Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Chittagong

Bangladesh target death-overs improvement

Mohammad Isam

February 13, 2014

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Match facts

February 14, 2014
Start time 1700 local (1100 GMT)

Shakib Al Hasan is distraught after losing his stumps to a slower ball, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Chittagong, February 12, 2014
Lack of smart shot-selection hurt Bangladesh in the first T20 © AFP
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Bangladesh pushed Sri Lanka till the last ball before Anamul Haque hit a full toss straight up into the murky Sagarika sky and was caught, three runs short of victory. It was an apt end to a contest that had theatre from the first over. Superb catches by Nasir Hossain, Anamul and Angelo Mathews, the flashy 64 by Kusal Perera (and his equally flashy press conference) and some late drama enthralled a 15,000-strong crowd at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sri Lanka have themselves to blame for the tense margin of the victory. Their batsmen mistimed the charge and threw away crucial wickets. More than 180 was possible on that pitch, but they have another crack at a big score on Friday.

Kusal held things together with intelligent partnerships with Dinesh Chandimal and a string of middle-order batsmen. With quick hands and a great eye, he looks to be the sort of batsman who can give Sri Lanka considerable firepower at the top. Seekuge Prasanna is another interesting option, batting in the middle-order and bowling useful legspin. But he would have to work on his leading arm, which falls far too quickly in the delivery stride.

Bangladesh's main worry in T20s has been their bowling, both early and late in the innings. Mashrafe Mortaza bowled reasonably well but his death-overs bowling does not inspire as much faith. Rubel Hossain battles similar criticism, but he found the wide yorker to stifle the batsmen.

Their batting has been good off late, but they have to work on playing smarter shots to take advantage of the final overs. Sohag Gazi's form would also be a worry, as the offspinner hasn't bowled well against Sri Lanka in the Tests or in the first Twenty20. Though he is effective as an opening bowler and as a late-order hitter, he is inconsistent. The selectors would also like another look at left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny to lessen the workload of Shakib Al Hasan.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Bangladesh LLWLL
Sri Lanka WWLWW

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Tillakaratne Dilshan may have got out playing his favourite scoop in the first over itself. He has played well in Bangladesh in the past, and with big tournaments coming up, a significant contribution would be handy for confidence.

Tamim Iqbal was out to a great catch by Angelo Mathews but he was looking good with his cuts and flashes, and even an upper-cut after charging the bowler. A fifty would be the perfect way to leave Chittagong, with Bangladesh having one eye on the ODIs ahead.

Teams news

The home side would be interested to see how Sabbir Rahman shapes up as a middle-order batsman. He could replace Mithun Ali, with Anamul Haque donning the gloves. Mahmudullah could replace Gazi and there is also a case to play Mominul Haque and Al-Amin Hossain to boost their confidence ahead of the World T20.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Anamul Haque (wk), 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Farhad Reza 8 Mahmudullah/Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10, Rubel Hossain, 11 Arafat Sunny

Sri Lanka wouldn't want to concede a T20 for the sake of experimentation, and it was made clear by captain Dinesh Chandimal before the first game. But they might perhaps try Ashan Priyanjan and Angelo Perera, especially if both batsmen are on the selectors' minds for the World T20 in March.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Dinesh Chandimal (capt and wk), 4 Kumar Sangakkara, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Seekuge Prasanna, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Pitch and conditions

Another batting-friendly deck is expected in Chittagong and the side batting first would be targeting a 200-plus score. Chasing would not be too difficult though

Stats and trivia

  • The 52-run stand between Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman was Bangladesh's second fifty-plus partnership for the first wicket.
  • Kumar Sangakkara will become the second Sri Lankan after Tillakaratne Dilshan to play 50 T20 internationals. Mahela Jayawardene could have been the second but he was injured ahead of the first game of this series and missed out.
  • Anamul Haque made his maiden T20 fifty in the first game, his first score of fifty-plus score since making 120 against West Indies in late 2012.


"The wicket did surprise us a bit, but having said that, the Bangladesh bowlers did well in the middle part of our innings. They restricted our scoring. We soon understood that it is going to be slow and low as the day progresses."

Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka batting coach.

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

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Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Yet another good match to watch. Congratulations to Kulasekara and SL.

Some of the arrogant comment-makers here would still claim 2-run or 3-wicket wins as "thrashing", while others would try to reason these last-ball-finish results with Sri Lanka team selection, all with a view to understating Bangladesh's credit. 2-0 win by no.1 T20 team against no.10 - not that dramatic, is it? It's fun reading those comments though :)

BTW, did it occur to anyone that Bangladesh too was trying players out for the world cup here?

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 14, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

@ Rishat Rahman - no worries, because I'm quite sure you will not be visiting this page after your BAN team gets a proper thrashing ;)

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

The keeper, after the match please coment here.u said bd will get lesson frm sl today? i wana see ur face here in coment after the match.tata

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 14, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

To all BAN fans who keep saying that BAN deserved to win the first game - Really? Then how come they lost? Simply because they are not good enough, yet.

To SL fans who say Chandimal should be dropped, Chandimal cannot bat, etc, etc - You guys are really displaying your cricketing ignorance. Chandimal is always, in whatever format, one of the best cricketers on the park - if not the best. When Chandi comes good, he will become the most feared batsman in world cricket. He is still finding his feet and will soon be there. Till then, go watch his 100 at Lords.

Today BAN will get a proper lesson in t20 cricket from SL - just watch!

Posted by android_user on (February 14, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

It will be a huge upset if bd loses 2 in a row.

Posted by ArifurKhadem on (February 14, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

I suggest Bangladesh play the team consisting of the following team members: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Anamul Haque (wk), 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10, Rubel Hossain, 11 Arafat Sunny

Although Sabbir Rahman is a good batsman, it may not be a wise thing to consider trying a debut batsman by sideling experienced Mominul, Mahmudullah or Sohag in this crucial match. The selectors should keep in mind that it's a do or die match for BD in the series.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (February 14, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Host is for organizing matches & visitors are for winning those. That's the fairy-tail story of BD cricket.

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (February 14, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

Last match was one of bad matches for BD.they r far stronger than what they have shown so far.i think todays team shoule be tamim anamul shamsur sakib nasir mahamudullah arafat al amin mash rubel.this side is perfect.although mash is in no form but he is a captain.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

srilanka should make a change today because the middle order batsmen are not in a great form the captain is good in his captincy but not in the ashan priyanchan should get a chance to play the match by replace sekkuge prasanna all know about the talent of him . he can play a good role in middle order bangladesh is agood team to play still i don't why india in 2 in icc ranking and only played a twenty twenty in 2013 and no matches in 2014.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

I think SL should learn from their mistakes and should look freshly about today's match. No team can be underestimated in cricket,especially in the T20's . Last match Sl Batsmen's Over Aggressive approach was the major reason was restricting them in to a below par score.We should not look to score at every ball rather than get the maximum out of poor deliveries.Specially in the absence of Mahela, Sanga needs to play a calm role rather than trying to attack.He should take more 1s and 2s during middle period of the innigs,With wckets in hand it will give us the chance attach in the last 5 overs. because their is enough fire power at the top from both Dili and Kusal so there is no need sanga to play aggressively. Chandi should play responsibly and should use Mathews as a bowler as he is certainly better than Thissara.Prassanna can be sent at 5 or 6 as he is a big hitter like Thissara, How ever thissara's form is poor.Its worth trying some one like Angelo Perera in his place before T20 WC

Posted by Baundele on (February 14, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

I hope it will be another competitive match, and this time Bangladesh will win. Expecting an error-free umpiring.

Posted by android_user on (February 14, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

IF Angelo Perera gets a chance it will be very good...Chandimal is not t20 material and since he is yhe captain he has to be in the Sanga have to make way for Angelo P... SL surely have lots of young fire power in T20s...take a look at Kushal Janith... Angelo P also very very dangerous player who can clear the boundary any time... Also there are players like Chathuranga De Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithruwan, Bhanuka Rajapaksha...very dangerous t20 batsmen.... Also I have to say that injury of Thirimanne is the best thing happened for SL cricket this year...

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 14, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@ espncricifo: Why is this news posted on 'New Zealand vs India' page?

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 14, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Team_Bangladesh Respect for ur comment sir... Donot compare with your team with other team and just try to improve .Time and the dedication that you boys put into this game will determine the future of your team.It is same for SL too.What you see today is a result of tremendous hard work and dedication by our present and past players .. We may not be no 1 for ever but see somehow as a 3 rd world country like yours amidst so many struggles some how reached no 1 ... SA,IND,AUS are very much big in the sense of monetary vice and population vice , but in t20 format they are below us... It is not easy to bring cricket in a country to that status... Needs lot of hard work without thinking about money and passion of ppl..You have passion for sure... So try hard again and again....Donot enjoy beating no 1 team once and say oh yes!! We Are no 1 now.... It is just one match. But where you want to be is not winning one match or two against no 1.But Come To NO1 position.. Work on that .Cheers!!

Posted by android_user on (February 14, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

Luckily Sri Lankans won d Match! After great fielding nd a slight up/down in d batting Bangladesh deserved to win. too bad d umpiring was Faulty! everybody clearly saw on d big screen that d ball was above waist height! !!

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 14, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

@proud71 it's other way SL-(Mahela+Sanga+Dil)>BD BD>SL+(Mahela+Sanga+Dil) If SL replace these 3 senior oddies with Young PowerHitters like Kithurwan,Ashan Priyajan,Angelo Perera SL will way ahead of BD (SL-(Mahela+Sanga+Dil) )-10=BD

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 14, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

T20 matches are always going to be close... Because it is a 20-20 over game.. The skill and experience between good team and bad team narrows down in t20. If you move towards ODI gap can clearly be visible and in tests it was all about experience and reputation... Afganistan can beat SA in a t20 in an unlucky day..But they could have never defeated SA in a test ....:) .. So Whether No 1 t20 team playing in no10 does not have much difference like no 1 test team playing against no 10 test team... Margins may be small or as presumed bigger , but important thing is that you win the match.... Sri Lanka has done it...There is a very limited time to rectify a mistake that you have done within the match in T20 format. SL have done several in first innings.Resulted in below par score. But how away they could rectify them and sneak the WIN..That is where NO1 comes. BD will never have that ability.. That is what made SL no 1 for 1 and half years....

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

Mr Mohommd Isam just for your information- Thamim didn't play a upper cut..It was big edge and luckily went to no mans

Posted by Team_Bangladesh on (February 14, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

@ Shaluka Samarasena... yes bangladesh is below Ireland, in near future may be below Afganistan as well ( i wish it would not happen). we bangladeshi people are excited too much about cricket and our expectation is increasing ( Because of our recent performance). but it is undoubtedly true srilanka is far better than bangladesh. As a Bangladeshi, i will always support my team whether they are performing better or not. I would request my Bangladeshi friends not to go for comparison with our opponents. Time and output will proof our position.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

Hope Bangladesh will change their XI. They will took inform Mominul, Sabbir & drop Mithun, Forhad Reza. Anamul & Shamsur both are keeper. It will be good selecting one of them as a keeper.

Posted by proud71 on (February 14, 2014, 4:15 GMT)


Posted by ChandraPrince on (February 14, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Lucky, Sri Lanka averted likely loss to Bangladesh. What was Mathews thinking when he handed the ball in the last over to what's his name?

Posted by kohli_kuttu on (February 14, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

No one can beat our captain Dhoni's record of highest no.of LOSES overseas, 15-0. He's well on his way to making a world record with the help of our legendary fast bowler Ishant sharma.This record I think is currently held by Argentinian captain, so he better watch out.LOL. We definitely have lots to learn from teams like SL and Pak on how to win or at least how to draw a game.

Posted by Lakpj on (February 14, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

@Ashik Imran Yes mate you are absolutely correct when a team who had become runners up twice, semi finalists in 3 of the 4 T20 WCs held and currently ranked No1 beat the No 10 team it is a huge upset. Some of you BD fans are absolutely hilarious. lolzzz

Posted by android_user on (February 14, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

dropp Thisara P n Bring Angi P.we need Seeku in the middle send the ball to the crowd.I still can't understand why Mathews didn't bawl.Seeku n Sachi didn't using properly by the captan.Must be the very last oppertunity to Chandimal.For the T20 worldcup Mathews must be the leader of the World's no 1 T20 team....

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

@ Ashik Imranin T-20 Bangladesh are a better team than Srilanka..... He he he he he he he he

Posted by Fogu on (February 14, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

I still think Mithun should be given another chance. Mahmudullah can rest another game. Go Tigers! Go get 'em.

Posted by SamWintson92 on (February 14, 2014, 1:55 GMT)

1. Farhad Reza isn't good enough for T20s. Ziaur Rahman is better as he can hit big & chips in with wickets with good economy. Reza gives away plenty of runs & his T20 stats are no good. 2. It was a mistake to play Mithun who has nothing in his T20 records when Anamul can keep.

BAN XI for 2nd T20I: 1 Tamim 2 Shamsur 3 Anamul (WK) 4 Shakib 5 Shabbir 6 Nasir 7 Mahmudullah 8 Gazi 9 Mashrafee 10 Al-Amin 11 Arafat

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

@Ashik Imran - You alright in the head man? The evidence would suggest the exact opposite.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

Hope Bangladesh will change their XI. They will took inform Mominul, Sabbir & drop Mithun, Forhad Reza. Anamul & Shamsur both are keeper. It will be good selecting one of them as a keeper.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

@Ishak Imran... Yes Bangladesh is surely a much better T20 team than Sri Lanka. That explains why Sri Lanka is ranked no. 1 in the world and Bangladesh is ranked below Ireland.

Posted by nayonkhan on (February 13, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

Bangladesh line up should be : tamim, shamsur, mominul, anamul(wk), sakib, sabbir, nasir, shohag/mahmudullah, mashrafee(cpt), arafat, alamin. mominul is now the best inform could anyone overlook him...he can hit anything. ZIAUR RAHAMN would be best option for last day game and situation. we need some brutal power...whose mistiming also becomes 6 most of the time. mahmudullah can provide better, alittle bit though, batting option and can provide a little lesser substitution in bowling than gazi in the later part of the game. WE SHALL WIN IN SHA ALLAH TOMORROW....

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

alamin hossain should b in just 4 his hitting ability.his bowling ability should b bonus.rubel needs 2 b is farhad reza.especially his bowling.mahmudullah n sohag shoul both b in .mominul huque not playing! r u kidding me.he is da man 4 years 2 come 4 bd in any format of da game.make it happen mr faruq.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (February 13, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Alamin Hossain is better than rubel and he can also hit 6 and 4 . If Ziaur Rahman is not out of form with his balling , he can be experimented becuz he is very effective t20 baller.

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

Dont see the need of an all rounder, if he's able to bat only few balls and bowl just 1 over. Would be good for SL if they can drop Seekuge Prasanna and bring Ashen or Angelo Perera.

Posted by jerryman on (February 13, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

hopefully tissara P is dropped and replaced by Angelo P. If they decide to play Tissara , he should only bowl maybe 1 or 2 overs and maybe at the beginning of the innings . Either Matthews or Tissara , if playing , should open bowling with Senanyaake at the other end . during the last 4 overs Tissara must not bowl . Malinga should bowl all his 4 overs on the trot in the death overs . SL must improve in their fielding and the 1st 4 batsmen should be aggressive , while not simply throwing away their wickets by reckless shots . Good luck lions

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

I don't know why some people hate chandimal dz much! he is the best young batsman in Sri Lanka! Look at how our SL A players struggling England Lion! Chandimal made a ton against England national team when they at prime...

Posted by Rana38 on (February 13, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

My possible BD team: 1) Tamim 2) Shamsur 3) Anamul 4) Sakib 5) Sabbir 6) Nasir 7) Mahmudulla 8) Shohag Gazi 9) Masrafi 10) Rubel 11) Arafat Sani .

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 13, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

Tomorrow's game will be a good one for sure. BAN think they smell blood and will come out all guns blazing, which will be great to watch. However, SL will not make the same mistake twice and will look to absolutely thrash BAN. Kusal, Dilly and Chandimal will be the keys to SL batting and Malinga and Mendis in the bowling.

Angelo Mathews should be entrusted with bowling at either the beginning or midway through the innings. As he showed against PAK he is very capable at keeping the runs down and also taking wickets. Looking forward to a good game - best of luck to both sides.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

in T-20 Bangladesh are a better team than Srilanka..... Srilanka are a dangerous team and surely they have the potentials to make a huge upset by beating Bangladesh on their day !

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Srilanka have 8 bowlers what a poor selection- only chandimal kusal perera sanga can,t bowl in the team, 5 good bats man not good. dropped prasanna give Angelo perera in. time to go chandimal in his place. if chandimal fail once again he can,t become a captain in wc t20, lets hope dilshan back in his form with kusal, sanga and chandi need to take the partner ship and mathews and thishra finishes as well. angelo perera sachithira also can bat hard, srilanka going to win by big runs KUSAL PERERA man of the match go lions go we are waiting for kusal perere 100

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

SL should bring in chathuranga de silva into the word cup squad. hopefully he will get a chance for the ODIs and asia cup. he is in top form against the England lions. We badly need a left arm spinner in the absence of rangana.

Next game should be the last chance for chandimal for to prove his T20 ability.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

give chance to Angelo Perera & Pryanjan they are very good hitters specially Angelo Perera so test them before world T20 definitely they will proved their best select chathuranga De silva for world cup t20 he is also good hitter

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Tomorrow match will be very interesting contest BD is fighting mode if SL team take them lightly and underestimate they will win the 2nd match so play very strongly and protect your T20 Rang All the best for SL

Posted by Dhanu83 on (February 13, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

I don't how Dinesh Chandimal is doing the captaincy for SL. Actually is not suitable for 1st 11.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

Please drop thisara perera! he is most useless player in the team! he is poor batsman and worst bowler!

Posted by android_user on (February 13, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

I think someone should teach Thisara to use brain when bawling and should not be given death overs. I can remember in last IPL SRH lost a game cos of thisara. even Mathews would be a better option than Thisara. I think somehow Ashan Priyanjana should be given a place. Just drop Sanga or even Chandi :(

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 13, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

Chandimal is so lucky to be in the team. He is even more lucky to be apart of a great team except him. he is a liability among 10 assets. get him out and give his place to another. not thirimanna either they are both for 50 over and tests not T20

Posted by jerryman on (February 13, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Hopefully Dinesh is injured , so that Priyanjan can play and Angelo perera should come in for Tissara perera . Matthews can captain..This will be the best team.. Malinga fielding must improve ,if we had a better bowling option he should be removed

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 13, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Rest Sanga and give a chance to someone like Angelo Perera before the WT20

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 13, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Should give more chance to Prasanna to bowl to get his confidence & improve his bowling aspect & he should be made certain for the T20.

Posted by wapuser on (February 13, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

sri lankan team looks really strong lineup

Posted by Udendra on (February 13, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

Yes. Leave out Chandimal and bring in Angelo Perera.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Thisara is not suitable for death bowling. Bad captaincy of chandimal. He had to give full quota for prasanna and senanayake. Thisara was the most expensive bowler.

Posted by yohandf on (February 13, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

I was not happy on SL line up yesterday but i m looking differently at it now .Once Mahela comes , there will be no place to Angelo or Ashan . So they are loading a bowler to make them match fit . So we managed 168 after 4 /5 batsmen flopped . So it will get better in next game for sure . Thisara should come to form fast . Seekkuge should not go Ariel every time .

Posted by Deesh_Banneheka on (February 13, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

I think Thisara should be open with Kusal. Kusal, Thisara, Sachithra, Dilshan, Sanga, Methews, Chandi, Prasanna, Kulasekara, Mendis, Malinga

Posted by anver777 on (February 13, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

No need of any big changes for SL, keep the momentum going before ODI series !!!

Posted by YsaKaru on (February 13, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

sanath plz drop chandimal..........

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