Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day March 11, 2013

Mushfiqur double-ton takes Bangladesh to record total

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Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec and 116 for 1 (Sangakkara 49*, Dilshan 63*) lead Bangladesh 638 (Mushfiqur 200, Ashraful 190, Nasir 100) by 48 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The records stacked up and so did the individual milestones. After the captain Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladesh batsman to score a double-century, Nasir Hossain brought up his maiden century to help Bangladesh pass their previous highest Test score of 556, ending with 638. Bangladesh finished with a lead of 68, also taking a psychological advantage against tired Sri Lankan outfit unaccustomed to spending so much time in the field in their favourite home venue. With four sessions left in the Test, Sri Lanka saw through the first comfortably, losing just one wicket and leading by 48.

It was the first instance of three or more Bangladesh batsmen scoring centuries in an innings. Mohammad Ashraful fell ten short of a double century, showing remarkable composure till his dismissal for 190. Mushfiqur achieved what Ashraful couldn't and that it came from the captain was all the more special. Nasir has been one of Bangladesh's best emerging players, scoring four fifties in six Tests coming into this game. He finally converted one of his half-centuries, adding to Sri Lanka's woes.

Ashraful had added just one run to his overnight score before he attempted to jump closer to 200 with a wild blow into the Galle city market. Rangana Herath tossed it up, Ashraful was down the track and only managed an outside edge to slip. The Mushfiqur-Ashraful stand produced 267 runs off 518 balls, beating the Bangladesh record for the longest partnership in terms of balls faced (498), set by Javed Omar and Nafees Iqbal against Zimbabwe in Dhaka in 2005.

Even after Ashraful's dismissal, Mushfiqur's concentration never wavered. Sri Lanka's bowling hadn't improved as they continued to hemorrhage runs. Shaminda Eranga managed to get some reverse swing with the old ball but he was guilty of full tosses, which were easily put away for boundaries. Nasir found his rhythm with a cut past point for four off Eranga and he remained positive, slogging Herath to deep midwicket and pulling half trackers from Ajantha Mendis and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Mendis struggled to find the right length, often dropping it too short on a slow pitch.

Of the two, Nasir was more aggressive, while Mushfiqur was willing to bide his time. Mushfiqur pierced the gaps, rotated the strike and showed some urgency towards the end of the session, as he looked to seal a double-ton before lunch with slogs down to deep midwicket. He eventually got there in the second over after lunch, with a punch to cover. Three balls later, he was trapped lbw by an inswinger from Nuwan Kulasekara. Mushfiqur threw his head back as he walked away, but he had led by example in the best possible manner, helping Bangladesh surpass all expectations.

Nasir progressed towards his century with a pull off Mendis and a scoop over mid-on. He clipped Mendis to square leg to pick up a single to bring up his hundred. He eventually fell pulling a short ball from Dilshan straight to midwicket. Nasir was aggressive in his approach from the beginning as Bangladesh looked for quick runs to try and build a lead and then have a go at Sri Lanka.

Nasir reached his century with the lead at 48, and fell soon after the landmark, pulling to midwicket. There could have been a case for having a few overs at the Sri Lankan openers, having spent two days in the field and possibly nipping out a wicket or two before tea, but Mushfiqur chose not to declare. Bangladesh are now getting the knack of posting totals in excess of 500, having scored 556 against West Indies two Test matches ago, and the number "638" is likely to figure in many future cricketing conversations involving Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka eventually wrapped up the innings in an extended session. Two dropped catches, one of which was a sitter spilled by Dilshan off his own bowling, was an example of their struggles.

With the pitch hardly showing any signs of wear and tear, and with only four sessions to go, a draw loomed. Dimuth Karunaratne failed to make the most of the good batting conditions, hooking a short ball from Shahadat Hossain straight to fine leg. Bangladesh had another chance at a breakthrough, when Kumar Sangakkara, on 13, got an outside edge off Sohag Gazi, only for Mushfiqur to fluff it. Dilshan, on 60, survived a confident shout for a catch at short leg towards the end of the day and the fielders' reactions suggested that Dilshan was lucky to survive. Save for those two instances, the pair of Dilshan and Sangakkara found the going easy.

The only chance of a result is if Sri Lanka self destruct on the fifth day. With the pitch good to last another five days from here on, that seems unlikely. Nevertheless, it was another day for Bangladesh to savour.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 11, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Officially match is heading towards a draw but unofficially its a huge moral victory for Bangladesh. Historically the Bangladesh team has always either crumbled or squandered opportunity. At last after almost 13 years in the field of test cricket they are showing first sign of maturity of playing test cricket. We all know they had the talent to play at the highest level but not using that talent was a biggest worry. If the current Bangladesh team at least able to achieve of not loosing the series that would be a huge success for the Bangladesh team and there fans.

  • SarfBD on March 11, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    The best thing is Bangladesh didn't crumble under the burden of a huge first innings total. Irrespective of the condition of the pitch, they showed lots of guts and determination. This match will give them great confidence for future. I hope they can continue the good work. Still a long way to go to become a good and competitive Test side, but we can do it. Thanks for non-Bangladeshi cricket fans for their support and encouragement.

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    What great moment!what a historic day for BD team.it's a great feeling to see that bangladesh playing a wonderful cricket ahainst host srilanka in their first test from innings.my heartiest congrats tothose three players whomade century respectively to take BD to agood stand.mushfiq is the player who made a double cenrury.ashraful made 190,a wonderful innings and broken his own record.and nasir hossain the other centurion alsoplayed a fabulous innings,by whom bangladeshr reached a stndard place.my good wishes for BD team.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 12, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    now every srilnakan fans know the class of sanga kara...in sam eline as bangladeshs second tire batsman ...now dnt cry..

  • Ven61 on March 12, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Over 1400 runs for 15 wickets? Almost 100 runs per wicket including tailenders? Such pitches will only serve to kill test cricket.

  • priceless1 on March 12, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    This is a good eye opener for the SL team , now they know where they stand . Herath is a good bowler but he is only good against the teams who are uncomfortable against spin .Mendis and Akila are both in the same category they both cannot spin the ball so they both not good enough to play Test cricket

  • KajuWaththaEksath on March 12, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    These kind of pitches kills test match cricket...Pitch is not giving any assistance for the bowlers but better for batsmen since they can add another century for the records

  • on March 12, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Well done boys ! You have gave us a memorable day in Cricket History of Bangladesh. Congrats from my Hearts.

  • on March 12, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Draw could be the predetermined result of this test. Bad luck for Ash. Just missed the Double-century. But, he has proved again why the selectors chooses him. Such a good player need to be given more room to perform.

  • MirZaBD on March 12, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @ JPNana on (March 11, 2013, 15:31 GMT) : "Kudos to BD's even though it's not a big deal for others ". Of course its not a big deal, that's why you are making excuses and commenting so much, right? Besides, it IS a big deal to us.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Officially match is heading towards a draw but unofficially its a huge moral victory for Bangladesh. Historically the Bangladesh team has always either crumbled or squandered opportunity. At last after almost 13 years in the field of test cricket they are showing first sign of maturity of playing test cricket. We all know they had the talent to play at the highest level but not using that talent was a biggest worry. If the current Bangladesh team at least able to achieve of not loosing the series that would be a huge success for the Bangladesh team and there fans.

  • SarfBD on March 11, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    The best thing is Bangladesh didn't crumble under the burden of a huge first innings total. Irrespective of the condition of the pitch, they showed lots of guts and determination. This match will give them great confidence for future. I hope they can continue the good work. Still a long way to go to become a good and competitive Test side, but we can do it. Thanks for non-Bangladeshi cricket fans for their support and encouragement.

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    What great moment!what a historic day for BD team.it's a great feeling to see that bangladesh playing a wonderful cricket ahainst host srilanka in their first test from innings.my heartiest congrats tothose three players whomade century respectively to take BD to agood stand.mushfiq is the player who made a double cenrury.ashraful made 190,a wonderful innings and broken his own record.and nasir hossain the other centurion alsoplayed a fabulous innings,by whom bangladeshr reached a stndard place.my good wishes for BD team.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 12, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    now every srilnakan fans know the class of sanga kara...in sam eline as bangladeshs second tire batsman ...now dnt cry..

  • Ven61 on March 12, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Over 1400 runs for 15 wickets? Almost 100 runs per wicket including tailenders? Such pitches will only serve to kill test cricket.

  • priceless1 on March 12, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    This is a good eye opener for the SL team , now they know where they stand . Herath is a good bowler but he is only good against the teams who are uncomfortable against spin .Mendis and Akila are both in the same category they both cannot spin the ball so they both not good enough to play Test cricket

  • KajuWaththaEksath on March 12, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    These kind of pitches kills test match cricket...Pitch is not giving any assistance for the bowlers but better for batsmen since they can add another century for the records

  • on March 12, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Well done boys ! You have gave us a memorable day in Cricket History of Bangladesh. Congrats from my Hearts.

  • on March 12, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Draw could be the predetermined result of this test. Bad luck for Ash. Just missed the Double-century. But, he has proved again why the selectors chooses him. Such a good player need to be given more room to perform.

  • MirZaBD on March 12, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @ JPNana on (March 11, 2013, 15:31 GMT) : "Kudos to BD's even though it's not a big deal for others ". Of course its not a big deal, that's why you are making excuses and commenting so much, right? Besides, it IS a big deal to us.

  • ajithabey on March 12, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Congrats B'desh for making it happen.You have certainly proved your worth that your team is a force to reckon with at test level.Keep up the good work.As for Sri Lanka, the bowling of Mendis and Eranga were putrid at times with a variety of loose bowling lacking in length and direction in addition to some bad fielding.They will have to look seriously to strengthen the fast bowling and spin bowling units if they are to win matches atleast on home soil even with bottom of the table test teams.

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 12, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    I think, it's time to look for some quality fast bowler in Bangladesh team. Taskin Ahmed might be a good choice. Good luck tiger.

  • r0ketman on March 12, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    @indirocz: In BD's case, it would have to be one odd performances on a "dead" pitch. We don't get to play everyday on dead pitches like SL and IND does to get their batting averages up!:-) Even when BD played WI last year, the pitches in BD was offering spin assistance (Sohag Gazi's Numbers were great), and to seam bowlers (Tino Best and Rampaul's performance) by providing bounce. Not what you see everyday in Pitches in SL or IND.

  • allapey on March 12, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    We should get a coach form China on loan to help Sri Lanka come out of this mess

  • Vishal_07 on March 12, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    I think the current Australian team should tour Sri Lanka, let's see how they perform when the pitch doesn't turn from "Day 1"!

  • shamsulislam on March 12, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    What a delightful and historic batting performance by the tigers. The success did not come overnight, we are trying to survive in the international test cricket for last 13 years or so.We started BPL, have a fantastic infrastructure, age group cricket on a regular basis and these factor create immense impact to the national side to do consistently the better show in all the version of the game. Just couple of months ago we managed 556 at home against WI and having lead and in this match at Galle again we repeat our performance but this is our highest ever test total in an innings and more importantly we scored 600+ for the first time. So we are doing good as a team. Undoubtedly some brilliant individual achievements also came in the same innings. I am talking about Musfiq's 200, Asraful's 190, Nasir's maiden Century and the debutant Mominul's 55 were simply brilliant. Go ahead tigers, just go on and on. Best wishes to the tigers and its supporters across the globe.

  • on March 12, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Really disapointed of some people , they are really not positive or don't like bd's success . When they defeated India , Sri Lanka and lost to pak by 2 runs they said it was fluke ! They were almost winning the test match against Wi , their mistakes made them give away their chance ! But here they really looks like they won't repeat that again. They defeated Wi In Odi series by huge margin each match ! A record making t20 against Wi ! Now they perform , people say pitch is highway that this ! Just look the way they scored , they didn't play Odi like they did before ! Those scored century today is really talented , young promising players. Still tamim and shakib on the bench,2 world class players. Bd fans always supported them , and people said any thing about the team. Every team was minnow. Bd was , they are much ahead. Really thanking people around the world acting pPositive on bd's success :)

  • on March 12, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Glad to see Bangalis playing real cricket...

  • indirockz on March 12, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    @all BD fans.....it's one thing to show your appraisal for your team but it's over exaggerating to rate them too high based on analysis of just one odd batting performance on a dead pitch.

  • tushar35 on March 12, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    I must say that Sri Lankan fans of Cricinfo are much better-behaved than any other sub-continent supporters. Some of them even appreciated Bangladeshi performances. That's the way it should be. We need to learn appreciate each other's. Constructive criticism always help and appreciable. I just don't understand one thing, what people gets out of hurting others feelings. As a Bangladeshi, I would also say, there were tremendous performances from Sri Lankan youngsters too. If the innings were not declared, we could have seen a 200 + from one of their batsman too.

  • CricketisKing on March 12, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    As much as I am a big supporter of BD cricket and want to see them compete at the highest level, pitches like the one at Galle is not a reflection of improvement and will not do them any good. The pitch is dead and has nothing in it for any of the bowlers. You can't even force the batsman to make mistakes on a pitch like this. It is absolutely bad for test cricket to have pitches that are so disgraceful. I am not blaming any of the players. They played on a pitch that was given to them and they did show application and hopefully they will carry this with them. I am not being negative but I just cannot take part in all the cheering knowing that there is a false perception of improvement. Let BD prove their worth on a result-oriented pitch and I will be the happiest person on earth.

  • Htc-Android on March 12, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    @Third_Gear. Naeem scoring a hundred is a one off game. Even players like Chamara silva, kapugedera, Tharanga paranavithana have test match hundred to their name. That doesnt mean I am going to call them as our 1st choice players/key players. consistency is what matters here. Also check rubels and Enamuls stats. Rubel(Avg-78.90) and Enamul(Avg-39.24). How can they be ur key bowlers? Nafees Performing in domestic matches wont matter here. This is international cricket. I have seen may domestic stars failing to perform international cricket.

  • Htc-Android on March 11, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    @Anwar Chowdhury. Does it matter what they do in BPL and BCL. I have seen many cricketers who were superstars in domestic cricket, but flopped in international cricket. Consistency is the key here. Except shakib and Tamim all the others were hardly consistent in test cricket and they dont have any notable performane in test cricket to be called as ur key players/ first choice players. I cant see those players making any difference in the game.

  • nlambda on March 11, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Mendis is a useless bowler. I am writing this on his b'day, but have to say it. His only 'magic' was in his action, and by now everyone has learnt to read it. 2-152 against Bangladesh shows his helplessness. Time to look past him to other bowlers. To think that we thought this was another Murali...

  • Meety on March 11, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Really happy for the Bangas. There has been plenty of evidence to suggest that Bangladesh is on the rise. This effort (whilst probably being a draw), is a great achievement as draws for Bangladesh wihout weather impacts have been rare, AND this has been done without their two most accomplished Test players in Tamim & Shakib. I said about 2 years ago, that 5 to 10 years from now, (say 2015/16), Bangladesh will be VERY hard to beat in Asia. There is so much talent coming thru despite not having the best domestic structure possible. Nasir is a class act & whilst I was stoked for Rahim to get the countries maiden test double ton, Nasir's ton was the most important I think. I say that as he is one of the players that will drive upwards Bangladesh results over the next 3 to 5 years. Ashraful is hit & miss (although maybe realising his talent). A Banga side with Tamim & Shakib in it will be competitive. Great stuff!

  • Shajadul on March 11, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Great performance by BD team. Bangladesh now needs to play more test crickets to do well in abroad. Good wishes....

  • mcsdl on March 11, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Sri Lanka should approach the final day as a oneday Cricket match. With the 48 run lead they have, they should bat for 40 overs tomorrow and score another 200 runs and declare and give Bangladesh 250 run target in 50 overs & let Herath and Mendis to rip through the lineup on the final day...! Hope that happens. Please not a draw. We want to see a result.....!

  • Moppa on March 11, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Looks like a rippingly entertaining four days of Test cricket. Great for the game.

  • Chris_P on March 11, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Sinhaya. Not sure if you are about, but please let me know why your groundsman have turned out a pitch such as this when you have such high quality bowlers like Herath & Mendis. Why wouldn't you encourage them? Your pace bowlers have plenty of promise (shown in the recent series down under) but how will they improve when given pitches like this? Your batsmen are quality players, they don't need extra help from the pitch. I have been to Galle, it is a magnificent venue, & should really be looked at in making it a bouncy quick pitch as it is situated in ideal location. That way, your pace bowlers can develop & batsmen are used to facing bouncing pitches. I hope your pitches offer more next time round. No one, & I mean no one really wants to sit through this sort of thing too often. Good luck for the future.

  • ygkd on March 11, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Well played to Mushfiqur. I always thought him easily one of the better keeper/bats in world cricket and a good choice for national captain. He is made of the right stuff. Oh, that Australia could borrow him in India!

  • FSL2013 on March 11, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Two ways to look at it. First, Great effort by BD and it should be a pride for every BD fan seeing their team going through evolution. Second, such pitches are really bad for test cricket. Not sure why all South Asian countries focus on making dead pitches.

  • gyusuf6 on March 11, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    @Posted by Imsrk on (March 11, 2013, 16:17 GMT) This kind of pitch do 2 things. Better Average for medicore players and death of test

    ARE you calling SANGA a mediocore Player or only the Bangla Players??? Because all of them did well in this test. Be careful what you write!!!! Sanga and a few others are not mediocore Players!!!!

  • foursandsixes on March 11, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    What a wonderful pitch! I wish they prepare such pitches for some of the out of form batters to get back in form (I'm thinking Aus, Pak, and Ind at the moment!) ~said in a sarcastic tone :)

  • Captainman on March 11, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Its true this pitch hardly has nothing for bowlers but Sri Lanka were facing minnows and minnows especially Bangladesh have a habit of not performing even on flat tracks in tests in the past so either Bangladesh are improving or there's something wrong with Sri Lanka. Just for the sake or argument if the 2nd test is spinning or seaming and Bangladesh somehow wins it, I expect Sri Lanka fans not to make more excuses and show up. Bangladesh has nothing to lose in this series as we aren't expected to win or draw in tests in this series cheers! Its the ODI series where Bangladesh really has a chance to win not tests.

  • on March 11, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    India got their 1st double hundred after playing 23 years of test cricket, England got that after 26 years, but Bangla Tigers got the double hundred after 12 years and three months! Bravo Bangladesh!

  • TigersCanKill on March 11, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    From a BD fan to all Indian fans: You guys brag that India is a great contributor and promoter of world cricket. Then pursue Indian Cricker Board to invite BD to India. Don't you think that BD deserves this? Both SL and Pakistan have invited BD, why not India? You surely are not afraid of BD's recent achievements. Then what? I am pretty sure BD's performance in India will draw a lot of crowd in every venue.

  • on March 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    awesome innings We are proud for Bangladeshi tigers Now just looking for good

  • TheRisingTeam on March 11, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I'm not really bothered whether Bangladesh lose, win or draw tests, as its still one of the biggest challenges for Bangladesh to adapt to and perform. There are no quick fix. Its the ODIs where Bangladesh has a real chance, something Bangladesh will be aiming to win and if so, then the questions will start to come fingers crossed x

  • TigersCanKill on March 11, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Just look at this.....1) BD made 600+ runs under pressure; 2) One double ton (Mushfiqur 200), one near double ton (Ashraful 190), one ton (Nasir 100); 3) No Tamim, no Sakib, no Mashrafi, no Nayeem in team; 4) Playing in foreign soil....now sit down in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and let your neutral soul judge!

  • on March 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @ Htc-Android" plz go through the records & stats of BPL, BCl, 1st class & domestic matches of Bangladesh, then u would learn who are these who these Nafees, Nayeem,, Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul are? if i consider the ignorance (intentional/unintentional) about these players, i would like to let u know that all these players alongwith shakib & tamim were selected for the Srilanka tour, but the team missed them for their injuries, caused by the BPL tournament.

  • on March 11, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    really they have done good job...it's amazing performance.. i will be very happy if they can do the match win or draw !! congratulations all BD team boys are improving after day by day..i hop they will keep same performance in future.well-done my BD team go ahead..!!

  • sameer111111 on March 11, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    kind of puts in perspective sanga's career average and the fact that arvinda remains the best sri lankan batsman ever

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Please don't mistake me for trying to belittle Ban performance, but i think this was a terrible pitch to honest, if SL had batted through they could have probably made 900.

    It's pitches like this that's kills tests. Galle is usually one of the better pitches in SL, but this was truly shocking .Offered absolutely nothing to the seamers nor the spinners. It could aid the spinners in the final but in the first 4 days even Scotland would scored 400+

  • kickassPakistan on March 11, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh but please more consistency this time.

  • AzAb12754 on March 11, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Bangladesh needs a bit more Cricket rather these long gaps in between which don't do anything good. Within the space of 3 months, Bangladesh surpassed on 2 occasional their highest test totals despite the deprivation of Test Cricket. It shows they are serious and are improving. Our players Shakib, Tamim and Rahim have played Cricket for over 6 years now and still not even 1 test match against Australia who I feel will struggle on a turning wicket in Bangladesh against our spinners whereas i.e. Virat Kohli who has made his debut only 4 years ago has played 8 test matches against Australia and another young person i.e. Joe Root will play 10 test against Australia in just one year despite making his debut just last November so you can see the problem of Bangladesh International scheduling and needs to be addressed.

  • Samudro2106 on March 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Brilliant day for Bangladesh Cricket. Well played Mushy,Ash and Nasir. Though I don't want to bring negative words today, I've to say, why few people aren't giving due credit to BD batters.. They're saying 'Flat track', 'Highway', 'Road' etc. etc. etc. But you still have to apply properly, 638 is a good score in any pitch. And sometimes why do teams like Aus,NZ fail to score even 300 in these roads ???? And don' t forget this not our home ground. However, draw is the most likely result in this match..

  • Temuzin on March 11, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Pitches like that should be banned and all records expunged. its bowlers graveyard where both teams scored over 1324 runs for the loss of only 15 wickets. This pitch is a perfec t flat track and is ridiculous.

  • Pickpocket on March 11, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    I'm a crazy fan of bd cricket team. I'm always comments here in cricinfo. I'm fighting against the whole world criticism here. A lot of negative comment some of which cannot acceptable logically such as those who has criticize our status.. Today's I'm the happiest man likely whole Bagladesh also for receiving a lot positive comment from the expectators. Moral of the day is changing attitude of the world. Hats off Mushi, Ash, Nasir, Mominul & co.

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    @ JPNana on (March 11, 2013, 15:33 GMT), grow up man. I know it hurts some people when BD performs. But it's better to accept the fact sometimes. Where does Third Gear says that Shakib, Tamim, Naim, Enamul etc. are world class??? Even if they are not world class, they are certainly the best choice for best 11 for BANGLADESH, not for WORLD best 11! Hope you understand!!

  • gnanzcupid on March 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    JPNana you have to learn a fact that bangla players played sensibly and watchfully. think you are new to cricket.You cant score in tests at a t20 runrate.This is how test matches are played.We should give credit for the Bd batsmen for batting on Day 2,3,4 pitches,appreciably well.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 11, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    If BD can at least bat like this, other Top Test teams should give them at least one Test match per tour. They played most matches against weak opponents. #6 SL 14 (including this series), #7 WI 10, Unranked Zim 9, #8 NZ 9.

  • gnanzcupid on March 11, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    This pitch should have been prepared purely to improve the batting averages of chandimal(home tests) and thirimanne(overall).but this has backfired badly for lankans.haha

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    It is immensely satisfying to see these young cricketers keeming their cool and systematically overhauling a total that would be a daunting task for any test team on any track against any opposition. I lost a bet and I am happy about it. This time I am not betting against BD walking out undefeated into the twilight of the 5th day. As the little man said himself, BD is not out of the woods yet and the memories of Chittagong test still haunts. However, no matter what happens in the next 90 overs, there is a lot BD can be proud of and I hope they use this success as a template for repeating it consistently in the future games.

  • Sadequl on March 11, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Great way to make up a significant impression in cricket arena that BD are not a minos anymore & they can grow more if they get more test match chances to prove that. Yes till now it was not so lucrative by the out put which BD boys were putting as a real test nation but after this performance it would surely make a boost for their more delightful performances to come near future. With all these personal achievements of this innings from BD boys would be fruitful if they can manage not by crumbling over as they often do in 2nd innings & pass the last day to survive like a real tiger to say they didn't loose the test to a WC winner or perhaps they were able to defeat all the odds to over come that mammoth total of SL to make this match to a memorable draw for ever to come.

  • kuttyrsk on March 11, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great pitch congrats bangladesh

  • gnanzcupid on March 11, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @JPNana Even lanka could have folded in first innings if they had batted a little more,like what happened to BD. accept the fact that BD has an first innings advantage over lankans. It doesnt matter who scores faster.Its test cricket dude. Lankans were over confident that BD cannot score 570 and hence declared.So now since BD has scored more than you,it hurts you people. Hahah

  • Dhutugemunu on March 11, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    1. It's a huge achievement for BD. They renewed their record books. Congratulations. 2. Some people were commented when Kumar, Thirimanne and Chandimal scored centuries, that the Galle pitch is a Flat track or a road. When Mushfikar, Ashraful and Nasir scored centuries, it's great batting. Why double standards? 3. Why their is big fuss on BD leading SL score? SL lost only 4 wickets in the 1st innings. If they were keep batting they could have renew the World record book surpassing their previous highest score 952/6 against India. 4. Fortunately Top 23 players of SL signed their contracts, just before this match. Second string players could have get hammered in the hand of BD. 5. Did Angelo use any tactics? I doubt it. SL miss Mahela's tactical captaincy. 6. BD have a habit of using all the steam they have in one innings and loosing the series (WI in BD 2012). 7. Colombo (RPS) pitch should be a spinning or seaming one unlike this to get a result to the 2nd Test and the series.

  • SL_rockz on March 11, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Congrats for BD ...They scarely get a chance to play a test match for 5 days....I ithink SL lost the match in that aspect...BD have never been able to keep a test match alive for 5 days in the past 8 encounters...But for the sake of pitch they did today....Everybody who are talking about BD 200 remeber we declare while TWO CENTURIONS ARE ON THE BATTING..So dont be so overjoyed mates....We cud with our RR easily achieve 800+ but declaration came to win the match..But draw is evitable now.SL sud bowl more strongly than this ...Dont make false heroes ...

  • on March 11, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    bangladesh doing well,,,it is a positive sign

  • BanglaChild on March 11, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Bangladesh shown: YES- WE- CAN!

    Get Sanga and Dilshan early tomorrow and who knows? Galle may very well see a result- either way. Sanga and Dilshan batting after lunch? Tame draw and the pitch will be blamed.

    Whatever- Bangladesh has shown YES WE CAN in spite of the absence of star players. Also: don't forget, it was only two Tests ago vs West Indies that Bangladesh crossed 500 runs. So- anything is possible. Go TIGERS Go!

  • shubham.nishad on March 11, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    13 years after being granted test status they finally are showing signs of maturity test teams ought to show. They always had the talent but they were not able to utilize it fully. The match is close to draw but this can be seen as a moral victory for Bangladesh for they made their highest total and that too against Sri Lanka in their own backyard. The performances of Ashraful, Mushfiqr and Nasir are really worth the applause.

  • Shan156 on March 11, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh. Really happy to see the oft-maligned Bangla team reply to their detractors in the best way possible. It may not be a sporting wicket but Bangla, in the past, were blown away in such pitches too. So, it is really good to see them reply to a huge total with a gargantuan one. Flat pitch or not, scoring 638 is not an easy task, especially for a team with no big stars and after the opposition had declared at 570/4. Wish Bangladesh achieve a test victory against one of the top sides soon too. I know they beat the Windies but they were understrength at that time.

  • indiancricketfan12 on March 11, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Wow.. Great work Bangla boysss, Now all the Asian countries are starting to be force to reckon with, 4 Asian 'Gaints' in test cricket. But our real test will be touring outside subcontinent and performing on the seaming and bouncy wickets !!! Well done Bangladesh team

  • on March 11, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Really disapointed of some people , they are really not positive or don't like bd's success . When they defeated India , Sri Lanka and lost to pak by 2 runs they said it was fluke ! They were almost winning the test match against Wi , their mistakes made them give away their chance ! But here they really looks like they won't repeat that again. They defeated Wi In Odi series by huge margin each match ! A record making t20 against Wi ! Now they perform , people say pitch is highway that this ! Just look the way they scored , they didn't play Odi like they did before ! Those scored century today is really talented , young promising players. Still tamim and shakib on the bench,2 world class players. Bd fans always supported them , and people said any thing about the team. Every team was minnow. Bd was , they are much ahead. Really thanking people around the world acting pPositive on bd's success :)

  • r0ketman on March 11, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @JPNana: I think you mentioned on March 5th how funny it was that BD fans were saying what could have should have, and now you are doing the same with your 800+ runs analysis if SL batted 2 days. You are saying if SL did that, it would have been an easy win. I see 2 problems with your analysis. Assuming SL did bat for 2 days, and BD made 638 (same assumptions you made), that would have placed this match with SL being ahead by 100+ runs, true, but the match would have been well into on day 5, not the end of day four. BD batted more than 2 days (195 overs). The match would have still been a draw!!! Now since you are doing a what could have should have analysis, BD played their innings based on SL score, if they were up against 800+, they would not have hurried the end of their innings like they did, and score "could have" been more than 638. Just a thought!:-)

  • on March 11, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I'm very much impressed with Mushfiqur's batting, leadership skill, consistency, efficiency etc etc. Today's performance shows the maturity & ability of Bangladeshi players to bat for session wise. But at the same time I'm worried about tiger's lack of test matches in the FTP. How could they keep it up when is less matches. On the other hand, we see country like India, Australia, South Africa's test series are increased up to 5 match series. It's high time for ICC to reconsidered tiger's future series.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Really chuffed for BD. SL not exactly the easiest of opponents to settle against, so this was a fantastic effort by the guys. Congratulations!

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    tommorow GALE pitch will turn so if BD can all out them before tea than could be result will come , other wise its a draw test match . its would be great achivement for BANGLADESH .

  • Tahir_Anjum on March 11, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Brilliant BD... They Played like Tigers.. Very happy for them.. congrats to Mushi, Ash and Nasir on their personal milestone.. a draw will be be great vitory for BD.. wish you best of luck.. Respect and Love from Pakistan

  • ostad on March 11, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    SL will play 30 overs @6 runs per over.Throw a target 230 run with 60 over left. BD will chase to win the test.SL bowler will apply all the tricks to invite BD batsmen to go for higher run rate.And BD players will be all out. This is a probable plan for SL.

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Bravo Bangladesh. What a performance by the individuals and the team. Three centuries, one doble century, 600 plus run, few recods. What else, you can expect from a team. We are proud of you boys. Our welwishes with you. Be-Nazir

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Bangladesh can't improve in Tests if we are not playing enough Test Cricket. In the whole of 2012, Bangladesh played only 2 Test Matches. With the current FTP, which extends up to 2012, Bangladesh will tour South Africa in 2017 and Australia in 2018. Bangladesh will not play any Test Matches in India till 2012, according to FTP. Quite amazing.

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    best test match ever played by BD , congrachulation to all players . i think ash could easy way make his duble but he did panic , over all he played well , we like to see more inings from him like that . mushi is outstanding , best bd captain who lead team from front.

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    i can say some of the decisions are gone today against BD team. Specially Mushfiq out, Gazi out and also were very unlucky not getting the wicket of Sanga. I hope umpires will do fine in tomorrow.

  • Thefakebook on March 11, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Rahim me favorite little guy in world cricket made history today.So proud of him,awesome fact he is the only 2nd keeper batsman to score a double ton and still playing. Sanga is not a keeper in tests!

  • British_North_America on March 11, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Everyone here is saying that test cricket is dying due to this match, but no one mentions how much humiliated BD fans had been over the past few years by harsh comments of others.When BD draws a test, test cricket dies? Do you think the pitch where Braian Lara scored 400 was a very turning one?

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    It was a great day of cricket for BD. Players performs well and also show the sign of maturity.Remember the team is performing without Shakib and Tamim the superstar of BD cricket due to their injury. Its express the depth of out team. And the person who commented that SL may score 800 plus if they dont declare, if so we can score also longer. Nasir and Mushfiq both get out while try to accelerate the scoring rate. Sl declare cause they think its enough to fight and BD batsmans are undoubtedly better of their bowling. Last but not the least, we want this type of performance consistantly.

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Best wishes for Bangladesh team. Ash n Mush rockzzzz...

  • warneneverchuck on March 11, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    This kind of pitch do 2 things. Better Average for medicore players and death of test

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Its a huge performance by the tiger of Bangladesh. It was a saying that BD is only good at Home but 638 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is beyond dream for any country in the World. And its true we are no more one man army as Shakib, Tamim, Mash, Nafees, Enamul, Naeem didn't play.

  • BustIPL on March 11, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Subcontinet wicketkeepers apart from Pakistan are becoming enormous first Sanga then Dhoni and now Rahim piling on. Good to see.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on March 11, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    SL Bat Good - BD Bowling is ordinary.

    BD Bat Good - Pitch is FLAT.

    Grow up !

    SL bowling is ordinary too.

  • G-Rocker on March 11, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    600+...without SHAKIB & TAMIM !!!... WoW... Good luck Bangladesh... :)

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Test is all about patience and temperament...and Bangladesh are showing both of them.I want to see this kind of consistency in all those player who made century or more.Mahmudullah must take lesson from here.Bangladesh have to produce some genuine pacer other wise it will be very difficult for them to take the leading part in tests.I think Rubel hossain and Taskin Ahmed can be asset here.There are some excellent batsmen in bangladesh like Shamsur rahman...They must get some chance. Overall I'm very pleased with the batting and fielding..but bowling must be more sharp.

  • King_Ravanaa on March 11, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @third gear... are these Shakib,Tamim,Naeem,Nafee,,Enamul Jn,Rubel world class players???

  • King_Ravanaa on March 11, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Amazing isn't it when BD's talking so much about a match with no result. SL did the mistake by declaring so early....on this flat pitch... Remember SL just declared their innings with 570 runs on the board, and they just got just one whole day and morning session of the second day to put on that target 570, and BD's got more than 2 days, and yet they just put on 48 runs more, with all of them disappeared to dressing room.

    If the SL batters gone at the rate they were going they could have easily put on 800+ runs at the end of the day, and then let's think BD got just 638 on the board, still SL 100+ runs ahead, and this match would have been a easy win for SL.. anyway what is gone is now gone, Kudos to BD's even though it's not a big deal for others

  • Kitschiguy on March 11, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    What a yawn fest. How many runs have been scored so far, 1200? Sure, both teams have batted well, but Test cricket died a little bit because of this match.

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    No matter which BD squad played, no matter how the pitch behaved, no matter what you think about our team, the matter is BD has played superbly. Very few teams can make a double hundred and 2 hundreds in an Innings. Congrats to Ashraful, Mushi and Nasir. Best of luck for the last day of the match.

  • indirockz on March 11, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    A complete flat track batsmen's paradise. Is this a wicket or a joke?

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    @ Ramesh Dhananjeyan: I don't think you were born after 2001!! The very same Mohammad Ashraful scored his maiden test century against Sri Lanka in 2001 at the age of 17 years and 61 days, against a bowling attack which included both Murali and Vaas.

  • Third_Gear on March 11, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Htc-Android@ No one has question about Shakib,Tamim capacity. Nafess was in form and Naeem,rubel played well in WI tour in bangladesh as well Enamul Jn was most successful in BD doemstic First Class and in BPL. Ofcourse you will feel about the players who went performing in last matches and in form, thats why a team Without Shakib,Tamim,Naeem,Nafee,,Enamul Jn,Rubel its second string team for BD at the moment.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on March 11, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is the most promising batsman in BD and he is already one of the best . So why is he still playing so late at number 7 , can anybody explain ??? When Nasir came, Bangladesh needed to look for quick runs try and build a lead , so nasir played that role and seemed to be in a rush. Otherwise, had he came at middle order, given the easy so comfortable way he got his century, I am sure he would have made muchmore runs and probably BD fans would have been looking at him for the first BD double ton . I think Nasir should play at number 4, he is definitely better than mahmudulah and momenul . By the way, abul hasan may be change his priority - try to be a batsman first rather than baller. This guy got something in batting.

  • Baundele on March 11, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Scoring 600 runs on any wicket is HUGE. When Sri Lankans were batting I did not hear anything about the pitch, though. ;)

  • swat1999 on March 11, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Wel done tigers. Bangladesh will always rememeber Galle for their wonderfull performance. It was a dreamfull performance By Mushfiqur, Ashraful, Nasir & co. Bangladesh needs to play more test match in home and abroad at least 8 to 10 match in a calender yea in order to continution of their performance. It will be not very far when Bangladesh become a cricketing giant in Asia. Test cricket is always excitement and and record book is open for you. Go ahead Tigers

  • BOND_OO7 on March 11, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Bangladesh is emerging as the fourth asian giant. Go tigers...... We are with you

  • Lakpj on March 11, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    This must be the poorest game that SL have played for sometime dilshan, mathews dropping dollies. Even though he didn't have the figures to show, Eranga was the best bowler to me in the match so far. He bowled with his heart out on a concrete slab.If the SL team and fans had underestimated the Bangladesh team earlier, I don't think they would do it in the future.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 11, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Yes a big statement from Bangladesh Cricket to those critics. They were not happy for only playing 2 tests last year which they actually did well didn't lose by an innings should've really won one of them but the improvement is undeniable whether we like it or not. This wasn't even Bangladesh's best 11 with their top stars missing out. Hopefully the second test match will not be as flat so that bowlers have their moments. India and Australia cannot run away forever if we can keep up this momentum like we have done in the last year and a half or so.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It asked the question ? why is Mathews a captain and an allrounder out of 196 overs only bowled 9.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    after Asia cup 2012 Mushfik announced that "this is the beginning" and um happy to see him making the bold announcement true ,

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Second Inn of Bangladesh three zero's could cost match if SL declare after 250 lead. Please Tigers play like hero and go for win not for draw if there is a chance.

  • Sal_H on March 11, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Not being able to complete double century takes nothing away from the amazing inning Ash did play. What a comeback! He showed amazing temperament, up until the last moment. Hats off to Mushfiq, Ash, Nasir and Mominul.

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on March 11, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    What a day for Bangladesh cricket ! Really impressed with their perfomance.Their young batsmen showed how good they are.This is good for the game of cricket. congratz from SL..!

  • warneneverchuck on March 11, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Both teams r ordinary and Icc ranking shows that. They can score only in these kind of pitches

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Do any one believe that this huge achievement is originally done by the 2nd string Bangladesh team and this squad is missing of 7 main & original selected players who were in top form in recent? BD is missing the service of Tamim, Shakib, Nafees, Nayeem as batsmen and Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul Junior as bowlers for injuries caused by the BPL mainly. So u see, still BD made this amazing performance! wow! Bravo! Moreover, some poor selection for not picking the bowlers like taskin, najmul, mosharof rubel, razzak caused problems in bowling department who were in tremendous form in the domestic cricket! I don't know why Abul and Shahadat were picked who were in poor form!

  • Htc-Android on March 11, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @ Anwar Chowdhury. Oh really. Shakib and tamim missing from the team is ok. But who are these Nafees, Nayeem,, Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul? Have they proved any thing in test cricket. Mortoza is a good bowler in ODI cricket but in test matches his bowling is poor. The selectors are not considering him for test cricket although he is fit. He played the full BPL tournament before this series. So dont exaggerate anything here my friend. I give full credit for their performance. Best of luck.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    It was was very eye pleasing to see Ashraful and Mushfiq bat as they batted today. Ashraful a talent could not ralize its potential..its not yet late... Good to see Bangladesh playing like this.... keep it up...

  • harish247 on March 11, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    well done bangla...... i wish you to continue this with other countries and overseas.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I appreciate the praises and encouragement for BD batsmen from the fans from all over the world which is a very true spirit of the game! BD players deserve and needed that for their future! But I don't know why still some Indian & paki fans (certainly not all) are trying to snatch the credit of heroic performances of Bangladeshis on the foolish ground of flat pitches? They who have criticized BD bowlers for their failures on the 1st day & till the mid of the 2nd day on the same flat pitch, now when BD batsmen piled up their runs very bravely on the 3rd day & 4th day pitch, those fans are pointing & criticizing SL flat pitch! Very funny and very unfortunate! Why they forgot that this is not home soil of BD, the pitch made by the SL.

  • Vijay_P_S on March 11, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    All the more reason why BD needs to play more tests.. in other words, the other test teams should give them more tests.

  • samincolumbia on March 11, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Imsrk - Forget about SL ever winning a test in India or AUS, I doubt they will ever win a test even in their own designer/road pitches anymore.

  • rocket_rocket on March 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    wow ..bangladesh u earned my respect...600+ against a quality opposition that too in their own backyard ....a week ago i commented about how SL will sweep b'desh ..but i take my words back..u have silenced me and all those who criticized your ability...dare anyone say bangladesh a minnow????

  • Sal_H on March 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Bad umpiring, and the bad decisions always went against Bangladesh. This culture of favoring the 'big' teams should be done with by now.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Do any one believe that this huge achievement is originally done by the 2nd string Bangladesh team and this squad is missing of 7 main & original selected players who were in top form in recent? BD is missing the service of Tamim, Shakib, Nafees, Nayeem as batsmen and Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul Junior as bowlers for injuries caused by the BPL mainly. So u see, still BD made this amazing performance! wow! Bravo! Moreover, some poor selection for not picking the bowlers like taskin, najmul, mosharof rubel, razzak caused problems in bowling department who were in tremendous form in the domestic cricket! I don't know why Abul and Shahadat were picked who were in poor form!

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I am really upset that ash didn't get his double but others hand mushi got his double hundreds its make us happy .

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Congratulations to the Bangladesh team for their brilliant showing in the run chase.....can't describe in what what it meant for us scattered all over the world.........hope this is not a one off thing and it will be a confident Bangladesh team that will play TEST cricket from now on!

    the TIGERS definitely roared and scared the whole world!!!!!

    Good Luck team Bangladesh!

  • typical_late_cut on March 11, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Result is still possible. so if Sri Lanka put good 2nd inns score, Bangladesh will find it difficult to bat on. so 200+ lead in 2nd inns for Sri Lanka will trouble Bangladesh

  • bravetigersmustwin on March 11, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Making 600 plus against the host, while batting second is not an easy task. Please dont hide Bangladeshis talent by blaming the pitch. These guys batted under pressure because of the huge total. Now bangladeshis proved they are mentally strong too. All these years they proved they can upset any team in ODI. Now they have shown the world they are the test team who needs to be respected. If they are consistent im sure these guys will also be the favourites in world cups.

  • Shafin1987 on March 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Ramesh Dhananjeyan ......... bro even if murali plays today, bd would have done the same thing what they did here......may be a little short of runs in presence of him but bd would do that.....don't underestimate the ability of bd batters.

    now a request to ICC.......plz increase test for both bd n zim..........they got 42 n 41 tests respectively for the next 8 years............less than 6 tests per year and sometimes after huge gaps........if u want to get very good result from this 2 countries like SA,ENG N AUS u will have to give them good no. of tests.......being a Bangladeshi I request u to increase test for bd........at least 7 tests per year will make bd very competitive in international arena........if u look at bd's ODI stats............they r getting enough matches.........they provide results..........same thing for test.........as much as we play as much as we expect performance n match win from bd......will u consider this ICC?

  • buncers on March 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Learning curve for Angelo. 570 is not a massive score on a flat pitch. With batsman in hand SL should have pushed for 700. Now that would have scared BD a bit more.

    Also why have SL gone into this match with only 4 top order bowlers and Angelo who has bowled only 9 overs? Perera should be in the side. SL don't need 7 specialist batsman against BD. An extra seamer (eg Perera) or spinner would have been more useful than Vithanage (who is this guy anyway?).

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Congrats mate allah bless you keep it up Mushfiq !!!

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    The wicket is very horrible for Test Cricket. Bowlers who work so hard get very little purchase out of it. ICC needs to prevent these kind of wickets for test matches otherwise not only its a batsman show but gets boring. No wonder bowlers get injured these days.

  • Third_Gear on March 11, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Great to know during MURALI time no batsmen in the whole world was able to reach in double digit playing agsainstm SL.

  • Htc-Android on March 11, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Congrats to Bangladesh for securing a draw. Flat pitch or whetever u need to have the right temperament and patience to bat for196 overs. I think BD will do well at home in the future. Shame on our curators for preparing these type of roads. What is the real point of preparing a flat pitch against BD? Next test match is at premadasa stadium which is traditionally known as a flat pitch. I hope these curators will prepare a pitch with something in for the bowlers. See u all in the next test match.

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Do any one believe that this huge achievement is originally done by the 2nd string Bangladesh team and this squad is missing of 7 main & original selected players who were in top form in recent? BD is missing the service of Tamim, Shakib, Nafees, Nayeem as batsmen and Mashrafee, Rubel, Enamul Junior as bowlers for injuries caused by the BPL mainly. So u see, still BD made this amazing performance! wow! Bravo! Moreover, some poor selection for not picking the bowlers like taskin, najmul, mosharof rubel, razzak caused problems in bowling department who were in tremendous form in the domestic cricket! I don't know why Abul and Shahadat were picked who were in poor form!

  • Fogu on March 11, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Congratulations to Ash, Mush, Nasir and the rest of BD team. Great fight back after giving up 550+ score and losing two early wickets. In the past BD would have crumbled under pressure but this shows the growth of BD team regardless of the flat track. More innings like this will increase the confidence of the team and raise the level of competitive cricket in BD. We still haveto be weary of 2nd innings collapse but more likely we are in for a draw.

  • Webba84 on March 11, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Grats to the Bangladesh batsmen! Lot of us cricket fans around would love to see more of this from you guys.

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    When Srilanka does well, Bangladeshi bowlers going bad

    When BD batted well, pitch is behaving flat

    That ridiculous comment by whom who say this. Perceive & ponder over BD cricket you will get all answers.

  • msdhoni123 on March 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Well done bangladesh. But I dont appreciate the fans claiming them to be the best asian team. Even though bengladesh are doing well they got a long way to go to be the best asian team. But good luck with that

  • Noorolai on March 11, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    A gud show by Bangladesh Cricket team.. i am sure they are going to rock all the shows in future...!!!!

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Way to go Bangladesh. Made us back home really proud:). I won't say lets hope you guys continue this. Instead, I say you guys must continue this way. No one is stopping you as long as you have the belief to do well.

    Thanks to all the non-Bangalees who have acknowledged the achievement of BD, Thank you mates:).

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I hope the ICC got what they wanted with this pitch.!! I mean we should understand that the curators were not looking forward to get yet another warning from them

  • warneneverchuck on March 11, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Now I realize y SL has never won a test in AUS and India

  • BDforever on March 11, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Our heroes are writing a new history here. This performance clearly shows that Bangladesh is the best test team in sub continent after Pakistan. India lost consecutive 8 away test matches recently. Sri Lanka also lost all 3 test matches they played in Australia. But these countries get more and more test matches while Bangladesh only get limited number of chances to play with big nations like South Africa, England and Pakistan. If we get more matches we will reach top 3 in ICC test rankings very soon. Come on Tigers... We can do it tomorrow for sure....

  • AMAZINGFAN on March 11, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @KingOwl,sl dominated aus in aus???lol have u forgot 3-0 whitewash that ur team suffered against aus....

  • toafzaal on March 11, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Worst pitch, a team declaring on 570 and a low ranked team is getting 600+ certainly this wicket is not for 5 days play. Were the groundsmen expecting a 10 match here?

  • on March 11, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Incredible performance by the Bangaladeshis! dead track it maybe, but all credits to them! they must be overflowing with confidence now. Hope it won't hamper their performance in the next matches.

  • on March 11, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    I too predicted a ban whitewash. How wrong i was. Definitely the pitch helped. I think this run fest is good for both teams. All players including Sanga,Dilshan, Chandimal and thiri got much needed batting practice. I couldn't say pitch was bad. Rather it was not made to get an advantage to the home side. May be groundstaff underestimated Ban batting. Hope a crumbling, spongy, minefield of a pitch in the next match. Just to see which side is superior!! :D

  • Third_Gear on March 11, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Guys This was the only First Test, another Test, Three ODI and single T20 remain ahead. Thanx to BD & SL for making the series so exciting,we all cricket lovers of all nations are enjoying it.

  • sohan_faisal on March 11, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Some are complaining that this type of wicket and cricket kill test cricket!!!!! man, can you tell me what Bangladesh could've done here to save the match? They are now such a side, who can bat with patience to save a match. Finally, Bangladesh did not make the wicket, right?

  • irfan.bn on March 11, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Well done! Bangladesh, I hope Bangladesh will get a good form in test cricket.

  • Mukhles on March 11, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    A lots of thanks to Bangladesh Cricket Team for their wonderful match. I hope their will continue this,

    Again thanks to Mushi, Ash and Nas..................

  • WasimH on March 11, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Still, there is a good chance for any team (especially Sri Lanka) to win, because I believe both teams will play to win even on 5th day. Hope that all cricket fans can enjoy tomorrow sessions.

  • countjimmoriarty on March 11, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    The sort of game that will be the death of test cricket if we're not careful. Dead pitch, nothing for bowlers. We need to encourage the preparation of pitches that give everyone a chance, not roads like this that only encourage tedious cricket.

    Much better to have balanced games with scores around 250-350, giving some chance of a result. No wonder attendances are so minidscule in most countries.

  • KingOwl on March 11, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    As a SL fan, I must say that it is good to see BD fight hard. While the track is flat, they would have been under pressure facing a 550+ for 4. So, the fact that they scored this many is certainly a big improvement. I am disappointed at the SL bowling, but a lot more with the pitch. I hadn't seen a flat track in SL for the last few years, and here we go again. WHY? SL won a text in SA; SL dominated Aus in Aus in so many matches recently. They were all on fast, bouncy, and even more difficult seaming pitches. I would have thought that SL was in an ideal position to exploit that experience and the skills. But NO! They made a pitch tailor made for BD.

  • Tigg on March 11, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    While it's great that Bangladesh aren't being rolled over, how flat must the pitch be? I know neither side can bowl for Toffee but evan herath couldn't get anything much out of it.

    These pitches are what kills test cricket, it isn't even turning after four days.

  • on March 11, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    There is no point in arguing,Sri lanka has been a good 4nd of us for a long time n helped us a lot with our cricket n we should be grateful to them.Though there are some stupid SL fans with their stupidest comments but large number of lankans would appreciate our performance...Go tigers :)

  • lukecannon on March 11, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Credit must be given where it's due. Well done BAN from a SL fan who previously stated this series will be a whitewash. I'm man enough to admit when i'm wrong. Superb batting display from both teams. Looks like it's gonna be a draw from here.

  • on March 11, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Tigers are tigers ! We are showed the world once again that tigers can do anything they want

  • Rezwan1492 on March 11, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    A historic day for Bangladesh cricket team. Such a performance are surely going to shake the nerves of all the other teams as the Tigers roared out 638. Wonderful batting performance. Maybe the test will end in a draw but of course it was Bangladesh to get the most out of it. A test breaking lots of records for Bangladesh. Congrats to Mushi for his double hundred. No matter how many double hundreds come up from other Bangladeshi batsmen in the future, Mushfiqur will always be recalled as the first one for Bangladesh. Respect to you. May you shine throughout your career.. Hats off!

  • on March 11, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    first double hundred!!!waiting to see who will score the first 250 or 300.the total score of 638!!!if they play like this consistently in the future,they might even win some test matches and no longer be questioned about their test status.

  • on March 11, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    if murali is now.. no bangl batsmen score double digits.. where is the quality ???.. !!!

  • on March 11, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Am amazed to see the strides the Tigers have made in the last few months... two innings of over 500 is something most top tier nations struggle to get. Congratulations on Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Ashraful, and Nazir Hossain all posting big innings, and hope to see them continue this competitive streak :).

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 11, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @arifzakaria811gmail.com : No mate..no need to hide behind rocks.We were 570/4 then declared. If we didn't declare we would have posted 800 + . But credit goes to Bangladesh.They batted beautifully.

  • CarlP on March 11, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Happy that Bangladesh are starting to show signs of progress in Test matches as this will benefit world cricket but you've got to wonder what is the point of this test match, with two giant scores on a lifeless pitch and no chance of a result.

    Whilst the historic 200 will capture headlines, I can't beleive that many fans will be interested in continuing to watch test matches like this.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on March 11, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    It was not expected but BD has proved a point here. Many things can be said e.g. Pitch is flat, bowlers are not good etc. But we must give credit where credit is due. This is the same BD who struggled against Zim, Scotland etc. But now they are playing with technique, temperament and passion against a former world champion. Good job. Now as a Pakistani I hope that their board also learns to be professional. BD cricket team is rising to the international levels whereas the BCB seems to be still acting like some local cricket body of BD.

  • on March 11, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Great performance BD. Ashraful should grab the opportunity to score runs consistently. Special thanks for Musfiq to become first double centurion and thanks the Nasir for his ton. Now BD have to prove that they can bat I the second innings too. It's great to have new landmark 638.

  • on March 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    It surely won't be long before Bangladesh take a big scalp (in a series, not a test). They are the most improved side in cricket, and if they could unearth a decent seamer or two, they would be able to compete seriously with the big boys.

  • on March 11, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Congratulation Bangladesh Team Specially Asharaful-Mushfiqur Rahim-Nasir Hossain to Showing your Great Batting Performance.... We Love you very much..

    Go Ahead Bangladesh Go Ahead Tiger

  • analyseabhishek on March 11, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    What's encouraging is that this performance came in an away test and not at a home venue. Although it is still a subcontinental track, it is a bigger achievement. An improving Bangladesh augurs well for exciting times in the Cricketing world!

  • on March 11, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    This is the beginning...Hope BD goes like this way...Congrats MUshi ,Ash And Nasir...

  • arifzakaria811gmail.com on March 11, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Oh Gosh . SL pop gun bowling attack allows Bangladesh to score 600+ with the great swing bowler ( as per SL fans only) Kulasekra almost scoring a century while bowling. Thats hilarious and am sure all SL fans now hiding under rock

  • exynos on March 11, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    The truth is Sangakkara can't play pace or spin.Now he is struggling against gazi.

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Well done tigers, the Royal Bengal Tigers.

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    A remarkable show. Bravo Tigers. We are all beside you.

  • India_Bainchood on March 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Good to see all around the world praising bangladesh's performance ! Well done Mushi and ash! I hope Ash will keep showing his consistency, 638 it's a huge run specially without Tamim and Sakib teh best cricketer of bangladesh and also without their best bowler Masrafe and Enamul jnr, it's amazing to the rise of BD! lots of love for bd team, the passion for this game one day will stop some indian fan and pakistan fan who doesnt like the rise of bd team, i always like SL ppl who always appreciate minnows team even pakistan fan also praise , anyway enjoy the game

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    well done Bangladesh,hold your heads high !!!!!

  • HRZV on March 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    It is not too far in the future that Bangladesh will become a major force in test cricket as well. They have done it in ODIs and now its time to show the cricketing world that they can do it in tests as well.

  • mylife4cricket on March 11, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Great achievement! Take a bow Ashraf-Rahim!

  • PadMarley on March 11, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Herath bowled 62 overs. Where would this stand as a record? Highest number of overs in an innings for a sri lankan stands at 73 my Suraj Randiv against India when they scored 707 in 2010. Mendis bowled 63 overs in the same inning. I'm sure Murali has passed 60 overs couple of times during his career.

  • JUCCric on March 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Congrats to Mushfiqur Rahim and Ashraful...and BD for showing great batting techniques against one of the top test teams. Welcome BD to the elite club of test cricket.

  • exynos on March 11, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    SL going to lose against Bangladesh.They don't have any decent young batsman.Their senior players can only score in SSC&Galle.

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    This English cricket fan is encouraged to see Bangladesh progress: well done! Even my 11 year old son wanted to hear about the Ashraful/Rahim partnership this morning...sad he didn't make the double ton, but glad he showed his undoubted talent- I hope he goes on to greater consistency. Excellent knock by Rahim. Hope it is the start of something new for Bangladesh.

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Bangladesh's Chariots of Fire!!! Proud to be a Bangladeshi!

  • on March 11, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Congrats to BD. love to see this incredible performance. Love to see that they are matching their performance with other teams. Specially this type of performance in srilanka can be moral buster for any team. Great achievement BD

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    great show n great achievement by the Bangladesh team....Mushfiqur and Ashraful....wat a classy show man....great goin...

  • Dil_Dil_Pakistan_1 on March 11, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Congrats a million! It's good to see Bangladeshi players are making histories. Feeling so sad for Asharaful. We want consistency from him. He is a talent but no consistency :(

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Mushfiq made our mind happy after the fall wicket of Ashraful (190). So I thank to Mushfiq very much. Recently Nasir also made his first century. Congratulation both NASIR and MUSHFIQ.

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    vow...let Bangladesh continue this kind of batting against every opponent...very good Bangladesh...very good...you impressed all in the recent Asia cup and has now shown an impressive performance....

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Great batting performance by Mushfiq, Ashraful and Nasir !

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    its gud to see bangladesh scoring 600 runs....

  • BOND_OO7 on March 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Great to see fans from IND,SL,PK, NZ appreciate our performances. Thanks guys..... Thats what BD fans expect from you. Thank you all. Good luck to our boys

  • BOND_OO7 on March 11, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Great to see fans from IND,SL,PK, NZ appreciate our performances. Thanks guys..... Thats what BD fans expect from you. Thank you all

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    nice hit.... go ahead..you r really owsome players now a days....

  • USMANRANDHAWA on March 11, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    What a great achievement by BD.That's a good approach & pakistani players should learn from them.

  • Maxyboy_123 on March 11, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh! But seriously are Sri Lanka trying to kill off test cricket in their country?

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    I have always felt this man has the talent and god gifted timing but he has let his fans down many a times. This must be really great day for all BD fans(this reminds me of those good old dravid laxman partnerships when no body is expecting you to win) That said i wish they continue the same form through out the series. Good luck

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Sabash Bangladesh!!!keep going!!!!

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Bangladesh should declare their innings now....

  • Reggaecricket on March 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    It would have been interesting to see what Nepal could do on this wicket against South Africa! What's with the Galle curator? He either fixes an unplayable track or one as flat as a a pancake!

  • Anan249 on March 11, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Mushfiq made our mind happy after the fall wicket of Ashraful (190). So I thank to Mushfiq very much. Recently Nasir also made his first century. Congratulation both NASIR and MUSHFIQ.

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    I feel so bad for Ashraful. He is a better player than the likes of Shakib and Tamim but could not play to his potential. He succumbs to pressure very easily. Well done Bangladesh

  • on March 11, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Go Tigers! Go.... No Shakib No Tamim No Mashrafee No Shahreer Nafis No Naeem Islam

    Still fighting like Tigers! ♥

  • on March 11, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    and now....its Nasir Hossain...

  • King_Ravanaa on March 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    For a team like Bangladesh and it's fans this will be a memorable day cause they achieved nothing earlier like this, for the SL fans this is another boring match + Shame. Great all round Performances by Mr. Pitch Curator of Galle and BD batsmans. LOL

  • shovwar on March 11, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Taking nothing away from the BD batsmen they are doing amazingly great and they have my respect, but with 6 batsmen scoring big hundreds shows how easy it is to bat on these wickets....respect to Amla who scores in bowler friendly wickets and still ahead of Sangakkaras and Dhonis......

  • on March 11, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    It now appears that while using a drop-in pitch the Galle Curator had accidentally dropped a concrete pitch. What else can it be? Today the 4th day, and the ball just travel straight. What happened to the previous pitch which was much more sporty and result prone. The pitch reminds me of the macadamized thorough fare.

  • KajuWaththaEksath on March 11, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Congratz BD team...keep it up the good work - from SL fan

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on March 11, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Suddenly the hunted becomes the hunters. Ashraful. In 2005 in an odi in eng vs aus he demolished mcgrath, lee,warne . He can b great all the best.. get a lead around 120 u never know ban can win! From an indian

  • on March 11, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh... Go ahead

  • matchfixerpkn on March 11, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    hmmmm..this mathc proves how much overrated srilnakna spinners like mendis and herath ..

  • on March 11, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Mushfiq is probably the most understated player in Bangladesh now. with world's no 1 all rounder in the team, the focus always goes to Shakib Al Hasan. Its important to note here that the team itself is very young and capable to play with the same formation for next 2 world cups!

  • Monir612511 on March 11, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    It is a great time for Ash................!!!!!!!

  • Thriller_Tiger on March 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Ash- 102 in t0ur match...190 in d 1st test.

    Mominul- 99 in t0ur match...55 in d 1st test.

    Mush- 81 in t0ur match...200 in d 1st test.

    Nasir- 6 in t0ur match...63* (still batting) in d 1st test.

    Gazi- 82* in t0ur match...r u ready f0r an0ther big bl0w?:p

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    All credits goes to Bangladeshi coach Shane Jurgensen and his coaching stuffs, our coach is a great motivator and we need a motivator rather than a high profile coach. i will also congratulate BCB for giving these players enough opportunity to play more longer version games in NCL AND BCL. BCB needs to give most priority to domestic longer version cricket like this season to keep our progress as a Test nation.

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    congrats our captain,,, txxxxx a lot

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Excellent guys...............

  • PPL11 on March 11, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Good to see Bangladesh Rising as a Promising Test Playing Nation.... I wish they continue this for future....

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    SALUTE Mr. Captain. Congrats Mushfiqur Rahim.

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Bangladesh is improving. They are playing really good. And Bangladesh finds a really good captain....

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    gr8 knock from ash....congratulation to him......hope from this innings he will rise from ash again and start over his career with new dawn......mushi still playing superb just be patient and make sure that we do not lose this game.....congr8s again

  • tony122 on March 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for coming good in a Test match finally and away from home. SL should look to go for either fast pitches or spinners. Their tendency to produce pitches just firm enough to hold 5 days and not assist faster bowlers leads to unexciting matches. Murali is no longer in the team and without him matches on these kind of surfaces will lead nowhere. I am not talking about this specific pitch but in general. Once in a while an absolute road is okay and even fun.

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Great to watch :) and remember Bangladesh is bating in 2nd with marvelous pressure of 570 runs...So, nice to see their reply :)

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Great to watch :) and remember Bangladesh is bating in 2nd with marvelous pressure of 570 runs...So, nice to see their reply :)

  • tony122 on March 11, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for coming good in a Test match finally and away from home. SL should look to go for either fast pitches or spinners. Their tendency to produce pitches just firm enough to hold 5 days and not assist faster bowlers leads to unexciting matches. Murali is no longer in the team and without him matches on these kind of surfaces will lead nowhere. I am not talking about this specific pitch but in general. Once in a while an absolute road is okay and even fun.

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    gr8 knock from ash....congratulation to him......hope from this innings he will rise from ash again and start over his career with new dawn......mushi still playing superb just be patient and make sure that we do not lose this game.....congr8s again

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Bangladesh is improving. They are playing really good. And Bangladesh finds a really good captain....

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    SALUTE Mr. Captain. Congrats Mushfiqur Rahim.

  • PPL11 on March 11, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Good to see Bangladesh Rising as a Promising Test Playing Nation.... I wish they continue this for future....

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Excellent guys...............

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    congrats our captain,,, txxxxx a lot

  • on March 11, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    All credits goes to Bangladeshi coach Shane Jurgensen and his coaching stuffs, our coach is a great motivator and we need a motivator rather than a high profile coach. i will also congratulate BCB for giving these players enough opportunity to play more longer version games in NCL AND BCL. BCB needs to give most priority to domestic longer version cricket like this season to keep our progress as a Test nation.

  • Thriller_Tiger on March 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Ash- 102 in t0ur match...190 in d 1st test.

    Mominul- 99 in t0ur match...55 in d 1st test.

    Mush- 81 in t0ur match...200 in d 1st test.

    Nasir- 6 in t0ur match...63* (still batting) in d 1st test.

    Gazi- 82* in t0ur match...r u ready f0r an0ther big bl0w?:p