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.

  • 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.

  • 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??????

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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??????

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on June 18, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    Dude , Rakitha you are talking craazzyy!!!!!!! Chandimal is a batsman+wk. That adds to his talent.It doesnt make the team imbalanced.Remembr,Dilshan can also keep wickets and that hasnt resulted any imbalance in the team!!! Its good when players are alrounders.And secondly,when did Kapu become the best feilder in the team?

  • on June 18, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Kapugedara has great potential. He is the same age as Angelo Mathews. Kapugedara made his debut when he was 18 years and Mathews when he was 21. But when you look at the school record Mathews was very much better than Kapu, he even represented Sri Lanka Under 19 when he was only 16. He even opens batting and bowling for his school and SL U19. He had many great 50's and 100's as well as bowling figures as a U19 player. What did these selectors see in Kapu for 3 years which Mathews did not have? Angelo would have been lost long time ago if he did not persist by averaging 90 odd in the inter-provincial tournament with a double century. If he did not average 90 selectors would have ignored him but not others.I would say Angelo should have been in the SL team when he was still playing for SL under 19 even at the age of 16. We have denied another great cricketer the experience he needed and about 5 years of his cricketing life at the top.

  • on June 18, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    ok guys then tell me who we gonna replace our no.6 position in future rather than kapu or samarawerra ...we can't play two keepers we can't play 3 balling all rounders ...so ..???

  • Rafflebake on June 18, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I think Ashraful should be rested and told to go and play in the academy team not in the national team. Ashraful is just wasting his time and his oppurtinites. He should be discarded from the team. He is no longer a good professional cricketer.Ashraful is just occupining a spot at no3 in the team where a good domestic cricketer should be replaced.If the selectors still think that there is no cricketer to replace him then I am sorry to to bangladesh may lose their test status any time if they keep performing with ashraful. Everyone says before a series or tournament that Ashraful is the experinced player in the team but I can't see his any experience.For Shakib I must say that as a captain he should lead from the front in batting.I know it's hard to perform well when you are a captain but Shakib please try to bat well not 7 or 8 runs. We don't want you to perform bad and lose the no 1 position. For Tamim I must say score more hundreds. Tamim is more better than Ashraful.

  • Sonoual on June 18, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Bring Shaharyaar Nafis, Alok Kapali, Nazimul Hassan to squad & select them in upcoming series then start winning the matches or increase fighting spirit. Nafis & Kapali should be brought back they are better batsmen than Mohammad Ashraful & Shakibul Hassan. These both are stars and true match winners. Bangladesh will never improve without selecting these players & perfect players. They will have to select them. It doesn't sound good that captain says often we are improving we are going on right track etc. this nothing but false and covering the defeats. You can improve only when you will have some talented & star players around you. Why Nafis, Kapali, Nazimul & Aftaab are being ignored & not being selected? Any reason behind that? Zimbabwe are looking more matured and stronger that Bangladesh. May I have your attention selectors kindly bring these players in to squad and give rest to Ashraful until he picks his form by playing some county cricket? This step should be taken for improvem

  • seanhass12 on June 18, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    please!!! Bring much mature players into the team. its not only the age but a maturity in cricket. As the players needs to be mature and able to perform with patient and perseverance. Bangladesh players are always in hurry and wants make 100 by hitting sixes. BCB needs to send much mature players with the young talents. All the veterans retired and 23 or 24 still not mature and cannot make correct decision.

  • tanshed on June 18, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    i am really disappointed that Bangladesh cannt do well even after a very good begining and it is happening again and again. the only one cause is the lack of sense of responsibility. every plarer should keeep in mind that they are representativa of the nation and they are capable to win the match.--------Dr. Tanshed

  • Da-Silva1996 on June 18, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    The comments from Rakitha are absolute trash regarding Kapu.Chandimal and Samaweera had the game well in control against India.His match winning flukes in the T20 cannot be counted because Sri lanka lost more games with no contributions from him for years now and his sole purpose was to steer the bottom end of the batting order.Samaweera has also played in much fewer matches at the same position and has scored two centuries so far.I have never any talent in him from day one.Don't let us be like India with big hitters who hit two sixes and then OUT!

  • on June 18, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    I cant believe Im saying this, but Thilina Kandambi has to be in the team, why because he plays leftarm spinners well.

  • on June 18, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    We all accept that sl has done resonably well to win against Paks. Luckly for us we got the better of Afridi at the right time although late. Murali seems to be very unfortunate as Afridi targeted him the most & also he bowled to the likes of Afridi , who without any fear most of the time came down the track and put Murali to the cleaners. It is unfortunate that we have left out young talant of Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera as beyound doubt they have proved their prowess as talanted players. Who ever comes and what ever they do (Selectors) there are margins of error that could cost us cricket in general. Who is the genious who could come forward and have the right selection at the right! It seems to be a very difficult question to answer.

  • schathuranga on June 18, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    i wish the win for bangladesh again cricket giant(sl).

  • tauhid_aks on June 18, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    How long will Shakib give these excuses?

  • on June 18, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    who we going to replace kapu? chandicaml,kandamby,kulathunga,jeevan?

    well,chandimal:-how can we play 2 keepers in one side it'll definitely unbalance the side. kandamby:-hehehe he's the most laziest poor runner in the world . kulathunga:- hmm i think he's time is over to international cricket i'm really sorry about him he's about 37 years old now . jeevan :- hmm not a bad choice but we need that power to hit a six if we needed in his position ...so SL cricket still don't have a proper replasement fro kapu ,and @Zookinii kapu had bulit very good partnership in reason times.eg compac cup 1 match against india ,t20 in india with sanga,and in t20 wc ,and in zimbabwe ..and lot more ..yeah he's not a 100% match winner but he is a team player ...

  • on June 18, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    I just dont know for how long the SLCB is going to tolerate an under performer like Kapugedara. And Im pretty sure if he happens to score something like a 40+ today Sangakkara will back him up and make that a reason to keep Kapu in the team for another 10 good years!!!!!!!

  • Hassie on June 18, 2010, 3:19 GMT

    In the case of Kapu, there's no one else to replace him, may be Kandamby but in his case his strike rate concerns the selection panel. It must be D Chandimal but yet Chandimal is very raw, and needs few more experience. We all know that he has talent in abundance. The same factor applies on T Perera too. In case of Kapu, he shows some good performance when SL badly needs it but not always, He doesn't take the responsibility of taking the team to a respectable total, or taking the team home. He must realize his mistakes and correct it as soon as possible.The lower order mostly depend on Matthews, He is an asset for the SLn team. If Kapu too can cope up with Matthews and do something similar to what Matthews is doing, it would be a big bonus to SL. Samara is getting an opportunity cus of his experience and his form, the main reason may be this, Damulla is a slow track and Samaraweera is good player on these types of conditions.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on June 18, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    BAN have very good experience and explosive batsmen to face that condition Tamim,Rahim,Ashraful,Mahamadulla,...But not good combination we saw last game. it is important to pass 50s by 2 batsmen.Mortaza is good to open bawling.... but where's Sahadat? he is classy bowler against SL. BAN note that Malinga is on fire.He developed fatal inswing delivary last game.

  • on June 18, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    As long as SL selectors/ Captain do not do a professional job like most other countries SL team will not be consistent. The question one can ask is whether a guy who averages 21+ in 74 games can expect to achieve what, say in 100 games. A decent player would have average above 32, to get there he should average above 62+ for the next 25 games, a bit too much. This is just one player and there are others like this who bring the team down. I guess no team in the world plays too old guys except SL. The real reason is in SL most of the time what eventually matters is not the form but who you know, and that is, not just in cricket.

  • ZsZs on June 18, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    Sick and tired of BD performing at the lowest. Sick and tired of hoping and being let down. What is up with this team? The article is right. All these questions posed are good. BTW, I am a Bangladeshi. Still I am disgusted!

  • on June 18, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    While Maharoof has enormous potential, he does not deserve to be singled out as far as his recent form is concerned. We hope we will recover his form, if not Thissara Perera will be a alternative to him. Thissara should be given a higher spot in the batting order to play role like Jayasuriya's.

  • SLfan on June 18, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    When selecting the squad for the Asia cup, the selection panel made a huge mistake by not including Thissara Perera. I agree that selection panel did a fairly good job, but exclusion of Thissara will definitely going to prove costly in the rest of the matches, since Maharoof is in horrible form.Now, Sri Lankan team management will have to use either Welagedera or Randiv for rest of the matches. I guess that Thissara did not go for Australia A tour either.Correct me,I'm wrong... So, it is very unfortunate for him... About Kapugedera...All Sri Lankans expecting him to perform, but 90% occasions he let them down. Only thing we can do is, just wait & see...Good Luck !

  • JS82 on June 18, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Some ppl commented that Bangladesh should bat second. Dambulla's flood lights are very low and the pitch gets even slower in the 2nd innings. If Shakib wins the toss he should definitely bat first and try to put 250+ on the board. It will be hard to chase under lights.

  • on June 18, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    @ JS82 So Bangladesh wins every match he bats well in? There is no point blaming one player. It is a team game. Losing has become a habit for this team.

    @ shahrier & Saim93 That is right Ashraful is hopeless! I know Bangladesh is a minnow but this fellow is utterly useless!

    @ Anup Debnath Yes just as likely as they may win next year's World Cup or may have defeated England in their test series and may ever win a test match against a proper side's best team (((:

    @ Rakitha Kushan SL had better get rid of him before he becomes their version of R.Jadeja or M.Ashraful! Performing against the WestIndies is no longer the respectable criteria it once was. Match winning performance in one T20 game shouldn't guarantee him spots repeatedly like this. It was Chandimal who beat up India this guy pretty much played 2nd fiddle! Best fielder? But fielding is a basic requirement for all players that shouldn't be a consideration! Oh the rest is unbelievable did you just call him a match winner???????

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on June 18, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Uhf! Why asraful in this team?? Plz plz plz replace him.

  • Diyan82 on June 17, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    When are we going to axe Kapugedara? When is that day? Are we going to try him for another 5 years and realise one morning it was a bad decesion to play him? May be he has a talent, I don't care! SL have given more than enough chances for him to prove, Do you really think top cricketing nations Australia would carry players like Kapugedara for years failure after failure? No. There're enough talent on our pipelines to fill our national side. When are we going to realise this? Will it be too late? Will Aravinda include him in the world cup squad? Most Sri Lankans thinks he has got something in him, May be in about another 10 years he will score a century!! Look at Angelo Matthews, Chandimal etc they have proven with stats and facts that they are up for the challenge unlike Kapugedara .... It's pathetic how they still keep him in the team. Shouldn't this be like any other job? If u fail, Ur fired

  • Zookinii on June 17, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    @Rakitha Kushan - Kapu is a good fielder, but a poor batsmen - who can deny this? Moreover, he can't bowl. SL can easily source a more competent player in the likes of Chandimal or someone else who can genuinely help increase the strength of the line up of SL. If you think about it, in instances where the SL top order have failed, Samaraweera and Matthews have always put in an effort to keep the side afloat, but have you ever seen Kapu help in this effort? No, he just fails on the spot. Even in the last match against pakistan he failed. His failures come too often and to call him a match winner is absolute nonsense.

  • on June 17, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    I think Ashraful should either be told to go and play in county cricket for a season or two or in Australian cricket so that he can develop some professionalism and mental strength instead of keep a spot occupied in the team, which he does not deserve any more. If he is not dropped his avg could touch teens pretty quickly in both ODIs as well as Tests. If the selectors and the coach continue to say that there is no talent in the domestic cricket to replace him than I am sorry to say that Bangladesh should not be playing these many ODIs and Tests. They should only play selected ODIs in their own backyard before they have a team mature enough to fight against all other teams.

  • kktharan on June 17, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    even though selectors did well the players not doing well in the field. They should provide some mentality training becoz they got afraid after 1st 3 wickets went down. this is not the inability of the middle order. its all about the mentality of the middle and tail order players.you can see that in the most recent any form of the matches. Tamim is a great asset for Bangladesh like jayasuriya was for SL 1994-2001. the Bangladeshi should make use of him and let him to enjoy some wins. As the captain they have found the mistake. i think they will bounce back give a such pressure to SL. I wish them to get some good time as a whole team.

  • kktharan on June 17, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    even though selectors did well the players not doing well in the field. They should provide some mentality training becoz they got afraid after 1st 3 wickets went down. this is not the inability of the middle order. its all about the mentality of the middle and tail order players.you can see that in the most recent any form of the matches. Tamim is a great asset for Bangladesh like jayasuriya was for SL 1994-2001. the Bangladeshi should make use of him and let him to enjoy some wins. As the captain they have found the mistake. i think they will bounce back give a such pressure to SL. I wish them to get some good time as a whole team.

  • Asgore-Koshru on June 17, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    Now we all know the result of next match against Sri lanka. Our national team got the habit of losing game. You can not have same excuse all the time. Sakib should be very serious about his captaincy and performance. Our team management should take the selection very seriously.Don't just send a guy for international game bcz u like him...send only bcz he is playing good cricket. You don't really need to experiment with each n every player. We all asking where is Alok Kapali??? He could be a match winner. We need a player like him. Not like Naem islam or other. I don't see Naem bring any good to the team. There are more player to consider.....Plzzz let the team win....Whole country is tired and frustrated to see team loosing like this.

  • amol_v on June 17, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    I totally agree with you Sreeram..

  • on June 17, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Common tigers. Play your game. The day will be yours.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 17, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Althogh BAN is underdog, they can put a good fight and make it harder for SL. So even if SL wins without a bonus point, it would be good because India got a BP. We can see a a very competitive matches.

  • Saim93 on June 17, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Can we stop saying that Ashraful misses hi opportunity's? In my opinion he doesn't have any opportunity other than a knock once in a year or so. I think the BCB should look into some other player like Aftab Ahmed, Shahriar Nafees or Alok Kapali rather than giving Ashraful the slots when he doesn't even perform.

  • JS82 on June 17, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Shakib - we lost because you did not play a responsible innings in the middle. Take the responsibility on your shoulders and lead by example. Others will follow you.

  • shahrier on June 17, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Ashraful should not play international anymore. I dont understand why selection team are always picking him? base on what? we have seen enough? how come the man always will be out by doing 10 to 20 run and he played as 2nd man against india. why not shahriyar nafis or there is so many young star growing up? They should get chance to play. I believe selection team are not qualified to be selector of the team of Bangladesh.

  • on June 17, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    bangladesh may win tomorrow's match

  • on June 17, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    the reason that selectors stuck with kapu

    1.he got a batting average of 67.5 in westindies so he got a chance to play in there in t20 wc 2.the final ball six against india make him a hero of SL cricket.so he got a chance to play in Zimbabwe 3.the match winning fielding and the hundred run partnership with chandimal against india make him little bit stronger in SL cricket 4.he's the best fielder in SL cricket 5.with or without his contribution SL wins lots of matches he had played 6.may be he's a good friend of players

    so fortunate or unfortunately kapu always bonus back at the right time..

    so why do we need to remove a match winner?

  • provash on June 17, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    During the last few matches, it seems to me, Bangladesh becomes over-defensive after the departure of Tamim Iqbal... the opponents increase the pressure, pin them down, and the collapse accelerates... May be the only way out is to counter-attack irrespective of whethe a couple of more wickets fell... another thing, they should bring a number of tail-enders up the order....because the psychological factors of losing key batsman early are quite obvious..

  • on June 17, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    why bangladesh is playing without 1 specialist batsman.nayeem's recent performance are very bad.jahurul can be a good replacement for him.rasel,masrafi,sakib,safiul,mahmudullah,shuvo aren't sufficient enough to finish 50 over??????plz team management wake up.bangladesh's main strength is batting.then why they took batting first against india.plz sakib think twice.most of the big win came by batting 2nd.

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  • on June 17, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    why bangladesh is playing without 1 specialist batsman.nayeem's recent performance are very bad.jahurul can be a good replacement for him.rasel,masrafi,sakib,safiul,mahmudullah,shuvo aren't sufficient enough to finish 50 over??????plz team management wake up.bangladesh's main strength is batting.then why they took batting first against india.plz sakib think twice.most of the big win came by batting 2nd.

  • provash on June 17, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    During the last few matches, it seems to me, Bangladesh becomes over-defensive after the departure of Tamim Iqbal... the opponents increase the pressure, pin them down, and the collapse accelerates... May be the only way out is to counter-attack irrespective of whethe a couple of more wickets fell... another thing, they should bring a number of tail-enders up the order....because the psychological factors of losing key batsman early are quite obvious..

  • on June 17, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    the reason that selectors stuck with kapu

    1.he got a batting average of 67.5 in westindies so he got a chance to play in there in t20 wc 2.the final ball six against india make him a hero of SL cricket.so he got a chance to play in Zimbabwe 3.the match winning fielding and the hundred run partnership with chandimal against india make him little bit stronger in SL cricket 4.he's the best fielder in SL cricket 5.with or without his contribution SL wins lots of matches he had played 6.may be he's a good friend of players

    so fortunate or unfortunately kapu always bonus back at the right time..

    so why do we need to remove a match winner?

  • on June 17, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    bangladesh may win tomorrow's match

  • shahrier on June 17, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Ashraful should not play international anymore. I dont understand why selection team are always picking him? base on what? we have seen enough? how come the man always will be out by doing 10 to 20 run and he played as 2nd man against india. why not shahriyar nafis or there is so many young star growing up? They should get chance to play. I believe selection team are not qualified to be selector of the team of Bangladesh.

  • JS82 on June 17, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Shakib - we lost because you did not play a responsible innings in the middle. Take the responsibility on your shoulders and lead by example. Others will follow you.

  • Saim93 on June 17, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Can we stop saying that Ashraful misses hi opportunity's? In my opinion he doesn't have any opportunity other than a knock once in a year or so. I think the BCB should look into some other player like Aftab Ahmed, Shahriar Nafees or Alok Kapali rather than giving Ashraful the slots when he doesn't even perform.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 17, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Althogh BAN is underdog, they can put a good fight and make it harder for SL. So even if SL wins without a bonus point, it would be good because India got a BP. We can see a a very competitive matches.

  • on June 17, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Common tigers. Play your game. The day will be yours.

  • amol_v on June 17, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    I totally agree with you Sreeram..