Monday 5 January 2009 

Samaraweera Says Sri Lanka Are Safe With Lead Of 472

Samaraweera Says Sri Lanka Are Safe With Lead Of 472
Samaraweera Says Sri Lanka Are Safe With Lead Of 472
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Having helped his side build up a lead of 472 runs by stumps on day three of the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, Thilan Samaraweera, unbeaten on 72, believes that his side are safe from any comeback from the home side.

"I think 400 is a safe score," he said. "We didn't declare today probably because the bowlers needed a rest after bowling long spells. Someone like Murali has bowled 70-odd overs already.

"I think it is a good lead. The wicket is getting more difficult and at the moment it is a bit uneven."

And Samaraweera does not expect a repeat of the fourth innings in Dhaka, where Bangladesh reached 413 after being set 521 to win.

"The two wickets are totally different. Here it is not easy to play shots, that is the important difference and you have to bat very straight from the start to the end. The Dhaka wicket got better and better each day but this one is uneven and getting slower. There are cracks developing and if you bowl slowly then it gets very difficult to play strokes."

Bangladesh batsman Roqibul Hasan remains positive, however.

"The bowlers we are facing are obviously world class," he said. "But every day is a new day in international cricket and every ball is a new ball. You have to be equally serious in playing each ball. The pitch like I have said earlier is not unplayable."

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