• Saturday, February 28, 2015


Halfway through the innings yesterday it seemed as though the Bangladeshi bowlers just did not want to send Kaushal Silva back to the pavilion. Silva was dropped thrice and was once caught behind off a no-ball. Mushfiqur Rahim dropped him twice, once off Al-Amin Hossain (when Silva was on 39) and the second time off Shakib Al Hasan (on 129). Debutant Shamsur Rahman failed to hold on to an edge off the batsman at gully when Silva was on 42. But of all the opportunities lost, the catch off a no-ball when Silva was on 40 -- which was denied as Al-Amin's back foot had broken the stumps at the other end -- was perhaps the most demoralising moment of the day.

Silva's highest score before this match was 95. He made that against Pakistan in the last series after in a pain-staking 221-ball effort. When he entered the 90s for the second time yesterday, his nerves had got the better of him and it seemed as though it would produce a similar result. He was stuck on 98 for four overs. It was a period which saw him get beaten numerous times and almost get himself run-out. He however, weathered the storm and eventually pulled his way to his first century in the 70 over.

There were two instances that perhaps best summed up the frustrating day that the hosts had on the field. The toll on Rubel Hossain was evident after he had the worst possible start with the new ball -- bowling a wide down the leg side which didn't even land on the pitch!
The second was when Nasir Hossain grasped an edge off Kumar Sangakkara's bat inches from the ground after fumbling it twice in the air. Reacting with a mixture of both relief and irritation, Nasir kicked the ball away.

Shakib Al Hasan's high-pedigree bowling was perhaps the only bright spot on an otherwise horrendous day for Bangladesh. The delivery that bowled Dinesh Chandimal -- pitching on a good length on middle stump and drawing the batsman forward, then spinning past the bat to hit the top of off -- was something special.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Last modified: 5:08 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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