Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 2012-13 March 3, 2013

Gazi plays lone hand on a tough day

Sohag Gazi, the Bangladesh offspinner, looks like he will have to lead the bowling attack in the Tests after he bowled 30 overs and picked up five wickets in the Matara heat on a tough day for the bowlers. Other bowlers failed to make an impact on the first day of Bangladesh's three-day tour match as Sri Lanka Development Emerging team's batsmen put up 398 runs.

Abul Hasan bowled just six overs before being struck down by dehydration and sun-stroke. Elias Sunny picked up two wickets but was easily dealt with, while Rubel Hossain bowled 17 overs for a wicket, but gave away 71 runs.

Gazi, who impressed during his first two Tests against West Indies, is a bowler in form, and has been regularly playing first-class cricket during a busy international season. He played three Bangladesh Cricket League matches for South Zone, to stay in the habit of bowling long spells.

"It was a bit disappointing to give away nearly 400 runs," Gazi said. "The wicket was very good to bat on, so there was a lot of hard work. It was always going to be difficult to get any batsman out. Having said that, I am happy with the five wickets, but I really had to put in a lot."

Gazi came on as first change in the first hour, took the day's first wicket, and continued to peg away throughout the first session. He took one more after lunch, but once he was out of the attack, the batsmen collected easy runs off others.

He later broke the 159-run fifth-wicket stand between Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan in the third session, a wicket he thoroughly enjoyed.

"The wickets didn't come easy. I had to use a lot of variations. I tried to entice them into false shots because if a batsman decides to defend 60 deliveries on this wicket, he can easily do so. It was tough work out there, but I tried to vary my flight."

"It was satisfying to get [Priyanjan's] wicket. I had the batsman caught at mid-on by Jahurul bhai, but it was a matter of trying continuously," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Shipu on March 6, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Looks like your prediction was totally wrong mate, they scored more than double that amount even at a high strike rate like it was a T20 game. If that's the future of Sri Lanka Cricket especially their bowlers then may all the luck be with you :)

  • Muhammad Rakibul on March 4, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @ Htc-Android & r0ketman : B patient guys. Still 2 days game to b played. And also no need to talk about mind games here. Players of both teams r playing international games so it won't have any impact on them. BD fast bowling attack seems worthless and spinners r doing hard work over the years. It'll continue in this tour.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    I am glad to see Bangladesh team take 9 wickets on Day 1. Playing Sri Lanka in home conditions has always been very difficult. But, considering our teams poor performance in taking wickets in tests, this is a good showing. Even though some may argue that the opposition is Sri Lanka's D team. I think Gazi can have similar success if he is able to play like he has been trying to play here.

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Just let Shahadat play man. If he keeps on bowling these many offers, Gazi will definitely suffer the same pain as Shakib. Shahadat is a really good test bowler which means him and Rubel opening the bowling would see Bangladesh on a great track. After all, Shahadat is the most successful BD Bowler in Sri Lanka. Request to BCB, have faith on this lad and let him bowl a lot of overs because he gets like 20 overs which isn't good enough to prove anything compared to a spinners 40 overs

  • roket on March 4, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    @htc-android: wow! Pretty good at predixting the future eh! Did you predict correctly when your full team got thrashed in Dhaka last time rhey played BD too? What was tour excuse then? The way I see it, BD ia being generous with th e young SL team on purpose. Since SL boars is unable to deal with petty issues BD figured that these young ones will be playing for the narional team on the 8th. If we dont get thir confidence up a little bit, the matches will be over in 3 days with BD winning by an inning. Fix your team first before talking trash, and dont dorget rhe last time your real boys played against BD.

  • associate cricket fan on March 3, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Today Gazi said its a flat pitch bcoz our emerging team piled up around 400 runs. Tomorrow when they get bundled out for less than 200 runs, rahim will call this is as a rank turner.

  • Syed on March 3, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    You will be a quality spinner over couple of years, everyone watch out!