Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Chittagong February 13, 2014

Bangladesh target death-overs improvement


Match facts

February 14, 2014
Start time 1700 local (1100 GMT)

Big Picture

Bangladesh pushed Sri Lanka till the last ball before Anamul Haque hit a full toss straight up into the murky Sagarika sky and was caught, three runs short of victory. It was an apt end to a contest that had theatre from the first over. Superb catches by Nasir Hossain, Anamul and Angelo Mathews, the flashy 64 by Kusal Perera (and his equally flashy press conference) and some late drama enthralled a 15,000-strong crowd at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sri Lanka have themselves to blame for the tense margin of the victory. Their batsmen mistimed the charge and threw away crucial wickets. More than 180 was possible on that pitch, but they have another crack at a big score on Friday.

Kusal held things together with intelligent partnerships with Dinesh Chandimal and a string of middle-order batsmen. With quick hands and a great eye, he looks to be the sort of batsman who can give Sri Lanka considerable firepower at the top. Seekuge Prasanna is another interesting option, batting in the middle-order and bowling useful legspin. But he would have to work on his leading arm, which falls far too quickly in the delivery stride.

Bangladesh's main worry in T20s has been their bowling, both early and late in the innings. Mashrafe Mortaza bowled reasonably well but his death-overs bowling does not inspire as much faith. Rubel Hossain battles similar criticism, but he found the wide yorker to stifle the batsmen.

Their batting has been good off late, but they have to work on playing smarter shots to take advantage of the final overs. Sohag Gazi's form would also be a worry, as the offspinner hasn't bowled well against Sri Lanka in the Tests or in the first Twenty20. Though he is effective as an opening bowler and as a late-order hitter, he is inconsistent. The selectors would also like another look at left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny to lessen the workload of Shakib Al Hasan.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Bangladesh LLWLL
Sri Lanka WWLWW

Watch out for

Tillakaratne Dilshan may have got out playing his favourite scoop in the first over itself. He has played well in Bangladesh in the past, and with big tournaments coming up, a significant contribution would be handy for confidence.

Tamim Iqbal was out to a great catch by Angelo Mathews but he was looking good with his cuts and flashes, and even an upper-cut after charging the bowler. A fifty would be the perfect way to leave Chittagong, with Bangladesh having one eye on the ODIs ahead.

Teams news

The home side would be interested to see how Sabbir Rahman shapes up as a middle-order batsman. He could replace Mithun Ali, with Anamul Haque donning the gloves. Mahmudullah could replace Gazi and there is also a case to play Mominul Haque and Al-Amin Hossain to boost their confidence ahead of the World T20.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Anamul Haque (wk), 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Farhad Reza 8 Mahmudullah/Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10, Rubel Hossain, 11 Arafat Sunny

Sri Lanka wouldn't want to concede a T20 for the sake of experimentation, and it was made clear by captain Dinesh Chandimal before the first game. But they might perhaps try Ashan Priyanjan and Angelo Perera, especially if both batsmen are on the selectors' minds for the World T20 in March.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Dinesh Chandimal (capt and wk), 4 Kumar Sangakkara, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Seekuge Prasanna, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Pitch and conditions

Another batting-friendly deck is expected in Chittagong and the side batting first would be targeting a 200-plus score. Chasing would not be too difficult though

Stats and trivia

  • The 52-run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman was Bangladesh's second fifty-plus partnership for the first wicket.
  • Kumar Sangakkara will become the second Sri Lankan after Tillakaratne Dilshan to play 50 T20 internationals. Mahela Jayawardene could have been the second but he was injured ahead of the first game of this series and missed out.
  • Anamul Haque made his maiden T20 fifty in the first game, his first score of fifty-plus score since making 120 against West Indies in late 2012.


"The wicket did surprise us a bit, but having said that, the Bangladesh bowlers did well in the middle part of our innings. They restricted our scoring. We soon understood that it is going to be slow and low as the day progresses."

Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka batting coach.

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

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  • Nasim on February 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Yet another good match to watch. Congratulations to Kulasekara and SL.

    Some of the arrogant comment-makers here would still claim 2-run or 3-wicket wins as "thrashing", while others would try to reason these last-ball-finish results with Sri Lanka team selection, all with a view to understating Bangladesh's credit. 2-0 win by no.1 T20 team against no.10 - not that dramatic, is it? It's fun reading those comments though :)

    BTW, did it occur to anyone that Bangladesh too was trying players out for the world cup here?

  • Josh on February 14, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    @ Rishat Rahman - no worries, because I'm quite sure you will not be visiting this page after your BAN team gets a proper thrashing ;)

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    The keeper, after the match please coment here.u said bd will get lesson frm sl today? i wana see ur face here in coment after the match.tata

  • Josh on February 14, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    To all BAN fans who keep saying that BAN deserved to win the first game - Really? Then how come they lost? Simply because they are not good enough, yet.

    To SL fans who say Chandimal should be dropped, Chandimal cannot bat, etc, etc - You guys are really displaying your cricketing ignorance. Chandimal is always, in whatever format, one of the best cricketers on the park - if not the best. When Chandi comes good, he will become the most feared batsman in world cricket. He is still finding his feet and will soon be there. Till then, go watch his 100 at Lords.

    Today BAN will get a proper lesson in t20 cricket from SL - just watch!

  • Android on February 14, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    It will be a huge upset if bd loses 2 in a row.

  • Arifur on February 14, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    I suggest Bangladesh play the team consisting of the following team members: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Anamul Haque (wk), 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10, Rubel Hossain, 11 Arafat Sunny

    Although Sabbir Rahman is a good batsman, it may not be a wise thing to consider trying a debut batsman by sideling experienced Mominul, Mahmudullah or Sohag in this crucial match. The selectors should keep in mind that it's a do or die match for BD in the series.

  • Asanka on February 14, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Host is for organizing matches & visitors are for winning those. That's the fairy-tail story of BD cricket.

  • Pr on February 14, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Last match was one of bad matches for BD.they r far stronger than what they have shown so far.i think todays team shoule be tamim anamul shamsur sakib nasir mahamudullah arafat al amin mash rubel.this side is perfect.although mash is in no form but he is a captain.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    srilanka should make a change today because the middle order batsmen are not in a great form the captain is good in his captincy but not in the ashan priyanchan should get a chance to play the match by replace sekkuge prasanna all know about the talent of him . he can play a good role in middle order bangladesh is agood team to play still i don't why india in 2 in icc ranking and only played a twenty twenty in 2013 and no matches in 2014.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    I think SL should learn from their mistakes and should look freshly about today's match. No team can be underestimated in cricket,especially in the T20's . Last match Sl Batsmen's Over Aggressive approach was the major reason was restricting them in to a below par score.We should not look to score at every ball rather than get the maximum out of poor deliveries.Specially in the absence of Mahela, Sanga needs to play a calm role rather than trying to attack.He should take more 1s and 2s during middle period of the innigs,With wckets in hand it will give us the chance attach in the last 5 overs. because their is enough fire power at the top from both Dili and Kusal so there is no need sanga to play aggressively. Chandi should play responsibly and should use Mathews as a bowler as he is certainly better than Thissara.Prassanna can be sent at 5 or 6 as he is a big hitter like Thissara, How ever thissara's form is poor.Its worth trying some one like Angelo Perera in his place before T20 WC

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