Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 1st day March 16, 2013

Herath five keeps Bangladesh to 240

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Sri Lanka 18 for 1 trail Bangladesh 240 (Mominul 64, Herath 5-68) by 222 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In Galle, the score at the end of day one was 361 for 3. At the R Premadasa Stadium, 11 wickets went down on day one. The track in Galle was so lifeless that it drove fans to boredom. The Premadasa pitch wasn't as free-scoring, but the lethargic surface didn't have too much in it for the bowlers either.

Both sides picked three seamers - one more than they usually do in the subcontinent - but even on the opening day the standout performer was Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka's lone spinner and their most bankable bowler of recent years.

In 2011, 33-year-old Herath's career was on the rocks with Sri Lanka seeming to have a plethora of young spinners, but improbably, over the past two years he developed into one of the leading bowlers in the world. He showcased some of that skill on Saturday, with his 15th five-wicket haul, which restricted Bangladesh to 240, and put Sri Lanka ahead in a match they desperately need to win; anything less will mean they have botched the easiest assignment going around in Test cricket.

Though the Bangladesh batting subsided without putting up a testing total, the good news for their fans is that two of the younger batsmen were the highest scorers. Twenty-one-year-old Mominul Haque again showed the poise he had in his debut Test to score his second consecutive half-century, while Nasir Hossain burnished his reputation as one of their most reliable batsmen, with a battling 48 - only the second time in his last seven Test innings that he hasn't scored a half-century.

The batsmen found it difficult to time the ball on the slow pitch and the sluggish outfield meant that threes were almost as common as boundaries. Still, when Mohammad Ashraful and Jahurul Islam were comfortably playing out everything Sri Lanka threw at them in the first session, Angelo Mathews may have been pondering whether opting to bowl was the wisest move, but by tea Bangladesh had lost half their side and reached only 155.

Though Bangladesh were bolstered by the return of the experienced Tamim Iqbal from injury, he didn't last long as he missed the first ball Nuwan Kulasekara bowled from round the stumps to be trapped lbw for 10 in the seventh over.

Jahurul played like an old-school opener early on, prepared to grind it out on a pitch where run-making wasn't easy. Ashraful was also cautious, not dipping into his repertoire of flamboyant shots in his one-hour stay. Bangladesh made slow-and-steady progress to 50 for 1, and had got through the difficult early phase. Just when you thought the two settled batsmen could cash in, Ashraful threw away his wicket, with a lackadaisical bit of running. While completing a quick single, he was looking back to see where the throw from Shaminda Eranga was headed; the throw was arrowing towards the stumps and it caught Ashraful short.

Mominul's entrance picked up the tempo for Bangladesh as he and Jahurul went for their shots after lunch. With the fast bowlers attempting some short deliveries, Jahurul countered with the pull shot. For Mominul the area around point was a profitable one, and Bangladesh went along at nearly four an over early in the second session. Once again just as a partnership was developing, Sri Lanka struck. Eranga, the pick of the quicks after lunch, had Jahurul chasing a ball wide outside off, nicking to the keeper for 33.

Though Mominul top socred, it wasn't exactly a chanceless innings. Soon after Ashraful's dismissal, Mominul could have also been run out off a direct hit, just making his ground on 5, then survived a close lbw call off Suranga Lakmal, and nearly chipped a catch back to the bowler Herath. In between though, there were some assured strokes, including a punch past mid-off for four and a take-that pull off Lakmal.

Even after Jahurul's exit, Bangladesh had moved along to a reasonable 128 for 3, but their position was quickly undermined as they lost both their captain and vice-captain before tea. Mahmudullah was smartly snapped up by Mathews at slip after the edge popped up off the wicketkeeper's pads, and Mushfiqur Rahim was regularly troubled by Herath before being bowled for 7.

When Mominul was caught-behind in the second over of the third session, Bangladesh were 163 for 6 and a quick finish to the innings loomed. Nasir and Sohag Gazi, though, went after the spinners to put on 59, the largest stand of the innings before Herath outwitted Gazi, and the new ball helped Sri Lanka polish off the tail.

Bangladesh got the dangerous Tillakaratne Dilshan in the four over before stumps, but tomorrow will be a huge challenge for their three-pronged pace attack that has little in the way of Test credentials.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Whats the point in arguing ? Outfield can not be a cause of this poor performance.Most of our batsmen played poor shots n they had to pay the price n obviously poor team selection.Though robiul picked up dilshan but he was out of sorts in his first two overs n looks like he is gonna continue bowling no bowls.Well played SL.looking forward to an exciting day of cricket

  • on March 17, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    What is not written in the history and story is the injustice done to the underdogs! Like Mominul was playing very good and confident! He was given out by a false appeal! If the same happened to a Lankan batsman he'd be protected by the umpire! The outfield has been mowed after BD batting! In the 1st test Lankans has no guts to declare early to challenge BD! Had it been the case with BD the commentators'd have advised BD to be sporting and would have discovered negative attitude out of it; but if BD lost it then everyone would have forgotten the 'sporting' attitude and advised ICC to remove BD out of test. But my advise to both Srillanka and Bangla fanz! Just 'cos we are playing against each other we r trying to undermine eache other. But all in BD loves Lanka and are great supporters of them unlike other subcontinentals! And I know very well that Lankans are great well wishers of us! In our mind we all know that BD is really a good team and coming forth!

  • Warm_Coffee on March 17, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    On a pitch which has something for bowlers, I reckon together both Gazi and Shakib will be devastating to any opposition. Its just our fast bowling which is a bit of a worry lack of discipline and consistency.

  • exynos on March 17, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Now SL fans will realise that Bangladesh is way better than their team.

  • gsingh2 on March 17, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    just like exynos predicted, BAN got 600

  • Jadejafan on March 17, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Yeap!!! Sri Lanka most senior and one of the oldest players of Sri Lanka will be the difference of this test match but this certainly shows Sri Lanka are nothing without them good luck for the future :))

  • on March 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Bangaladesh cricket have improved a lot! Playing with side like Sri Lanka and taking wickets like this is a great job! SL have also played good. But just loss temptation, that is it. Though BD have played the similiar shots to get out! Never the less a good contest going on here

  • exynos on March 17, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Flat pitch kings are going to lose this test match against BANGLADESH..now srilanka can't draw this match..Only one more wicket to go..

  • Captainman on March 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Like a lot of us Bangladesh fans have been saying just take away the stats of Sri Lanka senior experience player than you can see what this new Sri Lanka team is really like :D

  • on March 17, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Shouldn't be surprised Bangla fans, Sri Lanka batsman can only perform on flat tracks :)

  • on March 16, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Whats the point in arguing ? Outfield can not be a cause of this poor performance.Most of our batsmen played poor shots n they had to pay the price n obviously poor team selection.Though robiul picked up dilshan but he was out of sorts in his first two overs n looks like he is gonna continue bowling no bowls.Well played SL.looking forward to an exciting day of cricket

  • on March 17, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    What is not written in the history and story is the injustice done to the underdogs! Like Mominul was playing very good and confident! He was given out by a false appeal! If the same happened to a Lankan batsman he'd be protected by the umpire! The outfield has been mowed after BD batting! In the 1st test Lankans has no guts to declare early to challenge BD! Had it been the case with BD the commentators'd have advised BD to be sporting and would have discovered negative attitude out of it; but if BD lost it then everyone would have forgotten the 'sporting' attitude and advised ICC to remove BD out of test. But my advise to both Srillanka and Bangla fanz! Just 'cos we are playing against each other we r trying to undermine eache other. But all in BD loves Lanka and are great supporters of them unlike other subcontinentals! And I know very well that Lankans are great well wishers of us! In our mind we all know that BD is really a good team and coming forth!

  • Warm_Coffee on March 17, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    On a pitch which has something for bowlers, I reckon together both Gazi and Shakib will be devastating to any opposition. Its just our fast bowling which is a bit of a worry lack of discipline and consistency.

  • exynos on March 17, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Now SL fans will realise that Bangladesh is way better than their team.

  • gsingh2 on March 17, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    just like exynos predicted, BAN got 600

  • Jadejafan on March 17, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Yeap!!! Sri Lanka most senior and one of the oldest players of Sri Lanka will be the difference of this test match but this certainly shows Sri Lanka are nothing without them good luck for the future :))

  • on March 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    Bangaladesh cricket have improved a lot! Playing with side like Sri Lanka and taking wickets like this is a great job! SL have also played good. But just loss temptation, that is it. Though BD have played the similiar shots to get out! Never the less a good contest going on here

  • exynos on March 17, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Flat pitch kings are going to lose this test match against BANGLADESH..now srilanka can't draw this match..Only one more wicket to go..

  • Captainman on March 17, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Like a lot of us Bangladesh fans have been saying just take away the stats of Sri Lanka senior experience player than you can see what this new Sri Lanka team is really like :D

  • on March 17, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Shouldn't be surprised Bangla fans, Sri Lanka batsman can only perform on flat tracks :)

  • on March 17, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    its totally unfair why they(sl) cuting grass... Bangladesh should be complain for that..

  • drmaruf38 on March 17, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Dear SL fans!!! Just wait.... Game is going on... We know you are good in cricket and we are in growing stage.... But its unfair attitude from your grounds man. Why you are too afraid to play in same condition??? Let and see what Bengal Tigers can do.....? Go ahead Tigers.. We are with you..... Best of luck.....

  • exynos on March 17, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @Ramesh LOL.. SL don't have any talented batsmen.just look at Thirimanne..

  • chemstry on March 17, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    yes hope that Bangladesh will stand in a strong position today already 2 wkt gone sri lanka

  • exynos on March 17, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    As expected SL batsmen struggling against high quality fast bowling.Bangladesh has a great chance to restrict them under 200.

  • on March 17, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    2nd string BD team huh??? Yet another pathetic excuse. Did we ask you guys send us a 2nd string team??? May be your' selectors did that for a change. Because your' first string team lost 12 consecutive matches against us. LOL

  • LionPride on March 17, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @the_ashes - you should not be commenting on cricket when you are so uneducated of the game. Whens the last time bangladesh provided a legendary cricket to the international game? when is the last time bangladesh provided any player of substance that has the world talking and opponents worried? bangladesh has never provided any note worthy players, which is why Bangladesh is being referred to in this article as a "easy assignment". Therefore you should be careful when making such poor tasted comments. You claim we have no future, Sri Lanka has a lot of young talent, intact it was the young that excelled in Australia recently. We have alot of taken and a close knit group, they will form their own identity in due time.

  • Sinhaya on March 17, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    @Chris_P, very nice to hear from you. I have lately been less on cricinfo due to other commitments. Yes the Galle pitch was horrible. We have to do a lot to improve in tests. Herath alone cannot do it all. Can you believe me mate that Sachithra Senanayake (SS) is taking buckets of wickets in our ongoing club matches but not considered?? PATHETIC! I hope we get Sachithra Senanayake into the test side. Just search SS's cricinfo profile to see his latest performance.

    Also, Kushal Perera (KP) has hammered a blistering 336 off 275 balls in a club match and hope he will be even more aggressive than Sanath Jayasuriya. See the link below

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-domestic-2012/engine/current/match/590809.html

    Regarding your comment on pitches, ICC must warn venues that prepare road like surfaces. High time that they do so,

  • RANILSAM on March 17, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    So suddenly this BD team becomes a second string side. I am curious to know what is the first string BD side? So all this time other teams have played a second string BD side. This is really funny Ha ha ha

  • Tal_Botvinnik on March 17, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    if the outfield is slow why not hit sixers? looks like we need to send thissara perera or sanath jayasuriya to teach the bangla boys how 2 hit the big ones (i thought they had a t20 warmup in the warmup game(many of them were saying)). :)

  • on March 17, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Let Sri Lanka prove that they are a better team with the selections of Sana.

  • saif_bd007 on March 17, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    SL fans are reacting as such that they allout BD below 50!!!!!!! Listen friends, 240 on this type of typical shaby SL wicket and ground is not bad at all. We need to wait for at least another day to make a call. Till now SL didnot do anything unexpected. They were supposed to 'thrash' BD all time. What they have done? The answer is known to all...

  • on March 17, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Bangladesh will be taken seriously after they win a couple of series,till then they would considered alsorans.crying and complaining is not going to do it ,good luck.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    @ The_Ashes; Australia thrashed SL in the Test series 3-0 at their own backyard. Mediocre or not Aussies were playing in their own home conditions. India also lost 4-0 in Australia. But now India 2-0 up against Australia in India. Again Home condition. BD is a team from Sub continent and for them SL condition is not unusual. If BD can win the 2nd test vs SL, that's great. But highly unlikely with the way BD batsmen through their wickets an sub par mediocre bowlers BD has.

  • Energetic. on March 16, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    It doesn't matter if a declining team like Sri Lanka wins this test match the fact of the matter is they most likely will not win this test by an innings and drawn the other one which is unacceptable especially against Bangladesh. Everyone knows Bangladesh main strength now is ODIs and will be looking to win that series and embarrass Lankans. Bangladesh did what they had to do in tests and Sri Lanka just failed on that. Also a clear fact they won a lots of their Cricket matches only due to Murali that's it. They have no young spinners in the class of them coming through what a pity good luck! :)

  • on March 16, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka have the best young batsmen in the world in Chandi , Thrimanne , dimuth , Mathews , Kusal, A.Perera and Bhanuka..Herath is 34 and will play for another 4 years..we reach finals of 5 out of last 4 world cups , won the worldcup and won champions trophy..no one can challenge SL`s talent !!

  • LionPride on March 16, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    @the_ashes - you should not be commenting on cricket when you are so uneducated of the game. Whens the last time bangladesh provided a legendary cricket to the international game? when is the last time bangladesh provided any player of substance that has the world talking and opponents worried? bangladesh has never provided any note worthy players, which is why Bangladesh is being referred to in this article as a "easy assignment". Therefore you should be careful when making such poor tasted comments. You claim we have no future, Sri Lanka has a lot of young talent, intact it was the young that excelled in Australia recently. We have alot of taken and a close knit group, they will form their own identity in due time.

  • The_Ashes on March 16, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @Baseball - Go back to past records that's all you got as a last resort in case you do lose. Sri Lanka thrashed by Australia earlier this year in tests is mediocre to me grow up :P

  • creekeetman on March 16, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    i thought bangladesh fans said the team had finally turned the corner... a corner that hasnt arrived since they started playing tests... truth is their score of 240 is flattering, considering they're playing a team with only one test class bowler in herath.

  • on March 16, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Can anybody tell me why Suranga Lakmal is playing for Sri Lanka......I she a better bowler than Welgedara or Is he a better alrounder than Thisara perera...LOl...Dear Chairman of the selectors..please justify his selection...

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @ AzAb12754; It seems you started to watch cricket recently. lol. SL had the Greatest off-spinner Murali before Herath. Therefore Herath was the second choice spinner at that time. (SL is not a spin heavy attack like BD.) That's why he has played only 47 Tests so far. After Murali's retirement Herath became a regular feature in SL team. He has taken 115 wickets after March 2011. No body has taken more wickets than him during that period. FYI Herath is a Test Specialist. Not ODI. And here we are talking about Test Cricket. Grow up kid.

  • on March 16, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Lets see tomorrow. I hope Bangladesh gonna prove that, outfield and pitch isn't appropriate enough.

  • Chris_P on March 16, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @Sinhaya. Good to see you are still about. Finally we have a test match that is meaningful after that poor pitch presented to all concerned at Galle. Your team seems to be applying themselves well, I think a few have learnt a lot from their trip down under. Losing is one thing, but losing & not learning anything from it is poor form. I think many fans may have been carried away by the first test with what players could repeat. On a sporting pitch against a quality bowler, the story is very different. Herath needs others to step up & support him, he can't keep doing it by himself, so let's hope the youngster help him out.

  • AzAb12754 on March 16, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka fans know that their team is becoming a weakling can't even beat a second string Bangladesh team in the last match and overexcited about today's play out of desperation :)

  • AzAb12754 on March 16, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: lool! 34 year old Herath has played nearly 50 test matches that why :P unlike Shakib his limited overs record is below par :P

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    @ DarkTiger; Yes. Dilshan is playing his 87th match. 16 centuries. Whole BD team played 175 matches (Sum of all the players in this test match), 15 centuries. :P

  • SapnerJadukar on March 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    What an out field!!! Match referee should look into this. Who knows it may be another plan to stop visitors making quick runs or ground curator forgot to cut the grasses can easily compete with grass in prairy. BD lost at least 50 to 70 runs due to the slowest out field in the world with big grass which affects the dynamism of BD batting. Any way SL will feel the same tomorrow. Can't complain about the wicket, cause most of BD batsman thrown their wickets as old fashioned way. But Herrath and Kalu were excellent throughout the day.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    BD fans you have reason to celebrate and brag about your team. BD cricket team is unique, where Bowlers has bowling averages higher than the batting averages of Top order batsmen in other Big teams and Batsmen has batting averages better than the bowling averages of Top bowlers in other Big teams.

  • Jadejafan on March 16, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu - Excuse me but players like Dilshan have played over 80 tests :P

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Herath is the best Bowler in SL team. He has 193 wickets with 15 five wicket hauls averaging 30.12. You BD fans claim he took tail enders wickets. (4-8 batters including Captain Rahim and Vice captain Mahmadullah). That means BD has a very long tail. 1-3 are the real batsmen. lol. Herath has taken as twice as wickets than your whole team (92). He is the #4 ranked Test bowler now. He has a lot more wickets than your best (Shakib 102 or Rafique 100). Don't insult a good bowler.

  • Jadejafan on March 16, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    To be honest BD just batted carelessly without valuing their wicket. Just because the outfield wasn't good doesn't mean they can't do it. It just showed that BD were frustrated and wasn't patient enough despite having unlimited overs. We played below par today simple as that and I'm especially disappointed with the no balls our bowlers ball, it seems some of our players cannot get the basic things right.

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It's interesting to see BD fans retarded comments on SL legendary batsmen. SL had players like Aravinda (20 Test 100s), Jayasuriya (14 and 340 vs India), Atapattu (16 and 6 double tons) and Samaraweera (14). Mahela (31 ,6 double tons and 374 vs SA), Sangakkara (32) and Dilshan (16) are still playing. After playing Test cricket for 13-14 years, how many cricketing legends BD has? Ashraful? (6 centuries and pathetic test average of 24.28). Even at the early stages of ZIM cricket, they had Andy Flower (12, Test average 51.54). BD may be improving. But don't try to insult SL legends. Don't compare your mediocre players to them. Dilshan got 100s more than your whole team in this test. He got a duck in this match. So what? There are 10 more players in SL team.

  • on March 16, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    The first day of this Test again showed how difficult it is to predict a game of cricket... Both the captains misread the pitch... Mathews definitely didn't expect Herath to take five when the picked three quicks... And no excuses from Bangladesh either for giving wickets to Herath when Mominul himself said that the pitch was good to bat on... The slow outfield can only have a psychological impact on the batsmen, for which Bangladesh was not prepared... But as said, you can't predict everything in a Test match and neither can you prepare for everything in a Test match... Test match belongs to them who can handle surprises well...

  • Dhutugemunu on March 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    BD Fans. lol. When BD allout 638 at Galle, It was their batsmens class. Not due to flat wicket. But when BD all out for 240 at Colombo (RPS), It's slow outfield. On the other hand when SL batsmens got centuries at Galle, it was a flat wicket. Pathetic double standards. BTW BD fans who bats at the outfield? As I know Batsmen bats on the pitch in the middle. lol.

  • warneneverchuck on March 16, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I must say that it's a competitive cricket between 2 minnows which r rank at 6 and 8 respectively

  • warneneverchuck on March 16, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Finally after one match wonder BD comes back Wher it actually belongs to. Scoring less than 300 against number 6 team says it all

  • faizan_feroz on March 16, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    i dont understand one thing , out field was slow , agreed but what does it has to do with the run scoring , they did manage 2 3 far more often they wud have so i thnk mainly bd were short 25 runs due to the outfield , and if we remember ENG vs INDIA last yr in the fourth test the likes of kp prior werent able to score on a tough wicket and eng didnt even managed 200 on the first day , still they didnt lose wickets , throwing wickets and blaming it to outfied is hillarious :D

  • an_ordinary_bangladeshi on March 16, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Yes, the outfield was poor, the condition was not favourable. So? You do not have to adjust or what? Talking too much is not a solution either. What did refrain the batsmen to pick up singles? Who did insist them to throw their wickets away? This sort of blame game won't work. It seems like we are not ready to accept our weaknesses. I can't help but say that we are not showing wise and mature attitude.

  • Sinhaya on March 16, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    @BOND_OO7, honestly I adore the Bangladesh players. In case you saw me attack Bangladesh, it was due to attacks on my team. I like to see you all do well in cricket. For a fact, it is in the best interest of cricket to see all 10 teams equal to one another. Cricket is a global minority sport and I just cannot stress the importance of unity among fans.

    I admire your cricket board for being financially sound. Our cricket board is badly managed and simply in a mess. But players are doing their best.

    I really hope Bangladesh gets to the top 5 in test rankings. But honestly you all have lost way way too many test matches since getting test status. Sri Lanka managed quite a lot of draws in the first 10 years of getting test status.

  • Zillurcc on March 16, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    There is no scope to relax, u can cover today's Back foot condition. I know it's hot & humid, but that's how international cricket goes on. Bowlers bowl every ball well, fielders concentrate on every ball, remember, its difficult pitch. So there is no reason that u will not get wickets. Just have the believe that u can make. Best luck tomorrow, BD team.

  • on March 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    What a rubbish outfield it was...

  • British_North_America on March 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks Well, Jayasuriya made tipple centuries but this does not mean he did hit boundaries.Boundaries make the job easier for the batsmen.Also, Sri Lanka is Jayasuriya's home ground so he is more accustomed to the heat.It is warmer than Bangladesh I think.

  • ajk011 on March 16, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    we know srl are strong team than us but we are learning this gamee day by dayy and improveing tooo .we respect sl as a good team very much. they are more better team then us but if bangladesh givee there all effort we can do well in this seriess . we all asian should bee live together peachly ...

  • BOND_OO7 on March 16, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    That's what i call arrogance. SL fans please, it's none of your concern whether BD plays well or not. Here Every comment is a person's own view. If it stands against your view,you cant be arrogant and boastful in reply to him. That's what i have seen with SL fans. Tolerance is what we expect from all

  • BOND_OO7 on March 16, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @SL fans : you have always been friendly with Bangladesh cricket among other cricketing nations. But some of your fellow people's comment regarding BD cricket make no sense. Just because you are superior to us in cricketing power doesn't mean you can assault us with your domineering and insulting comments. Being powerful doesn't make a man,it's the attitude you have towards others. Your arrogance and boast is apparent in your comments.even though we are weak,we have passion for cricket,but all you have got is arrogance. Grow up man...

  • Rafelgibt on March 16, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @ FLIPPER_99 on (March 16, 2013, 14:35 GMT) You are missing the point.We BAN players are stroke makers and we prefer to score more on boundaries rather getting pile on singles.If you closely monitor our batsman that they faces a quite no. of balls but 50% of their runs have been scored on boundaries.So, its really matters for us.Sluggish outfield is no way desirable in international level but unfortunately it happened today on Colombo.At least 10 boundaries have been refused due to wet and sluggish outfield.You might say SL would also go through this but from tomorrow there is high possibilities that condition will certainly improve.So, who is the gainer here???

  • on March 16, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Its simple , SL played good & matured Cricket today which BD didn't . Credit goes to SL for 1st Day. I'm from BD & asking other BD supporters to be realistic & don't be overconfident( otherwsie you will lose ur face if BD ca't play well ). Thanks to SL team & their supporters who are always supporting BD team to for continuous progress.

  • British_North_America on March 16, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Pasan Hettiarachchi Slow outfield cost wicket. How ? Mominul said it was not easy to run in this heat, it made our batsmen tired and desperate to get runs.For instance, jahurul.

  • SL_rockz on March 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    some fans have predicted in the noon today BD will get 600+ runs ..but ended up in 240....So please dont be overconfident.It is ruining your image as BD fans...And your commenters himself says your vice captain and captain are tail enders.:) .Herath leads 2012 wicket tally and in 2013 he is counting them again ..With today 5 wickets he has 15 five wicket hauls...Dont take him to a state as your bowlers who have never showed even a single news or record on test bowling dept over the years..Herath is class..That is why except you all others accept him as great bowler...That is why he passed dale ateyn ,philander ,ajmal etc in wickets tally last year...while no one of your spinner or a seamer in top 20 and without having taken half of the wickets that heratn have taken dont be jealous to look at him and campare with gazi or whatever u have...

  • Captainman on March 16, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Actually Nasir had to give it his all because he was running out of partners but as usual Sri Lanka need their older guys to save them from somewhere :p

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @All_The_Way- so you agree your captain is a tail ender? Haha SL shouldn't even try to win. This overconfident BAN team having achieved absolutely nothing will hand us the victory. Sri Lanka won a WC after 13 years of becoming a test nation. BAN still trying to achive a test victory against SL. Know where your team stands in world cricket mate. Your comments make you look super ignorant.

  • SL_rockz on March 16, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    wickets have fallen on the pitch not n the out field :P ....really blind self defending comments from BD to cover up their inability...No proper team playing test cricket will make such excuses...Have you ever seen SL or SA or ENG or Aussies or India and other fans making such excuses blaming about somethng on the pitch after every match they fail..A sign of immature nature.....

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    its frustrating for batsman when runs dont come out even in their best shots... probably thats a factor.. but bd lose some wickets in nuthing delivery.. and as a fan of test cricket..i would say what a painful outfield it is. test cricket is all about classic.. and this nothing outfield can make a question mark on the appeal of test cricket

  • FLIPPER_99 on March 16, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Its really pathetic that some of the BD fans are blaming the outfield for costing them runs.. if you people really want to find faults find them in your own batsmen's technique. The bottom line is that however wet and sluggish the outfield was, BD lost all 10 wickets in a day which you cant blame on the outfield.. in fact the pitch wasnt doing much at all and it was srilankas spinner who took wickets on a 1st day track which was meant for seamers.. if BD applied themselves and batted till day 2 the outfield would have dried out.. this kind of pessimist behaviour is what has caused the BD team to lead nowhere in their cricketing history.

  • Fogu on March 16, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Wow! Baseballsucks! Its only 1st day and you are roaring as if the game is over. Dot balls are part of test matches. Those extra runs would have had BD scoring at 3.5 average which is very good in test. It may have also changed the field settings based on the run flow. But that is neither here or there. SL bowlers had a good day and BD batsmen could have applied themselves a little better. But a test match really begins when both teams have batted in their 1st innings. Otherwise the last match according to you would have been over for BD after SL batted on day 1. May be its not baseball that sucks but your anaylsis.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 16, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    @ All_The_Way; Herath bowled only 28 overs out of 84 overs. Its your Gazi who bowled over 50 overs but still SL lost only 4 wkts in last match :))) And Herath took the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim (BOWLED :)) ), Mahmudullah , Nasir Hossain (and 2 tailenders). So if you consider those 3 are tailenders, thats fine with us. LOL . Btw they wouldn't make SL playing XI even as tailenders, or even SL A-team, or LOL

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans wait until tomorrow and let Srilanka bat. At the end of tomorrow you will get your chance to sum up who has got more skills. Don't count your chickens just yet. Because more the expectation builds disappointment will be huge. Chill !!

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    @ All_The_Way, please don't tell me your' captain & vice captain are TAIL-ENDERS. LMAO. Just PATHETIC.

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I can understand if someone say that BD did not able to score more runs due to slow outfield. But how can someone say that more wickets have fallen due to slow outfield. SL bowlers did not bowl on the outfield, they bowled on the pitch.LOL. I lost my all respect to BD after reading these SILLY comments. First learn to accept your' weaknesses.

  • Captainman on March 16, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    With the amount of overs senior Herath bowls of course he will pick up wickets especially against tail-enders overconfident Sri Lankan fans :)

  • BD_CricFan on March 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Razzak should've been picked. I don't understand why everyone's made to believe this was going to be a seaming pitch when after 1st day it definitely seems like a spinner friendly pitch. So was it deliberate?

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    it is either one of 2. dilshan doesn't know he cannot survive in the evenings at last few overs or team management thinks that let's dilshan fail fast then we can get anew one.. you don't know your value mr. dilshan. if i have not mistaken this is 7th during last few matches he failed in last 10 overs .all the times a night watchman sent he survived. :)

  • rajithwijepura on March 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    In first test some of BAN fans jumping over the moon and saying they have left arm spinner at every household yet they lost 5 wickets to Herath. LOL This game is end on 4th day. BAN gonna lose by inning

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I think we have to wait until 2moro see what srilanka will done ...bangladesh have quality spiner so anything will happen on 2moro if they remove kumara sangkaras wicket in early morning then srilanka will be more defensive n that time bangladesh might get advantage ..

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 16, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Pls somebody tell me what happened to the best team against the left arm spinners in the world.(of course according to BD fans) lol. On a seamer friendly track, Herath took 5 wkts. :)) And those who complain about slow outfield, BD batsmen played over 360 DOT balls. Its around 60 overs. :)) So it wasn't the slow outfield which deprived you of runs, but our master class bowling n your inability to FIND GAPS. lol. So pls drop that silly slow outfield excuse,will ya ? And some are boasting about taking the Dulshan's wkt. If you really think that we depend on Dilshan's batting in Test matches, you are sadly mistaken. In fact I couldn't wait for Sanga to get to the crease n make his 33rd century :P . Btw Kula proved again that he is the best in the business when it comes to swinging. So finally these minnows are back to where they belong. lol. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!

  • I_m_AKS on March 16, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    The match is evenly poised, thanx to Dilshan, underestimating Herath cost BD from building big score but hope they make the most of the runs they have scored.

    ATB for D2!

  • AzAb12754 on March 16, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    The score can be a bit misleading about 40-60 runs were lost due to the terrible outfield but still Bangladesh top order batted badly.

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    I think,on upcoming sunday outfield will be a factor.Bangladesh have also shown their bowling capability by sending Dilshan early.

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Do not underestimate Bangladeshi talents.Though 240 looks like not enough you have to tackle them carefully, specially during the first session tomorrow. The rain may also come into act.

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    to the all decent Srilankan fans..... This was not the good performance from your boys. it was all about your outfield..... if it was quick than the result will 350-5 for today. Outstanding performance by Rangana herath. Lets see sl batting performance tomorrow......

  • keuna_Nobody on March 16, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Great job Mr. Curator !! You have produced an extra ordinary sporting pitch and what a fast out field!!! this is what Test cricket badly needs!!!!!

  • on March 16, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Actually, BD is not playing with one spinners. Mominul and Mahmudullah could be dangerous in good spinning condition. Moreover, Ash and Nasir also can bowl, so Bangladesh has really good chance to defend the lions.

  • Third_Gear on March 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    SL has already lost Dilashan, hopefully BD take another three wickets from the top order then the match is even. anyway SL can not cross 300 in this condition. Gazi and Mahmudullah have a big role to play tomorrow with their lethal spin.

  • on March 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Those Lankan supporters who are thinking the game is over, pls. wait until tomorrow. Abul & Rubel hasn't been unleashed yet. Plus, if you wish, you can hire some expert groundsmen from BD, who can keep the outfield fast, not slow like a marshland.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 16, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Why did Bangladesh play 3 seamers? When have they in the subcontinent? Their pace bowlers arent good enough. Also the wicket is also good for spinners not just pacers. The outfield is a disgrace, otherwise Bangladesh would be on 320 i would say. Razzak should have played... looks like mahmadullah will have a part to play as well.

  • Herath-UK on March 16, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    BD should have given a more fighting attitude specially after the show in Galla. Sri Lanka wil put on a big score and it would be very dificult for BD to come out unscathed.I'm really chuffed with my namesake Rangana's performance. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Htc-Android on March 16, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    What happened to the best team against left arm spin(As per their fans), who has so many left spinners in their country. but,lost 5 wickets against a left-arm spinner on a seamer friendly wicket. Regarding the outfield, what if SL batted 1st? Would u still complain about it?

  • on March 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Wait n see bangladesh have danger spiner they can damage srilankas batting line up just keep on ur eyes on 2moro.

  • exynos on March 16, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    LOL SL fan think they can score 500.please don't forget SL batsman always struggle against pace bowling.Karunarathne is already struggling..

  • Ruchiralk on March 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Brilliant from Herath and the Fast bowlers. Eranga was really unlucky and he looks really good for the future for SL. Dilshan was very unlucky to get out, that ball was a bad one and would've been a no ball if the batsmen didn't get out. Sri lanka are playing an extra batsmen, so should get near to 400 runs. If Herath got 5 wickets on the first day, he will be lethal on the 3rd and 4th day.

  • Energetic. on March 16, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Some Sri Lankan fans over confident again after first day just like last test match. Whoops!!! Dilshan out :)

  • on March 16, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Bangladesh is still a minnow team and on par with the likes of Zimbabwe and kenya..evn Ireland is better than them..Last match it was all thanks to a super flat pitch..SL should score 600+ and finish the match within 3-4 days..

  • on March 16, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    He he!! Herath took 5-for on a seamer friendly track,that too on a first day of the test match.Now what are u saying Bangladeshi fans??Some have commented that Bangladesh have better spin attack than SL and SL cricket board is afraid of providing spinning tracks.Really?? Think what will happen If this was a spinning track ;) .So don't underestimate anyone :)

  • Htc-Android on March 16, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Job done for today. Got bangladesh out within one day. Its time for our batsman to score 500+ and declare on the third day. Looks like this pitch is helping the spinners more than the seamers.

  • chemstry on March 16, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Hope that Bangladesh will stand in a strong position

  • Luckwin on March 16, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @Rafelgibt, you cant demand so much for team like ban. cricket is all about playing on any given circumstances.. that's why we say toss is crucial before the match now Ban have to bat well to post 250+

  • Rafelgibt on March 16, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Im not dishearten that BAN lost 5 major wickets.But im really disappointed to watch the outfield is sluggish; cant be used as a international match.This outfield reminds me my school days when we used to play on exactly this sort of ground when no team wants to bat first.If outfield was a good one then BAN could easily pass 200 runs for sure just only loss of 3 wickets.Match referee must not consider to play on such a slow outfield.Come on TIGERS roar>>>

  • matchfixerpkn on March 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    good to see herath taking wickets...it will boost his confidence.....but its too early to compare him to shane warne

  • Perera32 on March 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Shows you how overrated players like Rahim are against class spinners like Herath. The ball isn't even spinning.

  • chemstry on March 16, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Icc should banned this types of outfield

  • exynos on March 16, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Still Bangladesh can score 400-500.

  • CrICkeeet on March 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    This match should hav a delay start........ u cant xpect intrnational cricket with this typ of outfield... bt as SL hav 2 win d match so...............:) I'M pretty sure if this is d 1st match of d series then we could see "MATCH DELAYED DUE 2 WET OUTFIELD" :D :D

  • prosanto on March 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Mahmudullah has to score soon or i am afraid when Shakib comes back he might loose his spot....

  • matchfixerpkn on March 16, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    beefloverindian..ya thazts true ..they only defeated austraila 2 times another 2 mathes are left to prove ...any way pakistna lost 0-3 ..

  • Luckwin on March 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    You can not predict this ground remember unusual thinks happen when condition get change with rain effects. according to Colombo temperature pitch will change in 2nd and 3rd day .... with rainy condition ..

  • suve on March 16, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee: The outfield is slow because of the heavy overnight rain. The whole ground was covered last night but some water must of seeped out, the boundries are quite long as well too. Only because they whole ground was covered, we were able to start the match on time, if it was another country which doesnt cover the ground then the match would've been delayed.

  • on March 16, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Outfield has not been curated. There was rain during the last few nights. If Sri Lanka lost the toss, they had to take the challenge. And if rain continues during the next few nights it will be sluggish through out. You see in the afternoon now, it is progressing.

  • The_Ashes on March 16, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Tamim should be dropped for good. Though we lost our 2 most experienced players, because of the sluggish outfield, Sri Lanka will be fatigued if it doesn't go well for them especially when they bat after all the hard work.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 16, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Why is the outfield so slow anyway?

  • beefloverindian on March 16, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @matchfixer, I think you are right, India is also just trying to save their self from the minnow tag. All the subcontinent teams are struggling in test matches.

  • sampi72 on March 16, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    "didn't give the new ball to Eranga, the fastest bowler in the match, preferring to open with Kulasekara and the recalled Suranga Lakmal. Kulasekara as usual got the inswinger going, but Lakmal was taken off after two overs with Mathews bringing himself on. Eranga was introduced in the 12th overWell said MrSiddarth Ravindran....wow..what a strategy by captain Angelo...He wanted to justify the Selection of Lakmal or to establish himself as a test fast bowler.......Not suprise if they drop Eranga for the next match to call Welagedara or Tharindu Kaushal while playing Suranga Lakmal in the team... Good bless to Sri Lanka Cricket.....

  • Classicplayer on March 16, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @ CrICkeeet , i agree,nice outfield to restrict boundary :D

  • on March 16, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    what kind of out field is this? ridiculous..Ban could get at least 100 more runs...bad out field..

  • CrICkeeet on March 16, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Wow..... what an awsm outfield.....!!!!! perfect to seed plant......:) :)

  • matchfixerpkn on March 16, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    this is anthoer oppurutnity for srilankan to prove they can win a test ...or may be oppurutnity to steal a "Minnow" tag from bangla.. Sampath De Silva..agree with you ..not only lakmal most srilankan cricketers are over rated... look at captaion mathews..in 32 tests he avarages only 40 and got 11 wickets in 32 test match... is he the real replacment for test captaion..indeed he is even not suited to test cricket..

  • exynos on March 16, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Srilanka don't have a bowler to take 10 wickets.Bangladesh should score 600-700&declare.

  • phunny_game on March 16, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Atul Shiwakoti : do u expect them to write 'bangladesh score 10 runs without losing a wicket'... Even that would sound offensive according to you...!!!

  • on March 16, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I can not understand what is Sri Lankan cricket is doing with Suranga Lakmal....He is neither a genuine fast bowle nor a batsman who can score at least 20 runs...How come he has been selected ahead of Chanaka Welagedara...I still feel Thisara perera is also an effective fast bowler than Suranga Lakmal ......and no need of compare their batting......Dear selectors..can you justify the selection of Suranga Lakmal from Hambanthota?????????

  • on March 16, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Why the title says Bangladesh make steady start even though its just beginning of a day? Are all cricketing commentators expecting Bangladesh to lose wicket within 10 runs?????

  • on March 16, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Why the title says Bangladesh make steady start even though its just beginning of a day? Are all cricketing commentators expecting Bangladesh to lose wicket within 10 runs?????

  • on March 16, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    I can not understand what is Sri Lankan cricket is doing with Suranga Lakmal....He is neither a genuine fast bowle nor a batsman who can score at least 20 runs...How come he has been selected ahead of Chanaka Welagedara...I still feel Thisara perera is also an effective fast bowler than Suranga Lakmal ......and no need of compare their batting......Dear selectors..can you justify the selection of Suranga Lakmal from Hambanthota?????????

  • phunny_game on March 16, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Atul Shiwakoti : do u expect them to write 'bangladesh score 10 runs without losing a wicket'... Even that would sound offensive according to you...!!!

  • exynos on March 16, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Srilanka don't have a bowler to take 10 wickets.Bangladesh should score 600-700&declare.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 16, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    this is anthoer oppurutnity for srilankan to prove they can win a test ...or may be oppurutnity to steal a "Minnow" tag from bangla.. Sampath De Silva..agree with you ..not only lakmal most srilankan cricketers are over rated... look at captaion mathews..in 32 tests he avarages only 40 and got 11 wickets in 32 test match... is he the real replacment for test captaion..indeed he is even not suited to test cricket..

  • CrICkeeet on March 16, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Wow..... what an awsm outfield.....!!!!! perfect to seed plant......:) :)

  • on March 16, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    what kind of out field is this? ridiculous..Ban could get at least 100 more runs...bad out field..

  • Classicplayer on March 16, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @ CrICkeeet , i agree,nice outfield to restrict boundary :D

  • sampi72 on March 16, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    "didn't give the new ball to Eranga, the fastest bowler in the match, preferring to open with Kulasekara and the recalled Suranga Lakmal. Kulasekara as usual got the inswinger going, but Lakmal was taken off after two overs with Mathews bringing himself on. Eranga was introduced in the 12th overWell said MrSiddarth Ravindran....wow..what a strategy by captain Angelo...He wanted to justify the Selection of Lakmal or to establish himself as a test fast bowler.......Not suprise if they drop Eranga for the next match to call Welagedara or Tharindu Kaushal while playing Suranga Lakmal in the team... Good bless to Sri Lanka Cricket.....

  • beefloverindian on March 16, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @matchfixer, I think you are right, India is also just trying to save their self from the minnow tag. All the subcontinent teams are struggling in test matches.