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

Poor outfield cost us - Mominul


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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  • Dummy4 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 its not fair why are u criticising mominul or bd player??

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • abrar 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.

  • Mike 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.

  • KH. RAFIQUE 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

  • Iftekher 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.

  • ranjana 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.

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