Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur February 20, 2014

The third umpire's wrong call, and Shakib's lead

Plays of the day from the second ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
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The fine nuance
For the cricket connoisseur, the nuances of the game matter more. Kumar Sangakkara's 128 was well-paced but he had another standout moment with a catch to dismiss Mominul Haque off Sachithra Senanayake. The ball offered a hint of away turn, even as it came into the batsman, and Mominul got a thick edge trying to work the ball through mid-on. Sangakkara grabbed it nicely, not standing up too much and not staying too low for the stumping.

The wrong button
The crowd at the Shere Bangla National Stadium cheers for Bangladesh and they were clearing their throats for another celebratory roar in the 42nd over of Sri Lanka's innings when the third umpire hit the 'Out' button, declaring Sangakkara run-out. The batsman, though, was inside his crease and the umpire, Sharfuddoula, had pressed the wrong button. Sharfuddoula quickly corrected himself and reversed the decision.

The bad call
Mahmudullah had a stroke of bad luck when Mushfiqur Rahim, the man who has been backing him through such a bad time, called for a single and then sold him down the river. It was a crucial dismissal for Bangladesh in the 30th over. A single probably wasn't on the cards but Mushfiqur stormed out of his crease without calling and once he saw the square-leg fielder get to the ball, he screamed a loud 'no'. It was too late for Mahmudullah by then.

The overtake
The tussle for the place of Bangladesh's top run-scorer in ODIs will continue for a while but, for the time being, Shakib Al Hasan has a small lead. The batsman took his career tally to 3715 runs in the Mirpur ODI, and crossed Tamim Iqbal's 3702 runs with a blast over square-leg off Angelo Mathews in the 20th over. Shakib has a better average than Tamim but both share a similar strike-rate while Shakib has five ODI hundreds, one more than Tamim.

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

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  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 22, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Bangladesh really need new and motivating coaches.

    Current coaches Jurgensen, Mcinnes are doing nothing and must be removed quickly.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @ LankaGod. Even if your enemy, Dhoni is not there, you can't relax mate. Indians are not within the reach of your mediocre team. Remember last asia-cup without a single win?

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    @LankaGod- Yes Dhoni is missing. But India will win the Asia cup. Wait and watch.

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @ Lanka God... Being too optimistic that India will not any matches in this Asia cup & Srilanka to win the cup ... great...lets watch... have you ever forgot the memories of Hobart?

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    This is the only convincing win Sri Lanka managed in all the T20s and ODIs played against BD. Even then, Chandimal and Dilshan seriously need to pull their socks up, because they haven't done much for the team in these matches.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    lol. Srilankan tuk-tuk running with two punctured tires - Dilshan and Malinga. Only one tire - Sangakkara- running them always. Rest of the players are just overload in the tuk-tuk.

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Agreed with TheKeeper. BD local umpiring is very poor & not up to the Standard. But Umpiring at 2nd ODI was really good. Kusal Perera was very unfortunate. He was victim at most of the time.

  • on February 21, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    I was very surprised when Sangakkara did not do the stumpings too (Mominul Haque catch behind the stump). Yes he may have been very confident but in case the umpire did not see that way and the batsman did not walk, it would have been safer he has taken the stumping chance.

  • on February 20, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Shakib's lead -and yet another lousy shot!

  • LankaGod on February 20, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Good show but overall a disappointing series for the Lankan lions. BD ran us pretty close a few times in tests, T20 and the 1st ODI. I would look forward to a comprehensive victory in the 3rd ODI as a good practice for the Asia cup. Our only challenge would come from Pakistan as India without Dhoni would not be that much of a force even though they will be playing in the subcontinent. BD might threaten again a bit especially because they will be playing in their own backyard, but if they do get any success it might only be against the Indians. Pakistan would however be tough to beat and in my book would start as favorites.

  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 22, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Bangladesh really need new and motivating coaches.

    Current coaches Jurgensen, Mcinnes are doing nothing and must be removed quickly.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    @ LankaGod. Even if your enemy, Dhoni is not there, you can't relax mate. Indians are not within the reach of your mediocre team. Remember last asia-cup without a single win?

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    @LankaGod- Yes Dhoni is missing. But India will win the Asia cup. Wait and watch.

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @ Lanka God... Being too optimistic that India will not any matches in this Asia cup & Srilanka to win the cup ... great...lets watch... have you ever forgot the memories of Hobart?

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    This is the only convincing win Sri Lanka managed in all the T20s and ODIs played against BD. Even then, Chandimal and Dilshan seriously need to pull their socks up, because they haven't done much for the team in these matches.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    lol. Srilankan tuk-tuk running with two punctured tires - Dilshan and Malinga. Only one tire - Sangakkara- running them always. Rest of the players are just overload in the tuk-tuk.

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Agreed with TheKeeper. BD local umpiring is very poor & not up to the Standard. But Umpiring at 2nd ODI was really good. Kusal Perera was very unfortunate. He was victim at most of the time.

  • on February 21, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    I was very surprised when Sangakkara did not do the stumpings too (Mominul Haque catch behind the stump). Yes he may have been very confident but in case the umpire did not see that way and the batsman did not walk, it would have been safer he has taken the stumping chance.

  • on February 20, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Shakib's lead -and yet another lousy shot!

  • LankaGod on February 20, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Good show but overall a disappointing series for the Lankan lions. BD ran us pretty close a few times in tests, T20 and the 1st ODI. I would look forward to a comprehensive victory in the 3rd ODI as a good practice for the Asia cup. Our only challenge would come from Pakistan as India without Dhoni would not be that much of a force even though they will be playing in the subcontinent. BD might threaten again a bit especially because they will be playing in their own backyard, but if they do get any success it might only be against the Indians. Pakistan would however be tough to beat and in my book would start as favorites.

  • Keithnkin on February 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    But just to be fair and not join the naysayers band wagon. It was fun watching B`desh. And even for an amateure like me I knew they were going to lose in the end.

  • TheKeeper on February 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    That Mahmudullah run out was not "bad luck" it was bad cricket/play.

    Thank goodness that umpire Sharfuddoula was in the 3rd umpire chair and was able to reverse the decision. I'm quite sure he would like the chance to reverse the Kusal Perera and Ashan Priyanjan LBW's from the 1st ODI too.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 20, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @KingOwl: Yes, BD had already lost too many key moments for that run out to be crucial. It wasn't Mushfiq's fault either. It was Mahmudullah who flew like a blind bat, instead, he could send back Mushi having seen the fielder earlier.

    Fans don't count (if they did, Naeem and Al-Amin would play today instead of Mahmudullah and Mashrafe) but the media and the board often embarrass Bangladesh in front of the World...

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    This is why we can never play just with 7 batsmen; we will always need a cushion to fall back on.

  • KingOwl on February 20, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Here we go again. A crucial run out!! It was not at all crucial! It would have been just the same, a big loss. Bangladesh (their fans and especially the media people) need to realise that their batsmen get out not because of bad luck but because they can't handle key moments. Until they do, they can't win on a regular basis.

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  • KingOwl on February 20, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Here we go again. A crucial run out!! It was not at all crucial! It would have been just the same, a big loss. Bangladesh (their fans and especially the media people) need to realise that their batsmen get out not because of bad luck but because they can't handle key moments. Until they do, they can't win on a regular basis.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    This is why we can never play just with 7 batsmen; we will always need a cushion to fall back on.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 20, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @KingOwl: Yes, BD had already lost too many key moments for that run out to be crucial. It wasn't Mushfiq's fault either. It was Mahmudullah who flew like a blind bat, instead, he could send back Mushi having seen the fielder earlier.

    Fans don't count (if they did, Naeem and Al-Amin would play today instead of Mahmudullah and Mashrafe) but the media and the board often embarrass Bangladesh in front of the World...

  • TheKeeper on February 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    That Mahmudullah run out was not "bad luck" it was bad cricket/play.

    Thank goodness that umpire Sharfuddoula was in the 3rd umpire chair and was able to reverse the decision. I'm quite sure he would like the chance to reverse the Kusal Perera and Ashan Priyanjan LBW's from the 1st ODI too.

  • Keithnkin on February 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    But just to be fair and not join the naysayers band wagon. It was fun watching B`desh. And even for an amateure like me I knew they were going to lose in the end.

  • LankaGod on February 20, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Good show but overall a disappointing series for the Lankan lions. BD ran us pretty close a few times in tests, T20 and the 1st ODI. I would look forward to a comprehensive victory in the 3rd ODI as a good practice for the Asia cup. Our only challenge would come from Pakistan as India without Dhoni would not be that much of a force even though they will be playing in the subcontinent. BD might threaten again a bit especially because they will be playing in their own backyard, but if they do get any success it might only be against the Indians. Pakistan would however be tough to beat and in my book would start as favorites.

  • on February 20, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Shakib's lead -and yet another lousy shot!

  • on February 21, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    I was very surprised when Sangakkara did not do the stumpings too (Mominul Haque catch behind the stump). Yes he may have been very confident but in case the umpire did not see that way and the batsman did not walk, it would have been safer he has taken the stumping chance.

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Agreed with TheKeeper. BD local umpiring is very poor & not up to the Standard. But Umpiring at 2nd ODI was really good. Kusal Perera was very unfortunate. He was victim at most of the time.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    lol. Srilankan tuk-tuk running with two punctured tires - Dilshan and Malinga. Only one tire - Sangakkara- running them always. Rest of the players are just overload in the tuk-tuk.