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

Sangakkara's expert hook, and Gazi's patience

Andrew Fidel Fernando and Mohammad Isam
Plays of the day from the first day of the first Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Test in Galle

The blow

Sri Lanka batsmen's bones seem to have been particularly susceptible to upset in the past three months, with Kumar Sangakkara, Prasanna Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara and Mahela Jayawardene all missing Tests due to fractures, and when Dimuth Karunaratne was hit flush on the elbow by a Shahadat Hossain bouncer on 15, he too must have wondered if the same fate would befall him. The outlook seemed grim when Sri Lanka's physio took one look at the elbow and took Karunaratne off the field, but despite the scare, he returned later in the session to add 26 more runs to his tally.

The stroke

A cover drive is generally the most alluring stroke in any Sangakkara innings, but though there were plenty of those off the spinners, it was a hook shot that epitomised his mastery of the Bangladesh bowling on day one. Twice Shahadat Hossain tried to bounce him in the 35th over, and both times Sangakkara rocked back in an instant and sent the ball screaming in front of square leg, all along the ground.

The drop

Of all the fielders, Mohammad Ashraful would know the significance of a Sangakkara wicket, having seen him score two previous double-centuries within a week five years ago. But his slight delay to jump and reach the batsman's lofted shot cost Bangladesh.

Sangakkara, though, added only 31 more before Jahurul Islam caught him at short cover, on the second attempt after parrying the ball with both hands.

The wicket

Sohag Gazi was the day's best bowler, and his dismissal of Dimuth Karunaratne had him beating a batsman after working him over.

Gazi kept the ball up to Karunaratne, the lesser experienced of the two left-hand batsmen at the crease (the other being Sangakkara), and whenever the batsmen drove, he had a small smile on his face. He bowled him a maiden over late in the first session, and kept pegging away until in his 14th over when he brought one back at the batsman. The appeal wasn't too long as the decision was quick, and it was one of the few bright spots of the day for the visitors.

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

    @Mohammed Shuvro - i respect your opinion but i don't think this is a batting paradise. I saw ghazi's clever bowling and good bowlers can do well on this track. Anyway we are just dreaming, still SL haven't looked like they are going to finish this innings let alone bangladesh start batting. Waiting to see what will happen when SL bowl!!

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 8, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @ Mohammed Shuvro : A good comment from you mate..Bangladesh has got talent.But they still do not know how to apply it in Test cricket. Gazi impresses me a lot.In near near future he will become a world beater.Good luck..!!!! ~ A Sri Lankan fan~

  • dummy4fb on March 8, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    This a batting friendly as its best, this the best wicket for batsman, you calling a batsman paradise,

    Srilanka played really well, especially Sanga played a jam of innings, a well played 142 runs, congrats to him. New players are looks promising for srilanka.

    In contrast, I said Bangladesh plays really well, despite their major players are not playing in this game due to injury, but I want them to prove and play with their potentials, Gazi is the pick of bowlers and performed really well today, he the rare Juwel for Bangladesh team, other bowlers are fine but not that firey as Gazi. fielding is ordinary, srilanka picked too many boundaries, ashraful makes me heart broken when he dropped Sanga's catch, it's is the easiest of catches. If Bangladesh picked another wicket or two they can say they achieved something in the 1st day of this test. 2moro will be a hard day for Bangladesh they don't pick early of luck for Bangladesh team for 2moro!

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