May 9, 2021


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If the wicket is right …

At the end of the first day’s play, Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Koranaratne was heard saying that they wanted to score at least 600 runs. However, on the way to the desired goal, they had to face obstacles from time to time on the second day. Especially in the first two sessions, the pace of scoring was not expected. Not because the bowlers of Bangladesh were able to keep the opposing batsmen tied to the wickets in controlled bowling. Taskin Ahmed is in great rhythm as usual. The other two pacers did not disappoint. Taizul Islam claims that the tight bowling of the kalerkantho pacers has also been very helpful to the spinners. At a virtual press conference yesterday evening, however, the left-arm spinner allotted a little too much praise for Taskin. That’s also very normal, ‘All in all, everyone bowled well. He bowled to stop the run. And Taskin’s bowling has been much better. That is why it has become easy for our spinners to bowl runs.

However, the wicket of the second day of the Candy Test is also keeping the black cloud of fear for Bangladesh. The Sri Lankan batsmen batted comfortably on the first day at the Pallekele Stadium, but it did not happen on the second day. Because not, the bounce on the wicket was uneven. With that, the spinners have started matching the turn and extra bounce. Today, the wicket for Bangladesh, which is waiting to bat on the third day, may become a cause of discomfort. It is an advantage for the spinners of the host team to start breaking wickets. But Taizul did not match the tone of the potential difficulties for the batsmen of the visiting team. In his words, ‘there are no such cracks. Not that every ball is turning. Many are not even turning. Turning occasionally. It could be because of the ball, it could be because of a place on the wicket. The wickets are still pretty good to look at. Now it is difficult to understand what it will be like to go to the middle stage. But I don’t think there will be any problem. ‘

That is to say, but Taizul is not very sure again. Sri Lanka’s first innings is already on the way. The second day ended with 469 runs for 6 wickets. Oshada Fernando said the hosts could give up 550 runs. Taizul, however, is thinking of taking the lead. Of course, he is also keeping ‘if-but’ in that thought. Not sure how the wicket will behave from the third day onwards, so they have to think about their difficult time, ‘Two days have passed since the match. Then the third and fourth day. Our batsmen have to play much better if we are to take the lead. It is difficult to understand what the wicket will be like. If we are good and our batsmen play well, we can easily take the lead. But if something goes wrong on the wicket, it will be difficult. ‘