The Sri Lankan cricket team was declared “dead” and utterly criticised by local newspapers subsequent to their defeat against Bangladesh in the 2nd Test played at the P Sara Oval, Colombo. The loss frustrated and thwarted Rangana Herath’s side from completing a comprehensive home series win. The series ended in a discomfiting tie for the home side.
Furthermore, it was Bangladesh’s 100th Test and Herath’s first loss as captain of the Test side.
The visitors were off to an excellent start in the 1st session of day one but Dinesh Chandimal’s courageous ton helped Sri Lanka back to their feet in the post lunch session. Wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya De Silva made useful thirties to lift the side in the latter part of the day. Suranga Lakmal and Rangana Herath troubled the visitors with stubborn cameos down the order. However, the hosts were restricted to 338 in 113 overs.
Bangladesh displayed a better batting performance as four players made half centuries to lift the pressure. Shakib Al Hasan’s impressive ton propelled the side to 467.
Dimuth Karunaratne was the only stand out performer for Sri Lanka in the second innings. His century took the side to 319 but the lead only extended to 191.
The wicket was good to bat but Herath was pretty confident with three spinners under his sleeve. Unfortunately, Tamim Iqbal’s blistering 82 swung the game in favor of the tigers. The bowlers tried their very best but opportunities only came in the latter part of the day. It was a little too late when things started to happen for Sri Lanka.
“I really thought that we could defend it, because we have played games with India and Pakistan and defended low scores. We also had three spinners. When we got two early wickets, I felt the same way, but after lunch they were in an attacking mood and scored some quick runs. That’s where the match slipped from us in the fourth innings,” said Rangana Herath at the post match presentation.
Nevertheless, Sri Lanka went down fighting until the very last delivery of the game. An obituary sounds ridiculous and absurd, especially when the side defeated Australia not too long ago. Besides, Bangladesh has lately transformed into a solid side with former Sri Lankan batsman Chandika Hathurusinghe and Thilan Samaraweera in the coaching staff.
As observed, several foreign media platforms have exaggerated on the obituary notice, bringing humiliation to the hard-working cricketers.
“In affectionate remembrance of Sri Lankan cricket which died at the Oval on 19, March 2017. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Bangladesh,” said the notice in The Island newspaper.
Furthermore, the series was shared and the hosts were certainly not outplayed throughout the two tests. There certainly are areas to improve but the young side has showcased sublime potential in recent outings. Criticism can harmfully discourage the youngsters in the side, spawning unwanted pressure on and off the field.
With three one day internationals and two T20’s to play, Sri Lanka can certainly bounce back from the dead if that’s what’s required to slam the critics. The young side undoubtedly has the potential and firepower to outclass Bangladesh in all departments.
The first one day international will be played on Saturday at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.
/ 10 months ago
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