Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Chittagong February 14, 2014

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win

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Sri Lanka 123 for 7 (Sangakkara 37, Thisara 35*, Mortaza 2-29) beat Bangladesh 120 (Sabbir 26, Malinga 3-20) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mashrafe Mortaza's first tilt at captaincy started and finished by falling at the crease in 2009 and 2010. Now, as a stopgap captain in place of Mushfiqur Rahim, he has made the most imaginative attempt by a Bangladeshi captain. With only 120 runs to defend, Mashrafe rotated his bowlers wisely, but in the end, Bangladesh went down on the final ball.

With two needed off the last delivery, Sachithra Senanayake smacked a short delivery from Farhad Reza for four. It was perhaps a cruel end for the bowler, as Reza had bowled five good deliveries before that when he started off with nine required off the final over. It was a lucky break for Sri Lanka, who have now won the series 2-0, and head to Dhaka for the ODI leg of the tour full of confidence.

In the tense finish, Senanayake and Thisara Perera, surprised with their lack of boundaries - the final six overs had only three fours - but they scampered the ones and twos, winning the game with a 27-run stand from 3.2 overs.

Bangladesh were tremendous in the field, particularly Mashrafe who didn't let the Sri Lankan top-order settle as he kept using bowlers for just one over each from the start.

Arafat Sunny gave just eight runs from his two overs and even picked up a wicket, as did Rubel Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah. Mashrafe himself snared two scalps.

Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal fell by missing reverse-sweeps while Tillakaratne Dilshan was bowled when looking to cut. Mashrafe's two-wicket over, the tenth of the innings, turned the game towards Bangladesh. He removed Angelo Perera with a fast off-cutter, and then took out Angelo Mathews with one that went out, inducing an edge.

Nuwan Kulasekara was run-out after he was turned back by the non-striker, but Kumar Sangakkara kept the runs flowing and eventually ended as the team's highest run-getter with 37. However, in the 17th over in which he had taken 11 runs, Sangakkara found short third-man where Tamim Iqbal took a smart catch.

When Bangladesh decided to bat, Kulasekara's two wickets went by unnoticed. Tamim Iqbal and Farhad Reza went after him, faltered and gave catches. But the catches Kulasekara took, dispirited Bangladesh's aggression. Lasith Malinga took three wickets, while Senanayake finished with 2 for 11.

Sri Lanka had started the innings with a dropped catch. Malinga could only touch the ball over his head at short fine-leg, off the third delivery of the opening over. But just like Shamsur Rahman had done the last time when a spinner opened the bowling in a T20 against Bangladesh, he dinked Dilshan's poor fifth delivery to midwicket, getting easily caught.

Tamim Iqbal followed suit in the next over, holing out to third man, with his running flash outside off-stump making for poor shot selection. Sometimes, Tamim goes back to his early days in international cricket when he could charge any bowler. But with so much knowledge of his batting being ferried around, some of these shots have become too predictable.

Anamul Haque kept the holiday crowd entertained when he slammed two fours and two sixes off Dilshan's next over. Both sixes were through midwicket, as Anamul attacked confidently. Shakib was giving him good support at that stage, but the partnership was brought to an end by a stunning catch.

Kulasekara ran hard from mid-on as Shakib skied towards long-on, the fielder continually running until he caught up with the dipping ball. The impact of his dive took him close to the boundary, but he held on and stayed within bounds. Kulasekara would also have a large say about the last Bangladesh wicket, when he dived in from deep cover to catch Sabbir Rahman's slice.

Exactly two overs later, Kusal Perera tried to better Kulasekara at deep midwicket, when he intercepted Anamul's slog sweep with a tremendous effort at the boundary. He was mid-air when he dived to his right.

Only a small section of the crowd, adorned in the deep blue of Sri Lanka, cheered heartily as the rest of the 15,000 remained largely silent. Nasir Hossain and Farhad Reza gave easy catches to cover, while Mahmudullah was a victim of poor calling from the debutant Sabbir Rahman, who was the team's top-scorer with 26.

Ultimately, the hosts were left ruing a second consecutive last-ball defeat in the space of three days.

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

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  • amhagers on February 17, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @Kalana Jayawardene So Sir, following your logic how about SL's latest away toure (in UAE)? Or how about SL's record comparing home and away? And yes WI & Aus has shown how tough it is to remain on top for MORE THAN 19 months. And SL was almost losing the only T20 (and a series) to BD in own backyard, thanks to an strange lbw call to cut short the chase, can check Cricinfo.

    Your recent comment pretty much reflects your arrogance followed by bias, which is uncommon in my SL friends or in regular SL fans. SL has been my favorite team after BD since early 90's, always has been charmed by their rise in international cricket; and we BD take it as inspiration to rise from a LOW-RANK team (as in early 90's!) to Top-rank someday. With due respect obviously.

  • on February 16, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @Wahid59 SL dont have to prove anything, last ball win or first ball win, win is a win. That is the difference btw champion side and mediocre side. SL have beat Aus in Aus 2-0, Eng in Eng.They have not lost a bilateral T20 series ever. After-all keeping No 1 position for 19 months is not a easy task. Now again you are trying to undermine SL. Anyway there are lots of BD fans trying to undermine opposition. Even though BD beat NZ in home does that mean BD is better than NZ? Answer is no. BD beat NZ at home and dont think they can beat NZ anywhere else. BD team is good at home but its a mediocre team in away matches. It is evident in last Zimbabwe tour.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 16, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @All SL fans....... Why don't u see Dilshan's out of Form? 2 matches 3 runs.0 and 3 Even Chandimal played better 18,3. Because he is a Senior of 38 years old...................?. Please Answer .........................................................

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 16, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    As SL fans every time saying last ball win is a win.but doubts But Rank1 team played 20 overs 4 a win against NO10 side means some big issues in 1st Rank Team Major issue of SL is other than Kusal any other not in a T20 batsmens quality. Start from DIL he got only 3 for entire series continuing lack of form in BBL 62 of 4 matches.Simply his t20 carrier is over better atlaest out from T20 WC. Sanga might good in low score chases but if he play whole 20 overs we will be in loosing side because of low SR. Chandi,Thiri is good Test,ODI player but never T20 players. Thisara gain some form but we want 30+ in 150-160 SR from him. Mathews neither play aggressively nor defensively.don't know what happened to him. Even Angelo Perera waste his chance but i think we have to give a another chance. I think we should give chances to Kithruwan,Asahan and Chathuranga at least rotative basis. If this team will play in WC we will not qualify 4 atlaest Semis.

  • Wahid59 on February 16, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene: did I even once mentioned Sri Lanka with disrespect? Actually they are my second favorite team! Unfortunately you are trying to belittle Bangladesh quite unnecessarily.Did you thought that,if Bangladesh is that bad (according to you, no chance of qualifying beating Afghanistan!); how good is Sri Lanka, who had to go to the last ball lottery to beat them in both the matches? By trying to belittle Bangladesh, actually you are undermining Sri Lanka's achievements. Give due respect to the opponents, your would get it back doubly.

  • amhagers on February 16, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene, please read Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid's comment, you would get an idea how BD supporters respect others. It's rather feeling you need to take care of respecting opposition: you're quite bashing a team (BD) out of qualifying round so early even after two such consecutive games. Both games were last ball chances that could go either way; winners or losers can be regarded little differing in performances.

    This series and last T20I's with NZ and SL (in SL) show BD's coming up in this format, despite early wobbling years. And please remember mate, in shortest format there is not so much of 'big team', 'small team', can be anyone's day.

  • fr600 on February 16, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Given T20 rankings, I think BD performed pretty well.

  • on February 15, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @wahid59 when I mentioned about "4 teams in contention for 2 spots" what I meant was the teams that actually has a chance for the main round. Ok I m wrong about not beating test side as simply I forgot Zimbabwe is playing test cricket again and first match they played after re admission to test was against bd and won by 335 runs. And then they won the odi series 2-1 and then they shared the T20 with bd. So did I get my facts right.?Winning just 1 T20 against Zimbabwe doesn't really give ranking points as they are ranked at 14th place just like sl didn't get any point for beating bd 2-0. Dear bd fans learn to respect your opposition team specially if the opposition is current world champs, or current Asia cup champs or a team that has consistently perform above and beyond for the past 7 year world cups by playing 4 wc finals.

  • Wahid59 on February 15, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @kalana Jayawardene: When you said, Bangladesh has never beaten a test team you didn't qualify the statement with a time frame and also as you have mentioned; as they have beaten Zimbabwe in the 2 year cycle, your point remains wrong! Regarding World T20 qualifying, you again failed to check the facts: 8 teams would vie for 2 spots in the main draw, not 4 as mentioned by you!

  • TigerRoars on February 15, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Generally the hosts don't have to play qualifying rounds, but Bangladesh generally has to work hard for everything, don't they?

  • amhagers on February 17, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @Kalana Jayawardene So Sir, following your logic how about SL's latest away toure (in UAE)? Or how about SL's record comparing home and away? And yes WI & Aus has shown how tough it is to remain on top for MORE THAN 19 months. And SL was almost losing the only T20 (and a series) to BD in own backyard, thanks to an strange lbw call to cut short the chase, can check Cricinfo.

    Your recent comment pretty much reflects your arrogance followed by bias, which is uncommon in my SL friends or in regular SL fans. SL has been my favorite team after BD since early 90's, always has been charmed by their rise in international cricket; and we BD take it as inspiration to rise from a LOW-RANK team (as in early 90's!) to Top-rank someday. With due respect obviously.

  • on February 16, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    @Wahid59 SL dont have to prove anything, last ball win or first ball win, win is a win. That is the difference btw champion side and mediocre side. SL have beat Aus in Aus 2-0, Eng in Eng.They have not lost a bilateral T20 series ever. After-all keeping No 1 position for 19 months is not a easy task. Now again you are trying to undermine SL. Anyway there are lots of BD fans trying to undermine opposition. Even though BD beat NZ in home does that mean BD is better than NZ? Answer is no. BD beat NZ at home and dont think they can beat NZ anywhere else. BD team is good at home but its a mediocre team in away matches. It is evident in last Zimbabwe tour.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 16, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @All SL fans....... Why don't u see Dilshan's out of Form? 2 matches 3 runs.0 and 3 Even Chandimal played better 18,3. Because he is a Senior of 38 years old...................?. Please Answer .........................................................

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 16, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    As SL fans every time saying last ball win is a win.but doubts But Rank1 team played 20 overs 4 a win against NO10 side means some big issues in 1st Rank Team Major issue of SL is other than Kusal any other not in a T20 batsmens quality. Start from DIL he got only 3 for entire series continuing lack of form in BBL 62 of 4 matches.Simply his t20 carrier is over better atlaest out from T20 WC. Sanga might good in low score chases but if he play whole 20 overs we will be in loosing side because of low SR. Chandi,Thiri is good Test,ODI player but never T20 players. Thisara gain some form but we want 30+ in 150-160 SR from him. Mathews neither play aggressively nor defensively.don't know what happened to him. Even Angelo Perera waste his chance but i think we have to give a another chance. I think we should give chances to Kithruwan,Asahan and Chathuranga at least rotative basis. If this team will play in WC we will not qualify 4 atlaest Semis.

  • Wahid59 on February 16, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene: did I even once mentioned Sri Lanka with disrespect? Actually they are my second favorite team! Unfortunately you are trying to belittle Bangladesh quite unnecessarily.Did you thought that,if Bangladesh is that bad (according to you, no chance of qualifying beating Afghanistan!); how good is Sri Lanka, who had to go to the last ball lottery to beat them in both the matches? By trying to belittle Bangladesh, actually you are undermining Sri Lanka's achievements. Give due respect to the opponents, your would get it back doubly.

  • amhagers on February 16, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene, please read Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid's comment, you would get an idea how BD supporters respect others. It's rather feeling you need to take care of respecting opposition: you're quite bashing a team (BD) out of qualifying round so early even after two such consecutive games. Both games were last ball chances that could go either way; winners or losers can be regarded little differing in performances.

    This series and last T20I's with NZ and SL (in SL) show BD's coming up in this format, despite early wobbling years. And please remember mate, in shortest format there is not so much of 'big team', 'small team', can be anyone's day.

  • fr600 on February 16, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Given T20 rankings, I think BD performed pretty well.

  • on February 15, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    @wahid59 when I mentioned about "4 teams in contention for 2 spots" what I meant was the teams that actually has a chance for the main round. Ok I m wrong about not beating test side as simply I forgot Zimbabwe is playing test cricket again and first match they played after re admission to test was against bd and won by 335 runs. And then they won the odi series 2-1 and then they shared the T20 with bd. So did I get my facts right.?Winning just 1 T20 against Zimbabwe doesn't really give ranking points as they are ranked at 14th place just like sl didn't get any point for beating bd 2-0. Dear bd fans learn to respect your opposition team specially if the opposition is current world champs, or current Asia cup champs or a team that has consistently perform above and beyond for the past 7 year world cups by playing 4 wc finals.

  • Wahid59 on February 15, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    @kalana Jayawardene: When you said, Bangladesh has never beaten a test team you didn't qualify the statement with a time frame and also as you have mentioned; as they have beaten Zimbabwe in the 2 year cycle, your point remains wrong! Regarding World T20 qualifying, you again failed to check the facts: 8 teams would vie for 2 spots in the main draw, not 4 as mentioned by you!

  • TigerRoars on February 15, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Generally the hosts don't have to play qualifying rounds, but Bangladesh generally has to work hard for everything, don't they?

  • on February 15, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @Mohammad Wahid Hossain For the ranking points they only consider results in last 2 years so I checked 2012 year and 2013 year. Guess what they only beat Zimbabwe in T20 (for a test playing nation) other victory have come against Netherlands. There was a one T20 against scotland in scotland and guess what BD have lost it too. T20 WC there are 4 teams that competes for 2 spots (Afganistan, Zimbabwe, BD, and Ireland) and I dont see BD qualifying it to main round. cricinfo please publish

  • on February 15, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Mashrafee has done what he possibly could think against the No.1 side in T20 , though, we had our best weapon Sakib as well as Sunny. It is the Bangladesh team who has proved themselves through out the series and made the win tougher for the defending champs. Bravo tigers! Concentrate on the up coming ODI series. We have lot of things to perform according to our capabilities. Do not forget you were the finalist of last Asia Cup. Our gratitude to the Lankan team to become our guests and made the positive impression to the world about the forth coming T20 world cup and made the situation easier for Bangladesh . This is how cricket proceeds and expands. Thanks to both the teams for a nice series! Mohammad Mamunar Rashid

  • stormy16 on February 15, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    SL the better team to win with the lower order and that's I guess they are the number one team and for a long time. Bangladesh were unlucky but SL were good enough to win the tight games. SL will have concerns, Dilshan has done nothing and Chandi is a serios concern ahead of the WC. Nice to see Tissera back in action and having an impact on both games with bat on ball in the last over in both games.

  • British_North_America on February 15, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Jegenadhan_94 Don't compare between BD ODI and BD T20 team.They are different.

  • on February 15, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    well that was a close game...but SL has some areas of concern.... first one is Captain Chandi..I have no doubt about his talent but he is short of confidence and playing t20s not helping him....Mathewes should be captain in T20s as well but world cup looming selectors will not want to change captaincy...Angelo Perera played a rash shot but I think he is a very talented player and selectors have to give him an extended run.... Odi team should be; Dili, Kushal, Chandi,Sanga,Priyanjan/Angelo P,Mathewes, Thisara, Kula,Sachi,Mendis,Mali

  • Jegenadhan_94 on February 15, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    lost won N/R win % against Sri Lanka 1986-2013 33 28 4 0 1 12.50 this is how BD against SL. lol

  • on February 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    To all those people who r complaining about some comments by cricket fans, why bother so much about their comment. there is a reason why they r not in the field as a cricketer or cricket analyst. There is a reason why they are ist in commenting about others! They exist in every single country be it Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan or India. incapable of doing it thyself - defines them well. Please do the math and stop replying to them. They will stop automatically.

  • Bdcricketdebator on February 15, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Okay we played with our 2nd choise team and they were equell to sri.if our main bowler abdur razzak and batsmen musfique we will win the t20 world cup for sure.just look at this players performance for bd in last 2 years you will find out.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 15, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    I think Chandi is a good batsman. He is just having a very long (:P) bad time. He just loses concentration once he gets a start, usually. These are mental battles rather than physical. Today, we cheer for Sanga. But I remember, we used to blame Sanga. I remember Sanga even caused run-outs! But, at some moment, he started firing. And even today, sometimes we blame him for not doing enough. It's a part of game. Sometimes people have good times. Sometimes they have bad times. I have faith in him. But, somehow, they should give some chance for Kithruwan. What happened to Dilshan Munaweera? Since the T20 will be in Bangladesh, it will be a good idea to try Munaweera also. But, Kusal must be there. May be Dilshan left out for a day and in place, comes Munaweera. Akila Danajaya is another prospect. He must be in the squad. He can turn the ball like a genuine spinner, both ways. But the problem is their lack of batting ability. Sri Lanka cannot have many bowlers without batting capability.

  • on February 15, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    still not impress with the captain's batting....... it's a serious concern ... if he is not batting well he is blocking a nother good players possession. dilruwan,seekku,priyanjan, and also maiya are there. i still believes that mathews can manage the t20 captaincy. its not a good selection by sanath to include chandimal in the t 20 team

  • nothingnew on February 15, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    I am really sad about sri lankan performance . Chandimal should have dropped from team for t20 world cup . otherwise we will loose . since he became captain , he couldn't find score with him self yet. Ashan priyanjana should be played on behalf of Chandimal . best regards

  • phaktaa_tikit on February 15, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Once again a classic example of bowler's contribution being ignored when deciding Man of the Match. Senanayake should have been the man of the match for such an economical bowling with two crucial strikes, that really restricted Bangladesh to a low score. Then complimented it with useful batting in the end. But, as usual bowlers' contribution does not catch anybody's eyes. Guys, hope you guys too take notice of this type of discrimination

  • THEBEAST7 on February 15, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Hey Guys, Stop fighting. Bangladesh did well in both games and it was a great fight by them. They certainly played better than a number 10 in the world. Stop acting like the Indian fans for gods sake!

    Even though we won these two games there are major areas to be addressed before the T20 WC. Chandi is a very talented batsman but he is not suitable for this format. He can not be picked just because he is the captain. We made a big mess of y'days game when what required was only 6 runs per over! Look at how our captain got out y'day... Pathetic!!. Chandi should be dropped and Mathews should be the captain for all three formats. We certainly need to read the game well if we are to win the t20 WC... When you are chasing 121 to win in 20 overs, no need to try to finish the game in 10!

  • Jegenadhan_94 on February 15, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Haha its hilarious to see some predictions of BD fans. Guys SL is the runners up of last two WC. Evan could BD reach into semis?? BD has improved recently. There's no doubt but SL is the better side. I think if BD can win atleast 1 match in coming up ODIs thats good for them.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 15, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    both teams played well and i applaud both of them but SL being the no1 team showed they are truly no1.but inspite of we Indians congratulating SL on their success here,there are some fans who are hellbent on taking poshots at us.at the same time i dont understand why our fellow contrymen want to ridicule other teams.how about some constructive criticism???rather than mudslinging.and dont understand why BD has to play qualifiers when they are hosting the tournament itself.

  • on February 15, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Rayhan Chowdhury: feel sorry for you mate. but better mind that luck is part of any game and win is always a win and loss is always a loss. there are enough evidences to say that' previous one was not a no ball. so try to accept the decisions with some spirit rather than lame excuses and complaints. BD is a good side but not good enough to beat other sub continent teams regularly. anyway better luck for BAN in ODI series.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 15, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Yesterday, Kulaya's catching was superb! Wow! Unleash yourself Sri Lanka!

  • RukmalH on February 15, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    It was really poor batting performance by Sri Lankan players, these kind of performance will NOT help to T20 WC even reach to semi.

    Dear Lions, please do your home-work, in T20 WC we'll meet SA,NZ,IN,AUS and many more outstanding teams.

    Good luck both teams (Lions & Tigers)

  • Prabhash1985 on February 15, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    And it's a delight to have Shakib Al Hasan in our neighbouring country. It's a pride for us, too. In very nervous situations, he can perform well. Being the Wisden Cricketer's "Test Player of the Year" in November 2009, what is he doing in the isles :P??? That man is respected all over the world. He should feel comfortable captaining the country, rather than concentrating on personal performances only. You have to take responsibility at least when the country requires you to do so.

    During the match, even when there was visible impact of dew, I was checking how many overs left, when will Shakib Al Hasan bowl. To be honest, it's ridiculous to not let him bowl final over.

    I rather wonder whether this is the sort of low, slow pitch you are going to play for T20 World Cup!

  • Sinhaya on February 15, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    @Rayhan Chowdhury, give SL credit when due. I am a huge fan of Bangladesh by the way. Forgot how Tamim was lucky in the 1st T20 when he was given not out when caught behind by Sanga?? Bangladesh too had luck in the 1st T20. So the last ball no ball denial evened out. Yesterday, Sri Lanka had no luck as we won thanks to Thisara heroics.

  • Sidath346 on February 15, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Personally, I feel SL won narrowly as they held on their nerves at the last moment but with that said, batting was very bad in both games so definitely something to improve on come the 3 ODIs. SL are a much better team than this so they need to improve and not take teams too lightly. BD are now a much better side and more capable of fighting hard so hope our guys learn a good lesson and strike hard in the ODIs. Good luck to both teams.

  • Sidath346 on February 15, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    @Rayhan Chowdhury: I think you are being so extremely naive and narrow minded. In the first place, learn to give credit to the opposition when it is due and admit the fact that you guys lost 2-0 and lost the first test embarrassingly to make it 1-0 after a better show by BD in the 2nd test. In this game, it was a tense finish but in the end SL held their nerve like a top team should and won the game so it was not luck. We also admit, that our batting failed big time and don't forget that your team failed too with the bat. We have always given BD credit when its due. Seriously, if you talk like this after losing, can't imagine what you'd be saying had you won. There's a true saying: empty vessels make the biggest noise. The 1st T20, we all admit, there was an umpiring error but certainly not this game. Just because your team has improved over the past years, they still have a long way to go in terms of winning consistently so save your words till then.

  • on February 15, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Some says sl was lucky in both games and all credit goes to ban hahaha what a joke, let me say this, if sl can get lucky for all coming matches and all credit goes to losing side good on ya, who gives a shit to credits in t20 anyway

  • on February 15, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Rayhan Chowdhury - ha ha you take all the credit in the world....And try to fix your broken hart..rather than complaining umpires or other teams luck just try to ask your coach to teach how to face for a full toss mate.....Except BD's all know that its not a no ball....If you say that we won because our luck what about Thamim's catch..what about all the edges went to boundary..?? the reason you get less total because edes were very minimum..few came from your captains Bat though..poor Rayhan....feel sooo sorry for you...

  • Prabhash1985 on February 15, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    My opinion is that there is no other player better than Shakib Al Hasan in Bangladesh. I wonder why he is not captaining their country. He deserves more respect from the board and team. He is a class player. If you want to win, I think you should let him express himself more by giving him more controllability.

  • Rafelgibt on February 15, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    For ALLAH's sake give Tamim a break from all international matches...Playing like this would not help him and BAN for a sure...And really time has come to make a specialized t20 team including players like- sabbir,ziaur, anamul,nazmul hossain milon,alok kapali etc (Not like nasir,mahmudullah,shohag,mominul as they must be selected for ODIs and TESts only)...In this way players would be more attentive and sincere towards the team...Otherwise, they would be over complaisant like Tamim and Nasir...

  • --.-- on February 15, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    BD might have lost the series but I'm very impressed with their performances. Both matches could have gone anywhere. SL was lucky they were on winning side on both the occasions.

    Can't wait for Asia Cup, and 2016 when BD will tour India. It is not easy to beat BD in sub-continent as they play spin bowling well.

    Good luck to every team for Asia Cup.

    - Indian Fan.

  • British_North_America on February 15, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Rayhan Chowdhury Don't day like this.Give credit where it is due.Sri Lanka was lucky in the first match but not in the second.-BD Fan.

  • yohandf on February 15, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    As a die hard SL fan , i m pretty annoyed with our team . T20 s generally get close contests like first game. but SL batted awfully to create this game interesting . this should have been a straight forward run chase but our batters imploded barring Sanga & Tail . Starting from Captain , what is Chandimal doing ? he never creates a n inning in T20 (so average is 13) . Dilshan is careless . Angelo perera is looking like he is not in international league . SL need to improve on batting according to situations . otherwise we will not be able to qualify semi s in T20 2014 . Bangladesh on the other hand showed lots of promise and very unlucky not to win least one game .

  • SL_rockz on February 15, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Shahed Ahmed

    I bet U mate BD will loose series 2-1... we will win 2 matches minimum... You defeat NZ ,that is another case..But against SL you will never succeed.... Hope u donot get white washed....

  • on February 15, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Bangladesh played very well compare with Sri Lanka. Both of the matches were won by Sri Lanka luckily. 1st match won by last ball of 3rd umpire's wrong decision which everyone knows that. And the 2nd one is also won by fully depends on Sri Lanka's luck. So No credit goes to them at all. If bottom list Bangladesh can make Sri Lanka like this; then I can understand why they have lost with Pakistan. 3 out of 4 matches Bangladesh has played well & shown how capable they are. So all credit goes to them instead of Sri Lanka.

  • on February 15, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    In Bangladesh, Bangladesh is very different side to face, it's a good game of cricket after pathetic display of batting from the both sides. Sanga played the grate inning and very disappointed with Chandi his captency is not the problem but always batting worries us. How many opportunities he missed-out and we don't wanna see him as another kapugedara. It is not easy for ODI with the bangladesh

  • 9ST9 on February 15, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Gavin Murgatroyd on commentary summed up the whole scenario nicely by saying "That's why they are the #1 team in T20"...because they stuck out till the end, and they had batting that could salvage from such a huge slide.

  • randi88 on February 15, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    @asadc2003 SL school cricket is far better there are many good players are waiting to come to the national side,last 10 years 2 times we were 50wc runner up and 2times t20 runnner up cricket is a team game, mathews is far better player than ur players, wait and see what wil happen in 3 ODI s

  • on February 15, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    dilruwan perera should be added to the squad....

  • Vikum72 on February 15, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    How did this chap Angelo Perera came in to the SL team? Was that the cricketing stroke he played? Looked like hockey to me! Also he looked like he'd break down crying at any moment!

  • KEVINSL on February 15, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    When it comes as a team, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are always ahead than India and Pakistan. Of course India produced some great legends though they perform only in India but All we know the bottom line should be result of the match . not How many individual centuries you made and the higher averages of the players. Historically Sri Lankan players are not GODS. but as a team Sri Lanka is a Top class Team. thats why exactly they qualified to four world tournament finals in last six years

  • on February 15, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Congratulations to both teams! Reading the comments above me makes me come to a conclusion that either these people haven't watched cricket for some time or have have been time travelling from the past. It's hight time to accept as a strong cricketing nation at least on ODIs and T20Is. SL may have been No.1 but they sure wasn't expecting this much of fight from the tigers. Just to clarify a win is a win. No second thoughts, no might have beens. SL dug a hole for them selves and they got out from it. That's what champion teams do. They will perform under any circumstances. BAN on the other hand messed up in some key moments but they have poitives more than the SL teams. For those who are mentioning that SL won't stand a chance when they come up to likes of Finch, Anderson, Kohli etc. well I don't think the visiting teams from outside the sub-continent will stand a chance in these pitches. Ball is not coming on, damp outfields. Don't be narrow minded people. SL will lift themselves up!

  • on February 15, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    I think srilanka performed better than this, both matches we won with in last ball. Because unnessary strokes going to hit two three our batsmen, but in this match fielding better than last match. if any game of cricket if u not fielded well u cant keep ranking, u cant win matches. we must think about that, because i'm always believe it. fielding is branded name of srilanka cricket from history.So we should continue it. Also malinga not physically fit, See his bodylanguage totally he weak in the field.He is over weight, let him get fitness back, otherwiise we lost him very near future, That's why he cant performed like before,See his bowling now. Fitness coach should get responsible for this, u cant keep on players fitness u are not suitable for this job.

  • on February 15, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Sri lankans within top 10 ranking Batsmen 8-dilshan 9-mahela Bowlers 5-ajantha mendis Allrounders 6-mathews

    Collectively Sri Lanka the No 1

  • on February 15, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    BD vs SL Final coming up :D

    And I don't think that giving the last over to Shakib would have been a good idea. Have you ever seen Thisara getting out to a spinner ? Have anybody seen what he has done to Murali in BBL ? What he have done to Ajmal in that last tour of Pakistan in Sri Lanka , Have anybody seen Thisara smashing Robin Pieterson for 35 runs? , and specially , There is also the dew factor.

  • KingOwl on February 15, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    I wonder why Thisara did not get even a single over? Was it some kind of an experiment? In the last match, Angie didn't bowl at all, but he bowled two here. I wish Andrew Fernando was reporting. He always gets the inside scoop on team selection, strategy, etc. This article is really boring.

  • Coolbanker1234 on February 15, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    I used to be a big Bangladesh fan. Being Sri Lankan , and being in our journey from early stages, I wanted them to taste the same success we had and get that feeling of satisfaction. Unlike one sided I cocky Indian fans, I thought Bangladesh fans were gracious and also enjoyed good cricket similar to Sri Lankan and Pakistan fans. Now I see a new generation of Bangladesh fans who are starting to be like the Indians . They have someone to blame every time they lose or they think they are the authority over what happens in the field. I got up this morning and I am looking forward to seeing what excuse they cone up with. Bangladesh is a very good team and has great new talent coming through. Just enjoy your team guys and enjoy your success.

  • on February 15, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Sandip manjrekar

    please brother , don't sleep anymore , it is time to wake up for you . where were you when BD reached final in asia cup ? where were you when NZ got another test of bangla wash ? where were you when we won the series against WI? Where were you when we won series against associates country like Ireland and that was in their home ground ? where were you when we drew a series against srilanka in their home ground ? where were you when we beat you in Asia cup , world cup ?and now you are saying associate teams are better than bd ? nowadays we don't count india as a team . we are more stronger than any other team in subcontinent at least in odi fortmat .

  • Ms.Cricket on February 15, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    These are the two worst fielding sides in world cricket at the moment!

  • on February 15, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan , i am proud of the players. they played good cricket in host ground. They are slowly but steadily building up as strong team.All these are happening at the right time. Dinesh Chandimal has a long way to go, but it is a good start. Sri Lanka maintains the 1st Position, hope they will do well in ODIs too. to my opinion, i personally feel reverse sweep is not necessary for this match. Sri Lanka could have won easily.

  • on February 15, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    It's terrible to compare Bangladesh with Afghanistan. BD is a competitive international team and can beat any opposition on their day. Also, don't forget most of their players are extremely young, far younger than the youngest players in most international teams. When these guys hit their late 20's and early 30's , I think we will see much consistent performances from Bangladesh.

  • Legaleagle on February 15, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Check Bangaldesh's cricket record in any format against Pakistan. You will know where you stand.

  • on February 14, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    unconvincing win by Sri Lanka narrowly escape humiliation by BD

  • kohli_kuttu on February 14, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Dhoni definitely needs to learn from Chandimal and the whole of SL team how to win games. our pathetic away record continues and we will go past all the second tier cricketing nations for the highest no.of away loses. We will be soon catching up with Hawaiian captain who currently has an away loss record of 19-0, ours is 15-0. So with the help of our legendary bowler Ishant Sharma and co. we will be breaking these records in no time. Anyways congrats to SL on this victory, they truly deserve it. From an indian fan

  • Messa1 on February 14, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Wow what a game that was, SL proved why they are and why they deserve to be the no1 ranked T20 side. We still have some areas to improve on and if we do that quick enough we will be the winners of T20 world cup. Also I want to know what those geniuses who were yelling at the selectors has to say about Angelo Perera? He might be good in domestic games but he is absolutely USELESS in international games. This is his second failure without scoring much runs. Not only that he almost made Sanga a run out victim. Please DON'T bring him to the T20 world cup,he's just another over rated player just like Kapugedara. Let S.Prasanna in, he is a much better player as we saw in the Pak tour. Anyways Good Luck to team SL in the ODI's. Hope to see a 3-0 victory for SL :)

  • on February 14, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    M Islam , you are doing great job for BD in cricnfo. and your report and analysis is right. It was a good analysis and interview in front of camera.

  • Fogu on February 14, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    @ S. Manjrekar- some associates are better than BD? Hah! Your board is so scared of getting bounced out early that they want BD to play in qualifying round hoping associate teams upset them. you guys keep down playing BD, even though BD has knocked you guys out of two tournaments. Your team needs protection by your board, protection from relegation, protection by having BD and ZM playing qualifiers. If you were so good, you would open the T20 WC to 12 teams and try to win it. Hah!

  • on February 14, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Zia is a better t20 player while Farhad is a better test player (Just look at their profile) but the BCB selectors would chose Zia for test and Farhad for t20!!! what a crazy selectors you could get. Sabbir played like a test player who was playing for himself and looking for a spot in the team. He doesn't know how to rotate the strike. He should have sacrified himself for more experienced Mahmudulla.

  • on February 14, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    big thing why shakib or arafat didnt ball.. well in the middle period it was sanga and perera batting... both left handed... and sanga did hit shakib quite a few times in the test... plus there was dew.. ball couldnt be gripped... Please dont blame Mas! Neither Musi nor any other captain could have pumped all the players this much as him while defending only 120.. He is the best in cheering up.. So, please before blaming him think about the match conditions...

  • on February 14, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    Good to see BD is showing consistency in t20. I think by 2020 BD will be another BIG team from the South Asia after the SL, IND, and PAK. BD plays much better in ODIs then tests and t20s and based on the previous matches played against SL (last 4 matches BD won 2, 1 Draw and SL won 1), my statistical predition is BD will win the series by 2-1. If you look at the whole series you will see this is what BD did so far: lose, draw, lose (in the last ball) and lose (in the last ball). so next 1 win then lose and then win again. anyone want to bet?

  • on February 14, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Some people I guess don't understand the word "DEW". Mashrafe's captaincy was superb in the last two matches! He made fantastic decisions. If Shakib or Sunny were allowed to bowl in the last 5, match would be over before that. They wouldn't be able to grip it neither would they be able to actually spin it. This would allow the batsman easy access to runs. Mash is a great captain and those usless former legends of ours who were criticizing him, well shut up. You guys came down to play at 9 A.M. in the morning and match finished by 12:30. Our young team is much better than you which is actually the opposite of other teams. I am glad to say that we played fantastic in these T20 matches and we have a great chance in the World T20... Let's In Shaa Allah hope for a BanglaWash in ODIs :D We got this boys!

  • TheKeeper on February 14, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! But also well played Bangladesh. I knew that SL would go back and do their homework before this game, and it showed in how they set the field and bowled to the individual BAN batsman. BAN highest scorer was a debutant, and that also showed that SL only couldn't do their homework on Sabbir/debutant.

    BAN was poor with the bat, but came back fighting as a team with the ball and really impressed. They made SL sweat, but SL showed their cool heads on experienced shoulders waiting until the very last ball to seal the win. I was well impressed with BAN's fightback with the ball and also rather surprised by Tamim, Shakib and Bijoy's batting mindset - freakish. Tamim & Shakib are old and experienced enough to know better and for one to play the anchor role. Bijoy has some small technical issues but is only 21 and has a great future ahead.

    Well played BAN, let's hope you can put up a fight in the ODI's - otherwise we thrash you there too :) Thanks!

  • PK-KID on February 14, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Minnows Battle Continues ...

  • Cricsnake on February 14, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    @asadc2003 Of course I agree that SL youngsters are inconsistent. But Chandimal played well in Aus & SA. So do Thirimanne. They are very week in Asian pitches. Kusal Perera is promising in both Aus & Asia. In tests Silva, Kithruwan, Dilruwan with bat & Lakamal, Eranga with ball. There are plenty of very young fast bowlers training under Vaas. So do in U19 team. When Jayasuriya, Aravinda, Vaas, Murali retires many people feared SL cannot win again. But Sanga & Mahela with Malinga & Kule cleared the myth. We came 2011 WC final & won a couple of tests. Cricket is a team game and if you play as a team, you can do much better than isolated legends. BD today played as a team and won our hearts though they lost the match. Lets enjoy the team spirit rather than praising legends.

  • Sudhir65 on February 14, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    You can not judge someone's nationality by their "name" on this forum. Guy writing with an Indian name could be Pakistani (or any one else) or vice-versa.

    Let me just say that as an Indian fan I will never ever look down upon Bangladesh team- after the ODI WC humiliation we suffered, Bangladeshis knocked us out again in last Asia Cup. I think it is a good team.

  • on February 14, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    @ Kalana Jayawardene: "So truth is BD have never won against test nations so as Afganistan"; please, please check your facts before posting your comments! Bangladesh actually won 2 T20's each against fellow test playing countries: West Indies and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh's T20 record is poor enough; it doesn't need your manipulation to make it appear even poorer!

  • on February 14, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    @ tearisle

    Get a life dude !! BD...WC T20 finalist ?? Why ?? Just because your team exhausted to register win on last ball on both occasions. Some one commented here that majority of Sri Lankan knows how to respect other and appreciate good cricket where the Indo-Pak fans are all about speak rubbish about others. Is this good gesture comments?? Is this good one outing?? World No 1 in T20 is fighting with World no .10 (might be worst actually as associates are better than BD) and escaped narrowly. Most of time they have huffed & puffed. Is this serious cricket are you talking about?? And your words are already marked. I know you won't reappeared here but let me tell you that BD should concentrate on entering in main round first & then should think about next target. With this kinda form I doubt SL would do any fair in WC T20 2014...............

  • on February 14, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    @ tearisle

    of Get a life dude !! BD...WC T20 finalist ?? Why ?? Just because your team exhausted to register win on last ball on both occasions. Some one commented here that majority of Sri Lankan knows how to respect other and appreciate good cricket where the Indo-Pak fans are all about speak rubbish about others. Is this good gesture comments?? Is this good one outing?? World No 1 in T20 is fighting with World no .10 (might be worst actually as associates are better than BD) and escaped narrowly. Most of time they have huffed & puffed. Is this serious cricket are you talking about?? And your words are already marked. I know you won't reappeared here but let me tell you that BD should concentrate on entering in main round first & then should think about next target. With this kinda form I doubt SL would do any fair in WC T20 2014...............

  • HatersAreOrdinary on February 14, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    i think some poeple comments here are completely against the spirit of the game and seems not to understand t20 cricket quite well. some sl fans is not giving their team and bd enough credit and thinking this was poor performance by the teams. just wanna ask you one question. did you guys watched the catches were taken in those matches by both team? werent them just spectacular and world class? mate in t20 the rankings is not a big factor its a 3 hours game not a five day game. here if you play good cricket only for 20 mins it can win you matches like the whole match can turn around only in a single over. bangladesh played really well they deserve a big cheer from us and sri-lanka proved why they are a no-1 side. i am predicting both the team would go deep in the wc t20 if they can keep the present standards and quality. good luck :)

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Funny how some people are happy to let down their own team so they can demean others. Such pathetic mentality of these people. Can only feel sorry for them

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    @Kalana: A good team is the team that is able to play well in any pitch and SL is that team but I see you will not accept it just to demean our performance. By the way we did win T20 against other teams and also Afghanistan played T20 against test playing nation too. Not that I'm saying Afghanistan is a Bad team. You cant cherry pick a team's performance to prove they are good or bad yes we had a horrible first test but we managed to do well in next test against a top team. As for ODI in recent time we won plenty of matches against top team and haven't lost a bilateral ODI series in a while. Now I know a narrow minded person wont like to hear such thing but what Can I do truth is Truth. Really looking forward to ODI series. SL is a great team but we did win against them recently and I believe we can do it again. I hope you can come up with better excuse if we do so

  • on February 14, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Mashrafe you have to agree that you made a mistake by giving ball to Reza, where experienced player like Shakib is there and it is their tailender why you try with mediocre in experienced Reza. It was too much to do a mistake in that crucial period. Our left arm spinners are very accurate and pitch was slow.If tail enders would try there might be some catch. when there was dew then you also know and used to play these conditions 100 times in domestic circuit. I think while you got couple of wickets you become too much reliable on pace bowlers. It was the combination of spin and pace and random change of bowlers did the trick for BD. and why Reza tried with short ball in last delivery in a low slow pitch! he should try with wide yourker and also need to set few close fielders. I never see Frohad Reza performed well for BD team as he got few more chances. Selectors should take a note that only domestic performance is not the main criteria but perform for the country is also impt.

  • tearisle on February 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    As a Sri lankan I would like to say Kudos to Bangladesh, they played well but they lost.I predict a semi-final or a final berth for bangladesh in the the world cup t20 this march.in fact sri - lanka played against the t20 wc finalists today.believe me sri lanka survived only because they are the number one t20 team. any other team would have crumbled under the pressure they applied and lost the series. mark my words they will thrash india and i am sorry to say pakistan as well in the wc t20.they will beat australia, england new zealand and the west-indies. they will be in the final, In short it would be a Bangladesh vs Sri lanka final and Sri lanka will win the t20 world cup 2014. Please remember what I said today.

  • on February 14, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Chandimal should not bat so high up in the order! He should go way down or be dropped. The lower order loses confidence when their skipper and number 3 does not perform. Smith of South Africa, McCullum of New Zealand and Chandimal of Sri Lanka should not be in their respective teams.

  • on February 14, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @ IndiaRulesEverybody: the reason Bangladesh need to play qualifiers in a world event they are hosting, is plain and simple stupidity of ICC, nothing else. In the whole history of world sports, it has never happened (and I'm sure would never happen). In the football world cup, even the defending champions need to go through qualifying; not the host country! If you are game enough, why don't you propose qualifying event for all, on the basis of geographic locations? Why single out no.9 and 10? Why not the cutoff is only the champion or top 2 or top 4? Isn't it arbitrary? Would it be out of your comfort zone? If cricket is to become a global sport (I've serious doubts the big shots of world cricket want that), it should follow the norm of other sports world events; not 'invent' some dubious 'qualifying' criterion.

  • Philly.rocks on February 14, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @ IndiaRulesEverybody, your comments show your true class. Its your team who is a true clown. Your team just got white washed to the team who were Bangla washed (white wash) by Bangladesh. Try to digest that first then talk about other teams. We know how clown your team at abroad!

  • on February 14, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 Well whats your point, "Afganistan played all their matches against associates and won" so what is that their fault? Afganistan didn't have a chance to play against test teams. Well FYI BD also has points from wins against associates. Your comment answers u r question, almost beat rank No 1 team means you lost both games. So truth is BD have never won against test nations so as afganistan. Atleast afganistan never had a chance to play with good nations but BD had plenty of chances and yet to win a game. Sri Lanka is the weakest team in subcontinent when it comes to playing on slow low tracks, But they are the best visiting team from subcontinent when it comes to bounce and seam. (there was a article about that in cricinfo sometime back). And still they manage to win on this mud rolled pitch. ODIs will be a cake walk for SL as its played on Dhaka (pitch that has little grass) And we saw how they played on it in 1st test. I know truth is bitter. Cricinfo please publish

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 14, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    @ IndiaRulesEverybody "This is the reason why substandard teams like BD have to play the qualifications round to compete in ICC tournaments." - what EXACTLY was the reason ? Back up your words logically. The truth is Bd played very very well both games against the number 1 ranked team without their keeper and important batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. I bet from these two t20 games no team in the world will take Bd at the level of afghan and ireland for the coming t20 wc. To Bd fans, Mashrafe captaincy was good and with that much dew T pereea and sennayeka had the potential to hit the spinners boundaries. Reza balled the first 5 deliveries well, only the last one was bad (short pitched) but you have to forgive him given the tensed/nervous situation at the last ball. Alamin is much better pacer than rubel and he can also hit 6 and 4 big time, wish anamul plays in place of rubel in t20.

  • Ramansilva on February 14, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Bangladesh is ranked at 10 in T20. They are even below Ireland and just few points above Afghanistan. Despite that they give their very best to any opposing team. Their "CAN DO" attitude is amazing.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Well Legaleagle it is hard to beat No 1 team. Not like we were playing with your team

  • CricketIsNumber1 on February 14, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody, what did Bangladesh really did to you? Your comment shows you are not writing here as a person who loves cricket. The progress that Bangladesh has been making is making cricket so interesting now a days and if you really love cricket you should be supporting Bangladesh for this matter. May be your problem is that you couldn't accept India losing to Bangladesh few times in some big tournaments. Whether you accept it or not, it will happen few more times in future as well. So take these loses as a good cricket fan and support cricket, not only your country.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    The comments on this thread shows the difference between SL and Indo-Pak fan. Sri Lankan fan majority of them knows how to respect other and appreciate good cricket where the Indo-Pak fans are all about speak rubbish about others. @ IndiaRulesEverybody So your flat truck clown who only performs at home have just one good day and you came out of your cave to bullying other haha. To be honest If India plays Ireland in ireland there is a good chance Ireland will win all the matches something they couldn;t do against us

  • mrgupta on February 14, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    @Prasenjit Wolverrine: I think there is some confusion, the score is 2-0 and BD lost both matches. They played well but i don't think they should be happy loosing 2-0 after playing for so many years now.

  • Legaleagle on February 14, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    According to Bangladesh cricket rules, they have won the series. Well played Sri Lanka!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Congratulation SL series win, little bit concern about our top order batsman Kushal Start strongly but what happened to Dilshan? we need more score from Dilli hopefully ODI??? All the best for both Teams

  • Masking_Tape on February 14, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I will not accept all the congratulatory comments or sympathetic "hats of to BD for fighting" ... This isn't 2005. We would've been satisfied with that then, not now. I know the team isn't either. Right now we are playing great cricket to come 2nd and come short. Last 4-5 years we have taken that next step and became great at team home. Now it's time to take the next step and finish these games. We are losing too many games on the doorstep. I'd rather play like crap and win like Sri Lanka did, then play great to lose!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    What about dilshan munaweera he is the ideal man bat with kushal

  • India_Rules_Everybody on February 14, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    This is the reason why substandard teams like BD have to play the qualifications round to compete in ICC tournaments. Shame that Afghanistan and Ireland do not get the same opportunities to play against better countries. Given one tenth the chance of BD both Afgh and Ireland will shine brighter than this bunch of clowns.

  • on February 14, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    bangladesh prove....they can do anything...well done bd tiger....sl get ready for fight...

  • Fogu on February 14, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    I see a lot of fan bashing Mashrafe for not bowling Shakib but the fact is if Farhad had taken a wicket of the last ball we would have praised Mashrafe for being savvy. One ball should not change the whole perception. I think because of the dew, he took spinners out in the later stage of the game. I am not too upset about the loss. I think BD wanted to experience batting first. They needed to finalize their preparation for the WC. Now they should learn from this and put up a great showing in the WC. Credit must be given to SL youngsters though. We were in similar situation last game but could not deliver and they did. Go Tigers!

  • Cricsnake on February 14, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Kudos to BD team. You guys can surprise us during the T20 WC & Asia Cup as well. BD was really improved and within another couple of months no visitor would be able to defeat BD in BD. The dew factor restricted BD spinners and if they bowled with this dew T Perera & Senanayaka would hit another couple of sixes for sure. Farhad Reza did really well except the last ball. Rubel & Mortaza played brilliantly. For SL Chandimal has quite better captaincy skills but he cannot bat in Asian pitches as usual. He should learn how to play against spin rather than plays crazy reverse shots. Kusal Perera must not play this useless reverse sweep. There are plenty of good shots in the book. Why not try them?

  • asadc2003 on February 14, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    there is not doubt about srilanka s achievement in cricket, they won world cup , they are the runner up for quite a few times , they produce some great legends of all time like arvinda, jayasuriya , jayawardina, sangakkara, dilshan, and the great great muralidharan.,.. but now they really need to think about what are they producing for last 10 years, is there any player in srilanka apart from malinga who is any where near to those legends??????? legends will not play forever, very tough time is waiting for srilanka in coming years as snga , dilshan , mahela will retire. srilankans may not like my word, but just go through the record how many matches srilanka have won with out the contribution of big three, ?????? there will be no wonder if srilanka have to face the intercontinental cup champion in 2018 ,coz after the retirement of big three srilanka will not win a single test match not even with zimbawe.

  • theroyalbengalpoet on February 14, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    @zarasochozarasamjho, dear, i believe there is nothing wrong in calling a good a good. so why don't you bother appreciating the great fight put up by both teams, rather being mean in ostensible lectures like 'how to deliver the last ball'? okay, so if a short-pitched one is the worst for a last delivery, is a sloppy full-toss even better? so please 'don't do stupid'. have some respect for national players, the real fighters in field, don't they know the game better than you and me? no bowler, neither farhad nor thisara, wants to present such deliveries at that kind of moment. so it's not about theory, but about application. the perfection which neither your man nor mine did great.

    to me, the better team didn't win tonight, but it was was a great fight. regrettably it went for srilanka (too sluggish for a first-ranker), it could also easily bend for bangladesh. no more no less!

    congratz both teams...

  • Cricsnake on February 14, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Hats off to Bangladesh for their superb bowling performances. the way they defend 120 is simply outstanding and much better than some top teams. The pitch was very slow and less bouncy. SL bowlers make use of it. Some fans say BD could use spinners instead od Rubel and Reza. I don't think spinners can block Thisara Perera, it might make it even worse. Perera is strong and much better against spin like Afridi. He would have hit another couple of sixes over the park. Chandimal usually week against spin. Dilshan and SL middle order collapsed; that's pathetic and need to improve batting. SL must ban this stupid reverse sweep just donating wickets only. Must select proper shots during ODI's. GL for both teams for a thrilling ODI series.

  • on February 14, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    It is very depressing to note that some fans from SL are in the habit of insuling our cricketors.It is not at all a healthy matter.Selectors have selected the tam and the captain totally based on cricketing reasons.Chandimal is a smart captain and he has the advantage of getting advise from former captains.His moves in tight situations are commendable.of course the two matches have not proved that SL is the number one team in t20.Meanwhile we have to admit the tremendous improvement of BD team and the exemplary skills of BD captain.It looks like the pitch report was not correct.

  • on February 14, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Good effort from BD. However, very impetuous batting led to their down fall. A little bit of intelligent batting would have yielded them a victory today. SL on their part must be very relieved as they managed to get their lower order batters tested. Good to see Thisara Perera get some useful runs and not throw his wicket away like his name sake Angelo did. I though the opener kaushal Perera's lbw was diabolical. The umpire did not consider the turn at all. DRS must be made compulsory at all international level matches. However, all's well that ends well! Well done youngsters!

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 14, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Hmm... here we go again... b-o-a-r-i-n-g @ ABKhanISB

    Call BD team whatever you like. FYI, nobody calls Afghanistan a bad T20 team.

    Again, except from few snobs nobody cares much about ICC rankings (fair or not - if that mattered!). Most cricket fans take pleasure from simply watching good contests and want to see as many matches between teams in different mathematical combinations as possible (Alas! the administrators aren't among them - otherwise cricket would've really spread worldwide by now).

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Congratulation Sri Lanka for your series win. You deserved it. It was unfortunate that we went so close yet we couldn't win the matches. It didnt make any sense that why Farhad was bowling the last over or why Arafat, Shakib got only 2 overs despite bowling so well. Batting was pathetic too. Yea have done too many thing wrong today and when you are playing against No 1 team you cant make such mistakes

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    @ABKhanISB: I donno how come can someone come up with such retarded question. Afghan won all their matches with the associates and hence got the point. There is no doubt that they are the best among the associates however they are yet to win against a test playing nation at any form of the game. As for our performance in last 2 T20: We played against the Ranked 1 team and we almost won in both match. It was a great contest to watch for anyone who appreciate good cricket. It wasn't like we were playing against lower ranked team like your's

  • on February 14, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Bangladesh play well but bad luck both match lose a last ball but don't warry tiger we are always with you...best of luck for ODI

  • on February 14, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    @ Kavum: Why you can't take it that this Bangladesh team is a much improved one ( at least in their backyard). @ABKhanISB: Not taking anything away from Afghanistan, actually whom do you play to earn your points? Bangladesh is in a different league altogether! @ zarasochozarasomjho :Senanayeke hit sixes of the last ball to win the match for his team earlier; are those opponents not test-standard as well!This comparison is so sick ;how could one last ball in a T20 determine who is test-standard or not? Thisera Perera's last ball the other day was equally awful ( and probably a no-ball also): should ICC rescind Sri Lanka's test status as well? @ Kandykolla: Does berating your opponent glorify your victory? The no. 10 ranked team was playing against the no.1 and both the matches went to the last ball! With a little luck, Bangladesh could have been the winner by 2-0( that wouldn't definitely made Bangladesh the best team and Sri Lanka the worst!) Give Bangladesh the credit they deserve!

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @ABKhanISB: I donno how come can someone come up with such retarded question. Afghan won all their matches with the associates and hence got the point. There is no doubt that they are the best among the associates however they are yet to win against a test playing nation at any form of the game. As for our performance in last 2 T20: We played against the Ranked 1 team and we almost won in both match. It was a great contest to watch for anyone who appreciate good cricket. It wasn't like we were playing against lower ranked team like your's

  • asiacricket1234 on February 14, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Congratulation to SL for their series win. It was a great T20 series to watch. Both of the team have done well. Expected BD to win at least one but unfortunately that didnt happen. Nevertheless it was a great contest between two team

  • on February 14, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    i am a srilankan fan, well done srilanka. we need some Attacking bowlers in upcomming odis like malinga, nice to see malick has took 3 wickets only 20 runs another good one for malinga, Why ?some srilankan fans said, Malinga is always playing for money in IPL;BPL;bangaldesh premier leaque, SLPL;KPL IN West indies for money, no he is playing 1st country well done mali. My 1st odi Team-Kusal dilshan sanga chandimal mathews vithanage priyanjan thisara kulasekara senanayake malinga if chandimal fail once again chandimal future over. we have good talante in ODI Matches we have good batting and bowling fielding line up . it is going to be aintersting deris but srilanka on the way 3-0 go lions go we are with you.bangaladesh is a poor team but million fans in bangaldesh srilanka is a small country but good cricketers. chandimal must improve his performance mathews is good form kusal can fire, dilshan can hit 444 dilscoop, chandimaln1 0000 1 2 11000 poor performance thisara is a brilliant man

  • on February 14, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Here Bangladesh missed the trick. After wining the toss they targeted to get a big score, but couple of early wickets fallen. Then they (specially Shakib) had to spent 3-4 overs and then accelerate. The pitch was backed well and good for batting. Instead they tried to hit every ball and made a mess of it. If they scored 20 more runs, it would have been an easy win. However hats off to the cricket they have played in both games.

  • JamKam on February 14, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Excellent match.Well played BD now just need to learn how to finish the game.To all our BD fan,please respect SL team and their fans .They are our only True cricket friend and always help us.SL is my 2nd team and wishing them all the best to World Cup 20/20.Go tiger.

  • SLWATERBOY on February 14, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Well done SL Lions! Last ball or first ball win is a win! As a captain, Chandi's tactics and planning looks good. But as a player, he is extremely lucky to be in this T-20 team. He is not delivering at all. Now he is getting high pposition up in the order to bat lately, but still he is not contributing. It's time to give chances to Priyanjan. He is too good of a player than a water boy. For sure we missed Mahela in this line up. Good Luck Team SL!

  • slazenger on February 14, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Give the credit when it is due. As a Lankan fans we are not satisfied the victory margin. That is not to say BD is a weak team or take away the credit from them. We could have played more professionally and put up a better show. This is the beauty of cricket and that is how it should be and that is why cricket is a unpredictable and exciting game compares with other sports. Everything depends on that day performance and any team can crush any team. I would say In the first game there was a chance to BD to pull off a victory and they missed the opportunity. Two runs off the last ball is not that difficult and they missed it. Victory is a victory irrespective of the margin.

  • KingOwl on February 14, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    The World cup, if played on wickets like these, won't be easy for SL. It is clear that these low, slow sluggish wickets are not helping SL. I hope the ICC will make sure that there is some pace and bounce in the wickets for the world cup. Certainly the close matches were very exciting. However, I am not sure that these narrow margins accurately reflect the abilities of the two teams.

  • Kavum on February 14, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    All the kudos are for BD at the moment even though they lost. Well deserved. With the T20 WC coming up, they can put up a decent fight. SL were poor. Maybe 2015 IPL contracts are beckoning?? Only Thissara P was worth a bid in '14.

  • priceless1 on February 14, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    what is Angelo Perera doing in the team? i have seen him play for the SL few occasions now , but every time when he comes to bat he looks more like a Tailender than a real batsmen

  • on February 14, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka made hard work out of winning the two T20 matches. What matters is end of the day SL won the test series and now the two T20's. Bangaladesh coach, commentators clearly do not know their opposition. They do not know the SL players ability and strengths.

  • Kavum on February 14, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    It was a minor miracle that SL won. Bangladesh gave SL a good fight and belied the rankings. What was the no.1 side in the T20 universe thinking? What will you do when Finch, Warner, Gayle, McCullum, Corey Anderson, Morgan, Kohli and De Villiers come at you? This is a sad SL outfit not a match winning one except against the likes of Bang and Zim. Like another commenter said, dropping Chandimal is the best option. We all hope for the best since we want the Lankan Lions to win. Do us proud.

  • ABKhanISB on February 14, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Even after playing three matches less than Bangladesh, Afghanistan have same points in T 20 format. How do you call BD a good team?

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 14, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    The last ball shows why BD is not test-standard, even after so many years of international cricket. Maturity should have taught them not to play stupid. Mistakes are part of the course; but good teams do not do stupid. With 2 required of the last ball, the bowler should NEVER do a short-pitched ball. Why? I hear you ask. Because the chance of the ball being hit far (even if not a boundary) even by a tail-ender (who has now licence to play the ONLY shot he should play) is very high. SIMPLES! Any other ball could have also have been hit for a 2 but the chance would have been much less. There are very few situations in life where one knows the only action to take or NOT to take. When that GOLDEN situation arrives, ensure to make use of it. Cricket, like life, is also a game of chance. The laws of probability play their part.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 14, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Congrats Lanka for winning the series and also BD for playing well.Sanga and Perera played well in a low scorind match.BD bowled well by fighting till the end.All the best 2 both teams 4 the odi series. Indian fan here

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Nice match and a shame it wasn't 1-1 (would have been a fair reflection of the T20s). Great spirited play by the Lions and the Tigers and that is what we want to see. Hope Bangladesh win the ODI'S as it was quite sure SL would win tests and unlucky Bangladesh lost t20s as well.

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Hats off to BD.SL managed to win both the matches.The way BD fought to the end shows the upward trend of BD team.SL should have won the games easily.This is the glorious uncertinities of the game.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on February 14, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Shakib should've bowled all 4 overs of his quota, death overs again cost us a match despite the batter's failure... Anyway congratulations to Sri Lanka, they deserved this match to win as the best team. I was also confident with the Tigers that never back down and keep fighting.

    Good luck for the ODIs to both teams!

  • kandykolla on February 14, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    What a win on the Valentines day !!! Sachithra and Thissera deserve to get valentine kisses...!! Rather than winning comfortably these kind of victories will give the opponents more pain....!!

    Don`t worry BD..!! At least you guys won the toss in both T20`s. Something you guys can be proud of..!!

  • Balumekka on February 14, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and I am so much impressed with the way BD play at the moment. They are very talented and a fast learning side. On the other hand, SL seem to be pretty poor in batting. Chandimal should not be even in the playing 11, forget about the captaincy. He is very lucky that the team still surviving in the no:1 position. Just look at his T20 batting average which is 13.5!!!!!! He has to be immediately dropped.

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    First I am so much happy to see Lions roar again and proving they are the no. 1 in t20Is. Also pretty much pleased the way Bangaldeshi Team played. First half of the match they were outplayed by Sri Lankans. But they came to picture with taking six sri lanka wickets for 50 runs. Sanga's bat saved the sri lankans pride again and Thisara shows, what he can do in pressure situations. Today Sanga's shadow was always behind Thisara's success. In other hand Bangladeshi team should understand their batting and balling strengths and weakness. Most importantly, they should make correct decision at pressure time and crucial points of a match. BDs poor decision making is also contributed to their loss.

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Congrats Srilanka for their consecutive victory. But I think they should think about their lacking. No 10 team is defending the no 1 so confidently and making the match so close! What will happen in the T20 WC?

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Worst captaincy by Mashrafe Mortaja that I have ever seen in my life. What an stupid captain.

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    No point of dropping chandimal after world cup. For sure chandi will not perform well in these BD slow tracks. Matthews should be made captain for all 3 formats.

  • proud71 on February 14, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Well played tigers, it is not easy to play well when you are allowed to play international cricket after a considerable gap.

    Masrafee what is your problem? sakib bowled just 2 overs !!!!??? even after gave just 8 runs and took a wicket???

    BCB try to arrange more international games , try to be professional . And why you stopped BPL??

    To Lankan's fan , I already gave a formula BAN>SL- (sanga+mahela) in any form of game .

  • on February 14, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    BD is a good team, is an old word. Obviously they r a good team. But what type of batting they shows us today. I don't know who teach this type of batting principle to them. Bowling was good. The captaincy of Masraffe was illogical and horrible. I don't know in which logic he didn't bring Shakib at bowling. He is proven bowler. Spinners bowled well but the captain did not bring them at the last moment. 4 over from two good spine bowlers was unused. Miss u mushfiquir rahim. We have lost the match because lack of good captaincy. We deserve to be win both t20 match. Well played Sri Lanka.

  • sampi72 on February 14, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Cool headed Sachithra done it again... ..Wow ...last ball specialist of Sri Lanka cricket... Welplayed Thisara Perera.....Much matured innings from you...Angelo Perera is one of the young dynamics in domestic cricket....Seems to be not having the international level temperament which already have with newcomers Ashan Priyanjan N Kithruwan Vithanage.......Dinesh Chandimal continuously pay the price of playing ugly wild shoots...At least you would have thought that you are the captain of the team....Kusal Perera you beauty....We are fortunate to see our own sana boy yet again ....You have the ability to show wonders in the cricket world....

  • Great_Lion on February 14, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    I think what happened in today shows how good our batting depth is.Tail enders up to the challenge and that will give message to the other countries " we are fight till the end".These are some stats for you to understand why sri lanka is no: 1 T20 side in the world.

    overall figures

    38 away matches - 26 wins

    against australia in australia :- 3 matches - 3 wins against england in england :- 2 matches - 2 wins against India in india :- 2 matches - 1 win aginst NZ in NZ :- 2 matches -1 win against WI in WI :- 1 match and 1 win

  • xtrakaashful on February 14, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Srilanka supports BD team whenever needed. Thanks for that. If games are for entertaining, that exactly delivered in these two games. Congratz SrilankanTeam.

    Good luck tigers. We will always be with you. --------------------------------------------BD Fan

  • CricketIsNumber1 on February 14, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Some people suggested that Sri should have won both games very easily. These people haven't followed Bangladesh's recent performances in the ground. Last two years Bangladesh is very different team, which approach every game with hunger to win. Think about the most recent NZ tour of in BD. NZ indicated that they came to BD to take revenge of the 2010 whitewash by Bangladesh. However they faced another whitewash. The body language of the tigers were impressive. Despite the series was secured in the last ODI, they showed their hunger to win and complete yet another whitewash. In that game BD chased over 300 runs without some key players in the team. I'm not surprise to see such close games between SL and BD. BD is no more a team who will easily give the win to the opponent.

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    What happend to chandimal, poor performance. well done srilanka and thishara nice to see malinga back in form we need mahela for strong ream. now bangaladesh fans saying umpire making wrong decision sorry bangaladesh what about sangakkara always best

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on February 14, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    First time I am watching sporting & neutral comments both from BD & SRL supporters. We are getting some due credits. Whatever the results are, we are proud of our team's progress. SRL is my 2nd favourite team for their profesional attitude towards us and their fans also sober in commenting regarding BD. I want other country's fans to learn some manners while commenting. Congrats both teams for the cranchers and hoping for a cranching odi series too. I predict a 2-1 results going to either teams.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 14, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. But we seriously need to improve.

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Sabbir Rahman, is the coming prospect for BD T20 team. players like him will form our future T20 squad.When i saw first time, he is a great potential batsman like Bijoy and Shamsur. Selectors must should think him for T20 world cup . we need cool batsman like him. Arafat was also performed well. either razzak or arafat should pick. Rubel is not a bad T20 bowler and more over he is learning fast . among mashrafee, rubel and al amin fast bowlers should choose. But for one day we should keep our last time winning combination. Rubel, Gazi, Mashrafee, Shakib, Tamim, mushfique, Nasir, Mahmudullah , razzak, mominul, shamsur/ bijoy should pick. Hope selectors do not need any unnecessary experiment here. We have to bring match result in Bangladeshis favor. we already lost T20 and test series. Hope for the best for oneday and coming Asia Cup. Need our important captain back.

  • Fogu on February 14, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    This is T20 cricket. Very unpredictable. The way BD started the match, I thought the game would be over quickly. Batsmen on both sides are being blamed for rash shots but what needs to be said is both teams made spectacular catches in both games. Good fight from BD from a weak position. I think BD wanted to bat first to get experience in starting well since this is the last T20 match before the world cup. Good match all the way around. I enjoyed the tense matches regardless of my team losing both games. It could have gone either way. Time for ODI now. Go Tigers!

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    It is evident BD has been improving in the shorter format.As a young cricketing country it is nce to see SL agreed to play in BD amidst negative security concerns.India and Pakistan came to SL rescue when some teams citing security concerns refused to play 1996 wc matches.SL proved a point to the world.Though SL won the T20 matches,I am indeed glad the way BD fought to the end.

  • Sinhaya on February 14, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Well well what a scare to make heavy weather out of a small chase, but glad Sri Lanka sneaked home by 3 wickets! High time the coach strictly bans the reverse sweep with immediate effect as Kusal Perera and Chandimal just gifted their wickets due to rashness. Well played Bangladesh too. Many thanks to all the Lankan fans for coming out in their numbers to cheer.

    Impressed by the performances of Senanayake and Thisara Perera. For Bangladesh, great Anamul Haque and Rehman clicked.

    This surface showed that with the T20 world cup looming, totals of 140 can be defended as the pitches will keep wearing out with more games played in the coming weeks. More spinners the better too in simple terms as shown by the performance of Senanayake. Hope SL sends Kushal Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna as openers for the T20 WC.

    Also, full credit to Sri Lanka for maintaining the number 1 position in T20 cricket for nearly 1.5 years non stop.

  • pradeep_dealwis on February 14, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    I think after a tough and long tour to the UAE, then the long tour so far, the boys are showing a bit of fatigue. Also motivation issues. Take nothing away from Bangladesh, they played brilliantly, but you'd expect SL to win far more comfortably and twice the batting let them down. Also for how long with Sanath let Chandi be in the side, my bet is he'd lose his place after the World T20

  • forward_diffence on February 14, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Not happy about the way that Sri Lankans batted today. Knowing that the T20 world cup is coming on the way they can't compete with strong teams with the current performance. They are a very strong side but they wasted their talent by unnecessary mental attitudes. Any way as a Sri Lanka fan wish you all the very best for the up coming T20 world cup and wish you for the Bangladesh team as well...

  • Asitha on February 14, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka, Lions Beats Tigers as Usual. But Bangladesh fighting back really hard but not so good enough. I love Bangladesh Spectators after Srilankan Spectators who obtain good discipline other Asians countries. Sri Lanka Supports Bangladesh to hosts Asia Cup & 20/20 world cup visit there and show security is ok for rest of the world. Bangladesh should support Sri Lanka all the time. Bangladeshi cricket Board and Government Should thanks Sri Lanka Cricket and Government make this tournament real. Well Done Bangladesh. Well Done Sri Lanka.. Asitha From Sri Lanka

  • typical_late_cut on February 14, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Dear Bangladeshi fans. what ever you guys saying now Its all done. Bangladesh have lost the both games. There is no matter of winning margin. A win is win. btw if Bangladesh team practice cricket instead of how to be arrogant or posing for TV they'll do better

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Srilanka somehow won the game.but it is not enough to face the world cup against some powerful teams. Bangladesh done a great job in these two matches.they have deserved to take this trophy.all the best Bangladesh.by luck only the number one team took this trophy. Sri lanka should learn their mistakes to recover them too quickly.

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka took the chase too easy. but good to see them crossing the line in close games. But our batsman should play lot better. Dropping Chandimal who can't play T20 cricket is a start.

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Winning the matches in tight situations makes the team Great... Even it is BD, they should have won if they handle the pressure at depth in both games... nicely done by SL but keep in mind, it'll be a hard T20 for everyone with BD. Lets see upon ODI series hope it will be thrilled as much as T20.

    Congratz for both teams who played terrific on matches...!

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    @Mee Lainge - Look at your cynical perspective of the SL cricket team! There's nothing much to take from your view point, than understanding your hatred towards the side. Anyone who observe cricket will clearly disagree with you. Cricket is such an unpredictable game.

    SL today, shows mixed signs in the second half, I think most of the players were unable to read the pitch. Apparently the dew factor plays a major role there, not to forget the bad shot selection of most Batsmen. That's lack of class. However this has changed since Sanga at crease, his has proved his class once again by using his immense talent and personality. I must say, that's the frame breaking change. Thisara and Sachithra safely took SL to the victory. That's the class, they have shown Today.

    Bangladesh is a good team without any doubts, they have shown star quality during these matches. They will be remembered by every SL fan, as fighters, not losers.

  • on February 14, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Good luck Lions

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    great win by srilankans!!gd job when ball is swging and turning!!but bangala play well also!!dey really rising!!!cngrates for both teams in odis!!but lions roars always!!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Bangladesh will definately do a main role in coming T20 World Cup.Well done Tigers.Our fortunately sanga Got Out little earlier .Otherwise match would have ended with 5 to 10 runs SHORT..

  • bdcric4ever on February 14, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Enough with the tight matches. We really need to learn to win matches. Although very poor batting from the tigers, don't know what they were trying to do at all ! Congrats to SL but they need to watch out for next games. Heartbroken as Tigers' fan and missing our little captain as well

  • Gamaraala on February 14, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Thank you BD for the wonderful performance. I'm glad SL won the match, but you deserve some credit for making it another thriller. Outstanding performance from BD. They've got nothing to worry about, however, SL needs to go back to drawing board. When you chase a below par score like this, you don't have to go for such a choice of strokes. Bravery and Foolishness separate by a thin margin, if you succeed then you are brave and if not, you are a fool. Anyway, congrats to SL. Let's make this a good lesson for the coming WT20 and bring the WC home this time. Cheers to all the fans at the ground.

  • Lakpj on February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Tough luck Bangaldesh, i think come the WC they will be a high treat to most non-subcontinental teams with their slow bowling options. I personally don't like the option of them having to come through a qualifying system, like in football the hosts should be automatically selected for the tournament.With SL playing so many new players and that being Bangladeshis best format, it will be a good ODI series i presume.

  • Great_Lion on February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    This is a examination for sri lanka.

    Question :- you are 50/6 and you need to get 70 odd runs in very slow and low pitch with in 9 overs.how you get it?

    Answer:- build the parnership with sensibally and give senanayaka to strike in last over.He wiil do it.

    marks - 100

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    It was poor batting by SL players hope, they will perform well in T20 world cup & this kind of performance will not help Lions to win T20 world cup, I'm surprised that we are in rank 01 anyway good luck Lions & it was realty good performance by Tigers, wish you good luck Lions, please do your home work & performe as professional crickets Next time we will meet NZ, SA,AUS, IN & need play well

  • ayub.khan on February 14, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    very nice congratulation for this historic win to my second fav team sri lanka, after pakistan team, carry on guys

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I m also concern about the level of pitches in BD. Ball is keeping so low and slow. Sometimes ball doesn't even bounce to knee high. ICC should really look in to this as this kills the competitiveness in WT20. In world cup every country needs to give a fair chance to perform. I think dhaka pitch does have a chance to everyone. And I dont know about the other grounds in BD. Frankly speaking I dont see BD playing in the main round of the WT20 as Afganistan and Ireland and Zimbabwe looks stronger contenders to final 2 spots.

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Well played both teams!!! As a Sri Lankan I feel sorry for Bangladesh fans. And overall I CAN NOT be happy with Sri Lanka's performance. Pathetic shot selection from most of the batsmen. Reminded me last world cup final. A lot of areas still have to be improve before the world cup.

  • devsvd on February 14, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    srilanka should be ashamed of their performance worst team in world cricket no player is with spirit of cricket.just following negative tactics.should be banned from world cricket. spoiling the cricket.

  • AS7777 on February 14, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Pathetic performance by SL. Yes they won but, the way they won is not acceptable at all as the number one team. Kusal is great but he either should quit from playing that revers-sweep or learn to play better. Chandimal is there to just to fill 11 man team. I scene first round finish at world T20 unless they rectify the problems.

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    don't forget that SL are the No.1 T20 team. Most of the times cats becomes lions in their own backyard. But SL has done well to win the matches. the only problem with them was poor shot selection. otherwise game would have been finished long time ago. I am sure that SL will show thier real strength in the coming matches. All the best to both teams. I can see that even BD has a goid future. Good Luck SL

  • Sinhabahu on February 14, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    SL deserved to lose the T20 series 2-0. Great spirit shown by BD but fell just short by the thinnest of margins every time. And I don't even know where to begin with the rash of our batsmen getting out to that stupid, stupid reverse sweep!

  • yorkslanka on February 14, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    well done to Sri Lanka on pulling of a victory out of the jaws of a defeat..not ideal but we got the result - thats the main thing..Well done to Bangladesh on pushing us so hard in both games..Bangladesh on their own turf are no mugs..anyone who thinks se needs to learn a bit more about cricket

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Well thats it what nail biting contest, BD favorite ground SL manage to win 2-0. Interesting to see ODI games as all of them played in Dhaka as I feel Dhaka pitch favors SLn style of batting with ball coming on to the bat. This pitch looks really slow and low and worse than the previous pitch. We have to be careful when we play some bigger teams in WT20. As these pitches looks very slow and low.

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on February 14, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Great Match! BD could have set a field and bowled for only 1 run but they went for the win and pressure got to Reza, but all credit to Senayaka for maintaining his calm. Last ball, last second, 2 runs needed for them. We needed 3, they pull it off. That's the difference. Very good game, very good competition given, Bravo BD! ** What is going on with Sanga, are we really pressuring him that much that he gets that mad at little things? I mean look at his position and experience - I like him but not liking this.

  • WannaBeRusta on February 14, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Great fight back by BD on a docile pitch. But in T20 a team's greatness is measured by their ability to win close matches and it was on display today.

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Despite the closenness of this game, I'm worried about the level of the pitches that the next T20 world cup gonna play. Ball hardly rise above the wicket. There will be lesser Sixs..

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    It is a poor and poor decision by Mashrafee. Forhad reza was no where to ball the last over. Even his inclusion in BD team in not convincing, but never the less they batted very poor that's why now they are 2-0 down. they already lost test series, T20. Now come one day. wait to see our captain back. wait for Mushfiq come back, Please win at least one one day.

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Sri Lanka choking again and against Bangladesh too...Will be interesting to see them scramble for cover when they come up against stronger bowling attacks.

  • on February 14, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    great comeback from d Tigers! ! Let's hope 4 a great match! !!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on February 14, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Kusal has been dismissed 4 times with the reverse sweep.

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Kushal perera what a great batsman he is. One of the rare talent and very very dangerous batsman, Srilanka has find a gem. like cori andersson of Nz, he is a very talented batsman.

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Really Happy with the Lions performance so far...But I fee for Angelo Perera..He might not get a chance to bat today unless he got a promotion which is highly unlikely. .Every time he gets a chance, there is always something to block his performance.I think he should get a promotion up the order,may be sanga can bat bit lower down the order.Hoping for a Sri Lankan Victory...!! Go Lions...!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Excellent all round performance from Sri Lankan team that's why they are worlds No -1.It seems to have an easy win here....Go boys all the best!!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Not a good performance by Bangladeshi batsman. I hope slowly BD will make a good combination and balance team in T20. We do not need to be hurry, like one day we can perform as a winning unit in T20. New players like Sabbir and Anamul will go long way for BD in T20 level. I think BD selectors should have an eye for future T20 captain, then Mushfiq would concentrate more on one day's and Test. Selectors should keep the winning combination for one day's. I hope BCB will bring a permanent spin coach for our spin department. our promising Gazi is struggling. we as a BD fan Always believe in BD tigers.

  • WannaBeRusta on February 14, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Well. That's more like BD we all know.

  • on February 14, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    what are bd batsman doing?

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  • on February 14, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    what are bd batsman doing?

  • WannaBeRusta on February 14, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Well. That's more like BD we all know.

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Not a good performance by Bangladeshi batsman. I hope slowly BD will make a good combination and balance team in T20. We do not need to be hurry, like one day we can perform as a winning unit in T20. New players like Sabbir and Anamul will go long way for BD in T20 level. I think BD selectors should have an eye for future T20 captain, then Mushfiq would concentrate more on one day's and Test. Selectors should keep the winning combination for one day's. I hope BCB will bring a permanent spin coach for our spin department. our promising Gazi is struggling. we as a BD fan Always believe in BD tigers.

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Excellent all round performance from Sri Lankan team that's why they are worlds No -1.It seems to have an easy win here....Go boys all the best!!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Really Happy with the Lions performance so far...But I fee for Angelo Perera..He might not get a chance to bat today unless he got a promotion which is highly unlikely. .Every time he gets a chance, there is always something to block his performance.I think he should get a promotion up the order,may be sanga can bat bit lower down the order.Hoping for a Sri Lankan Victory...!! Go Lions...!!

  • on February 14, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Kushal perera what a great batsman he is. One of the rare talent and very very dangerous batsman, Srilanka has find a gem. like cori andersson of Nz, he is a very talented batsman.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on February 14, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Kusal has been dismissed 4 times with the reverse sweep.

  • on February 14, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    great comeback from d Tigers! ! Let's hope 4 a great match! !!

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Sri Lanka choking again and against Bangladesh too...Will be interesting to see them scramble for cover when they come up against stronger bowling attacks.

  • on February 14, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    It is a poor and poor decision by Mashrafee. Forhad reza was no where to ball the last over. Even his inclusion in BD team in not convincing, but never the less they batted very poor that's why now they are 2-0 down. they already lost test series, T20. Now come one day. wait to see our captain back. wait for Mushfiq come back, Please win at least one one day.