Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur February 19, 2014

Need to correct first ODI errors - Shamsur


Bangladesh have their two-year home record to defend as they look to level the ODI series against Sri Lanka. But having conceded three matches in a row from good positions, they first have to convince themselves that they can win the crucial moments.

Bangladesh haven't lost an ODI series at home since 2011 when Pakistan beat them 3-0. Since then they have won 3-2 against West Indies in 2012 and recently crushed New Zealand 3-0. But out of their 15 ODI series wins till date, none have come against Sri Lanka. They have only beaten Sri Lanka four times in 34 matches. Their last ODI series was a 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka.

In the current tour, Bangladesh lost the two T20s off the last ball. Then in the first ODI, they twice lost tremendous positions, firstly by letting Sri Lanka get to 180 in 40 overs after having them down on 67 for 8. Secondly, when they were 114 for 2 in the 20th over of the chase. Shamsur Rahman was adjudged run out by the third umpire after replays could not establish the exact position of his feet at that stage and Bangladesh crashed to 167 all out in the 40th over.

Shamsur, who made 62 off 49 balls before getting his bat stuck inches short of the crease, said that the senior members in the side have been talking about how to handle pressure situations, and how to get over the line.

"The coach and the captain, and also senior players have told us how to handle tight situations and play under pressure," Shamsur said. "The Asia Cup and World T20 are coming up so we have to learn from these mistakes and look forward positively. We don't want to keep thinking about what happened in the last game. We want to correct the errors of the first match in the next two.

"Everyone thinks on their own, whether batsmen or bowlers. I think we should have been more calculative at that stage. But there is no point in repeating what we couldn't do. We should just look forward."

Shamsur said Sri Lanka will be under pressure too, particularly because Bangladesh have dominated parts of all three matches, and kept them under a lot of pressure. "I think Sri Lanka are also under pressure. We are playing well at home and we almost beat them. We just didn't have luck on our side.

"Luck was not on our side in the last three matches, although we played well. We still have two matches remaining. We have committed a lot of mistakes together all of a sudden, which prevented us from winning. Everyone in the team is positive. Our focus is to get back in the series," he said.

Bangladesh's other problem is injury concerns to Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza, while it is not clear whether Mushfiqur Rahim will keep wickets in the second match. Tamim's neck strain kept him out of training on Wednesday too while Mashrafe has issues with his knees.

A lot of the onus will therefore be on the younger and less experienced players to stand up to the challenge and get Bangladesh over the line against Sri Lanka, a major mental block in itself.

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

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  • Shah on February 20, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Of course luck plays a little part when its this much close the matches & last 3 limited overs game were all so close but it just slipped out of BD's hand & i must say SL was just too lucky with last 3 games or else SL would LOSE all 3 in a row instead then what! but i didn't mean only luck but it plays here too & some of you must know that & whats written up is "Luck was not on our side in the last three matches, although we played well" & about the mistakes ok so from where blame is coming here... for example we ppl are writing each ones thoughts here but we are not so sure always whether criciinfo is gonna post here or not so here also luck playing a part ok so know it LOL...better keep all your mean & pathetic thoughts to yourself or else its useless...! point to be noted also BD is playing with some enough young bloods & they are still inexperienced comparing to few seniors to hold their nerves in BIG times & don't worry we know SL are a better side comparing with BD.....

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    1-1 Draw in SL thanks to rain.....

  • Android on February 20, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Ppl calling BD pathetic, , oh please SL were only winning d last 3 matches just cause of shere LUCK.. Both 20s went to d last ball, nd what the hell of patheticness r u talking about. I knw that SL is vastly filled with more experience than BD, bt we destroyed ur batting Line within 60 nd in 19ovrs. What do you say abt that huh, just cause u guys won d Match nobody said anything bt SL really performed like shit except 4 d test. If we can make a comeback ib this match im sure u are going to get humiliated nd il obviously come back here after d match,!!!! good luck to both Teams! !!

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    he has mentioned BD have lost few players injured who is very important for them..True..Same problem with SL too..Mahela ,Thirimanne now KULA..So its set it off..

  • ranjana on February 20, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    I went through all your comments. I am not favoring either of theses two side but I know SL is a dangerous side. They are world beaters and they have produced marvels since they won the WC 96'. Having said so I want to accept that BD is also a very talented and upcoming side. But only difference is in these two present sides, SL has many world class players but BD has one or two. Ex. Sanga, Kusal, Thisara, Mathews, Kula, Ajantha, Senanayake, Dilshan etc all are world class even though some are very young but in contrast BD have only Sakib, Tamim and Rahim . If you put one to one it is obvious BD cannot compete with them. The home conditions give BD a great advantage but they failed to capitalize on that even SL was in trouble times. Don't forget in all T20 and ODI BD won the toss to bowl or bat on wickets especially made for them. When you have experience players and the right exposure they know how to get away from very difficult situations. All three matches provide evidence for it.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Luck ?????LOL when you loose 8 wickets for 50 runs it isn't bad luck .It is how pathetic ur performance were.Stop trying to blame luck for everything.

  • rakibul on February 20, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    don't think only luck boys. Play well must win the 2nd Odi. Go tiger go ahead.

  • Babaji on February 20, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Bangladesh is a pathetic team!!! God willing Sri Lanka will decimate them comprehensively.

  • Amir on February 19, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    I am not sure where your comment s coming from, TheKeeper. Always looking for some one to blame. Really. May be you have selective reading ability. Did you read the part where he said "We have committed a lot of mistakes together all of a sudden, which prevented us from winning." I can find quotes from every losing team captain that makes reference to luck in some way. We all understand the element of luck and why people use it in explanation but BD definitely need to work on their composure and discipline. Go Tigers!

  • Josh on February 19, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Bangladesh is always looking for someone else to blame, and when they can't find anyone they blame it on 'bad luck'. Pathetic! Bangladesh needs to grow-up fast and learn a little professionalism.

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