Omar's 81 the only bright spark for Bangladesh
After their 0-3 bashing in the one-day internationals by Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh looked to the 3-day practice game against a Sri Lanka
Development XI to show some form of improvement at the Colombo Colts
But whatever plans or thoughts they had in mind went awry in the
first session of play when they lost six wickets for 117 runs and was
later dismissed for 195, a total that could hardly inject any confidence
to a team preparing for a Test series.
None of their top order batsmen got a start. The only exception was
experienced opener Javed Omar who played some extravagant strokes to
make a top score of 81 off 109 balls and a late surge by tailender
Tapash Baisya who made 54 off 76 balls with one six and six fours.
Struck a painful blow on the left forearm by Tharanga Lakshitha as
early as the third over of the day, Omar displayed grit and
determination which his team mates lacked to ride the storm and carve
out for himself an innings which would give him a lot of confidence for
the rest of the tour.
Omar took his revenge on Lakshitha when he square cut him for six to
third man and then edged him for a boundary through vacant third slip to
bring up his half-century in 93 minutes and 60 balls, inclusive of eight
fours and a six. Overall, he hit one six and 11 fours in a stay of 169
While Omar continued to fight it out at one end, the rest of the
batting failed to rally around him. With a century very much on the
cards, Omar was unfortunate to be ruled out lbw to leg-spinner
Rupasinghe when he was at full stretch.
The pitch turned out to be two-paced with one end offering high
bounce and the other end keeping low. Bangladesh floundered in the first
hour to be 27-4 after being invited to bat first by SLC Development
skipper Tilan Samaraweera who had some knowledge of how the pitch
behaves on the first morning of a match here having played the initial
part of his cricket at Colts before moving over to the SSC.
The Bangladeshi batsmen were unable to come to terms with the early
moisture in the pitch, which afforded bounce and movement to the fast
bowlers. Their tendency to play across the line continuously contributed
to their own downfall.
Had they managed to keep their wickets intact in the first session of
play instead of attempting to score runs, they could have come up with a
better display of batting because the pitch gradually lost its early nip
and turned out to be easy paced as the day progressed.
This was quite evident when SLC Development XI began their reply
through an opening stand of 67 between Harsha Vithana and Shantha
Kalavitigoda. Kalavitigoda playing on his home turf looked set for a
lengthy innings in the middle when he remained unbeaten on 54. He had
five fours in a stay of 138 minutes.
With the fast bowlers operating for most of the day, the overate was
rather pedestrian and the game was due to go beyond the stipulated time
when bad light intervened with 11 overs yet to be bowled.
With the exception of Jeevan Mendis who bowled the last over before
lunch, the rest of the bowlers used by Samaraweera were all successful.
Gayan Wijekoon and Gihan Rupasinghe had a major share of the spoils with
three wickets apiece.
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS
Javed Omar lbw b Rupasinghe 81
Nafees Iqbal c De Silva b Lakshitha 0
Thushar Imran b Lakshitha 0
Mohammed Ashraful lbw b Waruna 9
Shahriar Nafees b Waruna 0
Aftab Ahmed c Kalavitigoda b Wijekoon 14
Khaled Mashud c De Silva b Wijekoon 4
Manjural Islam lbw b Wijekoon 4
Tapash Baisya c Waruna b Rupasinghe 54
Syed Rasel c Kalavitigoda b Rupasinghe 4
Shahadat Hossain not out 5
Extras (lb-1, nb-15, w-4) 20
TOTAL (all out, 45.3 overs, 206 mins) 195
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-9, 2-9, 3-23, 4-27,
5-68, 6-90, 7-117, 8-151, 9-169, 10-195.
BOWLING: Lakshitha 14-0-62-2 (8nb),
Waruna 12-1-64-2 (6nb), Wijekoon 11-1-35-3 (4w, 1nb),
Mendis 1-0-2-0, Rupasinghe 7.3-1-31-3.
SRI LANKA CRICKET DEVELOPMENT XI
H.E. Vithana c Nafees b Rasel 16
S. Kalavitigoda not out 54
M.K. Gajanayake b Ahmed 12
T.T. Samaraweera not out 4
Extras (b-4, lb-6, nb-13) 23
TOTAL (2 wkts at close,
31 overs, 138 mins) 109
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-67, 2-95.
TO BAT: S.H.T. Kandamby, B.M.A.J. Mendis,
N.R.G. Wijekoon, G.T. de Silva, H.W.U. Waruna,
A.B.T. Lakshitha, G. Rupasinghe.
BOWLING: Rasel 8-0-24-1 (4nb),
Hossain 7-0-24-0 (4nb), Baisya 6-0-34-0 (5nb),
Haque 5-2-8-0, Ahmed 5-2-9-1.