Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day March 10, 2013

Ashraful, Mushfiqur in tremendous partnership

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Bangladesh 438 for 4 (Ashraful 189*, Mushfiqur 152*) trail Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 142, Thirimanne 155*, Chandimal 116*) by 132 runs
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Galle has traditionally been a stronghold for Sri Lanka, with their spinners known for running through sides and wrapping up Tests well inside five days. Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim, however, batted like they were unfazed by that intimidating record, digging in for big centuries and breaking country records over a single day. Their unbeaten partnership of 261 was the highest in Bangladesh's 13-year history as a Test nation and Ashraful went past his own record for the highest individual score by a Bangladesh batsman.

A common criticism of Bangladesh has been the inability of their batsmen to occupy the crease long enough and thus post totals in excess of 400 consistently. It had affected their ability to stretch Tests into the fifth day. On this occasion, Ashraful played the longest innings by a Bangladesh batsman in terms of balls faced (381) and the team passed the 400 mark with only four wickets down, well on track to beat their highest of 556 against West Indies last November. They lost only two wickets on the third day - both in the first hour - before Ashraful and Mushfiqur remained un-separated till stumps.

Two wicketless sessions marked a forgettable day for Sri Lanka's bowlers. The seamers got no swing, and Rangana Herath failed to get enough turn and bounce. Ajantha Mendis was ineffective in his comeback Test, failing to pitch on the desired length and dishing out the odd full toss. Part-timers were called upon but all changes were in vain.

The pitch was a batsman's dream but that wasn't taking any credit away from Bangladesh. The absence of two mainstays in the line-up was talked about as Bangladesh's biggest challenge ahead of this game, but Ashraful allayed fears of a meltdown with a mature innings. Ashraful has fancied the Sri Lankan bowling since his debut, with five of his six Test centuries coming against them. His presence provided stability after Sri Lanka had struck in the first hour - Mominul Haque edging to slip for 55, and Mahmudullah waltzing down the track to Herath before getting off the mark.

Ashraful eased the pressure by remaining positive, punishing the fuller deliveries outside off for fours and forcing the Sri Lankan captain to push cover back. Mushfiqur's calm presence helped Ashraful as he neared his first Test century in more than four years. He found his timing with a couple of sweetly timed punches past cover in one over from Nuwan Kulasekara.

Ashraful entered the 90s with a forceful drive past cover point, but his nerves were apparent. He spent a fidgety 35 deliveries in the 90s before driving Mendis past cover to bring up his century. The relief was palpable as he roared and stretched his arms towards the dressing room, temporarily putting to rest the criticism he is so accustomed to.

Sri Lanka took the new ball after lunch but it didn't change their fortunes. Mushfiqur whipped Kulasekara off the pads in the first over before Ashraful thrashed Angelo Mathews past cover for consecutive boundaries. A Mushfiqur cover drive brought up the century stand, the second of the innings.

The stand was highlighted by several such confident drives through the off side, and Mushfiqur also used his feet to Herath regularly, chipping down the track and smashing over the off side. Mendis wasn't used as much as the senior Herath, but he too couldn't maintain control, bowling a full toss to Mushfiqur that was clubbed over midwicket. Mushfiqur also entered the 90s with a boundary to third man just before tea. After playing out a full session the batsmen shook hands, acknowledging a job well done.

Sri Lanka did have a chance to break the stand. Mushfiqur, on 103, went down the pitch to Tillakaratne Dilshan, who failed to hang on to a return catch. He then charged the same bowler and launched him over long-on to go past the follow-on mark. When Ashraful pushed a single to long-on in the final session, he went past his previous best of 158, against India, to break a Bangladesh record. This was also the second double-century partnership in Bangladesh's Test history for all wickets, beating the 200 set by Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique against India in Dhaka in 2010.

The bowlers tried varying their lengths on a slow pitch, but it appeared as though they were waiting for the batsmen to get out to tired shots. They rarely played weary shots, though. A straight-driven four by Mushfiqur helped Bangladesh beat their best overseas total of 416, against West Indies in St Lucia in 2004.

They were still 132 adrift of matching Sri Lanka's score, and while the chances of a result looked dim, getting this far was a sign of progress for Bangladesh. They had left the hosts searching for answers in their own fortress.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 10, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Credit where its due and Bagladesh have been sensational and what a comeback by Ashraful. It only raises the mystery that Ashraful has been - I recall him making a debut hundered (I think) against Murali at his peak and he looks the world till he plays get out shot. Today he was mature man playing like a true champion and the question is can he keep going on. He also has a chance to become the first double centurian for Bangladesh which I think is an important milestone. One of the issues Bangladesh has had is inability get enough runs on the board to even have a remote chance of applying presure on the opposition and today we have two of them reaching new heights. Worrying signs for SL being unable to be effective against what is considered a poor test nation. The wicket will still turn and there are two days of cricket left and I would imagine Bangladesh have batted themselved in to a postion of not losing but SL still has work to do, even for a draw.

  • POSTED BY mazii on | March 10, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    It doesn't matter weather it is a flat pitch or not. The thing is Bangladeshi batsmen applied really well to the conditions. There are a lot of questions can be raised regarding their technique against moving ball but Bangladesh proved that they are improving. Bangladesh needs to play first against India, Pakistan and Sri lanka before they ready themselves to play against SA and England. And these countries should give some chance to Bangladesh to play against. I'm really impressed with the way Asraful and masfique built this partnership. I hope this performance isn't one off. Best of luck Bangladesh for future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY cjscanada on | March 10, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    I am happy for BD fans, who have supported their players always. I hate the word minnows. All teams struggle and they need a little belief in themselves and a little luck to turn the corner. I recall Ash, when the way he played against India a while back and I felt here was a star but it went to his head and he was to blame not the selectors. Today it was a complete contrast to his character and that is the test to your potential. Play your game but play the situation first. I must admit BD has a lot passion in their cricket and am sure they are turning the corner; they have a lot of young players proving well. I do hope they get the support from all of our sub continent. For me it does not matter what pitch it is played on, it is test cricket and you perform on any conditions offered. Well played Mush too. I also like Sanga and Jaya, the latter is not only class but also a very humble player. I have seen him bat in IPL and he has good brains. Chandi has talents but needs guidance.

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | March 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Boys ! What a master class effort. truely made us proud today. PATIENCE is the main vritue for batting in Test Match and this you boys have realised at long last ! Good. I think these two scores will stand up as landmark referals as to how to bat in test matches.Hope and pray you do not come up with a below par total in the next innings.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | March 11, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    It's been more than 6 years since I'm a fan of Mohammad Ashraful. I've seen him hitting Vernon Philander all over the Buffalo Park in East London live once. So great-full for him and Mushfiqur and all Bangladesh. Great cricket by these two countries. It could be an entertaining draw.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Respect to Srilankan fans fr their support to Bangladesh Cricket.. love...

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good bating!! Hope same performance for Afghan team in tomorrow's match against Scotland

  • POSTED BY Monir612511 on | March 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    what a nice partnership it was..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 11, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @ All fans : As a Sri Lankan, I am disappointed looking at the performance of our own bowlers.But I'm a Bangladesh supporter too.It's my 2nd team.Therefore I'm glad to see they are improving day by day. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh don't have rivalries.they are good friends.

    * We always support Bangladesh to improve their cricket. * Some SL fans may have behaved arrogently.But ask the SL fans who their 2nd team is. The answer will be "Bangladesh" * We always welcome Bangladesh to play Test matches here.Some countries such as India are yet to host Bangladesh a single Test.

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are friends forever!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Good Stuff Bangladesh.. They have improvised as a team!!! Remember, You need patience to score in these Srilankan Tarmac roads !!!! Bangla did that deservingly!!

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 10, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Credit where its due and Bagladesh have been sensational and what a comeback by Ashraful. It only raises the mystery that Ashraful has been - I recall him making a debut hundered (I think) against Murali at his peak and he looks the world till he plays get out shot. Today he was mature man playing like a true champion and the question is can he keep going on. He also has a chance to become the first double centurian for Bangladesh which I think is an important milestone. One of the issues Bangladesh has had is inability get enough runs on the board to even have a remote chance of applying presure on the opposition and today we have two of them reaching new heights. Worrying signs for SL being unable to be effective against what is considered a poor test nation. The wicket will still turn and there are two days of cricket left and I would imagine Bangladesh have batted themselved in to a postion of not losing but SL still has work to do, even for a draw.

  • POSTED BY mazii on | March 10, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    It doesn't matter weather it is a flat pitch or not. The thing is Bangladeshi batsmen applied really well to the conditions. There are a lot of questions can be raised regarding their technique against moving ball but Bangladesh proved that they are improving. Bangladesh needs to play first against India, Pakistan and Sri lanka before they ready themselves to play against SA and England. And these countries should give some chance to Bangladesh to play against. I'm really impressed with the way Asraful and masfique built this partnership. I hope this performance isn't one off. Best of luck Bangladesh for future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY cjscanada on | March 10, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    I am happy for BD fans, who have supported their players always. I hate the word minnows. All teams struggle and they need a little belief in themselves and a little luck to turn the corner. I recall Ash, when the way he played against India a while back and I felt here was a star but it went to his head and he was to blame not the selectors. Today it was a complete contrast to his character and that is the test to your potential. Play your game but play the situation first. I must admit BD has a lot passion in their cricket and am sure they are turning the corner; they have a lot of young players proving well. I do hope they get the support from all of our sub continent. For me it does not matter what pitch it is played on, it is test cricket and you perform on any conditions offered. Well played Mush too. I also like Sanga and Jaya, the latter is not only class but also a very humble player. I have seen him bat in IPL and he has good brains. Chandi has talents but needs guidance.

  • POSTED BY Anwaruzz on | March 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Boys ! What a master class effort. truely made us proud today. PATIENCE is the main vritue for batting in Test Match and this you boys have realised at long last ! Good. I think these two scores will stand up as landmark referals as to how to bat in test matches.Hope and pray you do not come up with a below par total in the next innings.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | March 11, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    It's been more than 6 years since I'm a fan of Mohammad Ashraful. I've seen him hitting Vernon Philander all over the Buffalo Park in East London live once. So great-full for him and Mushfiqur and all Bangladesh. Great cricket by these two countries. It could be an entertaining draw.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Respect to Srilankan fans fr their support to Bangladesh Cricket.. love...

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Good bating!! Hope same performance for Afghan team in tomorrow's match against Scotland

  • POSTED BY Monir612511 on | March 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    what a nice partnership it was..........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 11, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @ All fans : As a Sri Lankan, I am disappointed looking at the performance of our own bowlers.But I'm a Bangladesh supporter too.It's my 2nd team.Therefore I'm glad to see they are improving day by day. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh don't have rivalries.they are good friends.

    * We always support Bangladesh to improve their cricket. * Some SL fans may have behaved arrogently.But ask the SL fans who their 2nd team is. The answer will be "Bangladesh" * We always welcome Bangladesh to play Test matches here.Some countries such as India are yet to host Bangladesh a single Test.

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are friends forever!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Good Stuff Bangladesh.. They have improvised as a team!!! Remember, You need patience to score in these Srilankan Tarmac roads !!!! Bangla did that deservingly!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    whatever he make the double or not but all tremendous all beauty all record of BD National team where a touch of Ash. The hope 160 million people in the hand of Ashraful.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    In Bangladesh, people are not united. Politics create situation to divide the population. But it's CRICKET, I should say all the peoples of Bangladesh talk in same way in terms of BD cricket. Salute to Cricket

  • POSTED BY Ventana on | March 11, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Well played guys. Job is not finished yet, so let's not get carried away. Let's stop thinking about the records and focus on the match. SL is a very strong and experienced team. Be it a flat pitch Ash n Mush played exceptionally well. I was thinking Ajantha would be a big threat.

    I still believe Srilankans are very friendly and broad minded, as we can see star players like Sangakkara being so polite. I can remember players like Ranatunga, Aravinda, Mahanama, Vaas...they are great ambassadors of SL cricket. What I don't understand is the hostile attitude of Srilankan Cricket fans towards BD & BD cricket! If the players are so polite how the fans cannot be decent enough! This is a mystery!

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | March 11, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Superb batting effort by Bangladesh.Congratulations for making it to the 4th day in Galle which is a record by itself.SL bowling was ordinary with no one looking unplayable at any time.The pitch itself is a marked improvement from earlier pitches which were a batsman's graveyard. mendis looked completely out of character with a bunch of loose deliveries and were punished accordingly.SL's fielding too were below standard with possible chances going astray.Unless something drastic happens in the first session today Bangladesh will take away the major honours in this test and SL will have to look within to improve on their bowling combination.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Congratulations Ashraful u have done a great job & we hope ur more success!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Its the tremindous performance with half squard of Bangladesh, as because 5-6 main performers are injured. It is the sign of good team that is not depended with any particular player. So Bangladesh team is on the way to Next Step (Good Test Team).

  • POSTED BY ssanam on | March 11, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    I don't find proper words to express my appreciations for the sensational return of Ashraful.Well done Ashraful.Keep it up.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Bst ob lck Ash & musfiq.... waiting for a double century

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh Boys r realy doing well after loss couple of wicket mominul & mahamuddullah.. Mahmuddullah through the wicket of srilankan bowler He missed out his opportunites.. Today two guys should be more cautious half an hour of srilankan bowler. Any way best of luck Bangladeshi cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | March 11, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Hundreds has lost all the values in this match. Dont we have better bowlers in SL team for this pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    It is really a problem that when we see any player of Bangladesh playing well , then we expect more from him. The player then feels pressure and sometimes goes out of form. Let Ashraful play freely.

  • POSTED BY Abul.Hasan on | March 11, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Waiting for 200 from Ashraf! :) Keep playing BD tiger. Wish a remarkable future in test cricket history.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Ashraful given the answers of many questions created by many people, Cricket Management, Selection Team. Mushfiq running in to the right path. We are very happy. Go ahead The Royel Tigers. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY KajuWaththaEksath on | March 11, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Good effort from the Bangladesh, appreciate it and they are progressing really well- from a SL fan -

  • POSTED BY 100Asraf100 on | March 11, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Form is temporary, but class is permanent.... Asraful you prove it... I love you man......

  • POSTED BY acidbaba on | March 11, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    All the Bangladesh Media and the News paper's talk about you on Bangladesh Cricket Control Board how they disrespect you and not to think about you for the Sri Lanka tour. Your!'s family prayers are with you and what else you need and please do it and do it big so Bangladesh Cricket Control Board can at least show some respect and honor you. If B C B don't do it not to worry Your well wisher and the love one will do. Go ASH Go Do it for your love ones, not for the Bangladesh Cricket Control Board.

  • POSTED BY ishrat1971 on | March 11, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Finally some spunk shown by BD I hope that they can sustain this over the course of the next two days.

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 11, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    Now Bangladesh has a great chance to whitewash SL team.beware S.A we also have talent to beat you.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Way to go.... Bang Bang Bangladesh...

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    I love Bangladesh and its cricket team. I hope that both Ashraful and Mushfiqur continue to bat the same way on the 4th day and break some world records. It would be Fantastic to see one of them score a big triple century..

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Despite the fact that Bangladesh have given both Sri Lanka & the Windies bloody noses in their last few Tests, it remains hard for them to progress at this level while they're starved of meaningful Test series. Wasn't one of the main points of the ICC's FTP (Future Tours Programme) to give emerging cricket nations such as Zimbabwe & Bangladesh the opportunity to progressively improve by playing major Test nations on a regular basis?

    Unfortunately, of course, the FTP - along with other welcome innovations such as DRS & the World Test Championship - was derailed by the BCCI as it didn't serve the narrow parochial interests of Indian cricket. For as long as the rest of the cricketing world continues to indulge the BCCI, for whom money & power are the sole motivating factors, developing cricketing nations such as Bangladesh & Afghanistan have absolutely no hope whatsoever of ever challenging the major Test-playing nations.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | March 11, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    one of the greatest innings of Ashraful. It shows how mediocre SL bowling attack is. They can't dominate even in their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | March 11, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    JPNana: Now it is the pitches fault!!! LOL. Weren't you claiming SL will thrash BD just two days ago, since your HS team piled on 400 runs against BD, but that pitch wasn't really flat, it was the BD bowlers? Must burn to have to eat your owns words! By the way, where is HTC_Android? Not hearing a peep from him/her, I wonder why that is! Face it people, BD is putting on CLINICAL batting performance without their regular opening batsmen, and their best player, while debuting two teenagers. Yup, looks like the pitches fault to me!:-)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Who cares what Bangladesh did in past??? We should discuss about what Bangladesh is doing now n what Bangladesh gonna do in near future.

  • POSTED BY BanCricFan on | March 10, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Posted by TigersCanKill on (March 10, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

    From a BD fan: Thanks to all SL fans who are making positive comments about BD. To a handful of you who are making negative comments: please don't make other SL fans ashamed with your remarks; try to understand the reality with BD and appreciate BD's achievement for the past couple of years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    I think the reason behind this successful change of attitude with the senior Bangladeshi players is because of the younger Bangladeshi players participation in this years BPL.The younger players brought in the desire effect of hunger to succeed which has rubbed off well on to the senior players.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Today morning i hope BD batsman will be more cautious in first hour when ball does a little bit and the target should have bat in whole two seasons and as long as possible

  • POSTED BY TigersCanKill on | March 10, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    From a BD fan: Thanks to all SL fans who are making positive comments about BD. To a handful of you who are making negative comments: please don't make other SL fans ashamed with your remarks; try to understand the reality with BD and appreciate BD's achievement for the past couple of years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    I thought Bangladesh should have been in a better position by now if they had applied themselves properly.Some sloppy fielding,dropped catches and couple of umpiring decisions that went against Bangladesh had contributed to the Sri Lankans reaching 570 for 4 declared.

    The 3 out of the 4 wickets that Bangladesh got in the Sri Lankan innings were well earned,but the 3 out of the 4 wickets Sri Lanka got were self inflicted by the Bangladeshi batsmen.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 10, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    We dont care what the rest of the world say. We bangladeshis love our great heroes.Today Tigers have zipped up all the 'so called' critics' mouth. Bangladesh now an emerging power in world cricket.Now Overseas series is sponsored by our local firm,local leagues are patronized by renowned firms with vast money,many organizations coming forward to invest at root level of cricket in Bangladesh. Banglaidesh is on the move

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    I am always agreat fancied to ashraful whether he is in squad or not. I always want him back to national team. Cause i believe he is more potential and capable batsmen then other in the bd squads though we have now some very committed young players. I really cannt wait to see him making first doulble ton ever as a bd batsmen. Now the test is on our hand. We can easily draw this match even as I am more optimistic , bd can win this test . Carry on guys cheers

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Great effort Bangladesh, well done Rahim & Ashraful. Ashraful is still the worst batsmen to score 2000 test runs.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 10, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Okay. Now Sri Lankans should admit Galle pitch is a road. It's a shame that Dilshan, Dimuth and Angelo through their wickets away. Once this was a spinning paradise. If you remember some Western commentators called Galle as a dust bowl when Aussies played here last time. Newbie Lyon took whole lot of wickets and match finished within 3-4 days. Who changed that pitch? This match is going towards a Draw with high scoring innings. The next game is at R. Premadasa Colombo, which is known to be a high scoring pitch again. Probably this Series will be a Draw 0-0. Anything below 2-0 will reduce the rating points for SL and downgrade them to #7. On the other hand BD can add some rating points for them, even they have to stay at the bottom of the ranking table. That's a quite big achievement for them, because they don't have any rating points yet (Big zero).

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 10, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Some of the cover drives by Ash were absolutely great to watch. Now it's all up to Ash. He is still 11 runs short of double. Go Ash.....hit double century and make us proud. The whole nation is praying for you.

  • POSTED BY TigersCanKill on | March 10, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I live in Kentucky, USA, originally from Bangladesh and off course a big BD fan. First of all, congrats to Ash and Mush. This is already a superb achievement. You guys made all BD fans happy and proud; especially when there is so much political unrest going on in Bangladesh. Secondly, I express my gratefulness to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Cricket Board. BD cricket team got this opportunity of playing with a superior side because you guys agreed to play with BD and invited us to play in your country.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 10, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    i dont know why some people keep underestimating Bangladesh cricket for no reasons even if they play well like today. Have BD caused any harm to them? Have Bangladeshi people any kind of enmity wih these people? Then why?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Many congratulations to Mushfiqur and Ashraful for their wonderful batting display as it was a great treat to watch.I thought both of these batsmen and Mominul,until he got himself out had got their basics right by putting a high price and value to their wickets,by showing good shot selection and by rotating the strike.This will prove to be a good education how to bat to the rest of Bangladeshi players.Bangladesh needs to bat at least another 2 plus sessions to get anything out of this Test match,because the fifth day will prove to be rather tricky.Competition for batting places is looking good.

    At the moment Bangladeshi bowling is a concern,but the prospect for the future looks quite bright with two young talented fast pacers to emerge in the shape of Taskin Ahmed and Abu Haider in addition to Sohag Gazi.I do think when Abul Hasan bowls within himself with good line and length as he did on the second day,he can be quite effective.

  • POSTED BY Gangnam_Gangsta on | March 10, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Srilanka consistently produces worlds flattest pitches and as a result dreadful test cricket has been the result more often and not. It artificially boost battering averages of certain folks in the team but that bubble bursts every time team goes overseas anyway. Why then SL not focus on at least designin few pitches of at least Pak and India standard; flat but some spin and bounce if not pace on day 1; not complete road shows dubbed highway by many people.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | March 10, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    If Sanga can score a century then any Bangladeshi batsmen can do that as well. Well done Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY tigerletsgo on | March 10, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Hey SL fans, don't hope anything in this match, Ashraful alone was a little too much for SL. Everybody knows BD got the young talents that don't grow in the tree. If these batsmen can tune up a bit in there temperament any team is just a breeze! I don't expect a double 100 from Ashraful but if he wants that's a piece of cake for him too, especially, in this pitch condition. Sorry, SL needs to come up with their best if they have anything left yet, which I doubt. I hope SL got the little taste in this match of what they up against. Frankly, Ashraful is just a tip of the iceberg in the deep batting line that BD got. Anyway good luck all SL fans.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    I am hoping/waiting for two double centuries and 600+ 1st innings total.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | March 10, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Mushfiqur and Ashraful should try and get their doubles and once we overcome their score, they should try and aim for their triples (unlikely) and score quickly. Then with a 150+ lead declare (unless they all out). Bangladesh are aiming for a draw and if SL dont WIN, then embarrassing for them!

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | March 10, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Ashraful reminds me of young Aravinda in 80s. Sparks of random brilliance with no consistency. Aravinda found his soul and maturity in his career pretty late. Lets hope this will be the point Ashraful finds his.

  • POSTED BY S-Matrix on | March 10, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    @THISISSAKIB: take it easy and think about the recent WI series. I bet BD would not have been able to win a single match if the 80's fast bowlers were playing for WI.

  • POSTED BY shovwar on | March 10, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Good on you Bangladesh and Bangladesh Fans....Atleast you guys are trying unlike other sub continent teams. Break the record.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Congratulations Tigers......... especially Ash.....what an innings he has played...... unforgettable.....but the job is still undone though..........dont collapse plz. best of luck........gonna be a fascinating series hopefully.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | March 10, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    The pitch is a FLAT highway. But still, you have to make runs. Well done to Ashraful and Mushfiq. This is what Bangladesh are capable of IF they put their minds into their batting. Far too many times have I seen them play aggressive shots and get out. Test cricket is a slow game which means everything should be taken one ball at a time. This will boost up the entire Bangladeshi nation.

  • POSTED BY THISISSAKIB on | March 10, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Some Srilankan fans are only blaming their bowling & some really don't want to give the opponent (specially Ashraful) the credit. Some want to recall their golden memories with VAAS, MURALI etc. & talking nonsense of how would happen, if those players were present in this Srilanka team! I say, nothing extra would happen. Remember: Ashraful made all of his previous hundreds against those 'greats'!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    im really proud to be Bangladeshi Cricket player really happy to see this wonderfull patnership mushfiq and ash.....finally Ashraful come back

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Well done boys. best of luck!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Can't wait to see them break a few more records.......will congratulate them after that......but till now they've done nothing wrong.....some delightful shots were played and these two made the nation proud.........keep going guys.....GOOD LUCK!

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | March 10, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    " emre sevlan " you are right . I am Bangladeshi and I agree with you . Almost all BD ballers are useless in test but batting is okay, therefore if BD can find some effective ballers then Bd will be all set for test and will play good test consistently against the best teams.

  • POSTED BY zihan-tiger on | March 10, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    told u guys tigers will be back with a jerk for thr next kill.....and they r back.it has turned into a thrill to njoy tiger vs lion fyt.this partnership will be best 5th wicket partnership ahead of india,SA,eng,pak if they add more 20 runs.and may b its gonna happened tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    has Ashraful finally turned a corner and found consistency? Would seem to have with his form of late and can only be good for Bangladesh's cricket for the future.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 10, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    That's what i call real Lions vs Tigers battle !!! Bangladesh have improved a lot over the years. Bangladesh is becoming the fourth giant in Asia. We are no longer minnow. Those who call BD minnow are minnows in the attitude they have becoz they dont want the weak to be the strong

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Simply put: Bangladesh cricket came of age! More power to them.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | March 10, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    I wish BD to lose this match as they are not still the test status team. They are only better than Kenya. As Murphy's law states, If anything can go wrong -- it will. That's BD, they will not learn any lesson eventhough they have built this innings so hard.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    The way BD batsman is playing and their approach it is clearly showing that they improved in longer version games due to their recent match practices in Bangladesh Cricket League, Franchise tournament. Also want to give a big credit to BCB for organizing longer version games properly .Now just want to see a successful draw, at least we can stop any kind of whitewash in test series from Srilanka .

  • POSTED BY arif29 on | March 10, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    This is what we have always expected from Ashraful. This is what we have always known what he is capable of. Bangladesh needs Ashraful to become a super power in Cricket. Lets hope he can continue this way. Let this be the new Ashraful and the new Bangladesh. Joy Bangla.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Gud to see that Bangladesh is performing well day by day hope they will perform even better further from a Pakistan supporter. keep it up.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 10, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    The pitch is a FLAT highway. But still, you have to make runs. Well done to Ashraful and Mushfiq. This is what Bangladesh are capable of IF they put their minds into their batting. Far too many times have I seen them play aggressive shots and get out. Test cricket is a slow game which means everything should be taken one ball at a time. This will boost up the entire Bangladeshi nation. This also goes to show how AVERAGE the Sri Lankan bowling is. They should have at least prepared a spinning wicket. Oh wait, Bangladesh also have some decent spinners in their side. Hmm... dilemma, dilemma !!!!

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | March 10, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    This is a sign that BD team is improving in batting. They need to improve in pace bowling if they want to do well in SA or Aus. I hope BD can go for a solid draw. Best wishes for BD team.

  • POSTED BY seantells on | March 10, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    well done B'desh, Brilliant! good lesson for commercially corrupted/influenced SL team and it's board

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | March 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    WHEN d 1st 2 days SL batsmen batted well then according 2 SL fans, their batsmen r world class nd Ban bowler r street cricket standard.. but now ASHrfl nd mushfiq played even better than SL batsmen (both r top 2 scorer of d match) than D wicket becomz flat..... yes, this is batting wicket bt y didnt dey find it first 2 days.....? lolz lolz lolz.... A.MENDIS' bowled just lyk BAN bowler today...... lets see what happened!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    One cannot blame Ashraful alone for his mediocre career. Our so called cricket intellectuals (coaches, former cricketers and board members) have to take some of the blames. They treated him like a guinea pig. Everyone made experiments with his playing style and playing position. At some stage he did not look confident rather he looked confused with his batting. Such a waste of talent. But he would have been one of the best around. Hopefully with this innings; we will see a new Ashraful in making.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    The Bangladeshi players are learning how to play test cricket. Although, it was a great challenge for them, to keep pace with longer version cricket. Because, they just finished BPL. But, their batting was absoulately fabulous up to now. But, they have to go a long way. It is good to see that they are developing their skills. And it will be pronounced again that they have few chances to play test.

  • POSTED BY sulav.dahal on | March 10, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Hats off to Asharaful and Mushfiqur! The ex-captain and the current captain did their job well, very well, in fact! Bangladesh is growing very slowly in cricket, but these occasional master-class performances are very necessary to boost up the confidence of Bangladeshi cricket. And I want to ask Sri Lankan bowlers, what are they doing all day? Being guest batsmens, they have lot to teach to Indian counterparts as well. Indeed, greatest day in Bangladeshi test cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Awesome Batting today !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Best Ever knocked by Ash Best Ever Partnership Between Ash and Mush Best of luck for rest of day's.

  • POSTED BY UnwedUnfed on | March 10, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Is the pitch being reported to the ICC as being against the spirit of cricket? Truly, if anything ruins cricket, it's pitches like these. Over a 1000 runs in 3 days for 8 wickets. Basically batsmen can only get out if they lose concentration or get bored. The ground shouldn't be allowed to host a match for the next couple of years while they fix the pitch.

  • POSTED BY ByzGenProb on | March 10, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Thoughts to ponder: Business Management Acumen- Good management principals call for "investing" in its team in many ways, of which, f@%&ing with your teams morale is not one of them. I am sure questions are rampant now in SLC as to why an almost full strength SL team cant seem to put away a not so full strength team of "minnows", as BD has been referred to in the past. Message to SLC, from Mr. Minister on down, dont f*&@ with your players morale as you did in the recent past with their contracts etc. They bring the income to SLC, not any one of you sitting on your fat glutes.. So, enough with the bribes, the blackmail, the extortion, the threats, the gerrymandering and also building stadiums in the jungles or highways to nowhere where 90 % of the denizen's cant afford the cheapest of the tickets to watch a game let alone a bust ticket to the game. Your best players [not the friends of those who write on social media] need to be taken care of an "Invested" in. Think before you act.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    really good day of cricket,hope Ash gets a double...n who knows what will happen if somehow we can take a lead of 150-180 runs...Go tigers

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Ashraful, Mushfiqur in tremendous partnership. best of luck

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    proud to be a fan of Bangladesh Team...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    ashraful & musfiiq countinu go ahead. best of luck...

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | March 10, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Well done BD. Showed very good temperament. Need to continue building on it. If BD can bat another 2+ sessions and take 150 runs lead, it will be interesting on the 5th day with turning pitch and BD spin bowling. I would still be weary od BD collapse though. History is not in BDs favour. Hoping for a BD win or a solid draw. I think captaincy is bringing out the best in Mush and it is rubbing off on others. Good luck BD.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | March 10, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Bangas finally showed that they have patience for test cricket. It is good if they can sustain this ability or even improve it to face teams like SA and Aus. They shouldn't get carried away as it happened in the semi-final with SL in Dhaka couple of years ago and go over the hill for next several series.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Bangladesh to play the whole or at lest half day of the 4th day to ensure the draw. Carry on Ash & Mushi like this......, we want to see both of u scored a double hundred, we know both of u have the ability it's just matter of patience so far u have shown.

  • POSTED BY abser on | March 10, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    waiting for seeing double ton from ashraful as first bangladeshi in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Thefakebook on | March 10, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    To the Ban team good job but carry on.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 10, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Michael Mayne I think Ashraful became matured now.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | March 10, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    On Day 1 and 2 when SL batsmen scored tons of runs, SL fans were saying how ordinary BD bowling is and how good SL batsmen are.

    And today when Ash and Mush did the same, those very SL fans have No Words to say. Obviously neither they can say SL bowling is ordinary nor they can admit that SL prepares Flat Tracks. lol

    The fact is SLC prepared the Flattest Track which cricinfo admins rightly termed as "ROAD".

    But still credit to BD batsmen for showing immense patience. Bravo ! Always knew Mush would deliver with BAT. And boy didn't he ? Congrats !

  • POSTED BY neazahmed on | March 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    i hope tigers will bat whole day tomorrow and take a good lead

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 10, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I always love to see weaker teams to per4m well in away condition. I felt really happy when BD scored 416 vs Brian Lara's WI in 2004. BD eventually drew tht test. Now again same opportunity is ahead of them as they've 6 wickets & 2 days in hand.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | March 10, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    I am really happy that Mohammad Ashraful is back in form and hope that he continues this form and batting in future.. He seems to me improved his batting. This guy is no more old Mohammad Ashraful.

  • POSTED BY sana1 on | March 10, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Some one taking about SL,BAN,ZIM test series. thats so funny!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | March 10, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    This performance proves that as a cricketing nation Bangladesh has come a long way ahead and it should get even better from now on. Without their main weapons they didn't do bad at all and that's what it takes to make it happen. Not one, not two but multiple firing weapons in hand like we are doing with now a days. Can we be proud of these MADE IN BANGLADESH WEAPONS? Yes, we definitely can.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    I am Very Happy about this innings . Ashraful and Musfique Keeps your Confidence and go for a record that hardly needs for Bangladesh cricket.Best of Luck.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    BD just need to produce couple of effective non-useless ballers (like Gazi) , then they will be consistently competitive in test against top teams . For the first time , ashraful looking mentally sound/grown up and that is the difference between the new ashraful and old ash.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 10, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Today is the best day by batting per4mance for Bangladesh in their 76 tests! Many fans r trying to demoralize the spirit of BD Test team by saying that the pitch was too flat. But look at the 3 facts- i) Ashraful's 189* is so far the third-highest by a visiting batsman in Galle, after Gayle's 333 and Sehwag's 201, ii) Mushfiqur Rahim's 152* is also only six runs short of the record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper against Sri Lanka, iii) The 261-run partnership is now the third-highest for a visiting team in Tests (highest in Galle) in Sri Lanka. Also note that BD is missing their 2 best Test batsmen- TAMIM & SHAKIB!

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | March 10, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    What a tame bowling from Lankans. They could not get the mediocre Bangla to have follow-on, meaning they could not take 10 easiest wickets in the World cricket. By the standards of Srilanka, they shud have had the match in their hands by 4th day's tea time. Rubbish bowling in any means.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | March 10, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Great batting by Bangladesh so far. Sri Lanka are fielding their best XI minus Mahela. Bangladesh have lost half of their first choice players due to injury. Not many teams can draw a test against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | March 10, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    : No other country's fans get as tantalized and despaired as we (bd fans)do. Yet ,we dont give up hopes and always stay beside with our boys. Yes ,we lose most of the matches but we dont lose heart because we have our faith in our heroes. We always bear in mind that we have days to come and here it is today. We dont care what the rest of the world say. We love our boys

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    They both looked solid & showed good temperament. Hope they both will continue like this & score double hundreds. congrats to them!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @Suman chaudhary - the problem with Ashraful is that he will now have another bad patch for next few years and may be in 2016 he may come up with another big hundred.Wondefully gifted batsman but with very little justice for the same

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    If u think u know so much about cricket why don't u play in flat pictch and show us.u know what "The person who talks much does less job".Best of luck Mr Marteen.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    I think this is a turning point for tigers. when they do make progress, that has a symptom likely, beating or troubling Lions or Kiwis. This a sign of a great beginning in my opinion, I can't forget the memory from the practice matches, they played. Beating the Kiwis was a remarkable thing, but the journey of a thrilling world cup Mission. When they miss more or less key players, they usually like to outplay their records. ICL was regarded as a crisis for The Tigers, but without their some vital players thy officially posted their victory against, Kiwis. Besides, their almost winning situation against the SL in Dhaka, at the Tri- Nation (included ZIM) also took away their chance of beng the Champions, but they reached the final by beating SL to recover the damage of loosing to ZIM.

    These things gave them a lot more confidence in ODI, Now regardless, their result in the match, their history in TEST match will be reviewed from now on forth. I.e. they came without SAkib and Tamim..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    this is the performance what we always want from you guys..hats off ash..we love u..good luck

  • POSTED BY atiqcox on | March 10, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    we r slowly go forward in test arena wait nd see once we also real factor for test cricket. we started may be 10 years so why hurry slowly going is reality in test cricket. go musfiq nd co whole country ( country ) behind you nd ur company

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    all the best tigers...............................................

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    tommorow is important day for bangladesh like today , bd have bat at least 2 session , otherwise sl will put 300 ods in our head and 5th day of test will bowler get advantage . if bd can bat hole day tomorrow than we will get 200 hundred runs lead than we can make this test draw , otherwise SL will take advantage. p : positive result will come if SL bat in 5th day

  • POSTED BY smukhles on | March 10, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Here in the USA, The City of San Antonio, TX has a basketball team named SAN ANTONIO SPURS. Known for not celebrating and remaining expressionless till they actually get somewhere as per championship goes. I am extemely happy by our Bangladeshi batwmen's performance but I think it will be better to develop such attitude as THE SPURS, it actually helps I think if they don't get carried away by this record pertnership, century etc. Just keep going TIGERS! There will be words, criticism against you, don't give a D, keep showing as you did yesterday and they will know who you are! We didn't have Sachin, Lara but we did have what we have and we fight with what we have, our weapos, MADE IN BANGLADESH! Sohail Mukhles, Houston, TX.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | March 10, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Just imaging if Shakib and Tamim were playing, the score would have reached 600+ at the end of Day 3 as only Herath being a left-arm bowler looks okay, so obviously Left handed Shakib and Tamim would have ripped him apart.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I never compare Ashraful with any one. He has his own style. Whenever his day, he is the boss. He had bad times last four years. This century might be the big comeback for him as one of the best. At least I hope.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | March 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @ matchfixerpkn

    Nope. Sanga and Jaya are class batsmen but yeah Ashraful is way better than rest of the SL batsmen. SL batsmen are actually ROAD TRACK BULLIES.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Really!!Bangladesh showed the planet that they have potential...Those ".." will think twice before calling them minnows...Well done tigers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    welldone Bangladesh please carry on 5th day

  • POSTED BY AusBang on | March 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    all the best tigers, we had wait a long time for this moment and here we are now. I am happy the way they played today, but its not the end, still there is two more days of cricket, anything could happened. to all the SL supporters, please watch your language, we are not fighting a battle here, it just a cricket match, I have really really good srilankan friends, and we are like brothers. so please don't make it a battle field here, we don't like to see bad things about our cricket, we love our cricketers & cricket, doesn't matter we lose every match we play. my advice is just try to enjoy it, that what all the bangladeshi cricket fan do.

  • POSTED BY bayzid47 on | March 10, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Well played Cantain.......Ash has given a great ans to BCB. Hope this youngblood continues Love you Mushfiq :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Go tigers go............. Tigers will outplay lions :D

  • POSTED BY ash_haq on | March 10, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    No point in blaming the curator. BD usually folds within 200-250 no matter what the pitch is. So SL probably thot they wud bat one innings only, score around 600 comfortably, and win the match by innings. The only flaw in that equation is the fact that BD batsmen have improved vastly (not only ashraful, the whole lineup). Hope BD bowling will also come of age within a year or two. Best wishes tigers!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Good onya Ashrafu! - Good to see you doing well after some time in the wilderness. I watched an amazing ODI innings of yours against us (New Zealand) almost a decade ago, at a run a ball, and it's good to see you back where you belong.

  • POSTED BY marteen on | March 10, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Requesting BD fans not to be so excited.2 days still ahead. Still SL have chance to win this game. it requires just few bad shot selections from BD player(which they do regularly). if they can have 100 more runs and can play 30/40 overs then they might expect to turn the result into a draw which is also a good result for us. AND requesting all not to compare ASHRAFUL with SACHIN or somebody else. he might have talent but consistency is more important than talent. Still he needs to go a long way to become gr8. ITS a flat pitch when BD bat but a sporty pitch when SL bat?? Thnx to Ash and Mush for this nice performance THOUGH WE GET LEAST SCOPE TO PLAY TEST MATCH AGAINST OTHER TEAMS WHICH IS A GREAT OBSTACLES FOR OUR PLAYERS TO MAINTAIN THEIR SKILL AND CONSISTENCY IN TEST CRICKET. Before 60/70 years all teams except Australia and England were worthless, weak and minnows!!. but now they are strong enough which took 50/60 years. so give BD time and scope to play test match & see result

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Sabash Bangladesh. Sabash Banglar damal selera. It is the true roar of the Royal Bangla Tigers. I wish that, both Ashraful and Mushfiue will have double centuries. They both really deserve it. Specially, Asrhraful the Nabab Sirajudaulla of Bangla, who has humiliated himself for so many times need to secure his crown of the best batsman of Bangladesh. Be-Nazir

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    nice performance of BD team ... Go ahead ...

  • POSTED BY johnal on | March 10, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    wow i am very happy for mohammed ashraful great to see him come back with a bang .lets see how far he goes . i just have a gut feeling u are going to get a big gift .mushfiqur has played a wonderful part in this record breaking effort

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Pitches in the Sub Continent are primary reason for killing test cricket in the region. These kind of surfaces where only 8 wickets have fallen in 3 days and more than 1000 runs have been scored it's more of a competition between batsmen of both the teams rather than contest between bat & ball. No wonder the crowds in the sub continent prefer watching T-20 cricket over test cricket. If the administrators in the Sub Continent are really concerned about preserving test cricket than they should rethink their strategies. This match seems to be heading towards a draw, however if any side manages to win it will be solely because of a batting collapse of the opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Bangladesh and Sri Lanka both got extremely well talented and skilled players. As a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I do congrat both Ashraful and Mushfiqur rahim for their superb knock. Go and play your natural game in next day as you did in prev day. Both players deserve 200 mark at least and after that play hard. Sri Lanka will put their all skills and tricks they have, but please Asharaful and Mushfuiq, just hold your nerve early balls.. keep the wicket no matter what..

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | March 10, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Pitch may have still been relatively good for batting but so what? this is Bangladesh we are talking about where everyone knows they happen to struggle even on flat wickets in a Test match and don't have the temperament to play especially away. If you look at the other test match between New-Eng the pitch is flat as a pancake but when players like Cook and Nick made 100s, they got out immediately against an opposition ranked lower than them whereas in contrast with Bangladesh who are one of the weaker teams had 2 batsman setting towards double 100s against a better opponent than them away. What I like about BD is that they have the hunger to play and do well and putting a big effort in all forms not just 1 with or without their best players. We are still realistically have a long way to go in Test matches as I still think Bangladesh are not anywhere near close to winning test matches including this one but they are improving on their Cricket and that's the best way to go for now.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | March 10, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    SL BD and ZIM shud play test tournament. It will be really interesting. If played out of subcontinent then my money is on ZIM

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    432/4 without Shakib, Tamim, Nafees, Naeem. This is the new Bangladesh for you. Hope this is a new beginning for Ashraful. And yes, Bangladesh should score at least 200 more runs tomorrow, and it is very possible.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Well play pocket dynamite (Mushi)..Salute to u ASH

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    lol .. i knew this would happen when sanga scored a century

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 10, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Ashraful deserves to get a 200 just last month he was the first Bangladeshi to achieve a T20 100 and looks set to become the first Bangladeshi to make a double 100 in Tests. Definitely in good touch Ash! let's not forget that he played in his early career where Shakib, Tamim, Rahim, Mahmudullah etc weren't around therefore probably had huge amount of pressure to deliver as he was the guy to go to that time but now since Bangladesh have built this team considerably in the last 5 years especially the last 2, there's less pressure for him to deliver this time around and can play his A game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Some of Herath's ball has actually turned, so there is some life in the pitch now but the turn is slow. So, the batsmen are able to go to the back foot quite easily. To the contrary , I think it's a reasonable pitch for a test match. It's just day 3; on day 4 and 5, batting will be more difficult I think. SL will still win, largely due to lack of experience of Bangladeshi players. They are not used to win Test matches or even to draw them.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Ashraful, Mushfiqur in tremendous partnership

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | March 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Flat pitch and poor bowling from both sides - chance for batters to make merry! What do you expect!

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | March 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Another nail in the coffin of test cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    This is a huge & brave performance of Ash & Mushi! And why we forget about the little contribution of the chocolate boy, young debutant Mominul! Congrats to all of them! This is a great achievement of Bangladeshi players considering the fact that they are missing the service of their main & original selection like Tamim, Shakib, Nafees, Nayeem as batsmen and Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul Junior as bowlers for injuries caused by the BPL, So u see this half of the BD squad is missing and u can say it that this is a 2nd string BD team and still BD made this amazing performance! I also think some poor selection for not picking the bowlers like taskin, mosharof rubel, razzak caused problems in bowling department, But still bravo to the BD players!

  • POSTED BY Mhkbd on | March 10, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    My dear sl fans in u'r best homeground even a drew will be more than a win for Bangladesh whom u always naglect.GO AHEAD TIGERS.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    new born ashraful..... great batting..... we hope ashraful get a dabble century ....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    hope they keep it(such form) through this year....................

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    1000 runs for 8 wickets..!! I hope the ICC got what they wanted by warning the pitch curators..They've done a marvelous job this time around and prepared a road for the pitch..*sigh* :( Once you think about it is the ICC who are killing test cricket.. I used to love cricket matches played at galle.. Not gonna happen again it seems

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | March 10, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Galle pitch curator is JAYANANDA WARNAWEERA..... not DAYANANDA.....pls mention his name correctly....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    When Srilanka,s batsmen did well, Bangladesh bowlers is poor When Bangladesh batsmen is doing well, pitch is batting.

    Poor poor poor

    Broad your mind.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Guys chill!!!!! Still there are two more days to go... If we truly believe that we aren't any minnow then we do need to keep our feet on the ground... Yes I'm extremely happy for the feat achieved by mushi & ash but at the same time this should be done on a consistent basis to be counted as a top team with quality players. I do agree with what "Bangla_Slog" posted... And to those people who have grown so fond of the term "highway", stop humiliating yourselves...

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | March 10, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    well played ashraful , and mushfiq ,

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Ashraful played a masterclass really.. All from the mid of the bat.. Also not a single life until 180.. His patience was really admirable.. Best of luck to Ashraful... I hope he continues this innings and stay not out...

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 10, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @JPNana: Any your team were expected to thrash minnows Bangladesh by an innings. I stand by what I say because Australia haven't toured Bangladesh for a test series since 06 and all the other teams since then actually have India 2010, England 2010, Pakistan 2011 etc :P

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    this is real tiger innings played by Ashraful & Mushfiqur..........

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    hope they keep this momentum till tommorow...fingers crossed..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    test cana still go srilanka's way but what an effort by these boys. Bangladesh cricket is coming of ages.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | March 10, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Warm_Coffee... This match just will be a draw. nothing else. and you are talking about Australians not touring Bangladesh?? is it only Aussis?? as far as i know it is so rare that top teams touring BD for full series, cause they have no interest to do so. let's just forget top teams touring BD very rarely, tell me which country has given you full series like this one regularly (though it is actually not a complete tour, just a two tests) it was us. you should be really thankful to us first. and i'm not gonna take the credit of these two batsmans effort today, but i must say this is just a boring test match, thanks to Dayananda and his Pitch curating ability..

  • POSTED BY ArnabAditya on | March 10, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Great job by the Bangladeshis,bravo. No matter how flat the pitch is they have made the opposition bowling attack look biteless and non-venomous.There firm determination is very much apparent. Keep it up guys. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    funny coments from some die hard fans here.. when sangakara & co. scored hundred in first day of subcontinent pitch ..all praised htem as though they scored it in first day of test in perth.. when banglaboys scored hundred in same pitch after 2 days (remember in subcontinent its difficutlt to bat as day progresses) .. for sl diehard fans and some pakistani, indian fans suddenly pitch become flat track ....

    even if fans are crying that the pitch is flat track ..then y they prepared it ??? if die hard fans excuses are right then are they afraid that if pitch assist for bowlers then bangladehsi young bowlers will expose overrated srilankan batsman ????

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Ashraful proved his class again, though consistency is the main problem through his career. Lots of taking about Ash but Musfique also played a great knock. Poor Indian fans can also criticize this but that wasn't taking any credit away from Bangladesh. Go bd go. This is only the start of our fearless attitude.

  • POSTED BY Shahriar_Peash on | March 10, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    It seems that 2 superb experienced fighter drive there sowred agenist sl bowler.congreats mush nd ash.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | March 10, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Seem to be this test gonna be a draw, thanks to Dayananda the Curator of galle pitch, the man who prepared sporting wickets when Top teams like Eng, Pak, Nz, Ind tours, and now he prepared most wonderful wicket, where even players of BD can score freely. this is one of the most boring match that i have ever watched...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    This match will only get interesting if Bangladesh can bat for all three sessions on day 4 or at least get a hundred run lead. Otherwise SL is favorite to win the match.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    its not about bowling attack or pitch..its pure class of batting..BAN is growing up as a test nation & they r showing it...many tests had been played in these kind of pitches but everybody doesn't reach milestones like that...hope remaining sessions go well for the tigers.... :D

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Common Sri Lanka you're at home and playing only Bangladesh even without their main 11. I remember when our Chris Gayle scored a 333 in Galle a few years back :P

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka and fans were just underestimating Bangladesh simple as that. They need to get out of the mindset that Bangladesh will always remain Bangladesh but then again, we don't really care what you think or anyone else of our team, we know what we're talking about when it comes to our team. This is why teams like Australia don't even tour Bangladesh for a test series because they know what will happen on a turning wicket.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 10, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Well Bd fans don't be over excited.SL are still 132 runs ahead and a second innings collapse of Bangladesh may still win the game for SL.So we need to be patient.

  • POSTED BY Bj_75 on | March 10, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    well..um nt surprised with dis performance cz in d last 1 yr we hv been watching a massive improvement in bd cricket n today's performance is nothing bt a part of tht continuous gud show by bd n tht too wthout their main players lyk shakib,tamim,mashrafee,naeem(who scored hundred in d last series against WI),Shahriar nafees..all of them missing for injuries..in d lsat series also bd beat WI without shakib..its bcoz now it dsnt matter really to them hu r playing n hu r nt..as a team they r now hungry for success against any opposition,,Ash's innings also may b d result of that..after a long time he is in d team n he instantly perhaps noticed a massive change in team's mentality n confidence tht nw every1 wants to win n every1 wants to make contribution..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    congratulations! tigers....................... we are always with u. we are proud of u.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Many many congratulations to Ashraful & Musfiqur. Thanks for giving us a real fighting test match.

  • POSTED BY typical_late_cut on | March 10, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    hmmmmm. shame on you Mr. Dayananda Warnaweera. you let whole Sri Lankan fans down by making a flat pitch in Galle. As always Galle is our stronghold as we beat Pakistan,England & New Zealand in consistently. And I heard commentators said that Mr. Warnaweera made this pitch coz he thought that without Murali, batting would be the srtong option to win Tests. Is he mad? Aren't we beat Pak,Eng & NZ without Murali, specially @ Galle with help of Herath. SPIN WICKETS that's what we need. Rangana Herath will do his job if it suitable for the spinners. use your brain Mr. Warnaweera.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh!!!! Our batting has certainly improved but we need good pace bowlers to win test matches. Seriously Shahdat and Abul will not win us matches.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    With the absence of some of their main players like Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe, Nafees, Nayeem, Bangladesh have really showed character. This was supposed to be an one sided game with the absence of those players. Bangladesh have really showed character. KUDOS!!!

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | March 10, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Good to see., good for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY samiulhossain26 on | March 10, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    I hope this fantastic performance would shut vestige mouth of the people who always question about Bangladesh's test status. Keep it up TIGERS!!!

  • POSTED BY torsha on | March 10, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh. SL's bowling is mediocre even at home conditions.

  • POSTED BY masud69 on | March 10, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    it is good answer for those fans who were bored within the 1st hour of play on day-1 of test cricket, don't you find test cricket interesting and fascinating now?! Your negative comments make us stronger everyday.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    teams like austraia , england, india, s africa must visit bangladesh tour regularly instead of playing with srilanka...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    tommorow is important day for bangladesh like today , bd have bat at least 2 session , otherwise sl will put 300 ods in our head and 5th day of test will bowler get advantage . if bd can bat hole day tomorrow than we will get 200 hundred runs lead than we can make this test draw or win , otherwise SL will take advantage. p : positive result will come if SL bat in 5th day

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | March 10, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    In a way this shows how desperate Bangladesh fans have been, so exited over a partnership of 250. But take nothing away from the 2 batters well played to them. @ exynos if SL have the worst bowling lineup not what Bangladesh bowling lineup is. No matter what kind of bowler you have won't be any good here. You guys should make the hay while the sunshine, coz next time you won't be getting these kind of wickets. SL pitches where sporting during the NZ and Pakistan tours. they should stick with it.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | March 10, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    poor bowling attacks + worthless pitch = 1000 runs for 8 wickets in 3 days

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Ashraful is really full of class man, but he lacks consistency.... I like Mushfiqs approach too have watched him in a Star Cricket TV interview really this guy is down to earth..... From an Indian....

  • POSTED BY reality_check27 on | March 10, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    well played bd boys and i must admit that bd batting is a good batting lineup with nafeez and shakib ul hasan its looks a great batting lineup, I hope india invites bangladesh for a test series and i am not sying this based to the performance today. Bangladesh can play well they need to improve their bowling for sure but good to see that they are playing well all the best from an indian fan

  • POSTED BY PkZindabaad on | March 10, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Murali will be missed. Honestly, this is One of the worst bowling attack in the world. Even in home conditions they cannot take 20 wickets. Pathetic, and this bowling attack is closely followed by India, though they do some good spinners.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | March 10, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Ashraful has fantastic eyes a gift, if you analyse his career stats, its his shot selection which has been the problem and if he defends and takes his time then he's tough to battle with. With a career average of 22 in both the main forms, really with that talent should be averaging double that number at least. Even without Bangladesh 2 best players still our boys have this fearless attitude bravo.

  • POSTED BY rakibul-narail-bd on | March 10, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    come on ashraful i am waiting for your double century. i believe you will be the 1st Bangladeshi to do it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    owo.!!! jompesh.....go Bangladesh go!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Ashraful has proved that he is still one of the front line member of the team.His talent needs to be mixed with consitency.Mushfiq is improving in every game. congratulations to both ,we are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    now every one know how sangakara and jayavardane scored above 10000 runs>> give atleast 50 tesmt matches to this bangla boys in srilnakan fpithces ..

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | March 10, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Nimantha Dhananjaya Vithanage@ BD is no more minnows, Take care of your own team SL its sinking down,after few days minnows will be shy to call them minnows.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    if BANGLADESH play well than ppl say pitch was nothing for bowler other way first 2 days of the test some fan are said bd bowler dont have ability to take 20 wicket , my question dose SL bowler have ability to take 20 wicket . ? guys keep on mind we playing without 3 best bowler shakib , mash,enamul and without 3 best batsmen SAKIB , tamim , nafish but we are not making any excuse . p sl playing only without mahela , and samarwera was out of team for his off form soo its full streanght sl vs half streanght BANGLADESH , still we dont like make excuse .

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    All the best...Tigers !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Just keep the temperament ash!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    well played BD....... like to see them breaking the tattoo of minnows.....

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    This is what happen when you play against team like srilanka.Worst bowling attack ever.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Ashraful is back again. What a fantastic innings that was. Hats off.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    M sure if Bangladeshi boys will play as many test matches as Sanga n Mahela has played on srilankan pitches, dey will have same records as much over hyped SriLankan players...on the name of cricket pitches they prepare flat roads....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Wow..lala...What a performance by tigers...they are the champ for the future for sure!!! Best of luck!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    well done Bangladesh boys . i would like to two batsman Musfiq and Ashraful will fill up there double century.we hope tomorrow will be the new record for Bangladesh cricket team.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | March 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    There's no need for Bangladesh to rush, our batting line-up is still long and its in our hands. Most likely this will be a draw but if Bangladesh continue to bat well for the next 2 sessions tomorrow then Sri Lanka will be under tremendous pressure. Win or Draw doesn't matter for Bangladesh as we are a weaker Cricket team, its Sri Lanka who are expected to win this by an 'innings' :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    When SL batsmen scored tons of runs, they talked how ordinary BD bowling is. And when BD batsmen doing the same, they are talking how flat the pitch is. Strange but True! Dear cricket world, see our class and stop underestimating us....

  • POSTED BY BD_CricFan on | March 10, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    March on Tigers right thru the middle of the Lion's den!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Friends, eventually the tigers are showing their test temperament. Hope they will keep this trend until they reach their goal. However, my hats off to Ashraful and Mushfiqur.

  • POSTED BY saifur.raffael on | March 10, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Not to forget Mushfiq.....He has been the Mr. Consistent of BD for the last 1 year....

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | March 10, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Well done Bangladeshi Tigers.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 10, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Not surprised with Rahim, he has improved tremendously as a batsman over the last year and takes on so much responsibility since he became a captain. Was even the top run scorer in BPL 2. This partnership will just give our other batsman even more confidence that they can bat for long periods especially at home since its possible away.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh.All praise for this Great score to the two heroes,Ashraful and Mushfique.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Bravo! Ashraful. Break all the records before past. Score 501*.

  • POSTED BY Sal_H on | March 10, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Well done, Md Ashraful & Mushfiqur Rahim.

  • POSTED BY saifur.raffael on | March 10, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Congratulation Sir Ashraful....Please don't disappoint us in the next innings and at the next Test. Hope this is the turning point of his career just like Dilshan had....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I'm pretty sure yesterday the declaration came mainly based on the sympathy grounds, based on how the wicket plays if SL had not declared, today we would have witness the first 1000 in test cricket, which something SL could have done against India in 1997 if not for that non digital score board which was limited to 999.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    when Sl batted BD team bowled badly and blamed the bowlers & when BD team batted well u guyz blamed the pitch........what a pity !!! U guyz alway under estimate us

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    i guess its bad luck for Ash start his test career very early period of BD as test nation. He is a polite person. whenever anyone (even those who never played longer version cricket) gave him any advice he took it seriously and tried to adopt. Even after became a known face of top level cricket coach told him to change his grip style and he did so. Young boy having tremendous pressure from media and press, and advice from every corner...he loose his way. No one in BD allowed him to play his natural game...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    well done ASH & MUSHI. it was really wonderful show to see. dont forget guys still we have a long way to go. hope we have to play full day tomorrow at least 2 session. nothing can do any trouble to batsman i think, unless they produce something unnecessary thing. keep it up guys. best of luck

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | March 10, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I commented at the end of yesterday that SL bowlers has to apply themselves to this flat pitch . But that didnt happen and runs were leaked . Fantastic batting form Ashraful and Rahim . take a bow . BD team is looking positive and this attitude will take them a long way . So they ll have a fair chance in ODI s . In this game , nothing but a draw (unless dramatic collapse of BD ) coz BD will take 2.5 sessions to pass SL score and they cant bowl SL out for 50-55 overs .

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | March 10, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    ha! Sri Lanka fans making excuses flat pitch, doesn't matter for teams like Bangladesh as a 'top 8' team is expected to thrash these team especially when they are touring. Don't understand what Mahmudullah was trying to do maybe lack of concentration. Also I still remember Sri fans saying Herath will tear this BD line-up apart? Bangladesh plays left arm spin all the time our boys know how to handle such bowlers and if Narine and Ajmal struggle against Bangladesh batsman than Herath and Mendis will be even easier.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    This is the Day , what Bangladesh wanted to have for the ages !!! This is what needed badly for a side facing lots of criticism About Test status !! Long long sessions of batting , guts to survive , Temperament to hold an inning ,, payback Grit !! And that too at an away venue !!! Kudos to the batters , chanceless innings , against a quality Spin attack and a good pace attack too !!! For the First time in his Career Ashraful is Showing the Metal !!! Where he belongs to ! what he is ! Pure Class on Display !!! Kudos.. Hope you come good at regular intervals !! A treat to watch !!!

  • POSTED BY Sisyphus66 on | March 10, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    I doubt some ppl who are commenting here has ever played a cricket match or has ever seen a cricket match..they only know some theory or excuse .. these ppl never have enjoyed a cricket match.

    Its beauty guys...Its beauty...

  • POSTED BY appkhi on | March 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    After one partnership on dead pitch Bangladeshi fans are on sky... Bangladesh need to play with Afghanistan, Scotland.....they dream about playing with top rated teams this is the only series they have no high ranking team want to play with with Bangladesh....wait and Bangladesh will get humiliated defeat from young Sri Lankan team...

  • POSTED BY Rebel_Who_Follows_All_The_Rules on | March 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    A team with batsmen who cannot play spin, spinners who can't pick wickets unless the batsmen gift their wickets to them, win the toss TWICE and still manage to lose both times, the opposition put on 500 or more when they bat, quick bowler takes three wickets on the first morning to leave their team reeling and yet some "deluded" fans continue to live in denial about the quality of the players in their team...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    heard too many bad things about Bangladesh's Test match batting performances... I'm sure when on other flat batting wickets BD batsmen capitulated, none mentioned the condition of the pitch.. so, the difference is quite obvious here... the application... if anyone is to say something rational, it has to be about the way BD batsmen showed their temperament, something never seen before... remember, even on a concrete pitch, none can score 100s every match; let alone 150s or 200s!... the Sri Lankan captain Mathews scored only 27...

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | March 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @JPNana, this is u who said this pitch has a well amount of element 4 bowlers nd its nt a flat track after day 1 when SL per4ming well....... nd now u r eating ur own comment! no matter what xcuse SL is giving, WE people all over d world knw dat how POOR SL bowling bcomz since Murali, Malinga retired......... Evn Ban batsmen beat u just lyk CHILD (honestly more than that)......... So stop making JOKES! AND Yah, really ashrfl, mushfiq played fantastic....really gr8!

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | March 10, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Ashraful is a very talented and free scoring batsman when in flow.It has been some time he has been in effective both in the longer and shorter form of the game. It is so nice that he has curbed his natural instinct to play a long innings.Am sure he would be a better batsman in future after this innings.Well done Ashraful. Keep it up.U deserve atleast a double century.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 10, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam. You should be happy that nafees got injured. Otherwise u wouldnt have Ashraful playing in this test. I cant see nafees doing better than Ashraful in this test. Looks like this is the turning point for Ashrafuls carrier.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    well played.. looking forward for tomorow.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Well played BD! Stop taking away their credit by calling the pitch flat. Sanga made 142 and he got all praise (he deserved it), so why not praise this valiant effort by the two BD boys?

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 10, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Congratz to both Ashraful and rahim. You both batted brilliantly. I would say if would say if we dont get BD out within 1st session. Then the match is most likely going to be a draw.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Bangladesh Team needs a Fielding Coach like Fontainer

  • POSTED BY cricketanand12 on | March 10, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    He kept his promise.He said that he would like to comeback like dilshan as he did in internationl cricket after he started opening.Now,he is just 5 runs away to surpass dilshan's best of 193.

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    bangladesh is going to whitewash sl 2-0.I hope they will score 1000 and declare.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | March 10, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    what was the point to prepare a pitch like this against BD"?i guess SL does not looks BD as a threat

  • POSTED BY PkZindabaad on | March 10, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Well played Ashraful.. Some fans were appreciating Sangakkara and young brigades about the quality of century that they scored. However this same side was clueless in AUS and not even able to post a respectable and what a turn around here we are witnessing. Well done Sanga, Thiru, Chandi in this highway road.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    welcome back ashraful.. congratulation to mushi and ash

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    WoW.. What a day for Bangladesh cricket. InshAllah both of them will get double hundred by tomorrow. However, I just wanna say Srilanka should have played more 15 to 20 overs in their 1st innings, in order to add more 50 to 70 runs.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | March 10, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Correction: I meant 8 wickets in 3 days (not 8 days) :). All said and done (about the pitch), congratulations to Ash (he does like SL) and Rahim, for scoring big centuries on a foreign pitch.

  • POSTED BY binu.emiliya on | March 10, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @bangla_slog ,You are a very good & sensible fan,Your players played very well Happy to see BD playing test matches with these quality,Ash is having talent but he himself not justified that talent before,hope he will do good in the future...From India

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | March 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Worst pitch ever seen by me for a long long time, what are these curators doing??? no wonder people saying test cricket is dying

  • POSTED BY bdsmaruf on | March 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    very well played by bd though a long way to go. we want to see this ashrafull in test.musi u really fantic.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | March 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Another team underestimating Bangladesh. But that's why Bangladesh are restricted to limited Test Cricket? I've been saying this all along Bangladesh are improving. They have gone from negative to positive and even if they do lose, they don't give up without a fight and that has been their spirit in the last couple of years since that disappointing World Cup in 11. But this batting performance have been without Bangladesh's 3 key batsman Shahriar, Tamim and Shakib. Yes the wicket is still good for batting but certainly not the same wicket that was on the first day, was some turn throughout day 3 and looks likely to deteriorate on days 4 and especially 5 and don't forget in the last session of day 2, Sri Lanka was swinging the ball. Whether Bangladesh win or lose, if they have a fantastic tour to Sri Lanka then this 'minnow' tag will be up for debate.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    excellent job, Boys. Carry on. Wish you to carry on in the same fashion tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I know that Bangladesh will show the best in batting.But want to show effort in bowling and Fielding. best of luck tigers 2013 is yours.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | March 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Superb! just superb! 261 runs prtnrship! nothing 2 say..... THE SCOREBOARD is saying everything......!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    ashraful reborn wid a better character :D

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    my predictions was right I told that ash will make double and he is very near of that . congratulations to both of them . mushi made a good captain knock. if tomorrow banglades can make 200 hundreds run leads than bd have chance to win because gale pich must turn on 5th days .

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    bangladesh wil soon replace srilanka in test cricket ..

  • POSTED BY unlocker on | March 10, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Its really intersted to see tomorrow morning if i am see that ash and musi will get double houndred both.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Some people are trying to make excuses about the pitch......guys try to give some credit to Ash and Mush....

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | March 10, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    SL fans keep talking about flat tracks in India but now this seems like the flattest track ever. And SL can't even bully BD on such a flat track. LOL. 8 wickets in 8 days and most of these (on both sides) are mediocre batsmen. Also goes to show how bad the bowling attack is on both sides.

  • POSTED BY Refat on | March 10, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Nice to New Ashraful. Wish him to be keep continue.besides congratulation to mushfiqur also.Bowler al amin should be included for next test. Wish you allthe best Bangladesh Team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Congratulation Mohammad Ashraful and Moshfiqur Rahim. Go ahead Bangladesh team we are always with you.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    unbeaten stand of 261 by Ashaful and the Captain Mushi, showing how test is played

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    We should give thanks to Srilankan Cricket Board to agree to play test with Bangladesh Cricket team. It will help Bangladesh team to grow up. Our neighbor country does not support to grow up Bangladesh cricket team. We salute to Srilanka. Thanks guys....

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | March 10, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    These flat wickets do no good for test cricket. Boring draws on the cards every time. That's why the Wanderers is the best test wicket in the world right now. Batsmen with good technique can score, the rest cannot hope to survive for long. This type of wicket is meant for T20's, please stop making test cricket so boring with these wickets.

  • POSTED BY acidbaba on | March 10, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    If ASH make it to the double figure than it will be a big slap to Bangladesh Cricket Control Board and the selectors because they don't want to select him for the test match. Now he prove him self that Board people and the selectors are wrong. Well done ASH go for the Double Figure and you can keep their mouth shut for coupe of weeks.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    What a stunning innings! Congratulations to both of you guys.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Asraful gave a good answer to our selector by bat . well done ...... Keep going........ash.....

  • POSTED BY obaid1972 on | March 10, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Ashraful and Mushfiqur have completed each other today. Keep it in mind that the two best players of the side- not playing- Bangladesh have shown today- why they have named tiger- they roar even better in absennce of best players.

    obaid hoque, dhaka

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Bangladeshi player getting maturity day by day.....need to patience

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    two bosses have batted brilliantly....

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 10, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Die test cricket, die!

    Seems to be the song some cricketing nations sing before they take the field. You either get absurdly micro-doctored tracks which favour the home team to a ridiculous degree, so that deluded fans and local media can believe that their team is not in serious decline, or...

    just a total runway.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    very impressed with bangladesh here nothing else to say

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | March 10, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    firstly, well played by Ashraful and Rahim. Secondly, me holding my hand up. a few days ago i stated that people saying this was a road were wrong, as i expected the wicket to take spin from the third day like Galle usually does. I am big enough to come on here and admit when I am wrong , and i was. I agree with narbavi when he says wickets like these are not good for test cricket. Having said that, our performance is NOT good enough. with respect to Bangladesh, our bowlers should be able to win us this match, given the home conditions..we need to look hard at ourselves..AGAIN, i am not trying to take anything from Bangladesh, who have played very well....

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Weldone Ashraful and Mushfiq.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Good going, still when u think about it;80% chance that we will still lose the game.We should really play more test matches; its truly unfair to ask our boys to perform in test when we play less then 5 matches per year , its as if we don't have test status

  • POSTED BY KajuWaththaEksath on | March 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Need to avoid flat pitches ( no spin, no swing, no pace, nothing) and need a result from test matches. Otherwise players can play for even 20 days yet no result. I like the way India made pitches for Australia. So that we can get a result of the match.

  • POSTED BY sfarazi on | March 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    A wonderful performance from Bangladesh so far but they still have a long way to go! I'm happy to see the fact that this team is still playing strongly without Shakib or Tamim in the squad. Best wishes to the team and hopefully Ashraful's great knock will inspire us to continue on with our consistency :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    ha ha hah, i'm from bangladesh, and i like ashraful, but he is not like shachin or shangakara... let this man play his game, don't make jokes here. but to me ash's century is better than other centuries in this match, because it is in 3rd day (also mushfiq's).

    i like to see a draw...

  • POSTED BY rafid_ahad on | March 10, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    ashraful is still the best batsman of BD team.i hope BD will carry out this perfomence through out the whole series

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Well its so nice 2 see bangladesh batters batting session 2 session.Keep it up boys,.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    woooooo! great batting display from Bangladeshi batsmans,

  • POSTED BY KajuWaththaEksath on | March 10, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Ashraful is very comfortable with Asian nations specially with indian team as well.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | March 10, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I still remember lankan fans calling indian pitches as flat pitches, how can u say our pitches are flat pitches when we produce results whereas look at your pitches, absolute flat decks i say, both teams just piling it on, bad adversary for test cricket!!

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    century in flat doctored pitch in home ground in first day of test VS century in away home test in 3rd day of test (taht also when team was in trouble) ..

    now its upto neutral fans to judge... which century is best ??

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @tony122: India is scared to face Bangladesh in home that's why they do not invite Bangladesh and Pakistan is not safe. Inshallah Ashraful will made a 200 in Eden Garden......:)

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    first day was doctored flat track to suit home teams big batsman ....so nothing big deal for bangladesh bowlers (every one will suffer in that kind of pitch in frist day ).. but full credit to ashraful for handling spinners in 3 rd day ... this team can defiently beat srilnakan in their home ...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @ tony122,,,,,,,,ashraful's highest test innings against india is 158.........

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    not big deal to score 100s in flat track of home ground in first day of test match... but to score 100 when team required most ..is the real batsmanship.. and also its treat to watch this young lad handling so called tricky spin magicians and big swing bowlers (as claimed by fans)...

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Ashraful is one of the most talented batsman Bangladesh ever produced but because of his inconsistency he made himself a foolish simply. This time he comeback with a Ton - good to see that but need to show more maturity and consistency to remain in the team as competition is too much where performance is the only key to secure his position. This healthy competition is good for Bangladesh obviously. Ashraful has to understand that, he is one of the most fortunate player who got numerous chances to prove himself. All the best for Ashraful and Bangladesh :-)

  • POSTED BY The_Amazing_Avenger on | March 10, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Ashraful now u should try to score 100s on bowling pitches against strong oppositions and keep try to score 200+ against weak teams like Sri Lanka , Zimbabwe on HIGH-WAYS

  • POSTED BY bangla_slog on | March 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Bangladeshi fan here. Guys, I think the other Ashraful/Bangladesh fans are joking. Please dont take the comments literally. Its great to see Ashraful making a valiant comeback. But jury is still out. He has to repeat the performance to stay in the team. BD has a long way to go to be comparable with SL, India or Pakistan. Everyone knows that. We are a bit emotional about our rare success stories, so forgive us for a few smack talks :). Enjoying the test match very much. What about you?

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    what a back fire..they prepared flat track to pile runs to sanga and make him greatest and their young talents...now ashraful took ful advantage and made lankan bowlers clueless.. well played youngman.. can we call now lankan as flat track bullies ? who is real minnows here ?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks .. are you kidding me ? you are saying ashraful is better than sachin and dhoni ? thanks for the lulz....why are you even talking about indian cricketers ? this is a match between SL & Bangla ..stick to your own players!

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | March 10, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks I hope that is a joke! If not,I would seriously doubt if you have ever watched Cricket in your life. But then again,I am surprised that you are not comparing Asharful to Bradman.

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    If Bangladesh score 600-700 they have a great chance to win this match.Lankan batsmen will struggle against Gazi.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    well played asrafull .... keep it up

  • POSTED BY zaeem007 on | March 10, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Some people are comparing Ashraful with some legends. I bet they are not Bangladeshi fans. Ashraful is a raw talent and a great batsman, no doubt about that. But his inconsistency has made him e mediocre.

  • POSTED BY tony122 on | March 10, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Teams like SL,Bag,Zim,NZ should be bundled into second tier. AUS,SA,Ind,Eng should be in the elite league. Put 1 in the elite league and 1 in the minnow league out of Pak,WI. That way we will have a nice balance of two leagues of 5 each test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY tony122 on | March 10, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    @Baseball- He has only scored centuries in SL and Bangladesh. Let him at least score 1 in even India or Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | March 10, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    that's gr8 reply from Ashraful. the batsmen didnt let them down as the bowlers did. hope they will carry on.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 10, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Ashraful is looking good here. Now he is in the same level with Sachin and Dhoni, or even better.

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Bangladesh should play against quality teams to improve their batting&bowling.Why are they playing against below average teams like Srilanka?

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    "This is a very great ing played by a good player.He is a very great talent who has all the chances to get waisted but fortunately he has came good in that particular ing and lets hope that he can keep on living up with the expectations of his team on consistent basis.His mediocre avg of 24 in both the formats doesn't justify the immense talent he possess. BUT yeah he is one of the players who will attract your attention if he is at the crease!"

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Ashraful would have been the trust in the middle order of Bangladesh after more than ten years of his debute. However, his inconsistensy did not make it happen. The main reason of his low average is those low scoring matches of runs below 10. Unsurpringly he has highest number of ducks among alltime bd batsman. His this innings seems a matured knock. Hope he just made his new start.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Ashraful vs Sri Lanka - Gifted batting genius Ashraful vs Rest of The World - average of 15.00.... says it all.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 10, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Matchfixerpkn- yes, i think so too. Just that his average is still in the 20's and if he get's it to 50's soon. He will be as same as mahela or sangakkara or even better.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Bangladesh needs Ash. It is time give motherland return Ash !!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Ashraful will score 200+.He is thrashing SL club bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Ashraful took the pressure away from Bangladesh ...well-done ASH .....

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful..what a young talent...equally best as sangakara or jayavardane..

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | March 10, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful..what a young talent...equally best as sangakara or jayavardane..

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Ashraful took the pressure away from Bangladesh ...well-done ASH .....

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Ashraful will score 200+.He is thrashing SL club bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Bangladesh needs Ash. It is time give motherland return Ash !!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 10, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Matchfixerpkn- yes, i think so too. Just that his average is still in the 20's and if he get's it to 50's soon. He will be as same as mahela or sangakkara or even better.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Ashraful vs Sri Lanka - Gifted batting genius Ashraful vs Rest of The World - average of 15.00.... says it all.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Ashraful would have been the trust in the middle order of Bangladesh after more than ten years of his debute. However, his inconsistensy did not make it happen. The main reason of his low average is those low scoring matches of runs below 10. Unsurpringly he has highest number of ducks among alltime bd batsman. His this innings seems a matured knock. Hope he just made his new start.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    "This is a very great ing played by a good player.He is a very great talent who has all the chances to get waisted but fortunately he has came good in that particular ing and lets hope that he can keep on living up with the expectations of his team on consistent basis.His mediocre avg of 24 in both the formats doesn't justify the immense talent he possess. BUT yeah he is one of the players who will attract your attention if he is at the crease!"

  • POSTED BY exynos on | March 10, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Bangladesh should play against quality teams to improve their batting&bowling.Why are they playing against below average teams like Srilanka?

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 10, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Ashraful is looking good here. Now he is in the same level with Sachin and Dhoni, or even better.