Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

700dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the Presmadasa

Optimism for Mathews as SL are reborn

This was the series where Sri Lanka finally shook off the Muralitharan-era and, with a young captain showing signs of potential, took a stride into the future

700dMohammad Isam in Colombo

Bangladesh fall to old weakness again

The general approach against left-arm spin in Bangladesh is to play safe. Against Rangana Herath, they neither took the safety-first approach nor were successful in hitting him out of the attack

Day 3

700dMohammad Isam in Colombo

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

Tamim Iqbal, the top-scorer of Bangladesh's 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

700dMohammad Isam in Colombo

Bangladesh learning batting nuances from Sangakkara

Though there was much to appreciate about the performance of the Bangladesh openers, Tamim Iqbal spoke about how different, and effective, Kumar Sangakkara's approach was during his century

700dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Sangakkara expects tough finish

Sri Lanka want to wrap up Bangladesh early so they can avoid batting on an already deteriorating pitch in Colombo

Day 2

700dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Chandimal eyeing lead of 120

Dinesh Chandimal believes a lead of 120 to 150 should be enough to put pressure on Bangladesh in their second innings

700dAndrew Fernando and Mohammad Isam at the Premadasa

Karunaratne pays for his impatience

Plays of the day from the second day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

700dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the Premadasa

Struggling Mathews coming under pressure

Angelo Mathews has an unconvincing Test record so far and the success of Dinesh Chandimal and other younger players is threatening to usurp him

700dMohammad Isam in Colombo

Bangladesh pacers shine on barren day

The first and third sessions of the day, which brought Bangladesh five wickets with two new balls, brought the spotlight on to the pace bowlers, of whom very little was expected even from the chief selector a month ago

Day 1

700dAndrew Fidel Fernando at the Premadasa

Meticulous Herath crafts another success story

For Rangana Herath, wicket-taking is about plotting for every batsman and laying a trap with every ball, as was demonstrated on day one in Colombo


700dMohammad Isam in Colombo

Jahurul looks to keep boosting self-belief

Jahurul Islam might have come in for some criticism for throwing his wicket away at the wrong moment in the Colombo Test, but that has not left him unnecessarily unsettled

700dMohammad Isam in Colombo

Fit Tamim, Rubel likely to return in Colombo

A fully fit squad, with Tamim Iqbal and Rubel Hossain having recovered from their injuries, means Bangladesh will make a few changes to the playing XI for the second Test in Colombo

700dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Sri Lanka mull change in bowling strategy

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews suggested his side needed to stray from their traditional Test match strategy at home to give themselves the best chance of beating Bangladesh in the second Test

Sri Lanka 4th innings Partnerships

1st31TM DilshanFDM Karunaratne
2nd94TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd10KC SangakkaraHDRL Thirimanne
4th25AD MathewsHDRL Thirimanne