Taking it flippantly and being hopeful are most likely one of many higher methods to cope with such a scenario. Regardless of being a visiting batter, the small crowd on the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium waited for Mathews to succeed in his second double-hundred. As soon as he reached the 190s, it was solely a case of staying on strike. He struck a 4 to maneuver to 196, and took a fast two with a dab to 3rd man to maneuver to 199.
Subsequent ball, the final of Nayeem Hasan’s over, the plan was to take the only that may take him to the landmark, but in addition preserve him on strike for the following over as Sri Lanka have been 9 down. Mominul Haque introduced in all of the fielders. Nayeem floated one properly exterior off, which Mathews wafted at, and solely inside-edged it to midwicket, the place Shakib Al Hasan took a straightforward catch.
“I simply premeditated the shot,” Mathews mentioned. “I did not join it. It was a kind of unlucky incidents. Clearly, it will have been good to get that one run however you must take what God offers you. Getting that one run off the final ball with the final man, I wished to get to the double-hundred. I miscalculated it, and sadly, Shakib caught it (laughs). I’m grateful that I used to be in a position to play a very good knock. Hopefully it can assist us win the sport.”
Besides that one run although, Mathews stored Sri Lanka’s innings collectively for 9 hours and 38 minutes. Combating oppressive warmth and humidity, and fairly correct bowling from the Bangladesh spinners, he stored Sri Lanka on monitor with sizeable partnerships and bought them out of bother on three or 4 events too.
Mathews has since labored on his health below Mickey Arthur, and is understood for an improved angle in the direction of health, food regimen and gymnasium.
“I used to be exhausted, to be sincere, particularly within the warmth. It was 42 levels, boiling scorching within the center,” Mathews mentioned. “However I knew that when I get a begin, it doesn’t matter what the scenario and situation is, if I’m set, I want to hold by way of.
“That is why we do the health, and so on, to play in excessive situations. We’re grateful to the trainers for pushing all of us. No matter situations you get, you must carry out to the most effective of your capability. Lot of labor is being put behind the scenes by all of the coaches.”
Mathews mentioned that he anticipated different set batters to get massive scores like him, at any time when Sri Lanka get into these positions. “Now we have bought just a few seniors like Dimuth, Chandimal and Dickwella. Dhananjaya has performed numerous cricket too. The considering among the many batters is that whoever will get a begin has to make it rely.
“Yesterday and immediately have been my days. Subsequent time it will likely be one other. Hopefully he carries us by way of. Whoever will get set, has to bat deep.”
Mathews believed that they got here up a bit quick with their first innings rating, of 397, however mentioned Bangladesh bowled properly all through the 2 days to maintain them within the straight and slender.
“It’s a par rating on this actually good wicket. Bangladesh bowled extraordinarily properly. They did not give something away. No freebies. They bowled to a line and size. They put us below a number of strain, made us work actually laborious for our runs.
“Nayeem bought the ball to show a bit of bit as properly. Finally they bought the outcomes. We misplaced just a few fast wickets. We misplaced our approach within the center. I assumed we have been about 50-60 runs quick. We wished someplace round 500 runs.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84