Khaled Mahmud, the Bangladesh team leader, said on Monday (April 26) that his team is expecting a result-oriented dig in Pallekelle once they combat Sri Lanka within the series-deciding second match game, scheduled to start on April 29.
The opening Test led to a high scoring draw that saw 1289 runs scored despite the ultimate session of play getting washed off thanks to the rain. The green top wicket didn’t offer the promised assistance to the pacers nor was there any help for the spinners.
Mahmud feels playing on a special pitch will provide each side with an opportunity to clinch the series.
Earlier, Mickey Arthur, Sri Lanka’s head coach, too had made an identical plea after the fourth day’s play. He had said, “It’s very flat. Maybe it had been a touch bit naive of me in terms of strategy – this is often my first Test in Pallekele – in understanding the surface. “We wanted to beat Bangladesh with a touch of pace and bounce, but it’s just been extremely flat. We’re getting to need to reassess that. We’re getting to need to check out how we choose that second Test,”,
Mahmud echoed similar views and added, “This wasn’t a result-oriented wicket, as there have been only 20 wickets taken within the whole first match game, so I’m expecting something better, a competitive wicket, at least, for subsequent match game.
“We’d go see the wicket tomorrow because it might be a seam-friendly track, it might be a spinning track, but it definitely should not be a flat wicket like this one (the wicket of the primary Test) and even the Sri Lankans didn’t appreciate this wicket.
“I’m very pitying the bowlers in both the teams, as there was nothing within the wicket to bowl at. Although we are experienced within the spin department, their pace attack was much more experienced than ours and still, they couldn’t pick wickets.”
Mahmud added that he’s impressed with the showing of the players within the Test. Bangladesh had inherited the primary Test at the rear of eight successive defeats. However, he wants the team to point out more consistency and not be content with the results of the primary Test.
“I don’t think I should evaluate only one match, but I would like the boys to be consistent, I would like them to play consistently good from here on, but I think in them, as we’ve another match during this series, then we’ll attend Zimbabwe, so I would like this to become a correct Test team.
“If we continuously play better cricket for an extended time, keep drawing matches daily, batsmen can bat with responsibility, then we’d start to find out about winning Test matches regularly within the coming days,” he concluded.
Bangladesh will play the last Test in Pallekelle from April 29 while their next Test assignment is scheduled in Zimbabwe. they’re going to visit the African country for a two-match Test series in June alongside three ODIs and three Tests.