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Pitch is still good for batting, insists Herath


Sri Lanka finished say 2 at 187/1, in reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 513.

Sri Lanka completed say 2 at 187/1, in respond to Bangladesh’s first innings overall of 513. © AFP

Rangana Herath, the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner, believes that the Chittagong pitch is still good for batting however cautioned the batsmen to be cautious of spin making an allowance for how it behaved against the latter a part of Day 2 of the primary Test on Thursday (February 1).

Sri Lanka got here up with a spirited respond to Bangladesh’s first-innings overall of 513 as Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis placed on an unbeaten 187-run stand for the second one wicket to deliver the deficit all the way down to 326 at stumps.

Terming it as an evenly-poised contest, Herath mentioned Sri Lanka’s number one purpose is to wipe out the deficit sooner than charting the route ahead within the ongoing Test.

“I still see it as a batsman-friendly wicket. They made 500-plus and we are 180 for 1 (187 for 1),” Herath informed journalists at Chittagong. “We first need to score the 300 (326) runs we are behind. After that, we can see what kind of surface it becomes. From there we can decide which direction we can go (in). There’s something for the spinners from the third day onwards. I could see some turn even after tea today,” Herath identified.

Bangladesh’s first innings revolved round contributions from Mominul (176), Mushfiqur Rahim (92) and Mahmudullah (83 no longer out). The skipper’s knock was once pivotal in Bangladesh completing with a 500-plus overall as he batted neatly with the decrease order after Bangladesh misplaced early wickets on Day 2. Terming Mominul’s innings as a unique one, Herath additionally liked the efforts of Mahmudullah and Rahim.

“Mominul made 176 runs, which I think was a special innings. It is a big achievement. Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah batted well. It is still a good batting wicket,” Herath mentioned. “It looks like an even contest now. We need to score the 300 runs first before getting into any kind of situation.”

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