Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mirpur February 17, 2014

Sri Lanka fight back to win from 67 for 8


Sri Lanka 180 (T Perera 80*, Senanayake 30, Shakib 2-29) beat Bangladesh 167 (Shamsur 62, Mathews 3-21) by 13 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Two spectacular batting collapses adorned the first ODI, one more dramatic than the other, causing amusement, ridicule and fear at a half-filled Shere Bangla National Stadium. Sri Lanka first slipped to 67 for 8 in 21.3 overs, after which Thisara Perera put together a proper rescue act and gave the visitors a lifeline, a score of 180 in 40 overs. The home side fell the other way, from 114 for 2 to 167 all out - losing 53 for 8 when they were cruising. It was the latter that had more impact on the result, as Sri Lanka ended up winning by 13 runs in a match shortened by rain to 43 overs.

Angelo Mathews took three wickets while Sachithra Senanayake took two, but despite their accuracy in patches, it wasn't the bowlers who won the game, it was the Bangladesh batsmen who lost it.

The chase began well though Bangladesh lost Anamul Haque early to lack of footwork as he edged Lasith Malinga in the first over. Mominul Haque and Shamsur Rahman added 79 for the second wicket, before Mominul too showed little footwork as he holed out at backward point. Shamsur however was batting superbly, hooking, pulling and slashing with glee, as he moved to his second consecutive ODI fifty. Thirty-five runs were added for the third wicket, and Bangladesh had brought their required run-rate below three an over.

The collapse began with a freak run-out. Shamsur was batting like he owned Mirpur, having reached 62 off 48 balls, when he heaved Nuwan Kulasekara. There were two runs for the taking, and as Shamsur dragged his bat to complete the second, his bat got jammed just short of the crease, and was wrenched from his grip. Kumar Sangakkara casually took the bails off, more as a routine than in a run-out attempt. Then he turned round to see Shamsur's bat lying out of the crease, and appealed for the run-out, which was given after nearly a dozen replays.

It was 114 for 3 then, and three overs later, Shakib was run out, inches short of his crease. Nasir battled, but he fell to extravagance, edging to slip in the 29th over, Bangladesh needing 48 more to win.

Mahmudullah came to the crease, almost got out the first ball, and then tapped the next delivery to forward short-leg's lap. Sohag Gazi promised runs, but not for too long. His slog found mid-off, and Bangladesh had lost everyone in the line-up who could bat, barring captain Mushfiqur Rahim.

Arafat Sunny gave him company for a while before both got out, Mushfiqur edging an attempted scoop off his opposite number, Mathews.

Bangladesh almost matched Sri Lanka, but Thisara Perera did what he does best: bat well under pressure. He has been known for rescue acts, and this was one of his best. From 67 for 8, he led the fightback with risk in his mind.

He started off with a slogged boundary, then was dropped on 7 by Sohag Gazi, catchable height at long-on. This possibly turned the match on its head, but Perera and Senanayake, during their 82-run ninth wicket stand, gave a few more chances. Perera was dropped at long-on again by Nasir, and at long-off by Shakib. Senanayake was dropped at slip by Mahmudullah, and gave a half-chance near mid-on, Shakib's dive from midwicket falling short.

Perera ended up on an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls, hitting four boundaries and six sixes. He peppered the midwicket and long-on boundary with regularity, and had help from Sachithra Senanayake who made 30 off 48 balls, the same pair that was on hand to guide Sri Lanka to victory in the Twenty20 three days ago.

It was a stunning effort from Perera after Sri Lanka's batting floundered so badly that they seemed out of the game. Tillakaratne Dilshan skied Rubel Hossain to Mushfiqur and Kusal Perera was given out leg-before, though the ball appeared to slip down the leg-side. Sangakkara rushed out to slam Al-Amin Hossain over mid-off but ended up giving an easy overhead catch to Arafat Sunny at mid-off.

Ashan Priyanjan was next to go, leg-before to Shakib before Dinesh Chandimal had his third failure in a row, getting run out after a mix-up with captain Angelo Mathews. Chandimal had tried to get the ball past cover but Shakib dived to his left, turned and passed the ball to Sunny, who took the bails off, with Chandimal well short.

Sunny then took his first ODI wicket, cleaning up Angelo Mathews, following it up with a similar dismissal of Nuwan Kulasekara. The last wicket of the collapse was Kithuruwan Vithanage, who was run out by inches with captain Mushfiqur Rahim, not keeping wickets in this game due to a finger injury, throwing down the stumps from mid-on.

Bangladesh bowled well in patches, but Mushfiqur's captaincy, especially his use of Shakib and Mahmudullah was questionable. So was their batting, particularly when they were placed in such a comfortable situation. Perhaps it was comfort which got the better of them, and they remain winless in 2014, five matches in.

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

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  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    BD pitches need to dig out and they should prepare bowling friendly bounce and fully spinning difficult tracks. I told before that BD batsman need to play in difficult conditions and used to familiar with those conditions to grow as a genuine batsman. Talent is there and ability is there, which is missing, the condition and situation where they have to be familiar. U19 team today just kicked out by Australia and Afghanistan. Do not know is it a month of Bad luck for BD sports. I was following BD U19 team for quite some time. They are getting the title of chokers in age group tournament . They are very promising but can not coll down their nerve when it is needed most. Need a physiologist. Our young players also need to play in difficult condition and situations to coll down their nerve and bring the match in their favor. Cricket is mental game , need 100% concentration.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Yeah sri lanka won this match by a very small margin but I really dont understand the role of Nuwan Kulasekara, yeah he is the senior fast bowler but his attacking delivery-the inswinger has become really predictable lately, batsmen have adjusted to it comfortably. His out swinging delivery is also not affective because he rarely gets it right. Normally, as for the main fast bowler in the team, you expect some early wickets but kulasekara has failed to provide that in the recent past. I suggest Suranga Lakmal is a better replacement for kula, because he can move the ball both ways and hence bowled exceptionally well in the test matches. Moreover, if we go forward with this young team, I also think that Sekkuge Prasanna must come in for Chandimal to make the team more balanced. Cricinfo please post my comment. thankyou!

  • Shah on February 19, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    Great contest!! but BD lost the match at the end due to lack of enough experience & poor shot selection in such situation even after being in a good & commanding position of 114/2 with more enough of overs & SL was nowhere to reach 180 but BD pushed them to do that after dropping ( 4 ) genuine catches..& as here SL is a better side & more experienced side so they handled this advantage very well..poor mushfique that no one really there to support him & at the end he himself got out & that is with a needless selection of shot..where BD could manage with singles & twos & hit only those odds for boundaries...but very well bowled by BD even though at the end its not so easy to say about there learning in BIG time & handling the situation as needed.....another heartbreaking close defeat!! but this will help them in upcoming games as its a young team & the young & seniors all must keep taking lessons from this kind of defeats.....

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Why, don't you think if the umpire had not ruled that 3rd class decision for Kusal Perera's LBW, SL may have been in that pathetic situation ? He doesn't deserve to be an international umpire. SL deserve it for being do stingy for not spending on DRS. This is for SLCB.

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    wow, contest between lions and tigers seem more interesting than any other cricket battle. I am impressed with the fact that lions got long batting line up, everybody can bat more or less and hence quite capable of recovery when top order collapse. I dont see any other reason for SL fans to get very happy becuz SL barely managed to win against BD but you know SL will face much better opponents in wc and asia cup. The bunch of new players shamsur, momenul, anamul, arafat etc are highly talented youngstars and they already changed Bd into a dangerous team but still something incomplete in that team. Why arafat sunny excluded from t20 wc ?

  • debesh on February 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    It is the curse of the number 67. See, at one stage, Srilanka were 67 for 8, then BOOM! They went to 180-10 and then Bangladesh innings, they needed to get 67 runs with 8 wickets remaining. Then, Bangladesh got out at 167-10. But I don't understand one thing. Why did Mushfiqur play that shot?? He was playing good (25 for 47 balls). They had i think 15 more to get from 25 more and then he played that shot to Sangakara for no reason. If he could hold till the end, then Bangladesh COULD HAVE WON!

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    I might have missed this match but the scorecard reminds me of how the team Bangladesh became the runners-up at the Asia Cup 2012!

  • debesh on February 18, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    It is the curse of the number 67 for Bangladesh. Think about it. Srilanka were 67 for 8 wickets and then, BOOM! they went to 180. Then, Bangladesh needed 67 more runs in 8 wickets. The final piece:.... Bangladesh all out for 167

  • Dummy4 on February 18, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    BD doesn't have a strong leader. Mild manner Mushy is not good enough to lead this team, this guy is pretty young and doesn't have good control of many players in the team especially senior players. Unfortunately, there is no one who is good enough to lead the team. It should be head coach's duty to put together a good game plan and ask the rest of the crew to execute that plan. Based on the situation, pre-game plan must need to be tweaked.

    I wonder what BD head coach is doing. Losing three in a row by a close margin means something wrong with your game plan. On the other hand, BD chief selector is doing a horrible job, putting together an unbalanced team. It would probably make sense to promote current selector / former captain Bashar to chief selector. As a former captain Bashar can help current captain Mushy how to manage the game. BCB should review everyone's job including head coach, chief selector, as well as captain.

  • Josh on February 18, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Sorry, that should have read: when SL were 68/6 (and not 68/2).

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