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

Abul and a fine-leg drop

Plays of the Day from the second day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Drop of the day
There were four dropped catches to pick from but the one missed by Abul Hasan ultimately remained the costliest. Dinesh Chandimal was on 8 when the pace bowler ran ten metres from fine leg and suddenly realised he had to dive - but it was too late. The ball grazed his fingertips and hit the turf, giving Chandimal a second chance. He survived two more drops on his way to an unbeaten 116, but Abul's was the least difficult of the chances.

Coincidence of the day
After he was dropped on 5, 8 and 12 and survived a sharp leg-before chance when on 31, the Bangladesh fielders next had a chance off Chandimal's bat when he had reached 111. But Mahmudullah dropped a sitter at long-off, off Sohag Gazi ... who also had Kumar Sangakkara loft one on 111 on the first day, but there too the batsman survived. That time, Mohammad Ashraful dropped Sangakkara on the second attempt at mid-on.

Shot of the day
Before the first session sprang into life with the wicket and the gifts for Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne resumed his innings with a straight drive that remained in the memory throughout the day. With some foot movement, the left-hander drove the ball straight past the bowler and the umpire but the mid-off and mid-on fielders hardly moved. It was a window into the sort of batsman Thirimanne is, a quiet accumulator.

Non-reviews of the day
Chandimal had seen off Gazi's first spell, but the replacement at the Fort End almost brought Bangladesh a wicket. Left-arm spinner Elias Sunny struck Chandimal in front, but the loud appeal was not met with the decision that the visitors wanted. Later it was Nuwan Kulasekara who had a big shout denied against Jahurul Islam. The Decision Review System (DRS) is not being used in Sri Lanka and the Bangladesh players hardly seemed flustered - because the BCB also doesn't employ the DRS.

Concrete shoes of the day
Anamul Haque had his feet rooted to the crease to Ajantha Mendis and was cleaned up in quite an ugly manner. The ball was tossed up, but Anamul was caught between trying to make room for an inside out shot and wanting the ball to turn some more to work it on the leg side. Between the two shots, he was caught without any footwork, and with all three of his stumps exposed. His response was to swing his bat around a few times, dangerously close to the stumps and the ball, then walk away disgusted. Mendis, playing his first Test in nearly three years, had a wicket in his first over.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    fielding is as important as Batting,Bowling. This Sri lanka total on a good batting surface would have been easily reduced to somewhat 350 odd if the chances were taken.They should have learned this after being part of elite cricket since 1999.

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

    Its true that Bangladesh are now a decent team in ODIs at HOME. But if we want to do anything in test cricket, this team needs to improve in fast bowling. Their fast bowling of today is no better than it was 12 years ago at their first test match. even it was better day's during 2006-07.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @All_The_Way& Syed Adlou: if we are to compete with other big test playing nations, we desperately need to make sure we perform well/consistently outside home. And for that, we need to prioritize developing good pace bowlers.Also, you probably had forgot Abul's magnificent century at Khulna. this guy have every potential to be a good allrounder.Sanga also praised yesterday about his bowling. so agree with @Fogu.Spin is our territory(as more good spinners are emerging and healthy competition for places in the side remains); but pace bowling is sth we need to develop more.We need young bloods that can be groomed by Masrafi. Nazmul and shafiul are ok for ODI and T20, but I can see real potential in abul and rubel to become regular in tests.

  • Bayzid on March 9, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Bangladesh should give more attention to filding level espicially in catches to become succeed in test cricket. Good luck tigers

  • Dooremon on March 9, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Bangladesh are 135-2, tomorrow Ashraful & Mominiul should score tons - if they do this, More 110 -130 runs will come. Then Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahamudullah & Gazi should score more 240+ runs. Then Bangladesh will get a total of more than 500 runs. Then Tailenders Should give 70+ runs to Bangladesh to get at least 1 run lead................

  • Amir on March 9, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    I am surprised BD fans wants to get rid of Abul. He needs to be groomed. He is very young. We need Mashrafe back to help Abul perform to his potential. BD needs to focus on developing pace bowlers. That should be a priority.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Abul Hasan... what can you say? Same for Shahadat (for the last 2years) are useless. What about Nazmul? This guy is unlucky. Abul only played this test because our batting order is quite vulnerable...

  • Shakhawat on March 9, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Dropping catches is problem for Bangladesh. Bangladesh needs to bat positively, passionately rathar than aggressively. Loose shot like Anamul always cost your wicket. Play like a Tiger. Test cricket is the best cricket. Please show your attitude in test match. Good Luck Tigers

  • Fardin on March 9, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Shahadat Hossain is the only test caliber fast bowler in Bangladesh Cricket right now. People are criticizing Shahadat for not being able to take wickets. Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal could have both perished in the bowling of Shahadat before reaching the magical figure. Shahadat went on to bowl 21 overs in the match, less than half of what Gazi has bowled. In Bangladesh, pacers are not cared for and they go through dark patches. In domestic cricket, Shahadat is valued as a star player by Dhaka Division and his performence has been roof touching. We all want him to take wickets like he used to 2-3 Years ago but I hope you guys have realised the fact that players have dropped catches in his bowling which will harm his rhythm. Same case goes for Sunny who went wicket less in first innings. Thirimanne was dropped at 132 by Jahurul in the bowling of Sunny. Hence why, I request the fans to support the sensational bowling of Shahadat rather than hating on such a player of this cal

  • Chris on March 9, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Please drop Abul and especially Shahadat for good and give others a chance. Just because bowlers like Nazmul and Shafiul don't have express pace doesn't mean they shouldn't play. Look at bowlers like Glenn or Philander who don't bowl express but have great control. Plus Abul is not a good fielder, still remember that simple catch he dropped against Pakistan in the World T20 last year.

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