Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Asia Cup, Dambulla June 17, 2010

Bangladesh seek to change the pattern

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Match Facts

Friday, June 18, 2010
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

The Big Picture

Don't say it aloud. Just whisper. You don't want to scare a Bangladesh fan. What if Tamim Iqbal's form runs out? Or worse what if he is dragged down by the mediocrity that surrounds him? It's the scariest thought for a Bangladesh fan. They are used to unanswerable questions though. Sample these: How long will Mohammad Ashraful continue to waste his opportunities? How long will Bangladesh continue to squander good starts? When will the captain Shakib Al Hasan temper his batting approach? Is Mahmudullah already taking a back step when he should have built on his strengths that he showed when India toured Bangladesh? Has Mushfiqur Rahim joined the rest in flattering to deceive?

Shakib knows where the problem lies: "We played well as individuals but not as a team... put team performances together, only then can we win some games." Is it a matter of skill? Is it a matter of passion? On their best day, Bangladeshi players seem to posses both in ample measure: they can stun and woo you with their brand of play but their their best days don't come often enough. Or is it a matter of blind expectations? Should we accept their mediocrity as a fact and move on? Surely not. Take that first game against India. 81 for 1 to 167 all out. Surely, Shakib, Rahim, Mahmudulah, Ashraful, and Naeem Islam can do better than that? Of course if it was just one bad day, there wouldn't be any problem but this is the pattern now. You can almost hear the dirge once the openers fall. Will they stop the rot and begin the change against Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka seems to have just one problem: Chamara Kapugedera. An average of 21.66 from 74 games reeks of underperformance. The beauty is that no one in the Sri Lankan cricketing fraternity doubts his talent. That six against Brett Lee, and that six off the last ball against India in the World Twenty20 will be mentioned but the fact of the matter is that many new players are gunning for his spot. It was Thillina Kandamby for a while but he too couldn't hold his spot. However the young Dinesh Chandimal has already done what Kapugedera couldn't: get an ODI ton. This Asia Cup might be the last great chance for Kapugedera.

Form guide (most recent first)

Bangladesh LLLLL
Sri Lanka WWLWW

Watch out for...

Mushfiqur Rahim is the pluckiest cricketer in Bangladesh. Tamim has the more audacious talent, Shakib the captaincy, Mashrafe the aura but it's young, diminutive and talkative Rahim that is the life and soul of the team. He is not entirely dissimilar to Tatendu Taibu and has the skill to be a pretty handy no. 4 batsman. Will he make that spot his own?

Farveez Maharoof bowled just couple of bad deliveries against Pakistan. Both came in his first over. He very quickly learnt that short of length was the region to bowl and did exactly that. On these pitches he should be a pretty handy bowler. With a short cover and short midwicket prowling, he can force a batsman to drive early. He is the bowler in this current line-up that the opposition are most likely to attack, and he has the ability to make them pay for the arrogance.

Team news

Despite the meek showing against India, Bangladesh are unlikely to change their eleven going into their second game. Sri Lanka ticked in perfect harmony against Pakistan and could look to retain their combination. Kandamby will hope to get a chance at the expense of Thilan Samaraweera or Kapugedera.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Shafiul Islam, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Syed Rasel

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Thilan Samaraweera, 7 Chamara Kapugedera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Farveez Maharoof, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have won 26 of their 28 games against Bangladesh. The two losses came in Bangladesh. Furthermore, Sri Lanka have won 18 of their 25 games at Dambulla.

  • Bangladesh's best batsman Tamim Iqbal averages just 19 .80 from 10 games against Sri Lanka. The strike rate is also poor at 63.50 and he has just hit one fifty.

    Quotes

    "In the first 10 overs we played really well, but it needs to be continued with our middle order batsmen."
    Shakib Al Hasan points out where they lost the first game.

    Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 18, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    The fight is between Ass-off of BAN and Puka of SL. Who will get dropped or who will get a century.

  • dummy4fb on June 18, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    dude, we will definitely find someone to play the no 6th position if we give enough chances to other potentate younger players in the country.

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on June 18, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Srilanka are setting themselves to win by atleast minimum 200+ runs. Bangladesh wont be able to chase 300+. I'm watching football now.

  • dummy4fb on June 18, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    I liike Ash. don't get me wrong. But he is "NOT PERFORMING" .You don't perform, you get dumped... that should be the the name of the game. He hasn't learned a damm thing with all his opportunities. Talent? are you all nuts. For God's sake bring Mahmudullah in his spot. God....... when are the sielectors gonno grow up and learn a thing or two about cricket,. It's the damn poliitics. It's infested everywhere and we are paying the price for it. Get rid of him PLEASE. He is bad news (and bad influenece) for the team. He has no conviction, period. In the end, he will cost the team for it's existense. If I were him, I would ask for an early retirement and in the mean time try to learn to grow up. We need Kapali, Sharhriar Nafis, Nazimuddin back in the team and maybe aftab (even though he's shown similar attributes of Ash... still... way better choice}. By the way, as always, an excellent read of the observation above. Just love it.

  • pradeeplasantha on June 18, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    at the moment Sri Lanka team is preety much balanced & in winning mood. but i can't still undrestand why selectors sill keep faith on Kapu so much. he's been so inconsistant over the last three years. i really think we need to consider about Chandimal or Kandamby to replace Kapu.Sri lanka just need to take chandimal as a batsman forget about his wicketkeeping as long as he does his job....i know that Kapu has a huge back up from sanga but after this series we can see Where will be Kapu??????

  • dummy4fb on June 18, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    hah if sri lanka wins with kapu or with jayasuriya i don't care ..if sri lanka loose then ..it's the prob..but kapu is a brilliant fielder and a team player that' 100 % true rakitha

  • Muthaliph on June 18, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I really think that kapugedara shud be axed because given the opportunities he has had he has only wasted them . we need someone like dinesh who can bat beautifully and also i really think that angelo mathews should be promoted up the order because than he can really adapt at playing at whichever position.

  • dummy4fb on June 18, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    How long will Mohammad Ashraful continue to waste his opportunities? This is my question also. Can we not find any other repacement for this extra ordinary genius ? This is a question to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. We better include an ordinary player in his place. I am sure the repacement will perform better.

  • kaustubh101197 on June 18, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    SL have a slightly bogger oppurtunity to win but BDESH will also be looking forward to win. The've got batsmen like Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes.

  • afzaa9833 on June 18, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I still do not understand Bangladesh team , they started very well against India, but 2,2 over 35 runs is not this a dream start?. but why these guys do not understand they cannot get six or 4 on every ball, tamim iqbal has lot of talent should use it with sense, if you hit 4 wait then for next loose ball, i think every player want to hit its not T20 game dear, i am not bangladeshi but when i see some weak team improving i really like the effort, in test matches also Bangladeshi player do not have patient,they should first think to stay on wicket then only they will be able to draw or win,Good luck

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