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

We want to set a target of at least 250 - Tamim

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Bangladesh find themselves in a difficult situation after losing two wickets late on the third day. Tamim Iqbal, the top-scorer of their second innings so far, said the team needed to stage a strong recovery on the fourth day and was aiming at setting a target of at least 250.

Bangladesh were reasonably well placed on 142 for 2 but lost two wickets off successive balls with less than an hour's play left. They are now 52 ahead with six wickets in hand, but only have three genuine batsmen left.

"We are on the back foot," Tamim said. "We were in a good position when [Jahurul Islam] Omi bhai and Mominul [Haque] were batting. I think that was ideal for us. We had eight wickets and had the whole of tomorrow in hand. But we lost two wickets there in the end. We would like to give Sri Lanka a minimum of 250 to chase."

After Tamim fell just prior to the tea interval, and Mohammad Ashraful misjudged a Rangana Herath delivery, Jahurul and Mominul batted solidly and were steering the team to safety. Jahurul, however, fell to a rash stroke and was followed in the shed by Mahmudullah, who couldn't cover the line of the ball from Herath sufficiently.

"I think one or two of the dismissals were questionable. But nerves work for individuals, they all tried their best. We have gone back from a good position, which we have to recover from tomorrow," said Tamim.

Tamim's own dismissal upset Bangladesh's rhythm. Tamim had batted positively, despite the slow outfield and a deteriorating pitch. "I was trying to be very positive. Our target was to get over their lead as early as possible and take it from there. We almost did it, but I got out.

"I am not worried about my dismissal. The ball didn't get up as much as it was supposed to, so it wasn't in my control."

Mushfiqur and Mominul are currently at the crease and with Nasir Hossain to come, and they have the resources to stage a comeback. Sohag Gazi and Abul Hasan have made runs in international cricket, so they can be relied on as well.

"The captain [Mushfiqur Rahim] and Mominul are out there. If we can add another 100 in this current partnership and Nasir [Hossain] can chip in with some more, we will be in a much better position than today."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • on March 19, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    What the hell is wrong with Mahmudullah? He was so good against the WI. Now (as in the BPL) he has turned deathly cold. He will be axed from the team for sure and rightly so.

  • on March 19, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    As per I know my own team BD, they will practice some ODI batting for the upcoming series in the morning and will never think ahout spending much more times in the crease. However, if it is DIFFERENT BD thay will prove me weong! Finger Crossed...

  • on March 18, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Dont forget about the New ball after 11 over. If we survive 1st session.anything can possible.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on March 18, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Jahurul Played so Well but thinking of 50 just threw it away...But I want him to play more test because he showed patience by playing out 170 balls.And Some1 saying Mahmudullah matchwinner yes maybe in ODI's but not in Test..Shakib should replace mahmudullah and another spinner should replace Rubel/abul in the next test vs Zim

  • on March 18, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Hello, Mahmudullah hardly did anything with the bat in Tests for quite some time now. Mostly when we need hin the most in crunch situations like this. Can u remind me one meaningful series where his performance really counted except that India series????

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 18, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    250 would be great but even a 150 lead is unlikely.

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 18, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    We blew it away with those last 2 wickets and unless 1 of the 3 main batsman tomorrow scores big, can't see it happening but its not us whose desperate to win, its a desperate team like Sri Lanka who celebrating all out with those wickets that's how tough they found Bangladesh.

  • ashqarmahi on March 18, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    someone is talking about mahmudullah's performance for this test....and criticizing him...to those people....if you want to give your valuable comments than please follow cricket regularly....Mahmudullah is a proven match winner for bangladesh...if shakib al hasan come on the next match, I will drop mominul or jahurul not Mahmudullah....!!

  • Sadequl on March 18, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Tamim @ if you are still day dreaming in Colombo then its time to weak up pls, cause things got to judge not only by the merit but also through the performance's as well. While team couldn't even scored 250 in 1st innings with Mominul's top scored of 64 then how come one can even expect to have a lead of 250 at this stage when team already lost 4 top order batsmen to gain a lead of 52 only! It seems boys were in rush to go to some place else to made such false shots to suicide themselves only. Rangana Herath is not Muttiah Muralitharan but it looked like BD boys played him like they never faced such typed spinners in decades. So first thing should come first & that would be best, if the only three genuine batsmen who left to bat can survive & show their patients in the first one or two sessions in the filed tomorrow morning to carry on the lead from 52 to atbest 150+ then that would be the reality to think differently, otherwise definitely its another easy test win for SL.

  • fah4 on March 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    If BD gets a lead of 150 and take some wickets of Srilanka before they win will also be a good fight for them.Don't think they can achieve 250 lead unless we see something big from lower order like Abul's 100 against WI. Go BD at least give them the fight.

  • on March 19, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    What the hell is wrong with Mahmudullah? He was so good against the WI. Now (as in the BPL) he has turned deathly cold. He will be axed from the team for sure and rightly so.

  • on March 19, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    As per I know my own team BD, they will practice some ODI batting for the upcoming series in the morning and will never think ahout spending much more times in the crease. However, if it is DIFFERENT BD thay will prove me weong! Finger Crossed...

  • on March 18, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Dont forget about the New ball after 11 over. If we survive 1st session.anything can possible.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on March 18, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Jahurul Played so Well but thinking of 50 just threw it away...But I want him to play more test because he showed patience by playing out 170 balls.And Some1 saying Mahmudullah matchwinner yes maybe in ODI's but not in Test..Shakib should replace mahmudullah and another spinner should replace Rubel/abul in the next test vs Zim

  • on March 18, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Hello, Mahmudullah hardly did anything with the bat in Tests for quite some time now. Mostly when we need hin the most in crunch situations like this. Can u remind me one meaningful series where his performance really counted except that India series????

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 18, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    250 would be great but even a 150 lead is unlikely.

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 18, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    We blew it away with those last 2 wickets and unless 1 of the 3 main batsman tomorrow scores big, can't see it happening but its not us whose desperate to win, its a desperate team like Sri Lanka who celebrating all out with those wickets that's how tough they found Bangladesh.

  • ashqarmahi on March 18, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    someone is talking about mahmudullah's performance for this test....and criticizing him...to those people....if you want to give your valuable comments than please follow cricket regularly....Mahmudullah is a proven match winner for bangladesh...if shakib al hasan come on the next match, I will drop mominul or jahurul not Mahmudullah....!!

  • Sadequl on March 18, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Tamim @ if you are still day dreaming in Colombo then its time to weak up pls, cause things got to judge not only by the merit but also through the performance's as well. While team couldn't even scored 250 in 1st innings with Mominul's top scored of 64 then how come one can even expect to have a lead of 250 at this stage when team already lost 4 top order batsmen to gain a lead of 52 only! It seems boys were in rush to go to some place else to made such false shots to suicide themselves only. Rangana Herath is not Muttiah Muralitharan but it looked like BD boys played him like they never faced such typed spinners in decades. So first thing should come first & that would be best, if the only three genuine batsmen who left to bat can survive & show their patients in the first one or two sessions in the filed tomorrow morning to carry on the lead from 52 to atbest 150+ then that would be the reality to think differently, otherwise definitely its another easy test win for SL.

  • fah4 on March 18, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    If BD gets a lead of 150 and take some wickets of Srilanka before they win will also be a good fight for them.Don't think they can achieve 250 lead unless we see something big from lower order like Abul's 100 against WI. Go BD at least give them the fight.

  • SarfBD on March 18, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    250 runs lead means still 200 runs have to be scored. With only 3 batsmen left that is a big ask as we scored only 150 runs in expense of our top 4. Even then, SL will have ample time to chase it down and, to be honest, we don't have enough quality or experience in our bowilng line up. At one stage the match was 50-50. But now it is 65-35 in favor of SL. I hope the current partnership can survive the morning session (really tough task) and then we might be able to set a target around 200 to give some fight. Best of luck tigers. Will always be with you...

  • Shajadul on March 18, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    If BD can take a 200 runs lead then the match will be very interesting. I hope BD can get at least 200 runs lead.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 18, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Jahurul threw his wicket like a selfish. Probably he wanted to get his maiden Test 50 with a style but fell down. BD cricketers must focus on situation of team & playing condition. Those personal milestones will b achieved automatically. Galle Test was a proof of it.

  • Fogu on March 18, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    It's silly to say that BD should take a 300 run lead.Bd should look to save wickets regardless of the runs. If they can bat out till after tea, they will have added 170+ additional runs. It would ba challenging for SL to chase 220+ target but they can do it since they have a world class batsmen in Dilshan, Sanga, and Chandimal. Hoping for BD to display good discipline and keep their wickets past Tea. It won't be easy against Herath. Good luck BD.

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

    i see only one thing possible, SL win. Bangladesh by the looks of it, is almost out. The batsmen can add another 80-100 runs a max, making the total a max of 150. SL will make mince meat of it. :))

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    One bad series and people are already writing Mahmudullah off. Saying things like "He should be dropped...Is he needed in the team...etc.". Come on guys! Mahmudullah played some wonderful knocks in the last series. Isn't this a bit harsh? He is a proven match-winner...his average is also good. I would give him another 2 tests before bringing out the knife.

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Bangladesh need to bat sensibly and watch how Sangakkara batted in this test. Tomorrow first hour will be the key factor whether Bangladesh can make a match or not. Best of Luck to Bangladesh.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    200 lead is a bit too much let along 250 especially when the wicket is deteriorating now. Let's just not collapse tomorrow and gain more than a 100 run lead so Sri Lanka won't win this by 10 wickets.

    I agree whether Mahmudullah is really needed in the team anymore? his bowling and batting is modest nothing else. If I was in charge I would not select him for the Zimbabwe tour and I feel this wuld be the best XI for the test series next month - Tamim, Anamul, Shahriar, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Gazi, Abul, Rubel and Shafiul.....reserves.....Nazmul, Robiul, Enamul, Marshall and Naeem.

  • Sal_H on March 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    The outfield is difficult, so a 200 run lead can make this match very interesting.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Unless there is a miracle tomorrow, the match ends on day 4. It will be difficult for Bangladesh to post a 150 lead, forget about 250. Bangladesh should seriously think about finding a solid batsman in place of Mahmudullah- a bits and pieces player. Gone are the days when a half century was considered to be enough. Marshall Ayub should be given more opportunity. He should be picked in the Zim series. Mahmudullah should play odi and may be T20s.

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    the partnership between mushi and mominul will decide the fortune of the match

  • asiacricket1234 on March 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    No doubt that Bangladesh gonna lose this test but if they can score 200 more then at least they will be able to fight. But I think tomo morning they are gonna lose all wicket in a session. Thats just the way they are :(

  • gsingh7 on March 18, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    200 plus lead wud be enough as pitch will crumble and bangla have better spinners than sl. hope spinners lead bangladesh to series win , 5th day is often rank turner in sl.

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

    Win is out of the question now. I'd rather see them tomorrow trying and giving a fight then just collapsing like a pack of cards. Tamim is still scoring 50s time and time again and I wonder if this will ever stop?

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    the match is shaping up to be a good one... enjoying it very much... if the outfield was a bit better than it would have been a lot more enjoyable..anyhow...if BD can survive tomorrow till tea time or more and also take a lead of about 300 than SL may come under some serious stress..and as the pitch is deteriorating one can assume that on the last day it may become bowler friendly and the slow outfield is certainly a setback for the batters ... lets see what happens...

  • Ebrahim56 on March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Bangladesh should give at least a target of 300 and 1 day for SriLanka. Then we can expect a win!

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  • Ebrahim56 on March 18, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Bangladesh should give at least a target of 300 and 1 day for SriLanka. Then we can expect a win!

  • on March 18, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    the match is shaping up to be a good one... enjoying it very much... if the outfield was a bit better than it would have been a lot more enjoyable..anyhow...if BD can survive tomorrow till tea time or more and also take a lead of about 300 than SL may come under some serious stress..and as the pitch is deteriorating one can assume that on the last day it may become bowler friendly and the slow outfield is certainly a setback for the batters ... lets see what happens...

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

    Win is out of the question now. I'd rather see them tomorrow trying and giving a fight then just collapsing like a pack of cards. Tamim is still scoring 50s time and time again and I wonder if this will ever stop?

  • gsingh7 on March 18, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    200 plus lead wud be enough as pitch will crumble and bangla have better spinners than sl. hope spinners lead bangladesh to series win , 5th day is often rank turner in sl.

  • asiacricket1234 on March 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    No doubt that Bangladesh gonna lose this test but if they can score 200 more then at least they will be able to fight. But I think tomo morning they are gonna lose all wicket in a session. Thats just the way they are :(

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    the partnership between mushi and mominul will decide the fortune of the match

  • on March 18, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Unless there is a miracle tomorrow, the match ends on day 4. It will be difficult for Bangladesh to post a 150 lead, forget about 250. Bangladesh should seriously think about finding a solid batsman in place of Mahmudullah- a bits and pieces player. Gone are the days when a half century was considered to be enough. Marshall Ayub should be given more opportunity. He should be picked in the Zim series. Mahmudullah should play odi and may be T20s.

  • Sal_H on March 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    The outfield is difficult, so a 200 run lead can make this match very interesting.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 18, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    200 lead is a bit too much let along 250 especially when the wicket is deteriorating now. Let's just not collapse tomorrow and gain more than a 100 run lead so Sri Lanka won't win this by 10 wickets.

    I agree whether Mahmudullah is really needed in the team anymore? his bowling and batting is modest nothing else. If I was in charge I would not select him for the Zimbabwe tour and I feel this wuld be the best XI for the test series next month - Tamim, Anamul, Shahriar, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Gazi, Abul, Rubel and Shafiul.....reserves.....Nazmul, Robiul, Enamul, Marshall and Naeem.

  • on March 18, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Bangladesh need to bat sensibly and watch how Sangakkara batted in this test. Tomorrow first hour will be the key factor whether Bangladesh can make a match or not. Best of Luck to Bangladesh.