Player of the Match
Player of the Match

22 | 3 Runs | BDESH: 70/1

  • Mohammad Ashraful22 (56b)
  • Jahurul Islam41 (73b)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan4-0-11-0
  • Ajantha Mendis7-1-23-0

So that is the end of our coverage of this match. We will be back soon with the second Test of the series that starts on March 16 in Colombo. There is a lot of analysis yet to come from Isam and Fernando, so keep an eye on that. Thanks for being patient with me, but we all had fun. This is Devashish Fuloria signing off. Ciao ciao.


Mushfiqur Rahim gets the Man of the Match: "It is really enjoyable, the team is playing very well together. We didn't really bowl well first up, so we had a chat that we need to show character and then our batsmen did really well. The draw is huge, it was also the first time we took lead against Sri Lanka."

Angelo Mathews: "The batters would have loved to bat for another two days on this pitch. It was disappointing not to win the match, but it was hard-work for the bowlers. But the batsmen batted really well. We have a couple days to freshen up and i look forward to the next game."

Dilshan gets an award for fastest fifty (In a Test match? Why?)

Hand Shakes? Anyone. Yes, so that is the end of the Test match. A match sprinkled with lots of high-scores and fun-time for the batsmen. But Bangladesh have drawn for the first time against Sri Lanka. Mushfiqur Rahim scored a brilliant double, while Ashraful and Nasir Hossain also added superlative hundreds. Not to forget the twin hundreds by Sangakkara, maiden hundred by Thirimanne and Chandimal and you can bet that it has been a run-feast. The two teams go to Colombo soon for the second Test with the series still wide open.

sakhawat: "Many congrats to the tigers, looking forward of next match. Hope they will keep our head up as well"

Marcus: "I genuinely feel Bangladeshi cricket has turned a corner, as exemplified by this performance. Good on them! Cricket is better off for it."

Cliff: "Who is in charge of RPS Colombo pitch. Pls meet the Galle one to discuss what he shouldn't do"

Ravi B: "Wow! what a test match? 19 wickets over the 5 days, out of which most of the wickets fell today are not due to the pitch but by throwing them away."

Shoel: "This game has proved that precision in the fielding plays a vital role in the game. If those catches weren't missed we might have had a result for both sides!!!"

Joffa: "One last quick question...How many catches dropped by each side in this test?" - Are you trying to do a Colombo here? Many, in one word, but I will need to go through all the comms to answer that.

James: "Homework for both sides: 3 things to make the rest of this series more interesting. Try taking catches, less flat pitch and adventurous declarations. Bangladesh will be the happier team."

Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, fuller delivery, the batsman pushes it to mid-off and they take a quick single
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, bowls it down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone
Dilshan to Jahurul Islam, 1 run, flighted on leg stump, the batsman drives it to deep midwicket
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full and flighted, it is driven down the ground to long-on
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, now he comes forward and defends the tossed up delivery back down the pitch
Dilshan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, the batsman defends the flighted delivery from the crease

Round the wicket

21 | 4 Runs | BDESH: 67/1

  • Jahurul Islam40 (72b)
  • Mohammad Ashraful20 (51b)
  • Ajantha Mendis7-1-23-0
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan3-0-8-0

Bones: "This test is going to be remembered for a long time...People are going to tell "remember the test match that as played when Australian players were caught by the headmaster for not doing their homework? yeah, someone apparently scored a double hundred of sorts on that day!"

Mendis to Jahurul Islam, 4 byes, that's the carrom-ball, and it turns away from the right-hander and beats the keeper too, goes for four byes
Mendis to Jahurul Islam, no run, on the middle stump this time, defended easily off the back foot

Kaiser: "I bet a big jumbo can still land safely on this fifth day pitch!!!!"