Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team v Bangladeshis, 1st day

Vithanage stars as Bangladesh concede 398

The Report by Mohammad Isam

March 3, 2013

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

Sohag Gazi was one of the two wicket-takers on the third day, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 3rd day, November 23, 2012
Sohag Gazi picked up five wickets (file photo) © Associated Press

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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Posted by r0ketman 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?

Posted by r0ketman 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?

Posted by Htc-Android 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

Posted by Energetic. 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

Posted by first_slip 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?

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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

Posted by first_slip 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.

Posted by yohandf1984 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 .

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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 :)

Posted by lancia71 on (March 4, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

It's quite funny to read some of the fans going at each other. I am a sri Lankan living in Bangladesh. We sri lankans can brag about the world cup wins/appearances etc… And true sl team is better than BD. But it's a fact BD has made big improvements especially in limited overs cricket and sl have been on the downhill after Vass and Murali retired. Don't be surprised if BD wins a test match in this series. In fact it's good for cricket. SL have a better school cricket structure in place but BD doesn't have a proper system and facilities our kids get in SL are much greater (Ofc I am not saying what we get is sufficient compared to what other counties like England and Australia provide). I think as fans we should be happy for BD.

Posted by tariq_piash on (March 4, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

@rocketman: I am also from Bangladesh. But your comments are embarrassing me! You are trying to make an unreal comparison between BD & SL...As they are 6th in test ranking, it may mean that they are not better than the top 5, but they are far better than BD. They have not ever come to no.1, so what? There are only 4 teams who could acheive this place in test, the rest of the teams like SL, PAK, NZ, WI could not do it. doest it mean that these teams are bad teams?...Also SL improved more than BD did in their first 13 years. We have to acknowledge it, bro...we still have to go a long way to be compared with SL. May be slowly, but one day we shall do please don't say anything that people of other countries think BD people are fool! :-(

Posted by r0ketman on (March 4, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Baseball_sucks: Again, if thinking "we are one of the top teams in the world" gives you consolation, then so be it. But, you will need to define "top". SL ranks 6th out of the 9 ranked teams in test, and 5th in ODI. T20 ranking is farce, we all know that. So by your definition, being 6th in one format, and 5th in another format where only 10 teams play for real, makes you a top team? If you say so, mate!:-)

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 4, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@Posted by r0ketman ; So why are you talking about SL records against other countries ? This is about SL vs BD. SO lets talk about SL records against your mediocre team. We've played 12 test matches against your mediocre team n trashed you in every match, most of 'em by innings. In ODI's SL have been defeated only 3 times outta 30 matches. You are bragging about being in the Asia cup final once. We've won the Asia cup 4 times, and runner up 6 times :D We have won the world cup once, and runner up 2 times. We are one of the top teams in the world while you are in the mediocre league.:P Btw you are in the verge of losing your test status. I think ICC must revoke your Test status n give it to Ireland.

Posted by first_slip on (March 4, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

@r0ketman, lol mate, you are talking about Bangladesh team qualifying for asia cup final right? do you know both Sri lanka and India came to that tournament after long tour of Australia and players were tired psychically and Mentally. and they were not interested basically.

regarding world cups,

# How many times your team qualified for ICC world cup finals? okay let alone finals how many times your team Qualified for supper 8 or supper 6?

# how many times your team won test matches against top 7 teams (home and away) ?

# How many of your batsmen scored double Hundreds (by the way guy call Jason Gillespie who bated at no 10 for Australia scored double hundred against your your team once)

# how many of your batsmen scored 5000 test runs (let alone 10000)?

if you need more details check this out;team=25;template=results;type=batting

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

r0ketmen.. as your avatar name included 0, your knowledge is also at o point LOL., You said "In 1996 WC, SL caught a break and got the semi final match handed to them by Clive Lloyd".. what do you mean? in that time India were 120+ runs for 8 wickets., and chasing 270+ runs. any child can understand who's gonna win at that moment. yeah we newer came to the 1st in test ranking but came at least for top 3. stop putting childish arguments., i understand coming in to the Asia cup final is a big deal for you guys, that is understandable, and really felt sad when you guys cried in that manner, we offered the match for guys cause we already won it 4 times. i'm not disrespecting BD, but have to talk when you putting such a wrong comments.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 4, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

@JPNana: I really don't like arguing with fans of sub par teams like SL either. I mean what are you bragging about? Being 6th out 10 teams after playing test cricket for 30 years. Its not like you held the top test position for the last five years. In fact SL never held the top position in test matches, so why the bragging?

Posted by r0ketman on (March 4, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@HTC_android: yeah keep bragging about your sixth place ranking after playing test cricket for over 30 years. When was the last time SL ranked no 1 in test? Oh thats right, never! Keep playing on placid tracks at home to keep raking the points, we have seen how good SL is abroad. In 1996 WC, SL caught a break and got the semi final match handed to them by Clive Lloyd. In 13 years BD made it to the final of Asia cup, and lost by 2 runs, we would have been Asia champs if we were lucky like SL. Now Asia champs is not as a big as world champs, but we did thrash your world champ SL on the way to the final!:-)

Posted by Dulanjan on (March 4, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

What's wrong with u guys?U all are quarreling like school days. Let the players play and enjoy the game.respect.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 4, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

r0ketman.. and you are saying SL at 6 th position in ranking just one place above BD. which format are you refering mate. Ratings can be change by time, with the recent performance, but what it really matters is points. SL in test with 3318 points in the 6th position in Tests BD with "0" points in the 10th position. and gap is 3318. SL in ODI with the highest points above all 9 other nations with 4291 points, and BD in 9th position one step higher than Zimbabwe with 1636 points. i even don't want to argue with a fan of lesser team like BD, but i had to when you giving some false notes

Posted by British_North_America on (March 4, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Dilshan was bowled out for duck in the first ball in BPL semifinal and for 2 in BPL final by a club bowler of BD.Have patience Sri Lankans.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 4, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

@r0ketman. lol. only 1 place higher than BD. SL is ranked 6th 92 points and BD 9th 0 points (In a few years its going to be 10th when zim break into the table, as they have not played enough matches) That is one place higher than you. Even to catch up our 92 points , i dont know how many years u guys have to spend? Sri lanka after 14 years world champions. where is BD after 13 years? Can u guarantee me that BD will make it to the Super8s in the next world cup.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 4, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

r0ketman.. so then let's compare SL & BD's first 13 years. If I'm correct, Bangali has gained the test status in 2000 so that mean 13 years right?, after SL gaining the test status in 1982, in 1985 they have beat India in a test series, that's just after 3 years gaining the status. respectively after that they've beat New Zealand, England, Pakistan, etc

And in just 14 years after gaining Test Status SL lifted the 1996 WC,. and what does BD achieved so far after 13 years???

Posted by r0ketman on (March 4, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

New to club cricket? Yeah, right. The guy who scored a century has played more than 22 FC matches, way more than some of the be players. Maybe we need to define "new" as well.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 4, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

@htc-android: and how many test matches did SL win against top ranked opponents in their first 12 years? Better than BD sure, but nothing to write home about. Let us play cricket for the number of years SL has played, then lets compare stats. Ranked 6 in the world, only one place above BD, after playing for decades longer, who is full of big talk?

Posted by   on (March 4, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Make test pitches full green, to get familiarized with alien conditions. Test matches would have been played in outstation where there is a great interest, than in Colombo.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 3, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

They cant get even our 'D' team out for less than 250 runs. Good luck to them bowling to sanga, thilan, dilshan, chandimal, mathews at galle. Probably the top scorer of this game will make his debut too. So Good luck to BD bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

lol..this is not even Sri Lanka`s 2nd all 23 top players refused to sign all these are 3rd XI or lower players..

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 3, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

looks like bd got just 1 wicket-taking baller (Gazi) , therefore I dont expect bd to win or even draw sl no matter how the batsmen are , ballers win test. Abul hasan is not ready, he only has speed and nothing else, yet he gets selected over and over ! Mosharraf Hossain would have been better choice I think .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Lets hope Bangladeshis can have their Batting Practice in this warm up match & get used to with the condition. Never the less we expect the best from them & expecting a good fight with the Full forced sri-lanka.

Posted by DownThePitch on (March 3, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

couple of years ago this would have been the all star schools XI with the inclusion of Chandimal & Kusal Janith.. Nice to see BD getting a good thumping by them. Im sure BD would not score more than SL..

Posted by Karnain on (March 3, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Good signs these bcos SL will more than likely to play with a B team at least for the first test. Never the less any of our top tear club team will win against Bangladsh in tests

Posted by Energetic. on (March 3, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Yeah the wicket was flat according to Bangladesh sources but if Sohag Gazi can do well with his off spin bowling on flat pitches then he will just be devastating if the wicket is offering great deal of turn. He is a good find for Bangladesh.

Posted by Royal_Thora on (March 3, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Well played Kiththa!!!! You made Royal proud. Hope to see you in national colors soon. Keep it up the good work bro.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 3, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

It'll b a tough tour for BD fast bowlers. They r also missing Shakib & Enamul. Gazi will b the main hope of BD bowling attack.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (March 3, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@shadi11234: Let's not get carried away and see how BD bats then we can see.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Dont read too much into the scorecards. This is what it is, warm up game. Bangladeshi bowlers needed to get back on whites and get their length and line right after the month long T20 tournament and being on a foreign soil with no prior knowledge to the condition makes it even tougher. Its more important that they get the feel of the ground and the conditions ahead of the first test. Hope the full strength SL team would play eventually.

Posted by shadi11234 on (March 3, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

i dont worry abt SLCB problem for this series. this Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team more than enough bet BL

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (March 3, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Really bad to concede that many runs. Saqlain Sajib/Mosharaff Hossain are better than Sunny and why havnt Bangladesh learnt yet that ABUL HASAN is a really horrible bowler. Lets see how the batting does tomorrow.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 3, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Must have been a flat deck, I expect Bangladesh XI to rack up a 600+ score but this warm-up doesn't prove anything, just look at New Zealand XI beating England XI in the other warm-up. But nevertheless a good warm-up day for Bangladesh.

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