Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day March 9, 2013

Bangladesh resist after Sri Lanka declare

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Bangladesh 135 for 2 (Ashraful 65*, Mominul 35*) trail Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec (Thirimanne 155*, Chandimal 116*) by 435 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Centuries by Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal extended Sri Lanka's domination on the second day, allowing for a declaration at 570, for the loss of only four wickets. Having been on the field for four and a half sessions, Bangladesh had the better part of the afternoon to regroup and script their reply, and ended the day on a satisfying 135 for 2 with a set Mohammad Ashraful at the crease. Though the visitors had a long way to go, they had the platform to go about their first target of going past the follow-on mark.

The most satisfying aspect of Sri Lanka's performance was that two of their batsmen earmarked for the future, scored centuries. Thirimanne and Chandimal didn't allow Bangladesh to snatch the initiative at any stage. While Thirimanne was watchful, cutting out risky shots, Chandimal focused on acceleration as Sri Lanka worked to a plan of getting quick runs before a predictable declaration.

Bangladesh had their moments of control in the opening session. After hemorrhaging runs on the opening day, their bowlers turned in a better performance with the ball, but had only one wicket to show for in the entire day. Better fielding, though, would have helped Bangladesh limit the damage. Chandimal was let off thrice early in his innings, followed by another dropped catch when he had crossed 100. Those bloopers dashed Bangladesh's hopes of infiltrating the lower order. Instead, a massive, unbroken partnership of 203 was allowed to develop and after lunch, it was a matter of when Angelo Mathews would pull the plug on the innings.

Chandimal, never one to leave alone a loose delivery irrespective of the format, slashed his first ball over the slips. He was dropped on 5 when he slashed low to gully off Abul Hasan. The aggrieved bowler only had himself to blame for the second let-off, when he put down a catch at fine leg. Shahadat Hossain had set the trap by bowling short, and he cut an exasperated figure when his fellow seamer fluffed the take, despite having it covered. Chandimal, on 12, then charged the offspinner Sohag Gazi, but Jahurul Islam failed to time his dive properly at short midwicket.

Thirimanne was watchful, compared to the opening day. Save for an edgy drive that beat the diving gully fielder, which took him to the 90s, he was cautious outside the off stump. Chandimal was relatively carefree, charging the spinners and lofting over midwicket, past cover, and driving down the ground. When the seamers bowled it short, he ensured he kept the pull along the ground, learning from his earlier reprieve. He raced towards his fifty with a flurry of boundaries.

Thirimanne, in contrast, was slower in his approach, perhaps mindful of his impetuous stroke when on 91 in Sydney, that cut short a deserving maiden century. On 99, he gave Elias Sunny the charge, and picked up two runs to seal his landmark.

Chandimal didn't alter his approach after lunch, charging Mahmudullah and launching him over the sightscreen. Gazi, who had picked up two wickets by deliberately tossing it up wide outside off stump, tried the same against Chandimal but he improvised and managed to bash it past cover. Chandimal's first fifty came off 91 balls, but his second needed just half the number of balls. He was dropped for the fourth time - on 111 - at long-on, but by then the damage had already been done.

Thirimanne was strong on the off side against the seamers. A single to cover took him past 150 and the declaration came shortly after.

Bangladesh began briskly, but the openers were troubled by Nuwan Kulasekara's disconcerting inswing. It was a slightly short delivery by Shaminda Eranga that cost them a wicket. Jahurul failed to get his gloves out of the way and offered a simple catch to the keeper.

The most pleasing aspect of Bangladesh's reply was Ashraful's fluency. He had form coming into this game, having scored 102 in the tour match in Matara. He was strong on the off side against the seamers, punishing the fuller deliveries wide of point and cover. The ease with which he dealt with Ajantha Mendis was crucial, because he didn't let the bowler settle into a rhythm after striking in his first over. Mendis - playing his first Test since May 2011 - removed Anamul Haque with a googly, yorking the batsman who was driving away from the body. Ashraful ensured he got a good stride forward against Mendis, smothering the spin. If it was pitched up, on the pads, Ashraful managed to flick it away nonchalantly for boundaries through the on side. One such whip brought up his fifty, off just 67 balls.

The debutant Mominul Haque too came into this game with runs - 99 in the tour game - and he too looked comfortable against the spinners, driving Rangana Herath for boundaries on both sides of the wicket. The pair brought up their half-century stand in just 58 balls, as Sri Lanka looked desperate for a wicket before stumps. The final session was undoubtedly Bangladesh's, and their fortunes in this Test will depend on how many more sessions they can dominate, especially on the third day.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 11, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @Thilina Dissanayake, cheers man, Thirimanne and Chandimal as well as Karunaratne, K. Perera and Mathews are the future for SL, and yes teams do go through rough patches such as WI and AUS BUT they're time will come in the next few years, so just give them a bit of time to gel as a team.

  • Ponsh on March 10, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Bangladesh can bat too. How tragic for all the haters.

    Roar on Tigers and well done in particular to the improved, focused Ashraful. Great 100 after only making the team because of Tamim's injury.

  • Anan249 on March 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Congratulation Ashraful ...........................

  • exynos on March 10, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    why SL team can't perform well even against Bangladesh?They will score 500+

  • on March 10, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Yesterday, i watched the full game ball by ball. Srilankan bowlers bowled very professionally unlike bangladesh. But the pitch is absolutely belted for batting.There was no swing off the pitch,only swing available was from the strong breeze over the ground.So the efforts of srilankan pacers was undone.In this lollipop pitch any team can score 500+ run, no big deal.And Bangladesh is on the way to do so.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on March 10, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks, its very normal that we, BD fans, will be hoping for the best from our batsmen and we have nothing to do rather to be optimistic. Hoping for big scores from Ashraful doesn't means that we are underestimating SRI bowlers, but we need to hope for the best: everyone also hopes for the bests from their team- no sin to do that.

    Everyone, who follows cricket, must have to believe that BD Cricket is improving and almost touching to a big name. So, it is really harsh from the fans from other countries who are continuously want to throw BD in the waste-bin.

    Historically, SRI fans are very much logical with their comments and they are very respectful to other teams, unlike PAK or IND fans. I believe BD and SRI fans will live and comment in harmony respecting each other's feelings.

  • Prem2248 on March 10, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Due to the the kind of persons around the Team and the seniors (that don't like to see challenging performances from youngsters) they closed the innings too early and at the wrong time. BD shouldn't have been given more than 40 miniutes of play yesterday. If they had done so SL could have got another 130 runs or more, easily taken the 2 wickets that they had already taken and the ball will be new still in the morning today.

  • saif_bd007 on March 10, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    SL is still favourite to win this test. We all knew that. What is our target? To show fight and take to fifth day. Its very difficult to progress for team like BD once Umpires are against them. If they give 5 decisions in BD favor still cant make up the one they didnot give against SANGA. Then 2/3 best batsmen of BD currently arenot playing for injury. Have a heart guys, dont be that harsh to BD. Just think who was not considered even in best 25 is playing so beautiful, who would Sakib/Tamim play here...just luck.

  • on March 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Anamul should not be given another chance next test because of his well known problem of no footwork. I think we should play Marshal Ayub in next test match.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @ bayzid47; I'm not underestimating BD. But seems you are overestimating BD. I would say BD is a competitive and a surprise threat to any of the Top teams in ODIs. But in Test cricket they are not. 3-65 after 14 years reflects that. Sorry mate. As a comparison SL won 9 matches from 68 they played within first 14 years (1982-1996) and lost only 31. Most of those wins were against Top teams at that time (India 1, Pak 3, NZ 2, Eng 1) and most importantly 3 were away wins which resulted 2 away Test series wins (vs NZ and vs Pak). So still you are comparing SL with BD.

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @Thilina Dissanayake, cheers man, Thirimanne and Chandimal as well as Karunaratne, K. Perera and Mathews are the future for SL, and yes teams do go through rough patches such as WI and AUS BUT they're time will come in the next few years, so just give them a bit of time to gel as a team.

  • Ponsh on March 10, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Bangladesh can bat too. How tragic for all the haters.

    Roar on Tigers and well done in particular to the improved, focused Ashraful. Great 100 after only making the team because of Tamim's injury.

  • Anan249 on March 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Congratulation Ashraful ...........................

  • exynos on March 10, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    why SL team can't perform well even against Bangladesh?They will score 500+

  • on March 10, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Yesterday, i watched the full game ball by ball. Srilankan bowlers bowled very professionally unlike bangladesh. But the pitch is absolutely belted for batting.There was no swing off the pitch,only swing available was from the strong breeze over the ground.So the efforts of srilankan pacers was undone.In this lollipop pitch any team can score 500+ run, no big deal.And Bangladesh is on the way to do so.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on March 10, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks, its very normal that we, BD fans, will be hoping for the best from our batsmen and we have nothing to do rather to be optimistic. Hoping for big scores from Ashraful doesn't means that we are underestimating SRI bowlers, but we need to hope for the best: everyone also hopes for the bests from their team- no sin to do that.

    Everyone, who follows cricket, must have to believe that BD Cricket is improving and almost touching to a big name. So, it is really harsh from the fans from other countries who are continuously want to throw BD in the waste-bin.

    Historically, SRI fans are very much logical with their comments and they are very respectful to other teams, unlike PAK or IND fans. I believe BD and SRI fans will live and comment in harmony respecting each other's feelings.

  • Prem2248 on March 10, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Due to the the kind of persons around the Team and the seniors (that don't like to see challenging performances from youngsters) they closed the innings too early and at the wrong time. BD shouldn't have been given more than 40 miniutes of play yesterday. If they had done so SL could have got another 130 runs or more, easily taken the 2 wickets that they had already taken and the ball will be new still in the morning today.

  • saif_bd007 on March 10, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    SL is still favourite to win this test. We all knew that. What is our target? To show fight and take to fifth day. Its very difficult to progress for team like BD once Umpires are against them. If they give 5 decisions in BD favor still cant make up the one they didnot give against SANGA. Then 2/3 best batsmen of BD currently arenot playing for injury. Have a heart guys, dont be that harsh to BD. Just think who was not considered even in best 25 is playing so beautiful, who would Sakib/Tamim play here...just luck.

  • on March 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Anamul should not be given another chance next test because of his well known problem of no footwork. I think we should play Marshal Ayub in next test match.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @ bayzid47; I'm not underestimating BD. But seems you are overestimating BD. I would say BD is a competitive and a surprise threat to any of the Top teams in ODIs. But in Test cricket they are not. 3-65 after 14 years reflects that. Sorry mate. As a comparison SL won 9 matches from 68 they played within first 14 years (1982-1996) and lost only 31. Most of those wins were against Top teams at that time (India 1, Pak 3, NZ 2, Eng 1) and most importantly 3 were away wins which resulted 2 away Test series wins (vs NZ and vs Pak). So still you are comparing SL with BD.

  • indirockz on March 9, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    prob if this bangladeshi team plays Zim in tests, still result will be unpredictable...may be Zim is even better than BD in tests.Test match records BD vs Zim - 9matches - 5Wins for Zim and just solitary loss... shame on you guys. You can't even beat Zim in test match and claiming to beat India....hahahahahahahahah

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 9, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    @Posted by Mar Zan ; You are not wishing your team to win here but making some horrendous predictions. When you say something like that Ash is gonna make a double century tomorrow, of course if affects SL fans. Its like saying that SL bowlers are gonna get thrashed tomorrow. So They tend to get back at you with some comments which you may find a bit harsh.

  • bayzid47 on March 9, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu.... Don't get over exited...Ur underesmating you know who....it may surprize you.. We agree SL has many great racords but don't forgot what SL were before they achive that....they'v beaten strong teams when they were weak and mennows......So why can't we beat do that.... Nothing is impossible in cricket.... Just mind it

  • kandykolla on March 9, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Calm down guys .....End of the series Bangla test match stat would be 77-3 !!

  • duronto_pothik on March 9, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Although in BD, there are a lot of supporter of PAK and IND cricket team, I always love the Srilankans. In the early days of BD cricket, none of the srilankan Big names, says bad about BD. Even their supporters are lot more respectful. Thanks to Srilanka and their fans. Wish best for the both teams. Altjough, being a BD fan, I am praying something positive for BD in this test

  • mzm149 on March 9, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Sri Lanka will not bat again in this test after putting this score unless the players want to make records. I wonder how much they would have scored if they did not declare. 800+ IMO.

  • on March 9, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    few fans are dont know how to talk , we are just wissing that our team will win , nothing else . is any person in this cant wissh that they can win .is SL is unbeaten .leave your sanga, mahela out , there is not much diffrents between two teams.

  • SL_Boy on March 9, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    not sure why talk about Chandimal's 5 chances inning, when Sanga and Lahiru made excellent innings.

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

    it was a good day for bangladeshi batsmen. specially ash n mominul its was a delights to watch ash. i think he will carry on tomorrow in the same way he did. anamul dont regret you will get a second chance to produce n show your class to the world. bangladesh will pass 450 plus by tomorrow IN SHA ALLAH. all the best tigers. just carry on.

  • mzm149 on March 9, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Bangladesh can only win against Indian bowling just like in Asia Cup.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Don't be over excited BD Fans and Other commenters who hates SL. This is just one fifty odd unbroken partnership from BD. Ashraful has a good record against SL. If they can resist tomorrow that's great. Let's see. SL team is in a transition phase. Still finding good pace bowlers and stable middle order. Be patient. SL are not world beaters in Test Cricket. But they are not same as BD. SL have been in #2 and #3 rankings several times. BD at the bottom of the rankings. SL won world cup (1996), just 15 years after they got Test status. Twice WC runners up (2007, 2011). Twice T20WC runners up (2009, 2012). What BD achieved in world level. Sorry to recall. But BD were comprehensively beaten by a relatively weakened Zimbabwe, who just came back to Test Cricket after self exile.

  • on March 9, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Great to see the batsmen do well. But batting draws games. For Bangladesh, if you cant get their 20 wickets, you are not going to win. Period. Of and "they are not unbeatable" does not sound too confident.

  • on March 9, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan living in italy for 25 years. I love cricket, and i am able to watch cricket matches thanks to some bloggers over live streaming. with all the economic problems they have , SRI LANKA AND BANGLADESH are doing well in cricket. I have been watching Bangladesh improving day by day. they need some co-ordination and financial support. I wish all the best to both of the countries for their future success! it is always easy to criticize . but also should consider the problems that every country has and face. most of the rich countries like Australia,England,new Zealand with al the money they have, they are not playing great cricket.

  • on March 9, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    hopfully asraful can make another century tommorow & make it sincerly what he was done at past aganst srilanka,because he got the capability,and the rest of the batsman need to spupport him.

  • on March 9, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    80 percent result of this test will come out tomorrow , if bangladesh can bat hole day than we will avoid follow on , its means test going on 5th day and probability to draw otherwise one sided , sl will win easy way . . one thing is important how pich are reactioning if its turn than sl bowler will get advantage . if dont than we have chance make at least 400. most imortant day for bd , best of luck . we had few big miss shakib , tamim , anamul ( bowl) and mash .those players are match winner for bd.

  • on March 9, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    This is the opportunity for Bangladesh to prove themselves if they can take it they have to grasp the chance and they will not get a better one while the morale is high. Sri Lanka is no push over but they must make them work other wise we can expect another roll over the dropped catches dont help but it is time for Bangladesh to show some steel,skill and survival.The ball is in Sri Lankas court but it is a chance for Bladesh to push them all the way there are some weak points in the team(SL), GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bayzid47 on March 9, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    BD can do well if they can stay calm............. Test is a game of patientness...But whatever we say BD player will play fairlessly... So, good luck tigers...play as you always do

  • Great-shot444 on March 9, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Dont be over exicted BD supporters . U have just a one good session . Final result will be the same :-)

  • on March 9, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, mate herath hasnt picked up a single wicket yet n um pretty sure he would have gone wicket less if he had to bowl in the first two days...we have lost our two best left armers due to injury,so u cant expect a second best bowling line up to bundle out the lankans n we too could score more than 1000 runs if we could bat first . anyways, looking forward to an exciting day of cricket

  • Najmul_Hasan_Biswas on March 9, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    We should not think too much about runs. I think if Mr. Ashraful and Mahmudullah can play accordingly their merit then i reckon opposition bowling will cause no harm whatsoever.

  • kingspakistan on March 9, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Well who says Srilanka is equal to BD. SL is runners up of both WC and ICC T20. Former world champions and made up of great quality players. Compare the record of both teams and you will see.... SL will demolish BD. Best wishes from Pakistan.

  • Lakpj on March 9, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345 you can complain for bad umpiring decisions, pitch conditions, etc.. but can never complain for drop catches, it is your own fault not someone else' s. Yes this SL team need to improve, in this game they have 4 players in the top 7 who had played less than 10 tests. And they need a couple of good fast bowlers as well. but don't worry they will improve. just give them some time.

  • Ansh-Hassan on March 9, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    actually i guess the result will be depend on the day tomorrow . the play of tomorrow is the most important part of this match ! if next day , bangladeshi batsman play well and if can bat a long time ... if they can manage some good runs above all if they can play the whole day of tomorrow , then the match can be drawn ! but it's not that easy ... they need to play very hard and need to be on the crease !

  • creekeetman on March 9, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    mathews is not a test number 5. bangladesh should not be playing test cricket. chandimal should be played as a batsman only, he is a quality player and should not have the extra responsibility of keeping.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 9, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Some ppl say the wicket will deteriorate in day 4/5 and yes its likely but doesn't rain make a difference? because today I've seen pictures of dark heavy clouds luring in Galle and it generally rains a lot especially at night in Sri Lanka.

  • Rafelgibt on March 9, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Our first target would be to pass 370 runs then something else.Hope Galle's pitch would be remain same in the 3rd day like a batting paradise.If our batsmen can apply themselves in the 1st session of tomorrow then it would not be impossible to pass 400 runs.Now its up to the BATSMEN to rescue the team.Roar Tigers Roar>>>>

  • warneneverchuck on March 9, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    BD shud not forget that SL just as ordinary as BD. They can't even won a series against NZ at home. So it will be a series between 2 equal teams

  • British_North_America on March 9, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    JPNana BD team may be nothing for Sri Lanka.But this does not increase the value of the condition of pitch in first two days.Also Sri Lanka is very lucky that BD dropped 5 catches and Sri Lanka could bat in the first two days.May be even BD would score 500+ runs if they could bat first.Who knows? Sangakara actually scored 111 considering the drop chance and in no way it was a good innings in an absolute flat pitch.The same goes to Chandimal's innings.These Sri Lanka team will be white washed by a descent opposition like South Africa or India.

  • on March 9, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    In sub continent only Pakistan produced some great pace bowlers over the time. The problem is body structure and the pitches in sub continent.So BD does not need top class fast bowlers. They can win test matches with couple of more good spinner like Shohag Gazi, good fielding and tied bowling . Srilanka and India did that over the time and still winning with their great spinners and even Pakistan is heavily depended on Spinners as well.

  • Third_Gear on March 9, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Htc-Android@ In this case BD has a good chance considering Spin attack they have. Shohagh,Sunny,Nasir,Mahmudullah,Ashraful,Mominul all these part/full time spinners can drive to win.

  • Fogu on March 9, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    1st session tomorrow is critical for BD. They have to negotiate the session without losing more than a wicket. Some of the comments against BD and SL are silly by fans of other nations. BD needs a good fast bowler but they must improve their fielding. SL could have been restricted to less than 400 if BD had taken their chances. Hoping for a good batting display by BD tomorrow.

  • on March 9, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I would say that bangladesh spiners have done well because till the 2nd day there was nothing for them. Pacers have to learn a lot,still good to see hasan improved today. Congragts to Chandimal and Thiri, Hope BD learnt a lesson, they dropped 5 catches, I REPEAT 5 CATCHES IN A TEST MATCH ! if had taken them , they could stop them in 400-450 runs. Really disappointing when you see any team in test dropping catches this way, really takes away the interest. Anamul looked really solid, then how he got out was extremely poor, anyways he is very young. Unlucky Jahurul and good one by Eranga. Ash and Mominul have to careful,its gona be all for spinners. Stil a long way to go .

  • kc69 on March 9, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    My prediction for this test series will be 2-0 for Sri Lanka and also will end with a lot of records for Sri Lankan cricketers.And once again all fans will be on cloud 9 unless there is a tour to SA,Eng or Aus.

  • Htc-Android on March 9, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Sri lanka will win this game comfortably. Its going to be hard to bat on day 4 and day 5. The pitch will detoriate and become helpful wicket for the spinners. 135-2 is decent test match score. It has nothing to do with the pitch is being flat. BD just had a 70 odd partnership, which put them in a good position. When the pitch starts to detoriate on tomorrow, they will find it difficult.

  • ostad on March 9, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    any way, it looks like a good cricket game.Bangladesh batsman, bowlers are doing well. Only Mushfiq has to do a meaningful captaincy by setting a good fielding net.We allowed too many boundaries....SL sometimes seemed to play T20 in this test match.Only other hand excellent fielding from SL. Only this point will make a difference between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.... tomorrow will decide BD draws or loose the game.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 9, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @Posted by ইমতিয়াজ আহমদ ইমতি ; I bet you have tons of left armers in Bangladesh. The question is why you couldn't bring at least a couple of 'em to Sri Lanka to get a few wickets. SL would have scored over 1000 runs if they hadnt declared. lol

  • on March 9, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    except shohag there are no specialist bowler ....... where is nazmul & robiul ?

  • exynos on March 9, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    LOL SL can't even win against bangladesh.Ashrafull will score 200+ against these club bowlers.

  • BOND_OO7 on March 9, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    We are still as weak as we have been in pace attack since our birth.Bcb should launch a campaign aiming to gather youngsters aged atleast 18 from the very root level and bring them up in proper facilities with proper care eyeing the upcoming world cup in australia and NZ. We need to move on from now on.

  • BOND_OO7 on March 9, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    We are still as weak as we have been in pace attack since our birth.Bcb should launch a campaign aiming to gather youngsters aged atleast 18 from the very root level and bring them up in proper facilities with proper care eyeing the upcoming world cup in australia and NZ. We need to move on from now on.

  • KingOwl on March 9, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    It was good to see the big scores coming from the young ones (even against BD). Sanga's hundred was not unexpected. He makes hundreds against all countries in all places. Thirimanna had a great series in Aus and he just missed a debut hundred in Aus. So, he rectified that. Chandimal has always been better away than at home. So, it was good to see him make a century at home - still, the numerous early chances are a concern. He needs to be more watchful early in his inning. His desire to dominate can easily backfires.

  • on March 9, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @JPNana ... bro,u r talking about an Asian team,so dnt tell us that ur spinners are that much threatening to us.i doubt how many wickets ur best spinner HERATH could take if he were to bowl in this track in the first innings n we have tons of left armers in our country who can bowl far better than herath

  • BOND_OO7 on March 9, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    If Bangladesh can spend all three sessions tomorrrow, it will be a nice fightback. Remember Bangladesh playing without top three players. Best of luck to BD

  • The_Ashes on March 9, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka still look strong favourites to win this but I just hope Bangladesh batting is different compared to their bowling. Anamul apart from that dismissal played sensibly and well. He's very young and will just learn from it and I will obviously have him than Jahurul who is pretty much an easy wicket to pacers. No doubt both Tamim and especially Shakib who are Bangladesh's best players are badly missed.

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    1st session better bowling than yesterday than bad gradually its decaying with bad fielding. shadat and abul have to learn lot especially about line and length good batting display by ash and mominul . they must keep it up. anamul what hav u done? hes played very well and looking very solid to me and again say what have you done? hope he will learn form this mistake..jaharul well done got out by a very good delivery but he should try pull because i think any other batsman will pull this ball or defended straight bat but these arent easy work any ways hope for d bes plan for the worst...wish luck guys

  • CrICkeeet on March 9, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    One thing pretty clear. BAN hav 2 bat full day 3 nd atleast hav 2 make 371(follow-on). if they can make these 2 things then it could b very difficult for SL 2 win this match......BAN bowling is also a big concern... bt its just Day 2 so lets see what happened. Hoping 4 a good TEST match..

  • yohandf1984 on March 9, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @ SL on top but they have more work to do . Two batsmen in the middle look good and SL bowlers must come with more application tomorrow . They can't let batsmen run away with runs . This is proving to be a less venomous pitch in Galle .I would have preferred a bit of spice for bowlers . Congrats to Thiri and Chandi for maiden tons . That ll boost their confidence . Ashraful is looking good for another ton . Exciting days play to come .

  • Third_Gear on March 9, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Seems BD will also score 500+ as they have still to bat players like Nasir,Mushfiq,Mahmudullah,on the other hand Gazi,Sunny,Hasan they are also good batsmen in long version cricket. So, at the end a good test match cricket. Greeting for both teams.

  • yohandf1984 on March 9, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    @ SL on top but they have more work to do . Two batsmen in the middle look good and SL bowlers must come with more application tomorrow . They can't let batsmen run away with runs . This is proving to be a less venomous pitch in Galle .I would have preferred a bit of spice for bowlers . Congrats to Thiri and Chandi for maiden tons . That ll boost their confidence . Ashraful is looking good for another ton . Exciting days play to come .

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    hope ash and mominul play well tomorrow........its gonna be tough though....btw...where is razzak.....we need a specialist bowler......not like abul hasan and shahadat........how come these 2 fast bowlers r in the team....

  • Captainman on March 9, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Its not a flat track but a good track, our bowlers apart from 1 bowled really badly. When Sri Lanka came to bowl, they were showing us how to bowl properly, Nuwan was inswinging the ball a great deal early on even his lbw appeals were turned down because of it and there is some turn.

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    fielding is main concern fr bangladesh nwadays.... hope to see old ashraful with more maturity tomorrow....come on tigers u can do it easily....youngsters time to roar n show ur ability...best part, even no.10 abul hasan has hundred, so batting is deep enough i guess.... just hav to keep patience....better luck tigers :)

  • PkZindabaad on March 9, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Mathews again failed, even he cannot score in a road where two inexpericed players like chandimal and thirimmane scored centuries. Sangakkara again scored buckets of runs in flat pitches and favorable conditions. These players were clueless in Aus just shows the quality of pitch and opposition

  • King_Ravanaa on March 9, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    abcdef_12345... just don't get over existed, flukes won't hanging around for long. trial by massive 430+ runs, still hard to get it draw. and if you don't know anything about Galle pitch, just let you to know, as past records shows, it will get deteriorate by the 3rd day, and spin will makes it really difficult to control, team like BD are nothing for us.

  • on March 9, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    guys see in tomorrow ash will made duble hundred . he will be rule cricket world for next ten years . my prediction this test match gonna draw. one thing keep on mind gale pitch will turn from tomorrow so SL bowlers will get extra advantage but never mind we will have a good day .

  • Warm_Coffee on March 9, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Bangladesh's bowling is very disappointing. Sunny and especially Shahadat need to be removed completely from the side as they have not at all delivered for the team. Abul though he has good pace is still not ready to play for the national team and needs to work a lot on his bowling especially his line and length. Though its very likely we'll lose this test match provided the weather is fine, in the next test match drop Jahurul who still cannot play the short pitched ball and bring in Tamim.

  • PkZindabaad on March 9, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Three centuries and two half centuries, what a match! This highway road even helps bangladesh batsmen! Mominul and Ash looking for a huge century, just shows how players like sangakkara enjoys this sorts of pitches.

  • reality_check27 on March 9, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @midoff well like i have said that sanga is one of the greats . But to compare to gavaskar is too much. Sunil gavaskar scored runs against the 70s and 80s bowling lineup of west indies without helmet and not to forget australia as well unlike sanga who has scored a lot of runs on australian and west indies surface which are not even 10% as venomous as they used to be when gavaskar used to play and he played less number of test matches overseas than what sanga has. so sanga is still a great but is no where close to sachin or gavaskar.

  • British_North_America on March 9, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Now Sri Lankans will accept that it is a flat track.Only Jahurul was out by a good delivery, Anamul got out due to his wrong shot selection and approach.

  • on March 9, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Dom Bourke - well said mate. @TommytuckerSaffa - Players may fail once in awhile. But that doesn't mean that they are not good enough. its a same theory for the top cricket teams AUS,SL,INDIA.ENG,NZ & SA.so don't be harsh all the time.Accept when they perform well with applause. What matters is how they perform in the present not in the past.

  • on March 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, Chandimal made runs in the odi series last year and this year as well as the sydney test, Thirimanne got 90 odd in the same match and scored his maiden odi hundred in adelaide, so no, they are not clueless unlike the aus team in India at the moment.

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Bangladesh required quality seem bowlers.Spin attack is good enough for BD.

  • amilag on March 9, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    SL future Mahela and Sanga, former Aravinda and Arjuna....Chandimal and Thirimmane

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 9, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    these same SL players looked absolutely clueless against Australia on flat decks earlier this year. I question the quality of those test Tons scored.

  • Jimi01 on March 9, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn. Thats funny cos Sangakkara has an overseas average of 49

  • SL_Wolverine on March 9, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    New cricket stars for Sri Lanaka.. well done

  • fr600 on March 9, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    BD needs genuine fast bowlers for test matches.

  • Mid-off on March 9, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Well,matchfixerpkn you obviously don't follow Sangakara very closely, - he has made more Test runs than Gavaskar - and against leading Test countries - and overseas including a score of 190 in a Test against Australia when they were at their peak! THAT WAS IT HIS BEST!

  • on March 9, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Well Played Thiri and Chandi ,Good signs 4 future of SL Cricket :)

  • matchfixerpkn on March 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    this is y sangakara is best.. he scores alll his runs in home turf aginast teams like bangla, zimbawe etc etc..

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  • matchfixerpkn on March 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    this is y sangakara is best.. he scores alll his runs in home turf aginast teams like bangla, zimbawe etc etc..

  • on March 9, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Well Played Thiri and Chandi ,Good signs 4 future of SL Cricket :)

  • Mid-off on March 9, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Well,matchfixerpkn you obviously don't follow Sangakara very closely, - he has made more Test runs than Gavaskar - and against leading Test countries - and overseas including a score of 190 in a Test against Australia when they were at their peak! THAT WAS IT HIS BEST!

  • fr600 on March 9, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    BD needs genuine fast bowlers for test matches.

  • SL_Wolverine on March 9, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    New cricket stars for Sri Lanaka.. well done

  • Jimi01 on March 9, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn. Thats funny cos Sangakkara has an overseas average of 49

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 9, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    these same SL players looked absolutely clueless against Australia on flat decks earlier this year. I question the quality of those test Tons scored.

  • amilag on March 9, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    SL future Mahela and Sanga, former Aravinda and Arjuna....Chandimal and Thirimmane

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Bangladesh required quality seem bowlers.Spin attack is good enough for BD.

  • on March 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, Chandimal made runs in the odi series last year and this year as well as the sydney test, Thirimanne got 90 odd in the same match and scored his maiden odi hundred in adelaide, so no, they are not clueless unlike the aus team in India at the moment.