Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day March 18, 2013

Herath strikes give Sri Lanka the edge

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Bangladesh 240 and 158 for 4 (Tamim 59, Herath 3-45) lead Sri Lanka 346 (Sangakkara 139, Chandimal 102) by 52 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the 60th over of Bangladesh's innings, the Premadasa Test was evenly poised. They had comfortably wiped out the first-innings deficit of 106, the opener Jahurul Islam had sweat dripping down his face after nearly four hours of resolute batting and was closing in on his first Test half-century, and the stylish Monimul Haque was again showing he was not out of place at the Test level.

Suddenly, Jahurul had a rush of blood, storming out to try loft Rangana Herath; he missed the ball and was stumped. He swung the bat at the pitch in such frustration at the dismissal that he lost control of it and it slipped out of his hand. There were more disappointed swipes of the bat as Jahurul made his way to the pavilion.

It was a feeling of disappointment that Bangladesh fans have come to know well, as their side again squandered hours of good work in a couple of minutes. Mahmudullah was done in next ball by a ripper from Herath, and suddenly Bangladesh were effectively 37 for 4 and from an even footing, the match had twisted Sri Lanka's way.

Till that moment 10 overs from close, Bangladesh had every reason to be satisfied with the day's play. Their attack has faced plenty of punishment from Kumar Sangakkara over the years but they dismissed him in the tenth over of the morning to ensure Sri Lanka's lead didn't get out of hand. They had an agonising six-minute wait for that decision though, as the third umpire watched endless replays to determine whether Sangakkara had nicked the ball through to the wicketkeeper.

Shaminda Eranga then struck some forceful blows with the bat to stretch the first-innings advantage beyond 100, but the Sri Lankan tail was soon polished off by the variations of offspinner Sohag Gazi. Nuwan Kulasekara edged a Gazi delivery that zipped unexpectedly away, giving Mushfiqur Rahim a fifth catch of the innings - a Bangladesh record.

Bangladesh have an appalling Test record against Sri Lanka, losing every match before this series by big margins. Sri Lanka would have been confident of extending that record after taking a substantial first-innings lead. That too on a track where it hasn't been easy to bat and with a heavy outfield that doesn't suit Bangladesh's boundary-based batting, but Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul erased those thoughts with a gritty 91-run stand.

Tamim began with a typically flamboyant cut for four, and powered the ball several times around point but it wasn't the whirlwind innings usually associated with him. With the pitch still by no means treacherous, he played the waiting game, picking the deliveries to punish.

Though Herath was caned for a six each by Tamim and Jahurul in one over, it was mostly slow going from Bangladesh. Jahurul was reprieved early on, with Suranga Lakmal shelling a caught-and-bowled chance, after which he showcased his watertight defence. That six off Herath was the only boundary he hit in the second session.

After the seamers tired, Sri Lanka tried spin from both ends, with Herath and Tillakaratne Dilshan, but that too proved fruitless. About 20 minutes before tea, Angelo Mathews decided to bring back his fastest bowler, Eranga, and the move worked, as Eranga got Tamim to chop onto the stumps.

Mohammad Ashraful then had his second failure of the match as he stayed on the backfoot to a pitched-up delivery from Herath. The ball spun past his weak defensive shot and crashed into the top of off.

Fears of a Bangladesh collapse were stemmed as Jahurul continued to concentrate as hard as ever, and Mominul played with the confidence of a man who had just started his Test career with two half-centuries. The quick bowlers weren't getting much help, and Sri Lanka who had packed the side with three seamers, turned to the part-time spin of Dilshan to assist Herath. Jahurul was calmly progressing towards his maiden Test half-century, after failing to reach there despite passing 30 on four previous occasions, and Bangladesh were looking at ease.

Then came Jahurul's moment of madness, and Bangladesh slipped. They could have been in further trouble if Nuwan Kulasekara had clasped an overhead chance off Mominul at mid-off or Mathews had clung on to an edge from Mushfiqur. Those let-offs allowed Bangladesh to reach stumps four down.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • wbyeats on March 18, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @rocketman: agree that respect is a two way street but Bangladesh has always been in a one-way street when it comes to Test cricket....always....so no respect man; you can now launch your rocket to more arguments but BD cricket sucks. Period.

  • huffpost on March 18, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    the reality is SL has fallen to such low level in test cricket that all major test playing teams(SA,ENG,IND,AUS,PAK,WI,NZ) are better than them. The fact that NZ beat them at home and BD are making them struggle is proof enough. In this match also,without Sangakkara they would have been doomed.I feel BD have improved only slightly. Its SL cricket which has fallen to low standards that they are struggling to beat BD. Eventually they will win this test match but they need serious introspection.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on March 18, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    This is the Moment for Mushfiqur Rahim or Nasir Hossain to Show the World that they can Score in Tough Conditions by Scoring a Hundred..and only then Bangladesh Can Win/Draw this Match

  • Fogu on March 18, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Yes. BD is transitioning as well. It is transitioning from a extremely weak test team to a competitive team. Over the last two years, BD has played the opponents tougher. We have not learned how to win yet but as we play more tests regularly, that will come too. Don't forget that BD plays test irregularly. As young batsmen develop, we will be more consistent. I believe BD can break in the top five rankings in two years and stay there consistently in 3-4 years. Some IN fans are derogatory towards BD but my question is what is it to you. Are you comparing your team and history to BD? Really? IN doesn't play BD in tests often and have lost to BD in one day cricket last time they played. So, what is your issue?

  • kc69 on March 18, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    If Bangladesh could hang on for 2 sessions(tough ask) then we might see history.and for SL the first one hour of the play is crucial as they have to take a few wickets that wil put them right into the game.Herath and Sanga are the key players for SL to win whereas Mominul Haque and some lower order contributions from Hossain and Gazi are the key for BD.

  • on March 18, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    We will support SL again indeed, but not until this tour is over.

  • Fogu on March 18, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu; BD fans always appreciated SL as a team and the respect is still there. Obviously there are fans in both countries who like to trash talk but can't do it without insulting others. You can trash talk in a funny way without putting down your opponent. And there are some fans like imsrk, who comment on SL/BD series insulting both teams even though her team is not playing. I am hoping for a good partnership betweem Mominul and Mushfique and then with Nasir so that we have a great 5th day to enjpy. The pitch in Galle was not in SL or BD players control and it resulted in a draw however, the past BD team would have wilted under a huge SL 1st innings score. The Colombo pitch is good but the outfield is sluggish. BD is not as good a team yet to adjust quickly but they will learn. Good luck to all but hoping for a Bangla win.

  • on March 18, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Looks to me as if Sri Lanka are struggling in this series against a team like Bangladesh :D

  • on March 18, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    What is going on here? It looks like big battling between SL and BD. Do not worry, we will come back as hard as we can, The match is evenly poised right now...

  • Zillurcc on March 18, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Test cricket is a tough mental game, BD is feeling the heat now. Probably there will be a result, we dont wanna see another negative approach; unless u try to win u can't win. Think, what if u add more 280 runs. No rash shoots, slow, steady & confidently. Mushfique, Momemul, Nasir have the ability to make runs, but tough pitch & Herath in v good touch. Remember, we all want a fighting positive spirit from u. Best wishes, BD Tigers.

  • wbyeats on March 18, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @rocketman: agree that respect is a two way street but Bangladesh has always been in a one-way street when it comes to Test cricket....always....so no respect man; you can now launch your rocket to more arguments but BD cricket sucks. Period.

  • huffpost on March 18, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    the reality is SL has fallen to such low level in test cricket that all major test playing teams(SA,ENG,IND,AUS,PAK,WI,NZ) are better than them. The fact that NZ beat them at home and BD are making them struggle is proof enough. In this match also,without Sangakkara they would have been doomed.I feel BD have improved only slightly. Its SL cricket which has fallen to low standards that they are struggling to beat BD. Eventually they will win this test match but they need serious introspection.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on March 18, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    This is the Moment for Mushfiqur Rahim or Nasir Hossain to Show the World that they can Score in Tough Conditions by Scoring a Hundred..and only then Bangladesh Can Win/Draw this Match

  • Fogu on March 18, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Yes. BD is transitioning as well. It is transitioning from a extremely weak test team to a competitive team. Over the last two years, BD has played the opponents tougher. We have not learned how to win yet but as we play more tests regularly, that will come too. Don't forget that BD plays test irregularly. As young batsmen develop, we will be more consistent. I believe BD can break in the top five rankings in two years and stay there consistently in 3-4 years. Some IN fans are derogatory towards BD but my question is what is it to you. Are you comparing your team and history to BD? Really? IN doesn't play BD in tests often and have lost to BD in one day cricket last time they played. So, what is your issue?

  • kc69 on March 18, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    If Bangladesh could hang on for 2 sessions(tough ask) then we might see history.and for SL the first one hour of the play is crucial as they have to take a few wickets that wil put them right into the game.Herath and Sanga are the key players for SL to win whereas Mominul Haque and some lower order contributions from Hossain and Gazi are the key for BD.

  • on March 18, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    We will support SL again indeed, but not until this tour is over.

  • Fogu on March 18, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu; BD fans always appreciated SL as a team and the respect is still there. Obviously there are fans in both countries who like to trash talk but can't do it without insulting others. You can trash talk in a funny way without putting down your opponent. And there are some fans like imsrk, who comment on SL/BD series insulting both teams even though her team is not playing. I am hoping for a good partnership betweem Mominul and Mushfique and then with Nasir so that we have a great 5th day to enjpy. The pitch in Galle was not in SL or BD players control and it resulted in a draw however, the past BD team would have wilted under a huge SL 1st innings score. The Colombo pitch is good but the outfield is sluggish. BD is not as good a team yet to adjust quickly but they will learn. Good luck to all but hoping for a Bangla win.

  • on March 18, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Looks to me as if Sri Lanka are struggling in this series against a team like Bangladesh :D

  • on March 18, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    What is going on here? It looks like big battling between SL and BD. Do not worry, we will come back as hard as we can, The match is evenly poised right now...

  • Zillurcc on March 18, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Test cricket is a tough mental game, BD is feeling the heat now. Probably there will be a result, we dont wanna see another negative approach; unless u try to win u can't win. Think, what if u add more 280 runs. No rash shoots, slow, steady & confidently. Mushfique, Momemul, Nasir have the ability to make runs, but tough pitch & Herath in v good touch. Remember, we all want a fighting positive spirit from u. Best wishes, BD Tigers.

  • on March 18, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    In the last Test match the Bangladeshi batsmen did very well indeed and in this Test match the Bangladeshi bowlers have surprising done very well so far.I do think if our batsmen are able to set a target of around 250+ against the Sri Lankans,then i am fairly confident our bowlers can win this Test match for us Inshallah.

    Best of luck Bangladesh!

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 18, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    It was silly of Jahurul and Riyad to throw away those 2 wickets in the end otherwise this declining team would've been in a real trouble...@Dhutugemunu...There's nothing special about Sri Lanka crowd that's why you cannot fill grounds for the World T20 or Sri-New series end of last year be real :)

  • Warm_Coffee on March 18, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka is becoming a weak team now a sad reality now only a matter of time Bangladesh surpasses them. For now they only have their old guns to save them but they will won't be here forever. They cannot even thrash Bangladesh at home and most likely are going to lose the shorter formats just watch then the celebration can start for us :)

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    @ r0ketman; Yes. We know that the BD fans were very nice and supported SL in the past. I was wondering what happened this time.

  • ashqarmahi on March 18, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    waiting to see a tight finish of the match....we BD didn't expect so much from this series..truely...first test was draw with some good performance by BD batsman...and 2nd test match...still BD has chance to make this match competitive...and it is forth day....and Thanks to Srilanka.....they agreed to play with BD where other teams didn't....hope this performance will attract them to play with BD....Thanks again to srilanka.............

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    @ r0ketman; I'm still in my opinion that Galle match was a fluke. It was a very bad extremely Flat pitch. Draw is the only possible result. If you remember recent tour of SL in Aus, Aus didn't use their so called full strength team in at the beginning of the ODI series (Aus said that it's the B team). They took SL lightly. But they had to use full strength at the end. (Even their so called Aus A team lost very badly.) and Kepler Wessels told that the SA A team can beat SL in tests. Still SL won one Test against Full strength SA side and 2 ODIs. Your captain told (on February 25th) "So they will be weaker without two of their best batsmen. Their bowling attack is not extraordinary." Now BD fans got too excited and throw trash talks. But SL is not a weak side as you think. Yes. SL Development Emerging Team also scored 410 vs BD. That means SL has enough talent in Batting. But bowling-wise it's not. That's why SL is in trouble in this tournament. Hope for the best 1-0 SL.

  • r0ketman on March 18, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    @ Dhutugemunu: In one breath you will say test match is the real cricket played over five days, and the next day you will claim Galle was a fluke? It is not a T20 match. Flukes do not happen over 5 days. You will boast about Chandimal's ton, yet down play BD players like Mominul who has scored 2 half-centuries and this is his second test match! BD fans did not start the trash talk. It was SL fans who started disrespecting BD team after the tour match saying SL's school team can beat BD. Yeah, we already saw whose school team can beat whom! BD is a weak team, and they are without some of their key players, but to claim your school team can beat our national team is an insult, so don't complain when BD fans respond back. BD fans, myself included, have long been fans of SL. I still remember staying up all night to watch them win the cup in 1996 and cheering wildly for them, we did not even have a team back then. Respect is a two way street!:-)

  • warneneverchuck on March 18, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Well done both the teams to make the contest even. This is what u expect from no 6 and 8 ranked teams

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    SL fans became harsh on BD fans, coz they were talking harsh on SL players, SL cricket and SL pitches. Remember SL is the team who gave BD a lot of Test matches. Other Top teams, like Aus, Ind, SA or Eng rarely gave you tests. That's not to improve SL statistics as some BD fans believe. BD vs SL matches do not attract crowd either. Therefore SL cricket doesn't get any profit from that too. Still SL gave you matches to help you guys to develop. It's ok if BD beats SL. But BD fans "Don't bite the hand that feeds" by putting harsh comments.

  • RANILSAM on March 18, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    BD fans now think they can win the ODI series. SL team is one of the best sides when it come to ODI's. So dont have such high hopes of BD winning the ODI's. My prediction will BD will loose the series 3-0. May be they will create an upset in the T20's

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    BD may also had a transition period. But nobody noticed. Coz they have won anything rarely. Experienced side or young they have tasted the bitter lost. Zim and WI teams got weaker after some political/administrative problems. So BD could win over those weaker teams. Don't expect the same thing from other Top teams. (Still WI whitewashed, 2-0 BD in BD last November.) We SLs should not make excuses on the transition we are having. Still our transition team is better than BD. Yes. We need some strike bowlers. But we are not out of talent in Batting department. BD fans say that Experience guys made the difference in this match. But what about Chandimal's Ton? What happened at Galle was a fluke. BD fans are riding on that sweet dream.

  • on March 18, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    BD should bat very careful in tomorrows first session. At least should be very careful in first 10/15 overs. The trick is they should rotate the strike and also put bad ball outside the boundary line. This Bat, ball contest can only be win when you are in positive mind set. BD second innings should at least over 300. Have to score runs and relief the pressure and also be careful about early stage of first session and later stage of last session when wicket stats to crumble.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    The problem is no one likes to see the development of others.SL fans expect that their team will thrash BD like before which is not happening.So far, it is evenly contested.So, it makes them be critical and harsh on BD.

  • Shajadul on March 18, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    If BD can score 150 more runs then the game will be very interesting. SL will need at least 3 sessions of fight to win.

  • Prabhash1985 on March 18, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @ Tanvir Ahmed: Thank u for kind words and understanding. Good luck and enjoy...

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    May be we're going 2 lose this match but who doesn't. And SL fans please stop screaming like transition. Your good time has gone. Legends born only once in lifetime. Its not a regular process and sorry 2 say ur good time has come 2 an end. Look at WI and Auzzies. Just pray that u don't lose the ODI series.

  • fr600 on March 18, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Unfortunately, I'm already seeing BD losing the match.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara It is not others headache that SL is in transition period.May be even they have become below par as well in this period.If Zimbabwe says once we had players like Andy Flower, will you listen to that?Answer is no.

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    looks like every one is playing except the players!! if we fight here like this then what is the meaning of playing cricket??

    SriLanka is a good team, i like them since Ranatunga changed the theme of oneday cricket in 1996. i respect them, 'cause they respected others. now, i hope all srilankans will follow them.

    Bangladesh is playing very well, just some fault in the last session, without those Bd had a good day.

    i hope all of us respect others. i want to see a good cricker, not some dirty fight.

  • mashiulalam on March 18, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    My only concern is Mahmudullah's - 1st test 0 & DNB - 2nd test 8 & 0 what a performence. He has become the most flop at this moment. BCB should immmediately replace him with good batsman. He is one of the biggest failure for Bangladesh.

  • Sal_H on March 18, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Passionate BD fans should not get their cart before the horse, there is still a long way to go. SL fans should not be too arrogant either, too many of them said at the beginning of the SL inning that SL would make 600, those ppl clearly don't understand the pitch, or BD bowling. Both teams have done good, and if SL wins, they will have to fight for it. Hopefully, this test will be a an exciting one, fought to the last ball.

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    SL transition period at it's Test squad need more practice matches like these against below par teams. these are the learning curves for the players like Karunarathne, Chandimal, Mathews, Thirimanne, Vithanage ETC. that's why as said earlier assistance of Sanga and mahela so important, as what Arjuna and Aravinda did before they left the game.

    SL have no concerns regarding their ODI squad and they already proved it in recent AUS tour as well as in the CB series, SA tour, and we saw how the players like Kushal Janith (Future Sanath) played along with Thirimanne, Chandimal, Mathews, Thisara Perera,.and it's youngsters who performed to win the games for us. But the transition process will take year or so in test squad before it become full strengthen. so this is a Crucial time in SL test cricket team

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    the term "Transition" is unknown for BD fans. because they newer had such kind of Transition period before. but it's common for the other major nations. as i earlier mentioned SL already build up their young talented team towards 2015 WC,. so there is no problemin ODI squad. But Test team currently going through the so called transition period before they become full strengthen.., SL faced similar kind of transition period earlier too, when players like Arjuna, Aravinda, including most players in 1996 squad retired,. as said SL newer short of talents, when one goes another comes. when in the final stage of Aravinda Arjuna's era, SL found two talents, namely sanga and Mahela at early 2000's, and they were able to play under the shadow of great Aravinda, and eventually become what they are today. same thing is happening SL youngsters not short with talent, they just need experience and that's what SAnga & Mahela currently doing.

  • cricket_slcsupport on March 18, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Frankly Sri lanka is a stuggling side. They need good strike bowlers and batsmen whom we can depend. Only Sanga is good, Mahela & Dilshan are most of the time a hit or miss. Quite sad as a fan

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    It was heard in the Bangladeshi camp last night, Mushifuqur saying to his coach. Wah! I had a wonderful time keeping. Damn what a sight it is to watch Sangakarra drive! Best time of my life!!!

    He's probably saying today, shah shah, wish those Indians had let the ICC go with the DRS???

  • TheRisingTeam on March 18, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Some Sri Lanka fans are a bit angry that their team have struggled against Bangladesh the 'minnows' at home. Yes likely Sri Lanka going to win this but celebrating a win (1-0) without ever being comprehensive? common. Just like the West Indies couldn't beat Bangladesh by an innings which was expected and just the like the West Indies will lose the next ODI series where the last time we met last year, failed to win :)

    Don't forget that bar Ashraful, if you add all the other test matches this Bangladesh XI have played still not even close to someone like Sanga and that was the difference consider yourself lucky :)

  • Energetic. on March 18, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Not all but the selected 'few' Sri Lanka fans are really funny. This test match is won not because of your youngsters but because your senior players doing the job for you and save you from embarrassment. And out of interest if you just remove the game stats of the players who age in their mid 30s against all our players who are in their 20s :P you will see what the Sri Lanka youngsters are really like. Congratulations has to go to the young Sanga though :)

    Fact is you failed to beat minnows at home all by an innings plus i.e. 100 runs which tells me something is wrong with Sri Lanka Cricket now :)

  • Chandima.Ceylon on March 18, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Both teams have 2 more days to go in this test match.BD top order gang threw their wickets after fighting 1st wicket partnership.Only thing the BD batsmen can do tomorrow is to delay the victory of SL.

  • King_Ravanaa on March 18, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Nothing is funnier than when a one team's fans talking about SL's cricket future, we SLn's here know what kind of things going on here and the prospects we have in here. Just like other major nations every National team has to go for transition period one day. that's what going on with SL cricket at the moment. these BD fans are so arrogant, but i do not exactly know what makes them to be so. may be because of the West Indies series win, and it makes them to think same as other top cricketing teams. what ever it is best of luck to BD.

    And my advice for BD, do not trust on flukes, they will disappear before you even know it. and talking about confidence SL'ns have all the right in the world to be confident, but when a fans of BD become over confident that's a joke. and please continue the champions talking, it's like a commedy drama for us.. LOL

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    @ Kamruzzaman Kadre; You BD fans worry about BD future. SL will do without Big Players in the future. We have talented young players. They are still gaining experience under our Star Players.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Dear SL Fan, this time you have Shangarkara, but what is future? after Shangarkara, Dilshan & Mahela.

  • The_Ashes on March 18, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Herath is dead accurate got to give him for that credit but the wicket in tomorrows 1st session will still be okay for batting still and need to bat really well without losing more than a wicket. I don't understand the problem with Riyad, should go back to his usual position. But a win is very unlikely now just get at least a 150 lead so that Sri Lanka will have to work for the chase. No one expected Bangladesh to even compete in this test series and get 1 draw but its the ODI series which Bangladesh has a real chance.

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    If Bangladesh can put a lead of 200+, SL has to face lot of difficulties.

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    No matter what happens tomorrow. We have showed good determination & improvement in the two test series so far. We proved that we are no more a laughing stock in both the tests. Young players are performing. Selectors will be under pressure when the likes of Shakib, Naeem, Nafees will compete for a place in the next Zim tour.

  • IMQGR on March 18, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    It's all too familiar and disappointing slip for Bangladesh in last hour or so. Undoubtedly, their performance in this series is much better than their previous outings, but given the investment, history and passion for the game in the country, they are still not out-performing, to say the least. They should still try to save the game from the position they are in and bat at least till the tea to carry all the good work from previous test.

  • I_m_AKS on March 18, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Too much of exaggerating will doom our team. Pls, support BD with passion not with stupidity and unreality.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    samlord How long you will cook your dishes with Sanga? He is already 35 and can play at best 2 more years.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks Mahmudullah only got out when jahurul got out. You cannot be out while two other batsmen are batting in the crease.Isn't that?And BD is minnow?May be. But why do you have to fight that hard to beat the minnow?Remember, Sri Lanka lost all of its last four matches before that series.These matches were at home too and even against NZ.

  • Third_Gear on March 18, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Still BD on top of the match. Six wickets in hand including three genuine batsmen like Mominul,Mushy and Nair on the other hand Gazi,Hasan are good in long version batting,plenty of overs remaining if they like to play comfortably. 170/180 lead will be difficult for SL to to chase as Gazi,Mahmudullah,Rubel and Abul Hasan all of them are bowling well, also in wickets, so anyone can become a great threat to SL win. All the best BD.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Ashraful will show his magical batting after playing for another 16 innings- scoring 0 to 20 at best. So, give him rest for next 8 Tests and allow younger generation who is more competent than him. In both innings of the second test, ash put the team in problem. OK, he scored 190 in first test, he got cash reward for that. Nobody is going to deduct any money from his prize money for his run out (running without seriousness) after scoring only 16 which blocked BD scopes to score more than 240. In the second innings, while Tamim was out after scoring more than 50, how do we conceive his score of 04 at critical situation. I think, ash losses his attention once he becomes sure about his inclusion in the team That's awfully bad for a senior player like him. He should consult a psychologist very soon without further delay.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Finally BD earned some respect from cricket fans around the world. They are now saying BD is not minnows anymore..love u bd , love u cricket & hope Jawabadhane will get ride soon..SL , u still have a few wc players...dont worry

  • Pickpocket on March 18, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Nothing to loose bd player. They are just enjoy their natural game. Game is not over yet. One good partnership between Mushi & Mominul for more than 100 may change the scenery. I think it will happen tomorrow.

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    This match will be 'DRAW'.

  • kc69 on March 18, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    As a neutral supporter i am surprised to see the level of test cricket Bangladesh is playing amid all the limited over cricket they have had in recent times.Initially i was one of the people who expected that SL will cruise through the series but now since the first test things are very much in contrast.Whatever might be the series result Bangladesh is ready to show the world that they are not easy team in test category.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 18, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    @baseball-sucks Just because a team is good against a certain type of bowling doesnt mean they will NEVER go out againat that style of bowling. Anyway Herath is a clever and worldclass bowler, so no shame in getting out to him

  • on March 18, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    if Bangladesh can bat two sessions tomorrow than sl will get 200 hundreds run targets . its won't be easy to chase 200 hundreds run .Otherwise this test series sl are winners. sorry to say to our bd players they are throwing their wickets . I don't understand after out of JAHURUL why team management did not send a night watchman? why MAHMUD in number 4 .if he can't score why not NASHIR in his place.

  • agniputra2 on March 18, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Finally, SL met their Match. Well done Bangladesh!! Go for the kill. You have shown lot of heart and skill in this series and everyone is proud of the way you have fought so far.

  • Majorraki on March 18, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    To think Srilanka would be pushed this hard in their own backyard !Like India even they need a good reliable fast bowler.Herath is to srilanka what Clark is to Australia

  • jantrikunmad on March 18, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    ashraful will be back in form again, we just need to wait for him for next SL series.LOL jahurul is good for nothing i reckon. after playing 150+ balls how dare he wasted his wicket like a school boy cricket?! ridiculous!! musfiq n monimul need to build a good solid biiig partnership.otherwise, no hope for BD. good luck BD

  • r0ketman on March 18, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Before the match started, SL fans were saying BD are minnows, can't take 10 wickets, we will win within 3 days by 2 innings margin Blah blah blah! Now that BD has taken a 3rd inn lead (no innings defeat), now it is Oh! the lead is only 52/4, no chance of BD winning or drawing the match. How quickly do the predictions of the SL fans changing this series. After the tour match, we heard how SL will crush BD. So, far we have not seen any crushing here. BD has taken 10 wickets. They would have bowled out SL for a lead in 1st innings, if Sanga was given out at 81. Yes we can say that, since you guys are contemplating what would have happened if Kula held on to Mominul's catch! The match is not over yet. Apart from Sanga (who was lucky on 81) the SL didn't last long against BD's so called "pathetic" bowling attack. Are you sure they will be able to chase 100 or 150 under pressure of losing to minnows? Lets see!:-) Oh and the not so world class player Tamim just scored a 50!:-)

  • asikbadhon on March 18, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    nasir should bat first than mahmudullah, last two innings nasir did not get any partner except sohag, so he had to hurry and gave away wicket,mush should know where to use mahmudullah, it should be no.8 or before sohag......best of luck tigers !!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 18, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 ; Luck ? :)))))) well, that's funny. And It shows the depth of your knowledge about Test Cricket. The outcomes of test cricket don't depend on the luck buddy. Did you see how your Ash n Muhmudullah got beaten in the flight by Herath. A Genius !! that's what Herath is. You guys said that you've got a left arm spinner in every household ? lol Whats up bro ? Why is Rahim dancing around the wicket to Herath ? lol. Pls do all of us a favor n accept the harsh reality that you are still minnows. And That's the TRUTH.

  • Fogu on March 18, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Since the prediction of a whitewash of BD has not come true, some fans are over the moon at the chance of a SL victory now and making negative comments about BD. 54/4 is not the score but it is 160/4 and that is not LOL. On this pitch, if I am not mistaken, SL was 70/4 in the first inning. Since SL has not whitewashed BD, I guess you have to find your happiness somewhere. I am not a big Ash fan but i think he has shown better temperament in this series and he was out to a great ball by Herath. No shame in that. Herath is a world class bowler. We need a couple of good partnership tomorrow and the game will be evenly balanced. I would bring Mushifique then Nasir and then Mahmudullah in tests. Mahmudullah is better at number 7. Good luck BD tomorrow.

  • bootlicker on March 18, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    BD has improved a little compared to their last outing against SL. Having said that in the last outing SL team was really strong and they were pack with lots of world class players such as Murali, Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Samaraweera and Vass. But the present day SL team cannot be compared with the one they met BD last time because only Kula, Sanga, and Dilshan, were their today and the rest are freshers or less experienced caps. So it is hard to say whether BD has improved even a little. but in contrast SL is struggling and depending on experience at the moment.

  • samlord on March 18, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    @abcdef_12345..LOL not good luck mate it because BD are mediocre players who doesn't know how to bat in test cricket..take a leaf out of Sanga book n learn how to bat in test cricket...

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 18, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    We are simply not batting well enough in this test match. Some of our players get starts then they simply throw it away. Would've been much better if they were 2 down than 4 silly batting in the end by Jahurul and Mahmudullah who I think shouldn't be in the team anymore.

  • tariq_piash on March 18, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    In pasts,when BD would visit SL, SL could beat BD very comfortably, almost all of them by innings! And when SL visit BD, still SL could beat BD, but not that much easily as they could at their home Still SL can win series against BD at home but not in the way of previous times. Firstly, SL couldn't whitewash BD this time as BD drew the 1st test by playing full 5 days. In the 2nd test SL may win, but they had to really work hard to win the match. Even at one stage BD was on top on the game when SL was struggling at 69/4. Only one partnership made the difference between the two teams. So it means, though SL is still better than BD, the difference between the strength of SL & BD is decreasing. Very soon BD is going to be of equal strength with SL. It has already become tough for SL to beat BD even at their home. And BD will be stronger at their own condition. So challenge to SL, can you beat us at our home? Lets wait for the SL's next tour to BD at February 2014, exactly 1 year later :-)

  • Captainman on March 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks - Next time thrash the minnows properly! :) good thing your experience players Sanga and Herath had to save you and your young players they won't be here forever. Yes to be honest Bangladesh will beat you in the one-day matches like they did last year :P

  • Energetic. on March 18, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    @Baseball - I don't know why you're so excited about can't even beat the minnows comfortably :P and only had your 2 old experience players to save you from embarrassment but other than them, some youngsters Sri Lanka has :)

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks It is your good luck that Jahurul threw away his wicket.Otherwise, SL bowlers are no good to take wickets.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks Do not rush too much.The match is not over yet.Sangakara was out when he was in 81 but not given by umpire.Otherwise, Bangladesh could have taken lead.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Since there in no hope for winning(or even drawing) the test series as BD are effectively 54 /4 (LOL) , now these BD fans (same people who said they are gonna win the test series. lol) are now making silly predictions on ODI series. If Kula n Mathews hadn't dropped those catches, It would have been 54/6 or even worse. :) World's best team against left arm spinners (according to BD fans ) have no answer to our champ, Herath. :)) Anyway, for people who talk about ODI series, pls remember this name: "Kushal Perera" the new Jayasuriya. :)

  • Sadequl on March 18, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    thnx @ Jawad for saying such a wonderful sweet sound ["Dont Worry , Rahim will get a double hundered tomorrow" ] to end the live coverage & hope some near decade we might have another chance to see some one to fulfill this kind of sweet dreams for our BD fans.

  • Sal_H on March 18, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    If Bangladesh can make another 200 runs, this test will become very interesting indeed!

  • on March 18, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Mohammad Ashraful is just soooo inconsistent....

  • on March 18, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Target 200 runs is enough for 4th Innings.Surprised Experiance Abdur Razzak is not in 11.#Cricket #SLvBAN #SLvsBAN

  • on March 18, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    When talent & technique clash, talent must be the winner. SL going to win the series. But BD has shown industrious efforts and improvements. I must say that it is not going happen in favor of SL in ODIs.

  • The_Ashes on March 18, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    ha! Ashraful back to his usual again. At least Sri Lanka won't win this by an innings like they supposed to have done.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    its unbeleivable taht srilanka already played 14 test agianst bangladesh whn ohter nations played only 8 matches......

  • VinodGupte on March 18, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Bangladesh has a real chance to create history in this match with seven sessions still to go.

  • exynos on March 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    1st test win againts Srilanka..Well done Bangladesh!

  • matchfixerpkn on March 18, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    if any icc award is there for non performing still a safe place in playing eleven .... then mathews & ishant sharma will fight for that award :) .. as a captain methew god edge over ishant sharma

  • exynos on March 18, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    How can they beat India..Bangladesh is now thrashing SL.

  • on March 18, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    two worst cricket ground has been prepared by the Srilankan's grounds man for the Dhaka bank series, one was the open highway another is thick outfield a complete road block for the batsman.

  • Sugath on March 18, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Looks a bad decision to have taken Lakmal instead of Mendis. lakmal has shown here that he is very ordinary and not of Test quality. Time he is told to improve and not be included in test matches. He has no control over the ball and sprays it all over. Better give chance to others who are there looking for a break

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ Jadejafan; FYI SL has beaten India 6 times in Tests. First ever Test match victory and series victory for SL were achieved beating India 1-0 in 1985. Yes. SL has not beaten India in India. Kumar has a reasonable average (40.57) in Tests played in BD with 3 half centuries even he hasn't scored any Tons.

  • ajk011 on March 18, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    bangladesh done well to all out sri lanka bellow 120 run but they have bat well tooo if they want to win or draw this match bangladesh have bat til 5th day or srilanka will win this test

  • Jadejafan on March 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Sanga is a top quality batsman but most of his 100s have come at home. Its an open secret he struggles away even in places like Bangladesh where he doesn't have a 100 compared to 5 in his home. Sri Lanka can never beat India :)

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  • Jadejafan on March 18, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Sanga is a top quality batsman but most of his 100s have come at home. Its an open secret he struggles away even in places like Bangladesh where he doesn't have a 100 compared to 5 in his home. Sri Lanka can never beat India :)

  • ajk011 on March 18, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    bangladesh done well to all out sri lanka bellow 120 run but they have bat well tooo if they want to win or draw this match bangladesh have bat til 5th day or srilanka will win this test

  • Dhutugemunu on March 18, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ Jadejafan; FYI SL has beaten India 6 times in Tests. First ever Test match victory and series victory for SL were achieved beating India 1-0 in 1985. Yes. SL has not beaten India in India. Kumar has a reasonable average (40.57) in Tests played in BD with 3 half centuries even he hasn't scored any Tons.

  • Sugath on March 18, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Looks a bad decision to have taken Lakmal instead of Mendis. lakmal has shown here that he is very ordinary and not of Test quality. Time he is told to improve and not be included in test matches. He has no control over the ball and sprays it all over. Better give chance to others who are there looking for a break

  • on March 18, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    two worst cricket ground has been prepared by the Srilankan's grounds man for the Dhaka bank series, one was the open highway another is thick outfield a complete road block for the batsman.

  • exynos on March 18, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    How can they beat India..Bangladesh is now thrashing SL.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 18, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    if any icc award is there for non performing still a safe place in playing eleven .... then mathews & ishant sharma will fight for that award :) .. as a captain methew god edge over ishant sharma

  • exynos on March 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    1st test win againts Srilanka..Well done Bangladesh!

  • VinodGupte on March 18, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Bangladesh has a real chance to create history in this match with seven sessions still to go.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    its unbeleivable taht srilanka already played 14 test agianst bangladesh whn ohter nations played only 8 matches......