Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Chittagong

'Planned a last-ball bouncer' - Mashrafe

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

February 14, 2014

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with the series trophy, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, Chittagong, February 14, 2014
Dinesh Chandimal: "We are playing the World Twenty20 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, © AFP

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."

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Posted by rony1008 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by kankanamge 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.

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 16, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

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

Posted by wapuser 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by shan_abc 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.

Posted by Gamaraala 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.

Posted by Johnny_129 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.

Posted by i_golam on (February 15, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

Mashrafi wanted to be the hero !!!

Posted by rony1008 on (February 15, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

I am surprised by SL fans ridicule Bangladesh cricket. I still remember SL teams winning odd matches against bigger teams. It was not until mid 90s that they came to prominence. I still remember their good showing in Australia and not to mention the world cup win against the mighty Aussies with great performance of Aravinda, Gurusinhe. And as a Bangladeshi, we were joyous on their win against the big boys. IMO, Bangladesh is showing improvements and most important thing is they are winning odd matches against big boys. Its probably tough for Bangladesh to win matches against the subcontinent teams in their turf too coz these teams are strong in spin department which is the main bowling weapon of Bangladesh.

It was nice to see so many SL fans present in the stadium and they made their presence felt which made the match even livelier. Looking forward to watching many more tight matches between these teams.

Posted by partnershipbreaker on (February 15, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

SL middle order batting is exposed again the players occupying the middle and lower order slots aren't t20 material considering thisara's mathews & chandimal's inconsistency

Posted by TigerRoars on (February 15, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

While I did not agree with his not using Arafat or Shakib in the last few overs, I was happy to see a thinking captain in the field who talked to others senior players in the team to come up with the plan of attack. I would have given the ball to Arafat and Shakib at least for one over each during the death overs. If they bowled well, SL might have needed more runs in the 20th over. Having said that, I am happy with his on-field captaincy overall.

Perhaps, Mash should be the VC of the limited-overs team with the understanding that he will have significant responsibility of on-field captaincy.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Sangakara is the difference between BD and SL. Other than that both teams have weak batting line up!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

People saying that this match proves his captaincy of Bangladesh. Your correct... he is certainly not fit to be captain especially after his bowling changes. Farhad Reza last over? He is not skilled enough and neither has the pace to bowl a bouncer and why is he even in the team? He cant bat in international matches and someone like Al-Amin should have played instead if Reza was seen as a bowler also Al-Amin can hit it far and hard. Also Rubel? What is he doing anywhere near the team? His ODI 6 for was a fluke and is just too expensive. However I am impressed by Sunny and well played both teams in this match.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (February 15, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

For the death over, it was mighty important to check runs rather than taking wickets. Wicket didnt matter as Sl good batsmen were all gone by then only tailanders left , they needed to plan how to check runs , not plan how to take one more wicket. Good to see Sl having long batting depth , everybody can bat more or less but something seem missing in them , hope they and Bd will do good in t20 wc . Very exciting high quality matches between tigers and lions , I would love to see a game between them in t20 wc.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Poor Performance by the Lions, No1 Team suppose to Trash No10 but so many drop catches, bad batting/bowling and specially bad captaincy, nice to see us winning but expected us to Destroy BD

Posted by Wallace16 on (February 15, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

The gap between teams in T20 cricket is minimal. Both matches could've gone either way. T20 world cup this year, I believe there are no favourties this time around. Well played by Both teams. Interesting and nail biitting finishes. Good for the sport.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

yes good criket.i agrre bangaliss now in good shape.but they have to learn more abouet t20 game....

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

most of the captains brought back their prime bowler when wicket tumble. but masrafee thought otherwise and brought back nasir for two overs. doesn't make any sense to me. even he didn't brought back shakib and arafat at all. very poor captaincy by him.

Posted by ADARSH100 on (February 15, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

Congrats SL for their victory but this type of victory was not expected. 2 matches winning in last ball against Ban. Ban is not a weak team but still the way SL fought is bit bad. They should regroup before World T20.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

The T20 are gone, the results of three one day matches on the 17th , 20th and 22nd will definitely indicate the reality and the validity of all statements, prophecies by great cricket pundits!! Lets give BD and SL to battle it out, selectors have done their work, Captains in-charge will definitely show their strengths for another nail biting, exciting, battles and the winner will definitely prove how strong and correct they are in T50 games!!

Posted by KingOwl on (February 15, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

@Salman Sadiq: It is true that Dinesh is not a good fit. But, that is the only thing you got right! His performance against the best bowling attacks (SA, Aus and England) in away matches has been exceptional. He has been relatively poor in the sub continent playing against mediocre bowling attacks. So, he certainly has a place. But not in the T20 side. Also, there is nothing to worry about SL's performance in ICC tournaments. They are always one of the favourites for these tournaments. The only concern I have is the sluggish pitches in Bangladesh for the forthcoming tournaments. If the matches are played on true pitches, SL will do great. Have no doubt.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Bd tigers go ahead...

Posted by COOLANKA on (February 15, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Both captains are not ideal for the duty. Mortaza should have used spinners instead of fast bowllers, there was a good chance to beat sri lanka but mortaza killed it. Chandimal is a not good captain or t20 batsman that he couldnt even perform against bangladesh so how he can do against ind.aus.sf.eng.pak. where is selectors cant you see whats going on if we want come to atleast semis in icc t20 give the captaincy someone else and keep chandimal for test matches.

Posted by WannaBeRusta on (February 15, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

@Salman Sadiq: what's the actual point you are trying to put across? You exactly fit the profile of someone who comments bad on SL players out of malice. Rather than worrying about Sri Lanka wouldn't it be better to think about your own team who is compelled to play on borrowed grounds? Is it your nature to make a fool of yourself in public forums like this?

Posted by mark2011 on (February 15, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

those who talking about SL's winning margin , i would like them to remind their team has lost 4-0 almost whitewash to NZ and even lost the first test match also in on going series....what a joke thoses who cant even win their matches come and give lectures on SL's winning margins.. ha hahhhhhhh....

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

I have no idea why here people compare SL and India. This is Bangladesh and Sri Lanka match. Poor cricket by Sri Lankans even if wins here. Batman can improvise in T20 but why do you take unwanted risk by playing reverse sweep? when you can bat sensibly in a batting pitch? Kusal and Dinesh Chandimal both got out because of unwanted reverse sweep shot. Selectors has to re-estimate and re-thing about Chandimal. His role was to build the inning and get 1 and 2 only. Somehow he forgot his role of captaincy. He is very poor performer and childish player in SL team. He just cover from others performance and captaincy. Luckily Sangakkara still in team. Malinga is classy bowler, However he should think a bit about his fielding. He cant miss catches. We saw how Kusal fielded and he needed put effort than just been lazy.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

However SL wins, it doesn't seems to please the media or for some crowd. As soon as they hear the name Bangladesh, they think about a heavy win every time just like 4 , 6 years back. Ban,dsh have improved their game but that doesn't mean SL play poor cricket. Sure there were lapses, but in the end they held their nerve and came triumph. no:1 or no:10 ranking doesn't mean no 10 cannot beat no 01, but as we saw, there is a reason why number 01 is number 01 in T20 cricket.

Posted by scarrule on (February 15, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

@ sl-rockz since when ur team have beaten india in india. Fyi india have beaten sri lanka in sri lanka in test series nd drawn many a times. Same is not true for sl in in odi's out of 50+ odi's in sl ind won 23 nd sl 27 bt out 54 odi's in india sl won 11 nd ind 29 with sl never winning a odi series whereas india have won. Now come to T20 out of 5 t20 played b/w ind-sl ind won 3 nd sl won 2. Out of 3 , 2 of them winning in sri lanka. So its safe to say sl never won against india in there own backyard bt ind have done that many a times.

Posted by Nuwas on (February 15, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Everyone has an advantage when they're playing in their backyard, so did Bangladesh.Cheered by thrilling crowds of own, home soil, relatives in the very stadium, all those stuff make players' blood rushing through their veins pretty excitingly it could go either way since the same situation conjure up both pressure & motivation. I've see Bangladesh played terrific cricket in their backyard with heck of a support from their fans more often than not & that in the fact that I would like bring up here which is "Bangladesh youngster are motivated ofttimes, rarely pressurized with the support of their fans". This has been proven so many times & I just don't wanna raise examples here. Having said that they nothing but a side below par (some times far worse) when they were to leave their home soil. This is also a proven fact. So bottomline, in their Backyard others needs to be ready for a good fight & much troubles, but if you keep your calms, they will gift you the game trying heroics.gameovr

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Dinesh is a dead investment. He will never come good against better teams. Series win against a school grade Bangla team is a smokescreen which has masked lankans weaknesses. Sanga in T20 is a bad message to be young talent in the country. Sri lanka is a mediocre side in world cricket and that is mainly because of poor selection and lack of planning. Mathews as the captain of ODI and tests is a super blunder. We all saw his tactics against Pakistan. This sri lankan side has all the makings of an ultra-bad side in the upcoming ICC events.

Posted by Zetta on (February 15, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

It was an interesting match with a very close finish once again. I expected it to be a tough chase, because small targets in T20 are somehow hard to get. Batting collapses, amazing catches in both innings and a last-ball thriller - what more can you ask from a game of T20 cricket? Of course you have to go for the win. Under the circumstances 9 out of 10 times the batting side was going to win it. But that was the right mentality from the Bangladeshi skipper - go for it and see what happens. In tight situations - that's how you gain experience. The same applies for Sri Lanka. After all, Sri Lanka has a history of losing finals and semi-finals.

Posted by wapuser on (February 15, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

@MAN_AT_WORK, there cannot or at least, shouldn't be "so called big" teams in relation to Bangladesh. The Tigers have been playing in the big league - test arena - for many years against good teams and T20 cricket is new to all, with Bangladesh starting it at the same time as the others. Also, in the shortest versions of the game like T20, 6-a-side etc. it is difficult to pick favourites from among the teams. Dinesh Chandimal and all other opposing captains undoubtedly take Bangladesh seriousky in T20 and to some degree in ODIs. I think the upcoming ODI series will be very interesting. Anyway it is time the Tigers looked inwards and made some improvements as associates such as Ireland and Afghanistan are hot on their heels. The winners of the Inter-continental tournament will soon be playing Bangladesh in test play-off soon. (Fortunately though, in heavy negotiations for power the Big 3 have assured Bangladesh that theit Test Status would remain intact.)

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

@i_golam, mate there is nothing wrong with wanting a win over a draw, who plays for a draw? that's loser mentality. Your comment says more about you than it does about bangladesh.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

Biggest mistake Bangladesh and their fans doing is overrating them selves. this is happen since last Asia Cup. but they have to understand where they are still. surely they got some potential and talent, but still lagging behind.

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 15, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Rahgir Nabi

Hey we beat india ,SA,NZ,AUS in their own backyards that is why we are no 1 and india are below us..:) ... Donot need to worry about our team man !!! we will take care of us..You just find a way to minimize the humiliation in NZ ...It m8 be worth.!!

Posted by Amila on (February 15, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Well im not surprised SL had to struggle while chasing 120. After all it was Bangladesh who were bowling. Not india

Posted by i_golam on (February 15, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

Just can not agree with Mash ! It just shows how immature BD still are !! " Going for a winn " ( LOL ) !!!

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

For everyone's information Sri Lanka is No.1 cause they haven't lost a T20 series yet they have thrashed all big guns like SA, AUS, IND, PAK, NZ.. minnows like BAN shouldn't overrate themselves by merely having two close loses..

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

@ manojkris Just because you've won it doesn't mean you can say whatever you want. There's a lot of difference between the 1990's and the 2010's. We respect SL for what they've achieved, so you should respect us as well.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

@ kalana 3-0! Getting a little bit too over ourselves, aren't we?

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

chandimal the no.1 captain in the wotld

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

Not that great a performance by SL. Their fans are acting as if they have beaten SA in SA lol. Ban are the 10th in ranking and SL 1st (I don't know how) and they still could have very easily lost both the games. Sl seems more like the 9th ranked team and Ban 10th. No hope for SL in this world cup for sure.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

Wrong decision to bowl a bouncer to a taller batsman like Sachithra...Same story again for BD,showing fighting qualities at the top level.but cannot finish the line...

Posted by abcdef_12345 on (February 15, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

You did not want a tie but a lose.That's it.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

Well at least Sri Lanka didnt lose everything like the Kiwis

Posted by manojkris on (February 15, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

Mr. AR, Just for your information, we Sr Lankans have played the game much longer, and also achieved better results in a very short period. You have had some of the best coaching staff in the past and don't seem to learn this game so far. Apart from winning one or two games once a in a blue moon, there is nothing much for you guys to shout about.

Posted by wapuser on (February 14, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

Everyone happy with world t20 audition but only problem, chandimal is still in the team.

Posted by malavi on (February 14, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

@Kalana. No need to boast beforehand. What matters is performance on the field, not the comments and fan bragging.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 14, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

Congratulations to SL. I still think Bangladesh can be competitive in the world T20 competition because in T20 cricket, 1 or 2 players can change the game. So BD should not get hurt by this loss. Instead, they should learn from these 2 games and prepare well for the tournament.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

No doubt ...BD have shown incredible fight in this home series ....but to put it simply down to a lack of luck is a bit preposterous. Take some responsibility!

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Kalana for how long are u following cricket??? Dhaka pitch contains grass and assists seamers. lol that just made me laugh...

Posted by SL_Boy on (February 14, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

Excellent DB ... well played SL

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

@man_at_work why big teams need to think about. So that they can finish the game one over before, remember score line is 2-0 and in Odi s ls will win 3-0. Don't forget matches Re played in Dhaka where there's so grass and seam movement

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (February 14, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

well played Bangladesh and we very proud of your T20 performance. Next time so called big team need to think twice before they play against Bangladesh

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