Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st Twenty20, Chittagong

'Luck betrayed us in the end' - Mashrafe

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

February 12, 2014

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Anamul Haque hits over the top, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Chittagong, February 12, 2014
Anamul Haque smashed two consecutive fours to take Bangladesh to the cusp of victory before getting out off the last ball © AFP

Bangladesh needed three to win off the last ball and although Anamul Haque, on 58 off 44, would regret top-edging the hip-high full toss, Bangladesh were ultimately done in by two earlier dismissals. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza said that Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain fell at crucial times which limited their ability to challenge the the target of 169.

Shakib had added 43 runs for the third wicket with Anamul, before he tried to belt Nuwan Kulasekara in the 14th over and was bowled off a slower ball. Bangladesh needed a very gettable 62 runs off 40 balls before he got out. Nasir, Bangladesh's designated finisher, swung hard against Lasith Malinga and holed out at long-on. At the time, Bangladesh still had 20 balls to get the requisite 37 runs, but that is the price Nasir or Shakib pays for their risk-taking.

"Shakib and Nasir's dismissals made a lot of difference because we could not accelerate from that point," Mashrafe said. "It was probably the right time to pick up the pace.

"We are very disappointed to lose such a game to the No. 1-ranked team in the world. Everyone is upset, but we will take good points out of this game. Nasir's dismissal was just bad timing for us. It showed how things can go the other way."

But since Bangladesh were just one hit away from beating Sri Lanka, Anamul's execution off that last ball would always be debated. Mashrafe has said it was down to luck, as almost everything was going the home team's way in the final over.

"We were equal with Sri Lanka and that one ball in the end made the difference. Anamul was hitting it well by that time, as we had seen the previous two balls when he hit two very good shots over cover. The last ball was unfortunate, the timing wasn't there. It could have taken a top edge and gone behind the keeper but he hit it with the face of the bat.

"The platform was ready for us. The batsman was set and the bowler was under pressure. I think luck betrayed us in the end. But credit to [Anamul Haque] Bijoy for bouncing back so well after missing out on the Test matches. He took the side very close to victory."

Thisara Perera was given that last over and leaked 14 runs off the first five balls, but Sri Lanka's top-scorer Kusal Perera, who believed the visitors' score was a little light, said the team had backed Thisara to deliver.

"It is a team game, and we can't forget the fast bowler in the last ball," he said. "He bowled two balls, [and got hit for] two boundaries. We had to ask him something before the last ball. That's how the game goes.

"We were always thinking about winning the match. We don't want to think about the losing side. We were 10 to 15 runs short. But it was a defendable target."

Bangladesh's fielding kept them in the game when Kusal was smashing it everywhere during his 44-ball 64. Anamul took a superbly balanced catch at deep midwicket while Nasir took a blinder diving to his right around the same position at the other end of the ground. Mashrafe has said that it was important to field well to turn their fortunes in the shortest format. Bangladesh have now lost 23 of 32 matches played since 2006.

"We were always a good fielding side, and today we had some really good ones out there," he said. "We took some great catches, and those have more of an effect in Twenty20s than Tests or ODIs. We dropped a few catches in the Test series, so it was a good way to bounce back.

"I would still say we played well. Sunny bowled well, and Mithun probably had to play that shot. It was a good mix for us but to win T20 games, there has to be two bowlers and three batsmen doing the job, or three bowlers and two batsmen."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

Lets talk about BD's luck so far ... 2 Great catches OK taking nothing away from it guy balancing him self near the rope on one leg will he be able to do it again ? i dont know, but that was awesome - Luck

newest player of BD " EDGER " scored - a 6 , 4 and last over first ball 4 awesome rite ... so you all complain about LUCK not beeing with you .

Kumara sangakara placed it and timed it so well that he couldnt even belive that he was out . KUSAL and every 1 else was watching a 6 saling over the rope to find out in a second to be plucked from air and to c a guy balansing him self of one foott ... YEA WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT LUCKY PRETTY OFTEN .. ROFL

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

mistimed shots are a part of the game, right? So quit with the shoulds & coulds. Nice "lame" excuse by the way @ roshni

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

@ Maryan Tuhin- First you read the cricket books mate...Over the waste no ball's should measure from batting crease area..Cant measure being from everywhere...Your batsman was way ahead to crease when he missed the full toss...Rather than being a lecture for SLfans jus tbe a lecture for BD team and teach how to face for full toss'

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

HMMMMM - If all the mistimed shots did not go for the boundaries bangladesh would have lost a lot of the runs that they scored fast. anyways - it was a goods match

Posted by IMG_SL on (February 13, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Ohh, now their players also crying same as the fans. very sorry BD. we will consider this in next match

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

I don't think final bowl was a no bowl, because Anamul was in down the wicket and faced the bowl with a remarkable distance. we lost due to inefficiency of Tamim and Anamul. Anamul wast a lot of delivery to become a hero and Tamim a very ordinary player but explore his mouth before every series.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

i think Bangladesh should worry more about their bowling n batting the luck is something u can not control n crying not going to give victories to you

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (February 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

I don't know why people are whining about Team Selection, this is clearly an experimental team and BD selectors are trying to put missing puzzle for the T20 WC. Neither of these players selected for the game are bad, they were playing some good cricket in the Domestic league. It would be immature expecting everyone will click on the very first day, so that we can conclude it was not a best selection if not win. I would rather vote for playing the same team in next match as well or for a little strategical reason changes on whether playing 3 pacers or not. The only reason I believe we lost this match was "loosing the momentum" in the middle.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

BD was having a serious luck to come this far. both teams played good cricket. but SL still has more things to do. with absence of mahela,herath this is great.dilly ,sanga , anji all big heads failed but kusal n nuwan took it to last mile. all bowlers were smashed .lot to rethink. why always try to malinga at start when he continuously fails. have him at 6th over n after. that is the best time. why not use anji in BD pitches. also herath will be the best spinning optin in BD .so try mo options guys because still with WHAT EVER COMBINATION YOU CAN WIN.all the best.

Posted by wapuser on (February 13, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Don't worry tigers :( we are always wit u guys:(even in our worst days:(luck is not wit us soo wat happen we r wit u:)u all made us proud:) soo plz don't cry if u cry den u can't imagine million of hearts can't tolerate ur tears

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

Why do BD always blame random factors? Man up and take responsibility

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

Tamim have too leave ground like Sangakkara does once he feels he out. Even tamim know he offer a catch He stays in the middle and Bangladeshi Umpires given the result to favor of their side that time. Tamim never leave happily even he bowled. Luck jump time to time both sides. Finally Lions Beats Tigers as Result as most of the time does. Lions will Get next Match too...

Posted by Hg1987 on (February 13, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 people like you should stop watching cricket rather than throwing hate towards other nations .. the umpires are from Bangladesh it's not SL fault .

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

Then what about Thamim catch????

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

For everyone talking about umpiring errors there were no mistakes made during the match. Malinga clearly bowled a no-ball as he had no part of the foot behind the line. As for 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.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

I don't think you know this game well@Pubudu Jayawardana.That was a sure no ball for over-stepping by Malinga.......And the last ball was a no ball.But the umpire made a blunder..........

Posted by British_North_America on (February 13, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

When on earth Sri Lankans would try to learn to be fair and sportive?I think wasting too much time before the last ball was simply a strategy.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 13, 2014, 0:19 GMT)

@Baundele, I agree with you that umpires should have given the last ball of the BD innings as a no ball. But don't forget that Tamim Iqbal was lucky when he was caught behind by Sanga when Bangladesh were 38 so Bangladesh were lucky there. It evens out. So if Tamim Iqbal was given out, things may have changed too. Luck favorwd both teams.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Never mind BD it was always going to be a bridge too far. This is big boys stuff. You are good but not quite. Perhaps next time.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 12, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka in ALL three departments of the game. Bangladesh played over all better cricket than Sri Lanka in this game. I was blaming luck too. But then I decided not to. This is where great teams separate themselves from the good teams. Before the game Mash mentioned about finishing the games. But they couldn't. They fell short again. Even the Sri Lanka didn't play good enough cricket. They found a way to win. And that's why SL are no. 1 and BD is no. 10

Posted by NokshiKatha on (February 12, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

A noticeable decision of the umpires forced Tigers to loose the match to lions. A few breaks in some ongoing overs leaked the concentration and attention of the bangldeshi tigers. Sledging from Sang to tamim was rare, and as a great cricketer, did Sanga loose respect from some fans like me bd, or that is his tactics to fire tamim, so tamim hit the ball and end his innings brutally. Last of all, may be BCB is thinking those matches as warm up, then it is alright from the point including Reza and Mithun; but if the point is not about warm up, then the selectors are not with the right mind, so it is a question about their selection. A lot of question is arising. But at the end, there is no benefit playing with only 3 batsman. Feeling sorry for Anamul.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

bd also had luck and what you say about the no ball umpire gave in 19th over ?

Posted by AneYako on (February 12, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

luck favored BD team plenty early in the innings. Umpiring calls going in their favor, loose shots one after another falling in no mans land etc.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 12, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Team for the next match- 1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Anamul (wk) 4. Shakib 5. Mominul 6. Nasir 7. Sabbir 8. Arafat 9. Mashrafe 10. Al-Amin 11. Rubel

Posted by Baundele on (February 12, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

@S.R.Khan, telling the truth is not called 'whinning'. Such umpiring errors are unacceptable, especially when it comes from the third umpire with a camera in service. I praise both the teams for such a competitive match; but it is sad for cricket fans when umpiring errors have the final say.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 12, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

The reason why Bangladesh team struggle to adjust with the speed of T20 cricket is that we rarely play any T20. We played only 32 T20 in nearly 8 years. So we play like 4 T20 each year. What a Joke. BCB should get us to play more T20 against Top team. SL is ranked 1 team so beating them was gonna hard but still we managed to out up a great fight and almost won. So even without much experience of playing international T20 our boys have improved a lot. BCB should ensure that we get to play more matches so we can improve as a team. Good Luck Bangladesh for next match

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

It's not only luck but also team selection that costs us so much. Taking so many rookies in one match is a mistake. Mominul Haq should have been in the team. Get your team combo right Mashrafee.

Posted by S.R.Khan on (February 12, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

@Baundele, stop whining! There were many turning points in the game. That's how T20 cricket goes. Take it like a man and stop deflecting blame to some imaginary boogeyman.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 12, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

I wouldnt say BD dint have any luck. They almost scored 30-40 runs with help of edges flying to the third man boundary. But I have to admit, that we were poor in all three fields. Thanks to Kusal for his aggressive innings. Otherwise we would have lost it.

Posted by S.R.Khan on (February 12, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Hoping for a similar fight from Bangladesh in the second T20I. And may luck favour them in that encounter. The team management should also consider relieving Shohag Gazi in the second game in favour of Mahmudullah Riyad. Gazi has been woeful of late. Arafat Sunny was a revelation. Rubel did well to come back. Forhad Reza was a complete waste of space. Shabbir Rumman should have played in his place. Anamul was awesome. Shakib had a brain freeze at just the wrong time. Nasir was great as usual, but unfortunate. Mashrafe needs to figure out how to bowl at the death. Mithun Ali? What the heck is he doing in there? Anamul could have kept wickets. Shamsur and Tamim laid a great platform. Overall, Bangaldesh were done in by hard luck and dodgy team selection.

Posted by Baundele on (February 12, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

I would replace the word 'luck' by 'umpire'. First, they let Sri Lanka waste too much time before the last ball, and then they did not call it a no ball. That made all the difference in the end. Big hand to both teams for a tremendous match.

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