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‘Almost 50 per cent of the Test was decided by toss’

Bangladesh were hammered by 209 runs in their second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy today and the Tigers' Test skipper Mominul Haque believed that the "50 per cent" fate of the game was decided by toss. 

Sri Lanka piled up a mammoth 493 for seven (declared) after electing to bat. And there was very little on offer for the bowlers of any kinds during the first two days when the Lankans batted as the likes of Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and opener Lahiru Thirimanne scored centuries while Oshada Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella smashed fifties.  

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"I think the most important thing in this Test match was the toss, in my view. First two days there wasn't anything for the bowlers. Almost 50% of the Test match was decided by the toss," Mominul pointed out the reason behind such a humiliating defeat at the post-match presentation ceremony. 

Unlike the batting-friendly pitch in the previous Test that received a below-average rating by match referee, this Pallekele pitch behaved more like a typical Sri Lankan pitch as it started to tear and wear as days passed, offering ample help to the spinners to get some turn and bounce. 

However, even though there was visible turn and bounce on offer from the pitch, Bangladesh batsmen only made it easier for their opponents by playing loose shots even when they had the opportunity to convert their starts to something meaningful. 

Tamim Iqbal missed out on a Test ton after reaching fifty for the fourth consecutive time while the likes of Mominul, Mushfiqur Rahim perished after getting decent starts in the first innings.   

And Mominul acknowledged that being bundled out for a mediocre score in the first innings, which ultimately helped the hosts get a huge lead, had cost the Tigers the match.

"Conditions are similar to Bangladesh, other than the humidity, with which we were struggling a bit. When you play international cricket, there will be pressure, and you have to embrace it. We lost this Test in the first innings when we were bowled out for 250 [251]. We should have batted better then," Mominul said.

Mominul also reiterated the same sentiment during the post-match press conference as the 29-year-old left-hander said the roles could have been reversed had the Tigers batted first in the game.

"Had we bat first then the story might have been different. They might have been in our place [on the losing side] and we could have been in their place. And according to me, you don't need many spinners on such a wicket. We had two quality spinners in our side and we would not require another spinner. I think two spinners are enough," Mominul added during the post-match press conference. 


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