Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day March 8, 2013

Sangakkara ton highlights Sri Lanka's day

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Sri Lanka 361 for 3 (Sangakkara 142, Thirimanne 74*, Dilshan 54) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was all one-way traffic on the opening day in Galle as Sri Lanka's batsmen, with varying levels of experience, set the platform for a massive score and never allowed the initiative to slip. Kumar Sangakkara had been out of action since injuring his finger in the Melbourne Test in December. The lack of match practice over the last three months - he was forced to pull out of the tour game in Matara due to the contracts crisis - didn't matter as he eased back into Test match action with a positive century, getting to the landmark inside two sessions.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's attacking fifty had eased the pressure not just on Sangakkara but also the inexperienced middle order, which was missing two stalwarts ahead of this series. One of the newer players to benefit from the pressure-free scenario was Lahiru Thirimanne, who remained unbeaten on a steady 74.

It was a deflating day for the Bangladesh bowlers, with the exception of the offspinner Sohag Gazi, who took all three wickets. He didn't have adequate support from the other end and from day one, Bangladesh were left to regret the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, missing the series due to injury. Aside from the lack of wickets, what hurt the visitors more was the inability to check the scoring. An innings run-rate of close to four and a half after two sessions was intimidating enough for the bowlers.

At the toss, neither captain fancied bowling first. Mathews wanted his new-look batting order to make first use of the pitch before it started to get slower and lower. Dilshan maintained a healthy strike-rate of close to run-a-ball, scoring 36 runs off boundaries alone, but not all came off the middle of the bat. In between a few edgy boundaries were crisply driven fours through cover, a sweep and an effortless drive past mid-on that brought up his fifty.

Bangladesh turned to spin from both ends from the 13th over, but there wasn't much purchase for them straightaway. Dilshan was intent on using his feet to disturb their rhythm and Bangladesh to their credit took the first real opportunity that came their way. Gazi tossed it up wider, Dilshan came down the pitch and spooned it to mid-off off the toe of the bat.

Sangakkara walked in when Karunaratne was forced to retire after hurting his arm when trying to pull a short ball. It took Sangakkara just one ball to find his rhythm as he slashed a wide delivery past point for four. He was strong against the spinners, rocking back and cutting when they dropped it short and wide, and it was a pattern through his innings. He survived a stumping chance when he was beaten in flight and bounce off Gazi, managing to drag his back foot back just in time. He was luckier to survive a close shout for lbw off Gazi on 38 and replays showed the ball striking him in front of middle stump. In the absence of DRS, Bangladesh had to accept the umpire's call and move on.

Shahadat Hossain attempted the bouncer, but the lack of pace on the pitch enabled Sangakkara and the returning Karunaratne to stay back and pull. Gazi's drift into the left-handers from round the wicket kept the batsmen in check, but when he dropped short or too wide, he was punished through the off side. Two such cuts past point brought up two milestones for Sangakkara - his fifty and took him past Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 10,122 runs.

There was temporary relief for Bangladesh when Karunaratne was trapped lbw on the back foot to Gazi, who was rewarded for his drift. Sangakkara's was the wicket they needed, though. Thirimanne had the benefit of a set batsman at the other end, and after a watchful start - he scored only 4 from his first 25 balls - took on the spinners. Sangakkara smacked a six and a four off the part-timer Mohammad Ashraful, and then reached his 31st Test century with a clip wide of midwicket.

There was no letting up after tea. If it was tossed up, Sangakkara was down the pitch to loft; if it was banged in short - not recommended on this surface - it was clubbed over midwicket. A sloppy effort by Ashraful at mid-on - he mistimed his jump - gave Sangakkara another life, on 111. Ironically, it was a sound reflex catch at cover that ended his innings. Gazi bowled it wide and Sangakkara tried clearing the off side but Jahurul Islam jumped, fumbled and managed to turn around and take it on the second attempt. The drop cost Bangladesh 31 runs, but the damage had already been done.

Thirimanne matched Sangakkara shot for shot particularly through the off side against the spinners. The cover drive in particular stood out for its poise and follow-through. Mathews found his timing against the seamers when the second new ball was taken. None of the seamers managed any movement, despite the persistent cloud cover. The heavens opened with less than five overs left, but Bangladesh, after a draining day in the field, would have been relieved to pack it in early.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dhutugemunu on March 9, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @ exynos; Kumar played against Waqar at the Asian Test Championship Final in 2002 and scored 230 runs. That attack was a quality one with Shoaib Akthar, Mohamad Sami, Abdul Rasaq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63948.html Kumar played against Wasim & Waqar in several ODIs in 2000, 2001, 2002. So you say Kumar scored 287 (at SSC) on a road. Why SAfricans could not score any century at the same road? Amla, AB, Gibbs, Prince were big names though.

  • on March 9, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @Posted by exynos : Yeah well bangladesh team got only one player who averages above 40. lol. And about that Players like Chandimal can't even score against teams like Canada Shut up and look at his record http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/300628.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround

    ODI:

    vs Australia: 33.0 vs England: 54.66 vs India: 40.44 vs South Africa: 52.75

    Tests: Average(At this minute): 46.66 vs Australia : 86.00 vs South Africa : 37.00

    home : 46.50 away: 46.80

    And He's still young and inexperienced.

  • on March 9, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    @ exynos- 1 century in 6 innings .... you mean its a failure... greats are greats. you cant disprove that with silly arguments.... come on mate. just be humble to appreciate the good of your opponent. pls publish.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @Posted by exynos ; Who cares if Ashwin's average 40 or 100. Mathews is really young n a long way to go in his cricketing career. So what about Dhoni ? His average is 38. lol. Any comment ??

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 9, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Confidence comes in Chandimal as he declared vice capt of Srilanka. Sangakara is one of the best player in world in terms of style and technique.Bangladesh needs a lot of improvement.

  • exynos on March 9, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Mathews test average 39.71(1 hundred) Ashwin-40(1 hundred)

  • PkZindabaad on March 9, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Chandimal and Thirimmane are playing well in this dead pitch. Blame Dilshan, Mathews, and karunathene for failing to score a century in this pitch as this is a high quality road where any one can score runs for first 2 days. From third day onwards this dust bowl road will assist the spinners, which will be the final nail for the Bangladesh batsmen as they are incompetent and inexperienced. I predict Srilanka will win this match by an innings.

  • on March 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    How Shahadat Hossain is playing, still a mystery? Only two spinners for the whole Test series than how can choose another one if someone is not clicking. Elias Sunny is not performing well. All the pressure towards only one good bowler Gazi. Musfique neither used Mahmudullah, Nasir or Mominul. How they can bowled out whole Srilankan team or can they perform well in 2nd test as well with the same bowling lineup. There are very good emerging fast bowlers like Taskin Ahmed, Nazmul is there as well then why choose Shahadat Hossain. Not only once, multiple times he has been chosen and prioritized than others besides performing awful.

  • PkZindabaad on March 9, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Mathews failed again. How many chances this young man give away? And every single batsmen scores plenty runs shows the quality of the pitch

  • exynos on March 9, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @HTC-Android Sanga never played against wasim&waqar.He scored 287 in SSC.(A road).He failed in S.A(1 century 6 innings)

  • Dhutugemunu on March 9, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @ exynos; Kumar played against Waqar at the Asian Test Championship Final in 2002 and scored 230 runs. That attack was a quality one with Shoaib Akthar, Mohamad Sami, Abdul Rasaq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63948.html Kumar played against Wasim & Waqar in several ODIs in 2000, 2001, 2002. So you say Kumar scored 287 (at SSC) on a road. Why SAfricans could not score any century at the same road? Amla, AB, Gibbs, Prince were big names though.

  • on March 9, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @Posted by exynos : Yeah well bangladesh team got only one player who averages above 40. lol. And about that Players like Chandimal can't even score against teams like Canada Shut up and look at his record http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/300628.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround

    ODI:

    vs Australia: 33.0 vs England: 54.66 vs India: 40.44 vs South Africa: 52.75

    Tests: Average(At this minute): 46.66 vs Australia : 86.00 vs South Africa : 37.00

    home : 46.50 away: 46.80

    And He's still young and inexperienced.

  • on March 9, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    @ exynos- 1 century in 6 innings .... you mean its a failure... greats are greats. you cant disprove that with silly arguments.... come on mate. just be humble to appreciate the good of your opponent. pls publish.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @Posted by exynos ; Who cares if Ashwin's average 40 or 100. Mathews is really young n a long way to go in his cricketing career. So what about Dhoni ? His average is 38. lol. Any comment ??

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 9, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Confidence comes in Chandimal as he declared vice capt of Srilanka. Sangakara is one of the best player in world in terms of style and technique.Bangladesh needs a lot of improvement.

  • exynos on March 9, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Mathews test average 39.71(1 hundred) Ashwin-40(1 hundred)

  • PkZindabaad on March 9, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Chandimal and Thirimmane are playing well in this dead pitch. Blame Dilshan, Mathews, and karunathene for failing to score a century in this pitch as this is a high quality road where any one can score runs for first 2 days. From third day onwards this dust bowl road will assist the spinners, which will be the final nail for the Bangladesh batsmen as they are incompetent and inexperienced. I predict Srilanka will win this match by an innings.

  • on March 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    How Shahadat Hossain is playing, still a mystery? Only two spinners for the whole Test series than how can choose another one if someone is not clicking. Elias Sunny is not performing well. All the pressure towards only one good bowler Gazi. Musfique neither used Mahmudullah, Nasir or Mominul. How they can bowled out whole Srilankan team or can they perform well in 2nd test as well with the same bowling lineup. There are very good emerging fast bowlers like Taskin Ahmed, Nazmul is there as well then why choose Shahadat Hossain. Not only once, multiple times he has been chosen and prioritized than others besides performing awful.

  • PkZindabaad on March 9, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Mathews failed again. How many chances this young man give away? And every single batsmen scores plenty runs shows the quality of the pitch

  • exynos on March 9, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @HTC-Android Sanga never played against wasim&waqar.He scored 287 in SSC.(A road).He failed in S.A(1 century 6 innings)

  • dariuscorny on March 9, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @Joe Thompson c'mon mate SC pitches are not flat,they are just spin friendly,if you go by that logic then visiting teams shud also score heavily on these pitches,you said piches are flat thats why SC teams are thrashed convincingly abroad,so let me tell you visiting teams also get thrashed hands down when they visit SC,there are just 1-2 rare tours when non SC teams perform decently on SC tours just like the SC teams perform well abroad(rarely).its all about adjusting to the conditions,SC teams are familiar to these conditions,thus makes you think they perform only on flat decks of SC.........wrong observation

  • on March 9, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Don't be upset man, that was just the first day of the match....

  • on March 9, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    this innings was so effortless it lacked Sanga's grit we see against strong opponents. just so easy on the eye

  • SKeshan on March 9, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    lahiru is batting beautifully i hope he would make a big one

  • tigerletsgo on March 9, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    I think this match is going to be a test itself for BD if they can just hang on long enough on the crease. If they can run will just follow. It is surely a good batting pitch, but batsman has to have the right temperment to stay long on the crease first to score. For BD most of the time they seem to forget that this is a tes tmatch and play for an ODI. Regarless of pitch condition each batsman must stay on the crease as long as he can, so run will automatically follow and the time will also be in their favor to draw the match.

  • avmd on March 9, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Every time Bangladesh plays test, question arises, why were they given test status. After more than a decade we are all searching for the answer. Sanga is a class players but a century against school boys doesn't prove anything, yes a good opportunity to keep up the batting average after poor show in Australia. That's why Sawamarwera was so mad, he wanted his stats improved by scoring couple of centuries against these club cricketers.

  • Htc-Android on March 9, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    @Joe Thompson. his best score 287 came against SA against steyn and co. He averages 90 against pak. He made double hundreds against pak when they had the likes of wasim and waqar. I dont know which weak team are referring over here.

  • BnH1985Fan on March 9, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    If you read columns by S Rajesh and his colleagues, you'll note that there are qualifiers for many of the statistics are published. For example, if someone scored a 200 runs in one test, was out once in that match, he'd have an average of 200. But to "quality", you have to play a certain number of tests. We should apply same rules elsewhere. If you score a roaring hundred against teams like BD, they should not count. Sanga is a great player; I was hping he'd have done all this in Oz when it really mattered!

  • on March 9, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    BD needs couple of wicket taking ballers like Gazi, otherwise would not do any good in test even when played with full strength team.

  • on March 9, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Did anyone realized that the only senior players in the BD squad is Mahmadullah,Mushfiq and Nasir? Ashraful was In And Out so i'm counting him out. Anyway good bowling By Gazi and it seems he is the only one who is bowling well. I don't know why Abul and Shahdat are selected here? What happened to Nazmul? And Rubel is far better than that shahdat.

  • huffpost on March 9, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    I had predicted 2 days ago that SL will win easily in all three formats..and also said sohag gazi is the only BD bowler who can trouble SL batsmen a bit ...When it comes to batting...herath and mendis will prove too good for BD batsmen ..A full strength Bd team were humiliated by a WI team at home. How can they win away from home against SL which is a bit better than WI.

  • on March 9, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    BD rocks Sri ,,,,, BD Gonna win the test

  • Captainman on March 8, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Of course Bangladesh won't have a chance to even compete against Sri Lanka with this inexperience line-up with 2 young debutants. We deserve to lose this bad now.

  • indirockz on March 8, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Clash of minnows.... at least SL can play test cricket. BD should retire from test cricket. Remind me when last your team actually won a test match? Yeah, right....ages ago.....hahahhahah

  • on March 8, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Taskin is the only fast bowler who can actually bowl compared to Abul and Shahadat! Next time try Tasking instead of abul and shahadat who had never made any difference to Bnagladesh cricket team, waste of spaces

  • on March 8, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    25 players were called to join the camp for SL tour and ashrafool was dropped for his consistent inconsistency. At least Chief selector stated so in the press. 15 men squad was declared taking players from 25 leaving 10 as reserve. Naeem and Enamul was dropped for injury and they were replaced from reserved players. Then suddenly, Nafees cut his palm with blade so deeply that he needed 5 (?) stitch, volunteered to be dropped and he was not replaced by a player from remaining 8 players. Why? Because, by then he managed a hat-trick which was flashed in the newspaper widely. When they had the power and jurisdiction for picking any one, what prevented them to take some one from youngsters who excelled in domestic cricket as well as in BPL 2013 ? In preparatory match, ash scored 102 and that has completed his quota for this series. Now, Mushi should allow ash to bowl so that he gets chance for hat-trick again. Otherwise, he will complain against him as he did against Sakib in the past.

  • AK47_pk on March 8, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Cmon man its only bangladesh. Batting wicket or bowling wicket dosnt make a difference. Look at.afghanistan how they are trashing scotland. Their batting nd bowling is a treat to watch.

  • on March 8, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Sakib and Mashrafee was not fit enough to be in squad. Naim, Nafis and Enamul got unfit or injured after the team was announced. Selectors idiotic move made Shafiul, Rajjak and Nazmul excluded from the team. Tamim and Rubel was unfit before the match. So I am not surprised with SL runfest. Why cricinfo and other media is saying SL is not fullstrength. It is just Mahela who is absent. Samara retired at the age of 36 or 37.

  • on March 8, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Let's be honest, pitches in the whole of Subcontinent are generally flat otherwise you wouldn't be getting thrashed overseas in seaming conditions. People talk about movement in the first day of the first 1 or 2 sessions obviously yes because the wicket is fresh and there is bound to be a bit of moisture but once that dries up, the wickets in Asia can be good for batting. Even Pakistan couldn't beat Sri Lanka last year in tests. Sanga average is a stagerring 57 which is even more than Sachin but his high scores have come in flat wickets especially against weaker opposition.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 8, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Sohag Gazi took all 3 wickets. That means there is some support to Spin Bowlers from the pitch. BTW Bangladesh (what should I say) bowlers other than slow bowlers, are not up to standards. Even though there was a support from the pitch for pace bowlers, they are unable to take it. So we don't know what will happen when BD bats. Ball might swing and bounce. Ball might spin a lot. and Galle is the Happy hunting ground for SL. Big lost to BD on the card.

  • seantells on March 8, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    this is nothing much to brag about , it's BD, they were playing poor cricket bowling was predictable. he's done this many times i'd call him great if he scores more centuries/runs outside SL

  • Dhutugemunu on March 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Some BD fans are telling that BD team is not in full strength and they are missing 5-6 best players. Musfique and BD coach (as I remember) were talking about winning against SL (without those players, coz they knew that some players are injured.) Even just before this match begins BD fans boasted. Since they are unable to dominate on the first day, now talking about missing players. Why not talk about SL. Mahela, One of the SL's best batsmen, injured. Samaraweera, Best middle order batsmen of SL, just retired. Prasanna Jayawardhana, The Best Wicket Keeper, not in the squad after the injury in Aus. SL is ranked as #6 with 92 ratings. Marginally better than WI (91). Why can't BD even give a fight with a relatively weak team from #6 ranked country? That's why some wants to remove BD from Test Cricket. 65 losts in 76 matches. Only 3 wins.

  • InsideHedge on March 8, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Keep plugging away, BD, it's not as bad as it looks. You can't give up after one day's play. I'd like to see BD fans get behind their team instead of giving them stick.

  • on March 8, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    i was expecting a double hundred frm sanga.. Golden opportunity missed coz he needs a few more to break the world record fr most no of double hundreds.. I think 2 or 3.. Last series against pak he was out twice in the 190s.. Great man will break one day.. I m confident..

  • Htc-Android on March 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    I dont understand why do many people complain about the pitch here. It was good pitch with everything in it for batsman, pacers and spinners. At the beginning of the days play BD pacers were getting some movement. but it was their inability to pitch the ball in the right line and length. Had they done that, they would have picked up a couple of wickets earlier on. Also the galle wicket is a spinners paradise. Both herath and murali has enjoyed a lot bowling on this wicket. Previous occasions when ENG and NZ played at galle it WAS NOT a high scoring game. So blame ur bowlers instead of blaming the pitch.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 8, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    @ exynos; So you said SL will collapse and only take 275-300 right? Moreover Thirimanne and Chandimal can't even score against teams like Canada right? Now it's 361/3 and Thirimanne 74*. Chandimal yet to bat. How about that?

  • warneneverchuck on March 8, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    It's better to prepare pitch which turns from the first ball rather such wickets. Anyways stats shows players like dilshan Mahela score only on such roads shayar minnows

  • BOND_OO7 on March 8, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Hold up everybody......its just day one

  • yorkslanka on March 8, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    All this hype about it being a road? How can you say anything when only one team has batted ..please don't talk rubbish people..IF this game ends in a draw with Bangladesh 600/3 then feel free to talk roads, until then ,jog on...it's hilarious that most people complaining about the wicket being flat are Indian...have you seen your local park like wickets..

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    well done Sanga well played (Y) bd pace attack was very disappointing show. at least they sud bowl in good line with new ball......they jst put their ball into random surface and give too many loose delivery to settle a batsman asap on d other side happy to see dat Gazi tried his best and get his reward well done Gazi...hope next morning pacer will do something to earn some respect from sl batter...

  • on March 8, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    What a gem of an inning by Sanga. He is a terrific player. Shahadat and Abul were bowling in mid 130s. I don't think with their current speed they should be called fast bowlers.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 8, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Taking no credit away from Sanga, it was so painful to see SL preparing literally flat tracks. Neither pacers nor spinners getting any help. It is more of a slow-low track which is paradise for batsmen. A kind of track where just winning the toss ensures that you won't lose the match.

    SL might still win the match as this BD team has such an inexperienced batting line-up.

  • InsideHedge on March 8, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    OK, so a tough day for BD but it's a typical SL wicket: a ROAD. The off spinner, Ghazi, again impresses. If you can open the bowling against Gayle, get hit for a six 1st ball but come out laughing the loudest, you must have something about you.

    BD need to stay strong and keep plugging away. When they bat, patience is the key. No surprises to see plenty of SL fans (and others) sticking the boot in, predicting a heavy series defeat. It's only day one.

  • Master_Mihil on March 8, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I'm taking chances with my credibility now. From as much as i saw this is not a batting pitch. It's a good pitch with assistance to both bowlers and batsmen. Rather bangladesh bowled poorly. I really thought ghazi was no match but he proved his abilities by taking all 3 wickets. Although he didn't spin that much bowled brilliant in right areas creating problems to our batsmen. Herath and Mendis will be more than a handful in this pitch. If you don't mind me saying i expect a batting carnage from inexperienced bangladesh batsmen facing herath and mendis. Don't forget herath has the record most wickets in 2012 and most of them at home. And mendis can run through sides who haven't played him. I hope i'm proved wrong. I'm waiting to see how much my prediction will come true :)

  • The_Ashes on March 8, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    It doesn't matter if its a batting wicket the fact is scoring almost 400 runs in 1 day at this level is totally unacceptable. Shahadat, Abul even Sunny should be ashamed that they couldn't even pick up 1 wicket and going at a combine rate of more than 12 an over. I question our teams attitude towards Test Cricket and we are simply giving it a bad name. It is also sad to see a young 21 year old inexperience bowler doing all the hard work and no support from the other end what a pity.

  • king78787 on March 8, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    i think this is time for matthews to experiment. Push himself up to no4. Open with with thirimane, kaurante. Dilshan is a middle order batsmen anyway and it gives matthews top order experience.

  • kingspakistan on March 8, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Great show SL boys, keep it up. Thumbs up all the way from Pakistan :)

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    @Mar Zan: What a dream dude! My respectable Bangladeshi brothers, Sri Lanka team is highly rated, experienced and classic team and on the other hand BAngladesh is a team who over rated. your can hardly give any tough time in the series aganst the LaNKANS SO sto dreaming instead start planning for making a side eligible to play Test cricket..

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I know we will lose by an innings if we concede 600+. But i think Gazi will get his 5 wkt haul and looking how useless our other bowlers are... maybe 10 wicket haul haha.

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    what everybody is saying is true.....of course love my country very much.when bangladesh win,it moves me to tears.but when they do bad,i get disapointed.I think they really do try hard.they just dont have passion and talent about it.but that does not mean we have no talent...oh no no.bangladesh is a country which is beaming with talents.they are not just going the right way.Let me tell u.I was the son of two doctors.I loved cricket more than anything.it was my life.When I wanted to become a cricketer,they said no.and thats the end of my dream.Like me there are so many youths with passion like me,but more talent then me.If they were given chance to be cricketer,bangladesh would have been a better team.The reason why I say this, players in team came for profession to earn money.not for passion.If someone does not have passion for something,they can never do good.My request to bcb is to dig dipper and search for more talents with passion.no one is genius,its about passion for game.

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I am really surprised about few fan . test match start only and the start make noise that bd is going to lose . bro its a batting pitch and we know whoever team win toss they have chance to make a huge total .still 4 days to go we will be back strongly .

  • Maddy83 on March 8, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    BD can score upwards of 500 in this pitch

  • Lakpj on March 8, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Looks like Chandimal, SL's most talented young batsman may not even get a considerable amount of time to bat in this innings. As his FC class and performances in ODIs would suggest he is good enough to be played purely as a batsman. Sanga started to perform exceptionally in tests when his keeping duties were released. May b the same thing can be done for Chandimal as well.

  • on March 8, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    They say records are meant to be broken but "Bangladesh with 3 wins in 76 Test matches with a W/L loss ratio of 0.04 " is some challenge

  • Batmanindallas on March 8, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    It must have been like taking candy from Kids for a batsmen of Sanga's class...not sure what such one sided contests provide, other than faster death to test cricket

  • Fogu on March 8, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Definitely a good batting pitch but can not take anything away from Sanga. He is one of Cricket's all time greats. It is also true that BD pace attack leaves a lot to be desired. BD has not produced good pace bowlers except for Mashrafe. We do need to focus on developing this part of our game. For BD to compete against top teams, things have to fall their way and unfortunately the missed LBW hurt tremendously. BD does not have the talent depth as the established sides and key injuries hurt them more than other sides. We can not just plug another player and expect them to do well like big teams because the talent gap between starters and reserves is huge. But gradually it will change. BD has come a long way and hopefully will continue to progress well over the next two years.

  • British_North_America on March 8, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    So many players are injured in BD team-Nafees,Tamim, Haq jnr, Shakib, Rubel.

  • Legaleagle on March 8, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Bangladesh have NO CHANCE in test cricket- not today, not tomorrow, not with Sakib, not with anyone else. They are too impatient to play the real game of cricket. If Bangladesh fans are going to use injuries as an excuse for the upcoming dismal performance then they can stop it right there. Bangladesh has NOT won a Test match even when Sakib or any other talent less players were playing. Sakib played all the other test matches where you have lost.

  • AkDoN on March 8, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Just wondered how BD can be so casual about this series they are playing with out Shakib and Tamim this clearly shows that they are not much serious about the Test playing. BD has not win a single Test Match till date and it seems that they are not keep to break this pathetic record.

  • AkDoN on March 8, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Just wondered how BD can be so casual about this series they are playing with out Shakib and Tamim this clearly shows that they are not much serious about the Test playing. BD has not win a single Test Match till date and it seems that they are not keep to break this pathetic record.

  • Great-shot444 on March 8, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    I Predict at the start of match that Sirilanka will thrash listless BD by an innings

  • anw.chw on March 8, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Very disappointing with the bowling effort today. But not surprised at all. Shahadat, Abul, Sunny-all struggled in our domestic league this year. How could we expect them to better in international cricket? Time for giving chances to successful domestic bowlers like Sajedul, Al Amin, Alauddin Babu, Nazmul, Taskin, Mosharraf Rubel, Saqlain Sajib etc. Very poor selection of Bowlers also unfortunately we missed the service of experienced Mashrafee, Rubel, Shakib for injuries....and u see its costing BD very much.....

  • Cricket_Only on March 8, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    SRI LANKA: Along with Pakistan, I love You ALL. May you kick everyone's behind with elegance. Specially of those who thought they can catch when taking a knap

  • jantrikunmad on March 8, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    BD needs more effective pace bowlers.shahadat & abul are totally harmless to the batsmen.

  • on March 8, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @Htc-Android- go check what mashrafee was before 7 years. I am not a mashrafe fan as well to make him over rated.

  • on March 8, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Angelo Mathews 25 run and MR. Extra 25 runs. 50 partnership. wonder how many extras they will give by the end of 1st innings. Awesome Class Sanga. u r a LEGEND..

  • exynos on March 8, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @uppercut Sanga's last innings against best test teams away S.A-1,2,0,108,35,34 ENG-11,14,26,12,2,119(failed 10 times)

  • on March 8, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    this is an weakened bangladesh team missing about 5 or 6 first team players through injury its all down to poor management of BPL teams and their tight fixtures during BPL they hardly had any brake, I have no Idea y Sahadat is in the team and where is Mash!!

  • tony122 on March 8, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Unlike Jaya,Sanga has proved himself to be a competent player against all kinds of bowling and all kinds of surfaces. That much is true but I find he scores much more heavily in spin friendly,slow surfaces. He has performed very well against Pakistan and some good bowlers have played for them in recent days so it is no ordinary achievement even though their bowling is not the same class as 90's or early 00's and has been very unstable in last 7-8 years. But his performances in fast friendly surfaces at Australia, England ,SA as a whole has been ordinary. Just saying he has done well in Australia will be misleading.In Australia he has compiled 572 runs with one big hundred with impressive average of 60.In Eng he has compiled 520 runs with a lowly average of 30.5 with 1 hundred.In SA he has compiled 572 runs with a low average of 35.5.Overall in all these three places he averages a mediocre 38 with 1635 runs. Figures say a great batsman but mediocre in fast friendly surfaces.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on March 8, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Life without Shakib is pretty tough.. So its a one man show. BD is nothing but Shakib & 10 friends.. their test status should be stripped off..

  • reality_check27 on March 8, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    well played srilanka and specially sanga . But someone here said that sanga has the best average away from subcontinent only second to sachin sanga is great no questions , but to say that he is as good a ssachin sachin has those stats by playing the most difficult bowlers world cricket had to offer glenn mcgrath, shane warne, alan donald and back in 1992 the pertth pitch had 5 times more venom than it does today bt still sachin was batting so that ian chapell said how can someone play such difficult strokes with such ease on waca pitch against such a good bowling attack . sanga is one of the greats but still long way away from what sachin has done.

  • Jadejafan on March 8, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    The wicket is good for batting, had some moisture early on but that's about it but regardless apart from Gazi, the rest of the Bangladesh bowlers have been awful. That's what will happen if you select these kind of bowlers.

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    toss was a vital factor for this match.as match progress the pitch will get more turn.i think injury affected tigers will fight back with a jerk.BPL has changed the test habit of the players...soon they have to be recovered from t20 format.

  • CricketFan365 on March 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Bangladesh is just playing with one specialist bowler, Shohag Gazi. Shahadat's bowling is terrible, I wonder why the selectors keep him in the side, Nazmul would have been a better option. I hope Mashrafe and Shakib come back soon. No team can win a Test math without getting 20 wickets. I wonder when Bangladesh will produce those bowlers. In my opinion, this is the worst bowling attack Bangladesh have ever played with.

  • Htc-Android on March 8, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @Csfund To Chizzlingsouls. wat masrafe could compete with steyn what a hilarious comment. He is a decent bowler, but dont compare with steyn. He is better than those indian fast bowlers for sure..:)

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    @ exynos - hey mate r u still there, its now 361-3...... pls don't under rate the class of sanga.. he has shown it...love your team but don't be a extremist.crickinfo pls publish

  • Energetic. on March 8, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    We deserve to lose, its not the pitch fault its a good one but our fast bowlers are pathetic. The fast bowlers were bowling at high speeds but line and length was poor consistently. Also this injury thing has gone way out of the boundaries, hopefully we'll get thrashed so it will teach our selectors and management a few things.

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    First of all players like Sanga and Dilshan can score against any teams in the world,but yeah Sanga was really lucky today. BD is in crisis believe me. Their main players are all injured or not in form after coming back from injury like Tamim, not selected due to that. 3 players got injured after selection and few players who were promising in BPL, expected to see them. Abul and Shahadat, NOT THEIR FAULT !BCB really really need to go for pacer hunt. An academy where they will be trained. Look at shafiul and rubel, they used to perform well, atleast upto the standard but then ? injured . Same with Mash who could compete with steyn today if wasnt injured 5 tyms ! Fitness is really poor. Every player in the world keeps on improving,especially when they are in int game and under good coaching but Shahadat and few senior players r just going backward. No matter, BD is really talented. THOSE NEW PLAYERS NOT GONNA LET THINGS GO EASY.TOSS,PITCH,GROUND,LUCK EVERYTHING WAS IN LANKANS FAVOUR.GL

  • PkZindabaad on March 8, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    What a match, Bangladesh are still clueless about what to do in international arena. Congrats Srilanka for the batting display. But it is very bad to see flat tracks and batsmen are scoring heaps of runs in these kinds of highway roads. Nothing to take away the brilliance of Sangakkara though majority of runs are coming from flat roads. congrats

  • on March 8, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    ufff....here i am again disappointed at the performance of bangladesh team.spinners can take wicket no doubt and also if shakib was here, few more wickets could have fallen.but whats wrong with our fast bowlers????they became toothless or something?Its not fault of pitch at all.Every subcontinent conditions are same.they have to improve more.

  • serene_nal on March 8, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    For all those who whine against Sangakkara - note his record in Australia - Look at this average there ? Also look at his average against Pakistan, away from home ? If you don't have a consistent argument against the man, please keep silent as that will show you in better light :-)

  • Uppercut07 on March 8, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    @exynos; u forgot three other Test playing nations: Sanga in Aus: 57. in NZ: 66, and in Pak: 86

    @Prabhu Sekar, u must've NOT watch cricket in years 2011/2012??? Sanga's centuries in ENGLAND and SOUTH AFRICA(2 100s)? didn't catch those on tv did ya?

  • on March 8, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    to Bangaladesh fans , i know its hard to believe.but accept the fact that ur bowlers are not experience and skillfull instead of blaming to pitches and say sanga a person who score runs agains weak teams.u should know mate.did any other a single country in present cricket have players playing on currently pass 10000 are we the only team play with weaker team ? Please...

  • on March 8, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Hahaha are people joking about Sanga, this guy is right now one of the top three batsmen in the world. Not just the ranking but that's a fact. He averages 48 overseas, only slightly bettered by Sachin From subcontinent teams.

    And that too because he's played twice as much as Sanga has abroad. If you lower the innings of Sachin to that of Sanga, he's infact got a better average than him, only bettered by Kallis. He's way too much class, you lot are in no position to judge him

  • crazycricketfan4life on March 8, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Today just highlighted the fact how much we are missing Shakib in the bowling department. Sohag Gazi did an amazing job as the strike bowler and he did the best he could, but if he was supported by Shakib from the other end, the day would have been far more favorable for Bangladesh. It is a shame that the Bangladesh Board took so long to send Shakib into surgery especially when the injury was discovered last year, now he is almost certain to miss both our overseas tours including this one and the one in Zimbabwe and it will really hurt us for any ambitions we hold in these Test Matches.

  • Surajdon9 on March 8, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    "After an injury, No match practice, Contract issues...Still scoring a century...! The game of Cricket is blessed to have legends like Sanga!"

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 8, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @Posted by Prabhu Sekar ; Well, Sanga has scored 5 centuries against India (4 at home/ 1 in India) with the highest score of 209. His average against India is 57.13. :) So according to your assessment, India is a weak team, right ?? I'd love to hear your opinion on that.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 8, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    @Posted by exynos ; Oh..wait! I will give u the rest. Sangakkara AWAY averages : Aus - 60.33 , PAK - 86.5, NZ -60.66 , IND -36.5 ,BAN - 40.57, SA -35.57, ENG -30.58 ZIM-140 . He has scored 4348 runs (out of his 10187) at an average of 49.97 including 12 centuries (4 double centuries ) with the highest score of 270. Any comments ??? lol

  • alfasierraalfa on March 8, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Oh really what about his innings in Hobart.The 192

  • wiseshah on March 8, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    shahadat and abul are ineffective in domestic league also, they are not first choice pacer for club team either, its selectors who should be blamed

  • on March 8, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    As usual, Sangakara scores only against weak teams and only at home conditions

  • exynos on March 8, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Sangakkara in ENG-30,S.A-35,W.I-34,IND-36,BAN-40

  • on March 8, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @exynos srilanka will collapse yeah right nice one

  • Perera32 on March 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    @S.Jagernath: I don't need you to teach me about pitches in Sri lanka mate. Read the first sentence of my last comment. The point I made was that the little bit of "Dry" grass helped the seamers in the first hour of the match. This is not a normal Galle pitch and it is more flat than it used to be, but certainly is not a "Very Flat" pitch, like you mentioned. The spinners had some assistance, when they bowled in the right areas too.

  • Surajdon9 on March 8, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Great Batting By Legend.Come on Lanka..........

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Posted by gnanzcupid ; OK, So what about back to back Sanga special 190s against Pakistan last year ? Do you call Ajmal n co. an average attack ? Or 283 against SA, 185 against Aus in Aus ?So Do you call Steyn an average bowler ? :)) plsss...

  • gnanzcupid on March 8, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    As usual. A sanga special against an average bowling attack(barring the man who bowled the maximum overs today,gazi)

  • Ruchiralk on March 8, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    exynos: So are you saying teams like South Africa, England, India and Australia are in the same category Canada? Players like Thirimanne and Chandimal are extremly talented and have scored plenty of runs vs SA, Aus and England. Jog on mate.

  • S.Jagernath on March 8, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @Perera32...Do you have any understanding of pitches,do you realise that the grass on this pitch actually makes it easier to bat on?The grass is dry & is there to ensure the pitch does not crumble to early & that allows for enough pace of the pitch to play extravagant shots.Its a very flat pitch against a Bangladesh side without important players.Why is Sri Lanka even recieving a Bangladesh tour,why isn't Sri Lanka touring Bangladesh?

  • Perera32 on March 8, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @abcdef_12345: Yes mate, it is a good batting track due to the bounce in the pitch and the small amount of grass on it. The bounce helps the ball come onto the bat and the grass helps the fast bowlers and spinners. There is a bit of spin on this track but most of the spinners are bowling a little fast I think. Gazi has shown that this pitch has some help for the bowlers. I think if the Bangladeshi Fast bowlers bowled outside off stump consistently, then they would of got atleast 2 early wickets.

  • The_Red_Cherry on March 8, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Sangakara must be thinking, " Nothing like a game with Bangladesh, to get back into form." :-)

  • British_North_America on March 8, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Perera32 But it is a very good batting track said by the commentators.

  • Captainman on March 8, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Winning the toss was crucial but of course we would struggle when half our first team players are missing. Sri Lanka as usual have their seniors doing all the work for them.

  • Perera32 on March 8, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    abcdef_12345: It's not a flat track and there was plenty of assistance for the fast bowlers. This Galle pitch has some grass and plenty of bounce. The Bangladeshi fast bowling pair were extremly poor this morning, there was some swing but didn't utilise it. When Bangladesh come out to bat, look how much swing Kulasekara will get mate.

  • saifur.raffael on March 8, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    One of the best Galle pitches , I have seen for batting....so dont worry BD....

  • Warm_Coffee on March 8, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    I still don't understand why Shahadat is even part of our squad despite all his failures. He's well known to be very expensive.

  • on March 8, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    What a wonderful pace attack we have? Abul and Shahadat gets picked again and again for mysterious reasons. Nazmul never gets picked for the same reason.

  • exynos on March 8, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Don't worry srilanka will collapse.players like Thirimanne&Chandimal can't even score against teams like Canada.SL will score 275-300

  • srilankan1984 on March 8, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    If Srilanka can find One or Two Good Fast Bowlers, It will lift Srilanka in to the Top of the Test Rankings..

  • Albert_cambell on March 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Looks like tigers had too much meals and went to sleep. Wake up tigers!!!!!!!

  • ashqarmahi on March 8, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    where is nazmul hossain.......if rabiul islam,shahadat hossain can be selected than what is the fault of nazmul.....please give him chance.....atleast he can't do better than this bowlers....shahadat average 50....and where is shafiul islam....

  • aussietough on March 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @Mehdi. According to today's newspaper, Rubel felt back pain after yesterday's practice.

  • British_North_America on March 8, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Very bad toss to loose.It is an absolute flat track with no assistance for bowlers.When BD will come to bat, wicket will be broken and there will be something for spinners.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 8, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Posted by TheRisingTeam ; Hey, I hope you are watching the match. Looking not so good for you guys huh ? :) Don't worry a plenty of worries n headaches are yet to come for you :)

  • Yasi_Gee on March 8, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Congratulations Kithuruwan!

  • on March 8, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    No doubt about that our first bowling attack very weak than other side its a big reason to worry that for test cricket.Although we have some medium quality fast bowler but we need real fast bowler for winning test cricket.after all best of luck tiger.

  • on March 8, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Dear selectors can you please tell us why Shahadat Hossain is selected again and again? is he played in practice match where we see Rubel did a good job in practice match. Has Shahadat performed well in BPL or any other format of domestic cricket. Is there any other factor is working while selecting him. As Srilankan pitches are spin friendly and our main strength is spin then why so many fast bowlers.

  • on March 8, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The body language of the so called pace bowlers suggests they don't want to bowl. If a bowler like Shahadat with 50+ avg. is picked along with a bowler who is yet to pick a wicket from 2 test matches, that is HORRIBLE. Why not Rabiul ?

    The team management and selectors should show some accountability.

  • on March 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    why Shahadat Hossain is playing? why he has been selected in Srilankan tour!

  • TheRisingTeam on March 8, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Now Bangladesh have no chance. Ridiculous with these 'injuries'.

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  • TheRisingTeam on March 8, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Now Bangladesh have no chance. Ridiculous with these 'injuries'.

  • on March 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    why Shahadat Hossain is playing? why he has been selected in Srilankan tour!

  • on March 8, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The body language of the so called pace bowlers suggests they don't want to bowl. If a bowler like Shahadat with 50+ avg. is picked along with a bowler who is yet to pick a wicket from 2 test matches, that is HORRIBLE. Why not Rabiul ?

    The team management and selectors should show some accountability.

  • on March 8, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Dear selectors can you please tell us why Shahadat Hossain is selected again and again? is he played in practice match where we see Rubel did a good job in practice match. Has Shahadat performed well in BPL or any other format of domestic cricket. Is there any other factor is working while selecting him. As Srilankan pitches are spin friendly and our main strength is spin then why so many fast bowlers.

  • on March 8, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    No doubt about that our first bowling attack very weak than other side its a big reason to worry that for test cricket.Although we have some medium quality fast bowler but we need real fast bowler for winning test cricket.after all best of luck tiger.

  • Yasi_Gee on March 8, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Congratulations Kithuruwan!

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 8, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Posted by TheRisingTeam ; Hey, I hope you are watching the match. Looking not so good for you guys huh ? :) Don't worry a plenty of worries n headaches are yet to come for you :)

  • British_North_America on March 8, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Very bad toss to loose.It is an absolute flat track with no assistance for bowlers.When BD will come to bat, wicket will be broken and there will be something for spinners.

  • aussietough on March 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @Mehdi. According to today's newspaper, Rubel felt back pain after yesterday's practice.

  • ashqarmahi on March 8, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    where is nazmul hossain.......if rabiul islam,shahadat hossain can be selected than what is the fault of nazmul.....please give him chance.....atleast he can't do better than this bowlers....shahadat average 50....and where is shafiul islam....