Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day

Eight tons in Galle stalemate

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

March 12, 2013

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Sri Lanka 570 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 142, Thirimanne 155, Chandimal 116*) and 335 for 4 dec (Sangakkara 105, Dilshan 126, Vithanage 59) drew with Bangladesh 638 (Mushfiqur 200, Ashraful 190, Nasir 100) and 70 for 1 (Jahurul 41*)
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Kithuruwan Vithanage acknowledges the crowd after reaching his fifty, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, 5th day, Galle, March 12, 2013
Kithuruwan Vithanage helped himself to a brisk fifty on debut © AFP

Three things are more or less taken for granted in a Galle Test - a Mahela Jayawardene century, a bagful of wickets for Rangana Herath and a win for Sri Lanka. For a change, none of these happened. Jayawardene was forced out of the series to injury, a benign pitch got the better of Herath and Sri Lanka had to live with a high-scoring draw, which had a record-equalling eight centuries from both sides over five sapping days of Test cricket. No team looked like closing out the game, but Bangladesh walked away with a moral victory, breaking country records, which included their first-ever 600-plus total. It was also their first draw against Sri Lanka.

A draw was a foregone conclusion by the fourth afternoon and it only needed a brain-freeze from the batsmen in either side to produce a result. The fifth-day pitch was so flat, the batsmen might as well have been batting on the swanky Southern Expressway a short distance from the ground. It was a chance to boost batting averages, which Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan did by scoring centuries. Kithuruwan Vithanage, denied an opportunity to bat in the first innings, took guard in his debut Test in a pressure-free scenario and made a brisk fifty. Sri Lanka enforced a surprise declaration shortly before the scheduled tea break, hoping to spark some life in the final session but Bangladesh saw off the final moments without much trouble, losing a wicket. The situation was pointless enough for the captains to call it off an hour before stumps.

Sangakkara, returning from a finger injury, eased his way back with two centuries in the match. Dilshan helped himself to one too after missing out on the first innings, increasing the match century tally to eight, equaling the world record set by West Indies and South Africa in Antigua in 2005. There was not much turn and the bounce was consistent, making it easy for the batsmen to adapt quickly and build. Shahadat Hossain tried banging it in short to Sangakkara - like he did to dismiss Dimuth Karunaratne yesterday - who pulled with ease along the ground. Dilshan was prepared to use the crease to milk boundaries, punishing anything that was fractionally short.

Smart stats

  • For only the second time, eight centuries have been scored in a single game. The previous occasion was in the West Indies-South Africa game in Antigua in 2004.
  • The five centuries scored by Sri Lanka is their highest ever in a single match. They have scored four centuries in a game on three previous occasions.
  • Kumar Sangakkara scored two centuries in a match for the first time. He becomes the fifth Sri Lankan player to score twin centuries in a Test.
  • The average runs-per-wicket in the match (84.29) is the highest ever in a match in Galle surpassing the previous highest of 52.13 in the Sri Lanka-West Indies Test in 2010.
  • The run-per-wicket (84.89) is the fourth-highest in a match in Sri Lanka. The highest is 106.35 in the Sri Lanka-India Test in Colombo in 1997.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored his 16th century, is now joint-fourth on the list of Sri Lankan batsmen with the most Test centuries.
  • The 213-run stand between Sangakkara and Dilshan is the fifth-highest overall and the highest second-wicket stand for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh.

Sangakkara offered a half chance when he edged Abul Hasan past the diving Mushfiqur Rahim, who didn't have slip fielders to support him. Sangakkara followed that up with a couple of exquisite drives past cover to hasten towards a century. Dilshan reached his landmark - his 16th Test century - first with a clip to square leg, while Sangakkara got to his 32nd century with a punch to mid-off. Sangakkara made twin centuries in a Test for the first time, the sixth such occasion a Sri Lankan batsman had done so. Incidentally, the previous batsman to do so was his partner Dilshan, also against Bangladesh, in 2009.

Sangakkara fell shortly after lunch, pulling a short ball by Mahmudullah and taken neatly by Jahurul Islam falling to his right at short midwicket. Dilshan too fell going for an aggressive stroke, pulling Mahmudullah to deep square leg where Abul took the catch running to his left.

The batsman who had the most to gain was Vithanage. Fresh from his century against the Bangladeshis in Matara, he began with a confident punch for four off Sohag Gazi wide of extra cover. He had the audacity to reverse-sweep for a four down to third man, an indication both of his confidence and of the flatness of the pitch. He played the conventional sweep as well, imparting a lot of power behind the shot. Bangladesh were going through the motions, giving their part-time bowlers like Nasir Hossain a go, as there was no point tiring out the frontline bowlers. Vithanage was hardly challenged, pulling a six over deep midwicket off Nasir as he approached his fifty. He was eventually bowled playing on to Mahmudullah, who picked up all three wickets with freebie short deliveries, much to amusement of the bowler himself and his captain. With no milestones left to chase, Angelo Mathews saw no point in batting on and declared giving Bangladesh an improbable 268 to chase in one session.

The only surprise was the wicket of Anamul Haque, who misjudged the line from Shaminda Eranga, looked to defend rather late and chopped the ball onto the stumps. Jahurul and Mohammad Ashraful took the score to 70 and at 4pm, the Test was predictably called off.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board had recently announced incentives for the team to draw Tests and take games into the fifth day. They achieved that, but this Test will be remembered for the lopsided contest between bat and ball - 1613 runs for just 19 wickets. Sri Lanka will hope for a more sporting surface at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, which hosts the second Test in four days' time.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 15, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

I don't wanna see 8 tons in Colombo test. A result-less match won't b enjoyable for anyone. Lahiru, Chandimal etc. had improved their batting average in 1st test, now it's time for SLC to prepare a sporting rather spinning pitch.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 15, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. I agree sanga is our best batsman in the team, but not mahela. His record in overseas is very poor. Any youngster would have done better than mahela in overseas wickets. Only reason why he is in the team is due to his captaincy skills. I guess we still need to him teach his captaincy skills to mathews. Had mahela captained the side at galle I am sure BD wouldnt have scored 638.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (March 15, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

@sinhaya i see no one in your country match or beat the class of mahela and sanga. I never said sanga scores only no flat track. The world knows that the duo has many times saved the face of lankan cricket many times in crisis single handedly. Certainly the youngsters would have failed in the absence of sanga. His mere presence in the squad must be a boost to others.There is a difference between being optimistic and being arrogant. I am sorry to say that i feel you are in the second category.what you are doing is like saying steven smith will become a better batsman than michael clarke. Time should answer. I don see your youngsters matching sanga and mahela. Ill be happy if they prove me wrong. Even though you being a lankan fan and not rating the duo as one of the best,i,as a true cricket fan will proudly say that these two are the best your country can produce atleast in this century

Posted by torsha on (March 14, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

What's more funny is that SL bowlers couldn't even took 10 wickets at home conditions. This pitch is perfect for players like Sanga to maintain his average and ICC rank.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 14, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

No big fuss over this 638. If this pitch was a usual Galle pitch, the results will be 1-0 in SL favor. Using common SL strategy. Bat First. Score Big. Declare at some point. Unleash spin twice. Innings victory. Fortunately for BD this was a road. They had a chance to save the match.

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 14, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, wrong to say Sanga got runs only on flat tracks. Sanga has managed decent scores outside Asia though centuries are not enough. Sanga and Mahela never saved us singlehandedly. Even if Sanga failed in this match, Chandimal and Thirimanne would have still gone on to score tons. Even if Sanga and Mahela never took to cricket, someone else from our clubs would have got the breakthrough and would have cashed in. Bangladesh batted superbly but we also batted superbly in our first innings losing only 4 wickets. Certainly Chandimal, Thirimanne, Vithanage, Karunaratne and Kushal Perera can match or will be better than Sanga and Mahela.

All countries have a good cricket future. No country has a bad cricket future. But hope the gap between all ten test playing nations will be as less as possible so that all games will be hopefully nailbiters.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 14, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Feel bad for Sri Lanka that there is no Murali or Vass (1000+ Test wickets) to save them. Life moves on like they say.... wake up! :)

Posted by gnanzcupid on (March 14, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

@sinhaya. Poor understanding mate.I never said sanga and mahela were flat track kings. I said they would have not been considered great had they got runs only on flat tracks. They have saved lankan team on most of the matches single handedly. I was praising the attitude of the bangla batters. I rate the innings of bangla batters higher than young lankans because you know its not tough batting along with sanga that too on a road on the first two days. Anyone can bat freely without pressure on such a road after crossing a score of 300 that too after such a platform laid by sanga. Bangla players batted with the pressure and surpassed the lankan score comfortably thus proving the lankan underestimation a blunder. Even i could have scored a century had i batted around sanga on that road. So do you say that the cricketing future of my country is bright?

Posted by   on (March 14, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Flat or not. The key ingredient for a score like this is the cliche word in cricket "patience". Stop being all so negative and learn to appreciate things in life.

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 14, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, just like you acknowledge Ashraful's and Rahim's pure brilliance, same must apply to Chandimal and Thirimanne too. Even Vithanage as well.

Yes if Sanga and Mahela are flat track kings, then the 2006 SSC test when the 2 piled 624 runs for the 3rd wicket, SA should have drawn that test match. Dont forget that Galle has been the best test venue in Sri Lanka producing results in 16 out of 20 tests. Reason for draws before this test was due to rain. I agree this pitch was awful and ICC must warn Galle for this.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 14, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

So Sri Lanka despite having 5 days still cannot thrash minnows by an innings at HOME :)

Posted by gnanzcupid on (March 14, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

@htcandroid cricket has seen many few match wonders who just fade away my friend. But obviously galle was a road. Sinhaya had said that future is good on the basis of this match. So i had to respond. Lets wait to see if the lankan youngsters turn a star or just a flash. Time will tell.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 14, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury . Funny...very funny indeed. 100 or 600 it is the WIN that matters for other teams and you are jumping over your achievement! Count the number of test matches took to win the first test and then argue. It is quiet funny that BD not even in the winning position and fans are celebrating 600!!!

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 13, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury. Because indians are scared that ur batsman will their ordiary club standard bowlers. I can guarantee u, they will never invite u guys. They are scared. Once they invited kenya to play at their backyard and they got humilated by 69 runs. Here is that match link. So they are just afraid, they dont to lose a test match against Bangladesh.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 13, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. Chandimal scored a hundred at lords and thirimanne scored a hundred at Adelaide. These are not roads my friend.

Posted by Vilander on (March 13, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

1, Pitches were covered in early 70's making run making easier, running up the batting and bowling averages, and bigger scores possible. This 1970's is the overall time line for big test scores.

2, between 1930 -1952 indian team represented present day india pakistan and bd.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Here are some very interesting stats for some Indian fans that are always against the Bangladesh Cricket: India took 47 years and 166 matches to score 600 runs in a test! whereas BD took only 13 years & 76 matches to achieve the same, only Pakistan took less years and only Pak, WI & SL took less matches than Bangladesh to score 1st 600!

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

A few more matches like this and Kumar Sangakkara will have a battig average of 2 000!

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Come on Indian fans! Why doesn't u pressure up your cricket board to invite BD to play the cricket series in your non flat, super bouncy or super spinning home cricket ground? Very unfortunately, u r the only team who still didn't invite BD. Why u bother so much for SL ground so much, where team India is not involved with the match? Why don't u just stop making negative comments abt BD and concentrating on pressurizing your board to invite BD team? Are u afraid of getting humiliating defeat by Bangladeshi young guns, young tigers?

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Firstly, I can see a lot of people think that Bangladesh outdid themselves and they should be overjoyed with the results. But really, guys, I didn't see much difference between these two sides, and I don't see why Bangladesh should be any more amused with the results than the Sri Lankans are.

It was a stalemate, a good batting practice, that's it. It was a warmup for Colombo, for both sides. both are solid in batting, but need some spearheads in bowling. A lot of positive things to take away, but a lot more work to do as well- and that's for both sides.

A suggestion to all the cricket lovers, if I may. talk cricket as it is. please leave your national pride and/or hatred to other cricketing teams outside cricket. it was all cricket- those five days. so, talk cricket, nothing else. please take a break.

Posted by soumyas on (March 13, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

how many rating points Bangla going to get from this drawn test? because they are yet to open their account on ICC ranking list and they deserve some points for this brave performance.

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 13, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

I am indeed happy that Chandimal, Thirimanne and Vithanage clicked and that shows our batting future is very good. Once Kushal Perera also gets the breakthrough for tests it will be even great. Hope the P Sara pitch will be a bowlers' paradise.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 13, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

@ saifur.raffael - So you mentioned SL got 6 top orders and 5 tailender . Who is the fifth tail-enders . Is he Nasir Hossain who batted at 7 ? (don't insult the man played fantastically). So get yo facts right first . Secondly i like to ask how Gazi , Abul , Sunny become tail-enders for you . because your fellow Bangladeshi s called them as All rounders . Anyway i made a comparison as a response to FOTO in his own theory .(check his comment at the top) . i too believe such comparisons are irrelevant . BUT PPL LIKE FOTO SHOULD BE ANSWERED IN THEIR THEORY . EVEN CRICINFO GOT AMUSED OF HIS COMMENT AND HIGHLIGHTED IT .

Posted by saifur.raffael on (March 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Really eager to know what kind of Pitch Colombo will offer, Perhaps the main Test will be in the Colombo for Bangladesh..would love to find BD doing well in a sporting wicket too..A great chance for BD to cash in, the Lankan's are on the Back Foot after an unexpected draw from the Tigers. The Tigers earned a Draw and its as sweet as a win for them, so the Tigers Confidence and the Moral will be on high. In the meantime Sri-Lanka will also want to Hit Back hard, BD should not get Overwhelmed by the hype of their Success rather carry on the Determination and Patience they showed in the 1st Test Match specially Ashrafull. Best Wishes to both the Team and would love to get a contested Test Match in a much more Sporting Wicket..Best of Luck.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (March 13, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Full credit should be given to the bangladeshi batsmen for taking advantage of this highway pitch and surpassing the lankans who had overestimated themselves. Nice little lesson to the lankan camp. Feeling happy that there are atleast a few lankan fans who accept that even this draw is equivalent to a psychological defeat to the lankans considering their preseries buildups. This match shows two things. 1)a huge improvement in the attitude of bangla batsmen. They are now ready to fight till they fall 2)absence of match winning bowlers in both camps. Post vaas n Murali tests played on roads like this test exposes the lankan bowling v badly. Again sanga has performed well in this match for a draw to avoid shame on home soil. Welcome back to international cricket sanga

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

A draw against Bangladesh and enabling them to score their highest total. The lowest moment of Sri lankan Cricket

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Credit should go to BD team for drawing the Test match. Given that, whatever condition SL could have won this match against this minnow BD team (even though Galle was a belter of a pitch this time, this is not an excuse!)

Posted by saifur.raffael on (March 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

@ yohandf1984 ..The 8 wickets those BD took are all of the TOP ORDERS, BD actually twice got the wickets of Lankan Top Order, Where-as SL took 6 Main BD wickets and 5 Tail Enders ..BTW Herath is a world class Bowler so is Kula, I rate them higher than the BD bowlers at the moment considering their whole carrer...But BD's bowling attack is still very in-experienced and young ...Guys like Gazi and others will surely go beyond them in the future if they can maintain their consistency, which they have done pretty well specially GAZI since his debut...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Flat pitch or not, Bangladesh showed that you can't just turn up against them and expect them to roll over without resistence. Sri Lanka made a huge total. Normally that would be the prelude to Bangladesh putting up a decent score before fading away: this time they went past the Sri Lanka total and made them bat againunder some - albeit limited - pressure of potential defeat. This has been a big step forward.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (March 13, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

The wicket was poor but no one expected BD to perform so well...and they really deserves credit for the same. To make a point, they should ensure that they perform better in the next test match as well. That will ensure that this draw is not drubbed as random performance by BD ... A strong BD test team is good for sub-continent and world cricket too.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 13, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

@ FOTO - Now you r judging BD bowlers are better than SL because Gazi ,Mahmudullah got 3 each while SL bowlers got only two each . Very funny comparison . but let me add one thing . In whole match SL bowled 218 overs (196+22) and picked 11 wickets while BD bowled 218 overs (135+83) and picked 8 wickets . Also in same no of overs (218) BD bowlers leaked 903 runs while SL gave away 708 runs . so FOTO dont take individual stuff , compare it as whole because cricket is a team game .

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

Agree with ZenOfCricket. Unless BD shows some courage and boldness they are not going anywhere. Fans might call it a moral victory, but there is no such column in ICC Test Rankings. They should put conscious effort to at least try to win. For me Sri Lanka is the winner for trying to push for a result by declaring twice. Bangladesh was making sure they don't end up on the losing side. They are at the bottom of the charts among test playing nations with Zero points and Zero ratings for ages. Good Luck for the next game. from India.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Sangakara is a world class test player like Dravir, Kallis.. He is a batsman of Class. I'm a big fan of Sanga and also Srilanka. they r not only a good team bt have a good mind. I request to everyone that dont tell about these kind of track, just tell about What a performance by both team. Both of the team dint through their wicket and played a very sensible cricket, thats why we saw a huge total. SL. thought that BD dint cross their total and they may all out within one and half days, thas why they declared their innings, bt Bt took these challenge and get their achievement.

Congrats to both of team.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 13, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

Mahela lost a golden opportunity to increase his average on SL roads. Now i got to know y SL postpone SA test series

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 13, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Indian pitches produce results and not everyone get a ton. still that's called a flat track. So, whats the new term to refer this pitch??

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 13, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

RIP test cricket if groundsmen continue to make pitches like that. If I was a kid growing up there I wouldnt get too excited about being a fast bowler...

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 13, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Fans have lot of criticism for the pitch. Is it because the pitch favored batsmen or did not produce a result? In fact no cricket should be played in that ground. It was public space of the city which gradually became an international cricket ground due to the pressure of some self-interested people. Destruction by tsunami was the best opportunity to give that space back to the public, and build a cricket ground in a spacious place but the same self-interested people denied the public again.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 13, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

@waqas - lol just like 1 century does not count to two 50's. A double ton too is counted as 1 century.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

My believing is that Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath still need be in the the side for next match. I think its time to give a chance to Tharindu Kaushal. when BD played last test in R Premada they lost by inning. but this time not gonna be easy.

Posted by Shamim_araf on (March 13, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

well done BD cricketers!!!!!!!!!!! a lot of respect to all tigers...keep it up

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 13, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

As a SL cricket fan result of this match is not a worry ( though we expected to win) but continuous bashing on SL pitches based on this pitch is very pathetic . Galle has always been a sporty wicket except this pitch . even it received ICC warning for excessive turning . Colombo PSC always produced helpful conditions to fast bowlers and ENG , NZ were able to win last two test matches played there . Colombo RPS hasnt hosted a test for sometime and it s told to be fast bowler friendly track after relaying . Pallekele pitch has good carry and bounce . Only long term flat pitch is Colombo SSC . So calling SL has the flattest pitch sound very baseless . This is a rarerity

Posted by UAETigers on (March 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

To all BD fans, no doubt it's a very good performance by BD batsmen. Scoring 600+ and three centeries on any track is some milestone and by that breaking all their batting records is an achievement. But this one inning is not a benchmark of beating bigger teams or destroying the others. It's simply start of a long and very hard and tough journey with high anticipation from home fans. Still BD need to learn a lot and have to groom themselves a lot to compete the same way they did now in longer periods.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Any way SL unable to won this test due to pitch and also week bowling attack.We have to find a way to improve our bowling attack. We now have chaminda vass as a bowling coach and we have to get full use of him. I think we can get muralis help as well.

Posted by Mitcher on (March 13, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@yorkslanka: Think you'll find Australia actually beat Sri Lanka on the Galle pitch that was reported.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

really we are enjoying much especially we always expect like this also we feel that test cricket is the hurt of all kinds of body doubt about that?

Posted by Classicplayer on (March 13, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

whoever still does not appreciating Bangladesh's performance, here is some stats for head up: Bangladesh ranks #4 in terms of Match needed to reach first 600 runs. 1.Pakistan (19 match) 2.West Indies (27 match) 3.Sri Lanka (75 match) 4. Bangladesh (76 match) 5.Australia (120 match) 6.England (163 match) 7.South Africa (164 match) 8. India (166 matches) 9. New Zealand (210 matchs) #Zimbabwe not yet has reached in 600 runs (88 matches)

By year: Bangladesh ranks #2 1. Pakistan (6years) 2.Bangladesh (13 years) 3.Sri lanka (15 years) 4. West Indies (20 years) 5. India (47 years) 6. Australia (48 years) 7.England (51 years) 8. New Zealand (61 years) 9. South Africa (77 years)

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

A wonderful Test Match for those interested in cricket statistics

Posted by tushar35 on (March 12, 2013, 23:54 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. Guys please don't blame the pitch; Sri Lanka has all the right to prepare the pitch as they wish, like others do. It's not that one team got more privilege than other team from the pitch. Wishing good luck to both teams for upcoming matches.

Posted by jobayer101112 on (March 12, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

Really Bangladesh cricket team shown their performance level and give message to worlds rest of the cricket team. Congrets our tiger....

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

9* tons buddy! One of the guys scored a double !

Posted by Chris_P on (March 12, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

@yorkslanka. You're right, it was reported last time SL played Australia, but they have gone form extreme to furtherest other side.. I do agree that this ground has always produced a turning track & has been a result pitch for along time, so for the groundsman to turn out "The Columbo Freeway" leaves be more than slightly bewildered. This sort of track doesn't do test cricket or Sri Lankan cricket any service at all. SL cricket has much more going for them that producing these type of tracks. Hopefully, the next time around will be sporting & we get to enjoy aspects of cricket.

Posted by ZenOfCricket on (March 12, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

Sad and boring day for cricket watchers. Bangladesh could at least have shown 1% of the courage Sri Lanka did by declaring and giving them a fighting chance. But you can not expect BD to even try to make an attempt to chase.

Posted by Vilander on (March 12, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Sangakara scored two centuries !! 8 centuries in all..amazing..

Posted by AzAb12754 on (March 12, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Sri Lanka just like West Indies underestimated Bangladesh that's why they couldn't thrash us by an innings even playing 5 days straight. Bangladesh have been known to collapse on Tests even on flat wickets in the past but this is not the old Bangladesh anymore. Probably yes if Sri Lanka wanted to could prepare a spinning track and bowl us out for under 300 in the first innings and under 200 in the second innings but then again Bangladesh have their own good spinners so its a tight call on who would win on a spinning track. If Sri Lanka want to win the next test match then really a seaming track would be the best because Bangladesh fast bowling is pretty ordinary so you won't be facing bowlers like South Africa have its the only way. But even on seaming tracks players like Tamim love playing on them. Its upto Sri Lanka though its their pitch but hopefully the final test will be a sporting one.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 12, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Not taking any credit away from BD, these types of wickets would be test match killer. There is no point in playing for 5 days and not produce results when all other formats are result oriented. No wonder why test matches are sparsely attended. The sponsors are probably throwing away their money for matches that have hardly much TV viewing.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

I have been watching cricket since 1994... and this test match was real treat for me ... 8 ton can you Imagine ! just wow proud #Bangladeshi.

Posted by seantells on (March 12, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

one of the boring test matches ever! pitch was made for SL top players come back but BD showed what they did not expect

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

The Sri Lankans should be proud of Bangladesh achievements because they were the first ones who have helped us by sending some their coaches in our domestic cricket level.

We are most grateful to the Sri Lankan fans for their support and the Sri Lankan Cricket Board for sending their national team to Bangladesh and inviting Bangladesh over these past years.

We as Bangladeshis should support the Sri Lankans as our second favourite team because their players attitude towards us is fabulous.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Bangladesh will destroy all the teams this year ;)

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 12, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

8 centuries from ordinary players says how flat the wicket is. If BD fans r happy with this then only god can save their medicare team.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Bangladesh shown how to play TEST CRICKET.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Well played Bangladesh and there are lots of positiveness to be taken from this match to the next Test for both of these teams.It was a batting paradise and it was difficult to judge any single bowler from either side.Two things i am able to point my dissatisfaction at was some of the umpiring decisions and some of the substandard fielding as with some terrible drop catches.

My selection for the next Bangladesh Test side: 01.Anamul Hoque.02.Jahurul Islam.03.Mohammad Ashraful.04.Mominul Haque.05.Mushfiqur Rahim.06.Mahmudullah Riad.07.Nasir Hossain.08.Sohag Gazi.09.Abul Hasan.10.Abdur Razzak.11.Rubel Hossain.

I do not want Tamim Iqbal in the side because he is a disruptive player to the team.The positive body language of Bangladeshi players as well as positive comments,fantastic unity created by Mushfiqur Rahim,good communication with each other and the hunger to succeed is quite evident.Some Bangladeshi players find it uneasy playing alongside Tamim Iqbal.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

The truth is, Srilanka made this flat pitch because Bangladesh have some potential spinners specially Shohag, Sunny. They did not want to take any risk with spin pitch. Also, they thought if they score big enough(obviously they can) then Bangladesh can't score in reply. But In reality, Bangladesh improved themselves drastically within 1 and half year. Their(Srilanka) analysis was wrong. Surely, they will face some tough match in ODI series.

Posted by BokkeForever on (March 12, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Well, if that doesn't put the SL batsmen's average in perspective I don't know what does. I say knock 25 runs off their average to get the true picture - I'm sure that'll produce the same result if you look at their batting averages outside of SL.

Posted by hasib9 on (March 12, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Ashraful played remarkably well, no doubt about it. He has done well against Sri Lanka and India. However, to earn my faith, he has to be consistence. I am a strong believer of statistics. I always support Bangladeshi players, and Ashraful will earn special support from me when his batting average is up to international standards. Mushfiq has been doing well and I knew this day was coming for him as he is such a hard working person. He is intelligent (has a masters degree), and a smart captain. Our bowling is a but shaky though, and it had been this way for quite a while. Selectors should experiment with young fast bowlers, with the likes of Taskin, Robiul, etc., and give a chance to inform bowlers like Nazmul. Akram Khan has done well as a selector but I do believe he needs a break from this job for now and let a new person take charge and look at things from a slightly different perspective. Good luck Bangladesh with the second test. I know we will won the ODI so I'm not even worried

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 12, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, I totally agree with you. But remember what happened to Galle when a result oriented pitch was prepared in 2011? ICC warned us. Will ICC warn us now for preparing a highway?? NO! Yes this pitch was bad but please look at the overall results at Galle without just making judgements on this pitch. Hope the curator will prepare a bowling paradise next time when a test match is played in Galle. One thing bro remember that many test matches in SL under Vaas Murali era ended in a result which shows that we can prepare good pitches. Seems the Galle curator Warnaweera has gone bezerk this time.

Posted by saif_bd007 on (March 12, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

@JPNana: Look we wanted to draw and thats why we didn't decl. But ur team wanted to win and thats why decl twice. Now ur judgement. Who achieved their aim? Thus who won the moral victory?

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Without Shakib...........................without Tamim................we can still draw a test...........not my Indian fan plz give us one chance to visit your country don't be scare as you could lose to us in your own country .......Love to all Sri lanka fans they invited us in their country and helping us to improve..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Well Done by the Bangladeshi Tigers !!!

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

So disappointing to see people disrespect SL Batting performances and praise BD Batting. If it is a flat track, both teams batted on same track. Since Kumar has scored 30 tons before and adding 2 more to that doesn't have any value? Same with Dilshan 15+1.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Flat wicket... Highway... Runway.. Athletics track... concrete surface... blah..blah.... blah... I am damn sure these critics might blow away Bangladesh by their criticism if BD lost da game.... But it was completely diff in SL's first innings as they all praised their batting and cursing BD for playing silly cricket..... But remember one thing....... history loves to make its own move and history now in BD's favor.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 12, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

@cpt meanster- galle is usually a spinning track that produces results mate,this was the cause of it being reported to the ICC when we beat the Aussies here last time.i think that this was an over reaction to that action..I agree with you by the way that THIS was a rubbish wicket.

Posted by GrindAR on (March 12, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

In Antigua match, 1st innings 8 bowlers for 8 batsmen, 2nd innings 11 bowlers for 11 batsmen ( MB taking the last wicket for his 1.2 overs)..... probably if it was a 10 days match, there would have been a result... possibly... but some histories made in that match for statistics... same here too... but not many...and only on one front taking team name out of picture... AM need to improve as he did not handle his bowlers well enough...

Posted by KNJABU on (March 12, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

.............Finally Bangladesh maturing as a Test team... But need to perform the same in coming tests ...specially in 2nd Test against the Sri-lanka....., While Sri-lanka first innings batting high scoring...that time the TV Commentators were saying "How poor bowling By Bangladeshi bowler" But while Bangladeshi were batting superbly that time the commentators unfortunately saying that "how Pitch was good for Batting".....They were shy to praise the Bangladeshi batsman for their outstanding batting effort. !! If the same batting done by INDIAN Batsman then all indian media flourish it all the week...!! Best of Luck for rest of tour matches..Show how real Tiger roaring....

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

I do agree the pitch was flat, but so what? Wasn't BD supposed to get out twice within 3 days? Worse of it they played without their two only 'international' level players, the rest can even be beaten by a club level team, isn't it? Get a life haters. BD can now now challenge any opponent head to head. Just wonder what if Shakib and Tamim were playing too. Shakib is yet to play a test where he took less than four wickets. Tamim, Ashraful, Mushfiq, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah this batting lineup can challenge any bowling lineup in any sort of conditions. Now we need to find some quality fast bowlers, and then we'll see who are minnows.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 12, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Well Played Bangla boys, Ashraful and Mushfiq especially, Sanga got fit in time to score as more hundreds vs weak bowlers, but he didnt have guts to perform same outside subcontinent. he averages over 90 vs Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and rest of the alll matches played in Sri Lanka. Outside subcontinet he has good innigs once in 10 innings. sangakarra is nothing but the flat track bully same as Jayawardhene, Samarverra. But young lot Thirammane and Chandimal looks better and i have good hope from them as they will perform very well in foreign conditions too.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 12, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

If BD can Win or Draw next Test, we can believe that BD is becoming a good team. Random performances doesn't mean anything. When WI toured BD last year, BD put up a good total in the 1st innings (1st Test), still lost the match and the series 2-0. BD run out of steam most of the time, which is sad. Congratulations for all who made their personal achievements, broke country records and both teams for tieing the world record with 8 centuries.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 12, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Its really funny when 'some' fans of teams who criticize Bangladesh. Example for this test match when Sri Lanka was batting first, Bangladesh bowling pathetic but when Bangladesh was batting and Sri Lanka failed to bowl them out for less than 200 its was a flat wicket ha ha...the truth is hard to swallow for some of you guys. I'm sure Bangladesh will win at least the ODI series on this tour and if so, then either Sri Lanka are new minnows or Bangladesh have improved a lot.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

The match is drawn. But, Bangladesh has psychological victory in this game.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 12, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

there's not much point were 2 teams can play spin and both teams are loaded with spinners, on a surface of no pace and bounce. if either of these teams had played the aussies then fair enough one would have won, but it does nothing for test cricket other than kudos to Bangladesh and better batting averages for most,

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 12, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

This match will be one of the reasons WHY test cricket will DIE in the future. What a FLAT highway for a pitch. Yeah it was good to see Bangladesh fight it out and compete BUT come on guys.... this pitch was an insult to test cricket. Sri Lanka are famous for their "national highways". I mean, their so called pitches for being flat but this one was totally off the charts. Eight 100s in a single game means something was really wrong. If you want to save test cricket in Asia, stop creating flat highways and instead prepare spinning wickets for results. Thank God I am not a test cricket supporter. What a bore !

Posted by Classicplayer on (March 12, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

@JPNana , did you consider how many overs bangladesh played in first innings and how many overs srilanka played in first innings when you were analyzing how many wickets each team took ?. Bangladesh played 196 overs in first innings. On the other hand srilanka played 135 overs in first innings.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

A hopeless pitch for Test cricket - absolutely flat as a pancake. Either that or the strike bowlers in both teams lacked imagination and initiative and hence variety in their bowling repertoir's. Maybe these players should have honed their skills on concrete pitches so they could learn how to dismiss batsmen by bowling leg and off cutters, slower balls and most importantly consistent line and lengths - Philander from South Africa is a good example of a bowler who can do this right now - he doesn't have a lot of pace, he just has a wide range of skills he can utilise depending on the state of the pitch, making him almost as effective on a green pitch as a flat one. McGrath and Hadlee are two other excellent examples of such bowlers.

Posted by Tasfinshaif on (March 12, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Congrats to BD and Srilanka,both team played extremely well

Posted by r0ketman on (March 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Now we are just arguing for argument's sake! SL just declared, BD could not take 10 wickets - I am assuming it implies SL is superior to BD, which may be true, but not in the context of this particular test match. Test match is not only a game of batting, bowling and fielding skills, it also requires tactics. SL did not read the pitch well after playing on it for a day and a half, or they underestimated BD thinking that BD would never be able to cross the 570 mark on first innings, either way SL team made a very poor tactical decision. Teams with a huge run lead should only declare to force a result. So, on this test match SL was not the superior team, as they made a poor tactical decision. Why is everyone so hell bent on not admitting BD played toe to toe with SL on this match? Admit it: you thought SL would crush BD, and you were proven wrong. Why all the made up excuses?

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Glad to see the BD team is improving pretty fast,but having a problem that are thery exatly having the capability?I've seen that their patience got paid due to the lifeless wicket.Hope they will do better in the next game...Savinda frm Duabi.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh cricket team

Posted by gnanzcupid on (March 12, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

the lankan tactic to prepare a flat road and improve the averages of chandimal(home tests) and thirimanne(all tests) has backfired for the lankans looking at the fact that BD has the psychological advantage(a first inning lead which the lankans dint anticipate) at the end of the match.

Posted by Zillurcc on (March 12, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

IN his first debut test in England Mushfiqur made 38 probably, i found the classic touch of great Brian Lara, off course right handed & he proved it now. congra.... just carry on.

Ashraful, just think, what coolness can bring. Allah has given u all the cricketing tall-ency. just use it. no worry about double, u can get triple in test match. congra...

Nasir u r performing perfectly, carry on.

Anamul, be careful about leaving the outside off stamp balls in first few overs & that can adjust ur eyesight. just get the believe that u can do v good. wish u r in 1st 11 for the next test. just prove urself. what about bringing Rubel & Razzak in, in next match. Boys we r proud of u. keep going. have the believe that u can make. best wishes.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 12, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

First of all Congratulations to BD for Drawing the match. Stopping Team SL from winning in SL is indeed a big achievement.

Ever since Murali retired SL's bowling looks ordinary. No genuine wicket taker. Only Herath looks okay. And it is a fact that SL prepares flat tracks. When Murali was there, SL used to win matches as even on flat tracks The Great Murali used to create pressure and pick wickets.

And 'BD of past' had ordinary bowlers and ordinary batsmen. But this Newly-Built BD team under Mush's captaincy looks decent with some really good batsmen who can play L-O-N-G innings. That's the reason the match was DRAWN.

Ordinary SL bowling couldn't get BD batsmen out. And there was no way BD bowling ATTACK (which is not great either, Gazi looks okay though) WAS GOING TO GET 20 SL wickets. So the result is DRAW.

But Credit goes to BD players for showing immense patience that is needed to survive in Test Cricket. Mush, Ash and Hossain were phenomenal. Cheers !

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

At last after 12 years a ray of hope for Bangladesh to be a better team in test cricket.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 12, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

JPNana If you deduct 570 from 638, it is 68, not 48.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 12, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

@ JPNana

Where did I show disrespect to him ? I have not even started yet I just said He is Good But not the Best.

As you said, he is ranked 6th so obviously batsmen above him are better.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

this test match again showed the massive improvement of Bangladesh since Asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

next test match will favour to the bowling so we need some changes . TAMIM . Razzaq . Rubel and rabiul we like to see play .

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

@JPNana: Look who is talking about giving respect to a World Class batsman like Sangakara. I t was you who was also questioning Sakib's class yesterday. Don't you know who is the best Test Al-rounder? Go and check the ICC rankings then. And Cricinfo, please post this comment.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

from first I had feeling that we gonna draw this test match and we done it . Well done tiger . we can't stop here we have to continue this performance . Sl also played well . congratulations to them too .

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (March 12, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

It also highlights why batsmen from the sub continent have inflated batting averages. The proof is when they go on tour and crumble.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

I hope, ICC will give Bangladesh chance to play more Test matches in a calender year.

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 12, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Well played BD in getting the elusive draw. I commented after the 1st day but refrained thereafter given BD's notorious history of collapsing, esp in the 2nd inns. I felt BD showed immense improvement with their play in last year's Asia Cup when they handsomely defeated both India and SL. Sure, these were ODIs but it was the self belief that was palpable.

Onto the 2nd Test, fortunately it's not at the SSC but at the Premdasa which normally stages ODIs and not too many Tests. Difficult to predict the wicket but the groundsman still has time to influence matters. SL still favourites unless it's another lifeless wicket, will Tamim return for the 2nd Test?

Posted by malepas on (March 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Well played to BD but comon,,these sort of wickets are just killing the test cricket and the reason Asian batters struggle when they tour out of sub-continent,,least we should make tracks who could take spin and produce some results,,these kind of test matches are good to nobody but batters with inflatted averages. I'll take a test match finished in 3-4 days any time.I think boards should be fined for producing lifeless wickets,,doesn't matter if it seems or spins,,but tracks should give even balance to both batters and bowlers. This is boring and making people not to watch. As for BD,,they are imporving all the time but still needs lots of work in thier bowling dept but well done anyway,,,from a PAK FAN..

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 12, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

FOTO... what is this means " Look, Shohag Gazi and Mahmudullah got 3 wickets each. And the other SL bowlers? Only 2 wickets each. But, the SL team declared and it was their responsibility to bowl Bangladesh out."

What are you talking??? Mate Sri Lanka bowled you guys for 638 just 48 runs ahead of SL., and you guys didn't even able to get 10 wickets in both innings. SL just declared...

Posted by Fogu on (March 12, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

I don't understand the venom against Sanga by some fans. He is one of the best batsman SL has produced. No need to compare him to others. He has done a great job for SL. He is a true gentleman and a great example for cricketers to follow. I have noticed a majority of the negative comments against him comes from IN fans who doesn't seem to appreciate anybody elses acheivement. It would serve them well to leave their arrogance behind and enjoy true greats of cricket while they can and not sow hatred.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

very well played Bangladesh :) congradulations to mushifiqur for such a milestone

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

apart from a handful, most of the comments are hilarious here! someone rightly said, two teams have been tested on a nearly toothless surface and came up even. that's it! Just because BD didn't kneel down in this match, people are having problems swallowing it! so much for cricketing spirit folks! I even found someone talking about BD fans raving about this draw in he comment sector! how ridiculous is that! 80% of the comments are made about the pitch's being hard. It hurts when people are so shallow when it comes down to a boy doing a man's job which BD did in this match. Hopefully, BD will grow up soon. and cricinfo pls upload this asap because I am tried of typing here and not seeing any of mine posted yet.

Posted by jmoses on (March 12, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

What is the purpose of preparing wickets like these for test matches. Test cricket is already on the downhill and results like these will certainly not help the cause. We all know Lankan batsmen are only good playing in their backyard on the flattest tracks and they get exposed playing abroad on fast tracks.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 12, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

cs_GlobalOffensive.... i do not know which nation you are representing.., but for your lack of knowledge, Mr. Kumar Sangakkara is at the 6th position of the all time best test batsmans list, so be respectful

Posted by swat1999 on (March 12, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

One of the best test match Bangladesh ever played. Thanks Tigers and Sri Lankans. Bangladesh improvement in Test match level is impressive. Bangladesh needs to play more test match in home and abroad in order to consistency at the same time Bangladesh should councentrate more about test match rathar than T20

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

The curator should be banished far from a cricket pitch and Galle should be blacklisted as a Test venue.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Well done to Batsmen from both sides. Being a BDeshi myself, I was happy to see BD finish it nicely.

That being said, I would sure like to see BD batsmen do well on a bowler's pitch. Now that would really test them imo.

Best of luck to both teams for the next match.

Also, I would like to thank all the Sri Lankan fans for their kind comments, you guys sure know how to appreciate the opponent's performance and not belittle them by blaming it on pitch and other factors. Something the people of a fellow sub-continent country could learn from.

Posted by SL_Boy on (March 12, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

SL ground staff fail again with the pitch, last one was with England. Is that Warnaweera is failing?

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

After the result of Srilanka vs Bangladesh 1st Test we hope ICC will be given more chance for Bangladesh to play Full Test Series.

Posted by joseyesu on (March 12, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

@Kingowl - Sangakkara, the best batsman at the moment with 2 back to back centuries.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 12, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Some people have been biased towards Bangladesh and they always will be ,no matter how well Bd performs. But we dont care what they say. We love our boys . Go tigers........ Roar up

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (March 12, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

To All IDNIAN Fans: This is a match between BAN and SL, please refrain from putting negative comments. If you dont like it here, please visit here. If you guys are so good, then just concentrate in your team only, dont bother with any other teams. Also try to learn from SL fans how to appreciate opposition whether they are strong or weak. Thank you

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

without any doubt i can say Bangladesh cricket is rising up very rapidly, i am saying not just for this much if we see the last two years we can easily realized.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (March 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh! You drew a test against a strong team Sri Lanka. All the best for the next match..Love you Bangladesh !!

SL fans, you guys are great, thank you.

Posted by santhoo24 on (March 12, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Kudos to BD for their performance. The same BD team would have folded and the match would have resulted differently but the BD batsmen stood up to the task, played sensibly and it resulted in a draw. From what I read from Cricinfo report, the batsmen played a clean innings with few chances given to SL team, which just shows the BD batsmen had a better performance rather than SL bowlers having a bad one. Good luck to both teams for the next match, and may the better team win it all. There is no shame in a draw, if both teams play like this.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

first time Galle has produced a real flat wicket like this. surprisingly, since this pitch usually starts turning from day 2 onwards

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 12, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

@ KingOwl

Hello ? Sanga is Good but Not the Best. There are many batsmen in World Cricket right now who are way better than him. Amla, Cook, Kallis and Clarke are some fine examples.

Posted by SpitFire on (March 12, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Its important for us Bangladeshis to keep our feet on the ground... to say that Ashraful is back in form, we'll have to wait for 3/4 months to check if he is really consistent. But I think he is getting serious now... he remembered that in the 167th Delivery he faced in the first innings, his shot selection was wrong.. which is a good prospect. For the second test, Tamim needs to replace Anamul (too young to handle Herath in Colombo) and Elias should be replaced by Razzak (experience). Also, Marshal instead of Mominul could be a good gamble as they already have Nasir as a part time bowler.

Fellow BD fans and compatriots... please don't fly too high... let the results speak on our behalf... eventually all the mouths will be shut, those who are like Geoff Boycott... whose mother could bowl BD out. So be patient please...

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 12, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Cricket as a whole is actually very strong. Even players out there on the field congratulate the opposition players for impressive milestones which you want to see in the sport.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh on a very good draw..I think they batted very well especially Ashraful and Rahim. Onto the wicket..this was a poor wicket for test cricket however I think it's a direct result of the same wicket being reported to the ICC when Australia were skittled on it last time they toured. This was an over reaction and hopefully a mistake that won't happen again. To those who say we did it deliberately,why would we?if we wanted to, it could hav been a Minefield and logically our players should have been more used to it. We were not good enough and irrespective of wicket,we should be able to win at home. A very disappointed SL fan...

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 12, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

well done for both good to see sanga back in form.hoping for a better result in the next test match

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 12, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Well the second test match is the decider and hopefully it will either be spinning or seaming and get a good result even if it lasts up to 4 days. Day 5 is mainly there because of weather disruptions in the previous days. Line-up for Test 2 - Tamim, Anamul, Ashraful, Mominul, Rahim, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Abul, Razzak and Rubel.

Posted by foursandsixes on (March 12, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

I think the SL team and administration are chasing individual batting records for KS and MJ. They can't play outside anyway, so might as well make records while playing at home!

Posted by ClownBOY on (March 12, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Being a SL fan i am dissapointed the way match ended in a draw...but we have to congratulate BD cricketers for their performance in the match....hope ICC will take a note of this and give them more test matches in the future....and guys who put negetive comments(indians),this is not a place for you...if you watch the match,you will see something that have between all other subcontinent teams..they play lyk brothers,in which you are not...

Posted by KingOwl on (March 12, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Why are people arguing over which team was better? It is ridiculous to draw any conclusions based on this match. These stats should be struck off the records. There is no doubt that BD has improved quite a lot, which I think is very good for cricket. But BD fans should not get too carried away. Also, to my fellow SL countrymen: Stop defending Sangakkara's record. He has got nothing to defend. Sanga is probably the best batsman in the world right now, in test cricket.

Posted by Sal_H on (March 12, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

I guess SL wanted to make it easy on their 'Young Team', and did not have enough faith in their own bowling, so they made this absolute batsman's pitch.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (March 12, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

If we look closely last 10 years of SL record in their own field then most of the occasions it is found that SL batsman piled on runs but against teams failed to score runs as they were defeated.The reason behind that is only Murali and Vass.They got wickets in flat pitch like GALLE too.But these days they dont have any class bowlers like those;so, the results are in front of all.I guess most of the BAN haters are so much worried about TEST cricket that how MINNOW BAN have done well in SL as they were thinking about innings defeat for sure.Kindly wake up; we are no longer a minnow and its the destiny of BAN to become a cricket force.No one even destiny cant even stop us as it is bound to be happened.Well done tigers.Go for it.Roar Tigers Roar>>>>

Posted by Crickworld on (March 12, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Dead Pitch any Team can make big score on this kind of Pitch. This pitch is good for T20.

Posted by Stranger2050 on (March 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Gradually Bangladesh improve last 2 years .....In Bangladesh perspective there is no Tamim and Shakib .and draw the match ........!!.......I hope Second test will be draw ....! Best luck BD

Posted by Travian.Cricket on (March 12, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

No idea why the Bangladeshi get so over there head after a performance like this . Comon guys back to reality . Ashraful will fail in the next test that's for sure .

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

why so much negativity in the air? if some can't let go of Bangladesh, some others need to taunt other countries to uphold it. I don't understand the need of some people to constantly taunt a young test playing nation like Bangladesh. what I saw was a bunch of young players from both sides being tested in a batting heaven. some personal milestone made, some amazing innings played; there are a lot of positive things to take away in this match. more than anything else, it's been long since such a high scoring match has been played, even longer in a subcontinental pitch. this is test cricket, it's not always about results. however, for the fun of it- I would like to see a more turning and lively pitch in the next one. adios!

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

I think the indian fans have forgotten how flat there pitches were. This was not a dust bowl. I think all those indian fans who didnot watch the match should comment elsewhere. This was a farewell pitch by our head curator. His last pitch. So he wanted it to be as good as possible. Ended up making a road. I'd say Bangladesh really improved because they could extract the flatness of the pitch to their advantage. So they are definitely improved. Why i say this is Bangladesh is or was not a test power house. Had it been India i'd only blame the pitch. Not comment on how the batsmen played..

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

yes and when india make dead rubber pitches for their test matches at home then its never a problem !! fact is the pitch was flat but u still have to go out there and grind your runs !!

Posted by faizan_feroz on (March 12, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

even if the pitch was flat then one has to account for the fact that bds didnt throw their wickets away , the line up without tamim at the top luks formidable easily as the wicket wont be given by the batsman and will had to be taken rather by the bowler, still a mild turner for the next match will be ideal for the series , sanga amassed runs once again prooving yet again that he is underrated a lot .

Posted by tickcric on (March 12, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Congrats Mushfiqur, Ashraful & the Bangladesh team. I would also like to say let's not get too ahead of oneself here. Remember Bangladesh in their very first innings in Test cricket scored 400! I am not sure whether any other team has managed that. And after such a sterling start they continuously under performed for the next 12 years! 638 regardless of the pitch is a great achievement, so too is to draw a Test match in SL. Well done! But this landmark will be all the more meaningful, if henceforth Bangladesh continue the good work, push top teams more and more frequently and start hunting for victories, at least in sub continent conditions.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

i think this test is osam . ashraful back his form.... next match tamim iqbal and razzak will back for 2nd test.... so.... 2 nd match- ???? proud to be a bangladeshi.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 12, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Game is over in a draw and BD should be happy and confidence . As a SL fan i have points taken from this test . 1) BD is improving their batters are willing to dig deep and pretty confidence too . but they are nowhere near good test sides as bowling is weak . could not bowl SL out and never looked like doing so , but in long term they r on move . 2) SL bowling is lacking application and feeling bit sub standerd . We r expected to bowl teams out even in flat pitch when playing at homes . Mendis looks out of sorts and Eranga has to do his home work to show he is one step ahead of Prasad , Lakmal , Chanaka . Is Herath aging ? 3) SL young batters are blossoming . it s not this innings ,thiri and chndi showed guts in sydney too . Now when they got an easy pitch they cashed .fingers crossed . 4) Angelo Mathews is on a learning curve as captain .but doesnt look like strategically sounded and looked like no clues at times . but he was a different captain in shorter formats . lets wait and se

Posted by Ruban_Varathan on (March 12, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

What is the use of giving wicket like this in test matches?? Curators please give a sportive wicket for the next Test......Boring and irking to see matches ending up in draw??? Test matches should end up in a result or else it will die in near future......

Posted by Rajasekar_P on (March 12, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Curator association should be formed by ICC. Curator head of particular country should be fined if pitches are not provided with standard

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

@Tal ... I too wanna see a turning pitch for the next one...just wanna see how your batsmen handle the spinners like gazi n razzak...both of them are way better than your two spinners....even a part timer like RIAD takes more wickets than your best spinners....LOL

Posted by BDMithu on (March 12, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Traditionally Galle is friendly for the spinners. But why it is exceptional in this series? Is Sohag Gazi, the promising spinner of Bangladesh, the main factor? After retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, SL is struggling in their spin attack.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

no need to fight. both are national team, choice by their best. may be sakib , tamim etc not from Bangladesh and boss Mahala not from Sankara. so what? both are best team. and the result is draw. because both team played well. no need to argument. i seen comments in second day while srilanka batting. some says BD will packed up and loose by an innings. but now where are those people? we have to remember one thing. this is a game, not war. so be positive, be supportive. think before you writing comment. if you write odd language, it will hurt some one and they can do same. everybody knows about all the details about bangladesh cricket team and srilankan cricket team. so enjoy cricket, write some constructive comments, and proved its a simple game. nothing else. Thanks everybody.

oh at last, best wishesh for both teams from me, and my country.

An Li, Mumbai, India

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Not a good pitch for a test match. but excellent one for odi or t20. best wishes for good batting performance by both teams specially for BDs as they never drag a test match till fifthday in SL. Good stuff by the debutan vithanage for his 1st test inning. if BD will do same in colombo, i can believe that they are really improved..

Posted by r0ketman on (March 12, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

@samroy: A very minor correction, it would be first time in 13 years, not 75. No worries, you are only off by 62 years!:-) Maybe you were thinking about India when you wrote that. That would be close (81 years to be exact)

Posted by r0ketman on (March 12, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Seriously the bias against BD is unfathomable! Here is what Wisden Almanac had to say about the Test between IND and SL in Colombo in 1997:"This remarkable Test produced 1,489 runs for only 14 wickets, with both teams batting only once on a pitch to break bowlers' hearts." So that test in 1997 is "remarkable" per Wisden, but this test is "bad", "icc should cite". "flat road" "blah blah blah" per the expert fans on this cricinfo board! This is really funny!:-)

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 12, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

How to Kill test Cricket? This is the answer.

Posted by SamRoy on (March 12, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

First time in their 75 test history, I will say 'Well done Bangladesh'. I have constantly ridiculed them as a test side and they were worthy of that ridicule. I know it was a flat pitch but Bangladesh showed enough patience and application to draw the match. They need to draw more test matches against the top 8 test teams and try and win the odd one.

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (March 12, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Awful advertisement for test cricket. The ICC need to appoint a panel of curators who are responsible for test match wickets around the world, working with local curators. They should ensure that every test is a decent contest between bat and ball. Otherwise people will just stop watching.

Posted by highveldhillbilly on (March 12, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Boring.... give me any other pitch than this one. Poor bowlers, not a fair contest. Wonder what the groundsman's goal was? Surely he'd back the Sri Lankan bowling attack over the Banglas?

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 12, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

i suspect it would have taken a total of 17 days to produce a result on this pitch. but SL batsmen are back in the familiar surroundings of Galle, SSC, Candy. run-feast guaranteed.

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 12, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Great-shot444@ This is why players like Sanga and Jayavardane are called over rated by some people, They got their runs mostly at home ground where pitches are usually flat.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I think the curator needs to answer a few qns abt the pitch that he has prepared. You cannot prepare such flat tracks and expect results out of it. This is only killing test cricket. No one wants to see some boring centuries from batsmen, in a game where only some sort of hara kiri by the batsmen on either side could have produced a result. But kudos to Bangladesh batsmen for a wonderful attempt in this test match. Hope a better pitch is laid out in the next game so that we can have some fun watching a game of test cricket.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (March 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

When Australia played a Test match in Galle a few months ago, the ICC took action because it was nigh impossible to score runs on the pitch and they said it was bad for Test cricket. What will they say after seeing this match's scorecard? Anyway, well played to Bangladesh regardless of the pitch and rubbish bowling of the hosts.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

srilankan board have always made pitches to score heavily by thier players. they dont make reults giving pitches. they just want their players to score centuries and lots of runs. how many centuries sangakara, jayavardhne or dilshan have made out of sri lanka. go through it and u will get it. bangladeshi players get the benefit as well along with srilankan players. 32 nd hundred. how many he has made outside srilanka???

Posted by KingOwl on (March 12, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Haven't seen such a flat pitch for a long time in Sri Lanka. What happened to all the seaming pitches we saw over the last few years? I think these scores should all be struck off the ICC stats. A few years ago Galle was fined by the ICC for a pitch which was deemed too difficult to bat on. I hope the ICC is happy now!

Posted by BDHUNTER on (March 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Congrats to BD for ever making draw with SL, however Bottomline is BPL enhance of the BD player more as like IPL does for india. --Hope it will discover/find more exciting players for BD in future.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

@Mr. Tal: ok, lets see, both teams played 218 overs, and you are so much happy to take 3 extra wickets than Bangladesh?? anybody could have scored runs yet, top two run-scorers in this test are both from Bangladesh, Bangladesh took lead in the 1st innings (who told you to declare? definitely Angelo thought this run would be enough to take a decent lead but it wasn't really). Ashraful and Mahmudullah's wickets were gifted. And we played without our two star players Tamim and Shakib (ya, I know SL also played without Mahela). Anyways, just get over it, the match is drawn and due to the performances of both teams. It was SL's pitch. Bangladesh didn't requested for it.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

It just points to one thing. The lankans got it wrong in having the pitch created for themselves. They hoped the BD's capitulate, which did not happen. All people got to see were 100's that were meaningless.

Posted by Leggie on (March 12, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

If ICC is really serious about Test cricket, let them not allow pitches such as this one part of Test matches. If ICC can pull up underprepared wickets, they should also act when wickets have nothing in it for the bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

the thing is clear no MURALI effect, srilanka was ever reliant on muarli, who didnt allow any BD batsman ever to score runs even on this kind of benign pitches

Posted by gptnitesh on (March 12, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

8 tons in one test match,Nothing to cheer about it. It simply says nothing for bowlers. I think curator should provide the competetive pitch where bowler and batsman both can show their skills. playing in these kind of pitches is like waste of time and money. Forget about Bangladesh, even Ireland can draw this match.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Glad to see that some people are jealous of very good performance by team Bangladesh :)

Posted by Tauhid.BD67 on (March 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Its really dissapointing that many of you guys are blaimimg the pitch, because you cann't accept the good performance of Bangladesh. You actually were hoping for a huge defeat of BD. So its a good strategy to blame the pitch rather than praising BD performance. If you cann't encourage the minnows like BD, the fate of test cricket seems gloomy.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

1613 runs for a total of 19 wickets, who'd be a bowler. Well batted Bangladesh but SL should get a citation for this pitch. I don't mind any kind of result pitch but pitches this flat should not be allowed.

Posted by perl57 on (March 12, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

In these interesting times, only SL can produce a draw. This shows the horrible state of affair present SL team is in. It makes me think of the Ranatunga Era when all we could hope for was a draw. Brush off the challenge at least from Bangladesh and get to work.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Bangladesh is not MINNOWS. mind it !!

they are present Runner-up of Asia Cup.

Sri-lanka and India could not reach there.

so never call BD as Minnows.

Posted by ajithabey on (March 12, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

whats this arithmetic a double hundred is two centuries so it adds up to 9 in my books which is an alltime record.wonder who is trying to keep this match out of the record books irresepective of the final result which was expected.don't blame the pitch it was putrid bowling backed by terrible fielding by both teams.

Posted by saifur.raffael on (March 12, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

@ Tal_Botvinnik....Typical Asian Country fan..BD took 8 wickets and all of them of the TOP ORDERS, Actually twice got the wickets of Top Orders in the match. BD bowlers looked much better than the Sri-Lankan...Sangakkara got lucky for 4 times in the match, 4 catches were dropped. Add to that of Thiramane and Chandimal...On the other hand Mushfiq's out in the 1st innings was missing the leg stump and Sohag Gazi didnt even touch the ball with his bat when they were given out respectively..

Posted by creekeetman on (March 12, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

absolutely shocked this game ended in a draw......

Posted by asporag on (March 12, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Its right that the pitch is flat. But Bangladesh has played well and they have got the result what they deserve. Hopefully, Bangladesh will continue this performance furthermore. We should appreciate team Bangladesh.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (March 12, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

award for fasted fifty in test...... i am really astonished

Posted by MH19 on (March 12, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

We all Sri Lankans should pat Bangladesh for totally out playing SL in Sri Lanka which is by or means no easy task for any visiting side.I thought Herath will be the man but they handled him very well so exceptional performance by Bangladesh.Sl needs to look at the bowling options. Great Debut by Vithanage hope he will get more runs.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 12, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Ha ha ha, WHy on earth they have award for fastest ffifty in test?, I think Sri Lankan Cricket promot it so that Bangladesh Batsmen will go for quick to get award, LOL.

Posted by Dr.Urjun on (March 12, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Well,i always have been a great fan of this beautiful game called cricket.Hailing from Nepal i always follow cricket nomatter where i am,even at work.Bangladesh is my second love after SL.Bangladesh is also my second home because i did my MBBS from BD.The young bunch of players are good.BCB has been trying hard and i hope they have got the lot now.Hope to see them win the 2nd test.Enjoy boys,its party time.A good team effort

Posted by British_North_America on (March 12, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Do you people think 6-7 years back, BD could draw this test match?

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (March 12, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

But this whole tour is important for BD as its a vital time to the show the world how far they have come. Winning either the test (unlikely) or ODI series will be a big + for BD.

Posted by abhyudayj on (March 12, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

@ajithabey- It not Bold decision as captain aware that there are playing against minnows Bangladesh , target above 250 is not chasable in one session

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

when the SL-AUS test ended in 4 days @ Galle, ICC conducted an Inquiry - that was a joke, that test was a great advertisement for the game. I'm pretty sure they won't even raise a finger against this pitch. The ICC and SLC must be looking at Test Cricket and singing "..Love the way you DIE"

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

The death date of Test cricket.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (March 12, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Expect the next one to be a raging square turner or a lush green pitch and sure the bangladeshi's won't last a day. The SL Batsmen have more application than the bangla boys.At least we took 11 wickets while th bangla boys got 8 in which all of them were gifted. and on this highway anybody could have scored runs.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Kudos for Kithruwan for making his debut 50 !

Posted by mgr125128 on (March 12, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

Just shows how pathetic SL team is. They cant even defeat SL and had to suffer a draw on their own backyard.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 12, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Angelo shows the characteristics of the great captain, Arjuna. He takes such decisions. Arjuna, while knowing that none of the world cup winners batted second in finals, yet decided to bat second in 1996 world cup, writing a new page in the history. He had the confidence, and confidence is the key for success. Keep it up Angelo! You're going to rock the world!

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (March 12, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

So Sri Lanka failed to 'thrash' minnows Bangladesh at home by an 'innings'. Excuses - flat! :)

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 12, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

Ever since The Great Murali has retired, SL bowling looks in tatters. No Genuine wicket-taker.

Moreover, those Flat ROAD Tracks ensures that Test Match Lovers like me die !

Posted by kdevil3 on (March 12, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

This has been a very very poor test cricket the i have watched for past 4-5 year .Only made for the Batsmen to enter the record books.We can agree this type of pitches For ODI & T20 that too only one Match in a series . 5th Day pitch looks like 400 par score in a ODI . ICC should make a note of this. SCL shouldl not encourage this sort of pitches just to attract the crowd & Money.............

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Yeah... this is slow and unattractive, but at least the Sri lnakan didn't make a die hard spinning pitch and declare the best eleven with just a single seam bowler ...

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 12, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

The ICC has to prevent pitches like this one being regarded as acceptable for Test cricket. There has to be a balance between bat & ball & if there can't be that, then there should be pitches that slightly favour the bowler. A four-day Test is infinitely preferable to the uninterrupted Test scarcely 3/4 done at the end of day 5! If the ICC, our custodians of the game, cannot act and mete out appropriate sanctions to those responsible for this cynical pitch preparation, then they are failing in their duty - to all of us who actually care about TC. A failure to act will send out the loud & unmistakeable message: we don't care. We want to kill TC.

Posted by ajithabey on (March 12, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Great stuff Angelo for keeping the spirit of the game alive instead of letting it meander to a tame draw.Other captains please take note of this bold decision and don't call off matches to salvage draws.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

I was expecting a sporting declaration by SRI leading 250 runs, BD requiring in 40 odd overs. It would have been interesting but...........

Posted by PadMarley on (March 12, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Its sad what the Galle pitch has become. There was a time, Galle was THE place where class of a batsman was tested against spin [Like the class of a batsman against bounce was tested in Gabba and one or two venues in WIs]. Galle was THE venue where mastery of batsmanship against spin was tested. The Galle pitch was lively not vertically but horizontally. Few great SL batsmen proved themselves against touring spinners as well as touring great batsmen against the likes of Murali and Herath. The latest story from Galle is sad!!

Posted by ultimatechamp_1 on (March 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

pitches like this one in Galle should be banned to save the test cricket. General public is more interested in shortest version of cricket and these dull boring flat like a road pitches provide nothing for the bowlers nor to the spectators. A big NO to this pitch.

Posted by tony122 on (March 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

It is very common to see SL team just batting on and on in home matches. In situations where many of the teams will go for declarations SL team seems more happy in piling on runs and centuries on dead roads than give themselves admittedly slight chance of victory. i know this is within rules and so perfectly acceptable. Also SL team knows more about their local conditions than any of us outsiders.

Posted by jackiethepen on (March 12, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

Batting on such a flat pitch - what is it about? Getting averages up and going up in the rankings? How many times does Sri Lanka play Bangladesh? This is the kind of game which makes nonsense of Test cricket. We know that pitches can be made difficult or easy - so who ordered this one? Did they both get together for batting practice?

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

new highs, for BD a new low for pitch preparation in the Sri Lanka. Demise of test cricket is inevitable on batting paradises like these.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 12, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

In the past, SL could easily make 600-700 runs with multiple double centurions while Bangladesh managed to score 300 runs with both innings loosing the game by an innings and 200 runs.The difference is now that also Bangladesh can bat.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 12, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

waht a player is sangakara ..amazing one can beat htem on flat track highway :)

Posted by hithardpastmidon on (March 12, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

I think the pitch should be cited by the ICC as being sub-standard for test cricket and the curator fired. What is the point of these test matches? 8 centuries?! Or are the bowlers simply extremely poor? Its a shame Sangakarra will always have the question mark hanging over his career, that he scored so many runs in such pleasant batting conditions. He could have done it anywhere, but he hasn't had to.

Posted by Bloodprince on (March 12, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Now no one will comment for flat pitches like this becuase they are not in India

Posted by VinodGupte on (March 12, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

8 centuries and counting. ICC must ban this venue. despicable.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 12, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

As if a SL-BD test match is not boring enough by itself, they make the flattest possible pitch and make it even more torturous for fans. 16 wickets over 5 days a of now. A terribly negative advertisement for test cricket.

Posted by Anan249 on (March 12, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Why BANGLADESH will draw the match? I hope BANGLADESH will win the test.

Posted by ajithabey on (March 12, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

it should be 9 centuries guys. a double hundred is 2 hundreds

Posted by saifur.raffael on (March 12, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

Interesting sure it can be ....add another 150 before TEA and declare.... Judging BDs previous records they can fancy their chances of a lose or win, We might have a result..

Posted by Master_Mihil on (March 12, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Yeah, Make ashraful and mushfiqur pay for batting so well.. :)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

We, the all Bangladeshi waiting for draw the match. This will our glory. Go ahead BD Tigers.

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