There had been a lot of speculation regarding the Dhaka wicket ahead of the start of the second Test after Chittagong failed to produce a result. Tigers’ team management had always suggested a spin-focused attack and both Tigers and Lanka skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Dinesh Chandimal had said there would be turn for the spinners in the second Test and the Dhaka wicket would produce a result. Their analysis was right on the mark as the Dhaka wicket has so far produced 28 wickets over the course of the two days. Bangladesh’s first innings fizzled out inside 45 overs – less than two sessions. Batting must have been difficult and Roshen Silva, who remained unbeaten on 58 after the second day joked “Before going to bat, praying is the best thing. I am just joking.”
The Sri Lankan however said that he did not quite understand why Tigers built such a wicket and compared it to roads in Sri Lanka.
He suggested that once or twice they came across such a wicket during bad weather conditions. The roughs on the pitch appeared as early as the first session on the first day. Roshen thought that the way the curator built the pitch, made it look like roads from back home in Sri Lanka.
“Sometimes maybe with the bad weather we have, we might get a wicket like this. But apart from that when people make roads back home, they put some sand and another thing, which gives it this colour on the road in Sri Lanka. We don’t get a wicket like this,” Roshen said about the pitch.