Herath troubles Bangladesh
CRICKET: Left arm spinner Rangana Herath snapped up three late
wickets to spoil Bangladesh’s preparations for the forthcoming test
series, on the opening day of the three day warm up match against the
Sri Lanka ‘A’ team which began at the Colts Cricket Club ground in
Havelock Park yesterday.
Bangladesh after a promising start collapsed to 183 for 5 in their
first innings after skipper Mohammad Ashraful won the toss and elected
to bat first. Test cap Rangana Herath made a fine impact as he sent down
a marathon spell of twenty overs to finish with the excellent figures of
three wickets for 51 runs.
Herath bowled in short spells and his best period was certainly the
final session where he really troubled the visitors with some accurate
bowling. He also had the credit of capturing the prize wicket of captain
Mohammad Asharaful who hit a pain staking 37 runs in two hours of
batting inclusive of one six and four boundaries.
However Asharaful’s contribution was quite significant as he put on a
useful 75 run stand for the fourth wicket along with former captain
Habibul Bashar. This pair pulled the side out of trouble with some
intelligent batting after they had lost there wickets for just 73 runs.
Bashar went on to remain unbeaten on 60 having faced 146 deliveries
and included five boundaries. The tourists started at a slow pace as
they collected only 69 runs from the opening session and they struggled
to reached 125 for three wickets at the tea interval.
Their hopes of accelerating the scoring rate during the final session
was shattered by Rangana Herath who grabbed the opportunity to make a
significant impact during the final session. His figures of three
wickets for 51 runs however does not give a clear picture of his effort
as he troubled all the batsmen.
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS
Javed Omar run out 34
Shahriar Nafees c Mubarak b Prasad 16
Rajin Saleh lbw b Herath 21
Habibul Bashar not out 60
M. Ashraful cJayawardene bHerath 37
Shakib Al Hasan c Udawatte b Herath 0
Khaled Mashud not out 7
Extras (b 5, lb 2, nb 1) 8
TOTAL (5 wickets; 79 overs) 183
TO BAT: Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Sharif, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-25, 2-70, 3-73, 4-148, 5-148.
BOWLING: A. Ganegama 11-2-33-0, C. Welagedera 14-4-36-0, D. Prasad 12-6-17-1,
R. Herath 20-5-51-3, K. Lokuarachchi 11-4-14-0, D. Perera 11-3-25-0.
Sri Lanka A team: TT Samaraweera, MG Vandort, ML Udawatte, J Mubarak, HAPW Jayawardene,
SHT Kandamby, MDK Perera, KS Lokuarachchi, HMRKB Herath, WCA Ganegama,
UWMBCA Welegedara, KTGD Prasad