Sunday, 25 January 2009

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka Tests Reviewed: Bowling

Muralitharan (SrL) 25
Dilshan (SrL) 18
Mendis (SrL) 17
Vaas (SrL) 10
Mashrafe Mortaza (Ban) 1
Shakib al Hasan (Ban) 0
Mohammad Ashraful (Ban) 0
Tamim Iqbal (Ban) 0
Herath (SrL) - 1
Raqibul Hasan (Ban) - 1
Imrul Kayes (Ban) - 1
DPMD Jayawardene (SrL) - 3
Mehrab Hossain II (Ban) - 9
Enamul Haque (Ban) -10
HAPW Jayawardene (SrL) -11
Mahbubul Alam (Ban) -12
Shahdat Hossain (Ban) -21

Ugly figures from Bangladesh, there. Giving 72 overs to Shahdat Hossain won't have done his confidence much good.

As for Sri Lanka, Muralitharan, one of my favourite players, just keeps going on. But we should be aware that we are probably in the afternoon of his career. Tea is approaching, if not already past, so take pleasure in his acheivements while you still can - for the night is coming.

I was a bit surprised at the relatively low scores for the Sri Lankan bowlers in this series, especially compared with the bowlers in the other two. However, it does seem to indicate that Sri Lanka won this series with the bat. This raises an interesting question, which I promise to look at it another post later on. Dilshan managed to do remarkably well in less than nine overs. He's probably player of the 'season'. We'll see how many others here can crack a 'Christmas XI' in yet another post.

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