Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Bangladesh relying on team effort, not individuals

The hosts' performances in this Asia Cup have been built on many players contributing rather than solo efforts. They will hope for another all-round showing as they attempt to reach just their second tournament final

Siddarth Ravindran

March 19, 2012

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Mushfiqur Rahim jumps on Mahmudullah after Bangladesh's win, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 16, 2012
Mushfiqur Rahim was one of several players who stepped up for Bangladesh in the match against India © AFP
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The only time Bangladesh have reached the final of a one-day tournament, it was through a powerhouse effort from Shakib Al Hasan that helped them beat Sri Lanka. Bangladesh have already turned in two strong performances in the Asia Cup, neither of which have been the result of a dazzling solo effort. Instead, it has been a series of contributions that has helped them stay in the game.

When Tamim Iqbal, looking to shake off a poor run with the bat and the controversy over his selection in the squad, was taking his time at the start of the chase against Pakistan, the usually staid Nazimuddin went for his strokes. Even earlier, when their bowlers toiled without success against the Pakistan openers, some tigerish fielding ensured there were no free runs.

Against India, despite facing a difficult target, Bangladesh successfully pulled off the chase, as for the first time in their history five batsmen scored more than 40 in an ODI. When Shakib Al Hasan fell for a momentum-shifting 49 to a tight stumping call from the third umpire, some wondered whether Bangladesh could cope with the blow, but Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain showed they could.

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza called for another team effort in the crunch game against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. "We are not the sort of team that can rely on one or two players," he said. "We need five-six players to do well, like they did against India. I think all of us have the ability to do just that once again."

Mortaza was aware how enormous an achievement it would be if Bangladesh qualify, but was also keen not to add to the pressure on the team. "Before the tournament began I said that we are not here to play the finals, just play good cricket," he said. "We have arrived at this situation after beating India. We will play like we had planned ahead of the tournament, that'll take us ahead."

Sri Lanka were captained by Mahela Jayawardene during the 2009 defeat as well, and he said the Bangladesh team had developed since. "The last time they beat us, I remember somebody asking me if this is a different Bangladesh team," Jayawardene said. "A lot of the younger guys who started four years ago are now mature players; they're experienced. Some of the youngsters they have got in the side are really good talents. They've got a good balanced side, and a couple of good matchwinners as well. That's what you need in a team."

Bangladesh have traditionally been the weakest of the four subcontinent teams, but their recent form made Jayawardene wary. "They've been playing some good cricket in the last few games," he said. "We know that they are a strong team and they know what they need to do. We won't be complacent; we want to finish the tour on a high."

There has been speculation that Sri Lanka will rest their injury-prone pace spearhead, Lasith Malinga, given the heavy workload over the past couple of months and the fact that the match against Bangladesh is a dead-rubber for Sri Lanka. Jayawardene, though, hinted that Malinga would play. "We'll try and play the strongest possible team we can come up with, given the conditions and opposition."

The pitch at the Shere Bangla has generally been batsmen-friendly, easing up further under lights. "It looks like a really good surface," Jayawardene said. "Teams are chasing down big scores. Still there's something for the spinners and pacers. I think it's a good one-day wicket."

In the 2009 match, the track had provided plenty of assistance to the bowlers, with Sri Lanka getting shot out for 147. Bangladesh in reply had tumbled to 11 for 3, before Shakib bailed them out. Mohammad Ashraful had called it their best victory, but they are now presented with an opportunity, against an already eliminated opposition which has spent months on the road, to top that effort.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by sk12 on (March 20, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

hahaha.. looking at the comments below, today's result was the ideal one to make most people happy. Indians are happy that SL has lost another match and subsequently whitewashed, SLs are happy that Indians are kicked out of the finals, and Bangladeshis are obviously estactic that they qualifed. I am actually happy that our Indian team can now get few additional rest days before the IPL, albeit I might not see Sachin again in ODIs. Well played Bangladesh - but you could do much better in tightening up your batting (reg some shot selections).

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 20, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

@DJ_Priyank: Team India has reduced to these one off's of late, they did something like that against sri lanka in CB series and now here against pakistan but guess what they didn't make it to the final then and they didn't make it to the final here, India beat Pakistan in 92 WC but no body remembers 92 for that now do they? Time to pack up and leave, you shall not have the honors of playing the final.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

I dont understand why some pakistani supporters saying that they wanted india in the final....comn guys be frank.Your team can never beat india.Only us the BD team has some chances of defeating the indians.

Posted by Pane on (March 20, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Bye Bye India, hope enjoyed the summer

Posted by My-Dear-Watson on (March 20, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Though, I am a bit disappointed being an Indian Fan, but I think rise of Bangladesh is a very good sign for world cricket. All the best for them for finals, I do hope they win it as well, it will not be a surprise if they keep up the good work they are doing.

Posted by Mannix16 on (March 20, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

You really have to ask yourself.... Sri Lanka have been continuously playing ODI's since December. They have 2 HUGE injuries (Perera and Matthews) and have rested their best spinner Rangana Herath. Mahela is not a stupid guy. It seems that he has placed the England Series above Asia Cup (only 6 matches?????). Now that they lost, they can go home and concentrate on beating the English. Sad fact is, a countries greatness doesn't rely on smashing India or other subcontinent teams. You have to do good against England/Australia to earn a good reputation. Mahela might be planning for just that.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (March 20, 2012, 18:15 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

deserving final for Bangladesh. Seems upcoming asian giant. those who ignore, please show some respect...

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 18:11 GMT)


Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 20, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

LOL @ Madhav. Why would Sri Lanka be stripped of their test nation status? They aren't the ones who are 8-0 so far

Posted by SrUmpire on (March 20, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

So, is Jayawardene still a better captain than Dhoni???

Posted by Bangla.tiger on (March 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Once again wanna hear Bangla Tiger Roar againts Pakistan.

Posted by Vilander on (March 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Good to see BD win against good opposition, best of luck BD you guys are no more minnows yours is a very good team now. I am indian will be cheering for BD in final...go BD. Win asia cup and then come play a test series in India best of luck.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Congrats BD. You guys did a great job. As an Indian i feel bad that India has to leave. But India dont have to prove anything after beaing Pk and SL. And as for SL, these guys are miserable losers...They are so negative in approach.. God save them..

Posted by Dilbar786 on (March 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

@DJ_Priyank india kicked out thts more than a win for us...HAHAH

Posted by DJ_Priyank on (March 20, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

RoshanF: Not even a single win in tournament involving three or more nations. Is this a new kind of record by Sri Lanka ?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Thank u vry much sachin..for giving way to bangladsh in final..ur batting in power play for making 100 proved too much for Indians.. lolzzzz..

Posted by BroccoliPower on (March 20, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Bye Bye India, thank you come again......again, with lots of love and kisses from Sri Lanka, again!! hahahaha

Posted by DJ_Priyank on (March 20, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

@ striker0007: And we loved the way how Kohli thrashed the so called Best Bowling attack of World lol ! And you feel happy to become Asia Champion but you still couldn't beat India ! Sad but true. :)

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 20, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Bangladesh beat two world cup finalist. Now India should give back to their world cup trophy to Bangladesh. Good job Tigers....

Posted by ZSBD on (March 20, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Thanks to Indians .... We Bangladeshis, your young neighbours, expect and need more support from you to do well. We know that you are superior in all terms, you are the World Champions and also were the World Champions. I do believe all of you will agree that there is nothing wrong in wanting to beat a World Champ. It is not a sin for any team to try to earn some pride by playing well with a great team. So please do not be hostile in your comments and acts with us. Pleas help us to grow, don't make joke of us. Avoid laughing!!! We are doing and have done what any team may expect to do from their part. Many people believe that Indians have been hostile with us in their act remembering the WC 2007 defeat. I strongly like to believe that we will have lots of experiences with you to make this belief false. Please help us to grow. Again, please do not make jokes with us. Please don't look at us with hostile view. Thanks again.

Posted by BanCricFan on (March 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

We are in the final................. :) go tiger go... Ohh wait, who couldn't make it to the final?.... its INDIA & Sri Lanka..........

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

And also if NON of you indians didnt notice that when ever sachin scored a hundred your team loose the GAME. and when ever Kholi scores 150+ your team KNOCKED OUT OF the series!! LOL btw DHoni can do shopping more often now!! specially in ext world cup!! LOL

Posted by Dilbar786 on (March 20, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Hahaha @world chamipions....Well now i wudnt mind if BD wins this cup cuz part of me thinks they deserve it...

Posted by Incredible-Indian on (March 20, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

great game BD, well played --- Indian.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

best wishes to the bangaladesh first ever finals i hope u guyz beat pakistan though i am an indian support i an pretty happy with the indian team since the beat pakistan so i hope this time luck might favour to hold the trophy

Posted by striker0007 on (March 20, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Loving the way india been KICKED out of Tournament , and now india cant say that bangladesh was the weaker Team once pakistan will beat them on thursday , cant wait to see Pakistan becomming ASIAN champion

Posted by dan_loves_cricket on (March 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

ha ha..winning or losing....once again it's Sri Lanka who pack and send the Indians home...funny!!! :-)

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

BD has won good performance and now they are in finals against us well deserved but we paksitani fans wanted clash with India in final .Any how who ever comes in final i guess we are ready to play and i hope we win toss and get to chase.

Posted by lankanlioncric on (March 20, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

happiest day for asia cricket Indians happy SL didnt win a single match n kicked out pakistan happy IND was kicked out BD happy they enter the finals SL happy india is kicked out consecutively before entering finals

best day for cricket, good luck for pak n BD

Posted by zahidtaniv on (March 20, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Excellent Team Effort by Bangladesh!! It will be a great final.

Posted by krv954 on (March 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

congrats to the bangladesh team. very well deserved. they are now becoming a great team at chasing down scores. hate to see india crash out like this, but we only have ourselves to blame. poor death bowling and slow scoring by sachin. but we shouldn't take anything away from Bangladesh. hope good luck in finals against pakistan. will be rooting for u

Posted by DilumSL on (March 20, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

for the first time in my life i wanted SL to loose. BD really deserves to be in finals and I'll support them in the finals. and for the first time in their lives i saw some indian fans supported SL. hahhaaa very funny. and for those indians who say that SL is the minnows it 's ok for me coz we didn't start our cricket as giants. BTW they are saying that becoz we are out of asia cup. well I dn't see india playing in the finals

Posted by DJ_Priyank on (March 20, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Being an Indian fan, I must congratulate Bangladeshis for performing so well in the series and going into the final with their heads high. No one had thought that BD would go that far but Shakib and men proved every one wrong. And less I say about Sri Lanka better it is. Not even a single win in the whole tournament. Disgusting ! And Sad for Sri Lanka fans. Anyway, All the Best to both the teams BD and PAK for the final. Obviously, with the kind of bowling line-up Pak have, Pak have edge over BD. But you never know. It would be so refreshing to see if BD wins the Asia Cup ! Go Tigers Go !! With Love from INDIA.

Posted by RoshanF on (March 20, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Sri Lanka are the minnows of cricket - really??? Won two ODIs in South Africa three months ago chasing over 300 each time and should have won the 3rd match (of 5 match series) if not for rain and D/L helping SA (they were 150 odd for 5 and struggling). Won 4 out of 7 matches against Australia IN Australia. Entered world cup finals and threw the match away with India struggling ie. both Tendulkar and Sehwag in the pavilion with less than 30 runs on the board. Thrashed the living daylights out of everybody in 1996 including HOME team India TWICE first chasing and then defending.

NOW India were thrown the 1983 world cup by the best team ever the West Indies (er, boastful Kapil and team proved it was the mother of all FLUKES when barely 5 months later at HOME they were absolutely incinerated 5-0 by the Windies). Two months later England thrashed them 3-0 in INDIA.

Here SL were never really in it as they were washed out playing 10 odd matches in 25 days. The Asia Cup is a big hogwash.

Posted by SrUmpire on (March 20, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Congratulations to Bangladesh. Excellent performance!!!

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 20, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

The Asia cup certainly means a lot more to Bangladesh than India who are playing at home and are at the cusp of achieving something very special for them and their fans who have been so used seeing their team getting beaten black and blue. Wow great effort and will not be dissapointed at not reaching the finals as we have done well in this competition being the most consistent.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

212 from 40 must be easier for BD. As an Indian, i wil be happy irrespective of the output. India dont have to prove anything after defeating Pak and SL. If SL loses, they might be stripped of Test nation status :)

Posted by DJ_Priyank on (March 20, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

OMG !! 212 needed in 40 overs, Sri Lankans are lucky, BD will have to score much quicker. Credit goes to RAIN to make life very much easier for Sri Lanka.

Posted by DJ_Priyank on (March 20, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Come ON Bangladesh, Beat the lankans. The target is very much achievable ! We Indians are with you guys. We have already beaten Pakistan which itself is like winning the tournament ! There's nothing much left for us in this tournament. Beat Sri Lankans as badly as you can and go into final. Cheers !! Love from INDIA !!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Looking at the comments from some of SL fans make me laugh. They think India is FTB and their team is best in world. In reality, they have very poor record abroad and not only abroad they also have a bad record in sub-continent. They are still minows who managed to win some matches in past because of chucker Muralitharan, who was allowed to play by ICC under pressure from subcontinent block (IND, PAK, BD, SL). Now, in this tournament, BD will show them their place as they will not manage to win a single match against any asian team. SL fans take pride in that they stopped IND to reach final. If India is at the door of final in every tournament, itself shows how consistent they play. SL is a punchbag for Ind and Pak in sub-continent. Now it seems even BD is also going to get add to that list. Go BD beat SL and show them their place and I am an Ind fan but don't mind even if Ind doesn't reach final. Ind won against both SL and Pak in tournament and I am satisfied. All the best BD.

Posted by rawcrickettalent on (March 20, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

@Yellayi Rajesh...If India cant qualify for the final..than it is sure that Pak and Bang were the better teams..!!! how can you say india was the best team when they cant qualify for the final...

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 20, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

judging by the comments it seems apparent that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are bitterly jealous of India's success in the world cup. Bangladesh are playing good cricket but are still miles behind the other three teams. One ODI performance do not make them great.

Posted by GSP17 on (March 20, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

All the best BD.. Though I am an Indian fan, want to see SL bows out without a single point... Come on Tigers beat the so called Lions

Posted by rohan_iut on (March 20, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

wish BD could win against SL

Posted by lankanlioncric on (March 20, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

we'll take india with us home...jai ho

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

I wish Bangladesh Wins with a Bonus Point, we all can say SL is now the minnows of Asian cricket

Posted by jagatr on (March 20, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

@Sampath De Silva - you got it wrong mate ... we KNOW srilanka will lose this match. Bangladesh is a far superior team. Also, they play the game with the right spirit. 3-0 in Asia cup to SL...I guess its clear who the minows of Asian cricket are now! hahahahahaha!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

i tink bangladesh win ?????????????????????????

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

gud job mehela let Indian go home with us al de best for BD

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (March 20, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

we have already thrashed Pak in this tournament which is more than winning the trophy...go on Bangladesh, thrash the new minnows of Asia who lost all matches

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (March 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

home track bullies, who win only in colombo stadiums will not win losing all three league matches, they are the worst team in Asia now. bangladesh put SL in its place

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (March 20, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

wish BD wins today...SL is the worst team in Asia and should lose

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: i think u spoke too fast!!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 20, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Win the toss bowl first ...let others score 400 or 500, you can chase them without any issue...seems like the new highway going thru the stadium in BD!!.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Yes Mr.FazleAbed, it will be a One sided Match with Bangladesh Trashing SL as for Team India, We have done very well in Asia Cup nad have been The Best in this tournament

Posted by abiindia on (March 20, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

jeyawardene took money from bangla, and out for 5. that was a deal by bookers

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Thanks everybody who wishes for BD. Specially who are Bangladeshi....Iwish this will be a great game......

Posted by FazleAbed on (March 20, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

its a match between Bangladesh and Srilanka. y we always have to talk about team india. it will be a one sided match.

Posted by Haleos on (March 20, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

Since Mahela does not like to rely on anybody for favors he can catch the return flight home tonight without

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

I am not surprised by many SL supporters who wish to loose. After all they are the spirited team who denied everything India in the past.And funny how they attribute their failures to the continus games. I bet it is IND who plays more games in any calendar. If BD makes it to the final i wish to see the same fighting spirit from then even in loosing cause. Good Luck Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Very interesting...All Indians who always attacked Sri Lanka...are expecting a win of Sri Lanka...Most of Sri Lankans are expecting our own defeat...It is shame..As Sri Lankans we always maintained our sportsmanship.....We should not go on with always against India attitute..Please cheer for our team to protect our pride...Malinga & Maharoof should be replaced by Eranga & Sachithra.....Since Tharanga has gained his touch ,better to open with him and Mahela should be played at number 5.....

Posted by Charon_Koby on (March 20, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Go Bangladesh Go- Tigers, Keep Roaring!!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Looks like India depends on Sri Lanka nowadays way too much. Someone said they are world champions, I but can't agree on that anymore. They look nothing like champions anymore. They should go home and focus on IPL, that's what their mind is at since it's a matter of a lot of money. Some Indian players need to retire now, but I guess they have no good replacements... just equally bad ones.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

bangladesh team is far weaker than any other big boys from sub continent, but with all those facts and stats against bangladesh, here they did whitewash 4-0 newzealand, and very recently challanged Pakistan for a win and defeated india. so why not another uphill task of beating Srilanka.

common Bangladesh, time to fly high, after last 2 matches, no 1 can cant just write bangladesh team off, chances are slim, but destiny is at our hand, unline other bigger teams of this asia cup.

Posted by justk on (March 20, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

BD would defeat sri lanka.. and even BD knocks india worries, as we have beaten two asian teams.. SRI LANKA and PAKISTAN...but oops, if sri lanka loses to BD, then their fans should not start calling them as best sub continent team,as they would be the only team which has not won a single match in this tournament..and sri lankan fans themselves want sri lanak to lose..

Posted by VipulPatki on (March 20, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

I know it's only two matches but Bangaldesh has given its most consistent performance so far, and as the article points out, it has not been a solo effort. I want India to be in the final obviously, but I won't be disappointed if BD reach the final; with its current bowling attack (if it could be called an attack), India hardly deserves to be there.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Best of Luck Bangladesh from a Sri Lankan fan.We like to see u play well and beat us,Inshallah.With ur win Sri Lankan and Indian Cricketers can go home together in one bus to Airport.

Posted by lankanlioncric on (March 20, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

my playing eleven today WU Tharanga*(let tharanga be the captain), LD Chandimal†(wicket keeper), RMS Eranga, KMDN Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, MF Maharoof, NLTC Perera, S Prasanna, KC Sangakkara, SMSM Senanayake, , HDRL Thirimanne.

KC Sangakkara AND NLTC Perera open, KMDN Kulasekara one down. lets see how these guys perform. NLTC Perera is a good batsman, hard hitter, we making him come at no 7. he have no choice but to swing the bat to get quick runs. KMDN Kulasekara is an all rounder but never given proper batting chance

Posted by lankanlioncric on (March 20, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

"We won't be complacent; we want to finish the tour on a high." maheal, enough of this. just rest in form players, save them for eng match, just go with the guys not in our playing eleven. lets see if our bench warmers r good enough to beat BD. it doesnt matter if we loose. maybe we might find another chandimal in bench warming guys.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

the kind of comments from the Indian fans are nothing short of "absolutely hilarious". other than that, the Bangladeshi fans are suddenly coaches of the team, each with their own advice. the comments are much more interesting to read than the article itself. tomorrow will truly be an interesting day. I think I will keep an eye on the articles and comments rather than the match itself :)

Posted by BDabuNayeemAisDU on (March 20, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Statistics are created after the end of the match. Bangladesh got a chance to play Asia Cup Final. It is a great opportunity for us. We Bangladeshi Team will not let the chance spoiled. It is not difficult to win over SL. We have a good balanced team. Neither our bowler nor our batsman are ordinary. If 3 or 5 player can play what they can, we will reach to the final.

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (March 20, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

GO BANGLA DESH GO - You can do it ! Let loose the TIGER in you.

Posted by Mushtanda on (March 20, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

@Habibur Rahman- I don't think you watched any of the games. The only team that won its games comfortably was India- chased down 330 with 2.5 overs to spare and won against SL by 50+ runs. Don't compare BD's once in a blue moon win with India's performance dude.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

It will be a herculean task for Bangladesh. Sri Lanka are a World class team. Unfortunately they were jaded in the Asian Cup, due to too much Cricket. Mind you they have been on the road since December.

Sri Lanka also miss the services of Angelo, Thisara and Rangana Herath. But today i feel Sri Lanka a quality outfit will come good, since they have had 4 rest days which helps the players mentally and physically.

i am not taking anything away from Bangladesh, but lets me realistic Sri Lanka as a team are far superior

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (March 20, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Everyone always talks about why the wins are always "flash in a pan" means' very rare against the top teams? The truth is wins are coming in-fact very often, almost in every series BD manage at least a win against the top teams however the only thing is lacking is "Consistency". Now before getting into that did anyone actually questioned that was BD really ready for playing in the top level? Even though I'm a Bangladeshi, I will say "No". It was a hype of beating Pak in WC and the strong lobbying with ICC awarded this but the domestic cricket or the foundation was still the same and weak. It doesn't mean BD isn't improving their domestic cricket, in-fact it is working hard but truth is it is difficult to reach in such level of game when financing/sponsor is question. Some see too many sponsors in international games in BD but this isn't similar in domestic cricket. However, things are improving and I would rather say BD will be another giant in next Five years!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Minnows have grown up! And a grown up (india) is begging to SL for winning this match. What a world champion we got! Good luck BD you deserve to win this. Already you won the heart of all cricket lover!

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 20, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

COme on Tamim, Nasir, Mushy, Shakib, Mashrafe and Razzak.. Do it once again.. You guys showed good spirits and are capable of earning a spot in final for yourself.. All the best.. You guys have it and as a Indian fan, i don't mind even if we lose out final spot to a young upcoming team..

Posted by Arvind3 on (March 20, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Bangladesh have good quality players in the name of Shakib, Tamim and Nasir Hussain. Unless all 3 fire, its gonna be Srilanka walking away with an easy win.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

I do not want to make predictions on a cricket match outcome as it is quite an unpredictable game. But early signs were there even when SL were winning in Tri Series in Australia. This squad was not selected based on conditions that could be expected in Bangladesh. Kapugedara was brought in from nowhere and he is taking us nowhere. Regardless Angelo and Thisara are not there we should be performing well as considering amount of international in cricket played these days injuries should be expected. The most worrying factor is the breaking down of our pace bowlers some even before a series begins just like it happened in South Africa. Chandimal and Thirimanne should adjust their technique and approach to suit the situation.

Posted by KingOwl on (March 20, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I have mixed feelings. I don't want B'desh to have an easy win. Nor do I want India to lose out unfairly. But above all I would like the SL team to go home fit, and without injuries and face England in the tests.

Posted by abiindia on (March 20, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

once in ten year one win, they are going like they are world champion, suppose if they win twice in ten years, what will happen

Posted by crickey_fan on (March 20, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

I am an Indian supporter. Naturally, I am hoping SL wins. However, should BD play great cricket and win, fair play to them. A team that beats both World cup finalists within the span of a week, deserves its place in the final. But having followed BD cricket since its inception, their victories have always been flash in the pan. Only time will tell if this team is different.

Posted by kitten on (March 19, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

SL will try their best, and I feel they will win, going by their past records against BD. They are not looking to do India any favours, it is their pride at stake, and they would not want to leave knowing that they lost to all the three nations in the Asia Cup. That is not the best feeling to have before the start of a strong series against England. They will certainly want to win, as this would give them a psychological boost. Anyway, the game promises to be a good one as BD have their tail up at the moment, and are riding high, and anything is possible. Looking forward to some excitement.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

Request to team management, plz replace Nazimuddin with Imrul Kayes or Anamul Haque. Nazim is not in a good touch. Ellias Sunny can be given a chance. Srilanka will try to play sensible cricket, not dashing or slogging. In that case a disciplined bowler like Sunny, instead of Shahadat would be handy. Nazmul Islam may be tried as the second pacer.

Posted by Open-Eyed on (March 19, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

As stated in the first paragraph of this report, Bangladesh won before against Srilanka in similar situation in 2009 but lost in the final. This time Bangladesh team look more solid and spirited playing good cricket against PAK and IND, so there is a very good chance for them. However Srilanka will try their best to go home with a win. so it wont be easy for anyone unless one team collapse by taking the extra pressure... hoping for another interesting cricket match. good luck.

Posted by arun02k81a0205 on (March 19, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

Come on Sri Lanka!!! All Indians are with you.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 19, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

People keep talking about BAN being inconsistent a nd losing. If you guys have noticed BAN nearly beat PAK and they did a better job of containing PAK batting than IND did. After a performance where PAK could have lost BAN go on to beat IND. Both matches were very consistent and showed BAN learning from their mistakes.

Now that Shakib and Tamim have been left to do what they do best and have left others concentrate on the captaincy they are consistent in their cricket. Now that Mushfqur is captain he has raised his game. Nasir Hossain is fearless and is not intimidated by long standing and established international cricket players. SL may just get the same treatment that IND got.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

yap.its the time to push back indians... india played well against pakistan..but its not enough to reach them final..bcz best of the two teams r allowed for the final...3rd team have to go away.....if bangladesh play their natural game,it will be a simple match for bangladesh to win..... u cant compare this bd team with their past performance...wait and see,what can bangladesh do....

Posted by rivernile on (March 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

SL- you have England coming to your country. Please rest Malinga and Sangakara and anyone capable of scoring 30+ runs! Maybe it is a good time to test out your XI side. We Bangladeshi's are very good hosts. We will treat your XI just as hospitably as your national side. Please do consider my "advice".

Posted by arun02k81a0205 on (March 19, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

Bangladesh will surely get a hammering tomorrow from SL. SL are ont their way to make ammendments with the losses against India and Pak. They will beat bangla. As everyday is not a sunday, one win against India cannot make bangla a strong team. They will lose this game comfortably for sure.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Inshallah Bangladesh will win tomorrow.............. SL team will always want India to be out of finals.....

Posted by lankanlioncric on (March 19, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

no, SL will win. it doesnt really matter to SL, whether to win this match or loose this match coz they will be kicked out, no matter wat but SL will win.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

I want Srilanka to win because we can see another INDOPAK encounter that is so rarity these days

Posted by cricfan15953 on (March 19, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

I think Bangladesh have a great chance of winning the match especially if they play like they did against India

Posted by SajithKalinga on (March 19, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

First time in my life I want my SL team to lose tomorrow. Good luck Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 19:16 GMT)

Good Bangladesh!!!!!! May Allah help us!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Bangladesh wins have always been a flash in a pan ... like an oasis in a desert...Ever since they came to International cricket..they are just improving. They still belong to the Mid-league of cricket playing nations like Zimbabwe , Kenya , Ireland etc..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

its gonna be India Vs Pakistan!!!!The Final>>>>>

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

We Indians never support other team when our team plays like SL fans, anyways best of luck Bangladesh u deserve to win this cup and SL r the worst side in Asia because they cant win on flat tracks .Bangladesh can officially remove their minnows tag by winning this cup and well played team India come back home we r proud of u.........................

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

It is wayward to say Bangladesh will win...If you really analyse the past games, Bangladesh will have a chance if they chase the target...SL wont leave BAN easily to taste a win,as this will reduce their confidence against ENG...Jai Hind...For India, again relying on luck......

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

as a bangladeshi fan, im sure that BD will lose tommorow cos BD always fails at the end so this wont be indifferent!! best of luck to both the teams!! and i wanna say something about Sl fans i like their attitude.. i mean they didnt underestimate us onthe other hand indians underestimated us n had to lose!! i supportd them in the match against india but bad luck they lost :( but i dont criicize indian fans as its a part of game!! but they shud not consider any team in cricket as "minnows" or "not capable of playing cricket"!! Cos cricket is the coolest game!! wish to see a cool match tomorrow and hope that BD lose after fighting hard not just giving away the game!!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

All the Bangladeshi player should give their more than 100% in the field cause the pitch is full of runs, in that situation fielding can make the difference. So tigers make Srilankan batsmen battle for every single run. Goodluck tigers......

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Bd tiger will win. Because they are now act like a mature team ever seen. Nasir, sakib, tamin, mushfic, mahmudullah all are very talented and have the power of match winning. Go tiger win the match for us

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Bd tiger will win. Because they are now act like a mature team ever seen. Nasir, sakib, tamin, mushfic, mahmudullah all are very talented and have the power of match winning. Go tiger win the match for us

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 19, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Why do i have a feeling that SL will throw it away? Well if they can prevent a player from scoring century then they can fall to any extent, rite?. I would not be surprised if Malinga is "Injured" tomorrow. And if BD goes on to beat SL, they deserve to win the Asia Cup.

Posted by jagatr on (March 19, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Sri Lanka will throw the match - they'll do anything to keep big brother out of the finals, even it means a self-inflicted humiliation. Pack your bags, India!

Posted by tigers_eye on (March 19, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Winning against top 8 is good, going in to a tourney finals is great; Knocking off India is priceless.

Posted by Tokai69 on (March 19, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

If Bangladesh play their normal game without taking any extra pressure, they will win!!

Posted by Tokai69 on (March 19, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

If Bangladesh play their normal game without taking any extra pressure, they will win!!

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 19, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Team spirit is the key for Bangladesh and has been sadly lacking. Previously, all hopes relied on Tamim and Shakib in the batting and Mortaza and Razzak in bowling. However now you sense that the batting lineup is much deeper and that 5 or six players can make a difference. The fielding has improved and the bowling is much more defined.

Jayawardene is right to be wary as comparing a 2006 or 2009 BD team with a 2012 team is a fallacy. The BPL has been a great, Stuart Law has been very positive, letting Tamim and Shakib concentrate on their cricket has elevated the mind set of Mushfiqur and Mortaza and with Nasir Hossain the hot new sensation of BD batting, Bangladesh has a great chance of winning.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

thanks Samira Palipana . we have a very good chance to play final .

Posted by logicricket on (March 19, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

The very recent form tells that Bangladesh will win this match and will be in the finals..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Common Bangladesh!!! All Sri Lankans are with you.

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