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Plays of the day from the second T20I between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong
Mohammad Isam in Chittagong
February 14, 2014
Report : Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win
Matches: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong
Series/Tournaments: Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh
The wrong impression
Lasith Malinga dropped Shamsur Rahman off the third ball of the match to a difficult chance over his head at short fine-leg. Tillakaratne Dilshan had bowled a poor delivery which the opener swept, but he could only manage a leading edge. Malinga got a hand to the ball, but was ultimately very cross with himself for dropping it. Still, no one would have known that Sri Lanka would make up for that failed chance with three superb catches.
The 20 steps
Nuwan Kulasekara was at mid-on when Shakib Al Hasan picked up Sachitra Senanayake over his head. As the ball sailed high, Kulasekara kept running with his eye on the ball. Sixteen steps into his run, he reached the ball with outstretched arms, and as he caught the ball, he tumbled over, and luckily for him, the ball didn't pop out. His dive stopped near the rope, making the catch so much better than the three taken in the first Twenty20. Kulasekara would also add the Sabbir Rahman catch, a diving effort from deep cover, to his repertoire of the day.
The opposite side
Anamul Haque was given a dose of his own medicine when Kusal Perera caught him at the deep-midwicket boundary. The catch was just as spectacular as Anamul's had been in the first match. Kusal ran to his right, flung himself and caught the ball mid-air, a foot inside the rope. Anamul, in the previous game, had taken the catch right at the boundary, balancing himself very close to the rope.
The uncanny repeat
When Dilshan opened the bowling for Sri Lanka, he was the third spinner to do so against Bangladesh. The last man was Prosper Utseya who had taken the wicket of Shamsur Rahman off the fourth ball of the first over, caught at deep midwicket. This time, Shamsur tried a similar shot, slapping the ball straight towards mid wicket, off the fifth ball of the over.
Injuries have ravaged Mashrafe Mortaza in the past, but he did not show much signs of wariness on Friday, picking up two wickets in the tenth over. He first removed Angelo Perera to what was a shot to forget and once Angelo Mathews was caught behind by Anamul Haque, Mashrafe duly took off, sticking his tongue out as he went on a celebratory run.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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