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Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim acknowledges the crowd after scoring
fifty runs during the first day of the first test cricket match against Sri Lanka, in
Dhaka, Bangladesh, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MIRPUR---Kaushal Sliva hit 30
and Dimuth Karunarate scored 28
to help Sri Lanka reach 60-0 at
stumps on the first day of the first
Test against Bangladesh yester-
The Sri Lankans are still trailing by
172 runs after Bangladesh was bowled
out for 232 in their first innings. Ear-
lier, Shaminda Eranga claimed 4-49
to give Sri Lanka an edge. His new
ball partner Suranga Lakmal finished
with 3-66. Eranga was dangerous,
bowling with high speed and troubling
the Bangladeshi batsmen from the
start. His decisive short-pitch deliv-
eries were tough to negotiate in a pitch
that still offered considerable assis-
tance for the pacers.Rangana Herath
ended with 2-50. Bangladesh captain
Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 61,
and Shakib Al Hasan made 55. No 7
batsman Sohag Gazi hit 42 runs to
help Bangladesh propel past 200.
Debutant Shamsur Rahman made 33.
The rest of the Bangladeshi top-
order batsmen failed to reach double
digits, paying the price of being too
aggressive, after Sri Lanka won the
toss and opted to field first.
Rahim s 13th test half-century was
studded with nine fours. He was the
key in Bangladesh s revival.
Shakib also struck nine fours in his
55, his 15th test half-century. He was
trapped lbw, attempting to sweep off
Herath s delivery that ended the 86-
run partnership with Rahim. (AP)
Bangladesh, 1st inns
T Iqbal c Lakmal b Eranga
S Rahman c Vithanage b Eranga
M Ayub lbw Mathews
M Haque c Vithanage b Lakmal
S Al Hasan lbw Herath
M Rahim lbw Lakmal
N Hossain c Chandimal b Eranga
S Gazi c Eranga b Lakmal
R Islam c Perera b Eranga
R Hossain b Herath
Extras: (4lb, 5nb)
TOTAL: (all out) 232.
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-40, 3-40, 4-60, 5-145,
6-150, 7-203, 8-219, 9-222, 10-232.
Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 18.1-3-66-3 (4nb),
Shaminda Eranga 17.4-2-49-4 (1nb), Angelo
Mathews 6-3-18-1, Dilruwan Perera 11-2-45-0,
Rangana Herath 11-1-50-2.
Sri Lanka, 1st inns
D Karunaratne not out
K Silva not out
Extras: (1w, 1nb)
TOTAL: (without wicket)
Bowling: Robiul Islam 4-1-12-0 (1w), Al-Amin
Hossain 5-1-18-0, Rubel Hossain 4-0-20-0,
Sohag Gazi 5-2-8-0, Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-2-0
Umpires: Nigel Llong, England, and Paul Reiffel,
Australia.TV Umpire: Sharfuddola, Bangladesh.
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath, India.
Sri Lanka 60-0
The series has produced three close finishes,
but there has been a certain caginess to both the
sides. New Zealand have been wary of the Indian
batsmen, India have been wary of Indian bowlers.
New Zealand have been over-aiming in the last 15
overs, scoring massively in spurts but also losing wickets
to end up with scores either par or slightly over par.
India have won the tosses, but even on a slow pitch
and despite having failed chasing of late, they have
refused to bat first because they don t want their bats-
men to be under a similar pressure of over-aiming for
an Indian-bowlers-proof total. The New Zealand
bowlers, like their batsmen, have been superb in the
first 35, but it is the resilience of the Indian batting
that took the first two matches close and tied the third
to keep the series alive.
Coming back to Hamilton for the fourth ODI, expect
a similar script. The pitch will be slow, which will
become slower in the second innings, so New Zealand
will want to bat first, set up a solid platform in the
first 35, and then go big in the last 15. India haven t
given any indication they will change their plan of
chasing whatever their bowlers give them to chase
despite the slowness of the Hamilton pitch. Except
they will want more from their batsmen and their
bowlers in the first 35 overs, New Zealand will have
similar demands in the last 15.
India can t win the series now, but if they win both
the matches they can keep their No 1 ranking besides
just leveling the series.
Brendon McCullum has captained the side superbly
and refreshingly aggressively, but he hasn t yet come
off with the bat. He is one of the explosive three -
Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi being the others---
to take advantage of the platform set by the top four,
but he hasn t been able to reprise the form he displayed
in the series defeat against England last year when he
scored three consecutive half-centuries. He will first
want to avoid a hat-trick of ducks, and then do some-
thing about having scored just one fifty in his last 15
Suresh Raina s drought has been longer. He has
scored just one fifty - that too against Zimbabwe---
in his last 30 innings without any threat to his place
in the side. The rope must be getting shorter.
India seeks new end to old story
HARARE---Crippled by a player strike and facing
serious financial difficulties, Zimbabwe s cricket
board has turned down a one-off Test against
South Africa before the top-ranked South Africans
host Australia next month.
Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Lovemore Banda says
the Zimbabweans weren t able to accept the offer and
will instead play two Tests and a limited-overs series
against South Africa sometime around August. Zim-
babwe s players have been on strike since last year over
unpaid wages and bonuses and ZC has also had to
cancel tours by Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. South Africa
was left without any international cricket throughout
January when India shortened its tour and dropped a
planned third Test.
After a 5-0 Ashes drubbing of England, Australia s
Test squad arrives in South Africa tomorrow for a three-
match series. (AP)
Zimbabwe turns down South Africa Test
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