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

Poor outfield cost us - Mominul

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Bangladesh believed they fell 60 runs short due to the slow outfield at the R Premadasa Stadium. The visitors were bowled out for 240 on a wicket that did not hold its reputation as seamer-friendly, as was predicted ahead of the second Test.

"The outfield is not good, we couldn't get around 60 runs," Mominul Haque said at the press conference. "If the outfield was good, our score could have been 300-320. The outfield is not in our control. It was hard work to run a lot in the heat.

"We probably didn't read the wicket correctly. The ball came normally on to the bat. There wasn't any extra bounce from the fast bowlers."

ESPNcricinfo understands that match referee David Boon has directed the curator to keep the length of the grass identical for the rest of the Test match. There has not been any official complaint from either team so far.

Despite the slow outfield, Mominul top scored with 64 off 98 deliveries so perhaps his view on the wicket would vary from the rest of the batting order. They struggled to put together the same effort as they did in Galle, where they racked up 638, lacking in confidence, as it was certain from the first over itself that boundaries would be hard to come by.

Bangladesh were 62 for 2 in the first session but as soon as Rangana Herath settled into a good rhythm, they lost three wickets in the middle session to be 155 for 5 at tea. They scored another 85 runs in the final session but lost their last five wickets.

The approach at the beginning was cautious but it somehow translated into a poor second session and ultimately the side getting bowled out on the first day. Mominul said the first hour belonged to the bowlers here but conditions eased out.

"The first hour is difficult in any conditions," he said. "Our plan was to survive the first hour so we tried doing it. The wicket eased up in the second session, and it's still good. I enjoyed batting out there, the ball was coming nicely on to the bat."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • on March 17, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Mominul has been proed right as the grass has been cut today morning...but why?? because it will help them.. bt i think its their right..bt its not fair cricket...so why are u criticising mominul or bd player??

  • on March 17, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    the grass should be cut atleast after the first innings of Srilanka.. Bangladesh should report to ICC as its unfair to them.

  • on March 17, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Its very shameful that Srilanka did such a trick. While Bangladesh was batting yesterday, many times the shot beat the fielders but couldn't beat the boundary because of long grasses. But today you see, even a single flick is beating the boundary..... The curator cut the grasses by 1 inch. But did the grass grew by 1 inch overnight???? Never. It was a well planned trick by Srilanka. You see that despite winning the toss Srilanka sent Bangladesh in batting. Isn't it unusual in test cricket as everybody wants to avoid 4th inning batting. Even Bangladesh would've batted first if had won the toss. So, they knew that in any condition, i.e. either SL or BD won the toss, Bangladesh would have batted first. so, they kept outfield grasses long in the first day. Sheer hypocrisy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who didn't watch the match, stop commenting. Because you wouldn't understand the fact without watching the yesterday innings....

  • dany_cricketlover on March 17, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    here someone is confused between 'excuse' and 'cause'. Mominul said right thing. Bangladesh team should officially complain about this.

  • sudharaka on March 17, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Bangladeshi immaturity was excemplified with absymal running between wickets. Rather than waiting for everything to be delivered to them on a platter they should've run with a bit more urgency to make the best of available conditions. When it comes to test cricket no point whining over the conditions. One has to be strong and alert enough to make the most out of available conditions. Sri Lanka had to play competitive cricket at a high level for a considerable time before they were awarded test status. This king of mentality by Bangladeshi's only reiterates the fact that them been granted test status was a huge mistake.

  • Jadejafan on March 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    @Rezaul - It just shows how tough Sri Lanka are finding it against such a team at home :)

  • Rezaul on March 17, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    grass was trimmed today morning. It gives unfair advantage to the SL batting as we have seen two Sanga boundary went to the rope like rocket which was dream like yesterday.

  • Rafelgibt on March 17, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks on (March 16, 2013, 22:07 GMT) Looks like the MURALI(SL won most of the matches due to Murali) team is such a world beater......LOL

  • annum on March 17, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Bangladesh is a growing team and they are displaying good cricket. What Mominul said is the truth. Why you guys cannot accept the truth, only because Srilanka couldn't win the match?? You guys are so mean if you do not appreciate Bangladesh performance. The outfield was too slow, but this was not for that outfield was wet, this was because of long grass!!! Why? Is the grounds man dumb or something or this is some kind of winning tactics? Bangladesh did 600+ score and with one double century. The captain of Bangladesh showed the ultimate mental strength for Bangladesh, did keeping for 1.5 day and did batted for 7/8 hours and did the double ton, and he was the Man of that Match. But you all cannot just accept the truth, cannot accept the Bangladesh good performance.My advice is try to accept the truth.

  • bootlicker on March 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    The problems of the BD is they think they are as same as any other top test playing nation in the world after scoring 600 runs in the 1 st test. When that happened, the pitch was good, the outfield was good, their batters are good, SL bowlers are pop gun bowlers and so on and so forth but when they shot out for 240, the problems started to crop up, the outfield was wet, sluggish and SL won the toss twice and so on. I think BD should get more exposure and experience, then they will shut their mouths and get on with the game without complaining. I hope SL will teach the lesson for them this time properly for them to stay in the sport for a longer period of time.

  • on March 17, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Mominul has been proed right as the grass has been cut today morning...but why?? because it will help them.. bt i think its their right..bt its not fair cricket...so why are u criticising mominul or bd player??

  • on March 17, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    the grass should be cut atleast after the first innings of Srilanka.. Bangladesh should report to ICC as its unfair to them.

  • on March 17, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Its very shameful that Srilanka did such a trick. While Bangladesh was batting yesterday, many times the shot beat the fielders but couldn't beat the boundary because of long grasses. But today you see, even a single flick is beating the boundary..... The curator cut the grasses by 1 inch. But did the grass grew by 1 inch overnight???? Never. It was a well planned trick by Srilanka. You see that despite winning the toss Srilanka sent Bangladesh in batting. Isn't it unusual in test cricket as everybody wants to avoid 4th inning batting. Even Bangladesh would've batted first if had won the toss. So, they knew that in any condition, i.e. either SL or BD won the toss, Bangladesh would have batted first. so, they kept outfield grasses long in the first day. Sheer hypocrisy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who didn't watch the match, stop commenting. Because you wouldn't understand the fact without watching the yesterday innings....

  • dany_cricketlover on March 17, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    here someone is confused between 'excuse' and 'cause'. Mominul said right thing. Bangladesh team should officially complain about this.

  • sudharaka on March 17, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Bangladeshi immaturity was excemplified with absymal running between wickets. Rather than waiting for everything to be delivered to them on a platter they should've run with a bit more urgency to make the best of available conditions. When it comes to test cricket no point whining over the conditions. One has to be strong and alert enough to make the most out of available conditions. Sri Lanka had to play competitive cricket at a high level for a considerable time before they were awarded test status. This king of mentality by Bangladeshi's only reiterates the fact that them been granted test status was a huge mistake.

  • Jadejafan on March 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    @Rezaul - It just shows how tough Sri Lanka are finding it against such a team at home :)

  • Rezaul on March 17, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    grass was trimmed today morning. It gives unfair advantage to the SL batting as we have seen two Sanga boundary went to the rope like rocket which was dream like yesterday.

  • Rafelgibt on March 17, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks on (March 16, 2013, 22:07 GMT) Looks like the MURALI(SL won most of the matches due to Murali) team is such a world beater......LOL

  • annum on March 17, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Bangladesh is a growing team and they are displaying good cricket. What Mominul said is the truth. Why you guys cannot accept the truth, only because Srilanka couldn't win the match?? You guys are so mean if you do not appreciate Bangladesh performance. The outfield was too slow, but this was not for that outfield was wet, this was because of long grass!!! Why? Is the grounds man dumb or something or this is some kind of winning tactics? Bangladesh did 600+ score and with one double century. The captain of Bangladesh showed the ultimate mental strength for Bangladesh, did keeping for 1.5 day and did batted for 7/8 hours and did the double ton, and he was the Man of that Match. But you all cannot just accept the truth, cannot accept the Bangladesh good performance.My advice is try to accept the truth.

  • bootlicker on March 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    The problems of the BD is they think they are as same as any other top test playing nation in the world after scoring 600 runs in the 1 st test. When that happened, the pitch was good, the outfield was good, their batters are good, SL bowlers are pop gun bowlers and so on and so forth but when they shot out for 240, the problems started to crop up, the outfield was wet, sluggish and SL won the toss twice and so on. I think BD should get more exposure and experience, then they will shut their mouths and get on with the game without complaining. I hope SL will teach the lesson for them this time properly for them to stay in the sport for a longer period of time.

  • shihan12 on March 17, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    So poor from a youngster..I cant believe how this Bangladesh players come up with so much excuses with. SL also playing in the same outfield..This why Bangladesh never going to be a force in world cricket..too much excuses..

  • KP_84 on March 17, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    The outfield isn't an excuse. South Asian batsmen are used to getting too much value for their shots. Like most of the stadiums in India, the Premadasa has a small playing area. It's perfectly reasonable to accommodate for that by leaving the grass in the outfield a little longer. After all, Test cricket is supposed to be a contest between bat and ball. If Bangladesh are ever invited to play on the big stadiums with large outfields in Australia, they will see how much hard work is required in Test match batting at the MCG, WACA, 'Gabba, etc. This is why par scores in the 1st Innings of Tests in Australia are usually around 350 rather than 400+. But Bangladesh didn't get anywhere near 350. They failed because (for once) the Sri Lanka bowlers were disciplined and maintained good lines and lengths throughout their spells rather than for just a few overs at the start. What Monimul doesn't want to admit is that Bangladesh still isn't good enough to compete against quality bowling.

  • asiacricket1234 on March 17, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    well it is not like he said the other team getting a better out field. Calm Down people

  • suman079 on March 16, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    "There was rain overnight. Get over it BAN. It could happejn to anybody." ... agree with it but this is a test match. if the outfield is not ready why the game even start? didnt match refree inspected the outfield? BD should report it to ICC.. BD didnt bat well but the lost runs because of the condition is unaccepted.............

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

    The outfiled was slow, it might or might not be same for both teams. You know what ...that's 5-day-long cricket for you. Conditions matter. It was a good toss to win and congrats to SL for that! But should we bash Mominul for the above comments? He is just trying to give his teammates psychological boost up, and to me that's fair. BD should have batted (or least run) more sensibly. Hope their bowlers make up for that. If the SL 1st innings lead or trail is within 100 run margin, we are up for a exciting test match ... fingers crossed.

  • bddhika_harindat on March 16, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    All of sudden Bangledesh cricket team and their supporters have forgotten that they were the lowest ranked team since their test birth, just because they posted their highiest test score in this series. They pretend & attitude is like one of the tops teams (ENG, AUS or SA) and this is something lacking in thier culture, we see mosylt they over joyed when taking a wicket, because they're performances have been so poor in the past and try make a deal here.

    Premadasa stadium was not like before and it was due to overnight rain and the entire outfield was left covered, so there was lot moisture which caused the slowness and this is common for both teams.

    You cannot change the result of a game by citing this type of silly execuses instead please try to be consistent in your batting in every outing.

  • on March 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    "ESPNcricinfo understands that match referee David Boon has directed the curator to keep the length of the grass identical for the rest of the Test match. - It should be cut after SRI 1st inn. Otherwise its not fareplay Bro..

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 16, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    There are a few things to be cleared here. 1. Outfields don't score runs, Batsmen do. 2. Boundaries aren't the only way to score runs. 3. Batsmen bat on the pitch,not in the outfield 4. Sluggish outfields don't cost wickets. When BD cricketers make these kinda ridiculous excuses, it illustrates their lack of professionalism n that BD are still not up to Test standards. Pls ICC, grant Ireland the full membership. I'm sure they will make a very competitive test side.

  • ARad on March 16, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    It is the same outfield for both teams and, to his credit, Mominul wasn't saying it gives any advantage to the home team but only that scoring runs wasn't too easy. I really don't see why some BD fans can be concerned about this as if the state of the outfield would make any difference to the outcome of the Test match.

  • NIPPY_89 on March 16, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    The outfield is the same for both teams. Its not like Sri Lanka are going to change the outfield when they bat. Stop making excuses and get on with it.

  • mashrurR on March 16, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    grass should be like this until both team complete their first inning. bangladesh should complain if that doesn't happen.

  • CricketisKing on March 16, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Another test, another excuse. Just because the outfield was bad doesn't mean the pitch was. Mominul says the pitch was good. Professionals adjust accordingly and play according to the conditions. Boundaries are not the only way to get runs. This is just another excuse for their failure.

  • on March 16, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Outfield was bad, pitch was slow, climate was humid, crowd was less, children were shouting, food was tasteless, etc. being a professional cricketer and making such kind of statement is an utter childishness. You are playing a Test match and to perform in that level you need to shed all your excuses and concentrate only on your performance. There was no evil lying beneath the pitch. But the Bangladeshi batsmen played some really lethargic shots and that resulted in there downfall. If only the Bangladeshi batsmen would had shown some patience, even if they would have scored 200 runs in entire whole day with loss of two wickets it would have been a great moral victory for them and demoralizing for the opposition team. My foresight sees that its very difficult for the touring team to create an impression in the match now. The host gonna grind the opposition bowling as most of the Srilankan batsmen is in good terms with there respective bat and pitch will be a batting paradise.

  • AzAb12754 on March 16, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    The outfield was a disgrace even when the ball hits high just before the boundary just sticks to the ground. How come Sri Lanka keep winning tosses everytime?

  • on March 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Bangladeshi batsmen didn't bat well...That's the main fact.

  • rony1008 on March 16, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Exactly my thoughts. I was watching and good and powerful shots just get stuck a feet away from the boundary as if some invisible hand has just stopped them. It was an appalling outfield for a test match cricket. The curator must have put too much emphasis on the pitch and forgot about the outfield. It should get better as the test progresses. It is such a shame, I was looking forward to an exciting test. It could still be. Lets hope for the best.

  • buddy2 on March 16, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    How come Srilanka always wins Toss ! , pure luck or something else . Bravo SL to keep the grass tall & wet . You have to take this method to play in your home ground . I think it is going to backfire, you are going to be all out with score of less than 220 on Sunday, You wanna bet !

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

    @Sidath346 on (March 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT) Its not the pitch which has made the differences; its the sluggish outfield i must say it cant be used as international outfield to be played at has made the differences.We got out that's ok but the 100 runs lack in our innings whose to take responsibility?Obviously the outfield not the batsman for sure.We expect more professionalism from SL part.

  • on March 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Mushfiqur should be rather saying, it's lovelier watching Sangakarra drive than facing Herath.

  • on March 16, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    I bet it feels good to think like as if they scored 300. PFFF! Play the next few days like you scored 240. Otherwise you might have a lot to erase off, when the Lankans are done.

  • Sidath346 on March 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Mominul is a sore loser. Seriously, the poor outfield will affect both teams, not just Bangladesh. Just because they enjoyed a batting paradise in Galle, doesn't mean it will be the same all over SL. Clearly shows the lack of experience when it comes to adapting to different conditions.

  • yohandf1984 on March 16, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345 - If Jahurul didnt run for shot (assuming it would go to boundry) means either he is lethargic or lacked attentiveness . that would nt have happened with top quality international . They r just talking about missed 60 runs but actually they could get even 100 more runs if they batted sensibly .dont blame pitch for your pifalls .

  • Masking_Tape on March 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Good thing the match referre took notice of this. They better not change the playing conditions. I hope it rains over night too.

  • bangla_slog on March 16, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    "There was rain overnight. Get over it BAN. It could happejn to anybody." << Yes, I can agree with your comment on principal. We are just saying, never saw such a slow one.

  • on March 16, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    blaming the outfield is not ideal, its the same for both teams. and it its slow it doesn't get you out

  • on March 16, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    There was rain overnight. Get over it BAN. It could happejn to anybody.

  • British_North_America on March 16, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks It is not a lame excuse.i saw that Jahurul struck a ball to the boundary and thought it was a four.It stopped and eventually he did not get any run.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Jahurul like I said was a wrong pick. His strike rate was too low, got Ashraful run out he can't play under pressure. The outfield was terrible just look at the amount of boundaries that were scored.

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Both Galle and Colombo pitch and outfield should be retested by ICC.

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket grounds have become a real mockery...a highway in Galle, and now a jungle in RPS - Colombo. Shameful!

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 16, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    These slow outfield thing is a lame excuse. BD batsmen played over 360 DOT balls, that means around 60 overs. It was their lack of experience , lack of talents inability to find gaps deprived them of runs. And of course, top class SL bowling. Tomorrow we will show you how to bat in RPS. :))

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    acyually it cost us more than 60 runs. because the outfield did not allow any of the batsman to gatther momentam. the story could have been far different if the batsmen had gotten the bounderies. it put abngladesh on backfoot in the first day of the match. its a shame that a country like srilanka can offer such ground

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    really nothing outfield...... it takes two hit to reach a ball into boundary..

  • Thriller_Tiger on March 16, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    There are 4 days left in this test. Hope, BD will give a fightback with ball next day.

  • Sal_H on March 16, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    LOL Its a jungle out there (on the outfield). This type of thing can hamper batsmen of both sides. I hope SL know what they are doing!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 16, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    He was unlucky getting out, he could have got a century

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  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 16, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    He was unlucky getting out, he could have got a century

  • Sal_H on March 16, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    LOL Its a jungle out there (on the outfield). This type of thing can hamper batsmen of both sides. I hope SL know what they are doing!

  • Thriller_Tiger on March 16, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    There are 4 days left in this test. Hope, BD will give a fightback with ball next day.

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    really nothing outfield...... it takes two hit to reach a ball into boundary..

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    acyually it cost us more than 60 runs. because the outfield did not allow any of the batsman to gatther momentam. the story could have been far different if the batsmen had gotten the bounderies. it put abngladesh on backfoot in the first day of the match. its a shame that a country like srilanka can offer such ground

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 16, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    These slow outfield thing is a lame excuse. BD batsmen played over 360 DOT balls, that means around 60 overs. It was their lack of experience , lack of talents inability to find gaps deprived them of runs. And of course, top class SL bowling. Tomorrow we will show you how to bat in RPS. :))

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket grounds have become a real mockery...a highway in Galle, and now a jungle in RPS - Colombo. Shameful!

  • on March 16, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Both Galle and Colombo pitch and outfield should be retested by ICC.

  • Warm_Coffee on March 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Jahurul like I said was a wrong pick. His strike rate was too low, got Ashraful run out he can't play under pressure. The outfield was terrible just look at the amount of boundaries that were scored.

  • British_North_America on March 16, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks It is not a lame excuse.i saw that Jahurul struck a ball to the boundary and thought it was a four.It stopped and eventually he did not get any run.