Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Mathews keeps Bangladesh winless

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 6, 2014

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Sri Lanka 208 for 7 (Mathews 74*, Al-Amin 2-42) beat Bangladesh 204 for 9 (Anamul 49, Priyanjan 2-11, Thisara 2-29) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Angelo Mathews works the ball into the leg side , Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 6, 2014
Angelo Mathews revived Sri Lanka from 8 for 3 © AFP

Sri Lanka's spinners effected a mid-innings trauma and Bangadesh returned the favour, before Angelo Mathews' collected 74 not out overcame a collapse and sealed victory. The hosts' bowlers made a game of the dead rubber, carving through Sri Lanka's in-form top order early in the chase, but a target of 205 had always seemed insufficient, even on a worn pitch. Bangladesh's lack of ambition both with the bat and in the field perhaps ceded crucial moments to the opposition, who strode home by three wickets, and one over remaining to extended their unbeaten run in the country.

The Bangladesh openers had made 74 before Ajantha Mendis made the incision that began a top-order haemorrhage - five wickets for 45 runs. Mendis befuddled Shamsur Rahman with an offbreak, hitting him on the pads with a ball that would have clipped leg stump, before sneaking one under Mominul Haque's bat four balls later.

Mushfiqur Rahim attempted an injudicious scoop off Chaturanga de Silva three overs later, and was also trapped in front, before part-time offspinner Ashan Priyanjan struck twice in his three overs. Perhaps eager to complete his second consecutive half-century, Anamul Haque advanced to Priyanjan's first ball, but chipped it to Lahiru Thirimanne at midwicket, who snaffled the chance in a diving second attempt. Shakib Al Hasan sought to spur a now-flagging run rate, but in the 34th over, an inside edge off an attempted shot through cover carried to short midwicket. His demise left the team at 119 for 5. They would never really recover.

That Sri Lanka's innings was not similarly derailed was thanks to Mathews' increasing appetite for finishing matches, allied with a sharpening cricketing wit. Sri Lanka never faced a tall required rate, so he shelved his familiar belligerence and forged an innings of restraint. He struck at 71 and only played three violent strokes in the innings - an advancing six over long off and two heaves through midwicket, one of which brought the winning runs. Bangladesh made a late surge, dismissing Chaturanga de Silva and Thisara Perera when Sri Lanka were in sight of victory, but Mathews did not allow losses to rattle him.

Sri Lanka's collapse had occurred at the outset. Kusal Perera swiped at an Al-Amin Hossain short ball, sending a thin edge to the keeper, before Kumar Sangakkara was handed his first failure of the tournament, nicking to slip as he cover drove. With plenty of overs remaining to achieve the modest target, Mahela Jayawardene may have hoped to bat himself into touch, but he was thwarted by his partner before he had made a run. Lahiru Thirimanne called him through for a single, then sent him back, after Jayawardene had traveled most of the distance to the other end. He was short by a distance, leaving Sri Lanka at 8 for 3.

Ashan Priyanjan and Thirimanne promised a sustained resurgence, as they became accustomed to the pace of the pitch, but a Mushfiqur hunch brought another wicket: Ziaur Rahman, who had bowled only 12 overs in the series, drew an outside edge from Priyanjan in the 15th, before Thirimanne departed eight overs later, as Rubel Hossain sprinted around from long-on to take a catch in front of the sightscreen.

At 75 for 5, Mathews and de Silva joined to provide the definitive partnership in the match. Like Mathews, de Silva began sedately, but soon was matching his captain shot for shot, showcasing particular ease against spin, as he mined gaps square of the wicket, and found the fence when the bowlers missed their lengths. Their march was measured and efficient, with 82 runs off 98 balls, but it was not without incident; Mathews edged just wide of the keeper on 21, and de Silva had two leading edges fall short of fielders. Mushfiqur was perhaps also guilty of allowing the match to meander. Too many of Sri Lanka's runs were achieved without risk.

Sri Lanka's decision to rest Lasith Malinga had eased the Bangladesh openers' task, but the hosts had begun cautiously nonetheless, seeking the same security at the top of the innings that had been the foundation for their plunder in their last match. Suranga Lakmal extracted away-swing and Thisara was accurate, but neither was a significant menace to batsmen intent largely on seeing them out. Anamul progressed largely in singles, but Shamsur was more reliant on boundaries. When the spinners arrived, he smote Sachithra Senanayake through the covers off consecutive balls. But the spurt would not last long.

Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain kept the hosts afloat with a 55-run stand after the collapse, but when their expansive attempts were repeatedly thwarted by the slowness of the surface, they settled for the singles Sri Lanka were content to offer them. The batting Powerplay brought only 18 runs, and though they had set themselves for a dash in the last 10 overs, both batsmen were dismissed by Lakmal for 30.

Malinga was barely missed at the death as Lakmal provided the yorker-length balls. His penultimate over went for only two runs, and there were no boundaries off the bat between the 44th and 49th overs. Thisara knocked two men over after Ziaur Rahman broke that drought to lift the hosts beyond 200.

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Posted by neanderthal on (March 8, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

@ThilankaK, If Sachin Tendular is same as Chandimal then Sangakarra is surely same as Ambati Rayudu.

Posted by scarrule on (March 8, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

@ain surely don't know about cricket history then. The fact is when india started playing there was no pakistan in 1930's they were combined. And FYI that time india was under british rule, except eng, australia there were not many countries to play against nd there was no way a rookie can beat them. More over there was no airlines that times so travel was through ships , so one tour takes 6-7 months and eng, australia were hesitant to visit india. The fact is, the amount of cricket india played in there 1st 40 years bangladesh have played more than that in just a decade. Neglecting 2nd world war, 4 wars that india fought. Bangladesh got far faar more privileges like foriegn coaches similar label competitors to hone their skills. You can't compare beginning of cricket in BD to IND. And about hall of fame, you know nothing about kapil dev, javagal srinath nd anil kumble. India might have produced much bowlers, there is no comparison b/w the batsman india have produced to other SC team.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 8, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

@kohli_kuttu. lol. you need to read comments fully and reply other than bashing India! No need to prove your false identity! I know Who is Who!

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 7, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

@ Kangaroo_Land we Bd fans know BD is not a strong team but we will support our team regardless how bad or good it is, if you cant stand this fact then its on you. The games against pak and Sl were close, so its not a big deal that some cricket crazy Bd fans got bit emotional. I agree Sl made their ways up quickly and pak made it in good pace but india took very very long time to get there. Bd is improving fast in batting. New faces anamul, momenul, shamsur, marshall etc are highly talented promising batsmen and already praised by your indian, pak and Sl commentators but unfortunately balling is slow in improvenment. Once we upgrade our balling we will be decent team. We will inshallah become something faster than india became something let me assure you. Even after becoming something and playing for such a long long time, how many ballers has india produced so far to be included in cricket hall of fame ? If the answer is not impressive then why mock Bd before Bd become something ?

Posted by GrindAR on (March 7, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

regardless BD did shoiw fight till the end. If not for Mathews, it should have been an easy win for BD. I could firmly say, BD leadership need training on tactical thinking and assertive decisions on field... If they manage to do that, they will first become consistent performers, then gain confidence out of it to establish the base bar few notches high on everything they do later... thats how world beating teams are formed isn't it?

Posted by anoop3301 on (March 7, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

@ThilankaK: There is plenty of talk going about 1.2 billion and 20 million but this hardly makes any sense. Are you aware that cricket is played between 11 vs 11 on field and the size of population not playing a cricket match hardly has any influence on the match results. Of course, it is true that a larger population gives you a larger pool to select players from, but then again, it is tougher to find out who exactly are the best players in the country when there are a huge no. of first class teams. No wonder that team selections in india are more disputed than Srilanka. India has a much superior head to head record with Sri Lanka and that is enough to prove who is the better cricket team. Sri Lanka is yet to win a test match in Australia or India and still fans like you believe in talent and quality available in the country. Your team is also yet to win any major ODI tournaments outside the sub continent as opposed to India which has won ODI WC, T20 WC, World championship of cricket.

Posted by SenuraTimberlake on (March 7, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Look...SL,Pak and India are not unbeatables. They can lose to a lesser team on any given day if they perform badly. So without boasting about your team's PAST achievements and stats, please talk sense!

Posted by trollwars on (March 7, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Pakistan is great sporting nation. Even if they lose the finals tomorrow, they will have a blast :o)

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 7, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

@priceless1 u know exactly what I'm talking about. The odd win in Australia doesn't mean our teams are world - class.

We won the CB Series ourselves some years back. But the fact is that apart from a couple of drawn series and a few test match wins the Indian side has little to show for its performances in Australia.

Test matches might be a different format but, test match success goes a long way in increasing a team's profile overseas which often leads to greater success in the other formats as well.

I've no illusions about the Indian side's weaknesses and m hoping that this young side shows some spine when it goes down under this year.

I also know Sri Lanka is a distinctly average side with an ordinary overseas record. But that matters little to me. You guys can live in denial about your team. Doesn't matter to us. I'm more bothered about India's ability to play abroad.

Posted by scarrule on (March 7, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

Yeah a worn torn country like afganistan. You call pakistan your brother well good, but wasn't that the same country who have nearly cost the life of your legend, somebody was shot as well i guess. Who cares if india helped your board by playing end-less series with you. Who cares if india was the 1st country to tour when nobody was touring your country for security reasons. Well good for you. As for other sports in india, you clearly don't consider chess and snooker as sports right coz contains no.1 spot there. Saina nehwal is current bronze medalist, in badminton, sushil kumar silver medalist in wrestling. In olympics india's result is much much better then you guys. In football south asia cup is won by afgan but who was other finalist nd last 3 seasons winner. In tennis where ever you count india is and will be much ahead then you.

Posted by scarrule on (March 7, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Just one question to you all sl nd pak fans. Have you reached no.1 ranking in test let alone retaining it for 18 months. Whatever, you want to bash, but this is a experiment team. Who said gambhir is non-performer he was out of form lately but he is doing much better vijay harare trophy. Well we will talk it out on 21st march. Till then just want you to know, INDIA paid/pay no attention to SL/PAK. No wonder nobody cares if sl nd pak are not playing ipl, bt then also there team player are cry-babies for not letting them play in ipl. Wasn't hafeez crying to let him play in ipl few days ago. Wasn't ur legend sanga with-drew this year so he can get better money offer next year '' his own words''. Wasn't your devastating bowler took retirement from test to play in IPL. Our is enough to show them where they stand, and our team is enough to show where they stand in ICC tournament where it matters. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 7, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Look Sachin Tendulkar were just a ordinary batsman like Chandimal & his 1st ODI century came after 78 innings , 1st match out for 0 (zero) but because of other minor batsman, below par batsman in the team he became the Indian GOD of the cricket after 24 years but when kohli came to the seen GOD kick out of the team !! They test status acquired in 1932 , ODI in 1974 & two billion people in the country but only 4 batsman achieved international standard its Sunil ,Sachin, Rahul & Kohli because of other teammates are below par ! but now everyone knows God Of Cricket is Kumar Sangakkara out of 20 million people in SL !!! what a talented people's country is SriLanka !!! Jaya Sri !!!

Posted by kohli_kuttu on (March 7, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully mate we need to accept the truth, I dont know why u keep calling me a Lankan?! I'm an indian who's fed up with our tem's performance. These are the future venues that we will be playing our future matches at 1)Sahara desert(near the pyramids) 2)Atacama desert and finally 3)Kalahari desert. Also mate u call rahane a find LOL hope ur not part of our BCCI selection board, but look at SL on the other hand, they have mathews, priyanjan, desilva, chandimal(a FAST TRACK bully) and the 2 perera's and much more who can win matches for their country. As i said b4 we should learn from SL NOT criticise them

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 7, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

India should always use Asia Cup to try out youngsters and to experiment with its captains and line up. Because we believe in winning the ICC events. Other teams have to survive with these crumbs....

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 7, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

In Asia we have a side, which calls itself the 'best bowling side' in the world. And this side allowed BD to plunder 300 runs against itself. That is called living with infamy...

Posted by SLslider on (March 7, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

@ amilag Look what I found, a small example of our brotherhood. We Sl and PAK are brothers forever.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 7, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar.. do not hide ur problems mate. Does u think that BCCI not interested about asia cup. Then why u being in asia. You can resign from asia and can play IPL and with other BIG 2. It's not the truth man. U will get the answer in this WT20. Till wait my friend. And do not forget that every team has to pass such period like BNG. they more far younger than IND. and do not forget IND took test debut in 1932 and if ENG and AUS not willing to play with u at that time u cannot achieved what u b proud today. That's what today doing by the PAK & SL for BAG. We know that IND is well ahead with money and power than other asian countries. But u can't win every time with those. And if u can help for to build asin cricket some day we all can b proud and all will hats off to IND and you are the only country to do so. So stop telling such rubbish. cricinfo pl publish.

Posted by ArifurKhadem on (March 7, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

Some tips for BD 1.Players have to get used to playing under pressure. In this situation they start acting as if they never played cricket 2.Batsmen need to score 60+runs during powerplay. Except Tamim, no player is good at playing in powerplay. Lately openers struggled to make even 40. I noticed once powerplay was over many batsmen went for mighty shots & got caught at mid-on/mid-off etc 3.In one game BD fielders show that they're the best fielders in the world but in the other, they turn the worst. There's no consistency 4.Mushfiq is lacking good captaincy. Ziaur has been a regular bowler in all matches. In match against Paki when Afridi was snatching match away from us by smashing all spinners, the captain didn't even try pacer Zia with one over 5.Enamul being one of the most inform batsmen has been making one big mistake. When he's close to his half century/century he stops playing natural game allowing a lot of dot balls. BD could have added at least 15-20 extra runs against Pak.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 7, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

IND vs SL = India got 264 , BAN vs SL = BAN got 204, both occasion SL chase & both SL ( Asian champs ) won, vs BAN it takes 49 overs to pass 204 but vs IND it takes 41.2 overs to pass 204, It shows how BAD is IND bowling attack is ,that's why we keep telling IND is a minor side like Bangladesh , both losing with Top side like SL,SA !!! but BAN won against NZ 3 - 0 , IND lost to NZ 4 - 0 , in my logic IND minor team than BAN , thats why IND drop Dhoni who running out of Ideas !!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 7, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

@kohli_kuttu. Hope you could find a batman with good average other than Sanga in your SL team! Forget about Karthik think about Rayidu who is a find. What you have found? Only Sanga can score in flat decks?lol

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (March 7, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Pak and sri are best team in the fields but ind is best in off the field.i think ind is in the same leauge of that afg and i dont count a fan from low rank countries comments

Posted by amilag on (March 7, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

Please Inian fans go and try to sort out own problems. You have been kicked off y Pak & SL from the tournament. That is the truth!

We SL fans & Pak fans will enjoy the finals. we are brother nations and good cricket will win the final!

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (March 7, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

@SLslider: Who cares about the margin of victory? It is by 10 wickets or 200 runs, doesn't matter. Ultimately, number of wins counts. SL played 4 matches and won all 4 matches, Pakistan won 3 matches. So, winning percentages are SL-100% Pakistan-75%. India has just 50% with 2 wins and 2 losses. Former 2 played better than overhyped India. It is simple as that.

Posted by SLslider on (March 7, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

@ ThilankaK You are just like me brother. We Sl fans just don't have any logic. Why don't we also mention that IND won against Ban with 6 wickets in hand but we won against them with 2-3 wickets in hand. We scored 60 off runs in first 20 overs against Afgan but India scored over 100. Lets hide these numbers, we don't want to look idiots? Do we?

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (March 7, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Our cupboard is full of trophies we accumulated from shorter formats. But our boasting is far from reality. This shows the away match results against SA, AUS and ENG by IND, SL and PAK for different time periods. It shows PAK and SL are well ahead of IND. IND doesn't deserve to be in top 8. They should be relegated to the associate level.

1990s:SL-0.42 Pak. 0.55 Ind-0.31 Ban-0.00 2000s: SL-0.50 Pak. 0.42 Ind-0.65 Ban-0.06 Last 5 years: SL-1.00 Pak. 0.54 Ind-0.39 Ban-0.20 Last 4 years:SL-0.95 Pak. 0.61 Ind-0.42 Ban-0.20 Last 3 years: SL-0.94 Pak. 0.68 Ind-0.28 Last 2 years:SL-1.00 Pak. 0.63 Ind-0.80 Last 12 months:SL-infinity Pak. 0.53 Ind-0.66

Posted by SL_ANALYZER on (March 7, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar: IND sent an experimental team?? Actually no one was rested except dhoni.. Sehwag, Yuvraj, Raina, Harbajan and Gambir,, all had been removed from the teams due to there bad performance.. IND didnt do any experiment dude.. They send their best team by removing non performers.. They failed.. Other teams performed better because they are in the final now.. SL AND PAK.. Better teams are in the final.. :)

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 7, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

IND vs SL = India got 264 , BAN vs SL = BAN got 204, both occasion SL chase & both SL ( Asian champs ) won, vs BAN it takes 49 overs to pass 204 but vs IND it takes 41.2 overs to pass 204, It shows how BAD is IND bowling attack is ,that's why we keep telling IND is a minor side like Bangladesh , both losing with Top side like SL,SA !!! but BAN won against NZ 3 - 0 , IND lost to NZ 4 - 0 , in my logic IND minor team than BAN !!

Posted by wapuser on (March 7, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

Wow rajesh. Bitter much? Get over it. India lost to sl and pak. And lost heavily to new Zealand... It happens there's no need to lash out and start insulting other teams.

Posted by 9ST9 on (March 7, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

haha look at you people go - India Pak SL are good ODI teams, but drop them in either Aus. SA or even England in early summer for a Test Series and see how they struggle. But here the fans brag as if they are like the invincible force of cricket. Sorry to break your spicy bubble but Asian cricket is far from perfect. @Indians - ODI successes, chasing down 350 in 30 overs on flat tracks and cartloads of IPL money doesn't make you the best team in the world. @Pakistanis - random, jack-in-the-box moments of brilliance and brilliant bowlers alone won't make you the best in the world either. @Sri Lankans - world records, having great individual performers and being the best T20 team around don't make you the best in the world either. As for BD well what can i say ....

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 7, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

IND vs SL = India got 264 , BAN vs SL = BAN got 204, both occasion SL chase & both SL ( Asian champs ) won, vs BAN it takes 49 overs to pass 204 but vs IND it takes 41.2 overs to pass 204, It shows how BAD is IND bowling attack is ,that's why we keep telling IND is a minor side like Bangladesh , both losing with Top side like SL,SA !!! but BAN won against NZ 3 - 0 , IND lost to NZ 4 - 0 , in my logic IND minor team than BAN , thats why IND drop Dhoni who running out of Ideas !!!

Posted by nickexplore on (March 7, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Even with a top-order collapse, there was enough resolve and batting talent in this SL team to post yet another win. Mathews, Chaturanga, Priyanjan and Thisara all played their part getting SL over the line. With 4 wins from 4 games, confidence will be sky-high in the SL camp. The spin bowling is very effective and economical and the stage set for Malinga's return for the final. So it is SL who will start as firm favourites - Afridi heroics aside!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

As an Asian im proud that all these teams palyed good cricket in ASIA CUP. If concider only india,SL and Pakistan, all 3 have very good players and very good as a team also. Therefore no one is number one here alone..all three is deserved number one place and win or loose will depend on the performance they show on that particular day...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 7, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

India has reached ODI WC final three times, and won it two times. The other giant teams from the SC, have reached two times, and put on truly pathetic show when they did not win. One team complained to ICC that Gilchrist was holding a Golf ball in his hand, and that's why Aussies won. The other team when it reached the final in 1999, could make only 130 odd runs. So much for the greatness of these two teams. And the same two teams are in the finals of Asia cup also. Lolz...

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 7, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

This Asia cup final is very interesting. We have two finalists, the best in Asia, and both defeated Bangladesh and Afghanistan with great difficulty. That shows the standards of this Asia cup, where, wisely Indian selectors sent an experimental team. And even this experimental team was defeated by these so-called Asian champs by great difficulty in the last over. Enough said.... Of course, these two teams specialize in winning when it matters the least, and losing when it matters the most.

Posted by kohli_kuttu on (March 7, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

I dont how my fellow indian fans brag about our indian team. We got owned by the no8 ranked NZ team and now can't even play on our favourite flat decks LOL. We should go play on sand dunes in Sahara desert since the bowl will only bounce toe high and the ball will slow down drastically. This way our legendary batsmen eg Dhawan Rohit and Karthik can achieve unrealistic averages which they cant even think if they play on proper pitches. So instead of blaming and finding small mistakes of SL and Pak teams we should be learning from them on how to win and most importantly how to play cricket.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 7, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

Sri Lanka has a collective experience of more than 1300 games. Pakistan has more than 900 games under their belt. And India has 670 games. That, I think, has been the entire difference in the series. But Pakistan has one thing in its favour.

For the first time in this series, Sri Lanka will be playing a game without a decent break. Let's hope Sri Lanka can keep up the tempo.

Posted by Yousafahmed11 on (March 7, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

As a true SL fan, I am ashamed and afraid of SL performances! We do not have a excellent win to show in recent times! All of them last over 2-3 wicket wins! Barring Mahela, the team do not have no clue in batting! Sorry to BD, Pak, Ind fans for my fellow countryman's arrogant comments. It is the time to learn the basics in sportsmanship and gentlemanly ON FIELD by our players and OFF FIELD by our fans!

Posted by priceless1 on (March 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

@kr_kinshuk. dont know what your blabbering mate , SL won the T20 series 2-0 , and drew the ODI series 2-2 when last time they toured Australia (in 2013) , no need to talk about Test cricket here coz this is a ODI tournament

Posted by mrgupta on (March 7, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

@ ABKhanISB: Well, first of all i am not a kid, and secondly i rely on numbers and not talk just from my heart. Count of 70 wins is good but thats all in the Past. I am not saying India is much better but yes we were bad in the 80s-90s when Pakistan was too good but in last 5-10 years things have changed where India has done slightly better. Since 01 Jan 2006 Pakistan has lost 1.5 times more matches to India than they have Won and same goes for SL.

Posted by warneshane on (March 7, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Oh stop it SL fans!!

To become top team, you need 2-way traffic. How many times you traveled to top sides & how many top sides did visit you? You can't be champion by playing only on 1-dimensional pitch with 1-dimensional bowlers with suspected bowling actions. Yeah, SL plays only 1-dimensional cricket and that is not criteria for becoming top side. Even fans must show matured postings. You guys come ASHES threads for 1 reason. That's why you are just above ZIM & BD in Test. Oh Sorry, you hate to play TEST CRICKET. Till then carry on propagating own no.1 tag to your team.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 7, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

win was also a series of lots of things going their way to get them in the semis and then they turned the tables in those all - important last two games).

But, there's still some hope for Sri Lanka. They are the most experienced side in this series by a huge distance. Mahela and Sangakkara together would have probably more games under their belt than the entire Pakistan side probably. Plus, they have Malinga to counter Saeed Ajmal. This has to be their best shot at the tournament in several years.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 7, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

I have a hunch that Pakistan will win this Asia Cup.

The reasons, you might ask.

Firstly, this has been an incredibly close Asia Cup with very little separating the sides. In such situations, you normally expect two sides to get in one win each against each other. Sri Lanka have already won a game against Pakistan. So, they will have to win two out of two which, in my opinion is slightly more difficult.

Secondly, Sri Lanka has won a lot of games in Bangladesh in recent months (yes, it's also because of the fact that they have played a lot of those games against Bangladesh but still, they have been winning everything). So, law of averages is also waiting to catch up with them.

Thirdly, Sri Lanka tends to fizzle out in Finals (2007, 2011, the tri - series in WI, the tri - series in Australia). Pakistan, on the other hand, has always scraped through to make it to the knockuts somehow where they bring their A- game (the world t20, the last Asia cup, heck even their only world cup contd

Posted by Kangaroo_Land on (March 7, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Inflated Tigers - got nothing to boast about and/or feel proud at but still look at their attitude and emotions....!! Crazy fans like their over-rated Team....Guys, atleast become something first.....Look at India, SL or PAK, how quickly they made their ways up and prduced ''Diamonds'' over the years in the cricketing world. What YOU have? Shakib - so far, who too is nothing but what we have 'the Club-Level' Cricketers in IND, SL or PAK....!! Few close games and tat too at home ground and look at them.......jeeeezzz

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (March 7, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Poor coaching is the reason for continuous losses. Jurgensen, Mcinnes must be removed immediately if any progress is to be made.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

@Abhisek Misra: Don't judge who are bad and who are good just by looking at few recent comments or comments here and there. Just read from the begining and understand who jumped in the middle of Lankan and Bangla article and initiated the struggle. It is our fans such as Kev Rad, Rajesh.Kumar, qazi255, Stat1977, vkias, ramz30380, Gurdit Singh, Hyder Zaman, Hussain Kurawadwala, Francis Mel. We should first educate our fans without just blaming Lankan fans for their reaction. Lankans said nothing until those people started.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 7, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

What an innings from Mathews! now thats what I call a captains knock! Continue saving games like this for SL against top teams consistantly, u will be THE captain. But by looking at how well pakistan play against SL, and how bad SL fail in finals since 2007, I will have my money with a pakistan win. SL has reached the finals of countless tourneys without losing a single game and have the bad habbit of sinking the ship when it matters the most. History will repeat again. Mahela, Sanga, Malinga, Dilshan are all world class players but they do not have the luck to win a trophy for their country... Mahela looks like he is repeating his 2003 world cup form! and Afridi seems to be in his 1996 Kenya form....

Posted by Crickger on (March 7, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

Hopefully BD will comeback in upcoming t-20 world cup after asia cup nightmare as they consistently show their cricket prowess against some top-ranked teams. And that comeback will let keep up their spirit which is unexpectedly declining recent days. Best luck team BD.

Posted by SLslider on (March 7, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed11 That's what I am saying brother. SL is better than India even though SL has not won a single test series outside SL since 2000. I don't have any valid analysis but SL is better.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

i just read the comments made especially by the sri lankaan fans....i dont know what problem they have with indian team......we always respect sl team.....but i think d reality is they are jealous of india...where india z in world cricet...ya they lost in nz and sa but remember not badly...all were even mathces till the end.....but what happened befor dat in2013(india beat aus 4-0,beat wi 2-0 in test mathces,beat eng,aus,wi in odi series and chapmions trophy in eng,tri series in wi,beat zim 5-0 and ind hardly lost ) have beaten aus once in test cricket ....were as india have beten aus 4 times in last 4 tests....every thing speaks its for itselff...

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 7, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

The Asian sides are all mediocre, as is borne out by the way this Asia cup has gone. So many close finishes are usually witnessed either when the sides involved are either of very high quality or when they are both weak.

The smart fans will realize that coming out tops in a slugfest between such unstable sides counts for little in the long-term.

None of these sides have been doing anything significant outside the sub - continent. So, all of them have their work cut out when they land in Australia for the world cup next year. Yes, one or two of them might still end up in the knock outs but that's more because of the lack of depth in the game of cricket and because of the uncertain nature of the very game of cricket.

Until these guys start winning test series in Australia and South Africa I think their fans should maybe be a little more humble in their feedback on these fora. Enjoy your cricket, indulge in a little bit of playful banter but, please stop living in denial.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT)


So Asia cup doesnt count as India won more matches from Srilanka but same logic doesnt apply to Pakistan which have won 70 plus matches against India and you guys keep bragging about worldcups. Grow up kids

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

@SLslider: I don't say we better than SL or SL is better than us.Your argument is very illogical. If A>B, B>C, C>A. Can you tell A is the best or it is always better team than B? Average concept comes here. Don't just compare the previous matches between only Ind and SL. Definitely, we had a psycological edge over SL. Look at the overall picture of the country matches specially with top countries away and compare.

Just go to my previous comment and check our win/loss ratio against SA,AUS and ENG in away matches compared to Lankans and Pakistan in different time periods.

It is us just performing so badly against top teams away in recent time and we have come to our all time lowest with this Asia cup as Asia's number 3 just ahead of AFG and BAN. I know with Dhoni coming to the team we can stand up again. But for now, we are below par even at sub-continental standards.

Posted by SLslider on (March 7, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

@ ThilankaK no. 1 in Asia??? Get outta here. SL are no. 1 in the world. I have lost count of how many tournaments we have won in last 10 years or so. We have won countless test matches in AUS and Ind. We have won every test series outside SL since 2000. We have won natwest trophy, CB series, WC, CT, BBL, CBL, FIFA WC, Wimbledon, Australian open. Our cricket team is the best for sure.

Posted by Basuz333 on (March 7, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

SL fans...pls I want to remind u has not won away test since 2000...thats huge man ...thas shame indeed...who themselves calleed mighty...and Pakistan...from the time u r accorded test test series win in WI....even thogh WI team has been weakened

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed11.. I agree with u brother. IND well ahead when counting thropys than PAK & SL. and SL was most populer for runners up in such events. I do not say it as bad luck for SL or luck of IND. PAK seems balance in this case. any how congratz for all Asian teams.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

@Iceman29: We made NZ looks like world beaters. Otherwise, they are nothing for teams like Pak and SL giving all due respect to Kiwis.

Posted by katch47 on (March 7, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

looks like curtains for Mahela. Averaging 33+ in 400+ as a front line batsman won't do for any team. Besides he has a habit of getting out at crucial times. I think he should retire form shorter formats and concentrate on the longer version of the game which he is good at

Posted by SLslider on (March 7, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Definition of a Legend in our country. Anyone who can stand on the field for 50 overs and has an average of around 30 is a Legend. LEGEND OF THE GAME.

Our fan Logic - If we win against BANG(by wrong decisions and dirty tactics of course) its a great performance. We are the best. If India wins against BANG then they have won against a low ranked side, not a big deal. And then they say that they respect cricket and fans. But we are not hypocrites.

Same thing happened during PAK series. Before the series they were like "we don't mind losing and blah blah" but during last day of last test we all saw what happened on that infamous day. SL cricketers crying so they could go off the feild. LOL.

Posted by SLslider on (March 7, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed11 I am a SL fan so obviously logic doesn't apply to me like my fellow countrymen. We won last match against India so we are superior even though we have lost 11 out of last 16 matches against India. Still we are better. How are we better, well I don't know and don't have any valid argument but we are better. We are better than India overseas even though we haven't won a single test series outside SL since 2000 but we are better. A very intelligent, reasonable and proud SL fan.

Posted by Iceman29 on (March 7, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Am somewhat surprised to see comments from some SL fans (not all of them) they have changed drastically from what i used to see a couple of years ago. There is a bit of arrogance, bragging, no respect to oppositions in almost all comments...Every time I see in this forum I see some comments claiming that SL is superior team in Asia and Blah blah blah....I agree that there are some Ind fans always brag about our team but thats how it has been and it has never changed for years but to see comments from some SL fans like this was not usual a couple of years back....Pak has the most decent team from Asia and also they have the most down to earth and most humble fans (except one or two)....The next world cup is in Australia so, as far as I am concerned judging by the current form none of the team from Asia will be good enough to beat Aus and SA or NZ for that matter yet we brag about our teams so highly...

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

@ true-cric-lover: Thanks brother for showing where we are actually. Our cupboard is full of trophies we accumulated from shorter formats. But our boasting is far from reality. I removed NZ in your selection keeping only Aus, SA and Eng in away matches and got stats for different periods. Still SL and Pak are well ahead us barring some periods. Link shows the results for the last 3 years.

1990s:SL-0.42 Pak. 0.55 Ind-0.31 Ban-0.00 2000s: SL-0.50 Pak. 0.42 Ind-0.65 Ban-0.06 Last 5 years: SL-1.00 Pak. 0.54 Ind-0.39 Ban-0.20 Last 4 years:SL-0.95 Pak. 0.61 Ind-0.42 Ban-0.20 Last 3 years: SL-0.94 Pak. 0.68 Ind-0.28 Last 2 years:SL-1.00 Pak. 0.63 Ind-0.80 Last 12 months:SL-infinity Pak. 0.53 Ind-0.66;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmax2=07+Mar+2014;spanmin2=07+Mar+2011;spanval2=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 7, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

Team (J&Ps have always preferred reckless hitting half-players that can bat and ball a bit but not complete batters such as S'weera, If M'thews hadn't had ability to bowl, his fate too would have been the same as RoshenSilva,AngeloPerera,GayanManeshan,Dickwella; there are many others who give-up playing soon after leaving school because there're aren't enough encouragement nor incentives for them to be in the Game, as it was 25 years ago, if not for INDIAN MEDIA our Cricket would have been almost dead by now) due to ignorance of J&Ps and the local media. Even true big-time players the class of S'weera, Chandimal, Mathews (with proper control over their strokes they play, have always been sent to bat at odd places) that rescued us at times where legends failed, were not given their due place in the Team, therefore their self-confidence was always is not 100% (all 3 have showed their class from the age of 15)all the time.

Posted by Rajeev334 on (March 7, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

@Prema1948 - Stop talking rubbish. Learn to respect players & the country when it's due! (Pls publish)

Posted by JohnSnider on (March 7, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

I am from Pakistan and noticed Bangladesh was as good as any side. Inf act they almost won against Pakistan easily Afridi does not count as he is a worlds greatest slugger, he could be out on first ball or score a half century. in few balls. I am extremely proud of the way Bangladesh shots. Only thing is they should play like Sangakara which means they don't have to worry about run rates till last 10 overs and they should become like Shahid Afridi. If they do it this way I can see it they might even reach final in any competition as they have good batsmen and bowling side. Staying winless does not mean anything as they played like tigers and sometime prey gets away. Overall Bangladesh public really loves them and the public is more dangerous than the Bangladesh team, Public made them score over 300 against Pakistan. If Afridi who hates public not saved Pakistan it would be big defeat for Pakistan. Long Live Bangladesh. Pakistan has too many Bangladesh fans. Long Live .B.Desh

Posted by stormy16 on (March 7, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Another satisfying win after being 8-3 and SL just refuses to lie down and it's good to see that despite a top order failure, the rest of the batting was able to secure the game. It seems Mahela cannot buy a run and its strange as these wickets are ideally suited for his style of play. Raises selections delimas for SL with Chandimal and Mahela out of form and some of the younger alrounding spinners showing some good form with bat and ball. Bangladesh's nightmare in the 50 over game is atleast over for this summer and what a dissappoiting performance it had been by the home team. It's easy to get carried away in the theory that alot of games were close but the reality is they should have done much better!

Posted by android_user on (March 7, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Yes SL and Pak. You win this time. We accept defeat in this Asia Cup. But we would definitely perform better in the T20 world which is just around the corner. See you then.

Posted by mrgupta on (March 7, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

@Geethike Dinith De Silva: From your comments it seems that SL is far better team than India. Don't get me wrong I am a fan of Sanga and always admired the two greatest SL cricketers Murli and Arvinda but you really need to check stats of last 3 years for ODIs between India and SL. Out of 16 ODIs SL has won 4, Lost 11 and one is a tie. Just because they won here in Asia Cup doesn't make them superior. I agree India has been pathetic in last few ODIs and really need to pick themselves up.

Posted by Abeytunge on (March 7, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

The Bangladeshi commentator Akthar Ali, said before the match, it was payback time, but Mathews almost single-handedly made Bangladesh come short. Mathews is shaping up to become a fine captain and a crafty finisher, which augurs well for Sri Lanka's future cricket.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 7, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

@ sysubrceq0.. your analysis is only on ur favor my frd. i just want to show some points. 1. as by ur analysis SA team need to be bottom of the test rankings 2. as such u told PAK and SL not win matches against AUS, ENG, NZ, SA away from their home soil please query it and see for last 20years. pl follow the link. PAK well ahead in test and SL well ahead in ODI & T20 than IND

I agreed with u that SL unable to win a test series after 2000 against such them but they win and draw some matches but they did it on other formats specially in T20s. Pl follow the records.;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;opposition=5;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;result=5;spanmin1=01Jan+1994;spanmin2=01+Jan+1994;spanval1=span;spanval2=span;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 7, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

Lakshman Weeramantri , you are right mushy is bad captain. To me its not only his field placing but also managing his ballers is not right. Ziaur Rahman is the only pacer in Bd with good line and length but he was not even used the game against pak. This game he was used but I was surprised no slip was placed for his length, angelo mathews would have been surely gone if slip were placed for Zia. Hope Bd groom Zia and let him play t20 wc and as a Bd fan I hope sl win asia cup .

Posted by cricpanther on (March 7, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Great work for Mathews, go on Srilanka and go to kill the pakistan in final. Never ever get loose any dept and give small chance to pakistanis. Give them to chase and rest of the thing malinga, mathews, mendis BIG Three Ms will take care.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

There were many attempts by a cricinfo writer to derail Mathews, comparing him unnecessarily with Chandimal and others and ridiculing him article after article. Before that sports writers from Island and Dailymirror were trying to derail him with their pens. Some even rated him below Chandi and Maha. They are great cricketers and we need them, in fact SL needs Chandi to hit form he has great potential and he is a team man who works well with Mathews. Mathews was in the SL 19 team from the age of 16 or so if I am not mistaken, but he was never given the breaks that Arjuna, Aravinda, Madugalle, Mahanama, Gurusinghe and Kapugedara were duly given. He had to fight for it. An Anandian SL cricketer Hathurusinghe played his part in grooming him during the SL A tour of SA when he was 20 or so.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 7, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

@DilumSL. lol you can satisfy yourself with that statement. India won by 6 wickets. If you think that was 'close' because of it was on 48th over, I feel pity for you! And Pakistan chased 326 which is a big total and you cannot expect to win it with 6 wickets or 40th over! But to chase 208 you do not want 49 overs or 7 wickets against a team like BD in their current form! But win is a win as you said and only that matters! Good luck for the finals.

Posted by IMG_SL on (March 7, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Hey Mushfiqur Rahim, this is school cricketing season in Sri Lanka. Could you please come here with your team mates? We shall try to arrange some practice matches.

Posted by 9ST9 on (March 7, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

Asia produces some of the best players. But their fans need to grow up. I see plenty of over confident ranting by all parties before games. Stark Contrast to Pommie fans who make self-deprecating comments. It sound's a bit silly when you brag pre-game so much. Plus the comments on the Asia cup have been linguistically and logically appalling.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

Some of my fellow country men argue that we fielded an Indian "A" team without Dhoni, Yuvi, Gambhir, Raina and Harbhajan and link this to our lost to two top Asian teams. I agree to this to a certain extent. Because, Dhoni is our best finisher and whenever otherwise our brittle batting order tumbles, he leads the way to the victory. But, the orher three players are out for an obvious reason. Ther were not in good form lately and a lot of young better talent emerged. See their stats in their last year of play. Youvi averaged 19.71 from 15 innings with 2 fifties. Gambhir averaged 21.85 from 7 inings with 1 fifty. Raina averaged 24.25 from 12 innings. Bhajji averaged 41.29 for 17 wickets.These suggests they shouldn't be even in Associate teams.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Dear Mahela please step down & give a chance to youth.Sure you are good batsmen & sportmen.plese bring chandi & Malinga

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 7, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

For those who are mocking the Pakistan's bowling againt the Bangladesh. lol'z ... :D the fact iz that Pakistan took it very lightly in the begining. :D their feilding ... body language ... etc were all infront ov you ... [see the highlight's; if you have any doubt in me. :D] Furthermore; Pakistan's selection was also ... casuaL ... and they gave the chance to youngsters like Talha; only its 2nd match ... & then; being knowing the fact that already 3 spinners in the form of hafeez alround, Pakistan even then .... selected the Adul rehman; the bencher .. :) & rested the besT depth bowler ... "Junaid". :D All in all ... its was just the casual approch by Pakistan's fielding, bowling & selection .... beinG knowing they have the week opponent and already qualified for the finaL'z. Me deadly sure; that this Pakistan bowling attack will be ... totally different when they meet the sTronger opposition'z. :D Like we did; in the past. :)

Posted by android_user on (March 7, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

shaun wick...thank you very much for appriciation..we will win the final & get momentum for t20WC..

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 7, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

As it is this is the first and only continental based tournament in cricket - so the SC teams might as well take a step forward, helping to promote cricket in Asia.

More Asian countries can be brought into the fold and they can compete against test playing nations.

Also I feel that the Asia Cup must be conducted like a proper tournament with round robins, SF and Final.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 3:23 GMT)

I must congratulate the selectors for dropping the Vice Captain Chandimal.He must realize that there are no passengers and everyone must perform to be in the side.Having said that Chandimal should see all the Videos and view the manner he has got out.He will be a wonderful player if he develops maturity of choosing the right stroke for the right ball.He must play himself in emulating the skipper and ban shots like the reverse sweep.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 7, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Another match that shows why Sri Lanka is on the top of the table. Winning is a habit and the BD teams has once again proved that they don't have the discipline to nuture good habits. They just let the initial advantage go by. But one can never take away the brave effort by Capt. Mathews. This is what make Lanka one of the best teams, they have someone or the other who stands up to the occasion. Mahela was unlucky today, but he adds on to the strength of the team. BD has a lot to learn and this attitude is not going to take them anywhere. They are a good bunch of guys and hope they pull up their socks and deliver in the T20. We have a great game tomorrow and hope the best team wins.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (March 7, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Just when you think it's all over,then there's ice ice Mathews!What a cool head he's carrying above his shoulders!!Amazing temperament and skill !!Still Mathews has more haters in Sri Lanka than from other countries.Mainly due to his Un-Sinhalese-like back ground.He's not from a school that majority of SL population would wish if he was from.He's not from a ethnic background that majority of SL population would wish if he was from.And that's the very reason why some people who has never touched a hard Cricket ball claims that the individual who's captaining SL T20 team( a guy who's not even a proper ODI player) is a better leader than Mathews.Coming from a school/ethnic background that majority of SL people like or riding his luck of leadership on team-mates back is not the proper leadership.Delivering results when your team needs you the most, what makes you a proper leader and that is exactly what Mathews does. And that is why Mathews is claimed as Captain Reliable! Pls publish!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 7, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

Mattews u beauty... now thats what I call a captains knock! Start playing those knocks consistantly and against top teams like india, pakistan, Aus, Sa, then Sri Lanka will be the team to beat. looking at the past, lokking at SLs record in the finals from 2007 onwards, looking at how succsessful the top pakistan players against SL, (hafeez, shezard, akmal, afridi, ajmal, gul, misbah, etc) and specially looking at afridis resent form with the bat and his liking of SL bowlers, its easy to predict a pakistan win in the finals. look how many times SL walked in to a final unbeaten and lost when it really matters. truth is, sanga, mahela, malinga, dilshan can be world class players, but they do not have the luck to win a final.

Posted by cjchanaka on (March 7, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Very good practice match before the final,middle order proved they can drag the team in to victories without top order support. Mathews you are improving vastly not only as a batsman but also as a captain GREAT.I think silectors are in a very very big trouble to silect 11 for final since all our bowlers have done marwellous job specially lakmal.The way lakmal bowled last few overs was awsome.If both malinga & lakmal will bowl those magical yokers consistantly in final then PAK batsmen will be in huge trouble.So we played more quality,consistant and elegant cricket throughout the series.But we have to repeat this in ultimate level,I feel we'll do it this time....-:)

Posted by VinothSam on (March 7, 2014, 2:47 GMT)

Sri Lanka has been playing the best cricket nowadays with the young guys. Happy news is that SL cricket's future is in the safe hands. Well-done mates. We always proud of you. Good game by BD as well. We will show more skills and team sprit on the final as always we do. This time no more losing in the finals.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

Blah Blah Blah So Pakistan have a good bowling attack so what?? Maybe thats why BDesh scored 300+ Srilankans are surely going to win the Asia cup with the batting order they have!!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 7, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

Pakistan best bowling in asia? and they let bangladesh get 300 lol

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

Bangladesh Is A Talented Team, But They Are Very Poor When Playing A Top Quality Side Like Sri Lanka. First The Captain Do Not Have Any Idea How To Come Out From Tight Situations. His Field Placing Is Just Not Good. Sri Lanka Is Disciplined And Very Professional. Bangladesh Are Slow Learners. Good Luck For The Future

Posted by Ameeega on (March 7, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

Someone said "So...srilanka edge past Bangladesh in the battle of minnows...lets see them fight against the best bowling attack (atleast in Asia)Pakistan. " For his info: Here we go, the list, as per the points table order, best team first. SL / Pak / Ind / Afg / Ban Now you can find your team's minnow grade!

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

@Karthik Bollam brother, If you call this as battle of minnows. How could we call our team? Minnow squared? Below par minnow? We were thrashed by your so called minnow Sri Lanka. We were humiliated by Kiwis, who got whitewashed by your socalled minnow Bangladesh. We were ranked 3rd just in Asia. Better not to talk about our world situation. We are nothing other than associate team without Dhoni. We all have the same feelings of sorrow mixed with anger against Asian giants Lankan and Pakistan. But, it doesn't qualify for insulting them.

Posted by wapuser on (March 7, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

Sri Lankan team seems to have found the right balance with a mixture of youth and experienced

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (March 7, 2014, 2:05 GMT)

@Kev Rad, Rajesh.Kumar, qazi255, Stat1977, vkias, ramz30380, Gurdit Singh, Hyder Zaman, Hussain Kurawadwala, Francis Mel. My fellow Indian brothers, please don't insult our own country by mocking the teams like Lankans before the end of the match. How many times we had to eat our words? These Lankans are not like our team. When they are playing, you never under estimate them until the last ball. We all said that when Sanga and Mahela are gone, match is over for Lanka. But they showed us, it is not true. Their young talent never let their fans down unlike our team. We couldn't pull out a single victory against two Asian giants without Dhoni. Better not to talk about our youngsters.

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

I'm sure that Pakistan will take this Asia Cup as we are the strongest team in Asia

Posted by jj0685 on (March 7, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

@ karthik bollam. Just to refresh your memory. Sri Lanka beat the so called" best bowling attack in Asia" a few days ago. Sri Lanka should win easily based on their current form. But you can never know with ODI's, one missed catch could change the whole complextion of the game.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 7, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

Waiting for nail biting final Good luck to SL and PAK

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 7, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

Team (J&Ps have always preferred reckless hitting half-players that can bat and ball a bit but not complete batters such as S'weera, If M'thews hadn't had ability to bowl, his fate too would have been the same as RoshenSilva,AngeloPerera,GayanManeshan,Dickwella; there are many others who give-up playing soon after leaving school because there're aren't enough encouragement nor incentives for them to be in the Game, as it was 25 years ago, if not for INDIAN MEDIA our Cricket would have been almost dead by now) due to ignorance of J&Ps and the local media. Even true big-time players the class of S'weera, Chandimal, Mathews (with proper control over their strokes they play, have always been sent to bat at odd places) that rescued us at times where legends failed, were not given their due place in the Team, therefore their self-confidence was always is not 100% (all 3 have showed their class from the age of 15)all the time.

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 7, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

Though these seniors are labeled as legends, master-class, big-time-players, in reality they don't have proper control over most of the strokes they play, are big-time-players only on flat tracks and always failed to deliver on lively pitches even against average bowlers. They have a proven history of inability to bat under pressure, our not-winning (but BD) a home-series since 2007 (the day Atapatu left from the top) was mainly due to these weaknesses of legends. It is A'patu.S'weera class bats, we need as top-order, but not those who offer 101 risky, reckless strokes to score a 50. Almost all these legends don't have proper skills to play forceful strokes all-along the ground on the leg-side which had caused their down-fall more often than not. The Joker&Puppets(of last 20-25) weren't competent enough to realize these weaknesses in these over-hyped legends. We do produce 1 or 2 top-class players yearly basis though they weren't given their due place in the 2bCNTD

Posted by moscowman on (March 7, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

Proves that we are Dhadhaas in our own backyard only. Sri Lanka wins all their matches while we scrape through to win against minnows. There is no hope for us in the next WorldCup as it is to be in Australia and New Zealand. In their hard wickets our batsman falter and our bowling is in shambles Only occasionally they keep their line and length. With their wayward attack we can never hope to contain the opposition to under 225 anytime except in our own pitches. Asia cup has shown us under what pressure Dhoni had captained us and we could see the pressure telling on Kohli's faceduring play, thanks to zooming cameras, though he kept up a brave face during end of the match commentary during awards ceremonies. He played well on a couple of matche.But way to go Kohli, to step into Dhoni's shoes., Tighten up your laces, Men in Blue, if you have to defend the World Cup. Yuvraj is needed back in the team.

Posted by JanooGerman on (March 6, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

If the cricket is played in the press boxes, Bangladesh would have been a top ranked team from day one. The feeling I get after watching any game involving Bangladesh, the team only practices before and after match excuses through the press conferences. From the top brass of BCB, to the selectors, and to the players, (and BD media) everyone is trying to find excuses. Mushfiq a crying baby for sure has a doctorate in excuses.

The skipper must posses a strong and demanding personality and ready to accept the challenges. Players must have fear and at the same time respect for the skipper. Unfortunately the current skipper of Bangladesh may be a good player, but for sure does not fit into the role of a strong skipper. Bangladesh must find a skipper who can demand performances from the players and who can send players packing if they don't deliver.

If Bangladesh want to convert the winning positions into winning results, they must find a skipper like Imran, Lloyd, Waugh, Kapil, etc.

Posted by Practical_person on (March 6, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

@shakeena. As a neutral observer fully agree with you, Bangladesh put up a close fight against all 3 teams. No point being hard on them. SL and Pakistan are the first and second best team in this tournament respectively and deservedly in the finals.

@shaun_wick - could be an anomaly but your writing style is not like an average Australian especially the way your sentences are structured.

Posted by CricTimer on (March 6, 2014, 23:15 GMT)

Why Bangladesh remained winless???...Answer is obvious their bowling department. Their pacer balling too many short pitch. For left handy batsman they do not have any bowler that will make some impression. Comparing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh as a bowling team way down by standard and quality. And the funny part is Bangladeshi spinners also deliver too many short pitch balls. I guess their coach never taught them about loop hole between bat and pad. Same question stands to the pace bowlers, why cannot they try Yorker. I also have seen so many tall dudes in Bangladesh, only the short one seems interested playing cricket or selected by BCB.

Posted by shakeena on (March 6, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

@ shaun- Thanx brother.. sure it published :) yeah no doubt Pak has the best bowling unit in Asia at the moment even though Gul is out of form a bit.. But we will battle hard in the final sure of it.. and both teams deserve to be champions :)

Posted by Aus_guy on (March 6, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

to Karthik Bollam: BD batsmen's hit Pakistan bowlers all over the park the other day to so called best bowling attack by Karthik Bollam .. it was just mad hitting by Afredy just saved them by defeating

Posted by Aus_guy on (March 6, 2014, 22:42 GMT)

to Karthik Bollam : it's funny that Pakistan is best bowling attack , Afhan batsman hit there bowlers all over the park....

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 6, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

@Karthik Bollam: Dude we also smashed the biggest minnow last Friday too. And also you saw when we passed the best balling attack before when we scored 296. But I'm glad that you still come up with something. How can you still come here and post something? You guys are gone and gone forever!!! SL and Pak like brothers may the best team win

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 6, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

BD is truly disappointing, having been in the big league for so long cannot stitch out a simple win even by chance against a big team. How many times now Sri Lanka beat them on their own backyard, looks infinite. Most depressing to me is when a wicket falls look at the Sri Lankan team players' faces no celebrations, no real joy, just taken for granted. On the other hand the fans in the stadium showing crying weeping mass celebrations just for a 4 or a 6 or a wicket, see they've not win a game for the whole tournament, beaten by a low grade team,, look over the moon, just daft. See the steal Sri Lanka showed finishing a month over tour not giving a single win to the BD, amazing true guts of Lions .

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 6, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

Good eye opener to SL team jsut n time before the final. They should now realize all are humans so anything can go wrong at any time. Saga was trested like a super human so does Kusal but both shown how things can go wrong at a moment. So get ready boys and show your real capabilities in the final. Mahela is a big match player so does Sanga. So these two alone can take the final beyond the reach of vulnarable yet an unpredictable Pakistanis.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

@karthik bollam - you mean the same team sri lanka beat already? with a third class spinner?

Posted by wapuser on (March 6, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

Sri lankan team is a very good team, but the same time, I think that Pakistan team are also deserves the credit, under the situation they played very well in last three series, in S.A UAE and now Asia cup.I hope they will have a better chance.Good luck in Final.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

@karthik: battle of minnows? How go you categorise the team who defeated all teams in the group stages a minnow team? And even BD though they under performed this tournament they were in the finals last time beating SL and IND both.

Posted by wapuser on (March 6, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

Bad luck for BD again i know BD is pathatic cricket team overall but they deserved to win at least one match . They dont know how to win mental preperation is important as well

Posted by SubContinentFan on (March 6, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

@Karthik Bollam, "the best bowling attack" against which SL scored 296 and BD scored 326 ? LOL, yesterday even BD was a far better bowling attack than Pakistan.

Posted by wapuser on (March 6, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka is a very good team, at the same time you have to gives all the credit to Pakistan team, they don't play in overseas like others team play in different tournament

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 6, 2014, 21:44 GMT)

SL and PAk fans must understand that losing a series by 3-2, 4-1, 5-0 doesn't matter. How many cups/series you won is important. SA wins almost 90% of their games but still no Major cups. India won test series in NZ, ENG, WI, PAK and drawn series in AUS, SA and SL in last 10 years. Where SL and Pak able to win a test here and there but not the series, infact SL still did not win a series since 2000 outside SL(exclude BD & ZIM).

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 6, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

Unbeaten ! wow ! No 1 Asian team !

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

@Karthik Bollam, aww Karthik, I know you're hurt the sun don't shine. The real minnows are already out of the tournament. I can't believe you guys are being so delusional and disoriented after repeatedly losing matches in the past few months. I think given your team's recent performance, they should play in the qualifying stage of the world t-20s. It might be a waste of time for them to play against the bigger better teams. Their real place is with Nepal and UAE :)

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 6, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

SL the Asian Cricket Champions ! like true champion they rested malinga , chandimal & gave priyanjan to match with out fear ! but India played full side against Afghanistan ! lol ! see, mathews teach Bangladesh that how to win a match & now become a best finisher in world cricket along with dhoni !

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

Its amazing how many times word India featured in the comments for an article reading a match between Srilanaka and Bangladesh...Frustration for not winning world cup final or frustration for not beating India in world cup at all ...could be

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Gotta admit I am a bit nervous about Sri Lanka's chances in the final if this is the fight they put up against a minnow...

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Mahela should retire after this from ODIs..Chandimak should play he is much better than Ashan...Ashan was lucky he could have got out few ties even in his 20 odd..He plays way too any shots and the technique isn`t solid enough..I m impressed about chathuranga

Posted by ThePieChucker on (March 6, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

@Shaun_wick: Hahaha, I can tell by your English that you are no Australian. Why the deception?

Posted by Kshitiz06 on (March 6, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Enough of this Bangladesh, SriLanka, Pakistan trying to be "brothers" on the basis of mutual hate towards India. When you have to criticize another country to feel good about yourself, it just shows how pathetic you are. Stop with "my srilankan brothers", etc just so you can talk smack about India.

Criticize on the basis of quality of cricket played. I must say, Bangladesh is really pathetic. After so long, their victories are still "upsets". They win one match and sing about it for ages. I see the same think with Sri Lankan fans. Apart from pakistan, other Asian teams dont' have decent record against India in last 14 yrs.

Based on current form of teams, pak looked strongest on paper and deserve to win Asia cup.

In last decade or so, Pakistan always had superior attack, and just needed their batting to click. India always (barring current team) had better batting, but struggle with bowling. Sri Lanka is midway in both departments. Bangladesh shouldn't even have a test status.

Posted by sidh78 on (March 6, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

This is for the fan of pak & sl team who called india a flat track bullies plz check your team's test record in aus eng & SA. first we see pak record 2002- SA 2-0 2006- SA 2-1 2012- SA 3-0. Lets look at how they did in England. 2001=1-1 2006-Eng 3-0 2010Eng 3-1. In Australia its no better 1999-Aus 3-0 2004- Aus 3-0 2009-Aus 3-0. Whitewashed on every occasion. Now how bout Sri Lanka. 2000- SA 2-0 2002-SA 2-0 2011-SA 2-1. In Australia 2004 -Aus 1-0 2007-Aus 2-0 2012- Aus 3-0.Against England 2002-Eng 2-0 2006-1-1 2011- Eng dear pak & sl fan ur record in aus is Aus 9-pak 0 & Aus 6-SL 0 respectively in recent please just tell me who are the real flat track bullies & fyi india won series in eng in 2007 and draw series(1-1) in south africa in last tour in 2011

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Looking at the way Srilanka is batting...they would make a match of 40 runs target as well...they will reach the target of 40 no doubt but will take 47 or 48 overs with 2 wickets in hand...puff

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

So...srilanka edge past Bangladesh in the battle of minnows...lets see them fight against the best bowling attack (atleast in Asia)Pakistan.

Posted by Shaun_wick on (March 6, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

As an Australian I love SLan cricket. They are very gentlement on the field. We like Sanga, professional man. My understand is SLan team is young and they have passion to win and they are very consistence in overseas countries compare to other Asian countries, PAK also good in overseas quite similar to SLan performance. Quite interesting about IND team, they are struggling to keep consistence to win matches overseas, they were lucky last time World Cup hold by India. I go for sl in the final because of they are decent on the field and they deserve to win. Cheers and hope my comment will publish on cricinfo.

Posted by Basuz333 on (March 6, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Well is a fact that Indians team had some of beginers only like Rayudu,Rahane, Mishra i.e it was a weak team along with inconsistent Kartick both behind stumps and before stumps. Considering Yuvi and Dhoni back, with only one bounce ball per over, Yuvi can smack the ball out of the park in this sub continent conditions.Just a few month ago he hit a hurricane 50+ aganst Johnson and co in India in one off T-20 game.With spin troika which(SL and Pak had already faced)and Dhoni, Yuvi and Rahane in the middle I bet SL or Pak will find India to beat in upcoming world cup....I bet...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Hope pak wins coz it will make Indiana so jealous and angry lol

Posted by shakeena on (March 6, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

@everybody who blames bangladesh - Im a sri lankan and please dnt be so hard on bnagladesh.. They put up a great fight in all the games they played and they were great ends.. Only the game of Cricket won.. they are hard fighters who don't give up easily.. they are still a young team.. Look at India with all their coaches and money and IPL experiences can't put up a 11 players who can win a game for them.. from millions and millions of people they couldn't find a proper wicket keeper batsman who can bat and keep.. with every thing going on around the country of bangladesh AS A SRI LANKAN, BLANGLADESH BROTHERS WE ARE PROUD OF YOU... :)

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 6, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@ Qazi Hassan: Kudos to you, bro! Completely agree with you on BD problems, you hit the nail, hope BCB and the team are reading this.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

BD cane very close to winning many games but they didn't, I think crowd expectations putting extra pressure on them, in the Afgan BD game huge crowd came expecting a BD win but it didn't happen , also BD players should stay away from press. one guy said if they beat India it won't be an upset, Ragim said its a shame loosing to Afgan and Sri Lanka, these stupid comments should be stooped and they should play proper cricket with the bat and ball, Shakib is more suitable for captaincy . for SL love to see top 3 getting out cheaply before the finals so middle and low middle order had to do the job, also we bat so deep, deeper than ever gives us an advantage over PAK in the finals

Posted by mzm149 on (March 6, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

Pakistan are favorites to win the final. They just beat Sri Lanka in UAE in ODI series. Who can forget that amazing 300 runs chase in two sessions of the last test match against Sri Lanka? Sri Lankans reach finals and semi finals of most events but rarely win.

Posted by amilag on (March 6, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Chaturanga de silva definitely will be a wonderful all rounder in world cricket!

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 6, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

@BanglaBandhu, I really like BD to be in the top 10 teams as they are paasionate and can generate good crowds at their home. But this is a team which is trying to establish even after 15 years and this doesn't prove anything. Srilanka a much smaller country in population has produce great cricketers and managed to stay on top. The top teams has a tendency to play loose against minnows while the minnows has nothing to loose. I am sure if they play a 5 match series the outcome is well known.

Posted by amilag on (March 6, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

Sri lanka deserve to be champions of asia! No doubt that they being the best team in the tournament by far!

Posted by Legaleagle on (March 6, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

@ Faisal Khalid Butt- Well said mate!! Bangladesh team is full arrogance without any talent to back it up. So sad and unfortunate!! That's why they are ordinary, and came even below Afghan brothers.

Posted by Legaleagle on (March 6, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Bangladesh has proven how pathetic they are!! This is a below ordinary side!! They should be relegated to club level.

Posted by PPL11 on (March 6, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 - Champions? ha ha champs of circus or what? definitely no where near in ICC list - check it out - One team won last ICC Title around 6 Years back and one Champ did it around 18 years ago and still they are so called champs - LOL

Posted by amilag on (March 6, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

Chaturanga is a wonderful young talent. He is from galle.he is from St . Aloysius college galle.proud to be an Aloysian!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

wonderful inings from captain cool. One to go ...all the best !!!!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

It seems Mathews improves his performance as a captain day by day. That's a good sign. I think he is capable of taking the captaincy of t20 side too.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

I think accountability is an issue with Asian teams. Neither players nor administrators have shown any indication for taking responsibility for sustained failure. It would be unfair to say that players do not care but it does makes you wonder if they really do? When there are no repercussions for losses, it is inevitable that complacency will set in. Imagine you are a salesman and you are not questionned for fall in sales numbers for months on end but instead given a generous salary and perks, will you really push yourself to make the numbers go up? Sure you are going to be pumped when you make that one off big sale but a bad day in the office is just going to make you shrug your shoulder and think about the next day. I agree efforts count but results cannot be ignored. Swift and strict action should be taken against non performers. Also where is the passion and that hunger to win? Its not just a game for these guys, its also their livelihoods but it d√łesnt seem like it to me.

Posted by Rahman538 on (March 6, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

@wapuser: Being proud of Bangladesh and keep supporting the team when they are suffering loss after loss is not enough. As true fans, we have a right to voice our frustration.

For example, when SL were 75/5, why Shakib and Al-Amin was not brought back into attack to create extra pressure? I have a feeling that Mushfiqur is not able to think like a killer competitor. Don't be so complacent when you get a couple of quick wickets and your bowlers are bowling very economically.

A second instance was when Ziaur finished his 9th over and Mathews and his partner was just about starting to accelerate. Although Ziaur was very economical upto that point, he should have been replaced by Shakib/Mahmudullah/Al-amin. Instead he was allowed to finish his last over and got hit for 8+.

A third instance was the 4 wasted overs from Mahmudullah. Lack of planning!

Attack the opponent when they are most vulnerable. Think outside the box. Don't be afraid to take chances.

Best of luck for T20.

Posted by Retour on (March 6, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

In the end, it turned out to be a nice practice game for SL. Esp. winning w/o major contributions from Sanga and Mahela is promising for the final ahead

Talking about the final, it is expected to be a close game. Both the finalist have banked on the experienced players to see the game through. For SL - Malinga vs. Pak, Sanga vs. Ind; For Pak - Matthews vs. BD, Afridi vs. both Ind and Pak. It is good to see experienced put their hands up and guiding the teams to win. Experienced players performing in tight situations has been a major difference b/w the two finalists and the rest of the teams.

So who will win? Will SL break away from the recent string of losses in the finals. Will Afridi deliver a miraculous performance 3rd time in a row? For answers, tune in on Sunday. Good luck to both the teams from an Ind fan! :D

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (March 6, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

A bit worrying is that none of SL's victories in this cup have been really convincing. Saving the best for the last? SL's batters Sangakarra & Mathews apart, the others have not been consistent. MJ has been horrible, Chandimal struggling, and opener Perera often out after a good start. Bowling seems Ok and with Malinga returning Pakistan will have worries. I won't rule out MJ though...He is a man for the big occasion.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 6, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

What a funny game cricket is. BANGLADESH lose to Afghanistan, yet the closest most exciting match of the tournament was BAN v PAK. Sri Lanka, unbeaten in this tournament were at one stage 8 for 3!

The irony is, despite BANGLADESH being at the bottom of the table, SL will be learning from BAN on how to take on PAK bowling. Given that SL beat PAK easily, PAK will be learning on how to put SL batting under pressure.

Well done Bangladesh ... you have left a mark on both finalists!

Posted by TharakaNilupul on (March 6, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

who will win the final? Sri Lanka or Pakistan?

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Angelo Mathews is constantly improving his finishing skills and has played a part in quiet a few rescue efforts. Well played Angelo!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Enough is enough.Mushfiq did nothing in his reign and it is high time he is replaced with someone else, preferably Shakib.He has received punishment for his indiscipline now Board should consider his cricketing and mental skill.Mushfiq is not a captain by physical appearance or attitude.he is not Dhoni or Misbah, not even Mathews.he can only speak big but do nothing.I do not want to see Bangladesh going back to past years.Shakib did not get this team when he was captain.It was a one man show of him still he was criticized heavily for failure.Mushfiq got much better talented side still produced nothing.He should either resign or be replaced.

Posted by Even-handed on (March 6, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Why ICC do not using DRS (Decision review system) at least in major tournaments like Asia Cup. While we saw Umpires are making often mistakes when it comes to edges. As Misbah was given not out in Srilanka match, Ashwin in Pakistan match,DK in Afghanistan match & Anamul bijoy in Today's match.Any team should have a chance to review umpire's decision as an umpire is a human after all. If ICC is expecting the gentlemen play, we cannot expect that politeness from these kind of players where they all pretend to be didn't nicked the ball.This incident could happen with any one so the best thing is sticking to the DRS and looking to fair play.

Posted by PAK-DOOSRA-INVENTOR on (March 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Good win! Angelo Mathews man you are cool.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

I am sorry to say that this team is not improving. The way BD team batted was deplorable on their own ground and conditions. The score was just not enough and then the fielding was terrible as usual in this tournament. they really need to employ good coaches and learn from their mistakes.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (March 6, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Awesome innings from Angelo with some really good support from De Silva. This gives some glimpse that even without Sanga and Mahela SL middle order can win a match. Now they should prove this against tougher opponents.....

Posted by Eli7 on (March 6, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

The fact of the matter is all top six teams run very close to each other and over last 2 years or so, rankings notwithstanding, no team has been able to established itself as a very dominant team like all conquering West Indies or Australians in the past. It all comes down to who plays better cricket and which team is more balanced in composition on the day. India had very close games with Sri Lanka and Pakistan but were beaten in the end due to their captain who is still learning the art of captaincy. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are two deserving teams in the final and it should be one exciting final.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Mushfiq should resign.The way of his captaincy is really disgusting.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

BD should continue play like this. Today may be you lost but better days are waiting for you with the joining of Martuza, Gazi and Tamim in the team. Matuza, Al-Ameen and Zia will be deadly in pace bowling department. Sakib, Gazi, Mahmudullah and Momin will be like cobra in spin department, big hitter like sakib, tamim, zia and mortuza will be awesome and will give the finishing touch and Anamul, momin, musfiq and nasir will give solid batting line up.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 6, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

@Master_Mihil: Exactly mate. That's the worry. But we will do well this time.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

In somewhere of my heart, my wish was as if BD should have won...

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 6, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

sl, the ultimate chocker in finals, the 'ultimate final making' team; can they break the jinks this time??? hope it's a good game.

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 6, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Bangla hit one of their highest scores - 326 - in the previous match against one of the better bowling attacks. Today, they fought hard to defend a paltry total by putting in a quality bowling performance.

Bangla have the skills, they need to hit some kind of consistency.

The good news for modern teams who endure poor tournaments - like Bangla & India - is that another competition is right around the corner. No time to sulk, plenty of opportunities to correct mistakes.

Posted by wapuser on (March 6, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

I am proud of Bangladesh for their performance in Asia cup. Luck was hard on them. Future seems bright. Team like Pakistan,India and Srilanka won matches against a strong Bd team not against any minnow of by gone era. Once Bangladesh starts breaking the shackles and starts winning the matches they will forget about bitter experiances of the present. Wishing them good luck for the upcoming t20 world cup. Go tigers all have scared the champions.

Posted by sundersingh on (March 6, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

@Master_Mihil oh god it is 2009 t20 wc and not 2007

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

Bangladesh is running everyone close, but just not winning it. They need to change their mindsets that's all, they have the talent just need to apply it to the situation. They should have won easily against Pakistan and Sri Lanka after restricting them early on. Good luck to them for future events. Respect to their passionate fans as well. From a Pakistani fan:)

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Once again SL team in a Final. What will happen this time? BTW there are lots of positives in this match. MJ is bit of a worry. But lets try him once again on the big day. He is one of the very dangerous batsmen in the world. Hopefully he will come back to his normal form.IF we bat first in Saturday Kusal, Thiri, SANGA, need to get a good start and MJ, Angi will add more runs after that its a matter of Thisara and Senanayake to all over the park.Big 2 teams in Asia. Pak is a friendly country.No matter who wins. So good luck both teams. But better if SL can this time at least.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

It's important for SL to beat PAK in the final to have any hope in WC next year. PAK will be effective on AUS and NZ wickets than IND. Mahela's form is a worry.

Posted by sundersingh on (March 6, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

well played SL! but u have to show more sense against pak...

Posted by DilumSL on (March 6, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Win is a win!!! it doesn't matter how close the game goes. both Pak & Ind won against BD in their last over so in this case SL finished it in 48th. think about that @Francis Mel thats not luck. well played BD. they will do better in WCT20 i'm 100% sure about that. get ready for a huge upset in T20 becoz BD will put something up.

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 6, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

yes SL has shown it, how it is done. Bravo ! When it comes to winning on flat tracks, no one can beat SL, and Mathhews just proved that.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 6, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

This was the 7th ODI lose in a row since the series against NZ. I dont understand what happened to them. Last year they were winning most of the matches and this year it seems they forgot how to win. At least the woman team is winning and the boys should learn from them. Pathetic performance.

Posted by charithjaya on (March 6, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

@partyanimal: "no idea what SL team doing". Oh I thought that SL has already won against all three test playing nations in Asia.

Posted by BARFI on (March 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Mushqfiq should go- Sack him. Spineless Toothless Captain

Posted by Master_Mihil on (March 6, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Just like we did in 2007 T20 World cup, we are going to lose the final, after winning all the games upto final, and to an opponent we have already beaten, and that team being Pakistan, because we are proper chokers... Hope we write a new script. Fingers crossed!!

Posted by F.Hashimi on (March 6, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Here is the final tally for point table: SL 1 Pak 2 India 3 Afghanistan 4 Bangladesh 5 :(

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

time to bring UPUL THARANGA back into the ODI team...

Posted by waaasss on (March 6, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

That was the doctor ordered for SL. A perfect match practice before the finals. only concern is mahela's form

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 6, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Losing 7 wickets to chase a target of 200 runs, and that too against BD, are all hallmarks of a champion team. I am sure that SL and Pak are the strongest contenders for WC 2015, and T20 WC 2014. Hail the future champs....

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

bangladesh have better played against three big team though result is not come up to mark.but every game was closed game.the most weakness was to use bowler cleverly..mushfiqur was totally failure capture the result..why did he not use the ziaur rahman against pak for single over..

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

BD put up a very good fight through bowling. Still you have to rectify certain things but until the end you people did a good job. Dropping catches have become more frequent thing with the fielders. Better luck next time. And I thought loosing early wickets were good thing in this match. Middle order took the responsibility and they succeeded. That is a good sign for us. Performing middle order will be very important in the finals against Pakistan.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 6, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Wow,SL showing how it is done with another clinical showing. May not be their best but a real prof. perf. as it is a dead rubber and against lesser team.Sign of a great team.Now clash of the 2 Asian titans-SL and Pak.Fitting finale bet. 2 great teams !

Posted by partyanimal on (March 6, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Final should be IND PAk or even BD. That's give more live to the final,Mathews improved as a Captain lot, but he is a Good all rounder not a good idea what SL team doing, it's just like a street Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

I always say this about BD team. It has no problem with talent. The problem is mental toughness, as evident from their body language. When they are losing, they just give up half-way the game. When they are winning, they start taking it easy and lose won matches.

It was more than obvious throughout this tournament that BD team was unable to take the pressure of playing in front of a massive home crowd expecting a whole lot from them.

BD Cricket Board needs to appoint mentors / Councillors / psychologists to work on BD players mental toughness. I have seen SL and Pak players suffer from this when they first started cricket.

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 6, 2014, 16:12 GMT)


India lost 72 matches to Pakistan and it doesnt matter to Indians they are happy that they won only 8 matches in worldcups. Grow up kid and be mature.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

@St.John, lol that's cute. As we are in the subject of quoting, this is what Vin Diesel said in Fast and the Furious. "Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning." In this case, as a cricketer, a real cricketer :)

Posted by nothingnew on (March 6, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

BD played really good cricket reason past . But they couldn't capitalized what they achieved early stage of match . One part is BD is over confident and other part is they are not taking lesson from previous matches . but i love the way how musfiquer handled the team now . He create the oppertunity but couldn't grab . hope they will have good time in T20 . wish SL to have a good final on this Saturday with Pakistan . this is ur time .

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 6, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Congrats to SL for the win, and good luck in the final. Today was a game of have and have not in the tournament. It was a wishful thinking, as a BD supporter, that they'll beat SL today; but that's not meant to happen, given the form of SL, and the close games' blunders Mushi created to lose games after games this year. BD fans remains passionate, yet they're full of pain at present. Like any country they will support their beloved tigers. But it's probably the high time for the management to reevaluate the team combination, contain team integration without frequent changes, and evaluate team psycho, as well as team leaderships, - both the captain and the coach, for the greater hope of BD cricket in the days to come.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Mahela is over and needs to to know his time is up and Sangakkara is having his last dance before it all falls apart.We know how it ends and I'd be worried if I was SRL selector.BD is playing disastrous cricket and needs to sort out their differences whatever they are asap and hello where is Tamim?SRL should beat Pakistan in final and probably win the T20 WC too and if they dont they seriously need to ask what is it that is going wrong as they are the best team in the shortest format.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 6, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Thanks to champion teams Pak and SL the tourney has been watchable thus far and made some quality cricket for viewers to enjoy.Well the minnows-Afg,BD,Ind-did their part but never expected to challenge big 2 much.Afg though won lot of hearts.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

gurdit singh mate you still have to learn lot of from world cricket without sanga one gone new one come this is nature of cricket

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Pakistan chased 326 against BD, India chased 260 against BD on a cantour, hell even AFG defeats BD easily and SL coughs, limps, crawls and scrapes to a win chasing 204. Infact is there any game in the Asian Cup they have won convincingly? Amazing how far one can stretch ones luck in cricket. People who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones at others houses.

Posted by BowledYa on (March 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Pretty amusing that the Indian fans are using excuses for their lack of performance. Apart from Dhoni they picked the best possible team. The ones left out were not deemed to be performing. As if this was a one time loss, but what about the SA and NZ tours when you had those so called great players that you now claim to be missing? I hear all lame excuses here, the fact is India has one of the poorest records in top 10 nations over the last year - period. Lastly, the much heralded batting is a myth as seen in this tournament. Outside India the batting order has performed miserably, and you know what, there is no fix in the near future. Enjoy the big 3 status in the boardroom as the performance will be of the small 3 on the field.

Posted by shakeena on (March 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

@ john_Geo Sanga is the brain in our team and mahela is the back bone.. you can't replace them in a body :D MAhela will score great in finals.. he always do this.. mark my words..

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 6, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Good performance by Bangladesh despite losing.Looks like they will get a test status soon...oh wait!

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

hate this lasy match

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Though his performance was good but Captaincy of Mushi was a big problem for BD. It's not all about confidence, I believe commitment and promise of BD is very poor. After see their game any one will say, every one of BD wants to win just without the 11 backbone less crickters of BD in the middle. It's all going idiot who r directly involve with BD cricket and BD cricket management. They r playing in this level just for there supporters. Supporters of BD r the best supporters of the world.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

What is going on?? This a Srilanka Bangladesh Match all of you. One thing all you Indians keep in mind, Check the stats before you talk. Total Matches played= 126 pak win = 72 India win= 50 od. and why you people are crying that it is not indian full team. Come on just one Dhoni is not there?? what else? Keep in mind 80% of the matches is won by bowling not by batting. You Indians you can just win on dead pitches. And for your information Pakistan team is also not 100%. Irfan+AAmir and also Umer Gul is not 100%. So keep your mouth shut and enjoy cricket. Someone commented that beat india in T20 WC, You will see that as well but infact T20 cricket is not real cricket. Any team can defeat the other on its day. Even Afghanistan can spark in.

Posted by Agnar on (March 6, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Sri Lanka has a captain and a bright one.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Good work out for SL middle and late middle order. Now the question is what they are gonna do about Mahela and Priyanjan. I thought Lakmal too did really well. His death bowling today was brillient. Sadly another loss for Bangladesh. It must be very hard for them. Hope they will come back strongly in the T20 world cup.

Posted by Kh1234 on (March 6, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

@francis. yh we were struggling but atleast we won unlike some teams who call themselves champions and get thrashed 3-0 and 4-0. Go and work out which team it is.

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (March 6, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Well done sri lanka....and good luck for final..sure SL will take the title.. Few thoughts about BD, Actually they are really good team with good talents.. what i saw was they make inroads early and then loose the pressure....SL were 8/3 and chase down 205....BD also want to develop such talent..I really like to BD to become big team...Also, BD fans....feel sorry about about you...still you show great support to team....BD lost almost all matches in similar way...They were in position to win, but they threw it away... (Think about last 5,6 games BD lost) Anyway, good luck for World T20 and my pleasure to BD people... cheers...!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 6, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

@KingSalz Remember Mohali......India has great record against Pak in world cups(both t20 and 50 overs)....8-0....within few days it will be 9-0....the so called Pak team yet to win a match against us...great stuff to enjoy

Posted by mars2009 on (March 6, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

There are two levels of teams in Asia Cup 2014, first level contains both finalist. The other level contains rest of the team who couldn't win against first level teams. We must congratulate India to top this level after beating their both counterpart quite easily. This group can also call as MINNOWS THREE.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

I guess this is enough for BD fans, Test 1-0, T20-2-0, ODI-3-0 and with this its 4-0. Most importantly team which said to be they can beat anyone at home lost all the ODI matches (including one to Afghanistan). I guess BD team and fans should now learned a lesson. Please learn to respect the opposition. Now I predicted at the start of the tournament BD will looses all the matches to Pak, Ind, and SL but I didnt count on loosing them to Afghanistan. Now my second prediction, BD would not qualify for the T20 WC main round.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

73-48 ..well nothing more to say at all

Posted by St.John on (March 6, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

'Ha! Ha! as Nelson in the Simpsons would say...The so called 'Big boys' just scraped through for an unimpressive win.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 6, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Mathews does a Dhoni again for SL. feel sorry for De Silva he played well only to find him self a bad decision. Top order looks a fragile with Mahela being out of form. Kusal needs to calm his nerves and try to play a long innings.

Posted by jerryman on (March 6, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

SL middle order was tested tdy . to come back from 3 down for 8 runs is good. Great innings from Matthews under pressure and was well supported by Chatu , Priyanjan and Tissara . Had some unnecessary shots and run outs and hoping Sanga & malinga have a great game in the finals . Congrats SL and well played BD for putting up a good fight today.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

tigers you have been pretty competitive throughout, In sha Allah things will get better in the coming series, don't lose heart

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 6, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

sad for bd; poor captaincy from bd is the real cause of current bd slump. in this game, mushi didn't use nasir, used expensive sunny in the penultimate over, leaking big runs, kept shakib out too long after 5/75 boxing of sl, mushi's poor judgments keep costing bd close games lately, see no ending to this slump anytime soon!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

day by day Srilanka battin line up gets strong. well played lions.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

"THE SILENT KILLER" Anji has done it ....once again for the lions .;;; ohhhh "mother...where is my pressure tablets...." he heee lol.... get ready pak .

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

Struggling to reach 204 against Bangladesh. Champion stuff. Lol.

Posted by byc89 on (March 6, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

SL won. they are the champion material.

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 6, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

I really admire Sri lanka as how they manage a good side despite being a small island as compared to other bigs. They are a really good example for Bangladesh to fllow. I know Pakistan and India has better cricket structure and cricket history and people are crazy about cricket so its not surprising if they continue to maintain competitive side. But SL are amazing. They must have taken it from China who developed and groomed their youngster to stay competitive in every sport. I feel really sorry for Bangladesh after watching such passionate crowds in all games and really want them to stay in this league. Infect all the sides ( only 10 ) deserve to be playing in this league as all of them provide great fun for all cricket fans. I wish the BIG 3 are listening...

Posted by byc89 on (March 6, 2014, 15:31 GMT) fans. You gave bangladesh a tough fight today

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

srilanka very good

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (March 6, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

i am afraid , if this way BD cricket go may be this year BD will not win any match this year. I think after t20 world cup it is good to analysis the performance of coach and captain. Mushfiq captaincy is in question and the way he handle his bowlers. Razzak, Mahmudullah place is in serious question

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

dear indian fans mind your work.either pakistan or srilanka will win the asia cannot change that. enjoy the final guys.

Posted by byc89 on (March 6, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

@vkias and @rajesh.kumar i agree with you completely

Posted by scarrule on (March 6, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

@khuram noman. Current australian team won all round the world. Clearly you don't rmember there last visit to india in 2013. Nd SA managed to draw the test last time they toured nd thanks to indian bowling nd faf du plesis standing as a wall india would also have drawn there last test sereies in SA. NZ is not a weak team now especially at their home, they are even favourite to win 2015 WC. I'm not justifying india's lossess. But u guys must rmember this is weakest indian team we could have arranged in asia cup so glory in defeating a 2nd string, nd bashing inda after narrow wins. Lets wait for T20 WC especially for 21st march ''IND v/s PAK'' where dhoni, yuvraj and raina will be joing them. Then our batting order reads like 1 dhawan 2 rohit 3 virat 4 yuvraj 5 raina 6 dhoni 7 jadeja 8 ashwin 9 amit 10 bhuvi they all can bat. So defeat this team nd we will accept your superiority gracefully but till then stop bashing nd injoy cricket mate.

Posted by KingSalz on (March 6, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

@Aamir Akram, I remember Pakistan beating India with all the players listed in your absentees list, and that wasn't a one off game, it was a full series. Plus Dhoni I agree is a big miss, but come on, Yuvi, Baji? They need need to retire bro. As for Ishant, he would've been hammered by each and every team, and maybe you would've lost even worse.

@vkias, forget your old tournament records, they don't show the full story, look at the overall record and you may realise Pakistan have always been superior over the Indians

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

alipk52:-pakistan could chase well only against teams like was a miracle that Pakistan could chase against india.if dhoni,yuvraj,gambhir,and harbhajan had played then india could easily beat pakistan as they always does.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

silva done a great job for SL.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

we cannot call bd's as minnows. we cannot ignore afgans ability.and also my dear friends no one can call india as one of big 3. even not in the final this time and last time also.

Posted by John_Geo on (March 6, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

I wonder how many still believe that Mahela's current confidence and form justifies him to be in an international cricketing side (let alone playing in a final). This is simply insane! The guy has forgotten how to hold the bat, catch the ball or simply how to run between wickets.

Any player from the squad can replace him in his current state easily - nothing in the cricketing world has ever been this clear. This is sheer madness to persist with him. Formula for Sri Lanka is simple. Keep Mahela in the squad for the final and lose the game or replace him with another and give Sri Lanka some chance. Please do justice to Sri Lanka. SL hasn't won a final for a long time. Let the best 11 players be in the team for the final to challenge Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi .....I have to say 'Mushy you r not good enough to be a captain situation like this'...too awful bowling handling ....Bangladesh deserve defeat here.....only for captain!!!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 6, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar......true mate, you are absolute genious.....we won both CT & WC twice and we are going to win the T-20 for second team in the world has achieved winning at least once these THREE BIG events.....have a look on these future ASIAN CHAMPS and laugh

INDIA(2+2+1)>PAk(1+0+1)+ SL(1+1+0)

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

@ Huzsain Faiz Sri Lanka and Pakistan are NOT MUCH SUPERIOR to India. Both won in the last over with very few wickets remaining and this is essentially the weakest Indian side to play cricket in the last decade or so.No Dhoni, Yuvraaj, Bhaji, or Ishant in the lineup. Are SL and Pak better teams than the Indian Side which played in the Asian Cup? Yes, absolutely. But to say that they are much superior when they won uncomfortably defending a paltry total is gross overstatement.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

I don't find anything bad abt fans arguing here. Everyone loves their country and they defend it. Its actually good for cricket too, praise, criticism, etc. But man I can't stand the numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes. Some posts are almost unreadable :(

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

Last few days i read all of comments in between PK and Indian fans and then BD comes in attack against PK and india and now SL....i think we all have to understand that every team have strong and weak areas. I think whole point of discussion comes in place when team trying to proof that they are worlds Best team (India) which i personally thing not rite because India is not able to proof themselves outside India. I think Only SA and Aussies are one who won matches everywhere and deserve to be No 1. On the other hand PK fans don't get too exited Afridi is a hero but remember everyday is not Sunday....BD fans your team have to proof alot.... you guys to be honest no where near in any ranking as per better to proof yourself first then talk about others

Posted by Kh1234 on (March 6, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

to indian fans. y do you care if sl lose this? its not going to make you in the final lol. don't burn inside.

Posted by Retour on (March 6, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

I am not watching the game live, but if someone like Matthews hangs on SL will win. BD may have lost the confidence to win but it should keep its focus on picking up wkts

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

untill the the last wicket fall sl believe they can win.and our supporters never left the ground. win or lose they will fight hard and they will never use words like shame.

Posted by neanderthal on (March 6, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

BD .. an unique team which, inspite of being a minnow, noone likes to support. Not even when they play against a big team in the proverbial David vs Goliath context. If their fans can be so obnoxious when they win nothing, wonder how they would be when they actually win something out of fluke. Its a pity, being an Asian small country, one would like to support them over a zimbabwe or Ireland. But noone does. Its funny when they get so annoyed when someone like Sehwag goes and calls them an 'ordinary team'. Serves them right.

Posted by alipk52 on (March 6, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

@Gurdit Singh...Please get your facts right, It's funny how people forget very very recent matches so quickly...this time apart from Afridi and Hafeez, it was the youngsters who chased down target, Misbah was run out early in two games and got out early in last game, do I need to recall anything else to help you refixing your memory?

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

so called world champs?? haha jealousy doesnt suit u asians. wem u hold wc and champs trophy then speak yea? or wen u win any major tourny yea??

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 6, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

The thing about these so-called Asian champs is that in the upcoming WC T20 they will be knocked out pretty early. But, hail to them afterall, they are the champions of entire Asia, aren't they!!!???

Posted by KingSalz on (March 6, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

@rajesh.kumar, haha funny, because India are already out, goes to show what state your team is in. Go to Australia, lose another series abroad and then come back and give me another reason to not speak about India. As a matter of fact, I'd rather you invite teams to India, it might get a lot easier; but wait, at your current state you may even lose to West Indies. They just ain't that important to me as a team. I'm enjoying just replying to silly messages from you, haha.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

@rajesh.Kumar HAHAA Well looks like we've spotted the first Indian bitter fan to come out from hiding. SL and Pak are much superior than India, who btw are ridiculously over hyped. can't buy a win abroad. You just needs to know your place mate.

P.S SL are still going to end up winning it, the difference between a minnow like Bangla and a giant like SL. is that even in dire situations, they manage to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Now yesterday I was making the same point when SL and Pak fans were insulting Indian team .SL have only 1 batsman in form others are young and inexperienced and Mahela is woefully put of form. Should retire from ODI s .They will go through transition phase when Sanga mahela retire and will most likely lose more often then win just like Indian team today. So we should not insult teams of each others' countries .Some of my fellow Indians are following footsteps of ThilankaK and like minded people which is bad to see. If we make negative comments about other teams it comes to haunt our own team. Hope ThilankaK has learnt his lesson.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

SL has recovered from much harder situations.

Posted by ramchagol on (March 6, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

@Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 6, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

You are totally right. i also want to add that India did defeat afghanistan, that is equivalent of winning the icc world cup.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@ Rajesh.kum: considering Bangladesh knocked you out in last Asia cup, that doesn't mean much, does it?

@ kazi: you shouldn't play teams like 'sl ind and Pak'? Then who should you be playing? Netherlands, Singapore and USA? LMAO!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 14:03 GMT)

@ rajesh kumar yep true, but lets rejoice at the fact that the third team which apparently looks like your own team is out of the contest which was thrashed badly by an 8th ranked team, had it reached final of asia cup the asian pride would have taken a big blow And the credit of saving the asian pride goes to these two teams you are riduculing.

Posted by TowfiqueToronto on (March 6, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

Until last wicket fall for Srilanka I don't think BD will win. that what has been happening with BD for some times. I hope luck will fovor BD This time.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Take sanga out of the equation and this srilankan team is a minnow. Instead of boasting big about srilankan team, get your heads together and think beyond sanga for the future of lankan cricket, looks bleak to me though.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 6, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar :Yeah..Says a lot abut this tournament..So Called World Champs are out of it..Could not even qualify for the finals,cannot win from BD,Afghanistan,SA,Eng,Pak,Aus,WI,Ireland,Scotland.Gets thrashed by all of these teams..Says a lot about the standard of Champs now a days :P

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 6, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

well said rajesh kumar....i completely agree with you.......

Posted by qazi255 on (March 6, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

@ Rajesh.Kumar we all know what is your standard also how india got defeated in NZ and how SL and PAK beat you here

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

sri lanka are one man army.they showed again that their batting comes under pressure when sangakkara gets out. sri lankans,who are criticising our young indian team in transition will have to face the same when sanga,malinga,dilshan and mahela retire and even Pakistan's only reliable batsman misbah is going to retire in some time,they are a minnow team and can't chase even 200 without misbah.

Posted by KingSalz on (March 6, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

Matthews has to stay in and play that annoying innings to keep the Bangladesh crowd quiet. If he gets out, well gudbye Sri Lanka. But already Bangladesh has played immense cricket, against My Pakistan, batting wise, and today against Sri Lanka, bowling wise. Great stuff Asia, keep it up.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 6, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

well said rajesh kumar....i completely agree with you.......

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 6, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

Why have a feeling that once again this match would turn into something like BD vs Pak match...SL would win in the end & we will see the crying crowd once again :P

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 6, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Mathews tried an Afridi but Rubel pulled a stunning catch - catch of the tournament. A catch like that deserves a consolation victory for BD.

Posted by NFALIM on (March 6, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

bd team always destroyed their fans hopes...bcz fans are much more overreact every time.they were allways funished 4 that..all matches they played in asia cup and SL tour eg 4 that... relaxing to watch what happen to today match...

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

hahaha all the lankans wanna talk big but u struggle against weakest team in cricket :)))) sl and paks win one game in 10 and love to talk big !!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 6, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Mighty Lankans are huffing and puffing to defeat BD. That is so admirable about Lanka. And the other team allowed BD to score 300 plus runs. The tragedy is that one of these two teams will be the Asian champion. Says a lot about the standards of Asia cup doesn't it?

Posted by qazi255 on (March 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

This shows the class of Bangla desh , common tigers do it .. and our team BD should not play with small teams like sl , pak ,afg and india we are destroying our team quality... we are always the best ..

Posted by Stat1977 on (March 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

Why on earth Ziaur Rehman didn't bawl before?

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 6, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Sanga is gone....Bangla won the match by_____runs.....salute to Srilanka's batting dominance in the series

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 6, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

WOW! SriLanka showing its dominance with the bat!!!! Brilliant!!! 47-4!

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

Why The Hell Do You Guys Think That Chandimal should be given another chance?? Haven't we given him enough chances already? He has not been performing bro...and those who doesn't perform would be out of the team whether they like it or no our so called T20 captain has an average of only 14!!!! what a record that is and he doesn't even ball...hasn't scored an ODI century 4 as long as I can remember! nows the time to move on and give players like Jeevan Mendis and Dilshan Munaweera a chance not keeping players like Chandimal who's reputation presceeds his true capability And With the T20 WC coming up we definetely want a new CAPTAIN!!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Shanith Ratnayake. Didnt the SL seriously falter atleast two times in the BD series and then also in this Tournament?

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Iin the subcontinent only Pak has always had great bowlers. Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Shoaib and the the new crop of Gul, Amir, Asif, Junaid, Irfan, Tanvir, etc. They have always had brilliant fast bowlers, swing bowlers, and could use the old or new ball, bowl yorkers etc. They have produced fantastic spinners like Qadir, Mushtaq, and the genius Saqlian. Now Ajmal. Their weak point has been fielding and discipline. whehever they get good batsmen like Zaheer, Md. yusuf, Saeed Anwar, they do brilliantly.

India has only had Kapil, Srinath, an Zaheer. They were good not really great. Otherwise played with the limited options and the spinners. Their strength was having some outstanding batting. Weakness is "external factors" ;)

SL other than Malinga n vaas not had great fast bowlers. Their strength is discipline, planing, talented batsmen, fielding, and team unity.

BD has improved batting and spinners. They must win matches that they should have won.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

Yeah But the thing is that the Srilankan team hasn't looked so balanced and refreshed for years...the battings looking as compact as ever with Sangakkara cruising and the rest of the top order scrubbing along smoothly with the big hitting Kusal Perera and some frequent cameos from the captain Matthews pity Bangladesh don't stand a chance the form they are in!!!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Without Chandimal , any team can beat SL now. We need our key player back in the side , performing for his country with class acts plus golden ducks. Lovl

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

We miss you Chandimal! And India as well!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Without Chandimal , its like SL B team! Lol

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Chandi should have given another chance and Sanga should have been rested...I have seen another week point of SL team is a not good enough wicket keeper...throughout the tournament Sanga have done many misataks so it is high time to think a better wicket keeper for Final

Posted by wapuser on (March 6, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Bangladesh may not be producing too many good performances in the field at the moment, but they sure have produced some very fine looking spectators!

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

I am an Indian and my full support in this match for the Lankans. BD does not deserve any victory in any format. Not only their fans but also their players don't know what respect is. They never respect opposition players. One example is keeper's reaction to the dismissal of Shehzad. Someone needs to tell BD that cricket is played with bat and ball and not with words from mouth.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win this match

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

cricket is the best sport in world.....every team having their own shape to make this beauty....and the banglafans are the latest attraction...they won our hearts

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

I feel BD Fans are showing their passion in very negative way most of the fans i know of were saying they lost due to shakib ul hassan's absence which self confession that BD isnt great but individual is. I have heard some BD fans defending shakib and thrashing BCB for his punishment. Thats the line of a sportsman Fan and a Players blind fan. Also noticing the arrogance in current BD team is very evident, though it got a really big time thrashing in this event.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 6, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

The BD team and management needs to put on their cap. Mushfiqur's citing that the team performs better when batting first clearly indicates the negative attitude as in "it does not matter if we have lost twice before batting first, but we have been putting up a good show with the bat and here too we don't care if we loose". Their only chance to win was to bat first and they let that opportunity go even after winning the toss. Every team had it's ups and downs in this tour, but for BD it was just a steady decline. The Captain blaming their players in Public was really uncalled for. There's a lot for the team to learn. Firstly they need to reinstate Shaqib as Captain. A good leader is the one who boosts the morale of the team and Shaqib's presence itself makes a difference in the body language of the players. Let wish the BD team the best for the upcoming T20's. This scores of 204 will be a walk in the park for the Lankans.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

mahela should be dropped instead of chandimal ... good move to bring prijanchan back

Posted by ziiz1477 on (March 6, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

It is a very good move by Angelo Mathews and the selectors for excluding Dinesh Chandimal for Priyanjan. He already showed his capability by bowling and hope he will show the same in his bat too. Good Luck!!! Dinesh require to find his technique correct. Sorry to say that he has been over rated cricketer!!! Probably by the SLC management :(

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

Agreed with Abaa's comment If we talk about Asia cup, it for me and for the whole world is now the second most important Tournament after WC as CT is no more left because it includes 3/5 worldcup winners in one tournament. When Sl,Pak or Ind show confidence over their teams or talk high, then they have illustrated history, heaps of winning experiences across the cricketing globe and bunch of match winners present plus the add on is discipline and referent power! Y bangladeshi fans jumps so high? Last 7 games they played including this one on their own soil, they faced 4 oppositions including an associate and lost all! Is this wat we call a test nation? Look at Nzl and WI who had their lows but r now back on track somehow n do well in events Thr is certainly a diff between Top 8 and bangla Zimbabwe nd ICC should strip them frm test status n organize a tournament for zim ban afg irelnd to decide 2 test statuses for next year! This wat ban deserves aftr 15 yrs of non fruitful performance

Posted by kankanamge on (March 6, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Now is the time to change Bdesh captain.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 6, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

@ abaa: lol. I liked that. Anyway, Lankan's mailing all their matches look too easy. The same team Pak won against (barely), Lankan's make it look too easy. The way Pak should have done it. Pak need the x-factor from Irfan against Lanka, otherwise I think Lanka will walk away with the cup. No arguments, guys, but Pak bowlers are better than Indians, and Indians still get other teams out at a lower total. Why? How? Is it cos the teams are scared of India's batting line up? Pakistan had Lanka on lockdown in Dubai, but I sense a win for Lanka. Hope I'm wrong. Let us win, Lanka. Lol. Either way, feel proud that subcontinent teams are in top 5 in all formats. Well, besides Bangladesh.

Posted by momer79 on (March 6, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

Good to see SL bowlers performing.

Good move by SL to leave chandimal, i think i have feeling that Mahela would retire before WC but it is better to select him over chandimal.

Also, i think chandimal has politicians back up and he will be back in the team very soon which i don't know is a good sign or not.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 6, 2014, 11:20 GMT)


True to an extent. But when the likes of Rajesh.Kumar and GRVJPR utter something even beats those BD fans :-)

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

@Abaa correct...well said!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Looks like Bangladesh would end up below even Afghanistan in this competition. A new low for a country granted test status almost 15 years ago. If they cannot even beat Afghanistan who were playing their first major one day tournament, then you have a lot to think about and work on your game. Bangladeshi fans need to tone down their excitement a bit. It's one thing to support one's team, it's a totally different thing to be arrogant and underestimating others. Bangladesh cricket and Bangladesh fans need an overhaul.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

Srilanka bowling line up is fsr better than pakistan bowling line up and srilanka batting line up is only problem middle order

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

Good move for Angelo mathews and selectors chandimal out of the matcj and piriyanjan took 2 wickets already and now piriyanjan will play final for sure it is doubt for chandimal place in future hahahahaha

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

too bad, this could have been an opportunity for chandimal to regain a bit of confidence, I'm sure that even he would have been able to put up a significant contribution against weak BD bowling...

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

chandima out.. its not a good move..

Posted by Abaa on (March 6, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Wonder what all those Bangladesh fans who made predictions before the series began have to say now? I still remember the comments about not just beating the top sides but cruising to win Asia Cup :-O This is the reason that fans from countries like Ind, Pak and SL can't stand you lot! It is one thing to be confident. It is another to be brash and arrogant! If your team wins it is a completely different matter. Ind has won heaps when it matters. Pak has won everywhere against everyonel. And SL? Well they make every competition final which they cannot do without being consistent which is not possible without winning. So when their fans boast they have actually got some back up. Past records. Consistent, contemporary performances. Statistics. Consistent game changers and proven match winners like a Dhoni or a Sangakkaara or an Afridi. But when you guys do it that too while losing to Afghanistan and specially not having won a game in all of 2014 it is just ridiculous

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

SL will win..its clear

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

I do not know, why benefit of doubt goes against Bangladeshi Batsman! Is it our luck or destiny?

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

At last Dinesh Chandimal out for Ashan Priyanjan... come on Ashan score a 50+ and show the selectors the DC needs to go back to domestic cricket and get some runs under his belt.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Really bad umpiring throughout this series.

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

chandima out.. its not a good move..

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 6, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

LOL @ThilankaK. SL played with Sangakkara and Jayawardhane against Afgan and now aginst BD too! SL have fear of losing the game with out them according to you. Isn't it? Your own words.ha ha ha

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

BD will also loose tha math against SL becaude they are not play with regular players. They made changes in wvery match and not give confidemce to their players. let see what happend (cricket ia by chance game)

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 6, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Another bad choice from the BD to bat first. Especially when their bowlers were unable to defend 326 in the previous match, the batsmen will have to look at a score of at least 350 against the Lankans. Pak and Lankans have a balanced team and can deliver while batting first or chasing. Bd's strength is their batsmen and like India they should look at Chasing at all times. One should be confident of their strengths rather than being scared of the oppositions strengths. Malinga not playing will surely be a respite for BD. But it's going to be a huge task for them to prove that they don't belong at the bottom of the points table.

Posted by wapuser on (March 6, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

Dropping chandimal is no good he is a future player they should have drop Mahela instead because his time running out in international cricket

Posted by android_user on (March 6, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

good changers from both teams

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