Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo March 14, 2013

A 'good Test match pitch' for Premadasa - curator

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Sri Lanka's departing national curator Anurudda Polonowita has said a more sporting pitch was in the pipeline for Sri Lanka's second Test against Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium, after a lifeless pitch in Galle had made a result impossible in the first Test.

Polonowita retires after 19 years as national curator, during which time he has prepared over 90 Test pitches, in addition to hundreds of ODI and first-class wickets. The surface for this Test will be his last, and SLC plans to felicitate him for his service during the Test.

Two days before the second Test, the strip on which the match will be played was dressed in a thick layer of grass, which suggests the pitch may be conducive to seam bowling early in the match. The Premadasa pitch has generally been more seamer-friendly since being relaid, with pace and bounce also having been increased markedly.

The Premadasa has not hosted a Test since November 2010, when West Indies toured Sri Lanka, and had had its square re-laid only months prior to that match.

"It will be a different pitch from Galle," Polonowita said. "I can't talk about it much, but the preparation has been going well, and I'm sure it will be a good Test match pitch."

Polonowita has largely been responsible for the extra assistance for the fast bowlers at the three venues Sri Lanka developed for the 2011 World Cup. Both the pitches at Pallekele and Hambantota international stadiums have also seen a significant departure from the drier, spin-friendly conditions that Sri Lanka's playing surfaces have traditionally been associated with.

"The pitches were slow and low, so I decided to redo all the pitches before the World Cup. We took a very methodical, scientific approach and managed to prepare pitches that are much better now.

"At the Premadasa, there were a lot of complaints that at night, under lights, some water seeps up to the pitch and affects the way the pitch plays, so before the World Cup, we raised the whole ground by three-and-a-half feet, and got the gradient right on the whole ground. Now it doesn't do that."

In addition to modernising pitch preparation in Sri Lanka by identifying the most suitable types of clay through scientific testing, Polonowita also introduced the practice of covering the entire ground, during rain delays - a task he said is not undertaken anywhere else in the world.

"Because we sometimes have to play during the monsoon, we thought it was better to get the ground covered in under five minutes, so that when the rain stops, the cricket can start within 15 minutes. In other parts of the world, the rain can be light, but here because it rains hard, it would take longer to restart, if not for our method."

The team of agriculture graduates that work beneath Polonowita have also contributed to his success, he said, as they have applied the knowledge from their field into pitch preparation.

"They understand the soil and how it behaves, so that is good. But ultimately preparing pitches is about practical experience. I have trained them and I'm confident that they will do a good job."

Deputy national curator Janaka Sampath is expected to be appointed to Polonowita's position after Polonowita's retirement.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • TwohedulAzam on March 14, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Srilanka actually assesed Bd strength very well. They knew that Bd spinners are good, specially after the inclysion of Shohag gazi,if Shakib was there it would have been extra ordinary...so they turned Galle a spin heaven to a batting heaven becuse they could not make it a seaming pitch. Now that Bd batsman got used to the flat pitch and premadasa as mentioned in the report is seamer freindly pitch anyway, they plan to trap bd batsman with their usual weakness of pace and bounce....but what they are forgetting is that Bd has changed now...this bd team has plsyers who can play at any conditions...so bring it on....will be good to watch this upcoming battle...go tigers...

  • Shafin1987 on March 16, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    uhdam......if BD's worst ever team (according 2 u) made a draw with SL then my opinion is, not BD rather SL should not play test..............but i have huge respect about SL cricket.........i m just answering u logically.

  • samlord on March 16, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    one 600 plus score on flat flat deck,all of a sudden every BD fans think bangladesh are world beaters and top test team.LOL..That pitch was a absolute road .Otherwise best ICC test bowler last year should have had some spin on that track.You all should know that galle pitch was under heavy scrutiny for the excess amount of spin last lear specially after the Aus match.I think Warnaweera prepared this for the sake of himself..Watch after RPC match bangladeshi players will be back to where they were..:P

  • Rafelgibt on March 16, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    @uhdam on (March 15, 2013, 19:53 GMT) You are right BAN must play against the club teams of SL.But my question is that full strength SL team fail to defeat BAN within full 5 days of CRICKET then who should play against whom?Its better to use your brain (if you have any) rather than anything else.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 16, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    @uhdam: ha! that's why you failed to beat with your main team few days back. You have no Murali or Vass to save you but good luck though on your wishes :P

  • Maddy83 on March 15, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    BD has the worst ever teams to play test cricket...l....3 wins from 86 tests......they should be playing against club sides in SL ...not the test team.....SL should hv cancelled this series instead of the SA series

  • on March 15, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Playing on a wicket like the one in Galle, does not do the game or the teams any good.

  • on March 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @eranme- Ikr , bangladeshis dropped 10-12 catches in the first innings and in the 2nd they dropped Sanga at 30-40 something . Lets see how your team perform against those minnows in Odi and test . I hope to see you in comments till the series finishes cuz I need to make sure if bd is still a minnow . Good luck

  • satishchandar on March 15, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Pitch with a bit spice - Kula can be very handy. He did it in Australia against home team. BD though has a barrage of spinners, are short of quality pace bowler. Shahadat at his best can match inconsistency with Dilhara. Shafiul was decent. I think they should persist with Shafiul more. This game might change the record average of Abul if he plays. Not expecting much from BD this time though they have it all in them to surprise. With Sanga in such magical touch, looks like 100 in waiting. Love to see him bat all the day.

  • on March 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Some bangladeshi's seem to be blinded by the unresponsive wickets prepared by Warnaweera. Warnaweera was reprimanded by ICC for the wickets he prepared. Now the young SL team is paying for his selfishly prepared wicket just to save his skin. Herath was the no 1 test bowler last year, better than any other in the world, playing even lesser no of tests. So SL has the best spin attack in the world. In Kulasekara we have one of the best swing bowlers around. Let us see what happens.

  • TwohedulAzam on March 14, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Srilanka actually assesed Bd strength very well. They knew that Bd spinners are good, specially after the inclysion of Shohag gazi,if Shakib was there it would have been extra ordinary...so they turned Galle a spin heaven to a batting heaven becuse they could not make it a seaming pitch. Now that Bd batsman got used to the flat pitch and premadasa as mentioned in the report is seamer freindly pitch anyway, they plan to trap bd batsman with their usual weakness of pace and bounce....but what they are forgetting is that Bd has changed now...this bd team has plsyers who can play at any conditions...so bring it on....will be good to watch this upcoming battle...go tigers...

  • Shafin1987 on March 16, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    uhdam......if BD's worst ever team (according 2 u) made a draw with SL then my opinion is, not BD rather SL should not play test..............but i have huge respect about SL cricket.........i m just answering u logically.

  • samlord on March 16, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    one 600 plus score on flat flat deck,all of a sudden every BD fans think bangladesh are world beaters and top test team.LOL..That pitch was a absolute road .Otherwise best ICC test bowler last year should have had some spin on that track.You all should know that galle pitch was under heavy scrutiny for the excess amount of spin last lear specially after the Aus match.I think Warnaweera prepared this for the sake of himself..Watch after RPC match bangladeshi players will be back to where they were..:P

  • Rafelgibt on March 16, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    @uhdam on (March 15, 2013, 19:53 GMT) You are right BAN must play against the club teams of SL.But my question is that full strength SL team fail to defeat BAN within full 5 days of CRICKET then who should play against whom?Its better to use your brain (if you have any) rather than anything else.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 16, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    @uhdam: ha! that's why you failed to beat with your main team few days back. You have no Murali or Vass to save you but good luck though on your wishes :P

  • Maddy83 on March 15, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    BD has the worst ever teams to play test cricket...l....3 wins from 86 tests......they should be playing against club sides in SL ...not the test team.....SL should hv cancelled this series instead of the SA series

  • on March 15, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Playing on a wicket like the one in Galle, does not do the game or the teams any good.

  • on March 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @eranme- Ikr , bangladeshis dropped 10-12 catches in the first innings and in the 2nd they dropped Sanga at 30-40 something . Lets see how your team perform against those minnows in Odi and test . I hope to see you in comments till the series finishes cuz I need to make sure if bd is still a minnow . Good luck

  • satishchandar on March 15, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Pitch with a bit spice - Kula can be very handy. He did it in Australia against home team. BD though has a barrage of spinners, are short of quality pace bowler. Shahadat at his best can match inconsistency with Dilhara. Shafiul was decent. I think they should persist with Shafiul more. This game might change the record average of Abul if he plays. Not expecting much from BD this time though they have it all in them to surprise. With Sanga in such magical touch, looks like 100 in waiting. Love to see him bat all the day.

  • on March 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Some bangladeshi's seem to be blinded by the unresponsive wickets prepared by Warnaweera. Warnaweera was reprimanded by ICC for the wickets he prepared. Now the young SL team is paying for his selfishly prepared wicket just to save his skin. Herath was the no 1 test bowler last year, better than any other in the world, playing even lesser no of tests. So SL has the best spin attack in the world. In Kulasekara we have one of the best swing bowlers around. Let us see what happens.

  • on March 15, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ TheRisingTeam .. I like how you mention Srilanka needs to play against teams like India and Ireland, I would like you to know India at the moment is trashing Australia,so lets not say India is anywhere close to Ireland or Bangladesh. Sri Lanka needs to beat Bangla by an innings and 100 odd runs now to show them what a real team is.

  • on March 15, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Its an important match for both teams. SL have to think differently to take 20 BD wks as they are now facing completely different BD teams comparing who had played against them in the last series. BD should proof that the last match was not a fluke and they can perform well irrespective of the field condition. Can't wait to see a good fight.

  • ErangaMahesh on March 15, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    i feel sorry abt some Bangladeshish they think that they were became a major team by a single match which they were able to Draw(Not a Win). That shows how much they fear to Sri Lankans. they feel Draw is as Win. We have a very good Spin attck and very good fast bowling attack when comparing to the Bangladesh. Thy were not able to take 10 wickets for even 2 innigs, Bt we got them all out in the 1st innigs. so minors are minors you can't chg it from a 1 match. feel very sad about u guys.

  • AS7777 on March 15, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    All of a sudden BD become a new power house in cricket? Did I missed something? Did BD won that match?

  • stormy16 on March 15, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Why doenst SL play test cricket at Pallekella and Hambanthota? For years the complain from SL has been their batters are unable to to adjust to seaming conditions overseas due to being unfamiliar with those conditions. Well now they have two such wickets and what do they do - play on a dead pitch in Galle. The old saying 'you can take the horse to the water but you cant make it drink' comes to mind

  • Udendra on March 15, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    this time Sri Lanka shouldn't declare at 570. Instead they should post about 800 and bowl out the Bangladeshi batsmen (who aren't good against pace) for 200 minus in both innings.

  • on March 15, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    I am so sorry Mr. Anurudda Polonowita that I am praying very hard that SriLanka looses the last test match under your watch as the national Curator. Normally to show my appreciation for your contribution to cricket, I would have prayed other wise. But SriLanka in playing Bangladesh and I cannot help but pray for a win for my Bangladesh. I sincerely hope you will understand. Very best wishes other wise.

  • Fuad_bs on March 14, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    It's time for the world to put some shame on their face before calling Bangladesh a minnow team!! Seriously, it's their being sick of not accepting the fact that present Bangladesh team is not that team they had seen in the past. For the last two years of statistics show the upward trend in the improvement of Bangladesh but yet you people deny that we are not a strong team yet?? show some guts on the field to face Bangladesh rather than being cheap on a blog.

  • on March 14, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Preparing seaming track won't be a problem for Bengal tigers. Does SL have the quality in fast bowling department to rip off tigers?? Answer is NO.Secondly, SL won't dare to prepare a spinning track.Our spinning department is far better than Lankans.We need 3 changes Razzaq for Sunny, Rubel as replacement of Shahadat and Tamim for anamul who tend to be struggling with technical issues .Hope he gets it sorted out.Our batting looks really strong. Almost everyone has got a hundred. Lankans nightmare isn't over.IT HAS JUST STARTED>>>>>> Tigers will hunt down the Lankans for sure..........

  • TheRisingTeam on March 14, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    To be honest seaming wicket won't make much of difference because Sri Lanka just don't have the pacers to worry Bangladesh batsman. Players like Tamim, Nasir, Mahmdullah even Ashraful can take on fast bowling and as long as they play to their potential, another big score of 400+ will be on the cards. This match could quite easily turn out to be another draw and in the end Bangladesh are the winner. Even New Zealand are far better in seaming conditions than Sri Lanka and a couple of our batsman in 2010 scored 100s against their bowlers a time where we were still quite inexperienced especially in these conditions. Sri Lanka did the right thing by not preparing a spinning track because they know too well it could quite easily go wrong for them and result in a loss. I think Sri Lanka need to play teams like India or Ireland if they cannot win a game against Bangladesh.

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 14, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Best XI for 2nd Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Jaharul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan. No more Sunny or Shahadat.

  • Sal_H on March 14, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    A sporting pitch is good, but does SL have the bowlers to take advantage of a seaming pitch?

  • on March 14, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I just wonder its the same people keep telling bangladesh still didnt improve and stuff , i mean common nown than what else bangladesh need to show that they been improve , when sakib masraffie come just think about this team

  • bddhika_harindat on March 14, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Dear Bangladesh fans,

    Please be mindful and DO NOT over estimate of yourself. Just because Bangladesh team posted their highest ever test score against a good team, it doesn't mean you have reached Everest. And the pitch was so unusual in Galle from it's traditional behaviour, otherwise Sri Lanka would NOT havae declared when they were clearly in a strong position with you had no clue about when you to take 5th wicket. It was mainly because of the wicket, you were able to draw the game. We will see your assessments in about another 5-6 days.

    Good luck!!!

  • Jadejafan on March 14, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    If that's true than the spinners will just become ineffective but it could be mind games and advise captain Rahim and coach SJ to really assess the pitch properly before you pick the final 11. I expect someone like Tamim to score a 100 on this 'seaming' pitch just like he did in England.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 14, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Actually it'll make no difference as seamers 4m both side r below standard. A spinning take would b more interesting bcoz it could provide a ground for a contest between spinners of both teams.

  • InsideHedge on March 14, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Hmm, a very informative piece. Last year, I was watching a SL game on TV when I noted how quickly the ground was covered as the rain pelted down. A few days later, I was at a county game in England and once again observed the truly pathetic and primitive methods employed - only the square is protected, perhaps the bowler's run up, that's it!

    Then we wait hours before they finally put us out of our misery by announcing that the outfield is too wet. No kidding, Sherlock! That would be the case when you never covered it! All this in a country where it constantly rains. When I asked fellow fans sitting near me (all 5 of us in the ground) why we can't do what SL does, I received puzzled looks as if I was speaking Swahili. One pointed out that large sheets get tangled up, yes, that's why you use lots of smaller ones, and plenty of manpower - that brings down unemployment too!

  • Shajadul on March 14, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    This will be test for both team in a relatively pace friendly wicket. I hope BD team will apply their merit and do well. Good luck to BD team...

  • Warm_Coffee on March 14, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    lool!! Sri Lanka fans think their fast bowlers are like West Indies or something. When West Indies beat Bangladesh on a flat track end of last year their first test in a year, although Bangladesh lost (not by an innings), it was their fast bowlers that got the better of Bangladesh on a flat track but Sri Lanka fast bowlers couldn't on a flat track Sri Lanka are preparing a seam wicket because they know the threat of our spinners and would've been a 50:50 whereas seam a much better chance of Bangladesh not winning but it doesn't really matter cause Sri Lanka don't have the fast bowlers like the big teams and could end in another draw which still result in victory for us :)

  • on March 14, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Eranga, Kula will give a tough time to Bangladesh batsmen for sure. 1st test match, even though played on a flat surface, will be remembered as a turning point in Bangladesh's test match history. Some players have instilled belief in the whole team. They will always look back to this test match to uplift their morale during difficult times. Good for them. Next challenge for Bangladeshis is to play well in the seaming conditions which they have failed in the past.

    After Pakistan , Sri Lanka have the second best pace attack in Asia. Bangladesh should play more tests with these two countries.

  • Captainman on March 14, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    'Baseball - Don't feel overconfident again like you use to before your words come and haunt you good luck :)

  • on March 14, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    we hope too its will be sporting wicket , razzaq and tamim are in so we are more balanced . we know what the class of SL bowlers , they are not STAYEN , JHONSON or morkel .BD will win .

  • r0ketman on March 14, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Hmmm looks like SL was afraid to play BD quality spinners on a spinning track. The track would have made spin friendly against any other opposition, considering SL has the worst pace attack of any "top" test team, well let me take that back. SL has the worst pace attack (except India) of the top 6 test nations!:-) Baseball-Sucks - your prediction is being recorded, we will see if the match ends in 3 days!:-)

  • Htc-Android on March 14, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Its really pathetic. our curator prepared a road in galle. Why would u even change it when herath picked up 10 wicket hauls against ENG and NZ at galle. Dont forget in the past murali too enjoyed bowling on that wicket. I hope the second test will be seamer friendly wicket. I have seen eranga clocking speeds around 145km/h at galle. It will be treat to watch eranga , kulasekara bowling on this wicket.

  • on March 14, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    The concept of sporting pitch is good. So the Bangladeshi pacers will have better chance to take wicket. Considering the current form of BD batsmans and Tamim is in the team, Bangladesh will have better chance to win the Colombo test. Good luck Bangladesh.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on March 14, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    SL Batsmen are good against fast bowling: players like chandimal (avg of 50 in ODIS, 60 in test outside sub) ,thrimanne(91 and 102 in aus) ,mathews love seaming pitches and i am sure a very "ordinary" BD attack Would be torn into shreds. Under the guidance of c vaas i am sure the pace attack would become from ordinary to lethal.

  • SevereCritic on March 14, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    SL Curators either prepare flat roads or complete minefields. Nothing in between. :)

  • King_Ravanaa on March 14, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Ohhh Thank God Finally, after watching a boring first test...now we can see What our Kule did in Australia in Australia again.., Swinging the bowl in both ways, and eventually bundle out all Aussi batsman for 74.... hoping to see the same thing again...

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on March 14, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    good that tamim is back but anamul looking a bit out of touch , perhaps marshall should play instead of anamul .

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Bangladesh played beyond the expectation in 1st Test... This time our expectation is higher than before. Hopefully they will do well in this pitch as well as the team become more balanced by the returning of Tamim Iqba. Best of luck Bangladesh cricket team, for sure they they will make us proud again.l

  • Perera32 on March 14, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Oh thank you finally Mr Polonowita. Kula and Eranga got some swing with the new ball on that horrible flat pitch in Galle, so this match will be worth watching. I don't see why Sri lanka make more of these pitches, I remember when they last played at Pallekele vs Pakistan on a green pitch, it was a really enjoyable test match. Thisara Perera would've been very handy on a pitch like this especially his bowling though.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 14, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    That's it. This is what we've been talking about. Andrew Fernando did a piece here in Cricinfo "Grin when you're swinging". So BD bastmen will get a very good opportunity to see Kula's grin here at RPS. :)) As I suggested earlier we should go with 3 seamers. Eranga's been working up some serious pace recently, over 145-147 km/h. So it will be a walk in the park for us to bounce these BD club cricketers out . The best case scenario is that Mathews should win the toss n let BD bat first. The match will be over within 3 days fellas.:)) LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!

  • TheRisingTeam on March 14, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    A wicket with grass and moisture is good for both teams considering they both play on slow low pitches all time anyway. For our bowling side I suggest Rubel comes in for Shahadat as he has consistent pace and the ability to reverse swing the ball. Also vital Tamim returns as he's our best play on these tracks.

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 14, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Wishing both teams good luck!...and thank you Mr. Polonowita for your 19 years service to the country...

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    If it's a pace bowling pitch, I suggest using Shahadat and Abul

  • SarfBD on March 14, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    So the real challenge is coming for Bangladesh. The first Test helped their transition from shortest version of cricket to proper cricket and to gain some confidence. Now they need to carry on the good work. Tamim Iqbal's comeback will be very vital for us as he is our best batsman in seaming condition. Best of luck tigers...

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Bangladesh will miss Shakib, Mashrafi for sure. But the positive is Tamim is back. He is a good player of new ball. He can be the difference between this two teams. Hope for the best for both team! Go sports!

  • Manu_reddy on March 14, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    If the pitch is pace friendly then sl ll win surely n if it is spin friendly then both d teams ll b having fair amount of chances to win so i wish all d very best for both d teams....

  • Manu_reddy on March 14, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    If the pitch is pace friendly then sl ll win surely n if it is spin friendly then both d teams ll b having fair amount of chances to win so i wish all d very best for both d teams....

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Bangladesh will miss Shakib, Mashrafi for sure. But the positive is Tamim is back. He is a good player of new ball. He can be the difference between this two teams. Hope for the best for both team! Go sports!

  • SarfBD on March 14, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    So the real challenge is coming for Bangladesh. The first Test helped their transition from shortest version of cricket to proper cricket and to gain some confidence. Now they need to carry on the good work. Tamim Iqbal's comeback will be very vital for us as he is our best batsman in seaming condition. Best of luck tigers...

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    If it's a pace bowling pitch, I suggest using Shahadat and Abul

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 14, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Wishing both teams good luck!...and thank you Mr. Polonowita for your 19 years service to the country...

  • TheRisingTeam on March 14, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    A wicket with grass and moisture is good for both teams considering they both play on slow low pitches all time anyway. For our bowling side I suggest Rubel comes in for Shahadat as he has consistent pace and the ability to reverse swing the ball. Also vital Tamim returns as he's our best play on these tracks.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 14, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    That's it. This is what we've been talking about. Andrew Fernando did a piece here in Cricinfo "Grin when you're swinging". So BD bastmen will get a very good opportunity to see Kula's grin here at RPS. :)) As I suggested earlier we should go with 3 seamers. Eranga's been working up some serious pace recently, over 145-147 km/h. So it will be a walk in the park for us to bounce these BD club cricketers out . The best case scenario is that Mathews should win the toss n let BD bat first. The match will be over within 3 days fellas.:)) LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!

  • Perera32 on March 14, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Oh thank you finally Mr Polonowita. Kula and Eranga got some swing with the new ball on that horrible flat pitch in Galle, so this match will be worth watching. I don't see why Sri lanka make more of these pitches, I remember when they last played at Pallekele vs Pakistan on a green pitch, it was a really enjoyable test match. Thisara Perera would've been very handy on a pitch like this especially his bowling though.

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Bangladesh played beyond the expectation in 1st Test... This time our expectation is higher than before. Hopefully they will do well in this pitch as well as the team become more balanced by the returning of Tamim Iqba. Best of luck Bangladesh cricket team, for sure they they will make us proud again.l

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on March 14, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    good that tamim is back but anamul looking a bit out of touch , perhaps marshall should play instead of anamul .