SL Emerging Team v Bangladeshis, Matara, 3rd day March 5, 2013

Mominul, Ashraful push cases for selection


Sri Lanka Development Emerging Team 410 (Vithanage 168*, Gazi 5-104) drew with Bangladeshis 479 (Ashraful 102, Mominul 99, Gazi 82*, Mushfiqur 81)

Mohammad Ashraful and Mominul Haque firmed up their chances of playing the first Test with significant innings on the last day of the tour game in Matara. The Bangladesh batsmen made best use of a sunny, windy day as their three-day game ended in a draw.

Ashraful made 102, his 17th first-class century, and Mominul fell on 99, but missing the landmark wouldn't deter the young batsman because he made his case for selection for the Galle Test. Mominul batted more than three hours, scoring 99 off 138 balls, and went through phases that were Test-like.

He took time to settle down but latched on to anything that made him comfortable. Early on, he used his feet well against the spinners. Mominul was picky against pace, square cutting or driving Lahiru Gamage. He started the second session with a clipped boundary off Kasun Madushanka, and followed up with a cover drive in the same over. He got to his 50 off 74 balls, and then hit a huge straight six against left-arm spinner Dulanjana Mendis. He was batting freely as he neared a fourth first-class century but perished to the pull shot, giving mid-on a simple catch in the final session.

Mominul needed to score after a lean BPL to justify his position ahead of Marshall Ayub in this line-up. He was picked to replace Shakib Al Hasan in the side, and thankfully for the selectors the other replacement, Ashraful, also did well.

Ashraful left more than he played at in the first session, letting Mominul have a lot of the strike. After lunch he was a different batsman, racing past Mominul to reach 50 when the left-hander was on 47. He moved quickly to his century, off 144 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six. He fell a few minutes later to a terrific catch by Ashan Priyanjan, diving high to his right at first slip.

Mahmudullah, the captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Sohag Gazi got some batting practice, making the best of the limited time in the final session. Mahmudullah made a quickfire 56 off 49 balls with three fours and three straight sixes. The fall of his wicket, though, started the fun-phase for Mushfiqur and Gazi as the two added 112 runs in 12 overs. Mushfiqur scored 81 off 69 and Gazi hit 13 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 82.

Opener Jahurul Islam had earlier made a good start but fell for 29 off 74 balls, edging Ishan Jayaratne. Jahurul had been more assured at the crease than Anamul Haque, who struggled to get the ball through the inner circle, and fell for 6.

The bowling attack provided less of a challenge to the Bangladesh batsmen, especially on such a good batting pitch that offered almost no lateral movement to the young pace bowlers Madushanka and Gamage. The main spinner, Mendis, is at an early stage in his career and found little assistance in the wicket to challenge the batsmen.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Shoaib on March 6, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @Android: Hi! just a small correction 398 was scored in just 1 day :P but still this 'emerging' team doesn't look like 'emerging' to me. If this is what Sri Lanka has in store for the future then may all the luck be with you :) <200 all out I can recall :)"

  • associate cricket fan on March 6, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Third_Gear. Is that why our Emerging team(who are not even our 3rd choice players) piled up 400 runs in 1 day against ur test attack. Bring ur Academy team too. We will give our school team to them. Instead giving this talk, prove it to us.

  • Mashfiq on March 6, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I am not totally agreed with abcdef_12345.Yes, we want entertainment from cricket but it is not everything.we play different sports to learn human qualities & it is test cricket from where a player can learn most not t20 or odi.hope bd will become a strong team in test & we can proud of them,more then now.

  • mohammad on March 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Tareq Muhammad Supon I also agree with you in that point but I always feel that it is high time cricket should have only one format which is T20 or at best include ODI.Test cricket is just a sport with no source of entertainment but only pride for the nations.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @MR.JPNana: Glad to see that you got the most fundamental and inner meaning of cricket, a game. As all games have to do, cricket also has to entertain all the time. Otherwise, the definition of game has to be changed. So, I think in this matter, SL and some other teams of the world can learn something from Bangladesh here.

    Now, as for the comments about the players, a stroke player does not necessarily mean a bad batsman. Similarly, you cannot just deny or lessen the effect of a spinner, especially in a sub-continent pitch, where spinners are normally the leading wicket takers. Too bad that SL is still looking for a matching replacement of Muralitharan. Hope they can fill up that gap soon because, after his retirement, the Sri-lankan attack seems somewhat shaky.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @MR.JPNana: Glad to see that you got the most fundamental and inner meaning of cricket. Its a game, man and it should always entertain as a game is supposed to do. Otherwise, the definition of a game has to be changed. So, in that sense, I think SL and some other cricketing countries can learn something here from Bangladesh.

    And, as for the comment about the players, stork player does not mean bad batsman. Also, you cannot turn down the effect of spinner as most of the good bowlers of the sub-continent are spinners. So, think before you say something.

  • Enamul on March 6, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Htc-Android@ Thanks for your honest feel. U gonna get the answer in field soon. I feel like The current SL team is equal to our Academy Team just wait we gonna prove it.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Bangladesh needed a four day match before a test series. All of the batsmen could have enjoyed more time in the middle. Tamim is not 100% fit, Shakib is not playing, Enamul jr- one of Bangladesh's current best spinners is injured and can't play. Abul, Anamul, Gazi, Mominul -all are below 22. Gazi and Abul played only 2 Tests at home and none of them played Tests abroad. Some of the players in the emerging Srilankan side are more experienced than lot of players of the current Bangladesh side. Bangladesh shouldn't expect much from the Test series.

    So, any win without an innings margin should be considered unsatisfactory even for a Srilankan A side.

  • roket on March 6, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    @JPnana: it must burn to see an ordinary guy like Shakib (according to you) is ranked higher than any current all rounders Sri Lanka has. And that is according to ICC, not BD fans. Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for SL, the world does not consider JPNana an expert on Cricket. The fact remains, regardless of what you think, Shakib is a better all rounder than any Sri Lanka has ever produced!:-)

  • Lakpriya on March 6, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    @Shafin98 having Strike rates here won't matter, if you think that batsman can score at that rate in test matches and score 450 in a day, then you are hugely mistaken. i would have preferred 350 to 400 for 4, 5 wickets rather than 479 all out. and on the other hand it is the Bangladesh bowling that worries me, if a set of players who haven't played more than 2 years of FC cricket can score 400 in a day then it would be hard to imagine that BD bowlers can survive against a good test line up. i am not saying this SL lineup for test matches is good yet, they have talent but still quite experienced. Gazi is the only bowler who looks good, hope he is a good turner of the bowler, if he is another mystery spinner like Mendis or Narine, i am afraid he won't last long in international cricket.

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