May 9, 2021

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This time in the hope of a lively wicket

No wickets were taken on the fourth day of the Test. In all, a total of 16 wickets have fallen in five days. That’s enough information to explain the lifelessness of the stadium’s wicket in Candy’s Pallekele, who was selected for the first Test of the series. While a Test draw on a lifeless wicket is a relief for Bangladesh, it is certainly not the case in Sri Lanka. Their coaches and captains have already demanded different wickets for the next Test. Therefore, the Bangladesh team is also hoping for a ‘lively’ wicket in the second and final Test starting from April 29.

kalerkanthokalerkantho After five days of playing in the scorching heat of Sri Lanka as well as testing his physical fitness, tomorrow was Mominul Haque’s day to rest. Those who were not in the main squad of 15 people have also been sweating in the net near the stadium in Pallekele for the last five days. So they also got a day to spend in comfort. In a video message sent by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) from Sri Lanka on the same day, team leader Khaled Mahmood said that the expectation of getting a different wicket in the next Test was “lifeless.” It is difficult to get the result of a match on such a wicket in this heat. I think then something else is waiting for us. There is no way to say what it is now without seeing the wicket. Tomorrow (today) I will go to the field and see the wicket, maybe I can tell. ‘ The Sri Lankan captain has directly demanded that the wickets of the second Test be helpful for the bowlers. He himself has scored a double century but has seen bowlers die head over heels. Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur has also been heard demanding support for the bowlers.

The wickets should be provided according to the demand of the hosts. How will it be? Mahmud guessed a few possibilities in advance. In the words of this former captain, ‘Siming could be the wicket. I don’t know how much seaming it will be. Or spin can be a helpful wicket. However, it seems that there will be no match on the lifeless wicket. The Sri Lankan team did not like this wicket (of the first match) either. ‘BCB director Mahmud himself was a pace bowling all-rounder in his playing career. Therefore, he should not understand the pain of the pacers in such a wicket. He also sympathized with the pacers of both the teams, ‘I am very sorry for the bowlers, for the bowlers of both the teams. It is difficult for bowlers to win matches on this wicket. Test match is a game of 20 wickets. Their fast bowling department was also very experienced from our bowling attack. Maybe we were more experienced in spin. But they are the pace. They are the ones who have not been able to take more wickets here. ‘However, Mahmud is no less happy with the way the Bangladesh team has played in this Test,’ I am very happy. Because Bangladesh team was under a lot of pressure. Couldn’t do well in the home series against West Indies. The question was how well we would do here from there. But the boys have squeezed themselves from the beginning. At the same time, I am happy with the attitude and ability to overcome the heat. Of course, I would also say that it is possible for us to do better than this. I believe this team will go a long way if given time. ‘

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