chap on March 20, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @ raman silva ...also the pakistanis have played full series against AUS ENG in last couple of years..and these days they playing against SA a full series..and dont know much about the bangladeshis....again feel sorry for you....

  • on March 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    congratulations SL for the series win. BD gave a good fight and they played well compared to the past perfomance in SL . Chandimal played well in colombo where batting condition was tough a bit. I'm expecting a competitive ODI series....

  • RyjuDilna on March 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Yes true enough the match was won by our senior players so whats the big deal after all they are in the playing 11 so they will contribute , we have a good bunch of youngsters they will kick on time , seems the Indians are very concerned about the srilankan future :-) , you will have your own problem in SA , AUS and Eng lets wait and see ....

  • kayes91bd on March 20, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    congatz to sl for their seris win. also tiger for playing excellent cricket. hopefully. they will perform better in odi....

  • Ramansilva on March 20, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    SL and BD have played against each other too often. When countries with more clout such as AUS, ENG, SA do not give full series to SL, BD, PAK playing against each other often is the only option. For SL players these mutual series have given the opportunity to improve their averages/records as some critiques point out. But the positive side is that BD players also got opportunities to try their metal. This series proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with in near future. We will see a better contested series when BD play in the sub-continent next time. There is a long way for them too go to conquer other frontiers. Good luck to them.

  • lukecannon on March 19, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Congratz Sri Lanka. Kudos to BAN for giving a solid fight especially when no one gave them a chance. Good luck to BAN in all future prospects. BAN gained a new fan :). Awesome stuff from Hera and Sanga. These 2 should hang around (Tests only) for a while. Atleast untill Thiri and Chandi prosper with the bat and Eranga with the ball.I have no idea what Mathews is doing in this team. His captaincy is appealing and he's not performing with bat and ball and drops sitters in the field. Thilan should have been named captain for tests. You are too young for this job Anjelo. I hope Mathews will perform in the limited overs matches and wish him the best.

  • ajithabey on March 19, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Great bowling effort by Herath once again.Mathews not bowling enough leaves a void in the SL bowling line up which is taxing for the others.Mathews must contribute positively when playing as an allrounder.Hopefully he will bat after Tirimanne,Chandimal & Vithanage without adding pressure to the middle order by going at 4 or 5.The ideal position for mathews is 7 in my opinion as he does not have the batting technique to match the others mentioned earlier.Good luck Sri Lanka bat sensibly and win the match handsomely.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 20, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @SL_rockz: Again excuses! is that why Australia thrashed Sri Lank in 3-4 days? :) fact is you failed to thrash Bangladesh at home. Also so what if Bangladesh have zero points in ranking its not like they play enough Test Cricket these days :P

  • SL_rockz on March 20, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    History Remains the same ...Except for one match due to the pitch BD still cant keep a test match alive for 5 days.....Reality is that ...But some commented here before the commencement of the series about a white wash to BD :P IF galle pitch was not such a flat track it will b a white wash but for SL...Series was always in the hand of SL even befre t had begun....But BD you know as usual before the start of any series tells that they will win (They tell that befre coz they always loose after the series end)....Hilarious...A country with 0 points in test analysis and never even came closer to win talked about white wash....SL must be careful to make correct pitches .....Why you make pitches to draw matches when match was already in ur hand ...i cant understand y??? .... But at the end we won ..WIN is WIN and LoST is LOST.....Some BD's trying to beat the bush and pretend as usual they cud have won if dz and dat went their way blaming to pitches and umpiring decisions etc.....

  • on March 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    where Murali had the support of Vaas, Malinga and Herath himself, Herath is largely on his own

  • old_chap on March 20, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @ raman silva ...also the pakistanis have played full series against AUS ENG in last couple of years..and these days they playing against SA a full series..and dont know much about the bangladeshis....again feel sorry for you....

  • on March 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    congratulations SL for the series win. BD gave a good fight and they played well compared to the past perfomance in SL . Chandimal played well in colombo where batting condition was tough a bit. I'm expecting a competitive ODI series....

  • RyjuDilna on March 20, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Yes true enough the match was won by our senior players so whats the big deal after all they are in the playing 11 so they will contribute , we have a good bunch of youngsters they will kick on time , seems the Indians are very concerned about the srilankan future :-) , you will have your own problem in SA , AUS and Eng lets wait and see ....

  • kayes91bd on March 20, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    congatz to sl for their seris win. also tiger for playing excellent cricket. hopefully. they will perform better in odi....

  • Ramansilva on March 20, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    SL and BD have played against each other too often. When countries with more clout such as AUS, ENG, SA do not give full series to SL, BD, PAK playing against each other often is the only option. For SL players these mutual series have given the opportunity to improve their averages/records as some critiques point out. But the positive side is that BD players also got opportunities to try their metal. This series proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with in near future. We will see a better contested series when BD play in the sub-continent next time. There is a long way for them too go to conquer other frontiers. Good luck to them.

  • on March 20, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Congrats to the Lankans! As for BD, nothing to be ashamed of, most people didn't expect the team to even compete in this test series considering the amount of injuries to key players, specially when they missed Shakib who is not only their best batsman but also their best bowler and also the absence of the service of experienced pacer Mashrafee, terribly effected them! But a very good effort at the end in both the tests although some bad decisions was made against them (why all the time these decision is made to the weaker teams?) ! In the 2nd test, for the wet outfield BD missed few runs which costs them heavily, otherwise this match might go to a very interesting & more competitive finish! Anyway, well done Tigers with all their very promising young guns! ICC should give more tests to BD if they want better result from them. Any way, all the best for the one day series and hope that BD would be more competitive in this shorter format and i wouldn't be surprised if BD wins the series!

  • on March 20, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    come on,SL is a better team than us n they won the test series cos they played better cricket than us,simple.....I like SL because of their mentality,most of the SL fans have been encouraging 4 us 4 a long time...please guys dont spoil this relationship by some stupid comments (both the SL n BD fans plz dont act like the stupid Indian fans)...we all love our own team.....A good test series,hopefully the ODI series will be a rocking one

  • on March 20, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Well bowled by Herath.But,also very well done by BD.we have to be sure that Shakib the key bowler and also batsman,nafees,mash is absent.if they were in the series,the result might be differrent.

  • on March 20, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    We love Bangladesh cricket and their fighting nature. We are backing up you when you play against another country except SL. As you expect your fighting nature may bring better results in one dayers.

  • Htc-Android on March 20, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    I think we should persist dimuth for sometimes. He seems to have a good defensive technique. He has shots all over the ground. So its worth to give him more chances. Specially when someone like paranavithana gets 32 matches to prove himself, why not give dimuth another 8 or 10 matches. Also the selectors should consider bringing in kaushal silva into the team. He has been consistent in every domestic season. Also its waste of time to play Mystery spinners like Mendis, Akila in test matches. I would say a proper spinner like senenayake is a good option. He has another 10 years left in him. So let him bowl in partnership with herath and develop his game.

  • r0ketman on March 19, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka, well played as expected. I was hoping for BD to put on a few more runs (100 more) which would have put more pressure on SL, and the match would have been more interesting. Sanga is a class player, my favorite left hander (yes, I like him more than Lara). Hoping for a more competitive ODI series and T20.

  • on March 19, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    congratulations to SL team. SL people are always warm and good to Bangladeshis. BD well done. U have fought well specially in the first test.

  • on March 19, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Congrats to the Lankans! As for BD, nothing to be ashamed of, most people didn't expect the team to even compete in this test series especially considering the amount of injuries to key players, specially when they missed Shakib who is their best batsman and also the experienced pacer Mashrafee terribly effected them! But a very good effort at the end in both the tests although some bad decisions was made against them (why all the time these decision is made to the weaker teams?) ! and in the 2nd test, for the wet outfield BD missed few runs which costs them heavily, otherwise this match might go to a very interesting & more competitive finish! Anyway, well done Tigers with their all very promising young guns! All the best for the one day series and hope that BD would be more competitive in this shorter format and i wouldn't be surprised if BD wins the series!

  • BOND_OO7 on March 19, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and i would like to congratulate SL first on their victory and appreciate BD what they have transired through their spirited team effort.Sanga and Hera are the ones who have made the difference between SL and BD. No BD bowlers could use the pitch well as much as herath did. Not to forget Sanga, i just love this guy,what a personality he is! well done to Bangladesh. keep improving like this, we are always with you,in joy,in sorrow.

  • Samudro2106 on March 19, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    To all my countrymen, I want to say that we Bangladeshis are really passionate about cricket but please don't make baseless comments just to exaggeratively support our team. I know we are an improving side and we can't blame umpiring decisions for our losses as it's a part of the game & we did mistakes in the field too causing our downfall. Sri Lanka is a terrific cricketing nation with lots of legends of the game. (How on earth few fans can underestimate SL?? I can't comprehend) And positives from this series is they have batted and bowled well in patches without their go-to man Shakib which BD haven't experienced earlier.. Our batsmen have the skills but temperament to be improved and we need a sharper bowling attack to improve in test cricket.

  • santhoo24 on March 19, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Congrats Lankans, job well done. Kudos to BD for showing up. Few bad decisions here and there are common in every sport, cricket is no exception.

    Some comments made me laugh. 1) BD are a very young team - come on that horse id dead, there is no use beating the dead horse. We've been hearing of how young BD team is ever since they started playing. We here the same even today. 2) SL did not trash BD that's a victory. In some sense it may be true, but at the end of the day, it is one more lost series, no matter the margin. 3) BD have potential and showed promise - see 1 & 2.

    After the greats of the game retired, most teams except Eng and SA are going through rebuilding phase, SL is no exception. But if SL fans think their team is superior, why didn't they win the series 2-0 instead of 1-0?

  • stormy16 on March 19, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    The end result was expected but in reality Bangladesh showed some real improvement and should be happy with the fact they were able t compete well. Finally some big runs from the batter and importantly it wasnt just Ashraful and Rahim but the younger batters also showed plenty of metal. SL will have more concerns I reckon. Sanga carried the batting but Chandi's form is a huge relief. Of concern would be Dimuth and Anji, both failed miserably against a poor attack. The SL bowling would be a bigger concern, they were totally ineffective in Galle, ok on a flat track but Herath gt 12 wickets and rest didnt look like getting a wicket. Dilshan bowled alot and got a few wickets which says it all. The Bangladesh bowlers had to deal with Sanga and Dilshan, two very experienced and seasoned batters while the SL attack had to deal with a relatively weak batting line up and still couldnt be effective. Bangladesh this morning could have done better I felt, they had an opportunity but thew it away.

  • Zillurcc on March 19, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Congratulation SL team. U outplayed BD. BD batsman played immaturely. See Captain will have to be Shrewd in the field & Musfiqur was lacking here, he defensed when SL was struggling in first innings. Anyway, that's how to learn, be positive in the ODIs, U surely can beat the SL.

  • yorkslanka on March 19, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Congrats to SL on a a series win but also very played to Bangladesh who pushed us all the way.nice to see herath get the credit he deserves-don't forget he took a good number of wickets in tests during 2012(he may have Ben the leading wicke taker but I am not 100%). All those who are criticising SL for not steamrollering Ban, two things, firstly they are improving and secondly Mathews needs time to become a good captain...most captains start slow...

  • Perera32 on March 19, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @Habibur Rahman: Mate, no offence but what do you think Bangladesh's lead would've been if Mominul was rightfully given out LBW to Lakmal and Mushfiqur was rightfully given out LBW to Kulasekara? They were both plumb and was no doubt whatsoever. If DRS was used to correct Mominul's decision, then it would've still be given out because once the umpire made a decision, you need solid evidence to overturn it (which there wasn't). Sangakkara's LBW "that wasn't given" would've also remained not out because he had a large stride forward and the ball would've only clipped (or missed) the stump and the onfield decision remained. Please admit the fact Sri lanka outplayed Bangladesh and stop losing your team's hard earned respect over silly little comments mate.

  • Captainman on March 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    The amount of decisions umpires these days get wrong whoever is playing big or small is ridiculous.

  • The_Ashes on March 19, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Bangladesh did well in this series especially playing away with their key players missing. Herath and Sanga who are not the young guys of this team experience is what gotten them the win against the young opposition man of match - Herath, man of series - Sanga says it all :)

  • Dhutugemunu on March 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Summary of comments after the loss (from BD fans and Other fans who hates SL). 1. BD didn't have Shakib and some other lesser known players. If they were there BD could have win. 2. Wrong decision against BD. If it was not, BD could have win. 3. SL won because of old 35+ players Sanga and Herath. Worrying about SL future and young players. 4. Mathews is too young for the captaincy and he does not deserve a place in test team. 5. Sanga and Herath only perform in Asia/SL. They are not world class players. 6. BD fans are happy with 1-0 loss. They are going to whitewash SL in ODIs and T20.

  • on March 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Again and again Bangladesh is attacked by bad decision. It's time to change behave against Bangladesh. It is not possible to win a test match without good ampairing.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 19, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Bangladesh haven't done badly just batted carelessly. Its not like Sri Lanka won by an innings which was supposed to have happened against such an opposition. Bangladesh surprised most as most were expecting comfortable wins from Sri Lanka at home for this series. The same happened in the last West Indies series where Bangladesh didn't lose the series by an innings and in the ODIs came back stronger.

  • Sinhaya on March 19, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    I wish if Karunaratne and Kithruwan Vithanage managed to score at least half centuries. Great to see us win but still would have been ideal if we managed to post 500 in the first innings. Chandimal and Thirimanne are all good for tests. But Kushal Perera must get a chance if Karunaratne fails.

  • rivernile on March 19, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Congratulations SL. Sangka and Herath played superbly. I wish BD would have batted better in the second inning. But there are still a lot of positives to take away from this for the Tigers! As for SL fans, I find that there are some who are supporting, but many seem to be down right disrespectful. This does not make for good cricket. Long live test cricket!

  • on March 19, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Bangla players DONT FORGET TO BRING YOUR COWS WHEN YOU COME TO PLAY IN SL , if you know what u mean .And I feel sad for mashfiq, I saw a video of the wrong decisions which really hurted the team . And Herath got 14 wickets or sth ?? Its Bangladesh gave away their wickets to herath!! Young team young mind really needs patience !! Each and every player is naturally attacking , that's what made them loose this way !! What if tamim defended that delivery ?? Why Jahurul got out in such disgusting way ?? Test is all about patience ! Looking forward to Odi . Decided to stick to sl vs bd series , got spring break :D Enjoying the series

  • drmaruf38 on March 19, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Congratulation to SL cricket team and fans for victory. Great effort from Herath and Sangakara. Thanks to BD team for playing well. Don't be upset we are with you Tigers...... Best wishes for ODI

  • Legaleagle on March 19, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Bangladesh 77 Test, 3 won, 66 Losses and counting. Can someone clarify how many of these 66 losses are in 4 days?

    Bangladesh did provide a glimpse of their potential in the first test but they got back right into their original loser mindset in the second test. Lost it within 4 days. Tamim or no Tamim, the scoreline wouldn't have changed.

    Great job by Lanka's young team.

  • fpatwari on March 19, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    It was another defeat for Bangladesh, but it wasn't all gloom for them, especially considering the hammering they have usually received on visits to Sri Lanka. Though it was a flat track in Galle, Bangladesh's notoriously fragile batting showed plenty of backbone after Sri Lanka had piled up a big total. Even in this defeat, they regularly pushed Sri Lanka, making the home side work hard for victory. There was improvement, but not enough to force a favourable result.

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 19, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan. Well played!!!... Well played Bangladesh too..!!.Don't worry Bangladeshi brothers... Your future is very bright.Looking forward to a challenging ODI series.. definitely a challenge to our Sri Lanka..

  • on March 19, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Herath was in the shadows of Murali for too long! Hope the same fate won't befall on his successor. Time to introduce Kaushal to bowl in tandem with Herath. The fallacy of going in with one spinner has been exposed. Sri Lanka's strength is not in pace bowlers but spinners.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 19, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    herath is ordinaly spinner..now best spinner is swann, monty.... ashvin,ajmal,herath,mendis etc s record out side asia is horrible..... great bowler is one who takes wicket in non bowling freindly pitches... now only swann is doing it.. simple the reason ...herath,ajmal,ashvin,narine depend on tricks..once trick exposes they beocme ordinary... but swann/ mony spins ball ...if batsman know that ball is gong to turn still have to tackle it...

  • matchfixerpkn on March 19, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    analysis of some existing arguably good spin bowlers : (wicket / innings / avg) 1) . harbhajan sing - (413 w / 186 ing / 2.24 ) 2). swann - (212 w / 90 ing / 2.35) 3). r herath (200 w / 83 ing / 2.40) 4) Paneser ( 161 w / 79 ing / 2.04) 5) S ajmal (133 w / 50 ing / 2.66) 6) R ashwin ( 85 w / 29 ing / 2.93) 7) Mendis ( 64 w/ 27 ing / 2.37)

    now lets analyse..on wicket number harbajan leads | on wicket avarage ashwin and then ajmal | ... but if you analyse thru close lense considering bowling condtion, opposition , etc etc...swann is defiently no. 1 then harbhajan then panesar... bcos for swann and panesar in home conditon pitches alwasy not suppring spin and still they achieved something.. and harbhajan got good record in australia (par last tour) and herath ,ajmal ,ashwin are already failed in over seas non spin pitches ...

    my analisis is on below basis (its like vaas taking 5 wickets in srilankan pithc is better perromance than mgrath taking 7 wickets in perth)

  • on March 19, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Congratz SL. Despite the heroics form Herath & Sanga, SL also have some negatives from this series. Importantly Anjelo definitely too young for this job. its clearly had shown in this series. He may be in the danger of losing his form by this extra burden. Any way, only time will give answer for this. Sri Lanka definitely unlucky due to lack of a perfect Test captain after Mahela. Thilan might have been a successor to Mahela. But, selectors thought in the other way. Anyway, Good luck Anjelo.

  • on March 19, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Angelo Mathews today became the youngest Sri Lankan captain at 25y-290d to win a Test series. Well done.. Angi..

  • on March 19, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Well Done Srilanka. Though its a young Bangladesh Team, so do Srilanka. BD really need to analyze the mistakes and work real hard to overcome that. Also redefine the strategy & gameplan for a 5-day test. They have to act professional given any pitch, condition or situation...

  • SL_Boy on March 19, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    this was a wrong team selection only one spinner, had no idea how the pitch will behave ... this is really bad especially in home. pour Dilshan had to bowl almost 50 over's ... If we would had two spinners this would have been a different match. Srilankan administration managed this series really pour.

  • borhans on March 19, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    SL have bigger problem as this test was won cz of one man show ..that could have happened to any team .God knows what would happened if Herath was not there but BD bowlers have done well even the new comer pacers have take 2 wickets each ..good display of batting but their stuborn attitude to attack Herath was the real suicidal act in this test which could have been avoided & that could even draw this test as well

  • Rafelgibt on March 19, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Congrats to SL & BAN both the teams.They really fought hard and at the end SL won as a better team.The main difference between the two teams were Sanga & Herath.They both proved their worth as experienced.But BAN also got the positives from this TEST series that now if they can apply themselves(Specially the Batsmen) then its not an unimaginable thing to force a DRAW in any where specially in the sub continent.Im really happy for the TEST series;now looking forward to the ODI series.Well done TIGERS as you guys make us proud.Roar TIGERS Roar>>>

  • BanCricFan on March 19, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Congratulation to Sri Lanka. And well played Tigers, we are proud of you.

  • KingOwl on March 19, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I must say that BD did very well in the series. Sure, SL was fielding a very young side with a captain lacking confidence. Still, that's what SL got. So, that cannot be an excuse. I think BD has improved quite a bit. They did not crack in the first test in front of an imposing total. And they fought hard in the second test.

    I wish the pitches were more lively. That would have been far more interesting to watch. First was a dead pitch. The second was half dead, and the only reason so many wickets fell at Premadasa was because both teams lacked patience - BD even more so that SL. And of course Rangana Herath is pretty special too!

  • SL_Boy on March 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    i think Jeevan mendis is the next slip guy, Oops he is not in the team.... what a bout Sanga

  • Jadejafan on March 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Herath is the best SLA bowler in tests but overall it is obviously Jadeja because his SLA is effective in all formats whereas Herath record in limited overs is below par.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 19, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Lots of positives for visiting Tigers but not too much for host Lions. 1-0 win was unexpected for SL, they obviously eyed on a 2-0 whitewash. Sanga is unarguably best Lankan batsman in history and Herath is Lanka's best-ever slow left arm spinner. But without them & Jayawardene, SL is nothing. I don't think they'll continue playing after 2015/16. So Lanka must find their next Sanga & Herath or even Murali within 2/3 years. Otherwise it'll b anxious years for their fans. Chandimal showed lots of promises in this series but rests seemed pale. BD fast bowling was a big concern as usual. So they need to find a young Mashrafi now. But still this series is their one of the best AWAY per4mances in Test along with Multan test vs PK in 2003 and BD tours of WI in 2004 & 2009.

  • British_North_America on March 19, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks I do not think the problem is in domestic circuit.It is in mentality.The most important turning point was Jahurul's out.He was on 48 and played more than 150 balls.He does not have test 50 so he was trying to get his fifty to make him permanent in the team and that caused a lot damage.And Mahmudullah scored combined 8 runs in 2 innings.He had great innings lower down the order and he was the partner when Shafiul beat England in world cup or Abul made his 100 against WI.I am not sure still why team management play him up the order where he never succeeded.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on March 19, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    It took 27 tests for steve waugh to make his century(maiden). His Odi(maiden) was even more late. Be patient with mathews. He is a born leader

  • SarfBD on March 19, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Sanga and Herath were the difference. They showed the value of experience and good old fashioned cricketers.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 19, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    @ KingOwl ; Oh..Pls don't forget about Mahela. Arjuna was our Lionheart, But Mahela was the greatest tactician. We've pulled off many victories due his cunning tactics. He was not only a fine skipper but also an anchoring batsman n an outstanding fieldsman (In fact the best slip catcher in the world).

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 19, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: U probably forgot Daniel Vettori. He's a SLA too & best by records! In fact BD all-rounder Shakib has a better record than Herath in ODI & T20I and his Test bowling average is 32 in comparison to Herath's 29.5.

  • on March 19, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Another test another loss. The batting is too fragile still. We r told this is a learningcurve. But its becoming longer and longer. Sakib coud have made the fight stiffer. Tamim scores one 50 and his chatter doesn't stop. Hearing him one would think he had scored 300 or something. What a big mouth he is. Wish Nasir had scored a few runs. He is one of my favourites. Mahmudullah is having a terrible run lately and should get a break. Give Marshall a chance.

  • on March 19, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Congratulations SL, you guys played well. As for BD, I am just happy you guys at least tried.

    I do expect better in the ODIs though.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on March 19, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Real Masterclass from herath, He is just the perfect spinner in the world, ajmal relies on his doosra, swann on his turn but herath has neither both but the shrewdest and most genius cricketing brain.I remember him giving the aussies a tough time in melbourne(No turn there) with just his line and length.He is the world's best SLA (bedi,underwood have strike rates of 80,70)

    This is my opinion

  • The_Ashes on March 19, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Bangladesh batting was not as good in this test match but in then end, Sri Lanka experience players got the better of the young Bangladesh team where more than half haven't even played 10 test matches. But that's why I've always said Jahurul shouldn't be in the playing XI because he hasn't done anything amazing with the bat. I know there's a limited overs series but I don't think Ashraful should be on the tour to Zimbabwe next month because he's still the same and will always be the same. Abul Hasan has been impressive has consistent pace but still needs to improve on his line and length and pressurise the batsman, bowl good bouncers, yorkers etc rather one dimensional. Same with Robiul and Rubel but the best way to keep them fit is to use them on a rotation bases to prevent injuries.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 19, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345 ; That's the best way to look at it coz at the end of the day victories are what it matters, not draws, good fights, close calls, umpire errors, outfields or anything. Good teams overcome all the obstacles and go for the win. And The history remembers them. But you can't really blame your players. It is the Cricket structure of the country who should take the blame coz they haven't prepared well enough to compete in the international level. There is an answer for all your frustration. Its a solid domestic circuit. That's what you need to groom players from very young ages to become successful cricketers in the future.

  • KingOwl on March 19, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Niraj: Mathews is worse than Sammy? Seriously? Mathews has a test batting average of over 40. What has Sammy got? 20? Mathews, if he focuses on batting, will end up in the 50 avg mark. I don't think he should bowl in tests. He will just break down. Is he too young to captain? I don't think he is too young. But, I am not sure that he has the toughness to be a great captain. We miss Arjuna. SL hasn't had a great captain for a long time, unfortunately.

  • ajk011 on March 19, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    srilanka win this match but bangladesh team peove that they can play test match lyk other gud team but they haveee tooo work more hard and congrazzzzz to srilnkaaaaa and bst of luck to bd for odi and t20

  • MelbourneMiracle on March 19, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @ajithabey: You must be kidding...hehehe....:D

  • on March 19, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Mathews is worse than Darren Sammy. Must start to contribute with bowl and bat.

  • British_North_America on March 19, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    I will not take any positive from the series.Bangladesh had the greatest chance to win a test match against a decent opposition back in 2003 against Pakistan in Multan and threw it away.They also got another chance to win when they were 143-2 in the second innings and eventually lost the match from that point.The same story was written in Dhaka against West Indies.No matter how much positive you take you have to apply them at some point.If winning does not come,then everything becomes useless.Officially, it will be another defeat within 4 days .One thing we do not lack is money. I think we should have 1 or 2 foreign players for BCL and make it more competitive.And restrictions should be put to players like Jahurul to play down the ground.I feel they are not matured enough to apply themselves at their will.The coach may restrict their shots.

  • buncers on March 19, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Should have been a 2-0 win to Sri Lanka. Matthew got it wrong in the first match. He should not have declared so early. Knowing how easy the pitch was to bat on he should have pushed for 650-700. That would have put a lot more pressure on Bangladesh and it would have been a win or draw option for SL. Lack of judgement from Angelo.

  • jantrikunmad on March 19, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    more than 10years of test cricket, still BD an inexperienced team in test cricket. BD shows a loads of promisess but taking eternity to improve. its pathetic.

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 19, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Forget about the 'minority' Bangladesh and Sri Lanka fans who have been behaving like kids on here and other forums, pages etc to spoil this good series, they need to understand its only a game for fans to enjoy and jealousy and hate won't get you anywhere. Both teams played really well and wasn't at all too one sided as most people expected. A lot of positives can be drawn out from both teams such as the highest test score by Bangladesh, a first 200 for a Bangladesh player, back to back 100s for Kumar, 200th test wicket for Herath etc etc a lot of interesting records has been made in this series alone. In the end Sri Lanka were the deserved winners as they had more care with their batting and very consistent, accurate and tight with the ball. Congrats Sri Lanka and new captain!

    As for BD, nothing to be ashamed about, most people didn't expect the team to even compete in this test series especially considering the amount of injuries to key players but a very good effort well done!

  • on March 19, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for taking it down to the Wire. I have seen this young Bangladesh Team gradually grow and in time they will surely become world beaters . I am surprised Bangladesh were offered only 2 Test whereas they deserved to have 3 Test Matches. The Future looks good for the Bangladesh Team despite there loss which is no disgrace whatsoever ! From a Sri Lankan Fan

  • Dinesh1996 on March 19, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Weldone rangana welzzz...:)

  • British_North_America on March 19, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    The only player SL missed in the series is Mahela who is a batsman.But Bangladesh missed Shakib who is their best batsman and also the best bowler.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 19, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    srilanka pulled a miracle here..if analyse closely srilnakna are bit lucky here ...toss, wet pitch etc etc...now already srilnaka palyed more mathces with bangladehs and their batsman and bowler got better avarages ..and in future it will be doubt ful to defeat bangladhesh.. so if srilanka want some one like future sangakara or jayavardane with higehst runs ..now they must concentrate to force icc to give test status to ireland,afgan,holland.. and after that a contiousnes test agianst these teams inside srilanka...

  • Sajib514 on March 19, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Best of luck Bangladesh..........Best wishes for ODIs and T20

  • KaranNCbe on March 19, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Good one awesome 35some...But how long before he retires

  • on March 19, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Win or lose is part of the game . We are not happy neither disappointed . Our job as supporter is to support our team & we are doing it. Now that u have said you haven't played full strength team let me tell you even our's wasn't full strength. Two world class player Sakib & Mashrafee is missing from squad.Then we would have seen who s mauling . Unfortunately u got the name same as mine ... Sad for me... such ppl have same name as me .. :(

  • dnsl08 on March 19, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    This Bangladesh team is very young, no-one in the side is older than 28, so i can see within a couple of years they will be winning a few test matches at least in asia. Shakib and Gazi will be a good combination, just need some seamers. (As do sri lanka!). Batting looks promising

  • yohandf1984 on March 19, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @ All_The_Way - So whats the matter bro ! we won the match and the series . that is what expected . These 35 + s can play three years and while they doing youngsters will gradually take over. by then Mathews will be experienced of atleast 60 test s . thirmanne , chandimal , eranga by 40 tests . So we ll have decent players who will do the job for country . @ Jadejafan - you guys can say Sanga is not that class and this class , but the world knows his class . Happy birthday Herath . Congrats to SL and BD for improved performances .

  • IBShakil on March 19, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Congrats SL. Well done BD.

  • on March 19, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Atleast one of my predictions came true in this series. Ban as well as Pak is Sanga's favorite opposition. And Bangladesh demolition will be done by Herath.. true..

  • ajithabey on March 19, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    another test match goes down in 4 days.wonder whether test matches should be restricted to 4 days and avoid huge losses in anticipated gate money and also give relief to the sponsors control their finances more productively.

  • gnanzcupid on March 19, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    A good win for the lankans. The only difference between the two teams is sanga and herath. Chandi batted around sanga for a good hundred. Lankan captain must analyse his roles in the team and contribute if he wants to be captaining the side for few years.

  • Philip_Gnana on March 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    There is the opportunity here to use NLTC Perera as the bowling all rounder. Perera bowls a heavy ball that the rest of the SL bowlers are unable to do. He could be Kallis kind of player (not in the same class though). Excellent bowling by Herath who has given yeoman service after Murali's exist. Mathews needs to back to his usual role at 6/7. Great to see the youngsters given a good run. Just 2-3 names here who have been in the team over 4 years. That is credit to the crop of youngsters coming through that shows that cricket nurseries ares doing well. Much will depend on how well the youngsters perform overseas. Not taking on tours is a great shame. The IPL has restricted SL test cricket in a big way. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • suve on March 19, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    After 30 overs Bangladesh are yet to bowl a maiden in SL's 2nd Innings. What happened to the Bangladeshi spinners?

  • Dhutugemunu on March 19, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    BD/Indian Fans; Thank you very much for worrying by heart on SL Cricket future. Don't worry. When our old players retire, SL cricket will find replacements. Currently we have established ODI and T20 teams. Test team is under a transition. Doesn't matter. There is no world cup in Tests. Winning a match/series is the target. Nobody cares who wins it for the country. That can be old guys like Kumar, Mahela, Dilshan, Herath or young guys like Chandimal, Thirimanne or Mathews. Anyway please don't make yourself sick by thinking too much on SL Cricket future.

  • Jadejafan on March 19, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    That's why Kumar will never be along with the class of Sachin, Ponting, Lara or Kallis despite having a better average because most of his runs have come at home especially against teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and New Zealand :D

  • Ruchiralk on March 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91: Agree with you 100%. Don't forget Prassana Jayawardene (Our best WK) and Chanaka Welegedara (Our best fast bowler) was injured too. If they are very happy with a 1-0 loss, that must be why they are doing so bad in cricket. Most Bangladeshi's say that they are great in ODI's and T20's but the inclusion of Thisara,Kushal and Malinga will leave them with no chance, especially in fast pitches like Pallekele and Hambantota.

  • Captainman on March 19, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    3 35+ years olds saved Sri Lanka in this test match :))

  • Sulaimaan91 on March 19, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Good enthusiasm by the Bangladeshi fans, must be really tough supporting a team like Bangladesh, especially seeing how happy all their fans seem at a 1-0 loss I am not surprised that they never improve even after being in cricket for so long. Bangladesh were lucky SL didnt play their full strength team including Mahela and Samaraweera, that surely would have been a mauling.

  • British_North_America on March 19, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I am just wondering what happened to Bangladesh.It is a mine of left arm spinners and in this track where a left arm bowler picked 12 wickets, they do not have a single left arm spinner in the squad.Forget about Shakib, I just wonder what Enamul Jnr could do here? SL fans, do not talk about left arm bowlers.There is no left arm bowler in this squad who can give SL some Herath taste.

  • AzAb12754 on March 19, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Bangladesh have nothing to be disappointed off, the fact is Sri Lanka failed to thrash Bangladesh at home in tests so nothing to be proud of for them and it was only their old guys that saved them from all our youngsters their future is clear once they are gone. Nobody expected Bangladesh team especially when players are injured to even compete in this test series. It's the one-day series which Bangladesh really has a chance for now.

  • on March 19, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Dear Selectors..Please consider in form Kushal Janith perera for out of form Dimuth Karunarathne and Tharindu Kasushal or welgedara for ever failling Suranga Lakmal......Dilshan can open the innings with Lahiru Thirimanne and Kushal janith perera can be used as 2 down batter...

  • FAB_ALI on March 19, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    They have a left-arm spinner in every home still they lose 12 wickets in the match to Herath...... surprising, isn't it? Just shows the quality of Bangladesh Batsmen!!

  • bootlicker on March 19, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Finally you got the opportunity after Murali but then you have come closer to your retirement age. Never mind appreciate your hard work. Congrats;, Keep it up

  • on March 19, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Apparently 160 runs are not enough to defend. But who knows, funny things happen in cricket :p

  • matchfixerpkn on March 19, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    srilakna must play more and more agianst teams like zimbawe,ireland,holland etc to boost their batting avarage and bowling avarages..remember that also inside srilanka ...:) chears sanga and herath...true champions inisde srilanka ..

  • matchfixerpkn on March 19, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    srilakna must play more and more agianst teams like zimbawe,ireland,holland etc to boost their batting avarage and bowling avarages..remember that also inside srilanka ...:) chears sanga and herath...true champions inisde srilanka ..

  • on March 19, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Apparently 160 runs are not enough to defend. But who knows, funny things happen in cricket :p

  • bootlicker on March 19, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Finally you got the opportunity after Murali but then you have come closer to your retirement age. Never mind appreciate your hard work. Congrats;, Keep it up

  • FAB_ALI on March 19, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    They have a left-arm spinner in every home still they lose 12 wickets in the match to Herath...... surprising, isn't it? Just shows the quality of Bangladesh Batsmen!!

  • on March 19, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Dear Selectors..Please consider in form Kushal Janith perera for out of form Dimuth Karunarathne and Tharindu Kasushal or welgedara for ever failling Suranga Lakmal......Dilshan can open the innings with Lahiru Thirimanne and Kushal janith perera can be used as 2 down batter...

  • AzAb12754 on March 19, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Bangladesh have nothing to be disappointed off, the fact is Sri Lanka failed to thrash Bangladesh at home in tests so nothing to be proud of for them and it was only their old guys that saved them from all our youngsters their future is clear once they are gone. Nobody expected Bangladesh team especially when players are injured to even compete in this test series. It's the one-day series which Bangladesh really has a chance for now.

  • British_North_America on March 19, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I am just wondering what happened to Bangladesh.It is a mine of left arm spinners and in this track where a left arm bowler picked 12 wickets, they do not have a single left arm spinner in the squad.Forget about Shakib, I just wonder what Enamul Jnr could do here? SL fans, do not talk about left arm bowlers.There is no left arm bowler in this squad who can give SL some Herath taste.

  • Sulaimaan91 on March 19, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Good enthusiasm by the Bangladeshi fans, must be really tough supporting a team like Bangladesh, especially seeing how happy all their fans seem at a 1-0 loss I am not surprised that they never improve even after being in cricket for so long. Bangladesh were lucky SL didnt play their full strength team including Mahela and Samaraweera, that surely would have been a mauling.

  • Captainman on March 19, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    3 35+ years olds saved Sri Lanka in this test match :))

  • Ruchiralk on March 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91: Agree with you 100%. Don't forget Prassana Jayawardene (Our best WK) and Chanaka Welegedara (Our best fast bowler) was injured too. If they are very happy with a 1-0 loss, that must be why they are doing so bad in cricket. Most Bangladeshi's say that they are great in ODI's and T20's but the inclusion of Thisara,Kushal and Malinga will leave them with no chance, especially in fast pitches like Pallekele and Hambantota.