Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mirpur

Sri Lanka fight back to win from 67 for 8

The Report by Mohammad Isam

February 17, 2014

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Sri Lanka 180 (T Perera 80*, Senanayake 30, Shakib 2-29) beat Bangladesh 167 (Shamsur 62, Mathews 3-21) by 13 runs
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Thisara Perera rescued Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 80, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Mirpur, February 17, 2014
Thisara Perera hit an unbeaten 80 to drag Sri Lanka back into the game © AFP
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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.

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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by Ammo666 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.....

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 ?

Posted by debesh10 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!

Posted by   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!

Posted by debesh10 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 18, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

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

Posted by neanderthal on (February 18, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

BD deserves to win at least one match in this series. That will be a fair reflection.However, I hope if that happens, their fans do not start boasting of the team as world beaters again. They are a much better squad than they were few years back but they still have a long way to go to be challenge big teams consistently.

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 18, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Here is something to think about for ALL CRICKET FANS. Yesterday when SL were 68/2 the betting odds given on Ladbrokes website was: for the win - 4 to 1 for SL and 6 to 1 for BAN.

Now go figure out what was happening.

Posted by neanderthal on (February 18, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

ABKhan, and exactly how did you come to that conclusion? Did bangladesh whitewash NZ in NZ? Did SL win any series in India? I am trying to understand your logic

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Don't worry SL gonna whitewash BD again..I see some of them r blaming umpires for that run out.Sl got bad decisions too.(Kusal)What about the pathetic batting from rest of the 11.Stop whining and accept BD just can't simply handle pressure.Their attitude is to hit out or get out.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (February 18, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

@Jimmy Andy @ dont worry Bangladesh U19 already beat England last week and AFG can play much better than ENG

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (February 18, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Rosh J@ I do believe SL is same caliber Like IND, AuS, ENG ? If that is true than Bangladesh can give fight or win against them ??

Posted by wapuser on (February 18, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

BD blame everything on bad luck so when is next bad luck excuse ?

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

@man at work - please ensure you talk abou tthings that are done. If you look at the SL team, most players are not very experienced as well. Also, we have done well outside the subcontinet in the recent past (wins in Southafrica, Australia, England)- much better than India and probably better than pakistan as well. bangladesh has a long long way to go mate. But I think they are on track. But they are way too behind the other nations. winning in home is not enough by iself to be a great side.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

BD cant win a single match in asia CUP ... I bet even Afghanistan will beat BD in Asia CUP

Posted by ABKhanISB on (February 18, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

Due to these two tours "Srilanka in BD" and "India in NZ" one thing is very clear, that India and BD are very similar teams with similar techniques. Both lack the killing instincts and BD can easily defeat India in sub continent

Posted by RoshJ on (February 18, 2014, 10:59 GMT)

@ Man_at_work...

May be (I believe in progression even though BD seems to have taken a awful long to progress!), however at this rate it is doubtful if BD will be playing the full members in the same tier, given the pathetic display thus far...your board sided with the big 3 and seems you are hoping to play IND, AUS and ENG..and win? Good luck with that!

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 18, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Still one year left to 2015 WC. So if Dilshan retires from ODI now we could play Kausahl Silva or Upul Tharanga until young players like Udara jayasundara/Shehan Jayasuriya/Niroshan Dikwella get matured. Kaushal played good ODI innings also in SL-A and 1st Class. Even though his SR 70-80 no matter until Kusal playing 90-100 SR. It's too late to directly replace youngsters to Dilshan's position.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Honestly though, both teams should pride themselves on a job well done when it came to fielding, and Thisara did a brilliant job by once again bailing us out of a tough situation. Our senior players need to stop underestimating a feisty and hungry team and start giving them the respect they deserve. We were lucky that Bangladesh chose to lose this match. Cuz that's exactly what it was, Bangladesh lost the match. We didn't exactly win it. We had a bit of luck as well when you look at the dropped catches. I'm proud of how we defended though. That was a classy fielding effort. I'm glad we won, but I worry for the future if we keep playing like this.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (February 18, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

@ RoshJ

I knw BD's progress is indeed slow..but you need not to brag so much abt your team especially on this tour..if you think BD sill needs to find a way to start playing "Cricket" then even you would agree with me the way they are making SL team sweat in every match should be a worrying sign for opposition,,It is just that they need to click as a team..

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (February 18, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

To my SL fan more upset to come! hand on heart your team and supporters are well scared the way Bangladeshi team is playing. And you know what if Bangladesh win next two matches I bet Sl supporters wouldn't surprise at all because they know they are well lucky got 2 T20 and first ODI and hey Bangladeshi still did not give you 100% and they can do well better than SL( no disrespect to SL though).SL just won those games because they are bit more experienced than Bangladesh but again Bangladesh can beat SL any given day ! Write it down SL's next visit in Bangladeshi gonna be a Bangla Wash.

Posted by scwijaya191 on (February 18, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Chandimal should be replaced with Thirimane. Where is he? He is a reliable ODI player with good avg. Enough pathetic displays!

Posted by rakibul1986 on (February 18, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

BD T20 Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Farhad Reza, Rubel Hossain, Al- Amin Hossain.

Posted by RoshJ on (February 18, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

@DD_foever (apt name!), At least SL can talk about reaching 3 WC finals and winning one..what can BD talk about..other than the "chanced" 2nd place during last Asia cup? 10/15 years on playing tests BD hardly able to take a match to the 5th day..so before being proud about "others" achievements try to suggest a way how BD can start playing "cricket"

Posted by RoshJ on (February 18, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

I am a SL fan, though I am happy with this face saving win, SL did not deserve to win! How can we make a royal mess of things when playing a substandard team like BD? (no disrespect to BD though, they are doing what they can given the limited resources and talent). Look at how we make such a team look like - giant killers!

I don't think SL should be happy with these kind of performances, other than the 1st Test all other matches came too close for comfort, SL is sliding and we cannot afford to carry dead-weight no more, DROP Chandimal, DROP Dilshan, DROP Malinga...

If we are a champion team we should be able to defeat the 9th ranking team ruthlesly and promptly...not like this!

Posted by karthikrby on (February 18, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Wow, what a match between two equal sides? SL fans are really happy that they won the toughest side in toughest conditions. May ranagtunga/dsilva forgive!

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (February 18, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

IND vs SL International Overall Records

ODI's : 78 - 53 Tests : 14 - 6 T20's : 3 - 2

All in favor of IND. Seems like SL doesn't really enjoy playing against IND.....waiting for 28th Feb 2014

Posted by DD_f0rever on (February 18, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

@ sl_rokz

surely BD can beat Ind,,no doubt abt. it..they are a good unit.... but "MIGHTY" SL tht play NEGATIVE Cricket can't ..ask Malings how Ind batsmen hits him all over the park :P it seems 2011WC final is still fresh in your mind lol :)

Posted by DD_f0rever on (February 18, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

BD fans and Cricketers need not to feel low.

In this match, after getting 8 wickets BD took it easy but sometimes it happens. You get complacent, sometimes.

And in batting, one stage u were 114/2 and then those unfortunate run-outs. That 3rd wickets of tht guy (Shamsur was his name or what ? ), it was not clear whether his foot was inside the crease or not, so the benefit of doubt should have gone in batsman's favour but SL was lucky tht third-umpire gave it out.

All 3 matches played so far, could have gone anyhwre....it is just ht LUCK was on Sl's side..

all the best for rest of the matches...

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 18, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

First time i sow some positive captaincy from Mathews going to kill from 1st ball. First time i satisfy about Mathews Captaincy. No easy signals and pressure BD players to hard hits rather than keep the players in boundary line and allow easy singles(His normal way) I was afraid it's repeat MSD last wicket show again.but not this time. Welldone Mathews.Hope u keep it up. Let's see Rest of the Series and Asia Cup.........................

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Bad luck bangladesh but very happy Sri Lanka won Bangladesh shud stick to lower division cricket way they played

Posted by Nuwas on (February 18, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

@missionbegins2011 : Action speaks louder than just mere words & that what exactly NZ's been telling you guys for some good months or so & what will most of the teams during Asia Cup will be telling you again as well.... So get ready to have another wild ride Indians,this time courtesy of SL & all other teams...

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

what a fantastic match.a grate fight back from srilanka. from 67/8 who ever thought that they will end up in the winning side ... altogether it was a perfect team effort.once again it proved the grate value that all rounder can give to a team. it was sachi 30 runs & 2wkts,tisara 80 runs & wicket,matews got 3/21 .unfortunately kulasekara had a off day.but it was a grate effort by all....... mind you that the last few games we played all went down to the wire.and gladly we were on the wining side on all occasions. coz these games could have gone either way. it means we have improved our ability to handle the pressure.

Posted by golamsarwar on (February 18, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

BD players needs counseling / mentoring badly. Is there any session for the physiological development? It is very painful to watch as a diehard cricket fan. PLEASE grow up….

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (February 18, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

BD has only one finisher in their team Nasir Hossain, If he fails i am afraid they cant win any matches while chasing because if you see the records of BD winning in chase is because of this man. They have to find more finishers to win matches otherwise they will loose matches despite having in good situations.

Posted by DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on (February 18, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

To all Indian fans who are bashing SL, BD, Pakistan and other cricket playing nations. SL won a match after 67/8. India settled for a draw after securing lead of 246 on day 2.

Posted by Lakpj on (February 18, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

@missionbegins2011 yes yes India must win something, because sub-continent is the only place where they can win a few games, after the humiliation in SA and NZ India really need to win something. lolzz..

Posted by kankanamge on (February 18, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

I can still remember how SriLankan team Performance 20 years ago. Very similar to current BD team but they had different mindset. On that time SL were fought like a real lions during pressure situations. BD team is having talented players but they really need to change their mind set. Couch like a David whatmore can do the trick.....

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

Now i am completely agree with Mr. Nazmul Hasdan Papon, BCB President, that Bangladesh Cricket can't move to immediate up rank even in next 20 years!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was definitely right, as a true fan of cricket we have to accept this truth.

Posted by RoshJ on (February 18, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

@missionbiggings....oh wait..isn't the Asia cup held in an oveseas venue?? So INDIA can't win, right? Before adding your silly 2cents worth at least try to win a match overseas! Not on the flat-tracks in your back yard!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

THE better team won. Congratz !!!

Posted by randi88 on (February 18, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

for all bd fans and their commentators stop boasting and try to win at least 1 match, start of the tour BD fans prediction test 0-0 t20 1-1 ODI 3-0,after tests 0-1 BD fans prediction t20 1-1 ODI 3-0,after t20 0-2, BD fans prediction ODI 3-0 . your captain gave big talks but still no win stop boasting and try to win at least one game

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

ohh BD. . this is just b'coz u forgot the theory,.....".. every action has a reaction..

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (February 18, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

@SL_rockz : IND is winning the Asia Cup 2014 hands down & that too without losing a match...which includes IND beating SL on 28th Feb (and in the final, if SL does manage to reach the final on 8th March)

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (February 18, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

@ Shahid Hasan you are absolutely right. The body language of Mahmudullah and Gazi was pathetic. Gazi can get another chance but Mahmudullah failed to deliver every department of the game. I will not suggest change and shuffle the team in each matches. Only change is needed when it is must. I am really surprised when i see Mashrafee was out! he is our main strike bowler and champion player! why they rest him , is it worthy, to give rest your influential player. if they play three pacers or someone like Rubel is injured then Al amin could get a chance. Tamim another influential player was out due to injury! always staring is very important and Tamim always give us that and there is controversy regarding Tamim captaincy which was definitely a bad effect over his form. Nayeem should get his chance regarding his last couple of one days. It looks chief selector was just messed up with T20, Oneday and Test squad. Always balanced and motivated team wins in the field.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Ofcourse sri lanka is a good team and they got their talent and their experience in International cricket. and i would say they are a senior team. #Respect . But on the othet side bd got some talent but i think the problem is none wants to take responsibility. what if nasir, mahmudullah, choosed their shots sensibly? Hope BD players learn something from the match or the series until now.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

@ Showkat Khan. good words from u man. Our tigers r just inexperienced nd they don't have the mental ability to handle pressure most d times.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

I think Bangladesh should concentrate More on learning from d 1st odi mistakes than losing hope. There's nothing to lose?, we destroyed Sri Lankas Batting order within 19 ovrs, no offense bt we just couldn't finish it off. Respect for Both Teams! let's hope for a good come back nd clinch d series. ..

Posted by Rambo88 on (February 18, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Briliant work by the Sri lankans, They applied some serious preasure into the BD team, who could not handle it, End of the day i have to say that the matches played so far has been great !! The crowds were really good, big shout should go to the bangladesh people, they have come out in numbers and they watch the game in good spirit. As a sri lankan i can say that bangladesh people really know how to enjoy game of cricket in the right spirit when compared to people from India who can be very different.

Bangladesh as a team would improve with time, they have improved over the years and today they our in a position where they our getting some valuable experience which will benefit them in the future. The sri lankan team started just like bangladesh, we lost so many games when we got into the international arena, but for some reason we had some naturally gifted players who was able to make sri lankan team a competitive team that was able to beat any team and win cups

Posted by Rana38 on (February 18, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

It is goodness grasses to see Srilanka win but we are bd improving day by day . For the long run bd will become aa strong team but not Srilanka if there no Sanka,Mahela Jayawardene,Dilshan in near future...ha,ha,ha.....I agree with Mushfiqur srilanka not win but Bd lost there own match.Bd improving for example look at the U19 world cup...........

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

Big Teams are Big Teams...

Posted by yohandf on (February 18, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

As an ardent SL fan , i m disappointed of this performances . there were no terrors in pitch for such a collapse of 8/66 . its pure carelessness and lack of application . rescuing from there is a rarity and credit for Thissara & Sachitra . but batsmen failures should not be overlooked . SL was bound for a huge flop considering their batting on T20s . It showed here and we were lucky to win . but having asia cup near , we must do a lot of homework which more realistic than overjoying this victory . Bangladesh yet came so close but could not finish . they have improved but lacking what it takes to complete a game . if SL continue this way , they will definitely get a easy winning in one of upcoming games

Posted by Anji100 on (February 18, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

I am quite impressed how BD played in last 3 matches. SL was exceptional even if they made lot of mistakes and few incorrect decisions from umpires.(It can happen in cricket). Overall good cricket from both teams.

Every match end up as defeated can arouse unwanted blames to defeated team. I think blaming BD team isn't the answer to their victory. They have played brilliantly but they need to keep believing them self.

On the other hand SL escape from loosing in all 3 games. They need to sit tight and discuss their performance especially middle order.Performance of Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal was not impressive in this series. SL is not playing their full potential in Chitagon but their gut feeling of winning with real team work brought these 3 wins to them.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Dropping Naeem was big mistake, that guy scored 2 Fifties in the last series of the same format against NZ. So how can they drop him? And in his place MAhmudullah got the nod who dropped catches and was bad at fielding. Gazi is a disgrace. His perfrmance dropped with time and it is hight time to drop these two players for sure. We need to wake up after such a dreadful showing at SBNS last night.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

From beginning I thought Bangladesh playing great Cricket and good comeback against Sri Lanka, But at the end what we saw that, BD just played a worth innings ever in their history in my view. There is some irresponsible cricket by some players, whose are thinking they are just key point of BD Cricket and how worth performance will done by them they will not dropped from Squad, Moreover, there is Catch Dropped during fielding and Too many irresponsible short by our icon players. What I thinking about, we should give chance to our young stars, whose are in Cricket Pipe line, Dropped all stars form best XI squad whose are not showing their responsibility.

Posted by DJyash on (February 18, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

Really annoying to listen to Shamin Chowdhurys commentary,regarding to the run out of Rahman ,This guy need to check his eyes before commentating ,or should have general knowledge to know ,when a batsman run he don't drag his feet when running ,the replays clearly shower both feet were off the ground but he kept on saying the left leg was on the ground ,Mr Chowdhury If you can read this please be more careful when commenting about anything

Posted by NP_NY on (February 18, 2014, 3:52 GMT)

SL keeps barely managing to beat the only team they can beat. BD still doesn't know how to win. Two last ball losses and now this.

Posted by ajithabey on (February 18, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Great fight back by Sri Lanka after a disastrous batting performance barring Perera & Senanayake. Bangladesh threw the match away with bad batting and fielding. However, despite the win SL must look at their batting line up as Dilshan seems completely out of form and puts a lot of pressure on the other batsmen to follow. I would still think that SL must persist with youngsters in this series and give Dilshan, Sanga & Malinga a break before the next two major tournaments in Bangladesh.

Posted by surangajani on (February 18, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

It is very difficult to hear Arther Ali Khan. he is biased commentators.....

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

@fake-tigers, stop insulting the opponent. They are a young but improving team, very much like SL in the 80's and early 90's. You might live to regret those words

Posted by Udendra on (February 18, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

I still don't know how to word this: a BAN choke or a SL comeback.

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 18, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

@TheKeeper:i reallly agree with you.Athar Ali Khan should be droped......

Posted by IMG_SL on (February 18, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

I would recommend BD team & fans to be calm. Your team is good as Sri Lankan team or any other. But keep low profile, just don't shout saying we can do this... we can do that...(you don't need to be the poor of big 3)

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 18, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

@TheKeeper:i reallly agree with you.Athar Ali Khan should be droped from commentary box......

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 2:59 GMT)

well done Bangladesh you done remarkably well on the other hand we should think about our cricket seriously chandimal should replace immediately.....

Posted by tharindu_td on (February 18, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

BD was on comfort zone after SL was67 for 8 then they allowed Thisara and Sachithra to give a hope to SL fans, in the second half of the match they were again on comfort zone when BD was 114 for 3. In the game of cricket anything could happen, BD should understand this before exaggerating there capabilities.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi, I cant take this. Bangladesh should really be relegated and they should be stripped off their test status as well to get their act together as they continue to perform this horrendously and choke often!

Posted by stonk on (February 18, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

Bangladesh proved once again that they don't belong in the top rung of cricket.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

The Sri Lankans gave ample opportunity for the BDeshis in the last three games. Enough is enough and now they should start playing some serious cricket, as they can not expect the 'Lady Luck' to smile at them every time.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

@priceless1 where you have disappeared to? Are you still thinking BD is far ahead in ODIs than SL? please learn to respect the opposition, SL is not even on full strength, No Mahela, No Eranga and No Herath.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 2:12 GMT)

I agree with a previous comment - Mr. Athar Ali Khan MUST GO! It's more annoying listening to him than watching BD keep on losing winning games. Unfortunately, Athar has very poor knowledge about cricket & his comments/deductions about a plyer or, a team are based on 1 shot, 1 game or, even 1 sesson - it's pathetic, sorry!

Posted by Dhanu83 on (February 18, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

I'm really sorry about Bangaldeshi fans & i can imagine how do they feel even thought I'm a Sri Lanka fan. But I really disappoint about their performance. Their shot selection were poor. I really feel that they don't read the game properly they don't play sensible cricket. But honestly I have to say they have the potential talents and skills. But I'm pretty sure they will come back strongly in future with sensible cricketing style. Good luck

Posted by Prabahar_Trichy on (February 18, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

Two points from neutral fan:

1) One of the worst commentry; i have heard off..Mute off while watching the live game 2)Why you SL's are hopping up & down just winning after Bangaladesh... Mathews celebration after 10th wicket fall was More than necessary.As if winnning any multi team tournaments... 3)Sri Lanka do n't have any takeaway after this match.. Poor cricker over all, with so many drop catches,Poor shot selection.. 4)Bangladesh are winners mentally by making srilanka 66/8.. They are coming developing fast..

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

rsmehdi's assessment is correct. Mahmudullah keeps throwing his wicket away and it could be the Vice-captaincy. These guys think its an entitlement. They don't have to perform to keep their place. Ghazi should be dropped. He goes wicketless and the way he swung and threw his wicket away shows that he has little care for the team. A few months in the wilderness will be the kind of bitter medicine that he deserves. The team management should have a talk with Mushy, Ghazi and Mahmudullah. This nonsense has to stop. Mushy because he deliberately keeps Sakib away from bowling and the team suffers as a result. Mushy is actually jealous of Sakib's talent and fame. Sakib is by any measure the best cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced. We will be lucky if we can produce another like him again. It seems that Mushy can't stand that.

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 18, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

Yet another thoroughly embarrassing performance by Bangladesh. They rarely find themselves in a position to win matches and when they do they don't know how to finish their opponents off. They had Sri Lanka 8/67 and dropped Perera on 8 and Senanayake on 5 with more catches dropped throughout the rest of the innings after that. They should have bowled Sri Lanka out for less than 100 yet ended up having to chase 181 for victory only to get themselves into a dominant position in the chase before throwing their wickets away to lose. For a team that has consistently failed to cope with the pressure they will be under more pressure than ever before in their next three major tournaments - the Asian Cup, the T20 World Cup and the World Cup. In all three tournaments they will have to play Afghanistan. They have been playing at the highest level for a long time without making much progress. Afghanistan have been playing for a much shorter period of time and could be about to overtake them.

Posted by TigerRoars on (February 18, 2014, 1:25 GMT)

@Chris Silva, I am surprised to see your comment because I have much respect for SL fans. Hopefully, the Tigers will beat the Lions the next match.

Posted by dragster21 on (February 18, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

I honestly think for the good of Bangladesh(BD) cricket and the standard of world cricket, they should do atleast one of two things (both will be better), 1st - drop down to the associate league and prove yourself, meawhile a country like Ireland or even AFG should get the oppourtunity to play against the top nations. BD have been cogging up the passage for associate nations to move up for a very long time now. This has to stop. Secondly STOP counting chickens too early, comments like "We can beat any nation at home" along with some of the overated comments from BD commentators only takes the level of mockery you display in world cricket to a whole new level. Except shakib (at times) BD has clearly NOT produced a player worth mentioning on world stage, the remaining pool of players are just 1-day wonders hence the reason BD wins r so far and wide apart. I feel sorry for the crowd who deserve better results and the international coaches whose careers are wiped out afta a stint with BD

Posted by QTS_ on (February 18, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

@nothingnew: in this series, BD seem to be getting benefits from umpiring decision, e.g. Vithanage decision in second Test, Tamim caught behind not out decision in 1st T20, Kusal LBW mentioned in the article, etc. So in this series, we should not be complaining about umpiring inequality and about playing 11 vs 13.

Instead let us focus on other issues - several dropped catches that could have shut out SL, lazy running by our batsmen, relaxed mood after reaching 110/2... any other you can think of?

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 1:07 GMT)

last time it was mural and this time it is perera. mushi is not a captain bring back shakib. just because shakib lost with ZM doesnt mean you have to kick him out of captaincy.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 1:02 GMT)

where is mashrafee? either mashrafee or shakib should be the captain. Nasir should play at 7 in his usual position. Mushi is not a captain. He doesnt even belong to the ODI team. Shamsur can be used as a keeper and shakib as a leader.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

world class BD fail again[:D].Rahim's said he can win coz they have world class player.still not win single match in the series.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

God knows when they will learn to bat coping situation.

Posted by InternationalCricketFollower on (February 18, 2014, 0:37 GMT)

Lanka should pick few established solid batsmen like Kaushal Silva and Tharanga in the side than new unstable blockbuster players like Priyanjan and other randoms. There have been far too many top order collapses! Lanka got lucky because they are playing BD now. They cannot afford to this in the WC next year in Aus/NZ!!

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 18, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

nothingnew" losing 8 wickets for 50 odd runs caused BD the game not one bad decision of umpire, only losers bring that attitude, u control what you can do, not umpires, when the control was in BD hand they need 48 runs from 13 overs with 7 wickets, they blew it, they blew it twice in T20, BD blames umpiring when they loose to Pakistan in Asia cup final, grow up. it is tough loss but BD cricket history is full of tough losses, it sounds like a broken record, it is always careless and mindless batting cause the losses. read the article it says BD lost his game instead of SL winning it.

Posted by RANILSAM on (February 18, 2014, 0:17 GMT)

@ priceless1 I agree with your comment that SL should play with Teams like Ireland and Afghanistan, because they play far more better cricket than these bunch of clowns. Also Next time wait till the game is over if you want to put negative comments on the SL team.

Posted by KingTarik on (February 18, 2014, 0:02 GMT)

Bangladesh once again have to blame themselves for their misery. Two T20s and now the first one day. They were in a position to win all three games, but still they had to be typical Bangladesh and lose those matches they never should have. It's quite embarrassing to lose a match when your opponent was 67/8 and then Bangladesh themselves were 114/2. As an eager Bangladeshi fan, it's a bitter pill to swallow.

Posted by wapuser on (February 17, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

@Fogu: BD reminds me a lot of SL in early 90s. They are a good enough side to beat any top team in these condition but lacks the selfbeliefe and the mental toughness to do it consistantly. BD needs their Arjuna! To BD fans: I know it's hard, but you have to keep faith on your team. They are much improved and its not very long before they start wonning more consistantly.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

Phew! What a relief to get out of that hole. Well played SL. All credit to Thisara Perera. Sometimes it's good to defend these low scores and these sort if wins teaches you how to fight hard to defend such low scores. Overall this BD tour has taught our boys valuable lessons. Hopefully this will toughen Mathews up as a captain as well. Well done all! Sorry BD it was a bridge too far for your youngsters!

Posted by Gamaraala on (February 17, 2014, 23:15 GMT)

Well played SL. Congratulations. Your awful batting in first 22 overs made me feel bad for buying WC tickets for BD vs SL match in MCG but rest of the match confirmed that I've spent my money wisely. Go Lions.

BD team: You lost the respect among many cricket fans. How could you lose such a match?

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

When our Bangladeshi players perform like headless chickens, then we don't deserve to win anything. It was a pure Jekyll and Hyde performance.

THE GAME OF TWO HALVES:

1. The first part of the game the captaincy was brilliant and then he lost the plot. 2. The first part of the game the bowling and fielding was superb and then they lost the plot. 3. The first part of the game the batting was a top draw and then they lost the plot.

SRI LANKANS DID NOT DEFEAT US TODAY RATHER WE DEFEATED OUR- SELVES.

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 17, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

I guess the main thing for Bangladesh now is to see how they can comeback from this. They need to take the positives from it and work on the negatives. Its quite interesting to see how the last three games between BD v SL have been very close and very tense. Would games of this nature been so close about 6 years ago... well not really. SO BD from that sense has improved.

I thin their batting goes from on extreme to another. Play reckless shots or freeze at the crease in order to stay in as long as possible. There needs to be more mental activity.

Regarding SL ... it was a great victory for Thisara, but are the SL fans really celebrating this victory. It was BD Batting and fielding that lost the game and BD bowling which tore into the SL Batting line up. Apart from Thisara there was nothing else really out there!

The next game should make things clearer for both teams.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

plz BD fans, stop criticising umpires and accept that u played bad cricket.u ppl always give lame excuses.its not good for your team.to overcome the pbm , first u have to admit that there is a pbm.and pbm is that u r missing killing instinct or u can say art of finishing the game.u start well, but I dont know what is going wrong in the finishing overs.u lost asia cup to us bcoz of this.and now u lost two 20twenty and one odi bcoz again u r missing the closing trick

Posted by NuwanJM on (February 17, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

haha, even bad BD umpiring couldn't save their team (LOL).

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 17, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

At 3 for 114, the match was in Bangla's grasp. To loose from that position is very amateurish.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 21:53 GMT)

Bangladesh will never win and be a serious contender unless they and their fans respect and learn from other teams. You need confidence to win, especially for a young team, but overconfidence will not bring you victory. Play using your heads not your emotions.

Posted by Izzmail55 on (February 17, 2014, 21:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka is such a weak team there become weaker every time they play.

Posted by mcsdl on (February 17, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

Just watched the Highlights - Feel very proud the way Sri Lanka fought back in both innings. Hats off to Josa bad boys Angela and Thisara.....!

Posted by pmaya on (February 17, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

Commiserations to Bangladesh. They have some excellent and more importantly YOUNG talent in their side. Its only a matter of time....

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

@Masking_Tape Luck is a funny thing, this is what I was talking about in 1st T20. Now lets recap, Sure Samsur was unlucky to drop his bat, So as kusal perera and Priyanjan. Both got bad decisions. in 1st T20 BD caught those breath taking catches and I said it was pure luck not because they are good at it. And today they proved me right. But Other than that SL was not lucky in the game. Starting from the toss. Just imagine if BD batted first what would have happen. Maybe we would have seen the lowest ODI score. Lucky BD won the toss and elected SL in. Then while SL bowling they won the match by on-field performances not by luck. It looks like 3-0 on the cards. Cant see SL collapse again in this series. And hope rain stays away.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

Stop attacking small totals Bangladesh? As a neutral fan, who understands cricket and its tactical nuances, I can only say..... LEARN TO SAVE WICKETS AND BAT SLOWER!? It is like Bangladesh dirty slogs and plays like rubbish against everyone, but then reserves its sensible cricket for when we (NZ) tour.... well, next tour, we are going to annihilate you for your past fluke series wins when you did not play like yourselves / you normally do. We will have our revenge for that.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Given that Bangladesh's batting collapses are becoming monumental, I'd suggest that Sri Lanka should not have agreed to end the 2nd Test so early. It was still possible with an hour left to play that Sri Lanka could have bowled them out.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

There is nothing about lucks my dear. Since the begining I have been watching the match, no doubt they kicked with a good start until 67/8 , but later I have noticed the body language of BD players, you can't be relaxed until you all out them!! thas why the 4 drop catches happened and I strongly criticised the the defensive field set by Mushfiq, when its 8 wicket down you should set attacking field, later in batting the way Mominul and shamsur played outstanding, sorry about the way they get out and again in this low scoring match Mushfiq became too defensive, and it just increase the chnace for srilankan bowlers. Can't accept the way Mushfiq, Gazi and Mahmudullah got out. Its a big shame not to win this match, this kind of performance just give chance the people to cricitcise. They need to be more technical and serious in the field,plus one more thing is I have no idea what Mushfiq thought while in the increase, why he let the tell ender batsman to bat most..!!:D

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

u can't win Bangladesh

Posted by nothingnew on (February 17, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

any how BD bowl really good and 2 bad umpire decisions cost us more specially MDKJ perera . I don't know why commentators try to make right umpires always . Umpires come with international standard when standing international stage . They should be accurate. we can except some decisions from umpire while playing Test cricket . Because it is longer format . When they are coming to ODI or T20i They should be accurate . Because of some decisions from the umpires , some young batsmen lost his international careers. because of some fault decisions

Posted by hasib9 on (February 17, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

Bring back Shakib as a captain again. He is more mature than he used to be. He is a smart cricketer and he's successful for a reason. We used to win more frequently when he was the captain. We started winning regularly during his captaincy.

Posted by StevieS on (February 17, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

Are Bangladesh now officially more of a bunch of chokers that South Africa?

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

as a Srilankan I would say we won because of the over confidence of BD

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 17, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

It is becoming really difficult to listen to Athar Ali Khan - I'm sorry Athar, but I do cringe when I listen to you. I now turn the commentary off when Athar is on.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

BD captain Rahim's wicket was crucial. As a player who made a double century against SL in a test match, I felt he is the key to BD success. Why he played that shot? That's what all about cricket. Its a funny game today you do good and everything go right for you, next day it is going to be the reverse of that. But consistency allow a team to maintain their place or improve from where you are.

Posted by fake-tigers on (February 17, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

how can BD throw away a winning match??? Teams makes mistakes and learns BD will never LEARN frm their MISTAKES cause they will make MORE MISTAKES. SL will come bak more strongly in the nxt match for sure. BD will BANGLAWASH THEMSELFS in this ODI. good luck FAKE TIGERS

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 17, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Boy talk about bad lucks! 68/8, game should've been over long time ago, even with the delay. Fine, SL put on some healthy runs. But the way Samshur got out!? Bat getting stuck in the ground! He was taking the game away. It all goes all the way back to the Test series and then specially in the T20 and now in this game, it's like someone is using their nifty hands to make sure Bangla loses! Why such punishment?? Why??

Posted by rsmehdihasan on (February 17, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

Just look at Mahmudullah and Gazi body language. They are down and careless even before the game. Something is not good inside the team. might be gazi was dropped in T20 and Mahmudullah was fired from vice captaincy was working behind their mind. Selectors should come out by a proper plan and talk with each players what are the criteria of team selection. I will request selectors try to keep it simple. Give importance the last performance of the particular format. Most important keep the winning combination and spirited team. If BD loose than make at least possible changes. follow the standard or rules and make it clear to all players.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

I only watch the last 3 overs of today match and the reason is akthar Ali khans commentary, disgusting

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Show how poor Bangladesh are. They need to be playing Ireland and other team at that level.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 17, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

It is unfortunate for BD to loose again from a wining position. BD fought very well. The good thing is for B is that they are now evenly matched with other teams. I think BD can surprise many teams in Asia cup and T20 WC. Well done BD although I am a SL supporter.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (February 17, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

Ranking-wise this tour was a definite mismatch. Test #6 SL vs #10 BD, T20I #1 SL vs #10 BD and ODI #4 SL vs #9 BD. Still BD gave a fight in their own backyard. But SL won 3 matches from the jaws of defeat. That's why SL ranked high. SL players show there color on the field. But there is a Cricket Captain who imitates Boxing players. He is trying to intimidate opposition before the match using boasting talks which never works. He has to understand words doesn't do much in Cricket.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 17, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

If you want entertainment come and watch Bangladesh. 2.98 an over with 8 wickets left? Thats a cakewalk unless your Bangladesh. I had a discussion with my dad about a win vs SL and he replied you can never trust Bangladesh and guess what? Thats exactly what they did. So annoyed but SL congrats hope the bd players learn. The scorelines do not look pretty 1-0, 2-0, 3-0?

Posted by Vis_Ind_Ind on (February 17, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

TO : "SL_rockz " ---Why you are always behind India when other teams are loosing. Srilankan bowlers are also babies infront of powerful indian batting line up.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Defeat is defeat. it want mention as a CLOSE DEFEAT. BD commentators are over confidence. talking about drop catch, what about drop catch in 2nd test by SL fielder. both centurion are dropped thrise, but when they score century stupid commentator ARTHUR ALI KHAN think they are the best batsman in world.heeeee, now they are talking about drop catches. wake up , you are not even close to international level. The way SL came back is simply awesome........

Posted by Naliyachand on (February 17, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

BD players always thinking they are better than others in theircountry. BD's are super players. I agree to that. But players from other countries also good players. BD guys have to follow their plan till end of the game. Halfway through they are thinking they done the duty and can win the game. Pls adopt to ur plan and execute. Mushi try to learn that lesson from Arjuna Ranatunga. If u do so one day u can be a great leader of a team which is always winning

Posted by ArifurKhadem on (February 17, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

I think Bangladesh is going back to where it had been years ago. We all know that cricket is a game of uncertainty, but Bangladesh often exceeds the boundary of uncertainty in the most unexpected and unusual way that no other team in the world does. As a result, they pay massively. Bangladesh must accept the criticism of a few silly/stupid mistakes made in the last three matches in a row against Srilanka. -Arif Khadem, Australia

Posted by FSL2013 on (February 17, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

BD did very well on home grounds back in last Asia cup too. This is their opportunity to shine again. All those people suggesting BD can easily beat India considering their form in NZ. Remember India batsman can also create hell on flat tracks.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

i think we got bangladesh number here......they simpley cant full off a win.....every time i say to my mind full out that minnow tag out of bangladesh...but they proving day by day they are still..deserve that tag..no disrespect..to the bangladesh..team..they got some gd talented..playears..but expierience is lacking...when they were 114/2 they should have been won easily..some poor shot attempted..and pay the price...by loosing the match...................on the other hand sl..have some issues..chandi is still struggeling...dili not made a impact...kulasekara wayward...we need to briging some changes..even though..we won the match..if our batsman click..upcoming matches..with bawlers bawling well...we might see 3-0...white wash...

Posted by ThilankaK on (February 17, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

Last ball or last over or 1 wicket or ect WIN is WIN !!! proud to be SL fan not loses like India !!!

Posted by ABKhanISB on (February 17, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Cant even chase 180? No wonder an associate "Ireland" has already crossed this so called test playing team in T20 ranking and Afghanistan is about to cross them. Just saw an explanation from a BD fan that the reason is because Afghans or Irish played against associates. By this logic they should be number one in all formats.

Posted by TIGER_THE_KILLER on (February 17, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

i am a Bangladeshi...& i want to say plz take away bd oneday status.This game reminds me that match on past against Australia on test where gillespie made 200 and Bd lost that test match unbelievably.Here Bd also missed 4 5 catches and handover victory to SL..i think Bd is a champion to play poor cricket and also some excellent cricket...plzz sl players in next match teach bd bowler and batsman for their each mistake for more punish...Cricinfo plzz publish

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

That's why I love Sri-Lanka among many teams. As a Pakistani it is humbling to see a team with similar attitude towards the game and never say die mojo. They are exciting to watch, and worth every penny. Another team in that list would be New Zealand they are another entertaining team with surprising performances from time to time. Better luck next time for Bangladesh inshallah, I think they are definitely improving just a matter of time before they can close out games. Good series this:)

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 17, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Donot worry BD ..U can surely defeat INdia... I bet u can.... U bowled fantastically today and nearly won.Our bowlers and thisara today have done the job for us from our part..What will india have... Bowling force lead by Ishant Sharma and crew.. :P Phew u can pull off even 350+ with ease.... btw,Well done SL...Experience makes the different in these kinda situations...

Posted by Gunston on (February 17, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Wonderful rearguard by NZ yesterday and now by SL...good to see pretty similar fighting spirit by SL. I recall Michael Clarke once said "they never stop coming back do they?"...BD were caught napping, pretty much how the Indians were caught napping.

Posted by CricPissu on (February 17, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Though SL won, both T20s and this ODI wins came from the jaws of defeat. Not very convincing though...

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

It was a pathetic performance by BD team. Losing to same team by a close margin three in a row suggests that opponent got your number and learned the trick how to pull off a win. BD doesn't have a strong leader who can led them from front. Poor captaincy by Mortaza in last T20 for asking wrong bowlers to bowl at the crucial moment. And in ODI, Mushy played like a test cricket but couldn't take the team to a finish line.

Overall, in a BD team, everyone is doing their own things, there is not a good game plan how to chase 300+ score or 200+ score. All Players must be held accountable for not doing their duties.

Lastly, BD chief selector is not thinking right, picking wrong players for wrong format. I think chief seletor needs to sit down with coaches and other selectors to come up with a right combination. And it should be head coaches duty to guide the players in the right direction.

Posted by stormy16 on (February 17, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

I think this is a perfect example of why we watch one day cricket. The game was done and dusted in Bangladesh's favor a couple of time over bu somehow SL found away and Bangladesh somehow found away to lose! SL's batting depth is begining to have an impact on the outcome of games but the top order is a major concern except for Kusal. Perera has now won three games in a row for SL and what a talent this guy is. Not sure what is going on in teh Bangladesh camp but they need to put the terrors behind and get a win in the next game to keep the series alive.

Posted by RibhavBansal on (February 17, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

" We can beat any team at home " - Yeah, right,someone had the audacity to even mention that Bangladesh might win it 3-0. Come a real team and they are winless in 5 matches in 2014 at home. I wonder if Mushfiqur cried or thought about resigning as the captain again.

Posted by Anjabi on (February 17, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

I watched the whole match closely hoping for a win for BAN but they will keep losing on since they dont learn from their mistakes, and for God sake dont show such attitude that you can beat any team rather any team can beat you. BAN lost coz of over confidence

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Poor captaincy by mushfiquir rahim as he used mahmudullah at bowling for 4 over and gave lankans batsmen an opportunity to build up partnership. Shakib and sunney both wicket taking bowler was not used at that time. Great bowling by lankans and good captaincy by Lankan captain

Posted by Kavum on (February 17, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Sri Lanka was very lucky to squeeze through with this win. Kithruwan and Ashan must be given a chance (or two) again to see if they are good enough. Later we can assess the newbies against the top quality sides (no offence to BD). Thisara showed us why he is selected for the IPL. He is no Gayle but if he can be selective in his shot-making and be more consistent, he will become a great asset. Dilshan is having a shocker of a time and even the supremely capable Sanga had a meltdown today. Does Chandi really merit his place in the side? His place could be taken by Mahela, I guess? Even so, on this form, SL will find it hard to challenge Aus, SAf and Ind let alone beat Pak, WI, Eng and NZ.

Posted by fr600 on (February 17, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

If you want to see how to lose a winning game over and over again, watch BAN. Nonetheless, BAN is turning out to be one dangerous team.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Srilanka you are the best and far ahead of BD. we might loose another series white washed by 0-3. and i am afraid we might loose out in Asia cup as well. Our captain is injured. There is drama with our vice captain, opening pair is changing and shuffling like 4/5 years back, insecurity in the team, fast bowlers are not settled moreover our respected selectors just mix up in those three formats T20, Test and Oneday. we went back to 3/4 years unsettle performance. Even we are in back foot by world cricket now. we can only show them by our strong performance. even Afganistan is improving like a bullet, Today they defeated Australia U19 team.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

@ CriXta Raafi: feel really sorry abt u mate....Have some respect when you talk about THE teams unlike ur immature performers who are born to loose.. greetings from SL

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

I think we should appreciate SL fight back but their batting is horrible in-spite of 3 narrow victory SL always struggle with Bangladesh pitches. Thisara played wonderful rescue knock .....but boy this is Bangladesh's game from the very beginning until the last over few overs

I think SL will come back to normal before the Asia Cup

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Although people say that BD didn't do well and they didn't have the mindset of a Sangakkara i have to say be patient coz it take years to bring up players of Sanga class. This will come trust us because Sri Lanka has proved that. Forget playing for runs just be there to the last ball. Your day will come

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

i like how srilankans are mocking us now As a bd fan this is the first time i am finding their comments meaningful...

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (February 17, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

@ durber99 >> Please dont say "sri lanka should get out by 80"..SL is one of the greatest competitors in world cricket arena.. Rather than said that you tell BD could have win easily from 114/2.... disappointments to DB. They should know how to be patient, when to aggressive etc.....If BD bat first they will all out just under 100... Any way as SL fan i'm very happy with the end result.....Well done Lions..

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

The selectors teams selection was terrible. I find not reason to pick Shohag Gazi for this match as he is going through a terrible poor performing series besides his body language was very poor as he never seemed to in the game thats why he dropped two costly catches it was the same for Nasir Hossain & Mahmudullah. I want all three of them dropped for next match.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 17, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

No one deserved the win but congratulation SL. Thisara deserved the win since he had nothing to lose and great pressure SL after that 2nd wicket partnership well done for fighting till the end. Anyway as for Bangladesh we need Gazi and Nasir dropped because they are out of form... let them contemplate. Mushi captaincy needs questioning; hope all players get a scolding because batsmen had a easier pitch to bat on compared to SL top order. Tamim, Naeem, Mash in for Nasir, Anamul and Gazi. People talk about our bowling being bad but I always knew batting was problematic and once again SL well done... tigers must learn from the lions. This reminds mr when collapsed vs Pakistan chasing 199.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 17, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Man! That was awesome! Feel like shouting like a crazy man! Unbelievable! Always wished for, but thought we will never get there.

Posted by sabbir.ewu on (February 17, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

This was very tough for me to see as a BD fan one after another wickets had been throwing away. Just made no sense to me. They could easily win the match after the 2nd wicket partnership but they were in hurry though they need below 4 runs per over, one time just above 3. What happened to them, they were just blind....

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Bangladesh effectively were playing with 10 players. i dunno what was up with Mahmudullah, but he seemed to be in a place far far away from the game.. he was lazy while fielding, he was lazy while bowling, and he was lazy while batting! May be he was sick or something, cause we all know he is a good caliber player, but if any player is not applying himself, better get a replacement for him! I would say get back Mashrafe, and have Mahmudulla sit out a couple of matches to get his concentration back. Not singling him out cause of his bowling figures nor for his duck (there were others in that area)..but simply his nonchalant attitude did not help at all!

Posted by Razor_Sharp on (February 17, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

What a game of cricket.. SL did once in australia and they did it again, came from nowhere.. Angie "Superman" Mathews haha what a show, great captaincy.. Hard luck BD, Good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (February 17, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

never mind we will come back strong next match

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Chief selector you might go to SA or AUS for your complex strategy and team selection, that might work there. Learn something from Akram Khan, Follow a basic sets of rule and try to keep it simple by keeping the winning combination or spirited team,

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Bangladesh made impossible things possible!!!!..But full credit to the Srilankan..came out from 67/8 was a real professional effort..Perera was brilliant with his all round performance..Now this is high time for Bangladesh to prove themselves what they did it in past..all the people are talking about luck,umpiring and all that..that can't be an excuse at least in this level of cricket..Cricket is an uncertain game..but not this much as Bangladesh showed today...

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Dear selectors it looks you are thinking too much, IT looks BD is like Australia or South Africa. First you made a drama with captaincy, Still you announce Tamim as a deputy. then in first one day you just left out our best fast bowler mashrafee, who is a match winner and motivator. If Tamim was 50% fit he should play. We always need a good start. Now No player is secure in this team, selectors made the team selection complex. The body language of Mahmudullah and Gazi was so much careless and awkward. what we see the spirited BD has gone. Keep the selection process simple. Keep the winning combination ,made few changes when BD is loosing, Team like BD needs motivator performance than skilled one. .

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

AFG can easily win this BD team . They are totally a low ratting team . It will better if BD gives no chance to play Test . Honestly speaking , BD needs to play more with ZIM , AFG , PNG , NL . Selectors should resign from their post . Why not MASH & Nayeem in Team ? Why Ryad in playing XI ??

Posted by rajithwijepura on (February 17, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

So the decision made by Sanath Jayasuriya not to send Thisara Perera to BBL is highly justified in last 3 matches. Hats off sanath for foreseeing this. Well Played Thisa... Truly a gem of an inning today equally contributed by Sachi.... Lions Roar! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Thank you Bangladesh for the entertainment provided.. seriously I feel for you guys. But those BD commentators and so called cricket pandits you deserve this, in your face.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (February 17, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Don't worry BD fans. You have something to cheer about. BD U19 team won against Namibia U19 team at the ICC U19 World Cup. Cheers.

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 17, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

What a game. After thrilling T20is. the ODI is even better. Feel sorry for BD. They ere right in top of the game and it's not a magic that SL turn it around. Great captaincy by mathews. He hemselfs made a great impact

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

Great win for SL lions...Thisara Perera...what an all rounder he is... but we have to take some tough decisions... Have to give Dili a rest.. and Chandimal should really find form and get some good scores under his belt and otherwise he has to go... Also SL has to improve batting against spin a lot... Also we have to bring either Tharindu Kaushal or Akila Dananjaya to the team because SL lack the attacking spin option provided by Murali... When you look at this current SL team you get the feeling that they are a bowler short... I think Kula has to sit out in sub continental wickets... Perera and Mathewes has to improve their bowling and bowl 10 overs in every match... If Dili is out we can try out. .. I think this SL team is better than current one in this sort of pitches... Kushal, Shehan J,Sanga, Chandi, Ashan, Mathewes, Kithruwan/ Angelo P,Thisara P, Sachi,Tharindu Kaushal, Mali

Posted by durber99 on (February 17, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

BD cricketers are hurting to the nation..... 3 times in a row. (T20+ODI). Srilanka should get Out by 80 runs. BD cricketers were feeling relaxed in the field. They missed 5 catches after 67 for 8. Totally unacceptable. When BD was 114 for 2, they started to play rush shot. They don't have mind like Sangakara. Shamsur played a rush shot, though his run out mistakenly given by the third umpire but Shamsur was also thinking his responsibility is finish bcs he has already made a fifty. BD has got the talent but to win the matches BD needs to show more responsibility and patience. I'll not watch any cricket match until they win the next one. It is just waste of time for the general people. Congrats to Srilanka.

Posted by Rizwanodayar on (February 17, 2014, 16:54 GMT)

In this match Sril Lankan team showed the the value of standing firm, even in a situation ware thing look pretty bad.There body language never deserted there team mates and fought heard until last, finally the opposition crack under pressure and they snatch the victory, and congratulation for the grade gutsy performance.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Only one thing to say, "How on earth did they manage to lose this one?" Srilanka just played with some aggression and won. May be this match doesn't have much value to the teams. But for a BD fan this is very disappointing.

Nasir and Mahmudullah don't deserve their spots. Neither does Anamul. They are failing consistently. Bring back Naeem Islam or Imrul Kayes.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Well played Srilanka !! It was good to see they didn't give up even after scoring such a low total. Amazing innings once again from Thisara Perera. Once again Bangladesh thrown the match away. Gazi and Arafat Sunny pissed me alot. They were supposed to give support to Mushfiq instead they played wild shots ! Pathetic batting display from the middle and lower order batsmen. Hope Bangladesh will be able to learn from their mistakes. Good luck to both teams for the upcoming matches :)

Posted by Legaleagle on (February 17, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Here is a list of reasons from Bangladesh's for the loss:

1. The ball was too slippery when BD fielders were trying to catch it. 2. The umpires always give bad decision against Bangladesh. 3. We are new to cricket so we need time. 4. We need more test matches to play better one day cricket. 5. No one can beat us at home, I meant "home" not the cricket field.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Cheif selector you may resign for your over experiment. Team winning combination and balance and spirit all has gone away. Now Afghanistan might defeat us.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

it is really a team effort. well done srilanka. from 67 for 8 - turning the table around to SLs favor is not an easy thing. this win must have given more confidence to Sri Lankan team under the new captain Angelo Mathews.

Posted by bdcric4ever on (February 17, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Very much disappointment from Bangladeshi side ! It becomes so tough when you try with whole heart to ensure the victory of your opponent eh ! Could have been an easy win for the Tigers and they are only to blame. Still wondering about the term "Benefit of the doubt goes for batsman's favor" but this is not the excuse. It's high time Bangladesh should appoint a person who will give the boys meditation lesson for controlling their nerves rather than a coach for technical issues. Well deserved win for Srilanka.

Posted by bootlicker on (February 17, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Equation is very simple, There is no killer instinct with BD. That is the difference between two teams. SL fought and fought well. They knew taking couple of wickets will change the whole game. They did it. Most importantly they cornered the tail end batsman nicely. They let Rahim to take a single and go to the non strikers end and attacked the tail ender. Rahim couln't do what Thisara Perera did for SL. You need experience, talent and brain altogether to win matches. BD has the talent, experience and brain but not using it when needed.

Posted by Nuwas on (February 17, 2014, 16:38 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. "Bangladesh youngster are motivated ofttimes, rarely pressurized with the support of their fans". This has been proven so many times. Having said that they're 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 bottom-line, even in their Backyard if you keep your calms as we just did, they will gift you the game trying heroics. Proven yet again. Well played again SL.Great TEAM work overall.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 17, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Glad Sri Lanka won after a scare. I do feel for all the Bangladesh fans. This was no doubt a golden chance for Bangladesh to win. Dont complain about umpiring as our Kusal Perera got a bad decision today.

No doubt exciting cricket so far since the T20s began and hope the other 2 ODIs will be exciting and good luck to both teams. Bangladesh I am sure will make it to the semi finals of the T20 world cup.

For the next game SL must drop Priyanjan to give way to Seekkuge Prasanna. Senanayake is simply awesome.

Posted by nasharda on (February 17, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

here we go here we go bangla fans now scolding players where is your best player mahamadullah ohhhhhhhhh sorry

Posted by BARFI on (February 17, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

No excuse for Mushfiq . For GODS sake you are the cap. Plus Nasir too. It was not even a run a ball. Shame on all of the BD top players. Rott in misery!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

BD will lose to USA when they play at home.This is a shame.You cant lose on your home soil to any team.Be it SA or Aus. Minors will be minors forever.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

All credits goes to selectors for their experiment. Chief selector you are spoiling our team balance. Really we have to long way to go. we are minnows still. Afghanistan might surpass us in a few years.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

99% ODI Bd Played well But 98% Result was disappointed. BD should Minimize the disappointed result!

Posted by Shamithmudalige on (February 17, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

the "best" players do not make the best team. I think that's what BD is suggesting! I agree that SL side not playing their best cricket yet but i like how sri lanka assemble the team with a good mix of top offensive talents and some role players who will help defensively. That's how a winning team looks like, not just with the best offensive guys all the time.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

The positive thing about this Bangladeshi competitiveness is i care enough to check the score..

Posted by mishu01710 on (February 17, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Bangladesh should learn first how to play sensible and normal cricket then should play with stronger opponent. Gazi, Riyad, and Sakib are mainly responsible for today's loss. They missed few catches, leak runs and finally batted too badly, totally irresponsible contribution. Honestly I will not follow any Bangladesh match from today. It's not about lose, its about how they lose. Can't continue the momentum anytime, just ridiculous. It's really a shame for us as a test playing nation. Please guys grow up!!!

Posted by Fogu on (February 17, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

My countrymen have to learn how to win and not panic. Three run outs when the required rate was only around 3. We find new ways to lose. First we let SL off the hook by dropping three catches when they were around 90/8. Then we implode by clueless running between the wicket. All we had to do was complete clean singles and doubles with occasiional boundary. Kudos to SL for fighting back but this one I have to blame BD for losing instead of SL for winning. Absolutely heart-breaking to see us implode this way. Good luck in the next match.

Posted by yohandf on (February 17, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

As an ardent SL fan , i don t like any inch of this victory . to be honest our batting was pathetic . we would have bowled out for less than 100 if played vs other team . winning this way will not give any confidence to us prior to asia cup . Thisara & sachi played well though .

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Is Perera the new Faulkner? Maybe

It was a crazy game.SL could have been bowled out for less than 100.Bangladesh could jave won by one wkt. Lions could have scored 200+ plus.Tigers could have created history.

Is this the wt20 2012 final where the windies were 38-5 in 10 overs and then won quite convincingly?

Who ever said that cricket is anbodys game is true.

But a great face saving win for Sri Lanka.There were all but blown away by a hurricane at the halfway stage.Well bowled Bangladesh but they just collapsed like a house of cards and were left behind by a little margin.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

I am srilanka, well played srilanka and thisara perera, we love so much thisara perera i know . you are a power hitter. you can clear the roof. and my 1 st quastion. Why? chandimal still in the team? and vithanage, piriyanjan is a poor batsmans.what is doing dilshan. poor batting by mathews we need some fast bowlers . malinga gave more runs 464 and he is smile in his face poor lankans. when it is 3-0 i think it is good for ranging 3

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Luck played on you the Lankans but still well played.Next time no luck,only a comprehensive bd win,INSHALLAH.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

when I started watchin the match it is a clear victory to BD. but knowing sl team I kept watching,,coz they never give up until end,it was amazing to see how they turn things around..after talking last wicket I scream with joy ,,after a second I felt so sorry 4 BD team,,coz they absolutely deserve to win this and some how they cant keep cool in latter half of the game..but hats off BD ..I THINK YOU GUYS NEED TO HV MORE FAITH ...look at sl team they were very poor 10 years back yet again confidence brought those team to become one of the best teams and unpredictable team,,u guys not far from it,,be confident and go with winning attitude,,good luck next time,

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 17, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

really good to see thisara back in to form with the bat and ball.hopefully he will continue this form in to next matches as well.

Posted by Baundele on (February 17, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Bangladesh did not deserve to win after dropping so many catches. So, justice is done at the end. A professional sport must be played professionally, not carelessly. The result of this tour could easily read Test: 0-0, T20: 2-0, ODI: 1-0 at the moment in Bangladesh's favor. However, the lack of professionalism has made it 0-1, 0-2, 0-1 at the moment, and more disappointment will come. Not following the the next 2 ODIs.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Full Credit to Sri Lankan Team. It was ateam effort. They were possitive from the word go. Angelo's captaincy was spectaculous. He himself had a great faith abt him and abt his team. Thisara & Sachithra got onto their toes and possitively batted so beautifullly. Itz good to see Sri Lankans been possitive as the WT20 & Asia cup right around the corner. Bangladesh Team has been supperb. Young talents were outstanding. They lack a bit of mental consistancy & stability

Posted by drnaveed on (February 17, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Yet another example of poor show by the BDeshis . BD commentators ,their experts , their cricket loving fans / supporters , started celebrating prematurely , as if they had won the match already even before the half-way mark , i.e. at the end of the SL innings. this created additional pressure on their batsmen.dropping catches , mis-fielding is part of the game, no one is perfect in the field. even players from AUS , ENG, SA , NZ,IND , to name a few best fielding sides in the world drop catches , or mis-field.so this is part of the game.. the BD team basically are poor finishers. Pak ,too were poor finishers in their early years, but now they are able to win more matches in such situations , when comparing them to Ind ,BD and some other sides.

Posted by nasharda on (February 17, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

now where are those bangladesh fans who bosted about a banglawash how they banglawash they can't even chase 180 bangla fans just like mr arthur ali khan bosting and in the end beign shutting up

Posted by drnaveed on (February 17, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Yet another example of poor show by the BDeshis . BD commentators ,their experts , their cricket loving fans / supporters , started celebrating prematurely , as if they had won the match already even before the half-way mark , i.e. at the end of the SL innings. this created additional pressure on their batsmen.dropping catches , mis-fielding is part of the game, no one is perfect in the field. even players from AUS , ENG, SA , NZ,IND , to name a few best fielding sides in the world drop catches , or mis-field.so this is part of the game.. the BD team basically are poor finishers. Pak ,too were poor finishers in their early years, but now they are able to win more matches in such situations , when comparing them to Ind ,BD and some other sides.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Anyone but India and Australia. Can't wait to see India getting thrashed by B'desh in Asia Cup.

Posted by biloo007 on (February 17, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

well played BD,,but its your problem you choke frequently like the small team do,,so be ready against pakistan, no weeping this time please

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Who can lose match better than dis except Bangladesh.... The way shamsur rahman showed his BAT toward crowd after a lucky Fifty (Stupid Shots mostly mistimed) looked like he alone won d match or made a double Century like McCullum... You guys should really learn cricket....

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Who can lose match better than dis except Bangladesh.... The way shamsur rahman showed his BAT toward crowd after a lucky Fifty (Stupid Shots mostly mistimed) looked like he alone won d match or made a double Century like McCullum... You guys should really learn cricket....

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

where is tamim, and mashrafee? where is zia? two bowlers to debute in one ODI??????

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Score is ot a matter. Winning is not everything for SRILANKANS. It is there ONLY THING. Well done Lankan Lions. This is what is known as the power of SRILANKA. <3

Posted by neanderthal on (February 17, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

There is no glory in close defeats.. BD suporters should realise that. You cant be world beaters by just having close defeats.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 17, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

Well..well.well..Y'all know what they say..It ain't over till the fat lady sings. I wonder where all those people who bragged about an easy BD win, are. What a performance by SL lions. Hats off to Captain Cool- Angelo Mathews for leading the team from the front. And SL Iron Man Thisara Perera showed everyone why he is called "The Iron Man". :) Awesome bowling, electric fielding..What a team effort. LIONS "INDEED" LEAD THE WAY !!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Bangladesh Should Learn More.N.how to win the game!!!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Everyone is talking about brilliance, after 67/8 and came back strongly and 114/2 and took 53 for 8 and SL ended up winning by 13 runs explain the word "Brilliance"

Well played BD and need to learn lot from this match.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 17, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Fantastic result from Sri Lanka to get a victory from a game which we were in real trouble. Great effort from the bowlers to get us this victory..thisara stepped up when we needed him and it's a shame he didn't get a ton..bad luck to Bangladesh, you really used the difficult conditions in the first innings well and bowled superbly..

Posted by AsviduS on (February 17, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

After watching today's match I can a see a huge improvement of Bangladesh Team. ( Not the catching of course) It was like SL in early nineties. But even without such talent that Bangladesh posses today, they used to win games like this in that time. We had one hell of a captain in Ranathunga and everybody played there parts as a team. There were no real stars except for Aravinda, Murali was just a budding young spinner.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

This is time to out Gazi fro BD squad...

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka started off flamboyantly despite the conditions being troublesome. Bangaladesh Tigers do not have what it takes to beat the Sri Lankan Lions. The Lions will beat the Tigers every time.

Well done boys.

Posted by DINITH1985 on (February 17, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Oh my load! What a thriller! Two competitive ODI teams trading blows with each other until last man standing! And SL came victorious despite of the fact that they were behind Bangladesh most of the times! That's what a top team like SL would do! Fights back till the end. As a SL fan I was not happy after seeing that decimal batting by our top order but I admire our will, our spirit and our fortitude to still come back and win the damn match!

Both teams can't be pleased about their overall effort though. There is no denial that Bangladesh played poor cricket. To throw it away from 67/8 and 114/2 is ridiculous! And SL top order and middle order batsmen too played lot of rash shots and threw wickets away. SL batting is faaar better than 67/8 scoreline suggests. I give credit for Ban bowling but it was more of SL batsmen playing poor cricket.

With his share of luck Tisara played superbly. But HE MADE HIS OWN LUCK by putting pressure on BD. bowlers and fielders!

Posted by jeweljewel on (February 17, 2014, 16:00 GMT)

Mr. Captain pls dont spend time to find the of how to win. better try to stop dropping catches and ask team mates to use common sense during batting though Common sense is not so common.

I wonder is there any match where our Tigers didn't drop catches? c'mmon guys pls learn first how to grab catch. there is no difference between national team fielders and an occasional fielder. TIGERS still long way to go...sorry to say but this is reality.

Posted by Stat1977 on (February 17, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

There are two interesting games but in different formats.NZ V IND from 94-5 to 571-6 most probably a win or a draw for NZ..NZ certainly was in losing position and turned it around..today SL 67-8 and wins..Kudos to both teams! I see some of BD fans (Not all) are jabbering here.Please win one match and start talking..as I always believe action speaks louder than words.The better team always wins..It's more valuable when someone turns the defeat to a victory.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

prashanth prashu go and look after your own problems. NZ has come out of nowhere to put India out of the match. Another Loss for India lol

Posted by KingOwl on (February 17, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Despite this loss, I think Bangladesh are getting better in sluggish conditions. But they will struggle to win on sporting wickets. On the other hand, SL's last ODI series win was in Australia. I think SL is getting better at winning in bouncy tracks and not so good on sluggish sub continent wickets.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

as expected from bd ..they play like sub continent typical teamz like india & pak winning in the beginning and lossing at the end

Posted by neanderthal on (February 17, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

bangladesh..what a team........

Posted by British_North_America on (February 17, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

I am a BD fan but now I doubt they might be whitewashed with Nasir and Mahmudullah out of form along with Tamim.They must drop Nasir and Mahmudullah in the next game.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (February 17, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

ONly bd can achieve this or ind

Posted by SLrajiv on (February 17, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

I don't think that bd have a issue with talent , this match should have been sealed and delivered, it's all to do with their mental strength , they have lost so many that they find it finish things off and win ,

Posted by Lion83 on (February 17, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

This is great win from nowhere. This kind of performances are the ones help team to become great teams cos they know they can win from any situation.

Posted by ibbani on (February 17, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

WOW - Mushfiq - Bangla can lose to anyone at home !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Legaleagle on (February 17, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

Absolutely scintillating performance from Sri Lanka bowlers and fielders after their batsmen ditched them. They remained confident that they can win it even with a score of 180. Their belief and execution is commendable.

As for Bangladesh, I would say, they are a pathetic team. Well tried again to be that way.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (February 17, 2014, 15:49 GMT)

Bangladesh cricket isn't growing. Such careless play is unacceptable. How many times must these boys snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Well played both team. Chances given by BD were too much for SL batsman and they done the damage. Wow. Three nail biting matches. No matter what, both teams kept fighting until the last ball. SL capitalize there chances and BD couldn't. Anyway keep playing good cricket guys. Love to see BD beat IND in Asia cup.

Posted by Desihungama on (February 17, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

Pathetic is one word comes to mind to describe current Bangladesh cricket team resolve. I mean on what basis Bangladesh thinks it can compete with Australia and South Africa given their recent stance on cricketing proposals by India and rest which gives them test series against these top teams? They will be conveniently shifted to Tier 3 or kicked out completely from Test in 2-3 years and they will rue their decisions for rest of their lives. Mark my words.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

This is arguably one of the best ODI comebacks this year. considering bangla bowling unit to exploit conditions. SL miss a trick by not playing a spiner. Nevertheless this is solid moral boosting win for Lions ! good match Bangladesh. you been playing well. keep up the fight. we, SL fans love good contest. Congratz both teams.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Real Cricket won again! and RIP Aus,SA,Eng,NZ is this slow b desh pitches! sub continent slow bowlers will eat you! Well done SL..well played thisara,Sachi,mathews

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Thisara Perera looks so relentless when he bats but when he comes to the presentation ceremony he looks quite the opposite!!! I am very hurt to see that BD lost again but Goodness me! Thisara Perera you are such a gem for Sri Lanka!! Forget the dropped catches, the way you stood up for your country is quite brilliant!! I wish you all the success & hope you continue with this aamazing performance of yours. PS: Mushfiq & Co you owe the entire nation an apology. Gratz Lions

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 17, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

As I said before that we are going to lose and we did. Well Done BD players. You worked hard to lose this match and in the end you achieved it too. Did it ever happen that a team end up winning a match from being on 67-8??? I dont think so. This is Pathetic. Absolutely unacceptable. Players who missed catches should be punished. When Perara got his first life he was on 6 and from there he added 74 runs more to the score and we lost by 13 so it actually shows that our fielding let us down. An international team with this sort of fielding quality is not acceptable

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 17, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Awesome game of cricket! Speechless!

Posted by XP79303 on (February 17, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

Seriously can't believe what is going on bats man mind. Horrible !!! Congrats SL

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Although Bangladesh has had their fair share to play bigger oppositions over time however it's now that we are begining to see Bangla inching close to the level where they can possibly start winning! I think their fans should relax a bit and go easy on their team. Wish Bangladesh all the luck although my favourite team other than Pakistan remains SriLanka! From a Pakistani fan.

Posted by JamKam on (February 17, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Only and ONLY Bangladesh could lose a match like this.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:38 GMT)

as expected

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 17, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

What a fighting win from SL. 1st with the bat and then with the ball. Mathews is turning out to be a good captain for the shorter formats.I have never seen winning from the jaws defeat under Sanga or Mahela. But Mathews has done it numerous times. BD played awesome today. I think they deserved to win today. common 67/8 is not acceptable at all.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

as expected from bangladesh.they can never win...:)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

Having to bat out the worst conditions, giving 2 wrong lbws one of that being for kusal Perera who looked to be in good touch and having Sri Lanka 67/8 sl still manage to win the match. Remember bd had the best conditions to bat on dry pitch and dew and still couldn't do it. Later part of the sl innings pitch got dried and sl showed how bad is bd bowling when conditions are not favorable. Come on sl time to bat well. SL will come back hard against bd in next match. Hopefully there won't be rain around to get a dry pitch. 3-0 on the cards.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

well done lions,this is what the spirit expected from youngsters ahead of world cup.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

and I am glad this one end BEFORE THE LAST BALL

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (February 17, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

One too many flipping shot played by Bangladeshi player ...Congrats Sri Lanka you deserve the win

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 17, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

BD obviously lost this through very poor shot selection and silly run outs and a couple of umpire decisions to also put salt in the wound. The difference in this game perhaps, when compared to other matches was, this was the first time BD have been in such a dominant position against a higher ranked side. Firstly, when bowling @ 67/8 SL should have been put to sleep. Regardless at 114/2 when Batting BD were in the driving seat.

It was like they were missing the underdog feeling and weren't feeling comfortable being in such a dominant role. There are many positives for BD but also many negatives.

Lets see how the next game turns out

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 17, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

That's why I told earlier. " We great lions, Fight till the end". We will take this win very handsomely.Thanks guys, we proud of you.Such a bad bad performance in early in both the innings and convert it to a finish like this.my word, this team knows how to win.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

What a match I really thought Sri lanka mmight lose this match but really glad that we faught hard to win....

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

Congrats Angelo Mathews!!! You deserve all the credit!! Mushfiqur Rahim & Co should take out their notebook & write down all their mistakes, so that they don't repeat it again in the Asia Cup & T20 World Cup. Mushfiq & Co owe the entire nation an apology for playing such hopeless cricket

Posted by awt786 on (February 17, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

here we go again as predicted... bangladesh does it again.. I think bangladesh should nver win

Posted by jb633 on (February 17, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Could you actually imagine BD having to face Mitchell Johnson at the WACA.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Joy. Joy Bangladesh

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 15:01 GMT)

c'mon guys. .don't let this to go for last ball once again. .it's increasing blood pressure. .

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 17, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Seriously Kulasekera must be dropped next match and we must bring mendis in the team. Mendis more in form. When BD were suffocating he continuously brought the expensive out of the depth bowler and threw the game.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 17, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

I respect BD but If fans like you all don''t respect SL why should i respect BD.

Posted by awt786 on (February 17, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

bangladesh ruining it again now.. like they always do ..

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

come on Bangla, do it, you can win this game, i thik mush can do it, an indian supporter here for you

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

as I told before once again. . ."a nail baiter. . .,

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka got 1 bad decision by the on field umpire but Bangladesh got the worst decision ever by a 3rd Umpire!! Asia Cup & T20 WC are gonna be in BD & I reckon BD aint no underdog!! Looking forward to see some great performance from the Tigers

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

just wickets in quick sesons will do the trick for sl if they are going to win today. .

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

Hope Musfique & Nasir will do their job carefully .. . . go ahead TIGERS !!!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

@Tal Botvinnik U guys don't have the courage to give respect to any team's brilliance Yeap We dropped 3-4 catches If we didn't drop SL will all out at 80 or 90 runs .Thisara played in aggressive mode ... U may forget that in last 3 odi matches against sl we win 2 of them ...

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

seriuosly Chandimaal shud leave the team,he is bad for other players too..and Dilsaan,if not in form shud be replaced,an one bowler can be added

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

So many run outs for such a low target is looking ridiculous for BD!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik , 3 and 4 wickets are both giving away by BD, and drop catches 3 times by BD are all the evidences that proves SL are atill lucky in this match. SL fans now feels it their mistakes. Try to give respect man... we dont look down SL team, yet they are beatable 3 times by BD.

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

@Tal_Botvinnik you need to re read the conversation. Nobody was talking about the word "Brilliant" ... if you do not know what the word "Fluke" Means then look it up.

FEEL free to try and rationalise and justify the way SL have played. BD have been on the harsh side of many wrong decisions in this series.

BDs bowling was very very strong and has improved with two debutants of Arafat Sunny and Al Amin. The question to all SL fans is that are they happy with their teams performances of over Bangladesh.

Both T20s were pushed to the last ball (World T20 is just around the corner) and in this ODI they are struggling against lightly regarded BD (Asia CUp in a few days time). Rather than criticse BD look to your own and answer those questions... :0)

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (February 17, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

@BanglaBandhu: It more of SL's carelessness and bad luck that put SL down not BD's brilliance.(I won't call droppping 3 or 4 catches as brilliant, LOL) Ashan, Kusal got wrong decisions and Chandimal and Kithu ran themselves out, then the rest of the batting fell apart with the seniors going for rash shots. Congrats for Bd, but i don't think this might happen again as SL as a team has won against far stronger opponents outside Sub continent.

Don't forget the 200 run trashing in the first test. LOL

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

did sakib al hasan missed any catch in this match??

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 17, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

@Nuwas your interpretation of the word "fluke" is quite creative. 67/8 was not "Fluke" but rather a consistent showing from a very strong and improving ODI team.

A "fluke" would consist of the three dropped catches for Thisara Perera. Anyway credit where credit is due, Thisara took his luck and rode with it. SL has had its way with most of this series and its only fair that BD now make a strong showing at the end.

Obviously the irony of all of this is that BD are coming good in the ODI format and the next tournament in a few days time will be the Asia Cup and it is also played in BD. Confidence boost for BD not so much for SL. Anyway lets hope BD can improve on their runner up position from last time (Maybe that was Fluke aswell ... eh Nuwas).

Posted by Stat1977 on (February 17, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

When Dilshan retires? He retired from test cricket..now SL playing better test cricket.Why Chandimal in the team?

Posted by Nuwas on (February 17, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

@BanglaBandhu: which part of the word "TEAM" that you do not understand of ??? 11 players playing as a TEAM. when a team plays as individuals that is when a team cannot win consistently as a team,but still you will have fluke wins for sure, just as Ban does once in a while.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

it's quiet good batting!!!

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (February 17, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Well... BD has certainly been able to put SL under pressure in both T20s and this ODI. Gazis drop of Thisara was the turning point in this ODI otherwise SL would be all out for sub 100! Thisara brought some sort of dignity back to the SL innings but, what about the rest of the team?

Both debutants Arafat Sunny and Alamin Hossain are looking very good choices by the BD selectors. Sunnys performance was exceptional until the Gazi drop and then Thisara took the game to him.

I am really looking forward ot the Asia cup to see how BD cope ... they are looking good.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Honestly everone here needs go cool down. Yes the innings should have been done long ago, but do you people even pay attention the board? 180 all out! Bangladesh did this to the mighty Sri Lankan Lions, and just so you know i use the term "mighty" loosely. As my friend said today, they needed a reality check. Guys if you really are avid supporters of the Bangladeshi cricket team then have faith in your teams's skill. Ultimetly, it doesn't really matter what happens as long as Bangladesh wins. (Sorry lion supporters)

Posted by Nuwas on (February 17, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Dilshan needs to retire before its too late & give chance to youngsters. Chandimal needs to stop being a burden to the whole outfit & find some consistency, if not just leave the game, youngster should be learnt how to run between wickets in a technical manner,everyone needs to play consistently to score 20-30 runs each & SL will be better off. Gotta feel for Kusal & Ashan really. lets see if he can give few in our way as well. Nevertheless he will be in a bit of a bother when Captains report form SL is issued. Having so many all-rounders in the team paid off. Lets see if we can grab something in our favour.

Posted by MonwarBGD on (February 17, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

Our bowler has done there jobs, now we have to see what batsman will do....... come on tigers ! come on.....

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

Easy Chasing Match 4 Bangladesh. ! insha Allah we're gonna win today!

Posted by Nuwas on (February 17, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Dilshan needs to retire before its too late & give chance to youngsters. Chandimal needs to stop being a burden to the whole outfit & find some consistency, if not just leave the game, youngster should be learnt how to run between wickets in a technical manner,everyone needs to play consistently to score 20-30 runs each & SL will be better off. Gotta feel for Kusal & Ashan really. lets see if he can give few in our way as well. Nevertheless he will be in a bit of a bother when Captains report form SL is issued. Having so many all-rounders in the team paid off. Lets see if we can grab something in our favour.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 17, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Kudos to the SL tail, Perera & Senanayaka save the pride of SL. It might be 50-50 chance for BD. I'm not sure about aging SL bowlers to do miracles. Senanayaka, Perera, Kithruwan all have to help Malinga and Kulasekara to attack. Feel so sorry for Perera as he lost the chance to his maiden ton. He should have stay in the wicket rather than rotating strike to loss of form Malinga which cost us 3 overs. Anyway hats off to Thisara for his brilliant effort. Cheers !

Posted by Ammo666 on (February 17, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

BD needs a good total to chase down, there was a time that SL can get over 100 runs even or not...but whatever too many catches missed out by BD later so they had to pay the price of giving away at least 70 runs more, it was like BD took the match with ease too early when SL was 68/8 or else if those catches were taken then SL would have been wrapped up long long back but still very lucky SL to get away with those, we all know catches wins matches & Thisara made very good use of it, very good knock of taking SL to 180 finally with Senanayeke giving good support with 30 runs.....i don't think it would be so easy for BD to chase down this total now in this condition if they don't play up to their class...best of luck tigers!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:55 GMT)

180 is a great score rather than 67-8.This is chaseble but with the opposition being BD, you dont know who can be lucky in the end .

Posted by Nasim_Ahmed on (February 17, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Resting Tamim and Mashrafe is a smart move by BD team. What happened to Mahmudullah today? Very poor day for him overall. Crucial inning by thisara and Nuwan. 181 could be a tricky target its up to the BD batters now... Go TIGERS!!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

few wrong decisions and few communication mistakes will do this. but nice fight back. need drs badly.

Posted by Rici737 on (February 17, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Natural born talent ""Thisara Perera"" is the ideal person to CAPTAIN Sri Lanka. Wake UP Sri Lanka.

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 17, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Bangladesh given a chance again.I never thought we can pass the 150 mark.Now this total is really competitive and bangladesh need do bat really well to get this total in a damp pitch.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

today inshallaha bangladesh wil win today

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 17, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Despite win or lost it is good Thisara come to his natural play. Superb innings under pressure.equally good resistance batting from Sachie SL still can win if they get early break troughs

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

win or lose.thats how should fight as a team. but really bad performance from the top order. result doesn't matter.gave them a fights go lians go.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

total poor cricket all over. bad batting by Srilanka and Bad fielding by BD

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

if Bd loose today. some careless player should left out for next match for their fielding.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

SL will score 220+ & then will win by 50 runs

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 17, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

I dont think I can explain how frustrated I am. They dropped about 10 catches in last 10 over. We are not gonna win it and I think these players need to be punished. If the SL batsmen batted well I'd have understood but this guy just slogging and we keep missing chances. this is Pathetic.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

it is a learning curve for BD team. Learn that anything can happen in a cricket match. match can change within a matter if you guys not been serious you can not win in this series. Tamim is not there. how much our young opener can do just see!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Horrible fielding by Bangladesh, they should have restricted SL to below 100 after reducing them to 67/8.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 17, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

We gave away 100 run in the last 2 wicket and it wont be easy to chase on this pitch against SL bowling. I think its gonna be an easy win for SL. Its shocking how we gave away the match today. We got them at 67 for 8 and we managed to screw up from there. How did we manage to do that? We dropped about 6-7 catches. i couldn't believe my eye. Why we kept using Riyad as a bowler when we have our main bowler to bowl?

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

doesnt matter. BD need a score to chase! poor lankans!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

This match is in the bag for sri lanka.This is a very difficult track to bat on.160+ score is surely a winning total.

Posted by black_bird on (February 17, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

Bd is going to loose.these 2 are batting really well.

Posted by loverofcric on (February 17, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

All the indications speaks in favour of SL's win.. too much of dropped catches.. So ugly finisher BD is!!

Posted by ksquared on (February 17, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Just ridiculous batting by SL top order. It is very evident that the most successful batsmen against BN in BN have been attacking batsmen eg. Shewag, Watson and here we see it again the plodders are back in the hut while the tonkers are making merry!!!!!

Posted by loverofcric on (February 17, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

All the indications speaks in favour of SL's win.. too much of dropped catches.. Poor show by BD as well while at finish

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 17, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

We are going to lose this match for sure. We are giving away so many run and I think it is typical of Bangladesh team. They were 67 for 8 now that scored 61 in this partnership. Why on earth we always end up giving away so many run to tail ender. Im afraid another heart breaking experience waiting for us :'(

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

SL are trying to build up a partnership and they are successful. They have collected 54 runs from 40 balls in the 9th wicket.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

hope this time tigers won't do any mistake!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

R.I.P. Sri Lanka , we will win :)

Posted by OneUp2Down on (February 17, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Well, as someone said we paved the way for NZ to become better and better when they toured Sri Lanka. Now SL is making Bangladesh become better and better. Rather I would say that BD is teaching a fine lesson to SL cricketers. The writing is on the wall. SL is going to lose this match and may lose the ODI series and SL will get eliminated in the first round of the WC in 2015. I guess then only SL selectors and duds like Dilshan, Chandimal and Mathews will get booted. What a shame! Nevertheless, great cricket by BD and great coaching by Shane Jorgensson and not mention great cricket administrators in BD.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 17, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Knowing Bangladesh there is still a good chance we could end up losing this match. It was 67 for 8 now they are nearly 100. We have a habit of giving away run to lower order batsmen :(. and here we are doing it :/.

Posted by ajithabey on (February 17, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

what a pathetic scorecard Sri Lanka innings (43 overs maximum) MDKJ Perera lbw b Rubel Hossain 20

TM Dilshan c Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 3

KC Sangakkara† c Arafat Sunny b Al-Amin Hossain 8

LD Chandimal run out (Shakib Al Hasan/Arafat Sunny) 13

SMA Priyanjan lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 6

AD Mathews* b Arafat Sunny 3

KDK Vithanage run out (Mushfiqur Rahim) 7

KMDN Kulasekara b Arafat Sunny 0

NLTC Perera not out 3

SMSM Senanayake not out 0

Extras (lb 1, w 5) 6

Total (8 wickets; 22.1 overs) 69 (3.11 runs per over)

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

thisara perera 4666 what a player by perera six

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

Come-on Lankan Batsmen! We need time to write status updates! Don't go so quick! :(

Posted by Matadore on (February 17, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

@Blade-Runner, that was probably something like "ON FIELD CALL" if we use DRS here (Hawk eye here)..

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 17, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

sri lanka need atleast 150 to give a fight. Now 66/7 is looking really bad.

Posted by priceless1 on (February 17, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

i have p recited one mismatch in the series but looks like its going to be 3, BD is miles ahead in ODI Cricket compared to SL , SL should only play with the countries like Ireland,Afghanistan.....etc

Posted by Matadore on (February 17, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

SRILANKA is ranked 5 In ODI and Ranked 1 in t20... So its gonna b a #"LOW ranking thriller!" battle between 5 nd 9!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

BD will win for sure SL at this point is 64 / 7... sorry Lions ...BD is winning

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 17, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Under perform Tired Senior "Dilshan" is heavy burden to SL side. But after successive failures he is always in playing 11. Because his friend Cheif Selector "Sanath Jayasuriya" has no guts to remove Dilshan from Squad and Playing XI. Pls if you can't do selections properly don't have guts to remove Dilshan give your position to other person who has guts to remove Dilshan. Don't Spoil our cricket.

Posted by ajithabey on (February 17, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

SL is in a right Royal mess with their indisciplined batting. lets hope that there will be a turnaround at least to give Bangladesh a decent total to chase.

Posted by AshwinPandey on (February 17, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

Now with this kind of performance, no one would say Bangladesh a under dogs team.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

WELCOME to d Tigers DEN!!, lions!

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

well with mathew as captain, what do you expect. one negative captain.watch him playing test today by blocking the balls.just wondered if hashan was the mentor as he too was one negative captain.there u go, mathew is gone....SL usually are good in providing opprtunities for other teams to poper and this is another.yes two wrong decisions went against .

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

srilanka 62 -6 good captaincy by mathews , i have ever seen. bad poor srilankan

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 17, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

Where is Mashrafee? Please tell me he is not injured again :(.

Posted by XP79303 on (February 17, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Action began!!!Go tiger go......!!! ICC be ready to revise the ranking!!!!

Posted by priceless1 on (February 17, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

looks like my prediction is coming true, none of the SL players know how to play spin , their new players are worse than the 3rd level club players in BD

Posted by AshwinPandey on (February 17, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

Now, Mathews needs to play captain's innings.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

hello Lions ...wait for a defeat today...Tiger roars...

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 17, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Bangladesh is doing better. It seems a day of BD. Its a good test for SL middle order. You need to build-up partnerships and keep going rotating strike. Don't give wickets till last 10 - 15 overs and the death overs would be crucial. SL 52/4 now as Priyanjan departs.

Posted by Bdthetiger on (February 17, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

@Blade_Runner,really funny that we saw that lbw was missing by miles.perrera was in the back foot and the ball was low and tailing in.it looked plumbed in real time.but it was a 50 50 decission.

Posted by AshwinPandey on (February 17, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Nowadays, there are many good decisions as well as bad decisions by the umpires.

Posted by ajithabey on (February 17, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

I have repeatedly said that Dilshan,Sanga,Malinga should take a break and give the youngsters some exposure to international cricket especially when playing with bottom of the table teams. The results show that they are suffering from fatigue.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Bangladesh on Fire! !!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 17, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

So, anyone wanna discuss the decision of Kusal Perera ? The ball was missing the leg stump by a mile and if it was against a BD batsman, all BD fans would have come here crying in numbers. phew..

Posted by AshwinPandey on (February 17, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Was Perera's lbw decision correct?

Posted by ajithabey on (February 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Dilshan has made a mess of things for the third time running. Take a break from this series without bringing undue pressure on the rest of the batsmen.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

I am really afraid about our selection panel. Respected selector why you are thinking too much and changing and shuffling the team. it is all about winning combination. when team is not winning than make a change/ Mashrafee our best bowler just left out. Tamim who is our main opening batsman been left out. Definitely it will hamper our balance in the team. Akram Khan was the best in term of selection committee.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

really surprised to see mashrafee and tamim and out. why mashrafee is out! again it looks selectors love to change and shuffle the team. not good for future performance.

Posted by Matadore on (February 17, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

Without TAMIM, MASHRAFI, A. RAZZAQ lets see how bangladesh go.. Interesting... Its also a chance for the young guys..

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