Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo

Reputation at stake for Sri Lanka

The Preview by Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 15, 2013

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Match facts

March 16-20, 2013
Start time 1000 local (0430 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal plays the drive during training, Colombo, March 14, 2013
Tamim Iqbal is fit and should return to the top © Bangladesh Cricket Board

Big Picture

Though the teams were almost even in the bland, high-scoring draw in Galle, they arrive in Colombo with vastly different perspectives on the first Test. Sri Lanka will feel they can take almost nothing from the match apart from meaningless runs, boosted batting averages and tired bowlers. Bangladesh meanwhile have been overjoyed at the application and skill of their batsmen, as well as the strong assertion in Galle, that they are an improving Test side.

It follows that the challenge for each team at the Premadasa Stadium is also dissimilar. The visiting batsmen will seek to ride the momentum from the first Test, and reiterate the mastery over the Sri Lankan attack that saw them to their highest Test total. Their bowling might have been fodder for the hosts, but in constructing big innings in long, secure passages of play, the Bangladesh batsmen showed they are capable of closing the gap between the teams, and will be desperate to prove the draw was as much a result of their own aptitude as the lifeless surface.

Sri Lanka however, will not only be chasing a win, they will be after an emphatic one. A 2-0 victory was what was expected when Bangladesh arrived, and while Angelo Mathews has explained the draw away by labeling the wicket "absolutely a road", the pitch in Colombo seems set to favour bowlers, at least early on, and Mathews will want to reassert Sri Lanka's dominance and avoid an embarrassing scoreline in his first series as captain.

Where Sri Lanka will hope to outgun Bangladesh is, strangely, in the pace ranks. Fast bowling has long been Sri Lanka's worst cricketing suit, but they will expect Nuwan Kulasekara and Shaminda Eranga can pose a greater threat to the Bangladesh batsmen than the spin bowlers can, while the batsmen will not be daunted by Abul Hasan and Shahadat Hossain.

There is peril in that strategy though, as Sri Lanka's top order has been prone to collapse against high-quality fast bowling in the past 12 months. Their tour of Australia was littered by meek capitulations, and even in the home series that preceded that tour, Sri Lanka's batsmen fell prey to the pace and movement of Tim Southee and Trent Boult with alarming regularity. They are now also missing Thilan Samaraweera at No.5, who has in the past been their saviour on such occasions.

The Premadasa pitch may be unlikely to allow another encouraging draw for Bangladesh, but if they can get the best of the seam-bowling conditions and put the hosts under pressure with tight, disciplined spells, they will give themselves a chance of causing an upset.

Form guide

(Most recent results first)

Sri Lanka: DLLLL
Bangladesh: DLLLL

In the spotlight

Shaminda Eranga has been identified as a promising long-term prospect for Sri Lanka, who may lead the attack in future years. So far however, he has been steady, rather than brilliant, at Test level. He can bowl at around 145 kph, but does not bowl that fast consistently. He is also able to move the ball, but only slightly. He would do well to bolster his swing and improve his consistency under Chaminda Vaas, who specialised in both, and a good outing on a helpful pitch could provide a crucial confidence boost.

Fans who have followed Mohammad Ashraful's career in all its fits and frustrations will have been staggered at the amount of care and responsibility he displayed during his 190 in Galle. There was barely a stroke in that knock that did not seem well-considered, while the pace of the innings was also entirely appropriate to the match situation. Mushfiqur Rahim heaped praise on him at the end of the match for helping him through his own innings, and in Colombo, Ashraful will be keen to show his prudent new avatar was not a one-match wonder.

Team news

Ajantha Mendis is in danger of being dropped, and though the young offspinner Tharindu Kaushal is in the team as spin-bowling cover, Mendis' place will more likely go to one of the fast bowlers, if the track is as lively as it is expected to be. Chanaka Welegedara would ordinarily be the first seam bowler picked in the attack, but a string of injuries in the past year have left him struggling for rhythm. Suranga Lakmal is the other option for the hosts.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2. Dimuth Karunaratne, 3. Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Lahiru Thirimanne, 5. Angelo Mathews (capt), 6. Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 7. Kithuruwan Vithanage, 8. Nuwan Kulasekara, 9. Rangana Herath, 10. Shaminda Eranga, 11. Chanaka Welegedara/Suranga Lakmal

A fully fit Tamim Iqbal is expected to return for the visitors, and Anamul Haque most likely to make make way for the left-hander. Since the Premadasa pitch is expected to favour the seamers, Robiul Islam could come in as the extra seamer. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak could, however, be included because he offers control. Rubel Hossain has also been declared fit, and is likely to replace Shahadat Hossain.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Jahurul Islam, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Abul Hasan, 10 Abdur Razzak/Robiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

Stats and trivia

  • After two matches, fast bowler Abul Hasan has a batting average of 136 and a bowling average of 270.
  • Kumar Sangakkara has scored 669 runs in his last four innings against Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh have never drawn a Test series


"You have to have competition in the team, whether for the youngsters or the seniors. Among the batsmen it has been very good."
Angelo Mathews on how maiden hundreds for Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne may have impacted Sri Lanka's young batting group .

"The biggest challenge for us is to follow up a drawn Test match with another very good performance. But I am confident we can correct the small mistakes we made in the field in Galle."
Mushfiqur Rahim hopes for improvement even after an encouraging outing

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Posted by Sinhaya on (March 17, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

@exynos, do not count the chickens before they hatch. What happened to you all? All out for 240.

Posted by exynos on (March 16, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

This time Tamim will score 200.

Posted by exynos on (March 16, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Ban will score 700-800.This SL team has the worst bowling attack.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

It'll be troublesome if BD picks 3 pacers as we all know none of the pacers are good enough and they'll be a burden to the team. I'll still go for 2 spinners and 2 pacers. Razzak bowls economical and Gazi will be the main strike bowler. I hope they select Abul and Rubel for today's match. As Abul can bat a little, if he doesnt do well with the bowl, he will definately do better batting than Shahadat. I also want Marshal Ayub to play in Anamul's place. Go Tigers!

Posted by ashqarmahi on (March 16, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

In the dead pitch of Galle Shohag Gazi almost took 5 wicket(if those silly catcher weren't drop)...A good bowler is a good bowler...doesn't depend on the pitch or what so ever...exp: bangladesh should play 2 spinners and 2 pacers...bangladesh can not depends on pacers as as they are not up to the mark..!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

But wait...I think all the buttring-up that's been done for Bangladesh isn't going turn into a big blow out of dissapointment!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

Waiting to see the real fight between BD vs SL..... I want BD in hunting mood.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 16, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

If you don't know, just let you know, Abdur Razzark most probably the only spinner in world who can turn the bowl on a fast bowling grass pitch with the new ball. So, it would be a good decision to let him play 2nd test instead of Sunny. Good luck tigers.

Posted by KajuWaththaEksath on (March 15, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Good luck for both the teams and specially for BD since they are improving nicely - frm SL Fan

Posted by ahead-of-time on (March 15, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

It should be "Reputation at stake for Bangladesh", considering how they performed at Galle.

Posted by bayzid47 on (March 15, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

hoping for the best for both team......

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

why are we seeing the ward "upset" again?? what else Bangladesh team need to prove?? to be honest they are now threats to each & every team in the world..

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Rome wasn't built in a day. I am expecting at least a draw from BD. Whenever they will be familiar with the habit of winning test series regularly against strong opponents at home, they should go for better success abroad. Their current ODI success promises us a better Test team in future although both these versions of cricket have lot of similarities and dissimilarities. Team having players like Tamim, Sakib, Mushfiq, Mashrafi will definitely shines; it's just a matter of time.

Posted by rony1008 on (March 15, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

If all the talks in the media about the pitch is true, it looks like it would be a pace friendly pitch. If that is the case then please choose 3 pacers, not 2 spinners. We have been playing tests for a while now, and our decisions should be based on the playing condition. Picking up 3 pacers means we are asking our pacers to do what they are suppose to do i.e. perform well since the condition is favorable to them. It may not work in first few tests, but it means I are putting our confidence in them. Besides, we will still have 2 spinners in Gazi and Mahmudallah. The later in fact bowled better than Illias Sunny in the last test. There is no point picking up two specialist spinners in a pace friendly pitch.

Posted by WasimH on (March 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Stats and trivia: "Bangladesh have never drawn a Test series". How can this this report ignore that Bangladesh won a Test series against WI few years ago?

Posted by The_Aeroboy on (March 15, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

BD team's duty is to make sure that Srilanka team has to earn their victory in the 2nd test... hopeful to watch a competitive one..

Posted by hasib9 on (March 15, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

1. Tamin, 2. Jahurul, 3. Ashraful, 4. Mushfiq, 5. Nasir, 6. Mominul, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Gazi, 9. Abul, 10. Razzak,, 11. Robiul.

Posted by Shajadul on (March 15, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

I am BD fan and I know SL is way better than BD. I am SL fan for long time. BD and SL are friends in my view.

BD is improving well but they need to improve in pace department. Go tigers, we need one more good performance....Good wishes....

Posted by Bang_La on (March 15, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

@ rohit101, re: fast bowling. Please wait for another year and you will see how Bangladesh startle cricket world with their young pacers. Trust me.

Posted by TwohedulAzam on (March 15, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

I think bd should leave out 1 batsman and bring in another pacer only for this test match as Shakib is not playing. So effectively we can then play with 2 spinners snd 3 pacers always...cause think about it if Shakib returns we will have to drop a batsman so why not do it now. As the srilsnkans are hyping about a seaming freindly pitch by playing 3 pacers we take advantage of that, on the other hand this could be trap cause they want us to play with 1 less spinner becuse i believe they know that spin is our main strength and see thst as a threat and that is why they made galle so flat. So we dont want to play with 1 less spinner. Plus as our batsman have gained some confidence from galle i think we can bank on that and effort to play with 6 batsmen and five bowlers only in this test mstch, once shakib is back we still play with 5 bowlers but 7 batsmen...thanks to shakib. In this game bd has a good chance if our batters can bring in their form from galle....

Posted by Bang_La on (March 15, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

A very nice and fair cricketing analysis. Thank you Andrew Fidel Fernando. We Bangladeshis are skeptical about repeat performance of our cricket team but we are such a nation who stand up with hope after every calamities. So we hope for the best for Bangladesh cricket team. Albeit, I am also sad to watch my captain Ranatunga's team struggling at home and abroad these days.

Posted by BanCricFan on (March 15, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

We love and respect Sri Lankans about it. Hopefully, our TIGERS will give a great fight against LIONS in Premadasa.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

I think bd well played some bowler are not good for bd team just like abul hasan,

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ Tests 2 3 366 270 1 1/112 1/157 270.00 4.42

Posted by Fogu on (March 15, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

I am surprised at the negativity here. Usually SL and BD fans are respectful of each other's country and team. This will be a good contest. A rising team in BD vs. a rebuilding team in SL. SL has better fast bowlers than BD but BD has gained tremendous confidence from the 1st test. Hoping for a good tight contest. Best of luck to both teams but hoping for a BD win. My starting 11 for this test would be: Tamim, Jahurul, Ashraful, Mushfique, Mominul, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Shohag Gazi, Abul, Razzaq, Rubel.

Posted by reyme on (March 15, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Top 3 players from BD are missing due to injury: World's #1 Test allrounder Shakib, Mashrafe, Enamul Haq Jr. BD also missing Nayeem, Shafiul, Junaed also due to injury. When the full strength BD team plays, lets find out the outcome then. FYI, last time BD played SL, BD beat SL in ODI. Some fans are acting as if BD cant even play cricket. Hopefully we will have impartial umpiring this time.

Posted by unlocker on (March 15, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

go tiger go,hope bangladesh team will performes as like as ist test .my all love for my bd team .need 2-3 century .best wish again and for all time

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 15, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

As a BD fan I would love my team to win but I think some of the fans are exaggerating too much, we got long way to go, pls don"t underestimate the opponents........

Posted by rohit101 on (March 15, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

i think we need some experience fast bowlers ,time to recall Mashrafe Mortaza .First off all he will bring experience in the team and young Bangladeshi fast bowlers will learn from him. we have already have gud batting line up and world class around in shakib.So we can play with 3 fast bowlers and with 2 spinner shakib and sohag gazi who has performed quite well .my team would be once everyone get fit: 1.tamim 2. nafees (great talent still have to perform at international level) 3. asharful 4. shakib 5. rahim 6. nasir 7.mominul 8. mortaza 9 .sohag gazi 10. Shahadat Hossain 11.sydel rasel /abdul razaq (spin track) sydel rasel is left arm fast bowler which will add little bit variety in our pace attack .shahadat hossain should be used in short spell burst and should be allowed to bowl as fast as possible with attacking field.mortaza can be used to keep the run in check and creating pressure on batting side and we have two gud spinner sohag and shakib who can take work in tandem.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 15, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Samith totally agree with u. Minnows should be brought down on earth

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

if the weather keeps clear sri lankans will win it without any doubt. all the best for the 2 teams.

Posted by Munafis810 on (March 15, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

How can SL reputation be at stake if it is held to a draw by a better team like Bangladesh?

Posted by d_observer on (March 15, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Sanga and Dilshan are the hope for SL batting. If they fail somehow, the result would be very interesting.

Both team have some problem with fast bowling, interesting to see how they cope with the situation.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara ,for your information. it was a 5 wicket victory but was finished under 25 overs.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (March 15, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

BD has already demoralized SL by scoring 600+ and not getting out in 2nd innings.

SL clearly have ordinary bowling attack that can't pick 20 wickets.

This should be another DRAW which will be more than enough to prove BD in sub-contimemt right now is now is equal to SL.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Bangladesh is now so matured and confident. In Colombo although the pitch is for bowlers both sides. So not like Galle, we'll get a win. It may be produce a result Bangladeshi batsmen s will do well with their performance at Galle. Other-hand its easy to through Sri Lanka in pressure, Because they accept to win the series 2-0. But nothing is impossible, its may be 0-1.

Posted by Tokai69 on (March 15, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

@PANKAJ_GOGIYA, It's became a cliché in Subcontinent to blame as flat pitch when team fails to achieve. The reality is we don't play good in a fast track in AUS, ENG or SA and we end up a pitch that favors home team bowlers. SL,IND and BD all lacks quality fast bowlers to get home ground advantage, at the end we see SL tends to develop pitch that favors batsman.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

go tigers seems that our little cubs are becoming real tigers now........on the other hand i really like srilankan team, srilankan people and srilanka as a country. because srilanka is not like other neighbouring countries who are always against BD cricket......people need to understand one thing.....BD started playing cricket decades after sri...pak and ind give us some time.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 15, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

@Harun Ar Rashid. Thats it. Is that all u won against us?

Posted by British_North_America on (March 15, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Samith Rodrigo Twenty years ago, Sri Lanka was also a minnow.Did that mean they have to belong there always?

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

I also do think that they r wasting the talent of nassir, he should bat before mominul and mahmudullah. he has the best average for BD. just give mahmudullah a chance to bat higher shouldnt mean u should let him bowl lower.

Posted by Sal_H on (March 15, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Are SL really prepared to make use of a seaming pitch? Seaming is not exactly their strongest point. In trying to trap Bangladesh, i hope SL don't trap themselves.

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

Harun Ar Rashid ....."Just them to emember that we beat them in Dhaka in side 25 over's & 7 wicket in hand." what is this match that you are talking about???? can you give me details???

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 15, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Sri Lanka is a team dropping from a cliff. Its only a matter of time Bangladesh surpasses them hopefully this whole tour.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Minnows should be put back where they belong.BD is a mediocre team with never heard names...Some pundits are comparing gr8 sanga with these mediocre players..LOL

Posted by fah4 on (March 15, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

Bangladesh need to occupy the crease and bat well in the first inning they need to bat at least 150 overs to take the game towards draw and they should go with 2 fast bowlers only as their fast bowlers will leak lots of runs. Its a good chance for Bangladesh to try and draw the test as all young batsman in Srilankan side will play for cementing their place in the side rather than win the test.

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

@ PadMarley then why don't you go there and paly for us? argh......

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

@Ain_EL_Sabet i agree wid u....

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I would like to tell you all our Bangladeshi as we don't need to compare with Srilanka team. As I saw some slr cricket pondit here. So just pray for our team BD.Srilankan are thinking that they are becoming AUS. Leave it. Just them to remember that we beat them in Dhaka in side 25 over's & 7 wicket in hand. In Asia cup we out played & rich to final if that is not well enough then let them to wait & see. We do not want to talk more as we will talk by our bat & ball.

Our yeam manage to be professional, why they are keeping Abul Hassan in The test?Nazmul , Enamul,should bring as soon as possible.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

@ Ain_EL_Sabet Lot's of people have recommended that but I have figured that by dong that who will control our lower order. Mominul can't handle that pressure. The batting order is better off this way. Anamul and Mominul have batted together and that's good thing for us :) So yea

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

this test we gonna win altough we are playing our best player SHAKIB .NEAR 2 YEARS bangladesh will be best in ASIA .

Posted by vallavarayar on (March 15, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Both teams might as well go with 10 batters for all the use bowlers will be.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 15, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

I would like to see kaushal making his debut here. Lakmal will be useless even on the seamer frienfly wicket anyways. Welegedera is useless with the old ball. Since we already have kula and eranga , welegedara wont get chance to ball with the old ball. So its better to go with a kaushal. I heard he is a big turner of the cricket balll. He is in good form.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

I feel Nasir Hossain should bat at number 4 - before momenul, riad and mushy . His test record is sooo good and definitely he is farmore promising than momenul . He is being wasted at number-7 and should he play up the order means he gets opportunity to improve and be an asset to Bd cricket in near future. What do you BD fans think about my idea ?

Posted by Farhana.farha on (March 15, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

my x1 tamim,jaharul,ash,sourav,mushi,riad,nasir,sohag,raj,rubel,robi

Posted by hasib9 on (March 15, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Bangladesh should go with 2 fast bowlers: Rubel/Abul & Robiul. Definitely include Razzak because we don't want Sri Lanka scoring runs quickly. We want economical bowler, Razzak, to slow them down and waste their time. Frustrate them. That way we will have a better chance of a draw.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 15, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

If you look at the most recent performances of the two teams, it is 100% identical.

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

Everyone is missing the Point that Sri Lanka is playing against a Second-String Bangladesh 'A' team while at least 5 Experienced Players (Shakib, Nafees, Naeem, Enamul Junior, Shafiul) are missing from the current Bangladesh Squad due to Injury. But almost all commentators here are blaming Galle 'Road Pitch' behind the surprisingly bright performance by Bangladesh team in Galle, but they are cleverly skipping the point that Bangladesh made that performance in spite of being a Second-String side while excluding their 5 Key Players. Its already known that, Sri Lankan side with the assistance of Colombo curators are planning to alternate the game condition in the favor of Sri Lankan side from time before the starting of the match even against this half-strength Bangladesh team. It simply implies that this is surely a Moral Victory of Bangladesh side despite being a Second-String squad against an almost full-strength Sri Lankan side (except Mahela only) even if Bangladesh loss in Colombo.

Posted by KingOwl on (March 15, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

I think given that both bowling attacks are pedestrian, except for Herath, it may turn out to be highly competitive. SL will have a young batting side, with Mahela and Thilan not being there. So, the usual dominance in batting will also not be there. Whatever it is, a bowler friendly pitch will be essential - otherwise it will be another meaningless match like the previous one.

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

I'm a BD fan, but have great respect for SL and support them after B'Desh. However, I would like to see the young Tigers put up a strong fight against the Lions. Hope B'Desh can play the full 5 days and handle the pace bowling. I will be happy to see BD draw, for the sake of keeping the Test Status and the improving team. Best of Luck to both the team and hope we get to see a great contest. This Test is not letting me sleep as the game starts at 4:30am.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Actually its "Reputation at stake for Bangladesh". Its the time for Tigers to prove their ability in a much tougher pitch. A win here will make Tigers the series winner. Go Tigers. your destiny is to hunt Lions for next five days.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Time to show some consistency tigers! Best of luck to both team!!!

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

All the best tigers, you guys got enough talent to win against SL. All you need is to execute your game plan session by session. Don't miss this opportunity please!!

Posted by PANKAJ_GOGIYA on (March 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Srilanka will thrash bangladesh. Bangladesh played well 1st test match but pitch was too flat bowlers got nothing form the pitch.lets see how it goes in 2nd test match.if there will be something for bowlers i dnt think bangladesh will be able bat well as they did in 1st match

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Hope this pitch will assist our pace bowlers well enough to collapse the Bangladesh batsmen for a low score, also our batsman to respond well to the seaming conditions. Good luck Sri Lanka..Jaya Wewa....

Posted by Dunwall on (March 15, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

@Erantha Perera: And that's where SL was wrong! They underestimated BD big time in the last match..thought BD couldn't have gone past their score; I hope THAT won't happen in this test match..i want to see a very serious, opponent respecting SL team..

Posted by PadMarley on (March 15, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

I'm not Bangladeshi, but I have a strong case why Bangladesh will do good in batting in this series. This is irrespective of the pitches Sri Lanka will create. This is the weakest ever bowling attack Bangladesh is facing from Sri Lanka. All the bowlers from Sri Lanka who have succeeded against Bangladesh do not play test cricket anymore. Basically no one from current attack has taken more than 10 wickets against them. [Murali 89 wickets, Dilhara 28 wickets, Malinga 27 wickets, Vaas 19 wickets, Sujeewa de sliva 11 wickets] these 5 bowlers have taken 72% of all the wickets Bangladesh has lost against Sri Lanka. If I was a Bangladeshi batsman, I would more super confident to go out there and make some big scores!!

Posted by Ebrahim56 on (March 15, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

Waiting to see a win against SriLanka in 2nd Test...

Posted by rmcsr86 on (March 15, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

I am not sure about 3 fast bowlers for sri lanka...............!

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

go ahead bangladesh....tigers always rocks !!!!!!!!

Posted by BANFAN on (March 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Have a great Test Match Bangladesh; no doubt it will be a different match than the 1st Test Match. If the pitch helps the bowlers, our bowlers will have equal purchase, so nothing to worry. I guess we have a strong batting line up to compete with Sri Lanka. It's gonna be an even competition.

Posted by lover_cricket_world on (March 15, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

The result of Series will be 1-0 favour of bd

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

What about P Sara pitch...? Bouncy! heh heh hee...

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Difference between the test sides will be shown by the outcome of this match. But looking at past test matches of both teams, we have accept we are a mediocre test side. BTW i'm Srilankan.

Posted by AS7777 on (March 15, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

This wicket will test the real Bangladeshi capabilities and where they really belongs. I don't see SL team lack with talent and everybody saw how SL bowlers made struggle masters of pace in Aus. Some said the BD spinners are far superior to SL spinners but they just took 4 wickets in the first and some of them are thanks to SL batters who threw their wickets.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

I agree with erantha! That was a silly test match pitc

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Check out the last 5 results for the 2 teams...tells you how similar they are.Which makes Sri Lanka mediocre.For the record, I am a Sri Lankan.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

All the best bangladesh....have a nice mach

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

SL would have scored over 1000 runs and set a world record at Galle if they did not declare. BD made 600 odd but if the days and time was not a constraint SL would have bowled out BD again to win the match. Slow and unresponsive 7 day ( not 5 day as told by Warnaweera) did it.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

I hope the groundsman at Premadasa will not embarrass the young team as WArnaweera did at Galle. All supporters of SL cricket should make certain of a sport wicket at Premadasa which is a rarity at this location.

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