Sri Lanka’s head coach, Chris Silverwood, said that they were upset for not being able to push Bangladesh and take advantage of their position on the first day of the second Test at Mirpur on Monday (May 23). Within seven overs, Sri Lanka had reduced Bangladesh to 24 for 5. Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das, on the other hand, counterattacked and salvaged Bangladesh’s blushes with some outstanding batting. Mushfiqur was unbeaten on 115 and Liton was unbeaten on 135 as they amassed a record 253 runs for the sixth wicket to conclude the day in relative comfort.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate that we didn’t build on our strong start,” Silverwood remarked. “I think we did a terrific job exploiting the early movement. Again, the two seam bowlers stood out for their discipline and the manner they posed questions to the hitter. We didn’t back it up after that, unfortunately. We gave up a lot of scoring chances after that. We didn’t take that catch when we forced an error. It would have been a game changer. It cost us a lot of money.

“I believe it is a decent batting wicket.” In the first hour, there was some movement. There’s a little twist here. After that start, I don’t believe we bowled especially well. That is something we must be open about. We (spinners) could have bowled a lot better, but that’s something we’ll discuss in the locker room. We need to improve our line and lengths, in my opinion. We gave up far too many balls to hit. That is something we must strive hard to change. It’s pointless to hide from it.”

Silverwood, who just took over as coach, praised the fast bowlers’ discipline, saying they were a big impact in both Tests. Astitha Fernando and Kusan Rajitha split seven wickets in the first Test, while the pair shared all five wickets in the second.