‘Cut down the runs and fence them in’ – how Sri Lanka kept Bangladesh on a tight leash

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Vishwa Fernando explains how the hosts’ ensured the visitors could score only at 2.66 over the last 103 overs

Upon realising that the Pallekele surface was offering little to the quicks and even less to spinners in the early part of this Test, Sri Lanka changed their bowling strategy. Where they had begun the Test with hopes of bundling Bangladesh out cheaply with their trio of seam bowlers, they decided that instead of chasing wickets, they would look to dry up the runs.

This was what left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando revealed after play on day two, and the numbers do bear this out. Where Sri Lanka had conceded runs at 3.93 an over in the first session of the match, they had substantially tightened up their bowling by the second day. Since tea on day one, Sri Lanka’s economy rate has been 2.66, over the course of 103 overs.

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