Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Sangakkara and Chandimal put Sri Lanka ahead

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

March 17, 2013

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Sri Lanka 294 for 6 (Sangakkara 127*, Chandimal 102) lead Bangladesh 240 by 54 runs
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Kumar Sangakkara pulls the ball powerfully, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2nd day, March 17, 2013
Kumar Sangakkara hit Test century No. 33 © AFP
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  • Kumar Sangakkara has become the second Sri Lankan batsman, after Aravinda de Silva, to score three hundreds in a Test series. De Silva did it twice, against Pakistan and India.
  • Sangakkara's 33 Test hundreds put him in seventh place in the all-time list, one behind Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara.
  • It's his fifth Test hundred against Bangladesh, which puts him level with Sachin Tendulkar as the batsmen who've scored the most hundreds against them. Tendulkar scored his five in seven Tests, while Sangakkara has scored them in 13.
  • The 195-run stand between Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal is Sri Lanka's fifth-best for the fifth wicket in Tests. Four of those five partnerships have come in home Tests against Bangladesh.
  • Among those batting in the top seven positions, Tillakaratne Dilshan's 14 ducks is the third-highest for Sri Lanka, after Marvan Atapattu (22) and Sanath Jayasuriya (15).

When Bangladesh folded for 240 on the first day in Colombo, it seemed an insufficient total. Only three times have Bangladesh managed to bowl out serious Test opposition below that score. Coming into this Test, their bowlers had only 22 Test caps between them, and their bowlers' averages made for alarming reading - only offspinner Sohag Gazi manages below 75.

There had also been worries that Bangladesh had gone in with three fast bowlers and no left-arm spinners, an almost unheard-of strategy for a team that has usually relied heavily on spin. But they put those dreadful numbers behind them in the morning session with a spirited display that left Sri Lanka at 69 for 4, before they were thwarted by a familiar bogeyman.

The last time Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara racked up 200* and 222*, and this time he opened with twin tons in Galle. With Mahela Jayawardene out with an injury, Thilan Samaraweera retired and Tillakaratne Dilshan dismissed on the first day, there was plenty of responsibility left with Sangakkara to guide an inexperienced line-up. He duly delivered, completing a third Test century in 10 days, as he methodically negotiated the challenges posed by a testing track and Bangladesh's attack.

Dinesh Chandimal, for whom Test cricket continued to be easy, assisted Sangakkara with his second hundred of the series. The pair's 195-run stand shifted the balance of the match towards Sri Lanka. An already feeble Bangladesh attack was further hampered by the unavailability of Robiul Islam, one of their four specialist bowlers, who had to leave the field just before tea due to cramps.

This was not a track that encouraged flamboyance, and was more about waiting for the bad ball and patiently keeping out the good ones. Sangakkara did just that, cutting out the risks, and capitalised when the Bangladesh bowlers dropped short or bowled on the pads. Chandimal was a bit more enterprising, using his feet to Gazi, who bowled a marathon 18-over spell, to loft the ball as he made an energetic century. Both batsmen scored plenty of runs with dabs and tucks square of the wicket. As the partnership flourished, the batsmen brought out the big shots more often, and the pace of scoring picked up after tea.

Sangakkara had a couple of close calls, with a bottom-edge on 81 evading both the stumps and the wicketkeeper, and a punch landing just out of reach of short cover, but other than that Bangladesh's bowlers didn't pose too much of a problem. He was the first to a hundred, and didn't mark the occasion with any exuberant celebration, befitting someone who scores them often. Chandimal was more pumped up on reaching his second Test century, the additional duties of wicketkeeper and vice-captain seem to be resting easy on his shoulders so far.

The pair were looking exceedingly comfortable, and you started to wonder where a wicket would come from for Bangladesh. It came through Rubel Hossain, who got one to nip in and beat Chandimal's defence, leaving him bowled for 102.

Before stumps, another of Sri Lanka's next-generation batsmen, Kithruwan Vithanage, came out and played a series of shots, including an authoritative pull to get off the mark, but he perished as he flailed a wide delivery to deep point.

Although Bangladesh's bowlers wilted as the day progressed, they began with intent to rattle the top order. Dimuth Karunaratne was one of the youngsters who didn't pile up a big score on the shirtfront in Galle, and with six of his ten Test innings having ended before he reached 15, he needed some runs to shore up his place. He and Sangakkara began confidently with a trio of boundaries in the first three overs, which was as many as Bangladesh managed in the entire first session yesterday. Karunaratne gave it away though, flashing at a short and wide delivery to edge to the keeper for 17.

That wicket was a freebie for Abul Hasan, but the other two Bangladesh got came off more threatening deliveries. Lahiru Thirimanne was caught-behind for a duck, nicking a pitched up delivery that moved away slightly and Angelo Mathews was foxed by Gazi as he played for the turn, getting an outside edge that was snaffled by Mahmudullah at slip.

That was as good as it got for Bangladesh, as Sangakkara and Chandimal then bailed Sri Lanka out of a tight spot. Sangakkara is still in the middle, and a lead of around 100 is likely to prove pivotal in this relatively low-scoring game.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Energetic. on (March 18, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

lool! Sri Lanka fans you failed to beat a second string Bangladesh all by an innings at home something is happening to your team nothing to be proud of. Bangladesh will obviously beat Sri Lanka in the ODIs if they can give you a tough ride in the test series good luck :)

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks; Spot on mate. @ Third_Gear; That was a different pitch kid. Grow up. You BD can not beat SL in a Test match. Live in your sweet dreams.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 18, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

@Third Gear... all of your comments show the lack of knowledge about the game and i'm not wondering about it at all. 346 in this kind of a deteriorating pitch is enough. in test cricket what's more important is the lead.

"BD Gonna whitewash SL in ODI" i saved your comment with date & time., and i hope you will be around here at the end of the series. LOL

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 18, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

@Third_Gear ; Whats wrong with the total of 346 including 2 fine centuries. We're not playing against SA or ENG but Bangladeshi Minnows. So Its more than enough. Before the Test series you all bragged about how your mediocre team with club cricketers gonna win the test series. lol It didn't go so well for you n now again talk about ODI whitewash. LOL. When are you gonna realize that you are still minnows ? lol

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (March 18, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

So Sri Lanka cannot even beat minnows all by a huge innings at home lol something must be wrong with them especially when so many of our key players are out to injury. At least Bangladesh gave a surprise battle to them and made them work for it :D

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 18, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Dhutugemunu@ But SL national team could only manage to score 346 runs,Imagine how poor they are ? Get ready for ODI whiewash by BD mate.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

BD should just bat as long as possible with session by session. BD should not think about run or outfield. If they can bat 4/5 sessions automatically score can be 350. just bat as long as possible. do not think about anything else.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Gazi is a huge potential for BD. Just need to twinning him. I still remember Muralidharan was not great in his initial days but with times he becomes greatest spinner.now on initial days how Gazi was bowling is okay but he need more assists and care from special spin coaches,

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Even SL Development Emerging Team scored 410 vs Bangladeshis earlier this month. Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/engine/current/match/602471.html

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

BD fans making lame excuses. Day 1 - Slow outfield due to grass, so BD was allout for 240. Day 2 - Grass has cut by the curator, so SL scored 294/6. Day 3 - BD is a second string team and not in full strength. lol.

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