Taking it calmly and being hopeful are most likely one of many higher methods to cope with such a state of affairs. 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 additionally hold him on strike for the subsequent over as Sri Lanka had been 9 down. Mominul Haque introduced in all of the fielders. Nayeem floated one properly outdoors 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 stated. “I did not join it. It was a kind of unlucky incidents. Clearly, it might have been good to get that one run however it’s a must to take what God provides 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 capable of play knock. Hopefully it would assist us win the sport.”
Besides that one run although, Mathews saved 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 saved Sri Lanka on observe with sizeable partnerships and acquired them out of bother on three or 4 events too.
Mathews has since labored on his health beneath Mickey Arthur, and is thought for an improved angle in the direction of health, weight loss program and health club.
“I used to be exhausted, to be trustworthy, particularly within the warmth. It was 42 levels, boiling scorching within the center,” Mathews stated. “However I knew that when I get a begin, it doesn’t matter what the state of affairs and situation is, if I’m set, I want to hold via.
“That is why we do the health, and so forth, to play in excessive circumstances. We’re grateful to the trainers for pushing all of us. No matter circumstances you get, it’s a must to carry out to the perfect of your capacity. Lot of labor is being put behind the scenes by all of the coaches.”
Mathews stated that he anticipated different set batters to get massive scores like him, each time Sri Lanka get into these positions. “We’ve got acquired a number of 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 depend.
“Yesterday and right now had been my days. Subsequent time will probably be one other. Hopefully he carries us via. 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 stated Bangladesh bowled properly all through the 2 days to maintain them within the straight and slim.
“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 beneath numerous stress, made us work actually onerous for our runs.
“Nayeem acquired the ball to show a little bit bit as properly. Ultimately they acquired the outcomes. We misplaced a number of fast wickets. We misplaced our means within the center. I believed we had been about 50-60 runs quick. We wished someplace round 500 runs.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84