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Sri Lanka triumph, Bangladesh let down by poor batting display

The kind of team Sri Lanka brought to Bangladesh previously was much better than the current one. Their batting and bowling lineups used to boast some of the best in the history of Test cricket and thrashing Bangladesh was like a cakewalk for them. They created a legacy against Bangladesh in Test cricket - a legacy that the current generation is carrying on despite being in tatters.

5 talking points from the first Test at Chattogram

The first Test at Chattogram between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka failed to produce a result, even though, at the start of Day 5, it seemed that Bangladesh might just set jitters in the Sri Lankan batting lineup and produce a result in favour for them. Well, the visitors held firm and neutralized the threat posed by the spinners of the home side.
Rangana HSri Lanka's Rangana Herath celebrates with his teammateserath

Sri Lanka overcame all odds to conquer the Bangladesh frontier

"The transformation is back on track and Sri Lanka have an able guiding light on Chandika Hathurusingha, the contribution of whom Bangladesh failed to acknowledge or appreciate". Tough circumstances Five years ago, any contest between these two teams would have been...
Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes reacts

Video: Bangladesh’s meek surrender was surprising

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhsY9tGeJ4A If you are a follower of the Bangladesh cricket team, certainly, their meek surrender at Mirpur on Day 3 would have hurt you a lot. It was just last year, on the same venue, the Tigers tamed Australia to...

Chandika Hathurusingha’s Sri Lanka are shinning

Even last month, at the start of Tri-series in Bangladesh, people kept on saying, even Chandika Hathurusingha cannot change this team. But when someone like Chandika is around, things are bound to change as he is the master of...
Sri Lanka's Roshen Silva plays a shot

Roshen Silva ends an agonising wait to mark his arrival in international cricket

"A batting average of 103 after three Tests. The only Lankan cricketer to score four fifties in his first five innings. Only the fourth player since Herbie Collins, Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin to do so. But for Silva,...
Bangladesh Collapse

Where is the fighting spirit of Bangladesh?

After failing to handle the pressure in the final of Tri-series, Bangladesh surrendered meekly at Mirpur and lost the Test series. The Bangladesh team are fragile temperamentally at present.... When the Tigers used to fight In the second Test at...
Akila Dananjaya, Liton Das

The Akila show

"He came, he saw and he conquered. This is the story of Akila Dananjaya who thrashed Bangladesh in their own backyard". There are debuts, then there are unforgettable debuts. Akila Dananjaya has always fallen into the latter category. Dananjaya will...
Bangladesh's embarrassing collapse

Bangladesh’s embarrassing collapse

Bangladesh lost five wickets for just three runs, which was nothing but embarrassing. Bangladesh would love to forget this collapse and come back strongly. Contradicting the first Test in Chittagong, the second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh has turned...
Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya Dinesh Chandimal

Akila Dananjaya’s memorable Test debut

He came to bowl, dismissed Mahmudullah Riyad and then triggered a collapse. It was a memorable debut for Akila Dananjaya.  A Test debut is always special for any cricketer, he has to win every race to make it to the...
Mustafizur Rahman showed how to bowl with positive intent

Mustafizur Rahman showed how to bowl with positive intent

Mustafizur Rahman’s short-burst at the fag end of second day was a matter of positive intent which the spinners of Bangladesh failed to exhibit. The morning session of second day of the second Test was nightmarish for Bangladesh. It was...
Bangladeshi cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim reacts after being dismissed

Bangladesh surrender to panic attack

The good work of the bowlers had been wasted by the Bangladesh batsmen who were shaky in the middle. The ball was expected to dominate a bit in Mirpur after International Cricket Council (ICC) rated the pitch at Chittagong ‘below...
Raijul Islam Bangladesh

Taijul Islam’s attacking intent paid off

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9L6fJ_au2M Taijul Islam bowled brilliantly on a day when the spotlight was on Abdur Razzak. A day before the start of second Test, cricket fraternity of Bangladesh was buzzing about the selection of Abdur Razzak. The veteran left-arm orthodox bowler...

Roshen Silva sticks it out on rage turner to showcase his mettle

"As much as the Delhi Test showcased his temperament and maturity, the half-century here at Dhaka would go down as the innings that shaped the career of Roshen Silva. He dug out the whole nine yards and single-handedly took...
Sri Lankan cricketer Suranga Lakmal celebrates with teammate

A contrasting day at Mirpur following Chittagong run-feast

"Hence, any day, I will prefer a pitch like Mirpur or the one we have seen during the recent South Africa vs India Test match in Cape Town over the wickets which produce dull-draws, such as, the Chittagong one...
Bangladesh Sri Lanka Cricket

Video: Chittagong Pitch was the worst advertisement for Test cricket

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCpoEmaH0hM The Chittagong Pitch was rated below average and given a demerit point by match referee David Boon. In an age when the longest format has to compete for followers with One Day and Twenty20 Internationals as well as private...
Mominul Haque,Dinesh Chandimal

This was Sri Lanka’s positive from flat deck

The dead deck at Chittagong might help to boost Sri Lanka's confidence. The year 2017 would go as one of the most forgettable years in the recent times for Sri Lankan cricket. In the entire year, their Pakistan whitewash of...
Sri Lanka Test cricketer

It’s a draw and it was evident on such a dead deck

The first Test at Chittagong is drawn and it was evident from Day 1. Overall, the Chittagong track prepared by local curator Zahid Reza produced five days of dull cricket and deserves to be rated as poor by ICC. At...
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella

Bangladesh in trouble on their wishful wicket

At stumps, Bangladesh are 81 for 3. On such a batting friendly wicket this scoreboard is not only surprising but also quite embarrassing for the home team....   “We have a pretty good chance to win the Test. It is a...
Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva plays a shot

The start of another de Silva era?

"Against the spinners, he was merciless, dancing down the track and taking them over the infield. He swept with authority, flicked with ease and set the panic button off in the Bangladeshi camp". 242 was always going to be a...


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

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