Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Chittagong February 14, 2014

Kusal pays back the favour to Haque

Plays of the day from the second T20I between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Chittagong

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.

The throwback

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 here

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  • CricketPissek on February 15, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    @Amith Muhseen Hadjideen - you may think your comment is very gracious, but it is very very patronising. How would you feel if Australia said that to SL in 95/96 down under? How insulted would you feel? Bangladesh is a damn strong team at home, especially in T20. Your arrogance is misplaced mate. Our Lions are ranked #1 for sure, but if you think we're invincible - that's a good laugh! T20 is anyone's game. The playing field is truly level for the WT20.

  • dummy4fb on February 15, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    @Amith Muhseen Hadjideen: why do you disrespect B.D. ?? you expected them to be heavily defeated jut bcoz SL is no 01 ?? if so no one would be able to beat SL isn't it ?? This is T20 mate not test match or 50 overs.

  • android_user on February 15, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    @ ranilsam He was meaning it metaphorically. Serious much?

  • RANILSAM on February 15, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Mr Amith Muhseen Hadjideen , Actually there was a cup and it was given to SL.I think you must have missed the presentation ceremony.

  • SahirUmer on February 15, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Well played SL and BD! Thank u both for exciting series nd Gud luck for ODIs

  • dummy4fb on February 14, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Eventhough the win in both T20 games goes in the book for Sri Lanka, if there was a cup, it should have been given to BD. I'm a SL fan, but my word for Bangladesh is " Well Done my Friends, don't worry most SL fans knew the actual wins are for you. You did real well taking SL ( 1st in rank ) to the last ball in both the games. Good Luck for you, you desearved much, much better position in WC.

  • i_amVIVA on February 14, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Two heartbreaking loss in three days, both could've gone either way, but unlucky BD tigers; rather, luck goes with the fittest, may I say. Hope, the tigers learnt much from this series, with the best team in T20 whom they got on the rope in both the cases, to apply in the upcoming WC. Apply the lessons learnt here, and soar high in the sky (WC) in your backyard.

  • dummy4fb on February 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    awesome catches by Kule, Kusal & Chndimal! Lionz are still at Top rank for the 19th month! Roarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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