Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team v Bangladeshis, 2nd day March 4, 2013

Rain robs Bangladesh of batting practice


Bangladeshis 8 for no loss (Jahurul 7*, Anamul 1*) v Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team 410 (Vithanage 168*, Gazi 5-104)

Only six overs were possible on the second of Bangladesh's warm-up match before heavy showers engulfed the Uyanwatta Cricket Stadium. Play was called off at 1:45 pm local time after it began 90 minutes later than the scheduled start at 10:00 am. The third day will begin 30 minutes ahead of schedule, but there is a forecast of rain and thundershower.

In the 36 minutes of cricket possible on the second morning, the home side were bowled out for 410 runs, adding 12 to their overnight total. Kasun Madushanka was caught behind off Elias Sunny to give the left-arm spinner his third wicket. Kithuruwan Vithanage remained unbeaten on 168 off 165 balls with 17 boundaries and three sixes.

Bangladesh sent out Jahurul Islam and Anamul Haque before as the dark clouds gathered from the southeastern side of the ground. Jahurul hit a sweetly-timed flick off Madushanka, but just 2.4 overs were possible. The two openers will be eying time in the middle as both could be picked in the absence of Shahriar Nafees, Bangladesh's No.3 in the last series.

If weather interferes on the third day, it would make it difficult for Bangladesh to work out the rest of batting order. Marshall Ayub was the 12th man in Matara and is likely to stay on the bench during the first Test. Some batting practice here would have given a better idea to Mushfiqur Rahim ahead of the Test. But if they lose the third day as well, it could come down to taking a call between Mohammad Ashraful and Mominul Haque, with the former Bangladesh captain's experience likely to work in his favour.

Bangladesh last played a Test match in December, at home against West Indies. Some of the players have played first-class cricket this season and some played in the BCL final just before leaving for Sri Lanka. But practice in Matara is crucial as this is the only tour game before the first Test that starts on March 8.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 5, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    I hope ASHRAFUL has just not completed his run quota for the SL series in this practice match with this century.All the best to the TIGERS>>>>

  • Sami on March 5, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Guess Sri Lanka fans speak way too soon, your words will just come and haunt you when the match is still progressing. Some talent these youngsters against our new youngsters :)

  • Sarfin on March 5, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @ Ramesh Dharshana Perera , tell your board to prepare some good pitches for better cricket. May be then Kittruwan could prove his real quality. Bangladesh's run rate is around 4.5 in a wet outfield and damped pitch. That should be the flattest pitch of the world...

  • Shaik on March 5, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    My XI for the 1st test 1.Tamim/Mominul 2.Anamul 3.Marshall 4.Ashraful 5.Mahmudullah 6.Nasir 7. Mushfiqur Rahim 8.Sohag Gazi 9.Elias Sunny 10.Shahadat 11.Rubel Hossain

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Albert_cambel--- if you are not tested the playing condition aboard we wont learn , India feel if there will be a financial loss if they play Bangladesh , cant tour Pakistan for security reason .......... ICC should put more matches for the lower ranks team improves

  • Cric_Crazy on March 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @ Posted by Albert_cambell

    U r talking about a time that doesn't reflect present. The time when BD could not win a single ODI in 5 years! BD played most of their Test Matches in that period. But now that same BD is beating SL, IND, WI, NZ in a regular basis in ODIs. BD nearly beat WI in Test few months ago. This is more appropiate time for BD to play more Test matches. U will definitely see BD is better team than ZIM next month in the BD tour of ZIM.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    BD is playing Test cricket for 12 years, there performance in last one day cricket has improved and we can beat any team on a given day. Test cricket is where real cricket is and they are improving, Those days are over we would used get innings defeat within 3 day of a test match. I believe the tour of srilanka will be good and a result with come. I dont know how many year will New Zealand , India to win their first test. and how long India , Australia , England South Africa play test cricket more than 80 + years or even more, there infrastructure in 80 years old. How long Bangladesh is playing in International level and still we are trying to develop our domestic structure. the amont of young player coing on borad BD cricket will change in the 5 years with a veiw of rukling the cricketing world. WI has done in the past , AUS have done it now look at them they cant even score 250 runs in a test match. All the best to cricketing world

  • yuvraj on March 5, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    @Shaikat Saha. u guys played 75 test matches in 12 years( Average 6 per year). This is far more than teams like Zim,SL played in their early days. When Zim made their test return after 7 years expected BD to beat them. But that didnt happen. Arent suppose to be better than Zim based on the current situation in terms of experience?

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Why ICC not allow BD play too much TEST . How can they improve . Main problem of BD is They never allowed their Seniors stay & play TEST . If BD never change their mind , BD will never a TEST TEAM.............

  • Chatty on March 5, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    As far as I remember, BD has ALWAYS remained a young team. I can never recall BD having senior players in their 30's. BD has been playing test cricket for quite a while now. How come they never seem to have a mature team? Or does it mean that when they near their 30's they just lose their places in the team? That would be rather odd because most players reach their peak around the age of 30.

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