Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Twenty20, Chittagong

Kusal fifty sets up last-ball thriller

The Report by Mohammad Isam

February 12, 2014

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Sri Lanka 168 for 7 (Kusal 64, Sunny 2-17) beat Bangladesh 166 for7 (Anamul 58, Kulasekara 2-29) by two runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kusal Perera goes for a hook, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Chittagong, February 12, 2014
Kusal Perera played some audacious strokes © AFP

Dinesh Chandimal was in the middle of several mini conferences during the Bangladesh chase, and at the end of the 16th over, he held his own by bringing back Lasith Malinga. Nasir Hossain got out and Sri Lanka went ahead and sensed victory even as the 20th over began. But Malinga was done, he had bowled the 19th, so Thisara Perera was given the ball and he almost gave it away. Anamul Haque blasted 14 runs in the final over and Bangladesh fell short by just two runs.

The dramatic end came in the last ball when Anamaul top-edged a full toss and was gobbled up by the bowler. His innings ended on 58 off 44 balls, opening up only towards the end when he hammered Perera twice over cover to bring the game almost to Bangladesh's grasp.

Chandimal's decision cut the home side short of Nasir's abilities to finish a T20 match. The 17th over originally seemed to be Sachithra Senanayake's responsibility, but Chandimal had held firm and Sri Lanka won perhaps on the back of his gutsy captaincy, highlighted by subtle changes in the field and more visibly last-minute bowling changes.

Defending 168 runs on a flat deck was never going to be easy but Sri Lanka bowled progressively better as the game went on. While Bangladesh's required rate seemed to be in control early on, the bowlers recovered towards the end, pushing it till the final over when Bangladesh needed 17 to win.

Shamsur Rahman and Tamim Iqbal gave the hosts an excellent start, adding the team's second fifty-plus opening stand. Shamsur was strong down the ground while Tamim played Malinga and the other seamers very well, particularly through point.

The tide turned when Shamsur got out softly, giving Ajantha Mendis a return catch. Angelo Mathews then made sure Sri Lanka remained in the game, by running back from short midwicket and diving full length to hold onto a miscued pull from Tamim.

Shakib and Anamul then added 43 runs for the third wicket, with some feisty batting and some wild slogs. This was the partnership that would take Bangladesh close to the target, but Shakib's over-eagerness to slog the ball nipped it in the 14th over. Shakib made 26 off 17 balls, his paddle sweep against the pace off Nuwan Kulasekera, standing out.

Sri Lanka's target was largely down to Kusal Perera.. The hacks, slices and bumps were abundant as he tucked in at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. He was in his element while the rest of the batting line-up stuttered, clubbing Mashrafe Mortaza over his head in the very first over.

Kusal then went after Sohag Gazi in the fourth over, sweeping him twice and then following it up with two bunts through midwicket to complete four consecutive fours. Comparisons with Sanath Jayasuriya were justified in the 13th over when he picked up Farhad Reza, with a jerk of the wrist. It landed in the stands between deep square-leg and midwicket.

With Kusal in pime form, the only way Bangladesh could have got him out was through a piece of brilliance. It came from Anamul at the midwicket boundary, jumping high to first get hold of the ball, before having the agility to twist and stay inside the rope as he balanced himself on one leg. Kusal was out for 64 off 44 balls, having struck seven fours and the six.

That was not the only great catch of the evening though. Kumar Sangakkara had lofted one towards widish long-on and had timed it wonderfully. Nasir ran across on the midwicket boundary, dove full length to his right, flew almost and held on to it. Seekuge Prasanna fell to an ill-timed sweep shot, giving left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny his first T20 international wicket, making it 87 for 4 in the 10th over.

At the start it was Mashrafe who struck in the first over when Tillakaratne Dilshan misread his guile and went for his scoop far too soon. Both of them played together in both domestic and Twenty20 tournaments in Bangladesh, so it was all the sweeter for Mashrafe.

Chandimal batted at No. 3, but he failed to make a mark as he was dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan. After a short burst against his opposite number Mashrafe, Chandimal fell to a good catch by Reza at long-on, ending a 56-run second wicket stand with Perera.

Shakib, Sunny and Mashrafe took two wickets each, the most impressive of them being Sunny. The debutant bowled straight, turned a few deliveries and made sure the Sri Lankan batsman never dominated him as he gave away just 17 runs in three overs.

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Posted by kohli_kuttu on (February 14, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

@SriLankanYoungBlood I dont agree with u. SL team might be over rated as u call it,but most importantly they WIN games in subcontinent and overseas. Look at my team india getting thrashed everywhere we go not only that we get humiliated by minnows like the no 8 ranked team NZ. Also our captain Dhoni is well on his way to beat the Egyptian captain(losing record 25-0) and create a world record on the highest no.of away LOSES. Currently the streak is at 15-0. ROFL

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 14, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed11 World Most OverHyped Teams r Indian ODI Team and SL T20 team. unfortunately Still both Team Captions,Selection Committee,Fans not understood it and still fans boasting.Other than you and me. Both team don't count their weakness and strengths and oppositions weakness and strengths. India' got CT trophy last year with brand new team that time no team has idea of IND team strengths and they could win it.but after that all other team's get more attention and understood weakness of Dhawan,Raina,Rohit they planned and executed it.Because of IND's over hyped situation they didn't care about other teams and now result is coming in better way.4-0 in beaten against NZ. SL palyed mostly played T20 with 1 or 2 matches other than SA.Eg:NZ 1,PAK 2,SA 3 NZ series they win,PAK draw 1-1,SA lost 2-1 But some how they could retain no 1.Because of that they don't care any other teams.if they can't understand the bitter truth so sorry 4 2014T20WC and 2015 WC.

Posted by LankaGod on (February 14, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

@Asiacricket1234 Read your comments and language used by you before you call me narrow minded and "pathetic". The only point that I tried to make before all you BD fans ganged up against me was that SL should have been beating BD easily with the difference in ranking. The odds on today's game are +225 and -275 even after that close match, that should tell you something. I called BD minnows only when your fellow countrymen started challenging my opinions (to which I am entitled to), and by doing that I just called spade a spade. Just take a look at your test record- 4 wins in 81 matches- 2 against Zim and 2 against WI when their players were on a strike. I acknowledge the strides your team has made but if you BD fans are happy with just that and being ranked at the bottom in all formats despite that and calling this a great achievement, who am I to burst the bubble?

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (February 14, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

@SriLankanYoungBlood, LankaGod: brother, It is trure that SL No 1 team just managed to beat Ban No. 10 team by just 2 runs. But atleast Lankans won the match. But, see how our No. 1 team got humiliated against No. 8 NZ team. We failed to win a match even by 1 run. Isn't it more pathetic?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 14, 2014, 0:39 GMT)

@LankanGod: As I said narrow minded pathetic people like you can never accept the fact that someone else is doing well. Instead they'll claim that they had a bad day. SL is a great team and we fought hard with them because we are a good team too. As for our past record: it doesn't matter what we have done in last 5 years. What matters is how we are doing now and we have done well in last 2 years specially in shorter format. Its people like you who consider our win as accident. No sane people would because we win ODI against top team regularly now. Its unfortunate to see someone like you one SL vs BAN thread as most SL fans are well mannered and know how to appreciate other which makes me wonder are you even an Sri Lankan. Anyway live with your miserable thoughts and have fun

Posted by Ammo666 on (February 13, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

Well now SL can't beat BD comprehensively & by a big margin because its very simple..... SL themselves are also MINNOWS that's why two minnows having a nail biting contest & SL is minnows so no point of upset ppl can't take it but you have to take it & digest it well..& see how SL's big target was chased down easily by PAK in their last test match with them it was like PAK played with a team who is yet to get status...& by the way its not just Dalmiya himself or whoever but ICC also so they knows at least much much better than some of you here against BD..& getting test status is not like having a piece of cake huh!..they earned better have real respect on that come you ppl still raise ques about BD's test status when they are still not getting enough test matches to perform consistently & beat big guns anywhere & have more experience..& to say now SL is not a big gun comparing with others nothing so much to jump & celebrate that way beating SL!

Posted by LankaGod on (February 13, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

I think that the BD fans should get off the high horses before reacting to my comments. To r0cketman and asiacricket1234 you are just repeating what I meant that yes SL should be beating BD comprehensively. If they are not doing that, there is something wrong with this team as a unit. And for all those fans who insist that BD are not minnows anymore and you should look at your test record and ODI record to laugh at your own joke. Even today when your team beats a big team it is considered an upset, not a routine. If it weren't for India's Dalmiya who wanted to buy BCB votes, you guys would have not got a test status until today.

Posted by proud71 on (February 13, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

How come some lankan fan's forget very few years back they were minnows !! ,even today they are extremely ordinary outside subcontinent.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 13, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

In yesterday's match, what I admired most was not Kusal's batting, but the amazing fielding efforts by SOME in both teams. It was just stunning. Bangladesh reminded me early Sri Lanka back in old days, when Roshan Mahanama and Sanath Jayasuriya used to take stunning catches. And Mathews did a similar. There is nothing better than seeing such a beautiful catching.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 13, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

As I said earlier also, Chandimal is a better captain than Sanga and Mathews, at least in the shorter format. What I admire most in him and Mahela is that they attack! They really attack. As a player, and as a captain, both of them tries to push the opponents back. I admire that a lot. Sanga is over the limit defensive. If he gave Malinga another two overs in world cup finals, it could have been us lifting the world cup. In early stages, Mathews seems to be an aggressive player. If he listens to his intrinsics, may be he can become better.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

& by the way "dying rapidly" ? Go see the eye doctor or somethin'

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Again being so full of yourself. Quit it. SL playing to their full potential, & what BD can't do that? SL couldn't play well, & what BD bowlers didn't do anything? Why will BD be happy? We didn't perform to our full potential either.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 13, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

Next match will be very interesting. If played properly Bangladesh has the talent and capacity to win it and show that they cannot be called as minnows anymore. SL should hardly workout their too loose batting and pace bowling tactics. Senior players should play responsibly and should use their immense experience properly. This young and much less experienced Bangla team did much better than those aging legends.We are happy to see emerging young players in T20Is. TPerera, Malinga, Kule all are lost their talent and reputation during last two years. They need to comeback strongly or otherwise new replacements are a must.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

To All Bangladesh fans who thinks the "last ball" was a close call. NO IT WAS NOT A CLOSE CALL. (It was dying rapidly when your batsman stroke it). Blame your batsman for not putting the full toss away. Bangladesh has no reason to be really happy about. If Sri Lanka played to their full potential we would have got lot more runs and got the BD wickets lot more easier. Mark my words for the next game..

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

I've noticed that some SL fans are joking about us Bangladesh being the "best" & all that. We've never said anything like that. Also some of them are so full of themselves that SL played poorly and yet won it. Well BD didn't perform in some ways either. They're saying that if SL performs perfectly then they're no match for them. Don't be so sure about it. BD has the capability to beat them anytime. & when do u geniuses think a team performs badly? When the other team makes them perform badly. & BD can do that.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

@ Darshan dude, it was 50-50. It was perilously close to the waist. It could've gone Bangladesh's way as well. So there's no way u can be absolutely sure that was a no ball. It's easy for u to say it because you've won it. By the way congrats!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

@Rocketman, watch the match again.... that's why it surprised everyone when against regular play they referred just to make sure. It was below waist when passing the crease not a no ball get over it.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 13, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

There is no real Difference between No 1 and No 10.those r only statics. Recently after 3-0 defeat in ODI NZ got 200+ in T20 match and beat BD comprehensively. After 3-2 defeat WI team easily beat BD T20 team. Both NZ,WI low ranked team even though WI T20 WC. But No 1 Rank SL beat BD only 2 runs from a full toss. But Still Chandimal and SL fans boasting "We are NO1","We are Best Team",Most said well done for 2 runs wins. Wait till WC.You could see how ur best team beaten from other teams. Now Ind,Aus,SA,PAK easily beat team. NZ,WI 60% of chances. Eng,IRE 50-50. Sorry I don't much about AFG team.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 13, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

If this result without old oddies like Sanga,Dil is ok. then at least Priyajan or Angelo Perera get a chance i think one of them could go quick 40+. Then i also support to SL. now only the Blind fans say SL T20 team is best. apart from Kusal it's nothing. check last wins in T20 only Kusal is man of the match. Last BD match(64 of 44 balls),2ND Pak match(84 of 59 balls),1st NZ T20(57 of 37 balls) Not only T20 ODI also same. 1ST Odi Pak 64 of 68,5 th one even he was not match of the match but blistering 47 of more than 200 SR. Unfortunately still he is not playing Test otherwise he will be man of the match 4 tests also. This Over-Hyped SL team will vanish from 1st Round of WC.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 13, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

With these kid of performance, SL going to win the T20 WC. OMG!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 13, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Tilakarate Duckshen and where am I Mathews.lolz

Posted by AkhilaDahanayake on (February 13, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

Well, Reading through the comments here I noticed that people from both sides, SL and BD, have no sense. True, SL played badly, other than Kusal Perera. He was dominating BD bowlers, and no one can deny that. But one can say that SL was a bit unlucky as well while batting. Most of the catches were sharp and could have gone over with bit of power. BD was very sharp in the field and it was a pleasure watching them taking those spectacular catches. They bowled decently in the middle overs and they looked threatening because there was a new batsman at the crease in regular intervals. But then again, BD was lucky while batting and Tamims nick wasnt givent out, as well as some rash slogs fell short and went just over, and nicks went over the keeper as well. Mortaza was right to say that their luck ran out. But in cricket, u cannot rely on luck. And thats why BD lost and SL won.

Anyway BD played some really good cricket. And SL will have to improve in the 2nd match.

Posted by Ramansilva on (February 13, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Most of the arm chair cricket pandits say that the last ball was a no ball. They seems to know better than the officiating umpires. No one seems to appreciate the marvelous full toss that Thisara Perera aimed at the body of Haq that chocked him. That was clever collective thinking guys.

Posted by Qudhar on (February 13, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Sri Lanka have a good tempo going on towards the world cup,liking them as a team right now

Posted by 9ST9 on (February 13, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

Bangladesh Played Really Well Yesterday. It was one of their best performances. I think everyone accepts that. So why the fuss? BTW I remember after the Asia cup final of 2012, there was a similar uproar by Bangladeshi fans after Pak beat them. It's a real shame cos neutral fans actually like Bangladesh and this kind of attitude shown by their fans kind of dilute that.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (February 13, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

@Darkmanx12155: I accept your statement with a simple correction "These SL fans are talking as if they beat Aussies or the Saffers. Our Ind team can't be categorized with Ausies and Saffas with the present form. We get humiliated everywhere these days. I had a big hope on our U19 team. But they also lost comprehensively to Lankans and Saffas in warm up matches.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 13, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

@ r0ketman.. argue as much as you want with all the facts and things. if you want to hear from me that Bangladesh is better than Sri Lanka, then hear it "Bangladesh is better than SL" . i guess at least that statement satisfies you. just go and enjoy the beautiful game mate, at least try to be intelligent. cheers

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (February 13, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

And by now, any cricketer in the world would know Thisara is the worst death over bowler. Chandimal was lucky coz SL won y'day by luck.

Posted by r0ketman on (February 13, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

@KANCHANA623: Are you guys making up rules as you go? " According to the laws of the game a dipping ball cannot be given as a no ball for above waist" How can a cricket ball not dip unless someone is throwing up at the batsman underarm? The trajectory of the ball is always dipping the moment it leaves the bowlers hand! To admit the umpire did not catch it is one thing, but trying to claim it was a not a no ball is being in denial. While I agree that bad decisions happen in cricket, this was absolutely the decider for this particular match.

Posted by r0ketman on (February 13, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

@JPNana: "we did not complained and gave the respect for our opponent"? Am I the only one who sees the irony in this statement? In your previous post you noted "We know, winning at least a one game against a No1 team is big deal for Bangladesh, it should be, as it is being a rare case." So you call this respectful? Rare case? in ODI format, BD has won more games against SL than they lost since the begining of 2013, it is SL whose wins against BD becoming more and more rare. Here is some other SL fan Posts "With all the strides that BD has made in world cricket, it is still a minnow with Zimbabwe, Kenya and Afghanistan in the same league and India joining your elite club very soon." Yup, that sounds very respectful to me. And countless more. And you are saying our attitude is unpleasant? Practice hypocracy much?:-)

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 13, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

@Darkmanx12155 ... Your lack of knowledge has shown. SL beat Aussies in Australia and whitewashed the Aussis in their own backyard in two T20's, and beat SA again in T20's in Sri Lanka. who says we beating Bangladesh is a big deal. no one said, that is why we said this is just a useless match. come out from the dream world

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (February 13, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

I thought Bangladesh fans were way better than the Indian fans. Just like Dhoni is giving childish excuses after every defeat Bangla fans also have started commenting utter nonsense. Plse learn to accept defeat and remember Tamin was lucky once to be given not out and how on earth can the last ball be a no ball. According to the laws of the game a dipping ball cannot be given as a no ball for above waist. Atleast u must be concerned about the fact that SriLanka accepted to participate on the tour with all the security threats. We loved and respected the Bangla team. Bangla fans should learn to earn respect for their team because they got a talented exciting young squad who are maturing and could deliver at any time.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

Guys relax! For Gods sake it was only a t20 for both teams to prepare for the WC, this ain't no final of a big tournament. Half of u guys talking here probably never watched the game. So jus read the article, if u have a feed back to the writer then place ur comment here or jus shut it n go read ur next one or wait for the game. So immature to see everyone argue on bad decision. That happens in a game especially when the technology is not available to its fullest. So jus accept it!

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (February 13, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Gosh! These SL fans are talking as if they beat India/Aussies or the Saffers... Get a life fellows. You guys beat Bangladesh... that too from just 2 runs! Bangladesh was on top of you at all times till the last second! They deserved to win but unfortunately lost by a whisker. Nothing to celebrate for you SLs.. I predict an outright thrashing for the so called number 1 T20 team in the world by minnows Bangladesh in the next game... Go Bengali tigers, show them what you've got!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

chandimal should drop. he should not divisive the victory as a captain

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 13, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

In the last match both teams had a thrilling context. Sri Lankans batted quite poorly except KP & Kule. The batting was below par and bowling too was too loose at the beginning. SL fast bowlers need to bowl much better. BD seems bat well against the full length and week against bounce and high full-tosses. SL needs to make use of it. Bangladeshi bowlers did well. SL fielding was too loose, too may mis-fields, missed run-outs and BD had outstanding field set-up. BD were quite lucky at the beginning of the innings and at the end they lost the momentum. Next match will decide who's better. Guys, wait and see the next one and enjoy the game. Best wishes to both teams.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (February 13, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

If fans get matured, their team will rise to top. If they don't, they will sink to the bottom. that's what happening with BD fans. They are very good in mocking other teams but don't care about own cricket's downfall. The BD team is right now at the bottom. I doubt in spite of being tests status, they would not be figured in their own hosted T20 world cup. Other associates are grown up to new heights. Big 3 were right about BD's test status. If you go on counting good only in defeat, I am sorry to say that you won't get improve. How many matches you want more with top international team to improve? I guarantee that Scots, Dutch & Irish would have in top 10 in world cricket if they got permanent status as of BD

Posted by Ataurbd on (February 13, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

We never showed any disrespect to sri lankan or other team.

BD is realy improving it's performance & Last 2 years graph is proving it. WE ARE NOT THE BEST BUT WE ARE NOT THE WORST AS YOU THINK !

And you think this match is useless? Then why are you guys playing this useless match? You should only play the world cup ! LoL.

Okay, as you said, we are waiting for next match & realy a heartful thanks from me for visiting BD !

Posted by wijeya on (February 13, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

its funny hearing the comments from the BD fans. Is it any wonder the big 3 dont want to visit them unless its used as a bargining tool. You need to see a loss as a loss, to say your unlucky for gods sake your playing at home with all your fans behind. It would also be useful for those of short memory to remember if SL had not committed ti this tour even with the security issues you may not have been holding the WT20.

Posted by randi88 on (February 13, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

all the BD fans will have their answer in next t20,next t20 SL will beat BD very easily.For BD fans who think u r team will win ODI series. same thing will happen SL will win all 3 matches.u beat kiwis 3-0, but in the subcontinent sri lanka and kiwi s are different teams.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (February 13, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

@r0ketman: Of course. At the end of the day we won the match. As simple as that.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (February 13, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

Ok. Ok. Bangla fan. You are the best ODI and T20 team in the world. Deal finished. Happy guys. Back to work.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 13, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

@ r0ketman.. big LoL@ u buddy i'm just try to say was at the rate which SL went in the first 10 Overs, they could have easily pass 200 mark at the end of 20 overs. read carefully and understand first. oh gosh, you guys attitude is so unpleasant

Posted by Ataurbd on (February 13, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Ha ha, when Big Teams play Good then they say it real performance But when teams like BD plays Good they they say "Big team played bad accdentally & luck favoured to small team". Ha Ha.

BD isn't underdog anymore. Just wait to hear the ROAR !

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 13, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

For us Sri Lankans, even after reaching 4 WC finals, and we loose, yet we did not complained and gave the respect for our opponent.

Looking at the way how Some Bangladeshis commenting regarding this match and complaining, well that shows their standards. What is the big deal WC finals or one useless T20 game ?? if you Bangladeshis want to heard you are the best team in the world, "Ok you guys are the best" happy now??? lol

Posted by r0ketman on (February 13, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

@JPNana: "in the first 10 overs, SL could easily pass 200 mark" are you serious? I mean I know you bash BD on a regular basis, but you must atleast stop to think what you are writing! SL lost their first wicket in over number 1, when the score was 7, catch had nothing to do with that wicket. Are you claiming SL was about to pull of something today, that no team in the 200 year history of cricket has ever done, which is score 200 runs in 10 overs? The perrera you are bragging about was striking at 145, BD had two players with higher strike rate. If I use your logic, BD would have scored 250 in the first 10 overs, had it not been for incompetent umpiring.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

@Batayan Chakma Exactly my point, it has to be the performance that need win matches but this is what your captain said after the game"Luck betrayed us in the end" Read the cricinfo article. So your captain himself believe that it was luck that they were able to keep SL to 168 and I agree with him, they were lucky today. What I say is dont expect that luck will come back to BD team again in next match. I guess BD relying on luck too much. I agree BD played really well today but still couldnt beat SL. SL had a woeful day at the office. This happened in UAE during the 1 T20I against Pak. And look how did they come back in 2nd T20I over 200 runs scored. I expect SL to do the same thing in 2nd game. So I suggest BD to keep your act together and put up some performance. And not to mention the way SL batted today I felt they were too arrogant and didnt take BD seriously. This was evident from team selection only 5 batsmen. I guess they also learned their lesson. Please publish

Posted by r0ketman on (February 13, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

@Darshan Dias Abeysinghe: The decision was NOT referred. The only thing that is refered after a wicket is foot fault No ball. If the on field umpire does not call a No ball for height, it does not get referred upstairs. Common man, all the commentators were saying it was a no ball, and the benefit of the doubt always go for the batting side, specially if it the last darn ball of the match!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 13, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

My opinion on Chandimal is that Chandimal is a better captain than both Mathews and Sanga, but less than Mahela. But, the real problem is his consistency. He is an aggressive batsman for sure. His tactics usually work well. But! As a player, he is not contributing enough. That's the problem. And he is young, and even his position in team is doubtful. Hence I wonder how to control people and do what he wants to do. This guy is capable enough. He can bring T20 world cup for us. But, he needs himself get going for a good score like several hundreds in ODIs, several 80's in T20. Until and unless it happens, it is doubtful. You have to become a better player before becoming a better captain.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Dear "Kalana Jayawardene", as you said "Lightning never strikes twice for the same place likewise this luck BD had would not gonna happen again", Same question to you guys, luck for SL had would not gonna happen again!!!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Srilankan fans can dream about win the ODI series but that will not happened at Bangladesh. Because Sri Lanka failed to do it in the last ODI series at Sri Lanka.

Posted by r0ketman on (February 13, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

@Percy3: Grace is not a one way street, if you show none, don't expect any. It was a graceful move to hold the match up for 5 minutes too in your opinion I guess! The fact is clear as day, BD got outplayed by the umpire. Those who are crying about Tamim's out, if your team is so good, how does an ordinary Batsman's out make such a difference? SL played poorly? How about accepting BD bowled well? BD taking lucky catches? Really? Nasir Hossain is a world class fielder by any standard. If it was Dilshan taking the catches, SL fans would praising his athleticism (which is fine, but calling BD catches luck on the other hand is plain old hypocritical). So ask your fans to show grace, before asking for it from others.

Posted by i_golam on (February 13, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

I have a question to all off the SL supporter .... " DID YOU BELIVED THAT SRILANKA PERFORMED AS NO: 1 " YESTERDAY ?? LOL : )) ... Without Kushal. SL is nothing but a simple division 2 team in ( 20/20 ) !! CONFESS IT !!!

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 13, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

We know, winning at least a one game against a No1 team is big deal for Bangladesh, it should be, as it is being a rare case. rather than Bangladesh performing well i would say mistakes of the SL bring the game so close to opponent's victory. SL batsman always tried to attack Bangladeshi Bowlers, without selecting proper ones to hit. at the rate the match goes in the in the first 10 overs, SL could easily pass 200 mark, but exceptional catches are the ones which denied that.

Sorry Bangladeshi's in the next game it is gonna even harder for you guys to win, SL just had their wake up call. so expect whitewash in T20 series. BTW stop talking more about this single T20 game.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 4:46 GMT)

Dear Kalana Jayawardene, at least show some respect man! People like you who are really biased can not even appreciate when a team like Bangladesh played really well. Luck can never be an excuse in any kind of game. If you play well you are supposed to get a good result and vise versa. Both Bangaldesh and Srilanka played top notch cricket and that's why the game was so close. Any team could have won the match but in the end Srilanka proved to be the better team. If you really love cricket you have to appreciate other teams as well which is called "sportsmanship" and I guess many of the Srilankan players like Sanga, Arjuna are well respected for their sportsmanship. Please don't let them down.

Posted by Percy3 on (February 13, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Most SL cricket fans would like to thank BD for the exciting cricket they have provided, but it is farcical in the extreme to say that BD the losing side, did better in the T20 !!BD fans should be a little more gracious in defeat!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Tweety20 @ if U R not aware BD is the current Asia cup runner's up [2nd] & they lost the cup almost exact similar run chase against Pakistan last year in the final also by defeating SL & India too. So its not occasionally for BD anymore it became more of a regular routine if U can look back the track record a bit closely.

Posted by Widura89 on (February 13, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

I think, in the next game the team should change.Ashan priyanjan is the man who should in the squad.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

@r0ketman Heres a reality check, SL played badly and BD had one of their best days and still came up short. I agree 2 run win against BD is like no win at all, but win is a win. As far as the luck is concern it was wilt BD side. Your captain himself said that their luck ran out. So BD captain believes its not performance but luck win them games. Yes BD was very lucky, when was the last time we saw taking 3 jumping catches near the boundary in a one match. Dont count that happening again. And then SL couldnt even grab a one catch like that, only one came bumped out for a 6 and second one went for a 4 after bouncing infront of the fielder. Then top age six from 3rd man by sakib. Finally luck ran out and BD lost by 2 runs. Lightning never strikes twise for the same place likewise this luck BD had would not gonna happen again. So learn to perform well rather than relying on luck. Worst day from SL still enough to bead BD. Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Nuwas on (February 13, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

For all of those thrashing umpires on so-called "No Ball" , one advice; go watch the highlights again , batsmen take the ball into the bat a good foot or so infront of the crease and still it was just about the waist height & if that were to be a No Ball batsmen should've taken it to the bat inside the crease while it should be ABOVE the waist height,ABOVE ABOVE it!!! now lets get ready for tomorrows match

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

For everyone talking about umpiring errors there were no mistakes made during the match. About Thisara's final delivery, yes when Haque hit the ball it was slightly over his waist. But there are some things to consider about that delivery. Firstly a no-ball is NOT judged from where the batsman hit the ball, it is judged from the batting crease. Haque had taken a huge stride down the wicket and had he stayed in his crease the ball would have been a comfortable height for him to hit. Also the ball was always dipping lower and lower. The umpire has to judge whether at the point where the ball would have passed the BATTING CREASE if it was above the batsman's waist and it clearly wouldn't have been. So clearly a right decision there. Besides it was a full toss off the last ball. Its what middle order batsmen dream of getting at that stage of the game. Haque could've hit it anywhere in the grounds he wanted to. But overall a superb performance by Bangla.

Posted by Lakpj on (February 13, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

@r0ketman then what about Tamim's catch it seems that the whole of Bangaldesh had not seen that it came off the face of the bat and the umpire not only didn't give it out but also signaled it a wide. If that was given-out the game would not have come this close. And I think that no-ball is marginal. the 3rd umpire could have given it either way. You guys better accept the fact that it was Bangladesh who lost rather than saying SL won it.Shakib, Tamim and Nazir all played irresponsible shots and got out at critical times of the game.

Posted by merandy on (February 13, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

I can't understand the point of keeping Malinga in the team for so long even he is under-performing. He delivers once in a while, here and there. That is not what the team needs. By retaining a player like Malinga, prevents another player to emerge. At least rotate other potential players with Malinga. If you compare Malinga (considered as the main strike bowler) with Kula for their last ten T-20 matches: Malinga has bowled 40 overs at a run rate of 7.9 and taken 9 wickets, gave away 30.6 runs per match. Whereas Kula has bowled 35.5 overs at a run rate of 6.9 and taken 12 wickets, gave away 24.6 runs per match.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (February 13, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

LAWS OF NO BALLS: Bowling of high full pitched balls a.Any delivery, which passes or would have passed on the full ABOVE WAIST HEIGHT of the striker standing upright at the popping crease is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.

Guys it is a tight call and umpires might have correctly decided it as a legitimate ball considering the fact that the ball is coming down when it hit the bat. It might have hit just at the waist not above the waist if the batsman missed it. This is the beauty of cricket and just live with it and enjoy to the fullest. Even though I couldn't watch the match live, as an Indian fan I was enjoying the highlights.

Posted by Lalankan_sri on (February 13, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

Can't wait to see dinesh chandimal raising the T20 WC. Come on lions.

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (February 13, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Pretty sure SL team is feeling bit shame after the match. Anyway win is the win. But SL is always way better in their 2nd match of the tournament. Think they will play another Perera ( Angelo Perera) in next game. My dream team for T20 1) Kusal Perera 2)Thisara Perera 3)Angelo Mathews 4)Ashan Priyanjan 5)Mahela 6)Sanga 7)Angelo Perera 8)Nuwan kula 9)Sachithra 10)Ajantha Mendis 11)L.Malinga

Posted by CricketFever11 on (February 13, 2014, 2:53 GMT)

Well played both teams. Last ball is 50-50 call. Favored the visitors.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

I would have felt very happy for Bangladesh if they had won!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

@r0ketman, it is funny that u see the full toss, but you didn't see the edge, tip catch Tamim Iqbal decided not to walk. The same umpires you mentioned didn't give it Out. It is the nature of the game. And fielding size has every right to discuss their strategy and fielding plan. At the end the Best team won and all you could do is whine about it

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:44 GMT)

Mashrafee cost us the game....he should not be in WC....if possible should be replaced in the next game....he should never be allowed to bowl in the death overs.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

Bangladesh played extremely well , but kusal perera's 50 was very important that was the only reason we had a big target.The wicket of Shakib al Hasan was a very important one that was the turning point of the match.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

Bangladesh lacks Finishing Power. Today they could have made it. Now the World Cup is coming, it is good time they can rise. T20 is anybody's game.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

Performance are no way near number one ranking Bangladesh should have deceive the victory (as a sri lankan)

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

Thank God Bangladesh didnt win or else their fan would have declare them WC winners for next 5 world cup. sigh

Posted by wazza85 on (February 13, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

Good game played by Bangladesh, although a good come back by SL Perera needs to be dropped, he his out of form and bowled disgracefully. Malinga the same. The selectors shoukd bring in the two top bowlers who did well in the test match. SL won by a whisker. And for those Indians outs there may I remind you you guys got trashed by SA and now by NZ, only performers in sub-continant pitches.

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (February 13, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

Time and again, we see some baseless comments by Bangladeshi fans whenever their team does something still they cannot maake it a win. It's true they came in close in today's game, but at the end they couldn't held their nerve till the victory. That shows they still have a long way to go as a team despite couple of individual performances. It was a sea-saw game by around the 16th over and thanks to Chandimal for making vital bowling changes and continuosly putting pressure on BAN players. Everytime BAN failed, their captains, team and the fans have various excuses for not winning without accept the fact that they failed. Now today, their excuse is that Chandimal took lot of time in the middle during overs in the last stages of the game. As a captain and as a team, it is his responsibility to keep the pressure on by making vital changes and encouraging your bowlers to do what he's expecting. That's what he did & it's up to officials in the middle to decide if it was right or wrong..

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 23:35 GMT)

@Lankagod, you clearly didn't see BD paint New Zealand black and blue a few weeks ago. They are by no means minnows anymore contrary to their ranking. If you can't remember they almost pipped the Asia cup last time around. After a lot of test cricket SL was not at its best with the bat in T20 but we still managed to pull off the win. So be happy that we managed to beat a team that resembles the underdog SL team that took the 96 world cup. The difference being BD need a strong captain to pull them through. For those of you who say the last ball was a no ball watch again when he hits it its waist high and dying on the batsman. Its a no ball only if the ball is deemed to be higher than waist when it passes the crease. The decision was referred as well so stop crying. That ball should have been in the stands regardless.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

Thanks BD to great fight back.Hope you will gain confidence and build up from this performance.Best wishes from a SL fan.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 12, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

Simply we were not at our best today. Apart from Kusal and Nuwan the rest of the others were poor. The last ball from Perera was pathetic. Luckily Anamul dint get it right. If it is De villiers/Dhoni/Afridi, they would surely hit it out of the park. Dear selectors please make a decision on Chandimals place in the T20 team. We cant compete in a world cup with a non-performing captain. Once Mahela is fit, he should replace Chandimal. Angelo Perera should be included at No.6

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 12, 2014, 22:46 GMT)

@r0ketman Umpires actually check for height when the ball passes the batsman( Not when it makes contact with the bat) The ball was actually dipping low towards the batsman. When the bat made contact with the ball it was just above the waist high. So its reasonable for the umpire to think its going to be below or at the waist height when it passes the batsman.If you think its going to be above waist high, its only going to be marginal. So its a very marginal call from the umpire. In such situations umpires give it in favour of the fielding team as you cant really predict the exact height. So I think the umpires made a fair call. You should not forget the fact that Tamim was given notout when he was clearly out. He eventually hit 3 boundaries of malinga over after that incident. If you are talking about luck your team scored 30-40 runs from Edges flying through to the third man boundary.

Posted by Gamaraala on (February 12, 2014, 22:35 GMT)

r0ketman & Nasim_Ahmed: you weren't complaining when Tamim's nick was denied by umpire, were you? asiacricket1234: Since you ask, yes you are minnows (yet). I feel terrible for beating you just by 2 runs and I feel bad we didn't do well. Our team wasn't playing good cricket but at least one aspect, we were better, that's why we won by 2 runs (I would've enjoyed a thriller, rather than beating you by 40-50 runs). SL didn't show their full potential in this match, but you did. Good on you. Beat us in the next match so that our players will go back to basics rather than being carried away by rank 1 mentality. Bring the intent you showed in this match to Friday's match. For all the SL fans: Let's not trash talk here, BD played well, we played poor. They too deserve some credit for making the match a thriller.

Posted by Messa1 on (February 12, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

well done Sri Lanka, especially our Kusal and Kule. It was a great game and Ban played really well. Malinga again almost made us lose the match. First he needs to lose weight and improve his fielding. He easily gave away 10 runs due to mishaps. Also I haven't seen him bowling 140+ for few months now, he needs to do better and improve his bowling before the world t20. Anyway hope to see better performance from SL in the next t20. Good Luck :)

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

Both tigers fought bravely.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

Although Sri Lanka won the game in the end, credit should go to Bangladesh for the way they pulled the game back with their fielding. Sri Lanka should consider this game as an eye opener. With world T20 around the corner, from team selection to individual performances must be at their best. Honestly I believe Chandimal is talented, but he is not T20 material. Thissara is all worked out by oppsitions, he needs to alter his game. And Malinga, you might be a great bowler but your fielding…! pathetic is a credit for that…

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

This is a defeat we should learn from. How to play till the last ball and not loose focus. This is Asia cup all over again. But quality comes with time. This is time well spend. Even though it hurts me to see BD loose, Lets get up from this and play with same hunger for win next time.

Posted by NokshiKatha on (February 12, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Whatever the result is, I am feeling sorry for Bijoy. His mighty effort made the the match too close to a wim for Tigers. I don't think bd has lost today, rather I think this is the win of cricket, and a big thumps up for BD as well as a new man(bojoy) show down for Bangladesh.

Posted by aus-j on (February 12, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

To All Bangladeshi fans, who things about last ball, don't be broken hart and go at sri lankens, cos if they dident come there, no Asia cup or World Cup, see bellow ... "The full toss" Thisara Perera had almost lost the match for Sri Lanka when Anamul Haque went after him with 11 needed off the last three balls. He bowled a full toss, when Bangladesh needed three off the last ball, which should have been deposited in the stands, but it was top-edged, and went up to be taken easily. Sri Lanka got another scare when the umpires checked for no ball, which it was not going to be since Perera bowled it from inside the crease, and it was not too high either as it was the perfect length to hammer out of the ground.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent.

Posted by tao585 on (February 12, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

There is no doubt that Bangladeshi team has a brilliant talent. The only thing is lak of consistency... I want to ask a question to the Bangladeshi fans...

Where is the problem?

1. Bangladesh Cricket Board? 2. Domestic Cricket? 3. Team Spirit?

Posted by burnt_cow on (February 12, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

I think SL players were distracted by the IPL auction, after all money is the main game changer this days. It was 1st Int'l match for Mashrafe after injury and he can be overlooked. Gazi is losing his attitude which is more alarming. Mithun Ali did brilliant in domestic circuit and deserves a chance. Arafat Sunny did a decent job, but we need to wait to see if he can replace Abdur Razzak in future. Farhad Reza always had limited ability and never seemed to be fit in this team. Before WCT20 selectors just tested the bench. Tamim isn't in great touch , he just got lucky but Shamsur was brilliant. Rubel seems to good for ODI and T20. Now those who are talking that Tamim should walk, let me ask you a question. Did Sanga walk in the test or any other SL batsman? There were more than one wrong decisions in the test series in favor of SL. As they never walked how can Sanga ask Tamim to walk? Be honest before you ask someone to be honest. Also, Chandimal should be fined for wasting times.

Posted by fr600 on (February 12, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

This BD captain should play only as a fielder if he has to. Everytime he does that.

Posted by Tweety20 on (February 12, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Good job SL boys! Happy to see BD rising to the occasion and showing competitiveness. Looks to be an interesting series ahead. Keep it cracking SL!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

it's may be from luck.but Frohad Reza played well in domestic not in any kinds of international.Sl won because they handle pressure batter than Bangladesh.We hope Team BD will come back with some good fighting in the next t20.

Posted by r0ketman on (February 12, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

@LankaGod: We maybe minnows, but atleast BD does not stoop low to beat a team ranked 10 positions lower by having a 5 minute meeting before bowling the last ball. Better teams beat weaker teams by pure skill, not by trying to ice batsmen from "ordinary" teams. Also, that was a higher than waist height "NO" ball, if you didn't see it, you should make an appointment with an Optometrist, and while you are at it, please take the Umpire with you! This is unbeliveable trash talking from some SL fans,instead of giving credit where it's due and acknowledging you got lucky, you are bad mouthing a team which played better than your number 1 team in very aspect of the game today! You should count your luck, asit is about to run out, Very very soon.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Well done, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka both team. It's really an enjoyable match.

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 12, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

It was a great match for many reasons. The first thing is that SL nearly learned a lesson for their cockiness, thinking that BAN will be a pushover. SL played very badly - Dilshan cocked-up and Sanga simply gave it away by hitting a ball in the air, which he should have put away easily along the ground. Chandimal got out trying to hit a good ball; to an even better catch. That's t20, so what?

Bangladesh didn't bowl particularly well, but fielded superbly. Here again, such fielding was possible because SL played cocky shots - arrogant shots. Tamim should have walked, it came off the face with huge deviation and it was clearly out. Malinga is a disgrace to his ability and talent - pathetic bowling and fielding, and no desire to try and be even a bit competitive.

Credit to Chandimal for taking the ball away from Sachitra and giving it to Malinga in the 16th over to remove Hossain - that was the game changer.

*PLEASE EVERYBODY* Read the article before commenting. Thanks!

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (February 12, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

Mashrafe Mortaza is simply a gift to opposition top and middle order, he will be very very expensive in t20 wc and make Bd lose if he is picked God forbid. Bd needs economical baller like arafat sunny. Ziaur Rahman is the most effective t20 pacer Bd has produced so far and could be experimented if he is not out of touch now. What was the point to have six ballers and not let play sabbir rahman ! Although I think it was noball but to me that was not wrong decision becuz it was dipping at last moment and it was extremely tough/tight call. Besides, just becuz it was full-toss anamul did not have to go for a six , he only needed to place it in the vacant area. Alamin should be in becuz he is definitely better than some other pacers and he can also hit 6 and 4 .

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 12, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

@LankaGod: So you think we are Minnow. OK so how does it feel to draw a test with a Minnow or win a T20 just by 2 run. Shouldn't you be all over us? and Dont use pitch or anything else as an Excuse. If you are really that good and we are minnow than you should win everything by big margin. If we are minnow than it seems you are not much better than us and will join the league soon. Narrow Minded people like you need to learn how to appreciate others when they are doing good.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

It was a real good practice for the Bangladesh T-20 team ahead of the world championship........ Bangladesh fielded brilliantly, took some exceptional catches but batting was so poor except Anamul's innings.....though Tamim and Shuvo started well ! if Bangladesh can play upto their potential, Bangladesh should win against this Srilankan side with 2-3 overs to spare............ Srilanka played good. Kushal Perrera is a good find......but srilanka's bowling unit was sharper a few years exciting match though......finally can't say that the better team won......umpire's decision can change a winner....... Bangladesh should have won this match easily.......

Posted by AneYako on (February 12, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

BD fans complaining about umpiring when one of their top order batsman got a not out call when he should have actually walked..amazing. However this showed that T20 is the type of format where any team has a good chance of winning so I expect to see some major upsets against major teams come world cup time. Kusal played a real beauty of an innings. So much fun to watch. We need one more batsman in the absence of Mahela. Give Angelo Perera a chance. Sadly SL can't get rid of them but if they could they should remove Malinga and Chandimal too. Give youngsters a chance like kaushal Perera and Suranga Lakmal

Posted by yohandf on (February 12, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka . but we did wrongly from selection itself . I don't know whether selectors wanted to try all bowlers but team was imbalance as we had only 5 specialist batsmen . then top order imploded letting all rounders in firing line . fielding was not great .even bowling not up to standard . Yet we won at the end and showing why we are No 1 for last 2 years . Kusal is picking up his batting . Bangladesh improved and gave a good fight , they will continue to do in shorter format . But their fans should stop crying last ball s umpire decision as these are part and parcel of game . even umpire s missed tamim s nick . so live with result and look forward to next game .

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

bla....bla..end of story...we won...those who are is the realty check number one..and rank number 10 side in the world compliting..this tent to happen..always u get thease kind of matter what is the situation..better team get better SL did today....look like we are ready for the WC T20..this was a gd pratice...for the to perform under presure....we will get high presure matches..forward specially in wc looking gd...for the future....chandi is still struggeling to get least his lucky charm on the field..matterd..and .we are winning and thats whats we want....

Posted by Radwan_mars on (February 12, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

mithun and farhad should me dropped .. coz i guess yet shohag is better and more experienced in both batting n balling than farhad.. and pitch is spin favoured. sabbir and mahmudullah should me in.. and al amin can be replaced with rubel.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (February 12, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Don't know what to say. It turned out to be a very entertaining game but yet very ordinary cricket was played by both teams. BD batsmen have talent but every time they play big shots they look like tailenders, losing shape trying to hoick over the field looks real ugly. Full points to the talent though and it would be pleasing to see if these guys learn to build careers on initial good performances. Developing physique may be good for these young guns. At the same time some very good bowlers have come up.

Posted by LankaGod on (February 12, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

@Nasim Ahmed Please read my comments again. I never said that the Lankan team is a poor one, what I said was that we should be beating BD easily with the likes of Malinga and Dilshan in the team. And I cannot understand why all you BD fans have been crying about umpiring, a delivery that is "above" the waist height is a no ball, not the one that is waist high. With all the strides that BD has made in world cricket, it is still a minnow with Zimbabwe, Kenya and Afghanistan in the same league and India joining your elite club very soon.

Posted by HatersAreOrdinary on (February 12, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

SL were lucky to win this match. the last ball was clearly a no ball. anyway congratulations to both the teams for giving us an excellent show of cricket. and did you guys see the crowd? ICC were planning to relegate this bangladesh side ? what a sense of humour? we will win the next match InSha Allah and Asia cup would be another thriller for sure. only 13 days to go :)

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Bangladesh lost due to an upiring error, that's why I am not upset. I am in fact very happy to see that all our players contributed well!! Shakib should have played sensibly, then we could have easily won this game. He shouldn''t have offered his million dollar wicket that cheaply! I just hope our Tigers come back hard at the Lankans & level the series.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

world cup is comming up. but poor captaincy by chandimal

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

it was a very good match between 2 very good the way it's not a's t20 and when it will b one day time...WELCOME TO BANGLADESH (Y)

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka didn't play well today, Bangladesh played well. but Sri Lanka won the match. If Sri Lankan batted well they should score more than 200. Fielding sometimes sloppy. (specially Malinga). Bowled badly as well. Bangladesh field well, took wonderful catches. But still loose. If sri lanka batted well, field well and bowled well, then SL will easily beat BD.

Posted by Zetta on (February 12, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Poor fielding by the both teams. Malinga should concentrate on his fielding! And as a Sri Lanka supporter I don't think that the last ball was a wicket.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 12, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Oooow... another ripper of a match! Well played both teams.

Regarding trialing players for the world T20I, I think it is evident enough that Gazi is not a choice for T20I. I really wanted to see Sabbir playing both the matches. Hope he will come in place of Gazi next match. Also Al-Amin in place of Farhad.

All the bests for BANGLADESH!!

Posted by Kavum on (February 12, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

BD may well have won this one but for a couple of hiccups. What does that say for the so-called number one side in this format?? Hate to say it but Chandi does not belong in this class of cricket. If he cannot perform against BD, what chance does he have against mighty Aus and SAf???? He may have gone to the right school (which matters a lot in SL), but he just does not possess the class nor the calibre for the top flight. Sorry to say but this is the bitter truth. No IPL side will have him in their 3rd XI. We have a T20 World Cup coming up. Get real, Lankan lions and get serious!

Posted by hasan_eee on (February 12, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Can u hear the sound,we r not coming.we have arrived.

Posted by thecutiepie on (February 12, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

I think Mithun and Gazi should be dropped from the next squad. gazi has lost his touch and anamul should be given the gloves. mahmudullah and Mominul should be included. Tamim, Shamshur, Anamul, Mominul, shakib, nasir,Mahmudullah, Farhad,mashrafe, arafat, Rubel that shoudl be the team.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Can anyone explain why Mathews didn't ball today? What happened to Dilshan?

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

kusal perera we are here for you

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 12, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

@ LankaGod, with all due respect, you seriously need to see a psychiatrist for your delusional thoughts. If this Lankan team is too poor a team then you must be thinking of recruiting players from planet Mars. No thanks for your 'complements' to Bangladesh team. You can thank the umpire though for the upset...

Posted by kandykolla on (February 12, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

@ Prabhash1985, Whatever happens, we`ll win the Bradby this year too... :)

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

SL & BD are both experimenting with a bunch of toothless players to see any of them are capable of making it to the World Cup Team! And as many SL can see BD, is a much improved side than before. We beat WI in the ODI Series and white washed NZ. If the results here, helps to get better results in the T20 WC then all the losses are worth it! GOOD LUCK!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Sri Lanka may be the n°1 T20 team but the way BD played, Tigers are no far away behind. I am not sad cuz BD lost due to an umpiring error. Umpires have always been controversial against BD, so it's nothing new. I am actually upset with Shakib. If Shakib played a little more sensibly, BD could have won this game comprehensively. I just hope our players come back hard at the Lankans & level the series.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Very poor umpiring really. I am ashamed of the fact that they are also Bangladeshi! They just had to decide what was the fact. The last ball was way above the waist height.

So sorry poor Bangladesh, Bad luck for real... you really deserved a victory here. Better luck next time.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

Bangladesh is improving very quickly and very well. They deserve more matches.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

last ball was a NO,.,,..,.,.,,.,.,.,.,..,,.,

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Well played Bangladesh. You won our hearts.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

great match of cricket..... congrats go as a same way...

Posted by S.R.Khan on (February 12, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Cracking game! Enjoyed every minute of it...except when we lost it in the final ball. Congratulations to SL and a good fight from BD. Hoping that we turn the tables on SL in the second game.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

It is a good thing Bangladesh got these T20's before the 'World T20',it makes sense of the team selection which was clearly 'experimental'. That is a good thing, considering almost every other major tournament till April (may be even May, if the IPL comes :P ) is going to be scheduled in Bangladesh. Even, without our regular captain, ( who was replaced by a highly injury prone one), I think we did a very good job. I believe we will win the next one :)

Posted by durber99 on (February 12, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Oh my God... Surely, Last Bal was a No ball. I have seen it in one TV channel. They have drawn two lines and the line was showing that the ball was travelling above the waist height!!! No Ball... without any doubt. It's a poor Umpiring. Srilanka is lucky enough to get through. It's interesting that nowadays Bangladesh is loosing by two runs. Think about last Asia cup final... BD lost agaist Pak by 2 runs. Now again in t20 against Srilanka. I think the upcoming ODI series and Asia cup will be very much competitive and interesting. Both the supporters of BD & SL .... enjoy all the moments.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 12, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

This is regarding upcoming T20 world cup. I think there are serious things that you need to concern regarding Sri Lankan team. Malinga has become a toothless lion. Thisara is playing just for the sake of playing. Dilshan is out of form and has been out of cricket, his fielding was awful compared to his usual. Mendis and Sachithra are already read nicely by batsmen, but still they don't come up with new strategies. Fast bowlers like Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal are not that useful in this track. Sanga loses concentration once he settles, only exception was his 300. These are just to list a few. Not to be pessimistic, but Sri Lanka really needs to settle all these problems beforehand. They just need a morale booster. These guys, as a team, can perform really well. But, they require some fine tuning, some boosting. I would say a meeting about these is required, set up a plan to fix them, continuously monitor the progress, and try to achieve the victory. Need strategies.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Gazi Ashraful Afsar Sohel- the TV umpire from bangladesh dear

Posted by Baundele on (February 12, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

It is really a shame that such an effort from both teams had to end on another umpiring error going against Bangladesh. Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh must be praised for offering such a tremendous contest; but the same can not be said about the match officials. They killed the fun of cricket at the end.

Posted by LankaGod on (February 12, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

The way we have huffed and puffed against BD in the test match and now this T20 and before that a weakened Pak team, it is giving away signs that there is something really wrong with this bunch. With all due respect to BD, they are no way a main stream team and we should have been comfortably beating them. Thisara Perera should be shown the door for good and I believe Chandimal is no captaincy material. Anyways BD played out of their skins really and almost caused a huge upset, so credit due there but I would like to see the Lions beat them by bigger margins and comfortably in preparation for the T20 world cup.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Last delivery was absolutely NO ball. So bad luck for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

starting srilankan fan. nice to see srilanka won vy 2 runs. and some good fielding by mathews amzing. good catch mathews match winning catch, and 1st t20 sl have 5 good bats man ,why selectors new ideas was wrong in this match. mahela injury was big trouble here, i don,t know. what is chandimal doing in the team batting and captaincy? poor chandimal should be dropped and bring dilsan munawera or young batsban like kusal in srilanka domestic team or under 19 captain kusal mendis is far better than is great fighting by srilanka malinga gace more runs poor malinga performance. he is only ipl, and bpl np chances for country. and thisara struggling the bowling, well done kulasekara both bat and boel senanayake is good mendis need to learn. kusal perera was amazing. why prasanna in the team? angelo perere is good in his place my 2nd t20 11.- kusal perera 2 dilshan 3 sangakkara 4 chandimal 5 mathews 6 angelo perera 7 thisara perere 8 senanayake 9 kulasekara 10 malinga 11 ajantha

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

So how much time did Sri Lanka waste to bowl the last ball? Sad tactic from a great team. Really sad.

Posted by wapuser on (February 12, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Bangladesh played extremely well today but its a game of cricket which is played with a round ball. It can swing either side. Anamul Haque Bijoy played like a pro understood when to accelerate.Tamim was not in form so he tried to see of some ball before he gets going. But that over in which Malinga took the wicket of Nasir Hossain that won the match for Sri Lanka. But nevertheless well played Tigers.

Posted by Fogu on (February 12, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

I would not pile on Mithun so early. This was his 1st match. He had to hit from the get go. I think Mithun and Shabbir should be in. Even though Anamul played some good shots at the end, I think he needs to be dropped for Shabbir. Anamul is young and needs to develop his footwork better, otherwise he will stay as a once in a blue moon performer. Next T20 should be Tamim, Shamsur, Shabbir, Shakib, Nasir, Mithun, Zia, Gazi, Mashrafe, Sunny and Rubel. Mahmudullah can replace Gazi if necessay. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

wasn't the last ball a no ball?

Posted by RANILSAM on (February 12, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

SL clearly underestimated BD by going with only 5 specialist batsman and almost paid the price. There should be 6 proper batsman for the next game because in this wicket even Dilshan can chip in with couple of overs.Really pathetic performance from SL. However I think BD fielding was superb and almost won the match for them.

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 12, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Well done Kusal janith perera. plz keep your aggression and one day that pay for you.You are a clear match winner and that's the way to go.I know you can improve your batting average in future because of your correct technique. In the future you and your school mate Bhanuka rajapaksa can play with same sri lankan side and hope you both will give us that big match memories.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka - they choked us in the right time! As for Bangladesh there is so much to be said ... the team selection was bad. However, this was probably an experiment BD was running for preparation for T20 world cup.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 12, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

well done to the Bangladeshi fans for taking this defeat so sportingly- there are some fans of other countries that could learn a lot from you guys on being sporting.. @fogu- great balanced comment my friend, your team did wonderfully well today and fell just short but will be a real challenge in the shorter form of the game..

Posted by wapuser on (February 12, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Well done sl, wht ever sayd they have done great job.malinga 17th over can say as turning point. No one can't asset the tallents of sl players looking at one match all the players in sl list cobtribute soo well in past that's y they represent srilanka.chandi can't compare to arjuna but he may b one f da great captain on future . Sme hw sl are done great. V r proud f u. Not only the win when u defeat sl, v r with u .go sl

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

chandimal should kicked out from the team if he doesn't perform well in next match!!. angelo p or kithruwan should be given a chance. bad captaincy not keeping over from kula for the death, sekuge just bowled an over. Really disappointed with Sri lankan fielding, bowling & batting (apart from kusal). Well played Bangladesh!!.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

They took 5 minutes for the last ball & the bloody third umpire took only 5 seconds to decide whether it was a no ball for height or not!!!! >.< however, they won(!) the match but the tigers won our hearts <3

Posted by hasib9 on (February 12, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

BD selectors gave away this match. First of all, Mahmudullah has a better T20 record than Gazi (also looked to be in better form in the test). Anamul could keep wicket and Shabbir/Mominul could replace Mithun. Mashrafe should only bowl the early and middle overs, save Shakib for the end. Farhad Reza is a good test and ODI player but Zia is a better bowler/batsman in T20s. Anamul scored 33 from 32 balls, allowing SL to build pressure. That pressure should not have been allowed to be built. Tamim also starts too slow, as if he is a star player who needs to conserve his wicket in T20s but not in tests! Kulasekara was allowed to score too many runs. Hope Razzak makes a come back and replaces Gazi in the next match. That's our only hope. If Mushfiq comes back in place of Mithun and Al-Amin for Mashrafe, the team will be slightly stronger; strong enough to win by a few runs.

Posted by Tokai69 on (February 12, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

What a game congrats SL and unfortunate BD was just 2 run short. The last ball was a no ball though, which was a full toss at Anamul's waist line. Our BD umpires have spoiled the party! The team is okay, except Mahmudullah should be in for the next game.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

waist height ball is a no ball !

Posted by Tama_Pokai66 on (February 12, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Wow, what a game mate. Caught bit of it on the tele and ended up watching the whole match. Crowds in Bangladesh love Cricket and their team ay? Good to see such passion. Reminds me of how we go about the same way with the All Blacks and Black Caps. Cheers

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Srilanka lost early wicket as Bangladesh field brilliantly and they lost their momentum in the process. Besides, i feel that they had one batsman short. But it was a good target they set. The problem was that malinga struggles in both fielding and bowling and so as other player. It was also a good test for chandimal temperament as a captain as Bangladesh was equal to the task. Frankly it was a horrible decision to bring perera in the last over!..Bd played was just2 runs that is following Bangladesh from the last asia cup...:D

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Well played B'desh! We admire you guys! Thisara perera should be dropped! he is the worst player and most overrated player in our team!

Posted by Sameeratennakoon on (February 12, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Guys we need to do a DNA test for Kusal Perera. He is batting exactly like Sanath. Every shot and the body language is the carbon copy of Sanath. Taking about list of Pereras, Perera and Silva are the most common last names in Sri Lanka. Both Perera s done really well today. I would have sent 2 Perera s to open, while senior players play down the order. I think management will hand over T20 captaincy to Mathews in WC. SL can add a bawler instead of chandimal, no difference would occur because he is not scoring anyway.

Posted by LionsCric on (February 12, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Yep... srilanka was absolutely bottom . bt it doesn't mean that we have lost our position. i believe sl cricket board has to reconsider of keeping some players in side playing 11 . if they are really out of form , then I think they deserve a break. not just players. even chandi also should take his time to work hard.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (February 12, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Though im not a big fan of T20 but still congrats both the team for the straight fight.I'm really disappointed to see that best t20 player of Bangladesh Sabbir Rahman failed to make into best 11 but not Rubel Hossain.Its really absurd but very obvious from the BAN selection committee.I think time has come to think beyond the same players playing all the formats;specially- Tamim, Shohag and Rubel.How come Ziaur Rahman also not picked into 14 men squad(At least he is better than Forhad Reza in ODIs and T20s at any given day)....

Posted by KingOwl on (February 12, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

I am not sure that captaincy was that great. Why were the spinners not used more effectively? Sachitra did not have to wait till the 17th over. Prasanna just bowled one over for 6 runs. The Bangla slow bowlers did quite well. In that context, an over or two more for the slow bowlers early would have eliminated the need for Thisara to bowl the last over. I think it is great that they defended 168 on a flat track. But, it was too close for comfort. Not convincing at all. Hope SL will do much better in the next match.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

BD made some mistakes with their selection. Mithun ali looked out of place and gave away some runs behind the wicket. Don't really know, how Mortaza was able to find a place in the side. Rubel bowled much better.

Posted by Afta on (February 12, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

You win with confidence or you win with desperation. I think the later applies to Sri Lanka. The bowling was without much thought and the fielding was so pathetic and wanting. Yes, Sri Lanka won, but not with any sort of conviction. The only guy who stood out was Kusal Janith and the rest all looked like "going through the motions". What a lot of discussion and time wasting on the field before the last ball was bowled. Didn't look like a professional side at all. These are signs that shows lack of strong leadership. There is definitely a difference when a captain leads from the front. It's no point only being a team man.

Posted by RedGreenTiger on (February 12, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

Disappointing end to an overall decent performance. I think the turning point was Shakib handing his wicket to Kulasekara. Him getting out like that was quite a shock for me after he was going on so well. Hats off to Anamul for a brave innings, the kid almost pulled it off. A shining positive in this match was our fielding. Great work from Nasir as always. Again, disappointing when we fail to chase a very reachable total of 168, but credit must be given to Kusal Perera and the Sri Lankans for holding it down. Cheers.

Posted by mgsperera on (February 12, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

Poor Perfomances showed by SL ..lot of erros in batting , bowling ,feilding & decission making ... should pull up their socks to adjust with the game & situ so quickly ... need teamwork & communicate each individual's role ? no roles difined.. that's why everybody is coming out & playing thier own games which is not good for the country..We are in need of team Mentor.. Can we Approach Mr.Aravinda De Silva for that place.He is the ideal character !!!!

Posted by Mathuranhan on (February 12, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

That was agood match in the end. Nasir Hossain wicket was the turning point.

Posted by mil_iz on (February 12, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

what is the purpose of selecting Angelo P? to carry drinks and warm the bench? waste of a talent! he should have been picked since mahela was injured, also kithruwan has to be given a chance. he a naturally attacking player and they would be better off playing him instead of chandimal.

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 12, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Only Kusal and Kule played as a World T20 ranked 1 team players. Expect lot for the 2nd T20. And I saw the massive crowd of BD. They enjoying the game of cricket. Always upto cheer the guys on the field. Bad luck today. It could have been easily the game of them. Highly appreciate the co-orperation betwenn both teams. Also expect the support of you guys

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

That was not a no ball, because the ball was dipping and clearly going below the waist. Biggest worry was how SL managed to leak so many runs, they are definitely going to come up against much tougher opponents than BD. Not taking anything away from BD, they were great today, but surely for a team like SL this should have been a walkover.

Anything other than a series whitewash, would be a huge dissapointment

Posted by Fogu on (February 12, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Great game. Congratulations SL. I wouldn't blame the umps or the delay before the last ball. BD played well and so did SL. The difference was the 17th over by Malinga. This game will boost both team's confidence. Hopefully we will have another thriller in the next match. Go Tigers!

Posted by IMG_SL on (February 12, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

SL again showed why they are in no. 01 rank. However good effort by BD (probably better than the performance of Indian super heroes who are currently passing their worst period of cricket)

Posted by wapuser on (February 12, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Have to agree with 90% of the comments here. It was a pathatic performance by SL. What was Chadimal doing? On a two pased wicket clearly favoring the slow bowlers, Mathews and Dilshan didn't ball, Prasanna and Sachithra had overs left and he gave the ball to Thisara to ball the critical final over. I don't think Chandimal should even be in the T20 team in the first place. The selectors are distroying the best young tallent Sri Lanka has got!

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 12, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

Thisara perera's promising bowling ability was gone and guess what, his batting ability was gone as well.I agree 100% with sanath,he should play more first class cricket for get his form again.Don't be another malinga.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (February 12, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

We didnt losei.. we just didnt win. It was the 6 they got from thr 1st ball of Mortaza's final over that made the difference or Mithun Ali not going for the catch while wicket keeping. good game... and am proud of BD's efforts... Malinga is always a threat!

Posted by hossain_1810 on (February 12, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

bangladeshi batsman very very weak in full toss ball,look at past test series against srilanka at dhaka & chittagong,even today in 1st t20 match,last 3 over minimum 3 or 4 time high & low full toss from sl bowler but not properly work,even batsman self upset when not properly timing,last over last ball need to win bangladesh 3 runs,for draw 2 runs,sl bowler full toss delivery but batsman ball given straight to sky, bowler self taken the ball then fly on the air for wining match,

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

well played bd but need to learn fast to be competitive in world cup

Posted by linsen on (February 12, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Very played bangladesh' they really deserve to win but unfortunately the last ball thrilling battle they lost. as usual the old guns played well shakib and tamim. anmul was ok but he missed many balls in the middle overs he need to be little more agressive. bang is now really a serious team speacially in shorter formats. missing mushfiq today he is the one who change the game alone. team selection was not good today. i love this team even they lose or win. speacially tamim and shakib. from pak fan

Posted by Balumekka on (February 12, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Sri Lankan here. Congratulations Bangladesh for the great fight shown. I would be even slightly happy had Sri Lanka lost, so that most of the under performing culprits in SL team would not get away with their pathetic performances. Malinga is unfit to field. Lot needs to be improved on SL's side.

Posted by Stat1977 on (February 12, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

Over joy is not good at all.Is Thisara the best option for the last over? He was pathetic.If it was any other team,They would have won easily with such toothless bowling.Number 1 ranking is over rating.It was Kusal and a bowler batted well, awful batting display from other big names.Anyone say this team is going to win a world cup? BD played well

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 12, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

for the chandimal case. I have a view as follows. Chandimal is an aggresive player. As sangakkara stated, he is always try to go agaist the oppositions and put the pressure on them. Unfortunately SL got several players to do so. Obvisously, Kusal and dilshan in the list. SL need that mental edge to won big tournmnts. It was'nt the ability that took place while playing the finals. But chandimal should work hard to be a inform player. So he'll get the confidance to lead the WC. He's under pressure now.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:23 GMT)

T20s could go either way. The format is such that Zim could beat the mightu Ozs in the 2007 WC. But Bangladesh keep on complaining on bad umpiring if not they say they were so close beat a giod team. Xlose is not enough. You're playing at home and by now you should be winning games in the shorter formats. So pick up.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

Yes Sri Lanka won but not really pleased. Well played Bangladesh as I am a big fan of you people. Thanks a lot for the Lankan fans for coming out to cheer our boys. Kushal Perera was brilliant and so was Anamul Haque. SL bowling is a worry and needs urgent addressing. Malinga is a pure passenger and must be dropped. Surprised why Prasanna was not bowled enough and Mathews did not bowl at all. Conditions favored spin bowling and pointless having 4 fast bowlers. Angelo Perera should play instead of Malinga.

Yes the last ball of Bangladesh innings was I think a no ball but similarly Tamim Iqbal was lucky when he was given not out caught behind when he was out when the score was 38, so it evened out. Good luck to both teams in the next T20.

Posted by priceless1 on (February 12, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

here we go excuses excuses and more excuses from the BD fans as usual :D..... last ball was on the line , no umpire would ever call that a no ball( well, unless the batting side was Ausi and the umpires are also from Aussi) , anyways overall it was a very poor effort from the SL side ,dont know what Chandimal was thinking when he given the last over to full- toss Perera

Posted by Sidath346 on (February 12, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

I think Bangladesh performed brilliantly and hats off to you guys. From a SL perspective, I'm happy with the win but so much room for improvement. And seriously what on earth is Chandimal doing in the team, he hardly ever scores runs and never values his wicket. Also, its a very poor decision to give Perera the last over. He's been quite a horrible death bowler over the years. He's decent in the middle of the innings but not the death. I also can't understand on what basis some people defend Chandimal, he's just been a liability. Once in a blue moon, he'll get a 50 and thats it. Kusal is a real gem for SLC future.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

well played boys ... congrts Sri Lanka :) but i think that was no ball cause he(bijoy)didn't move and the ball was much higher then normal fulltoss and the umpire totaly confused about it so benifit of doubt always goes to batting side ..and i don't know why it was not given no .. totaly surprised

Posted by Sinhabahu on (February 12, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

I feel we were over-confident here. BD deserved to win, seeing their feisty attitude, and unfortunately fell just short. The rest of the series won't be easy.

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 12, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

It's not a game to celebrate for sri lanka. It's a lost actualy. Only Kusal performed as a batsmen. What happend to the others. Dilshan must take more responsibility in playing. While chandimal should be in form to captain the T20 WC. It was a very strong performance from BD. Hats off. Played and fielded extreamly well. SL batsmen should take more responsibility in playing and shot selection. Though BD ranked 10th. Today it doesn'nt felt like they are playing with the rank 1. Poor performance by SL instead from KJP.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Benefit of doubt always favors batting side, unless it is Bangladesh.

Posted by Radwan_mars on (February 12, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

They should have taken mahmudullah and sabbir in place of mithun and farhad... today we lost coz of bcb..players did their job. we should have gone with 7 batsman..i mentioned this before the match in cricinfo .. n this has costed us... anamul had to bat holding 1 side with no1 with him to take the charges. Y do we even need mithun..when anamul is a keeper ?

Srilanka went with 5 batsman.. but they r no. one ... we should play according to our strength instead of simply copying what others r doing.

3 pacers .. ? wow, from when did ours pacers start to bowl so well? mahmudullah would have been perfect & he did so well in this ground recently.

I don't get this, when spinners are doing good in home ground than y bcb wants more fast bowlers to ball so desperately ?

last point, pitch favored spin, well maybe bcb tough miracle might take place suddenly in bd's pitch for fast bowler?

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 12, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

It's not a game to celebrate for sri lanka. It's a lost actualy. Only Kusal performed as a batsmen. What happend to the others. Dilshan must take more responsibility in playing. While chandimal should be in form to captain the T20 WC. It was a very strong performance from BD. Hats off. Played and fielded extreamly well. SL batsmen should take more responsibility in playing and shot selection. Though BD ranked 10th. Today it doesn'nt felt like they are playing with the rank 1. Poor performance by SL instead from KJP.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 12, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

I was wondering if I was watching the highlights of 2012 WT20 final . Pretty poor stuff by Sri Lanka (in their standards )even though they went on to win the game. When there was a guy (Kusal) taking BD bowlers to the cleaners, why other batsmen just can't give him the strike as much as possible instead of trying to send every ball over the rope ? And..losing wickets made Kusal's job much more tougher coz he couldn't play his natural game. There were also pretty poor fielding efforts by us. On other hand BD fielded very well 'n took some awesome catches.

Anyway, I hope Sri Lanka can give us a better show in 2 days during the 2nd match. Btw, Kusal is in a superb touch. LOL He is the most exciting young batsman in the world today. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (February 12, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

thisara perera should be sent back to domestic cricket to polish his skills along with malinga but come the IPL im sure malinga will be at his best courtesy being motivated by money. anyways chandimal should seriously reconsider his strategies. on a pitch that favoured slow bowlers he should have used mathews who bowls good cutters as well as dilshan if he had to. certainly not thisara who gave way too many runs & bowled without using his head. miracle SL won. part of me wished they didn't as a loss would have made them accept their mistakes better.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 12, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Sri Lanka clearly underestimated Bangladesh, and tried to attack rather than giving the due credit to the good balls. That's my feeling, but I may be wrong. Had they set up a good partnership from the other side of Kusal Janith, it could have been easily a 200 match.

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 12, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

It is THE feature of a champion side to win from the jaws of defeat which what Man Utd did always.The losers moan & groan of lost chances.Recently Pak too came with high hopes of dismantling the Sri Lankans to fall at the post as the BD did.Sri Lanka showed once again in no uncertain manner why they are the true champions of T20!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 12, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

Thisara should never ball the last over. It should be a genuine fast bowler. And Thisara didn't bat well either. Disappointed about him. Expected a few shots, given the run out, and the many deliveries he faced, further, the way Kushal batted.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Dear selectors of BD why you put three new bees like Mithun, Forhad reza and yasir arafat. that would be much better If you give one guy chance at a time. BD was lucky that great catch from Nasir and Anamul saved them . otherwise score would be 180+ . might be 200. Including Mashrafee there were 4 new guys who were not part of the team for long time. selection of captain was somewhat not a proper way. Victory day t20 performer al amin should include and Nasir should give the armband of captaincy or either Shakib only for t20s. Nasir showed how much good captain he is in recent victory day tournament. Still a long way BD will struggle for t20 and test format, and if selectors do lots of thing it must hamper the consistency of BD performance. Follow a system or either sets of rule for selection.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 12, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

Well Played SL and Congratulation for your win. Really feeling bad for our boys, It was a great match to watch and we were so close :(. I dont understand why Farhad Reza is in the team. He shouldn't be there. Riyad should be in the team and Al Amin is way better bowler than Rubel when it comes to keep the run rate slow. Bad team selection cost us the match.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

All the Chandimal haters out there I personally think he did a commendable job in the middle. He may have got only a few runs but in the field he did what he needed to do. Thisara Perera bowling the last over may not be the best option but if Thisara was given the ball earlier and if they had scored off him 15-20 runs it would have been curtains much earlier. You can critisize a person when a match gets too close to comfort but its T20 and bangladesh should not be taken lightly. Well played Bangladesh. Only thing that Chandimal has to learn is slogging is not the best option.

Posted by Lakpj on (February 12, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

It is more of Bangladesh loosing than SL winning the match. Bangladesh really took some good catches. And it was bad captaincy from Chandimal, Anjelo M didn't ball, Prasanna bowled only once over and Senanayake had one over left. Above all that he gave Thisara the last over knowing he is not all that good at the death. If SL has no plan to bowl Prassanna a lot can't understand the logic of picking him over Anjelo P. That no-ball could have gone either way I think the umpires took more sensible option. It looks to be seen whether there is due around, certainly there were lot of full tosses in the 2nd innings. if that is the case toss could be v important. You don't want that to happen when there is the T20 WC and the Asia cup around.

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 12, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

even result shows SL win BD is the actual winners. last over horrible bowling from Thisara. If any other country batsmen face last delivery it's end with a Six.very bad ball. But because Enamul Haque is very short he couldn't grab a it properly. I personal feel it's No a ball but inexperience of Umpire couldn't lead to a bold decision. I saw lot of Blind SL fans get's over joyed. But Still i say Chandimal should get out from captaincy and T20 team. And aged declining seniors like Dilshan and Sanga should retired from T20 cricket ASAP. big ? mark in upcoming WC against SL team.

Posted by WannaBeRusta on (February 12, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

@Rifat Sultan Prince: Last ball was more to the legitimate side, but could have gone either way, and both the umpires are Bangladeshis. Don't bash them for deciding to call the correct call.

Posted by bdcricket_crazy on (February 12, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

Section was a worse one from the BD's perspective! Mithun Ali, Forhad Reza are not the players to play in this level! I was shocked with the Mashrafee's bowling! It was more than a nightmare! And of course, some bad decisions of both umpires including the lbw of Kushal Perera and the last bowl of the BD inning!!! What a pathetic end...

Posted by jerryman on (February 12, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

Gr8 game . congrats to both teams SL should have got at least another 10 runs in their innings - Kusal P and Kula batted well . Believe tissara perera should be replaced with angelo perera for next game. Maybe even prasanna should have been given another over in his spell . Poor captaincy by Chandimal , nearly cost us the game .. need to polish things up for next game - drop tissara and bring in angelo p , he will do better in batting

Posted by WannaBeRusta on (February 12, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

It was a horrible decision to give the last over to Thisara considering his history of last over performances. Anyway happy that SL scraped through and congrats to BD for a strong challenge.

Posted by Nuwas on (February 12, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

A win is a win afterall, If can't take it just go watch a decent sport rather than cricket which is purely driven by money nowadays. This game was taken to the wire by by Ban at the cost of Malinga, he's just a model of a pure commercial professional cricketer, no longer the guy who used to play for the country. Mark my words it won't be long till the day comes the most of cricketers would be in the same mold and every country will be equals when it comes to national cricket.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I'm glad we won. Because we did not play well. Thissara should never bowl the last over, he is not a death bowler. Chandimal needs to improve as a batsman and a captain or he should be dropped. Well played Bangladesh.

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 12, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

This is no good from sri lanka.Except kula others bowl really poorly in the end of the inning.what happened to chandimal?.when he comes to the international cricket as a very agressive youngster.He hit his main ton to india(just his 2nd ODI) with some power hitting.He retain his agressive attitude in england tour as well.He hit some huge sixes to guys like swann ,anderson and bresnan.After that some how he lost his agressive style and now look at him.He really struggle to put the bowl out of the park.He attack really riskly and try to build the inning over carefully.This is not the chandimal we knew in 3 Years back.Now I can't see that promising young chandimals rebirth from him.Really dissapointing

Posted by nothingnew on (February 12, 2014, 14:39 GMT)

I believe , Sri Lankan selectors gave enough chances for Chandimal . He is not performing well on this moment . Selectors should change remove captaincy off from chandimal and give freedom to him to play . I don't know why chandi didn't use Mathews for at least 2 overs . strategies from Chandi not good at all .Fielding settings for last over also really bad . hope next match Sri lanka come with really strongly . good luck for Bangladesh too . Good luck sri lanka

Posted by bdcric4ever on (February 12, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Cricket is a game of great uncertainty (luck). Still don't get it? Well then watch today's match........... Tigers always !!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

what are farhad reza and mithun ali doing there!!!!! i mean it doesnt make any sense selecting these two instead of mahmudullah and sabbir.and last ball was clearly a no ball.anyway congratz to sri lanka for wining with the help of two umpires.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

As a SL fan, I have to say BD deserved to win this match! They out-played SL in all departments of the game (other than in luck). Horrible captaincy by Chandimal. He doesn't seem to be thinking on his feet, but just following a preset game plan. It was nothing short of a miracle that SL managed to pull it off with Thisara bowling the last over. Seriously, what were they thinking???

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 12, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

well played to Sri Lanka on a very close win..fantastic effort from Bangladesh to get so close also..

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

BD might kicked out from t20 world cup qualifier. If the selectors made decision like that. From no where make a captain who is way out of team for long time. some selection was bad as well. Bowling is the worst for BD in t20 level. what bowling coach is doing!! this is not acceptable. Last 11 t20 only two win.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

ordinary team selection and unnecessary caution of looking for last overs. t20 is a difficult format and Srilanka had a great attack . BD should play more shots before. Ordinary team selection, captaincy and strategy.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (February 12, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

Awesome game! Very proud of the challenge BD has given - sensational catches by both teams! Very tense right now.. Malinga bowling!

Posted by Matadore on (February 12, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

New players r doing well for Ban... their experiment r working

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

in t20 Team Ranking doesn't really make a big difference! After a great bowling performance. I think BD can pull this Off! ! all good wishes!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

drop chandimal

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

BD selectors should follow a system. Suddenly they are making someone injure prone a captain. how they are selecting pace bowlers. what are the criteria. They are doing many wrong strategy regarding team selection.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 11:19 GMT)


Posted by ajithabey on (February 12, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

Dilshan as usual plays without any responsibility in the first game after a break from international cricket getting SL to a poor start which was not the case in the recently concluded test series. If senior players play in this manner how do you expect the youngsters to perform??

Posted by asikbadhon on (February 12, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

ohhh!no! again rubel!!!!both mash and rubel are expensive bowlers!al amin is 100 times better death bowlers than rubel!he will give away atleast 30 run in the death overs and bd will loss this match by 20 runs!i don't know why rubel is choosen again and again!team is perfect except rubel!mash should use himn in middle order then he is going to death overs!again ohhh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Matadore on (February 12, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

its a new looking bangladesh with their experiment..

Posted by Sajeeb_Narail on (February 12, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

this is not a good selection.............. i think........ Mominul should take in place of Mithun......... Sabbir should take in replace forhad Reza and Riad should take in place of Sunny.......... then it would be a good and fighting team............ As Anamul can be a Wicket keeper.............. Mashrafee,Rubel,Sakeeb,Gazi can boal full 4 overs........... and Nasir,Riad can complete another 4 overs.........

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