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

'Planned a last-ball bouncer' - Mashrafe


Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh T20 captain, defended Farhad Reza's bowling in the final over of the second T20 against Sri Lanka, saying they had planned to bowl a bouncer off the last ball to set up a catch in the deep.

Reza came on to bowl the final over of a frenetic T20 with Sri Lanka needing nine off the last six balls. With the batting side needing two off the final ball, Reza bowled a short-of-length delivery that was put away by Sachithra Senanayake for four. It was the second time in three days that Bangladesh had lost a match off the last ball.

"In the last ball we all planned that rather than tying, we wanted to win the match," Mashrafe said. "We wanted it to be a bouncer but the ball was wet and soft, he gave his full effort but it became slow on impact.

"Farhad actually bowls the bouncers well in practice. We wanted him [Senanayake] to mis-time it, that was the plan. He could have bowled a yorker and it could have been the same thing, but our aim was to get a wicket."

Mashrafe conceded that the T20 losses were due to moments that didn't go their way but stressed that the performance of the youngsters was the biggest positive for Bangladesh from this series.

"We missed a number of players but after the young players came and performed, there is a lot to gain from these two matches," Mashrafe said. "We can take a number of positives from here to the World T20s.

"The wicket was good. After getting a good flow, Shakib's and Bijoy's catches were really good. We have to take it on our own back, because we couldn't bat properly. We needed 10 to 15 runs more. Hopefully we can do better in the one-day tournament."

For Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, the series was a chance for the team to gather information about Chittagong, their World Twenty20 venue in the first round.

"I am really happy at the way we played," Chandimal said. "We never underestimated the Bangladesh team. They are good in the shorter format. Sometimes we need luck as I said. For us, as a unit, everybody did their bit. I think we got some good experience for the World Twenty20s.

"It's a really good opportunity for us before the World Cup. We are playing in the same venue so we got the advantage, especially with respect to when the dew factor will come into play, how the wicket is behaving, we got something in our sleeves."

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

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  • Mohammad Mahfuzul on February 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Very well said @shan_abc and @Kalana. I think Bangladesh cricket should take inspiration from SL, how they become a great cricket team.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    must give full credit to bangladesh as they had done a marvelous display of fighting spirit, lankans should not take things in to granted to me poor performance by you guys

  • Dinesh on February 16, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Poor performance by the Anjelo Perera. He should show more maturity when continuing his Career. It's not only technique will help to win matches. Definitely players need to learn how to absorb the pressure while he batting any format of cricket. I think that's the key to success.

  • Nasim on February 16, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Agree with @ wapuser. I am a great fan of Chandimal too...

  • Dummy on February 16, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    First of all let me congratulate BD for showing tremendous fight in both matches. But BD supporters need to learn how to accept defeat like gentlemen. Blaming umpire or your own captain for the loss is pathetic. As a matter of fact I am a great fan of Mortaza and Shakib Al Hassan. Regards from Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    @rony1008 Finally some BD fan talking sense. It will be difficult to beat SL in BD by BD because they are good players of spin. NZ on the other hand terrible at it. Thats the reason BD can beat NZ. SL after 1996 made slow and low pitches and made a fortress so touring teams like Aus,NZ,SA,Eng suffered heavily. But when they toured overseas they understood they cant handle pace and bounce. So SL changed their pitches slightly and made sporting wickets. And results are evident. Some previous article on cricinfo showed a stat that SL is the best touring team to SA,NZ,Eng and Aus. They have beaten Aus in Aus in 2 ODI series, Eng in Eng and NZ in NZ. So if BD wants to make a proper team they also need to change pitches. If they can do that they will come good in 5-6 years time. Otherwise BD would be just a home trasher for NZ, WI and maybe Eng to a some extent. They cannot think about beating Ind,SL,Pak on home soil in consistent basis.

  • Dayan on February 16, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    rony1008: As a Sri Lankan, what I can tell you is not every SL fan has harsh comments towards Bangladesh. I truly remember how our team was before the 90's.

    You do need to also realize, that most people commenting here, were born in the 90's themselves. They haven't lived through the tough times that SL cricket went through. Not many people who get to the top has the humility to look supportingly towards those that are lower than them. That unfortunately is human nature. Just look at what India, Eng, and Aus are doing to world cricket right now for example.

  • Sanka on February 15, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    All the fans (BD & SL): It just needs one obnoxious fan to trigger a stream of trash talk. Let's ignore all the idiots and concentrate on cricket. BD played really well, they can be proud of that. SL managed to pull off the victories but they've got a lot to think about their performance. I'm happy we won the series though.

    Why don't we all stop trash talking and speak only about cricket? Ridiculing another country won't get us anywhere.

  • raj on February 15, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Why would you plan a bouncer on the final ball?????? This is the problem with subcontinent teams - Pakistan aside, the subcontinent lack pace bowling knowledge. Firstly, a bouncer is a risky ball as it has to be precise - It can so easily result in a wide (if too high or if direction is slightly out) or it could result in a no ball if the bowler over-stretches in his effort! A yorker or even a low full toss would be more difficult to get away.

  • Golam on February 15, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Mashrafi wanted to be the hero !!!

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