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Well, we are all set to go. Dimuth Karunaratne and Dilshan are ready to go. Shahadat to open the bowling.


Marcus: "Interesting fact- This is the first time since Mark Benson infamously pulled out of the 2009 Adelaide Test that both on field umpires have been Englishmen."

Mushfiqur Rahim has just handed the Test caps to the newbies - Mominul and Anamul. Proud moment for the two youngsters.

Adin: "Oshada - I lived in Sri Lanka from 2004 to 2006 hoping to see lots of cricket. There was 1 one day series and 1 test series in that time. And nothing in Galle, I live in Matara."

Moin Uddin Rahim: "Oops! I was waiting here in UK all night to watch BD batting, not SL. But hope gazi will show some magic in first day. good luck."

Hasib: "So Bangladesh go in with only one SLA (Sunny) - their traditional strength - and offies Gazi, Riyad, Ashraful, Nasir."

Pitch: Good for batting for the first two days, but there is going to be tennis-ball type bounce and there is going to be some sideways movement available initially as the pitch as some grass on it.


9.35 am: So Sri Lanka have won the toss and they are going to bat first. Kithuruwan Vithanage will indeed debut - he scored a terrific century in the tour match a couple of days back. The big news is that Tamim Iqbal in NOT playing. The other guys to miss out from Bangladesh are - Rubel Hossain, Marshall Ayub and Robiul. Bangladesh have two debutants out today - Mominul and Anamul.

The Sri Lankan XI for the match - Dilshan, Karunaratne, Sangakkara, Thirimanne, Vithanage, Angelo Mathews, Chandimal, Kulasekara, Herath, Eranga, Ajantha Mendis

Rahul: "I so want Bangladesh to open their test match win account against established nations. It will really do wonders for the Tigers."

Orko: "Soooo excited about this test... Gonna stay up all night here in Conn, USA and do work while watching the game :) My productivity is about to go up 10 folds..." Productivity of work? Are you sure? Watching cricket productively only works for people here at Cricinfo.

MK: "My apologies for asking this silly question, but can anyone tell me the reason why Mahela is not playing?" He is injured MK.

Oshada: "No test cricket at Galle for another 2 years according to ICC FTP. Hope Galle crowd will enjoy lot during this match." - This is the last home series until mid 2015, Andrew Fernando tells me.

Matt: "Bangladesh should provide a challenge here and there so it should be a good test series for Angelo Mathews to get used to his test captaincy role."

Jon: "This will be Bangladesh's best chance to win a test in SL. No Thilan, No Mahela, Sanga coming back from injury, and Angelo's first test as captain."


Hello and very good morning to all. We are all set for another dose of Test cricket, so much better than the limited-overs matches. This time it is Bangladesh in Sri Lanka. Andrew Fernando and Mohammad Isam will get us views from both sides and here is their comprehensive preview to the Test.

No Mahela Jayawardene and I already feel the void. And that solid man from the middle order - The Thilan - has retired too. No Shakib either, but that gives the younger players a massive opportunity to perform. By the way, Russell Arnold has tweeted that Kithuruwan Vithanage will debut.

Mohammad Isam from Galle tells us that it is bright and sunny and warm. All good signs.

Hemal: "Congratulations new Captain & new comers of both side"

0.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 3 runs, starts off with a full toss on off stump, the batsman punches it through square leg for three runs. A loose delivery to start with

Three slips and a gully

0.2

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, FOUR, very close as Dilshan closes the face of the bat early and gets a leading edge past gully, all the way to the boundary. The ball was going towards the leg side and swung away late. Very lucky boundary off the first ball.

0.3

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, length ball, going down the leg side, the batsman doesn't get any bat on it, the ball hits the pads and rolls towards fine leg

0.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, length delivery angling across, the batsman stands tall and pushes it softly towards cover, there is a bit of yes and no, but the batsmen decide against the run

0.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, angling across the left-hander, wide of off, the batsman leaves it alone

0.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 run, back of length delivery on the middle and leg line, the batsman hops and tucks it fine on the leg side for a single

End of over 1 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0
FDM Karunaratne    4* (4b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-0-8-0
TM Dilshan    4* (2b 1x4)     

Abul Hasan to start off from the other end

1.1

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, back of length delivery, 138 kph, nips back into the left hander a bit and the batsman gets hit on the thigh pad as he tries to whip it to leg side

1.2

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and defends it back to the bowler

1.3

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, loses direction and bowls it down the leg side

hasan ismail: "my goodness. shahadat seems to have the bowling average of a front line batsman." What about Abul Hasan, Ismail?

1.4

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, well-bowled! That one was just short of length, pitches around off and zips past the bat as the batsman tries to defend it off the back foot

1.5

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, another back of length delivery on off, the batsman stands tall and defends it towards the short leg fielder

1.6

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, another one down the leg side, shapes away a touch too

Mohammad Isam says: "Abul Hasan just bowled 6 overs in the practice game. He bowled very well, until he suffered sun stroke and dehydration. He threw up a few times at the ground."

End of over 2 (maiden) Sri Lanka 9/0
FDM Karunaratne    4* (10b)      Abul Hasan    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    4* (2b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    1-0-8-0

2.1

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, no run, another fuller length delivery drifting down leg, the batsman goes for a flick but is beaten by the sharp movement in, there is a loud appeal for lbw, but that was always going down leg

2.2

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, no run, bowls it short of length outside off and this time takes the ball away from the batsman, left alone easily

2.3

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, no run, full and wayward, down the leg side, makes the captain dive full-length to get to that

2.4

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, 1 run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman stands tall and punches it to the right of mid-on to take a single

Andy: "what a new ball pair for Bangladesh, one guy with the bowling average of a top-order batsman and the other with a batting average higher than the don"

2.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, back of length delivery, bowls it with a grunt and it bounces a touch extra, defended on the back foot

2.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, goes past the outside edge with an angled delivery, the batsman actually gets his bat out of the line but is a bit late in doing that

End of over 3 (1 run) Sri Lanka 10/0
FDM Karunaratne    4* (12b)      Shahadat Hossain    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    5* (6b 1x4)      Abul Hasan    1-1-0-0

3.1

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, there he goes! Sees a bit of width and goes hard on the ball, makes no contact as the ball bounces over the bat. No feet movement, but that is expected of Dilshan

3.2

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, now he moves forward to a length ball outside off and shoulders arms, big exaggerated leave

3.3

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, and now Abul bowls it down the leg side, makes the captain do some work

3.4

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, length ball outside off, seams away from the batsman, Dilshan leaves it alone

Waseem Sarwar: "@Andy, don't forget about Abul Hasan's batting strike rate. beats that Hashim Amla."

3.5

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, length ball outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it on the up to extra cover

3.6

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 1 no ball, bowls it wide outside off, but he has overstepped. Time for free-hit. Oh but this is a Test

3.6

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, FOUR, comes forward and drives it in the gap, the ball is timed to perfection but it slows down as it gets closer to the boundary, just pops over it

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 15/0
TM Dilshan    9* (13b 2x4)      Abul Hasan    2-1-5-0
FDM Karunaratne    4* (12b)      Shahadat Hossain    2-0-9-0

Andrew: "@Andy: Ah, but is it as high as Andy Ganteaume?"

4.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, bowls it across the left-hander, but it's wide outside off and Dimuth leaves it alone

jahir majumder: "what is the result ?" You are in a few days early Jahir

4.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, back of a length delivery, cuts away from the batsman who guides it to backward point off the back foot

4.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, FOUR, back of length, but it is down the leg side and the batsman clips it off the back foot to time it all the way to the backward square leg boundary

4.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump line,shapes in to the batsman but he das it past midwicket for a single

4.5

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, FOUR, short delivery, doesn't get up too much and it is down the leg side, Dilshan goes for the pull and hits the shoulder of the bat, flies past the diving keeper down to the fine-leg boundary

4.6

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, shapes away again, the batsman comes forward and defends it solidly back to the bowler

End of over 5 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 24/0
TM Dilshan    13* (15b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-0-18-0
FDM Karunaratne    9* (16b 1x4)      Abul Hasan    2-1-5-0

A wayward start by the Bangladesh bowlers, they haven't really bowled on one spot this morning. There is some help from the pitch and it is being wasted

5.1

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, 1 run, back of length delivery on the middle stump, the batsman gets up on his toes and tucks it to fine leg for a single

Neil: "Jahir, check back day after tomorrow."

5.2

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery, in the channel outside off, pitches and seams away, Dilshan watches it go all the way to the keeper

5.3

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, a good delivery as this one comes in. It was fuller and on off stump and the batsman went for the drive, but the ball hits the inside half of the bat and goes back towards the non-striker

5.4

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, and he follows it up with a long-hop down the leg side, the batsman doesn't get a bat on it, but gets some pad and it flies to the boundary at fine leg

Vaughan: "@Andrew, yes - Abul 120 to Ganteaume 112. Not as high as Hamish Rutherford though"

5.5

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, he comes forward and plays a crunching drive to a fuller length delivery, straight to the fielder at cover

5.6

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, FOUR, this time he gets fuller length and gets loads of width too, wastes no time as he powers this through cover. A proper hit-me delivery

End of over 6 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 33/0
TM Dilshan    17* (20b 4x4)      Abul Hasan    3-1-10-0
FDM Karunaratne    10* (17b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-0-18-0

Prasanth: "I am so sick of SL vs BAN test matches, esp in SL. SL wins the toss al the time, bats for a day and a half, scores 450+ and declares, BAN all out for 180 odd, follow on and then they score 260+. SL win just before tea on the fourth day. Can we go to next test match already !!!!"

6.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, length delivery wide of off, angles away further from the left-hander, easily left alone

ss: "oldest guy in the bangla xi is ashraful at 28! must be one of the youngest teams to tk the field!"

6.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, in the channel outside off, still a touch wide, the batsman leaves it alone

6.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, that is better as it pitches just outside off and comes in to the batsman, not very far from the off stump as the batsman leaves it alone. A good leave as well

6.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, not much bounce in that one as it dies on the way to the keeper. The batsman had left it alone

Nuwan: "Is shahadat's famous grunt still with him?" The grunt never dies Nuwan.

6.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 no ball, another effort ball and he has overstepped again. It was full on the middle stump and Dimuth drove it to midwicket

6.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 run, full and on the pads, whipped down the fine leg for a single easily

KG: "@prasanth, check the scorebooks, SL never wins the toss, they always bat second. otherwise yeh, they do pretty well"

6.6

Shahadat Hossain to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length delivery, it's on the pads and Dilshan tucks it to deep backward square leg for an easy single

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 36/0
TM Dilshan    18* (21b 4x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-0-21-0
FDM Karunaratne    11* (23b 1x4)      Abul Hasan    3-1-10-0

Moin Uddin Rahim: "Abul hasan, our next ashraful. :) both of them have century in their debut."

7.1

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, back of length delivery wide outside off, Dilshan lets it go through

7.2

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the middle, the batsman punches it past wide mid-on for a couple of runs

7.3

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, good ball outside off, on a length and the batsman leaves it alone

7.4

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, another delivery in the channel, just outside off, the batsman comes forward and covers the line, and then shoulders arms

7.5

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, FOUR, short delivery wide outside off, the batsman goes for the pull anyway and gets a top-edge over the keeper's head. He was not in control of that shot at all. Good surprise delivery by the bowler

7.6

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, another one just outside off, the batsman takes his bat out of the way

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 42/0
TM Dilshan    24* (27b 5x4)      Abul Hasan    4-1-16-0
FDM Karunaratne    11* (23b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-0-21-0

He comes round the wicket now

8.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, bowls fuller length wide outside off, no problems in leaving that alone

8.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, bowls short of length outside off, the batsman tries to punch it off the back foot, but the ball comes a bit slow off the pitch, he ends up pushing it back to the bowler

Prabuddha: "@Moin.. I don't think you need another Ashraful .. All his 5 centuries had been in the losing side.."

8.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, FOUR, short ball outside off, but it is coming in with the angle and that allows the batsman to rock back and pull it past the deep square leg fielder for a boundary

8.4

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, another short ball, this time it is closer to him and he plays the pull too early as the ball comes slow off the pitch, he gets hit on the body

Shahadat to continue round the wicket to Sanga


He has taken his glove off. Now the helmet is off. He is rubbing that left elbow where he got hit. The replays show the ball hitting smack on the elbow, ouch, that is where the funny bone is generally. The gloves are back on. No damage done. He is still on his haunches. Some trouble actually as the physio comes down again. He is off, he is leaving now. Time for Sangakkara to come in.

DR: "@Prabuddha - I think that says more about Bangladesh than Ashraful."

AB: "ruining my morning with this wayward fast (if we can call that) bowling. bring on the spinners already."

shahul: "This is a boring match........ dont know even how you are keeping yourself awake commenting." I don't agree. I think this is the most enjoyable match ever and I have to keep myself motivated. Sanga is here now.

8.5

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and wide, a gift for someone who has just walked in, cuts it between gully and point easily

8.6

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, defended off the back foot

End of over 9 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 50/0
KC Sangakkara    4* (2b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    5-0-29-0
FDM Karunaratne    15* (27b 2x4)      Abul Hasan    4-1-16-0

9.1

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 1 no ball, short of length delivery on the middle stump line, Dilshan misses his flick and gets hit on the body, but the bowler has overstepped again

9.1

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman

"I asked before whether DRS is available or nor for this series. Any commentator other than you would have answered that. You really dont know this? Then, how do you give commentary here?" Sorry Janaka, no DRS for this series

9.2

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 1 run, short delivery around off stump, the batsman pulls it towards deep square leg, but again, not with much timing

AKM: "Com'on Sanga, I was there at the MCG when Mitch broke your finger, great to see you back brother!"

9.3

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on the middle stump, dabbed towards midwicket and Sanga calls for a quick single

9.4

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 1 run, short and wide outside off, the batsman goes for the cut but doesn't time it again (it's that slow bounce), he places it to the fielder at deep point

9.5

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off stump, 138 kph, comes quickly on to the batsman who is late in going forward in defence, brings his bat down a little late

9.6

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on the leg stump, easily flicked away to fine leg for a single

End of over 10 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 55/0
KC Sangakkara    6* (5b 1x4)      Abul Hasan    5-1-21-0
TM Dilshan    26* (31b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    5-0-29-0

Nuwan: "@Devashish You are in a Reality distortion field. Lucky you." Who is Devashish? Who are you? What is this cricket thing? No idea what I am doing? Eh no, I know this guy, Sohag Gazi it is now.

Marcus: "@Janaka- The easiest way to find out is to check the scorecard- if the 3rd umpire is neutral, then there is DRS. If they are a local umpire (as is the case here), then no DRS is being used, presumably because only Elite Panel Umpires are trained to act as 3rd umpire in a DRS situation."

10.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, bowls it a touch short outside off, the batsman punches it straight to short cover

10.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, lots of flight on off, the batsman defends it to cover off the front foot

10.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, quicker delivery on off, the batsman defends off the back foot

10.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends to off

One slip and a short leg in place, now a silly point too

10.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, FOUR, but he bowls a little short and Sanga goes back and threads the gap at cover point with a forceful punch

10.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, and the batsman guides it to fine leg for a single

zafrul: "As a nation we are proud to present gift to others. Now you will see some gift balls and then wait for some gift wickets."

End of over 11 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 60/0
KC Sangakkara    11* (11b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    26* (31b 5x4)      Abul Hasan    5-1-21-0

Time to catch up with the pitch-drop experiment while the players get rehydrated.

11.1

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on the middle and leg line, Sanga comes forward and pushes it to midwicket

11.2

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, short and wide, it is very wide outside off and is duly called so

zain khan: "Can you pls publish positive comments a lot more, instead of persisting with the negative ones. It's annoying to follow the game, if all you are reading is condescending and negative posts. Thanks." Thanks for your positive comment Zain. I was waiting for some actually.

11.2

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 3 runs, length ball on off, the batsman comes forward and drives it down the ground for a triple

11.3

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 1 wide, another short and wide delivery, this time to the right-hander, very wide, very positive

11.3

Abul Hasan to Dilshan, 1 run, fuller length, but down the leg side and it is flicked down to fine leg easily

11.4

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length on off stump, Sanga comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

11.5

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, doesn't bounce too much, Sanga defends it off the back foot

Dave Edmond: "India Has money, But dont want to use DRS. SL would like to have DRs but no money for that. Im starting to learn that world is a cluel place with injustice and inequality :("

11.6

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, fuller delivery on off, Sanga comes forward and drives it hard, but straight back at the bowler

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 66/0
KC Sangakkara    14* (16b 2x4)      Abul Hasan    6-1-27-0
TM Dilshan    27* (32b 5x4)      Sohag Gazi    1-0-5-0

Gihan: "zain khan - Run Rate is Positive :)"

American Cricket Fan: "hello? please publish this so i know this is not going to some data storage facility in China and will never be seen to the naked eye again.." It all comes to me.

12.1

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, FOUR, tossed up on the off and middle line and Dilshan sweeps it fine immediately and does it well, slips while he does so but gets four

12.2

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, goes on the back foot and defends it to the leg side

12.3

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, 2 runs, drifts on to the pads and Dilshan goes on the back foot and works it fine. Deep backward square leg has to run round and the batsmen take a couple

12.4

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, goes back to a tossed up delivery outside off to cut, but misses

12.5

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, flatter delivery on off, the batsman goes back and punches it to midwicket

12.6

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, 2 runs, goes for the sweep again but this time he is unable to beat the deep square leg fielder, another couple

End of over 13 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 74/0
TM Dilshan    35* (38b 6x4)      Sohag Gazi    2-0-13-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (16b 2x4)      Abul Hasan    6-1-27-0

Tom: "I attend the University of Queensland, and have seen the pitch jar of pitch-drop-experiment fame. Hurrah!" Save your hurrah for when you see the pitch drop. I am waiting for that too. Elias Sunny comes in now

13.1

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward in defence

13.2

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, steps out to the tossed up delivery and drives it to the right of mid-off for a single

13.3

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run, comes down the track to launch this one, but ends up hitting it back to the bowler. Sunny picks up the ball and hits it straight back at the batsman

13.4

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, drifts on to the leg side and the batsman goes for the paddle, but it hits the pads and goes fine

13.5

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run, comes to the front foot to defend that

13.6

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, fuller and tossed up, the batsman goes for the sweep and gets hit on the pads, loud appeal for lbw, but the batsman reckons it was going down leg

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 78/0
TM Dilshan    35* (42b 6x4)      Elias Sunny    1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara    15* (18b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    2-0-13-0

Neil: "Zain, it is hard to be positive when the team you support keeps on letting you down. I would like to see BD win one test against an established team and I swear I will never make fun of them again."

14.1

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, goes on the back foot and pushes this one to midwicket

14.2

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the pitch and flicks the flighted delivery to deep square leg

14.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, Sanga comes forward and pushes it to mid-on

14.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, more flight, but just outside off and Sanga drives it square of the wicket easily

14.5

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, goes on the back foot and tucks the flatter delivery to short fine leg

14.6

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, comes out of the crease again but is not able to get under the ball, pushes it to midwicket

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 80/0
TM Dilshan    36* (46b 6x4)      Sohag Gazi    3-0-15-0
KC Sangakkara    16* (20b 2x4)      Elias Sunny    1-0-1-0

15.1

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowls it short on off, the batsman rocks back and pulls it to deep midwicket where there is a fielder

15.2

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run, goes on the back foot and punches it to cover

15.3

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, 1 run, stays on the back foot and since the ball is drifting to the pads, he tucks it to square leg for a single

15.4

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the middle stump, Sanga pushes it softly towards mid-on, who is standing a bit deep

15.5

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run, flighted delivery on off, Dilshan comes forward and drives it to cover

15.6

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 83/0
TM Dilshan    37* (50b 6x4)      Elias Sunny    2-0-4-0
KC Sangakkara    18* (22b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    3-0-15-0

jj: "Our office walls have just been freshly painted. And i can honestly and literally say that this game is more boring than watching paint dry. PS. sorry to zain khan for the negative comment"

16.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on off stump, defended off the front foot towards point

16.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, bowls it on the pads and Sanga easily works it down to fine leg for a single

16.3

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, FOUR, tossed up delivery, and Dilshan makes some room and drives it powerfully towards the right of mid-off, but Shahadat dives over the ball and it goes straight to the boundary

16.4

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, FOUR, slightly short on off stump, the batsman rocks back and cuts it hard part point. Dilshan keeping the pace up here

16.5

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads and the batsman tickles it to the right of short fine leg and take off for a quick single

16.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads, it is whipped off the back foot to deep square leg for a single

End of over 17 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 94/0
KC Sangakkara    20* (25b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    4-0-26-0
TM Dilshan    46* (53b 8x4)      Elias Sunny    2-0-4-0

fahim: "those who find this game boring. just a quick reminder, its a test match. I wonder what they expect from a test on the first day!"

17.1

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, flatter delivery, spins in to the batsman, defended off the back foot

17.2

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, flighted up to the batsman on off stump, Sanga comes forward in defence

17.3

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, keeps it there around off stump, defended again

17.4

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, tosses it up and pulls the length back a bit, defended off the back foot

17.5

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted and full on off stump, the batsman drives it to deep mid-on for a single

17.6

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run, tossed up delivery on off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 18 (1 run) Sri Lanka 95/0
TM Dilshan    46* (54b 8x4)      Elias Sunny    3-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    21* (30b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    4-0-26-0

18.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off, defended off the front foot

18.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on the middle stump, more defence by Sanga

18.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, oh, he moved out and then tried to go back as he realised he was not to the pitch, he dragged his foot back in just in time as Mush took the bails off in a flash. Good bowling by Gazi there. He saw Sanga move and pulled the length back. The third umpire is having a look, but it looks like Sanga had done enough to be safe

Sumon: "From Bangladesh point of view, Shohag Gazi is the most important man in this test match. He needs to take 18 wickets."

18.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, short and slightly wide outside off, spins away as well, Sanga punches it straight to cover point

18.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, on the pads and it is defended back down the pitch

18.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter delivery on the middle stump line, the batsman goes back and tucks it to deep backward square for a single

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 96/0
KC Sangakkara    22* (36b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    5-0-27-0
TM Dilshan    46* (54b 8x4)      Elias Sunny    3-0-5-0

Zain Khan: "Lol, talk about becoming a fodder for trolls on Cricinfo. It's algud. Anyway, don't really expect BD to win this test series but as a test cricket fan, I hope to see a good match. Good luck to both teams."

19.1

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, FOUR, flighted outside off and Sanga would hit those ones all day. Drives it smoooothly through to the cover boundary

19.2

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and on off stump, pushed to mid-on and another single.

19.3

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, no run, front foot defence, this time by Dilshan

19.4

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the pitch and drives it back to the bowler, who gets a hand but is unable to completely stop the ball

Jack: "T20 must really have changed people's perception about cricket. SL are scoring at more than 5 an over and people are still finding this boring? I must live in a parallel universe to those people, probably where I get to see the pitch drop."

19.5

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, defended back to the bowler

19.6

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, tossed up delivery on off stump, and would you believe it, another single to mid-on

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 103/0
KC Sangakkara    28* (40b 3x4)      Elias Sunny    4-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    47* (56b 8x4)      Sohag Gazi    5-0-27-0

20.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, defended towards midwicket off the back foot

20.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, defended towards off this time

20.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifts on to the pads and it is worked towards square leg for a single

20.4

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly flatter and Dilshan goes back immediately, punches it in the gap at cover for a quick single

20.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends

20.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, more flight on off stump, the batsman pushes it to mid-off

End of over 21 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 105/0
KC Sangakkara    29* (45b 3x4)      Sohag Gazi    6-0-29-0
TM Dilshan    48* (57b 8x4)      Elias Sunny    4-0-12-0

21.1

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the pitch, but Sunny fires it full and Dilshan can only push it to mid-on, another single

21.2

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off, Sanga defends it to midwicket

21.3

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, that was a good one, it was flighted outside off and caught the inside edge as it turned into Sanga, it flies very close past the short-leg fielder

Krish: "@Jack: The problem isn't run rate. It's the one-sided nature so often is the problem for most. Test matches are boring when it's so one-sided from early on. But, yes agree, a few quick wickets here and people will start predicting this match to be classic one. :-)"

21.4

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, FOUR, comes down the pitch and drives it past mid-on to get to his half-century. Well played by Dilshan

21.5

Elias Sunny to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the pitch again and drives it hard to the fielder at mid-off, for yet another single

21.6

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, another good delivery and Sanga comes forward to defend, but the ball turns into him and goes past the inside edge, hits the pads and goes down towards short fine leg

End of over 22 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 113/0
KC Sangakkara    30* (48b 3x4)      Elias Sunny    5-0-19-0
TM Dilshan    54* (60b 9x4)      Sohag Gazi    6-0-29-0

22.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, full and flighted on the middle, Sanga drives it to mid-off

22.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, pulls the length back a bit, the batsman defends to off

22.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter delivery on the pads, Sanga stays on the back foot and tucks it to square leg for a single

22.4

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, flighted delivery on the middle stump line, Dilshan sweeps, but straight to short fine leg

22.5

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, no run, tossed up delivery on middle and leg line, defended off the front foot

22.6

Sohag Gazi to Dilshan, OUT, caught at mid-off And here comes a wicket! Dilshan charged out again as he has been doing and Gazi makes a subtle change in the direction, tosses it up wide. The batsman gets to the ball, but gets a toe-end to that and it flies low to mid-off, who has come in to the normal position now. The fielder takes a good low catch to send the danger man back

TM Dilshan c Mominul Haque b Sohag Gazi 54 (107m 63b 9x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

End of over 23 (1 run) Sri Lanka 114/1
     Sohag Gazi    7-0-30-1
KC Sangakkara    31* (51b 3x4)      Elias Sunny    5-0-19-0

So Mahela Karunaratne walks out again

paul: "its funny.if you are bored...go away....we did not stop you....why you guys are complaining so much....goshhhhhh"

23.1

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on off stump, the batsman pushes it to midwicket

23.2

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it to mid-on for a single

23.3

Elias Sunny to Karunaratne, 1 run, he comes out again, and drives it again to the fielder at mid-on

23.4

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, uses the feet again and gets to the pitch of the ball, calmly drives that to mid-on

23.5

Elias Sunny to Karunaratne, 3 runs, flighted outside off, the batsman goes for a paddle and manages to scoop it over his shoulder for a few runs down to fine leg

23.6

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 1 run, flatter delivery on the off and middle line, the batsman goes back and works it to deep square leg

End of over 24 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 121/1
KC Sangakkara    34* (55b 3x4)      Elias Sunny    6-0-26-0
FDM Karunaratne    19* (29b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    7-0-30-1

24.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended off the front foot

24.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, FOUR, he gets some width outside off, and Sanga won't miss those as he cracks that through cover point, the fielder didn't really have a chance

24.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flatter delivery on off stump, defended off the back foot

24.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, oh that was a very good shout for lbw! It was tossed up on the off and middle line and Sanga came forward to defend but played outside the line, hits the batsman on the knee roll, would have gone on to hit leg stump to me..Lucky Sanga

24.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone by the batsman

24.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, defended off the front foot by the batsman

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 125/1
KC Sangakkara    38* (61b 4x4)      Sohag Gazi    8-0-34-1
FDM Karunaratne    19* (29b 2x4)      Elias Sunny    6-0-26-0

25.1

Elias Sunny to Karunaratne, no run, uses his feet to a flighted delivery and pushes it to midwicket

25.2

Elias Sunny to Karunaratne, 1 run, drifting on to the pads, Sanga turns it to square leg off the back foot

25.3

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, waits on the back foot for the flatter delivery, then works it on the leg side towards square leg

25.4

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, 2 runs, comes down the pitch and drives it through midwicket, all along the ground. There is a fielder at long-on who charges towards the ball, but the fumble allows a couple

25.5

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, FOUR, now it is short and wide outside off, Sanga loves those and finds another boundary through cover point with a cracking back foot punch

25.6

Elias Sunny to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery, defended off the back foot

And that is Lunch in Galle. It has been Sri Lanka's session all through and Dilshan would be cursing himself for getting out as the bowling hasn't been penetrative enough. The seamers were wayward and bowled on both sides of the wicket, while the spinners haven't really bowled in once place either. Sohag Gazi, who is expected to be the lead bowler, got the big wicket of Dilshan and came close to getting Sangakkara. But a lot of discipline required in the second session from the bowlers.

Andy: "I think that ploy of "We'll gift you runs and hopefully you'll gift us wickets" does seem to be the one adopted by the Bangladeshis. Why are they gifting singles like this?"

End of over 26 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 132/1
KC Sangakkara    44* (65b 5x4)      Elias Sunny    7-0-33-0
FDM Karunaratne    20* (31b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    8-0-34-1

Shahadat will start the second session - over the wicket. It has gone a bit grey at the ground with a uniform cloud cover.

We are back for the second session. Sri Lanka cruising along at over five runs an over at this stage. Can Bangladesh claw their way back with some wickets here? Sangakkara looks good for another big score, while Karunaratne, who left earlier after injuring his elbow, hasn't been in any problem either.

26.1

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, starts off with a length ball on off stump, defended off the front foot

26.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, there comes the grunt as he bowls outside off, just back of a length. Dimuth defends it off the back foot to short cover

26.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 run, back of length delivery, 129 kph, on the middle and leg line and it is easily glanced down to fine leg

26.4

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, 1 run, another back of length delivery on off and middle, the batsman allows the ball to come to him, then dabs it in the gap at midwicket for a single

26.5

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 run, short ball, 134 kph, around off stump, the batsman is quick to get into a position to pull and rolls his wrist as he plays the shot towards sweeper on the leg side

Coming round the wicket now.

26.6

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, bends his back and bowls it short, but it wide outside off and no problems for the batsman to let it go

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 135/1
KC Sangakkara    45* (67b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    6-0-32-0
FDM Karunaratne    22* (35b 2x4)      Elias Sunny    7-0-33-0

Gazi to continue

27.1

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, tossed up delivery from round the stumps, wide outside off, the batsman lets it go

27.2

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, oh he plays that in the air towards midwicket as the ball stops a bit on him

27.3

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, comes forward to defend the ball back to the bowler

27.4

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, ooooo! That was a good ball and Dimuth gets very lucky, he got a big inside edge on to his pads and the ball lobbed up straight in front of him, the fielder tried to dive to get there but it was just a feet away, very lucky

27.5

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, short and wide outside off, the batsman is not able to time it as he goes for a backfoot push

27.6

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended off the front foot

End of over 28 (maiden) Sri Lanka 135/1
FDM Karunaratne    22* (41b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    9-1-34-1
KC Sangakkara    45* (67b 5x4)      Shahadat Hossain    6-0-32-0

28.1

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, angled in to the left-hander, the batsman plays it softly to the left of midwicket and takes off for a quick single

28.2

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, FOUR, shorter delivery outside off, but the lack of pace allows Dimuth to time and place his pull through midwicket, easily beats the deep square leg fielder to the boundary

28.3

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, 1 leg bye, back of length and on the pads, the batsman tries to whip it, but it hits the thigh pads and goes down to fine leg

28.4

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and wide and slapped through cover point - it is his third boundary through that region today - and he gets to his half-century. As easy as you like

28.5

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, length ball honing on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it back to the bowler

Nishan: "Its uncanny how Sri Lanka somehow manages to win the toss and take first lease of the wicket in Galle. I think the one time we didn't we ended up losing the test to Australia."

28.6

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, short delivery outside off, no problems for the batsman in staying away from it

End of over 29 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 145/1
KC Sangakkara    50* (71b 6x4)      Shahadat Hossain    7-0-41-0
FDM Karunaratne    26* (43b 3x4)      Sohag Gazi    9-1-34-1

29.1

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, 1 run, full and flighted, the batsman takes a couple of steps down the pitch and flicks it away to deep backward square leg for a single

29.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up outside off, beautifully placed through the gap at cover and the ball flies to the boundary in no time. Lovely cover drive

29.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run

29.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted, but on the leg stump line, the batsman takes a forward stride and turns it to square leg for a single

29.5

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, flatter delivery, the batsman tries to punch it to the leg side, but ends up pushing it in air towards mid-on

29.6

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, tossed up wide outside off, the batsman goes forward and lets the ball go

End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 151/1
FDM Karunaratne    27* (46b 3x4)      Sohag Gazi    10-1-40-1
KC Sangakkara    55* (74b 7x4)      Shahadat Hossain    7-0-41-0

Over the wicket

30.1

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, angled across the batsman, Sangakkara leaves it alone

30.2

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, length ball a touch outside off, Sanga watches it carefully and watches it go all the way to the keeper

30.3

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, pushes it wider outside off, Sanga sees no point in going after that, left alone

Sajid: "I feel bad for Shahadat Hossain. No matter how bad he performs he gets selected, no matter how loud he grunts he does not get any pace."

30.4

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, short ball and he gets the direction right as it is just on the off stump line, but Sangakkara has enough time to duck under it

30.5

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, goes further away with the angle, left alone again

30.6

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, another short delivery, the batsman ducks under it easily

End of over 31 (maiden) Sri Lanka 151/1
KC Sangakkara    55* (80b 7x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-1-41-0
FDM Karunaratne    27* (46b 3x4)      Sohag Gazi    10-1-40-1

31.1

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman comes forward in defence

31.2

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, comes down the pitch and defends the flighted delivery back down the pitch

31.3

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, 1 run, the bowler bowls it flatter and on the pads, Dimuth stays in the crease and whips it to deep backward square leg

31.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, floated up to the batsman on off stump, Sanga takes a forward stride and pushes it to the gap at cover

31.5

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman defends it solidly on front foot

31.6

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, 2 runs, flatter delivery on the middle and leg line and Dimuth glances it to fine leg for a couple

End of over 32 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 155/1
FDM Karunaratne    30* (51b 3x4)      Sohag Gazi    11-1-44-1
KC Sangakkara    56* (81b 7x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-1-41-0

Two slips in place

32.1

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, bowls it wide outside off, Sanga is not bothered and leaves it alone

32.2

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, gets good bounce on that one, the batsman sways out of the line as this is much closer to off stump

32.3

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length angled across the left-hander, Sanga takes a forward stride and looks for the gap at cover with his drive, but it goes straight to the fielder

32.4

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, good ball as this much closer to off stump line, the batsman watches it carefully and lets it go

Lymarina Perera: "I live 8 kilometers west of the Galle Stadium and there are dark clouds approaching. Doesn't look good.."

32.5

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball on the body, Sanga goes for the pull but the ball hurries on to him, he manages to roll his wrist and plays it along the ground to deep square leg

32.6

Shahadat Hossain to Karunaratne, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and defends it towards mid-on

End of over 33 (1 run) Sri Lanka 156/1
FDM Karunaratne    30* (52b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    9-1-42-0
KC Sangakkara    57* (86b 7x4)      Sohag Gazi    11-1-44-1

33.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, full and flighted on the middle stump, the batsman pushes it to mid-on off the front foot

33.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run

Apologies, as we have lost pictures.

33.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run

33.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run

33.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run

33.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run

End of over 34 (1 run) Sri Lanka 157/1
KC Sangakkara    58* (92b 7x4)      Sohag Gazi    12-1-45-1
FDM Karunaratne    30* (52b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    9-1-42-0

34.1

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run

34.2

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run

34.3

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run

34.4

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, FOUR

34.5

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, bowls it quick and on short of length outside off, left alone by the batsman

34.6

Shahadat Hossain to Sangakkara, FOUR, another quick bouncer, but that is no trouble for the batsman as he is quickly on to his position and pulls it all along the ground to the deep square leg boundary

End of over 35 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 165/1
KC Sangakkara    66* (98b 9x4)      Shahadat Hossain    10-1-50-0
FDM Karunaratne    30* (52b 3x4)      Sohag Gazi    12-1-45-1

Stephen: "8 kilometres west of Galle is in the Indian Ocean - nobody lives there!!"

35.1

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, no run, flighted wide outside off, the batsman covers the line of stumps and lets it go

35.2

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, 3 runs, comes down the track and drives the tossed up delivery through deep midwicket for a triple

35.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, keeps coming in with the arm, outside off, but the batsman is able to cut it straight to point

35.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, it is defended off the front foot

35.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery on the middle and leg line, driven to mid-on for a single

35.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flatter delivery on the middle stump line, keeps coming in from round the stumps, the batsman defends it off the back foot

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 168/1
KC Sangakkara    66* (102b 9x4)      Sohag Gazi    13-1-48-1
FDM Karunaratne    33* (54b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    10-1-50-0

Abul Hasan replaces Shahadat.

36.1

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, 2 runs, short of length delivery on off stump, it is punched through cover point off the back foot and a fumble by Mominul gives away an extra run

Oshada: "@Stephen: he may be a fisherman with a internet facility in his boat :D"

36.2

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, length ball on off stump, the batsman takes a forward stride and defends

36.3

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, back of length delivery around off, the batsman stands on his toes and defends it towards mid-on

Soysa: "@Stephen If anyone does, LyMARINA would be an appropriately named person to do so."

36.4

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, length ball on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler. Good accurate bowling this by Abul in this over

36.5

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, no run, quick short ball, but it on the leg stump line, the batsman shapes for the hook, but gets out of the way

36.6

Abul Hasan to Karunaratne, SIX, a very good short ball gets nothing in return as the batsman gets a big top-edge that goes over the keeper's head, all the way for a six. He had no idea where it went. A good over by Abul Hasan

End of over 37 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 176/1
FDM Karunaratne    41* (60b 3x4 1x6)      Abul Hasan    7-1-35-0
KC Sangakkara    66* (102b 9x4)      Sohag Gazi    13-1-48-1

37.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, FOUR, flighted wide outside off, and there is no luck involved here as Sanga cuts it powerfully through point

37.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up on off stump, the batsman comes forward in defence

37.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flatter delivery a touch outside off, the batsman opens the face to run it towards point

37.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, comes in with the arm and Sanga defends it off the back foot

37.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, Sanga goes back and punches it in the gap through cover point for a single

37.6

Sohag Gazi to Karunaratne, OUT, Gazi strikes this time! It was a quicker delivery on the middle and the batsman, who was on the back foot, was late in bringing his bat down, it pitched outside off and hit him right in front of the middle. Dimuth Karunaratne's innings has been cut short by a good delivery

FDM Karunaratne lbw b Sohag Gazi 41 (105m 61b 3x4 1x6) SR: 67.21

End of over 38 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 181/2
     Sohag Gazi    14-1-53-2
KC Sangakkara    71* (107b 10x4)      Abul Hasan    7-1-35-0

38.1

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, back of length delivery on the middle stump, dabbed towards midwicket for a single

geethal fernando: "If sanga scores a century here, he should sit out on the next game. Give a chance to a youngster.."

38.2

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to cover

38.3

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short delivery on off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and pulls it all along the ground to deep midwicket

Round the wicket he comes now.

stogy: "Technically, our friend could live 8kms west of Galle. He'd just have to live 10kms or so north as well...."

Has: "I live less than 2km to north from galle stadium.. No rain here.. But dark clouds are visible and can hear few thunderings too."

38.4

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, short of length delivery on the off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and defends it to off

38.5

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, back of length delivery on the pads, the batsman misses his flicks and gets hit on the pads, runs for a leg-bye

38.6

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 no ball, short and wide outside off, it gets up on the batsman, but the bowler has overstepped and the batsman goes for an upper cut, makes no contact though

38.6

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, back of length delivery on middle stump, defended solidly off the back foot

End of over 39 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 184/2
KC Sangakkara    72* (112b 10x4)      Abul Hasan    8-1-37-0
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (2b)      Sohag Gazi    14-1-53-2

39.1

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, flatter delivery on the middle stump, defended off the back foot

39.2

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, bowls it full and flighted on the off stump, the batsman pushes it to cover

39.3

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, flatter delivery on off stump, the batsman is a little late to get his bat down, but defends

39.4

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, floated outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

39.5

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, flatter delivery on off, the batsman goes back and defends

39.6

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, 1 run, drifts on to the leg stump, the batsman gets off the mark with a flick down to fine leg

End of over 40 (1 run) Sri Lanka 185/2
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (8b)      Sohag Gazi    15-1-54-2
KC Sangakkara    72* (112b 10x4)      Abul Hasan    8-1-37-0

Rizmy: "And since Dilshan scored a half century, sit him out as well... then we'll have Rangana Herath as the only experienced batsman"

40.1

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, back of length delivery, going away with the angle outside off, left alone by the batsman

40.2

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off stump, the batsman comes forward and solidly defends that

40.3

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, punched to short midwicket off the front foot

40.4

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, short of length delivery on the pads, the batsman pushes it to the left of midwicket for a single

40.5

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, goes across the the batsman after pitching around off stump, left alone by the batsman

40.6

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 run, fuller delivery on the middle stump, Sangakkara pushes it to mid-on and calls for a quick single and there comes a direct hit from mid-on, but he is comfortably in the crease.

AB: "someone in my facebook signed and shared a petition, "stop shahadat hossain from playing test cricket". Too much? Given the average he holds, I think not."

End of over 41 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 187/2
KC Sangakkara    73* (114b 10x4)      Abul Hasan    9-1-39-0
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (12b)      Sohag Gazi    15-1-54-2

41.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flatter delivery, the batsman defends off the back foot

41.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, bowls a quicker one on the off stump, the batsman defends it towards mid-on

41.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted wide outside off, the batsman doesn't take the bait and lets it go

41.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on the stumps, defended off the front foot

41.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, goes on the back foot to a delivery that has been pushed through, cuts it straight to point

41.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, drifts on to the pads, the batsman goes on the back foot and dabs it towards square leg for a single

End of over 42 (1 run) Sri Lanka 188/2
KC Sangakkara    74* (120b 10x4)      Sohag Gazi    16-1-55-2
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (12b)      Abul Hasan    9-1-39-0

42.1

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Sanga gets up on his toes and cracks it hard, but straight to the fielder at deep point

42.2

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on the middle and leg line, the batsman stays in the crease and pushes it to midwicket

42.3

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, back of length delivery going across the left-hander, easily left alone

MT: "As someone who admires Sangakkara and Sri Lankan cricket in general, I'm always amazed at the number of fans who think he should step down to give younger players a chance! Why should he relinquish a place he has earned and when he is still playing very well? He is Sri Lanka's greatest ever batsman and an all-time great in my opinion and SL fans should cherish him while he's still around."

42.4

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, 2 runs, length delivery on the pads, the batsman punches it past midwicket for a couple

42.5

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, short delivery by Abul, but the batsman has enough time to get under it

42.6

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 wide, short and it's wide too, very wide, the umpire uses the opportunity to stretch his arms

42.6

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 192/2
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (17b)      Abul Hasan    10-1-43-0
KC Sangakkara    75* (121b 10x4)      Sohag Gazi    16-1-55-2

43.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, defended off the front foot

43.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, floated up outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

43.3

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, this one is tossed up outside off, the batsman plays it late and towards point

43.4

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, pushed through on the off stump line, the batsman comes forward to defend

43.5

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, FOUR, tossed up outside off, the batsman waits and gets on top of the bounce to cut it past point for yet another boundary. Excellent placement. Takes him past Sunil Gavaskar's 10122

43.6

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, waits for the ball to come to him and whips it to square leg for a single

End of over 44 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 197/2
KC Sangakkara    80* (127b 11x4)      Sohag Gazi    17-1-60-2
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (17b)      Abul Hasan    10-1-43-0

Strop: "@MT I agree wholeheartedly. I guess 35 is considered 'old' in Sri Lanka. If that's the case then I must be dead!"

44.1

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on the middle stump line, pushed down to mid-on off the front foot

44.2

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, loses direction and bowls it down the leg side this time

44.3

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery outside off, left alone by the batsman

44.4

Abul Hasan to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman gets on top of the bounce and chops it down to third-man

44.5

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, another one down the leg side. Abul bowled a few good overs after lunch, but he seems to be losing his rhythm again

44.6

Abul Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, the batsman tries to whip it, but the ball hits the thigh pad and Mushfiqur dives to his right to catch that. He misses, but that came off the pad, so would have been safe anyway

End of over 45 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 199/2
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (19b)      Abul Hasan    11-1-44-0
KC Sangakkara    81* (131b 11x4)      Sohag Gazi    17-1-60-2

Gazi continues his marathon spell..

45.1

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, pushes it through outside off, the batsman defends it off the back foot

45.2

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, waits for this one on the back foot and tries to cut it past point, but hits it straight to the fielder

45.3

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, he comes forward and defends

45.4

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, goes back and cuts it again to the fielder at point, but this one was close to the stumps

45.5

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, bowls a quicker delivery on off stump, the batsman gets an inside edge on to his pads as he goes forward to defend

45.6

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, the batsman takes a big stride forward to defend

End of over 46 (maiden) Sri Lanka 199/2
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (25b)      Sohag Gazi    18-2-60-2
KC Sangakkara    81* (131b 11x4)      Abul Hasan    11-1-44-0

Ashraful comes in now to bowl his version of spin

Kamsy: "@MT Two corrections, as far as I know no one is asking Sanga to retire at the moment. Also Aravinda is still the all time best batsman Sri Lanka produced!!"

46.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, no run, bowls it flat on off stump, the batsman goes back to defend

46.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, no run, this time he comes forward to defend

46.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, 2 runs, drives it through the gap at covers off a flighted delivery, but there is a fielder in the deep

46.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery on the middle stump, defended off the front foot

46.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to deep mid-off for a single

46.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, FOUR, he comes down the pitch and makes room too, and smokes the tossed up delivery through covers for a boundary. No chance for any fielder to stop that

End of over 47 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 206/2
HDRL Thirimanne    8* (26b 1x4)      Mohammad Ashraful    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    84* (136b 11x4)      Sohag Gazi    18-2-60-2

47.1

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, no run, he goes back for the back foot punch, but hits the fielder at silly point

47.2

Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, 1 run, this time he beats the silly point fielder and manages to punch it through cover point

47.3

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, that was very close as the batsman tries to play for the spin, but the ball keeps coming back in to him. He is very lucky as the inside edge goes on top of the stumps

47.4

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, defended off the front foot

47.5

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, entices the batsman with a floater outside off, the batsman leaves it alone

47.6

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, 1 run, drifts on to the pads, the batsman flicks it past forward short leg for a single

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 208/2
HDRL Thirimanne    9* (30b 1x4)      Sohag Gazi    19-2-62-2
KC Sangakkara    85* (138b 11x4)      Mohammad Ashraful    1-0-7-0

Nir: "Sanga should be careful against Ashraful. Sanga has a habit of getting out to "half bowlers" often hitting a sweetly timed shot straight down the throat of a man in the deep."

48.1

Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, no run, pushed through on off stump, the batsman comes forward in defence

48.2

Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, no run, stretches forward to get to the pitch of the ball and defends

48.3

Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, no run, more of front foot defence by the batsman

48.4

Mohammad Ashraful to Thirimanne, 1 run, allows the ball to come to him as the line is towards the leg side, tucks it fine on the leg side for a single

48.5

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, no run, flatter delivery outside off, the batsman goes back and pushes it to cover

48.6

Mohammad Ashraful to Sangakkara, no run, this time he comes forward seeing the length is fuller, defends to cover again

End of over 49 (1 run) Sri Lanka 209/2
KC Sangakkara    85* (140b 11x4)      Mohammad Ashraful    2-0-8-0
HDRL Thirimanne    10* (34b 1x4)      Sohag Gazi    19-2-62-2

Charbel: "It has to be of serious concern to the Bangladesh selectors and fans that Gazi is the leader of the attack in only his 3rd test. He has so much potential but it's about time that bowlers who can build pressure are picked. I.e. Nazmul Hossain"

49.1

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, drifts on to the off stump from wide of the crease, defended off the front foot

49.2

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, FOUR, the batsman has enough and comes down the track seeing the flight, lofts him over mid-on easily for a couple of bounces and over the rope

49.3

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, stays on the back foot and tries to work the ball on the leg side, but plays it to short leg fielder

49.4

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, flighted outside off stump, the batsman lets this one go

49.5

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, flatter delivery on the middle stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and defends

49.6

Sohag Gazi to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up delivery outside off stump, the batsman takes a forward stride and covers the line of the ball, then lets it go

End of over 50 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 213/2
HDRL Thirimanne    14* (40b 2x4)      Sohag Gazi    20-2-66-2
KC Sangakkara    85* (140b 11x4)      Mohammad Ashraful    2-0-8-0
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Series Results
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS) - Mar 16-19, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle - Mar 8-12, 2013
Match drawn
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Mar 12, 2013

Kumar Sangakkara made centuries in both innings of the match, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, 5th day, Galle, March 12, 2013

Kumar Sangakkara made centuries in both innings of the match

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Kumar Sangakkara strikes one on the off side, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, 5th day, Galle, March 12, 2013

Kumar Sangakkara strikes one on the off side

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