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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 1st Test at Galle, , Mar 08 2013 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st Test, Galle, March 08 - 12, 2013, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka
570/4d & 335/4d
(T:268) 638 & 70/1

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
BAN 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 223 runs
BAN: 70/1CRR: 3.18 
Mohammad Ashraful22 (56b 1x4)
Jahurul Islam41 (73b 5x4 1x6)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 4-0-11-0
Ajantha Mendis 7-1-23-0

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 Ashraful, 1 run

fuller delivery, the batsman pushes it to mid-off and they take a quick single

Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

bowls it down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone

Dilshan to Jahurul, 1 run

flighted on leg stump, the batsman drives it to deep midwicket

Dilshan to Ashraful, 1 run

full and flighted, it is driven down the ground to long-on

Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

now he comes forward and defends the tossed up delivery back down the pitch

Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

the batsman defends the flighted delivery from the crease

Round the wicket

end of over 21Maiden
BAN: 67/1CRR: 3.19 
Jahurul Islam40 (72b 5x4 1x6)
Mohammad Ashraful20 (51b 1x4)
Ajantha Mendis 7-1-23-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan 3-0-8-0

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, 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, 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!!!!"

Mendis to Jahurul, no run

fuller delivery on off, the batsman comes forward and defends

Mendis to Jahurul, no run

goes on the back foot and defends to the leg side

Mendis to Jahurul, no run

flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward to defend

Mendis to Jahurul, no run

bowls it flat on the leg stump, tucked towards square leg for a single

end of over 206 runs
BAN: 63/1CRR: 3.15 
Mohammad Ashraful20 (51b 1x4)
Jahurul Islam40 (66b 5x4 1x6)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 3-0-8-0
Ajantha Mendis 6-0-23-0
Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

tossed up delivery, on off stump, the batsman comes forward to defend

Dilshan to Ashraful, FOUR runs

comes down the pitch and meets the ball on the full, he drives it all along the ground to the extra-cover boundary

Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

stays on the back foot and defends the flatter delivery down the pitch

Dilshan to Jahurul, 1 run

comes down the pitch and drives it easily to long-on

Dilshan to Ashraful, 1 run

fuller delivery outside off, the batsman comes down the pitch and pushes it to mid-off for a quick single.

Dilshan to Ashraful, no run

bowls an offspinning delivery which hits the pads, but again that hits him outside the line of off

Saikat Mukherjee: "Only reason this Test will be remembered is for the Bangla batting and the apt reply they gave to shock the Lankans out of their wits. If this is how tests are played, no doubt it will die ;) Thankfully Pakistan and India have tests and pitches to produce results."

end of over 192 runs
BAN: 57/1CRR: 3.00 
Jahurul Islam39 (65b 5x4 1x6)
Mohammad Ashraful15 (46b)
Ajantha Mendis 6-0-23-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan 2-0-2-0
Mendis to Jahurul, no run

a catch is taken at short-leg, but there was not bat involved, it went straight up off the pad

Cliff: "We, test cricket fans again are going to get criticised more than both the captains"

Mendis to Jahurul, no run

goes on the back foot and defends to off