Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Chittagong February 14, 2014

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win


Sri Lanka 123 for 7 (Sangakkara 37, Thisara 35*, Mortaza 2-29) beat Bangladesh 120 (Sabbir 26, Malinga 3-20) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mashrafe Mortaza's first tilt at captaincy started and finished by falling at the crease in 2009 and 2010. Now, as a stopgap captain in place of Mushfiqur Rahim, he has made the most imaginative attempt by a Bangladeshi captain. With only 120 runs to defend, Mashrafe rotated his bowlers wisely, but in the end, Bangladesh went down on the final ball.

With two needed off the last delivery, Sachithra Senanayake smacked a short delivery from Farhad Reza for four. It was perhaps a cruel end for the bowler, as Reza had bowled five good deliveries before that when he started off with nine required off the final over. It was a lucky break for Sri Lanka, who have now won the series 2-0, and head to Dhaka for the ODI leg of the tour full of confidence.

In the tense finish, Senanayake and Thisara Perera, surprised with their lack of boundaries - the final six overs had only three fours - but they scampered the ones and twos, winning the game with a 27-run stand from 3.2 overs.

Bangladesh were tremendous in the field, particularly Mashrafe who didn't let the Sri Lankan top-order settle as he kept using bowlers for just one over each from the start.

Arafat Sunny gave just eight runs from his two overs and even picked up a wicket, as did Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah. Mashrafe himself snared two scalps.

Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal fell by missing reverse-sweeps while Tillakaratne Dilshan was bowled when looking to cut. Mashrafe's two-wicket over, the tenth of the innings, turned the game towards Bangladesh. He removed Angelo Perera with a fast off-cutter, and then took out Angelo Mathews with one that went out, inducing an edge.

Nuwan Kulasekara was run-out after he was turned back by the non-striker, but Kumar Sangakkara kept the runs flowing and eventually ended as the team's highest run-getter with 37. However, in the 17th over in which he had taken 11 runs, Sangakkara found short third-man where Tamim Iqbal took a smart catch.

When Bangladesh decided to bat, Kulasekara's two wickets went by unnoticed. Tamim Iqbal and Farhad Reza went after him, faltered and gave catches. But the catches Kulasekara took, dispirited Bangladesh's aggression. Lasith Malinga took three wickets, while Senanayake finished with 2 for 11.

Sri Lanka had started the innings with a dropped catch. Malinga could only touch the ball over his head at short fine-leg, off the third delivery of the opening over. But just like Shamsur Rahman had done the last time when a spinner opened the bowling in a T20 against Bangladesh, he dinked Dilshan's poor fifth delivery to midwicket, getting easily caught.

Tamim Iqbal followed suit in the next over, holing out to third man, with his running flash outside off-stump making for poor shot selection. Sometimes, Tamim goes back to his early days in international cricket when he could charge any bowler. But with so much knowledge of his batting being ferried around, some of these shots have become too predictable.

Anamul Haque kept the holiday crowd entertained when he slammed two fours and two sixes off Dilshan's next over. Both sixes were through midwicket, as Anamul attacked confidently. Shakib was giving him good support at that stage, but the partnership was brought to an end by a stunning catch.

Kulasekara ran hard from mid-on as Shakib skied towards long-on, the fielder continually running until he caught up with the dipping ball. The impact of his dive took him close to the boundary, but he held on and stayed within bounds. Kulasekara would also have a large say about the last Bangladesh wicket, when he dived in from deep cover to catch Sabbir Rahman's slice.

Exactly two overs later, Kusal Perera tried to better Kulasekara at deep midwicket, when he intercepted Anamul's slog sweep with a tremendous effort at the boundary. He was mid-air when he dived to his right.

Only a small section of the crowd, adorned in the deep blue of Sri Lanka, cheered heartily as the rest of the 15,000 remained largely silent. Nasir Hossain and Farhad Reza gave easy catches to cover, while Mahmudullah was a victim of poor calling from the debutant Sabbir Rahman, who was the team's top-scorer with 26.

Ultimately, the hosts were left ruing a second consecutive last-ball defeat in the space of three days.

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

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  • sam on February 17, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @Kalana Jayawardene So Sir, following your logic how about SL's latest away toure (in UAE)? Or how about SL's record comparing home and away? And yes WI & Aus has shown how tough it is to remain on top for MORE THAN 19 months. And SL was almost losing the only T20 (and a series) to BD in own backyard, thanks to an strange lbw call to cut short the chase, can check Cricinfo.

    Your recent comment pretty much reflects your arrogance followed by bias, which is uncommon in my SL friends or in regular SL fans. SL has been my favorite team after BD since early 90's, always has been charmed by their rise in international cricket; and we BD take it as inspiration to rise from a LOW-RANK team (as in early 90's!) to Top-rank someday. With due respect obviously.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @Wahid59 SL dont have to prove anything, last ball win or first ball win, win is a win. That is the difference btw champion side and mediocre side. SL have beat Aus in Aus 2-0, Eng in Eng.They have not lost a bilateral T20 series ever. After-all keeping No 1 position for 19 months is not a easy task. Now again you are trying to undermine SL. Anyway there are lots of BD fans trying to undermine opposition. Even though BD beat NZ in home does that mean BD is better than NZ? Answer is no. BD beat NZ at home and dont think they can beat NZ anywhere else. BD team is good at home but its a mediocre team in away matches. It is evident in last Zimbabwe tour.

  • Buddhika on February 16, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @All SL fans....... Why don't u see Dilshan's out of Form? 2 matches 3 runs.0 and 3 Even Chandimal played better 18,3. Because he is a Senior of 38 years old...................?. Please Answer .........................................................

  • Buddhika on February 16, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    As SL fans every time saying last ball win is a win.but doubts But Rank1 team played 20 overs 4 a win against NO10 side means some big issues in 1st Rank Team Major issue of SL is other than Kusal any other not in a T20 batsmens quality. Start from DIL he got only 3 for entire series continuing lack of form in BBL 62 of 4 matches.Simply his t20 carrier is over better atlaest out from T20 WC. Sanga might good in low score chases but if he play whole 20 overs we will be in loosing side because of low SR. Chandi,Thiri is good Test,ODI player but never T20 players. Thisara gain some form but we want 30+ in 150-160 SR from him. Mathews neither play aggressively nor defensively.don't know what happened to him. Even Angelo Perera waste his chance but i think we have to give a another chance. I think we should give chances to Kithruwan,Asahan and Chathuranga at least rotative basis. If this team will play in WC we will not qualify 4 atlaest Semis.

  • Mohammad Wahid on February 16, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene: did I even once mentioned Sri Lanka with disrespect? Actually they are my second favorite team! Unfortunately you are trying to belittle Bangladesh quite unnecessarily.Did you thought that,if Bangladesh is that bad (according to you, no chance of qualifying beating Afghanistan!); how good is Sri Lanka, who had to go to the last ball lottery to beat them in both the matches? By trying to belittle Bangladesh, actually you are undermining Sri Lanka's achievements. Give due respect to the opponents, your would get it back doubly.

  • sam on February 16, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene, please read Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid's comment, you would get an idea how BD supporters respect others. It's rather feeling you need to take care of respecting opposition: you're quite bashing a team (BD) out of qualifying round so early even after two such consecutive games. Both games were last ball chances that could go either way; winners or losers can be regarded little differing in performances.

    This series and last T20I's with NZ and SL (in SL) show BD's coming up in this format, despite early wobbling years. And please remember mate, in shortest format there is not so much of 'big team', 'small team', can be anyone's day.

  • Fahad on February 16, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Given T20 rankings, I think BD performed pretty well.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @wahid59 when I mentioned about "4 teams in contention for 2 spots" what I meant was the teams that actually has a chance for the main round. Ok I m wrong about not beating test side as simply I forgot Zimbabwe is playing test cricket again and first match they played after re admission to test was against bd and won by 335 runs. And then they won the odi series 2-1 and then they shared the T20 with bd. So did I get my facts right.?Winning just 1 T20 against Zimbabwe doesn't really give ranking points as they are ranked at 14th place just like sl didn't get any point for beating bd 2-0. Dear bd fans learn to respect your opposition team specially if the opposition is current world champs, or current Asia cup champs or a team that has consistently perform above and beyond for the past 7 year world cups by playing 4 wc finals.

  • Mohammad Wahid on February 15, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @kalana Jayawardene: When you said, Bangladesh has never beaten a test team you didn't qualify the statement with a time frame and also as you have mentioned; as they have beaten Zimbabwe in the 2 year cycle, your point remains wrong! Regarding World T20 qualifying, you again failed to check the facts: 8 teams would vie for 2 spots in the main draw, not 4 as mentioned by you!

  • Shuzi on February 15, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Generally the hosts don't have to play qualifying rounds, but Bangladesh generally has to work hard for everything, don't they?

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