Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team v Bangladeshis, 1st day March 3, 2013

Vithanage stars as Bangladesh concede 398


Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team 398 for 9 (Vithanage 157*, Priyanjan 83) v Bangladeshis

Kithuruwan Vithanage was the entertainer of the day, as the Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team gave Bangladesh a Sri Lankan workout on the opening day of their tour game. Vithanage's fifth first-class century, ending the day on an unbeaten 157, didn't, however, completely overshadow offspinner Sohag Gazi's five-for.

Bangladesh should be concerned about the number of runs they conceded but the run-rate of 4.43 was almost expected from a bowling attack that had been out of touch with longer-version cricket for most of the 2012-13 season.

Gazi, though, looked less like a bowler in his first international season. He repeatedly flighted the ball while showing equal caution by keeping the ball right up to the batsmen. The young batsmen bought into his generous flight, and five of them fell trying to get him away and succumbed to his control. Gazi's efforts have provided captain Mushfiqur Rahim the relief of finding one bowler with wicket-taking confidence.

In his third over, Gazi gave the visitors the opening wicket after Abul Hasan and Rubel Hossain bowled an opening spell that didn't cause the batsmen too many problems. Udara Jayasundera missed an off-break which turned just enough to take the off stump, before Gazi had the home captain Angelo Perera stumped for 15 just shortly following the lunch break.

Gazi was given a break, during which time Mushfiqur tried out various bowling options and partnerships that weren't successful. In that time, Ashan Priyanjan and Vithanage added 159 for the fifth wicket.

Gazi broke the stand when Priyanjan, on 83, tried to loft him over mid-on but couldn't clear Jahurul Islam. Niroshan Dickwella was out similarly, caught at mid-on, six overs later before the five-for was completed with the wicket of Ishara Jayaratne in the 70th over.

Vithanage, at the other end, progressed impressively against a Test attack, reaching his century in the final session of play. Coming in to bat with a cap on, the Vithanage, a left-hander, survived a few nervy moments at the start before playing mostly straight. He felt comfortable sweeping the ball, too, but most of his runs were brought about by his tendency to move towards the leg side even when the spinners pitched it up.

Vithanage also took full toll of a flagging Bangladesh attack that was a bowler short after the first hour. Abul Hasan threw up a couple of times during his first spell, suffering from dehydration and didn't return to the field for the rest of the day. Mushfiqur's other concern would be a second spinner.

Elias Sunny, the left-arm spinner, is his only choice in the 15-man squad but he looked far from the accomplished first-class bowler he has been in the last five years. He gave the left-handers more room, but wasn't penetrative enough. Rubel had enough overs under his belt to feel confident and give the team management assurance that he is building towards the Test match. Only Gazi will bowl with a wicket-taker's confidence, and Mushfiqur will look at his other options to provide everything else if not the wickets.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • roket on March 5, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    vithange - 22 FC matches, Priyanjan - 44 FC matches ( the two top scorers). Silva 22 FC matches, Jayasundera 25 FC matches, Jayasuria - 13 FC matches (also played for Chittagong in BPL). Pererra 37 FC matches! There are only one player on the SL team who never played FC, do we need to redefine ameteurs, and pro? On BD side, Abul hasan played just 9 FC matches, mominul Haque 22 FC matches, anamul 26 FC matches, Rebel 29 FC matches! Some of these SL players have played way more FC matches than some of the BD players on the team. Who are the ameteurs here?

  • roket on March 5, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    I am not sure I understand the comments about the SL team being ametuer. Vithanage has played 22 FC matches. That is more than some of the starters in BD team. What ametuers? Who are you guys kidding? Do you think we are incapable of looking up stats? If having 22 FC matches under your belt makes you an ameture, than what is a pro in SL? Or is the FC standard is so bad in SL that you need about a 100 FC matches to be considered a pro?

  • associate cricket fan on March 4, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    @TheVillain. Take the 5 wicket haul away from Gazi, then it would be 306-5. That it would be even more embarrasing against this team...:P

  • Mike on March 4, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Take that 1 big innings from a player which was a good knock btw and that 410 score would've been a small 242. See the whole picture Sri Lanka fans, only 1 player in that innings of yours saved you from humiliation. Our youth overall is more talented than yours if you analyse it properly like I just have :P

  • Prbath on March 4, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam, nice excuse mate, lol at that, flat track or not it's your test attack mate, and the oppositions are bunch of armatures and still they score 400 runs in 90 overs,

    # and regarding your argument that your great team hasn't played long from for a while - the truth is Your team is not up to test standard and ICC should do something about that

    # regarding it was not your best team - can you name your best team mate? and do you think the team you are playing against is the best sri lanken team (which is going to play in the test matches?)? imagine if your team struggle against team of armatures like this what will happen against Sri lankan test team?

    # Mate how many times your team beat sri lanka in test? i have lost the count, can you let me know?

  • Shipu on March 4, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Also its a warm-up, Bangladesh just got here in Sri Lanka so obviously they were assessing and feeling the conditions and testing out need to be real :P

  • Shipu on March 4, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @first_slip:- Don't get too desperate mate! that development team got those runs on a flat track against a side which hasn't played that much long form besides, its not like we were fielding our best 11. Hope you haven't forgotten how New Zealand XI beat England XI in the warm-up. But if there is play tomorrow and Bangladesh surpass those runs then your argument is just invalid wait till its 'officially' over first and lets not get carried away :P

  • Prbath on March 4, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam, dreams are free mate, you saw the score card of the practice match right? that's a team with boys just left the schools, to be honest quite embarrassing score card for Test team to be get walloped like that from amateur level team, you are talking about weaker sri lanken team mate.

  • Yohan on March 4, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Got really disappointing after seeing venues in this tour . Galle is fine for first test . but why RPS ??? . It s a road like pitch only suitable for ODI /T20 . should have selected PSS or SSC (SSC didn't conduct test for a while) . Again why no ODI s in Colombo where you get crowd most . Better they scratched one from Hambantota to Colombo . There is no ticket sale there and finally gates will be opened for residents near by . In Colombo you ll get atleast couple of 1000 s . SLC just think .

  • Shipu on March 4, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    The fact is Sri Lanka is a declining team hopefully Bangladesh will show them who's the next boss. At this moment, you have the oldies Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan and Herath holding you but once they're gone, Sri Lanka will obviously become much weaker good luck :)

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