Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 2007 / Commentary

Bangladesh in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 113 balls remaining)

Hi there. I am Sriram Veera and will be bringing you all the live action today.

Toss Jayawardene chooses to field on slightly overcast conditions. Grey clouds were hovering before the start but the sun has broken through now. The pitch looks pretty flat and firm.

The batting has led down Bangladesh in this series and the press back home are not too happy. The Daily Star slammed Mohammad Ashraful for his tendency to play rash strokes with a headline, 'A fatal illness!'

0.1

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 no ball, it landed on a length, on the leg and middle line, slided in to strike Tamim on the pad.

0.1

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Full and outside off and Tamim, as his wont, goes for a big slash but doesn' t connect.

0.2

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, straighter, on a length, around the off stump and Tamim punches it on the up to cover.

0.3

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, landed on a length, on the middle and cut away. Tamim had it covered though and shouldered arms.

0.4

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, lands outside off stump, full and moves away. Again left alone.

0.5

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and on the legs, is struck on the pad as he fails to connect with his intended flick shot

Two slips in place.

0.6

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, another one that slants away from Tamim who lets it sail past him

0.6

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, further outside off stump, Tamim is not interested.

A decent first over. The ball moved around a touch. He didn't quite land on the right areas consistently. Tamim didn't have much problem negotiating that one. The top order needs to show some steel here.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Bangladesh 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
Tamim Iqbal    0* (7b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-2-0
Shahriar Nafees    0* (0b)     

1.1

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, Gets it right straightaway. Full and swinging in late, in the middle and leg line, flicked to square leg.

1.2

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, FOUR, slips it on to the the legs, swings away and Nafees glances it fine.

1.3

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, better. Gets it to swing in from outside the off stump but Nafees had his off stump covered and let that one alone.

1.4

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, on the middle and leg, on a length ,defended away

1.5

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, full and outside off and it moves in a touch, Nafees goes back and across and tries to punch it through the off side. Not the line nor the length for it and ends up stabbing it away to the off side

1.6

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, There is some swing on offer. Full and outside off, Nafees shapes to drive through off, the ball swings in, the bat-face shuts and the ball rolls over towards midwicket.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Bangladesh 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
Shahriar Nafees    5* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
Tamim Iqbal    0* (7b)      MF Maharoof    1-0-2-0

2.1

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, no run, And some seam movement too. But it starts from the off stump and moves away further. Left alone.

2.2

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, no run, Ah! he gets it spot on this time. On the middle , forcing Nafees to have a prod and the ball cuts past the outside edge. To his credit, Nafees didn't hang his bat out and didn't go in search of the ball.

2.3

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, no run, fuller, and just outside off, Nafees lunges forward, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

2.4

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, 1 wide, way outside the off stump. Wide called.

2.4

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, no run, starts from the off and moves away. Maharoof is getting movement but he has to hit the right areas.

2.5

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, no run, full and outside off stump, Nafees tries to drill it through the off side but no wood on leather and he is beaten

2.6

Maharoof to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, around the off stump, dabbed to backward point

End of over 3 (2 runs) Bangladesh 9/0 (RR: 3.00)
Shahriar Nafees    6* (12b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-4-0
Tamim Iqbal    0* (7b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

3.1

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, swings in a touch from outside the off stump, left alone

3.2

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, fuller, closer to the off stump, curves in, Tamim moves towards the line to push it to cover

3.3

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, no run, similar delivery, this time driven down the track and it hits the sticks at the other end

3.4

Malinga to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, Malinga strikes. Bangladesh lose early wicket. Again. The story of the summer. It was full and outside off and it curved in a touch. Nafees is caught at the crease, has a stab at it as he tries to run it past the slips and ends up nicking to second slip. Quite a lame poke.

Shahriar Nafees c Jayawardene b Malinga 6 (15m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

3.5

Malinga to Tushar Imran, no run, nice outswinger to the right-handed Imran, left alone

3.6

Malinga to Tushar Imran, no run

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 9/1 (RR: 2.25)
Tushar Imran    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    2-1-5-1
Tamim Iqbal    0* (7b)      MF Maharoof    2-0-4-0

4.1

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, lands outside the off stump and cuts away even further. Wide called.

4.1

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller, straighter, on the middle, driven down the track, Maharoof swoops to his right, grabs the ball smartly and threatens to throw it at the stumps.

4.2

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, beaten. It landed on a length, on the off and middle line before angling away. Tamim goes for a drive, the bat goes inside the line of the delivery

4.3

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, just outside the off stump, left alone at the last minute

4.4

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, fullish, on the middle line, Tamim tries to drive it inside-out through cover and the ball goes past point.

4.5

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run

4.6

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, back of length, on the middle, Tamim gets on top of the bounce, dabs it to short fine-leg region for a single

End of over 5 (4 runs) Bangladesh 13/1 (RR: 2.60)
Tamim Iqbal    3* (13b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-8-0
Tushar Imran    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    2-1-5-1

5.1

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and sliding on to the pads, runs off the pad to square leg

5.2

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full and swinging in, on the off stump line, Tamim, who has a slightly open stance, tries to bottom-hand a drive away through covers but the bat-face again shuts a touch early and the ball runs to midwicket. Hmm....

5.3

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, no run, on the middle,

5.4

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Malinga snares another victim. Cleaned up. Full, swinging in late, on the middle and Tamim tries to drive, the ball curves in late to miss the bat and the furniture is disturbed. The top order is wobbling again.

Tamim Iqbal b Malinga 3 (25m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

5.5

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, on the middle and leg, pushed to the on side

5.6

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, lands on a length, outside the off stump and shapes away.

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 13/2 (RR: 2.16)
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    3-2-5-2
Tushar Imran    0* (2b)      MF Maharoof    3-0-8-0

Malinga had resorted to bowling a back of length line in the first game. And Mahela took him off the attack after just three overs. But today Malinga is firing it full and getting it to swing.

6.1

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, on the off stump line, cuts away late and Imran is beaten as he pokes inside the line

6.2

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, fuller, sliding on to the middle and leg and Imran is struck on the pad. Appeal for lbw but it was going down.

6.3

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run

6.4

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, lands on a length, outside the off stump and it seams in to beat the defensive prod and strikes him on the thigh pad. This is good stuff from Maharoof. Imran looks a touch tentative

6.5

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, goes back to a length delivery that cut back in and pushed it away to the on side

6.6

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, fuller, on the middle, Imran gets behind the line to defend

End of over 7 (maiden) Bangladesh 13/2 (RR: 1.85)
Tushar Imran    0* (8b)      MF Maharoof    4-1-8-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (2b)      SL Malinga    3-2-5-2

7.1

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, outswinger that moves away late, Rahim pushes it to cover point

7.2

Malinga to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, What a piece of great action. Malinga gets one to kick up from short of length, almost unplayable lifter around the off stump, Rahim is stunned into a poke, gets a thickish outside edge and Sangakkara flies to his right to take an acrobatic catch. Youtube moment.

Mushfiqur Rahim c †Sangakkara b Malinga 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, well outside the off stump, left alone

7.4

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run

7.5

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of length, kicks up, on the thigh pad, Ashraful tries to dab it away but doesn't make contact

7.6

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, lands on a length, around off and middle and it moves away from Ashraful who pushes at it with soft hands and it runs, along the ground, between second and third slip.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Bangladesh 17/3 (RR: 2.12)
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-2-9-3
Tushar Imran    0* (8b)      MF Maharoof    4-1-8-0

8.1

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, lands outside off, on a length, and moves away, left alone

8.2

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, 1 run, slipping on to the pads, dabbed away to Fernando at long leg

8.3

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, beaten. Climbs up from short of length, outside the off stump and Ashraful goes back and across, back leg ends up outside the off stump and he still has a poke at the delivery

8.4

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, this time he lets a length delivery outside off all alone

8.5

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, beaten. Again Ashraful shuffles right across the stumps, ends up outside off stump and pushes at a delivery moving further away

8.6

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full and outside off, left alone. He didn't chase it this time.

End of over 9 (1 run) Bangladesh 18/3 (RR: 2.00)
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (8b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-9-0
Tushar Imran    1* (10b)      SL Malinga    4-2-9-3

9.1

Malinga to Tushar Imran, no run, full and outside off, swings away, left alone

9.2

Malinga to Tushar Imran, 1 bye, another quick outswinger, left alone by the batsman but the ball climbs awkwardly at Sangakkara - above his left shoulder, and he doesn't gather it cleanly

9.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, leans forward, taps towards cover point for a single.

9.4

Malinga to Tushar Imran, 1 wide, 138.3 kph, full and slipping down the leg side, wide called

9.4

Malinga to Tushar Imran, 1 run, on the off stump, curving away late, pushes at it, gets a outside edge to thirdman

9.5

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, lands on a length, outside the off stump, swings away, left alone

9.6

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, ooh.... fuller, straighter, on the middle and it swings away, squaring up Ashraful in the process. But he manages to adjust and keeps it out

End of over 10 (4 runs) Bangladesh 22/3 (RR: 2.20)
Mohammad Ashraful    5* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-2-12-3
Tushar Imran    2* (13b)      MF Maharoof    5-1-9-0

Powerplay 2 on.

10.1

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, In the temptation zone outside off, left alone

10.2

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, lands outside the off stump, cuts in this time, still a tad away to interest Imran. The first ball left the bat, the next one came in. What next?

10.3

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, goes away. But it starts from outside off and Imran is not interested

10.4

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, and yes, this one slants in from outside off, Imran leans towards the line to dead-bat it away

10.5

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, well outside the off stump, goes on straight, left alone

10.6

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, tapped to point

End of over 11 (maiden) Bangladesh 22/3 (RR: 2.00)
Tushar Imran    2* (19b)      MF Maharoof    6-2-9-0
Mohammad Ashraful    5* (11b 1x4)      SL Malinga    5-2-12-3

The first-match hero Fernando comes on.

11.1

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full and outside off, left alone.

11.2

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, leans forward to push a length delivery to extra cover

11.3

Fernando to Tushar Imran, 1 run, almost caught at cover. It was full and on the middle and off, Tamim pushes at it it lazily, the bat-face opens out and the ball goes uppishly but safely to left of cover

11.4

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, short of length, goes back to defend

11.5

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, This one is fuller, Ashraful is struck at the crease and ends up nudging it away to the on side

11.6

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full again, on the middle and off, straightens, Ashfraful defends

End of over 12 (2 runs) Bangladesh 24/3 (RR: 2.00)
Mohammad Ashraful    6* (16b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-2-0
Tushar Imran    3* (20b)      MF Maharoof    6-2-9-0

12.1

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

12.2

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, good length delivery defended on front foot on the track

12.3

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, another good length delivery on the off stump defended with full face off the bat on the track

12.4

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, bit fuller this time, blocked on the track

12.5

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, good leave this time from Imran...leaving it at the last moment

12.6

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, no run, short in length outside the off stump, Imran lets it go through to Sangakkara

End of over 13 (maiden) Bangladesh 24/3 (RR: 1.84)
Tushar Imran    3* (26b)      MF Maharoof    7-3-9-0
Mohammad Ashraful    6* (16b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-2-0

13.1

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, a thickish outside edge to thirdman, was looking to play to mid on

13.2

Fernando to Tushar Imran, no run, pitched up delivery driven well towards mid on

13.3

Fernando to Tushar Imran, no run, good ball from Fernando, angled into Tushar Imran, who blocks it back to the bowler

13.4

Fernando to Tushar Imran, 1 run, goes for the pull...gets it on the glove and they scamper through for a single

13.5

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller delivery drives with an open face to cover

13.6

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, short in length delivery outside the off stump, gets right behind it and defends it to the off side

End of over 14 (2 runs) Bangladesh 26/3 (RR: 1.85)
Mohammad Ashraful    7* (19b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-4-0
Tushar Imran    4* (29b)      MF Maharoof    7-3-9-0

14.1

Maharoof to Tushar Imran, OUT, Maharoof strikes, good length delivery angled in...leaves a gap between bat and pad and the ball goes through and strikes the top of the off stump.

Tushar Imran b Maharoof 4 (47m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.33

Bangladesh in deep trouble....26/4... Aftab Ahmed is the new batsman in

14.2

Maharoof to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, runs it down to thirdman with an open face off the bat

14.3

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, gets right behind it and defends to the off side

14.4

Maharoof to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, lands on a length, outside off, slides in a touch, turned towards square leg for a single

14.5

Maharoof to Aftab Ahmed, no run, full and just outside off, pushed to cover

Phil: "Bangladesh's steep decline even on the ODI front appears to me to be related to the sustained cricket they have had to play recently. Clearly, the tactic before the next World Cup is to tire them just prior to it by making them play some sustained cricket! "

14.6

Maharoof to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the middle, nudged to the on side.

End of over 15 (2 runs) Bangladesh 28/4 (RR: 1.86)
Aftab Ahmed    1* (3b)      MF Maharoof    8-3-11-1
Mohammad Ashraful    8* (21b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-4-0

Powerplay 3 on. Malinga is back. The best pair, Aftab and Ashraful, batting. It should be a good contest.

15.1

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, starts off with a full delivery outside the off stump, Ashraful shoulders arms

One slip and gully in place

15.2

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, offcutter on the off stump line, Ashraful thinks it will move away, tries to punch to cover, the ball slides in and he gets a inside edge

15.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, this one moves away off the saeam, outside the off stump, left alone

15.4

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, nice. Fuller, straighter, just outside off and moves away late, Ashraful pushes at it, edges it to third man

15.5

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, full and in the temptation zone, Aftab shapes to play but pulls out of a shot at the last minute. Wise decision.

15.6

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, back of length, climbs up around off stump, Aftab jabs at it and it runs down to third man

End of over 16 (2 runs) Bangladesh 30/4 (RR: 1.87)
Aftab Ahmed    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    6-2-14-3
Mohammad Ashraful    9* (25b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-3-11-1

16.1

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, slower one, full, Aftab picks it up late, lunges forward to defend

16.2

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, hits the deck, back of length and it kicks up outside off stump even as it holds its line. Aftab is beaten, pushing inside the line

16.3

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, 1 leg bye, fuller, on the middle and leg, Aftab plays around it and is struck on the pad. Appeal for lbw but it was going down leg

16.4

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, almost an yorker, dug out to the off side

16.5

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, Dropped by Chamara Silva at gully. It leapt up from short of length, outside the off stump, Ashraful shuffled across, pushed at the delivery and it went off the outside edge low to the left of Silva who dived but couldn't hold on. Fernando is not amused. That would have been the big wicket of the day.

16.6

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide

16.6

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, goes back and across to push a short-of-length delivery to point

End of over 17 (2 runs) Bangladesh 32/4 (RR: 1.88)
Mohammad Ashraful    9* (28b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-5-0
Aftab Ahmed    2* (8b)      SL Malinga    6-2-14-3

17.1

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, slings a fullish delivery outside off, which angles away from Aftab who withdraws his bat from the line

17.2

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, fuller, straighter, on the off, Aftab is a touch late in getting his bat forward to defend and the ball runs off the edge to thirdman

17.3

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, fuller, on the legs, Ashraful stays back to wrist it away to long leg

17.4

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, no run, short of length, outside the off stump, holds its line, Aftab plays at it with soft hands and gets an outside edge but it rolls along the ground towards slip

17.5

Malinga to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full and outside leg, tickled away to long leg

17.6

Malinga to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of length, just outside the off stump, Ashraful goes back and across, stands up tall to get on top of the bounce and pushes it towards point

End of over 18 (3 runs) Bangladesh 35/4 (RR: 1.94)
Mohammad Ashraful    10* (30b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-2-17-3
Aftab Ahmed    4* (12b)      CRD Fernando    3-0-5-0

18.1

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, full-pitched, outside the off stump, driven to mid off

18.2

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Hello? Aftab has a charge and a miss. Mad adrenalin rush. Fernando saw him jumping out and dragged back the length and the ball bounced over the blade.

18.3

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the off stump line, pushed back down the track

18.4

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, Fuller, outside the off stump and Aftab leans towards the line to knife it over mid off. Clean strike. The next ball should be interesting.

18.5

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Fernando keeps it full again, Aftab taps it to covers and walks to wards square leg.

18.6

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, in the corridor outside off stump, holding its line, Aftab hops across, covers the off stump before shouldering arms

End of over 19 (4 runs) Bangladesh 39/4 (RR: 2.05)
Aftab Ahmed    8* (18b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-9-0
Mohammad Ashraful    10* (30b 1x4)      SL Malinga    7-2-17-3

Malinga Bandara, the leggie, comes on to have a bowl

19.1

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, on the middle line, Ashraful leans forward to defend

19.2

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, full and outside the leg stump, Ashraful doesn't connect his sweep shot and a wide is called

19.2

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full, on the middle, hit across the line to midwicket

19.3

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 wides, again well outside leg stump, Sanga is unable to gather it and apologises to the bowler.

19.3

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the legs, turned past square leg for a single

19.4

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, again on the legs, flicked behind square for another single

19.5

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the legs again, strikes him on the pad

19.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run

End of over 20 (5 runs) Bangladesh 44/4 (RR: 2.20)
Aftab Ahmed    9* (21b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Ashraful    11* (33b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-9-0

20.1

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, slower one, sent down with spilt-fingered grip, full and on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

20.2

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, again that split-fingered grip but this time he bounces it short, and Ashraful goes back, waits before working it towards midwicket

20.3

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, fuller, on the middle, trying to trap him lbw, driven to mid on

20.4

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, attempted yorker ends up as a low full toss, pushed to mid off

20.5

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, 2 runs, full-pitched, on the middle, worked through midwicket

20.6

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, here comes a bouncer, ducked under

End of over 21 (3 runs) Bangladesh 47/4 (RR: 2.23)
Aftab Ahmed    11* (25b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-12-0
Mohammad Ashraful    12* (35b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-5-0

21.1

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, lovely delivery. It drifted in around leg and middle, landed and turned, Ashraful was looking to play it to the on side and gets a outside edge to the off side

21.2

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, on the middle, driven with the turn to cover point

21.3

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, slips down the leg side, nudged to short fine leg

21.4

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, appeal for lbw as a slider beats the defensive prod to strike Aftab on the leg stump line.

21.5

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Another appeal. It landed on a length, straightened after pitching the off stump, Aftab tries to cut and is hit on the pad. But just outside off and he survives.

21.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, yet another appeal. Floated across full and Aftab goes for a sweep, misses and they go up in appeal. It must have pitched just outside leg stump.

End of over 22 (1 run) Bangladesh 48/4 (RR: 2.18)
Aftab Ahmed    11* (29b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-6-0
Mohammad Ashraful    13* (37b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-12-0

22.1

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full and straight, Ashraful is caught at the crease, pushes at it and gets a inside edge to the on side

22.2

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, 2 runs, slower one, full and outside the off stump, driven through widish mid off

22.3

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the off stump line, coming in off the seam a touch, Aftab leans forward to defend.

22.4

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket for a single

22.5

Fernando to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, short of length, outside off, Ashraful goes back and across, opens the bat-face and runs it to thirdman

22.6

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, bangs it in short, a well-directed bouncer, Aftab ducks

End of over 23 (5 runs) Bangladesh 53/4 (RR: 2.30)
Aftab Ahmed    14* (33b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-17-0
Mohammad Ashraful    15* (39b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-6-0

23.1

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tossed up, around off, driven to cover

23.2

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, slow through the air, spins from off, punched to cover point

23.3

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full and on the off stump line, turning away, Aftab leans forward, drives with the turn to left of cover

23.4

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, on the middle and leg, full, driven to long on

23.5

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, again on the middle and leg, full, Aftab takes out the front leg from the line, drives with a bit of inside edge to wide midwicket

23.6

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, shifts his line to outside off and driven to sweeper cover

End of over 24 (5 runs) Bangladesh 58/4 (RR: 2.41)
Mohammad Ashraful    18* (43b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-11-0
Aftab Ahmed    16* (35b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-17-0

Jayasuriya will have a bowl

24.1

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, from round the stumps, drifting in on the middle, worked to the on side for a quick single. Mahela swwops in from square leg to have a direct hit at the non-striker's end. No danger to the batsman though. Rudi refers to third umpire neverthless and verdict is not out

24.2

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, goes back to whip a delivery on the off and middle past square leg

24.3

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, slow through the air, full and on the middle, driven to long off for a single

24.4

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the off and middle, sliding in, defended on the front foot

24.5

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 3 runs, Hmm.... a reverse sweep. Full and just outside off stump, Aftab reverse sweeps it fine

24.6

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, on the off stump line, pushed to cover point and Ashraful wants a single, Aftab doesn't and Ash doesn't look too happy when he sees the point fielder has failed to stop the ball and they run a single.

End of over 25 (7 runs) Bangladesh 65/4 (RR: 2.60)
Mohammad Ashraful    21* (46b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0
Aftab Ahmed    20* (38b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-11-0

25.1

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, flighted up, on the middle and leg, driven to long off

25.2

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the off stump line, driven to sweeper cover

25.3

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full and on the middle, wristed through midwicket

25.4

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, tossed-up, on the middle and leg, driven to mid on

25.5

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, lands on the middle, turns towards off, defended on the front foot

25.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the middle and leg, turned to backward square leg

End of over 26 (3 runs) Bangladesh 68/4 (RR: 2.61)
Aftab Ahmed    21* (42b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-14-0
Mohammad Ashraful    23* (48b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0

26.1

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, on the off stump, flighted delivery, pushed to off side

26.2

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, almost a mix-up. Ashraful leans forward to defend to the off side, towards cover point and takes a step forward. Aftab responds and rushes across but Ashraful stays where he is. Sanga moves quickly and fires in a throw at non-striker's end, Jayasuriya doesn't get behind the stumps, just stretches his left hand out and messes up. Had he gathered cleanly it would have been interesting

26.3

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery on the middle

26.4

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, punched through cover point for a single

26.5

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, no run

26.6

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the leg and middle, swept away for a single

End of over 27 (2 runs) Bangladesh 70/4 (RR: 2.59)
Aftab Ahmed    22* (44b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-9-0
Mohammad Ashraful    24* (52b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-14-0

27.1

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery on the leg and middle

27.2

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, flighted delivery on the middle and leg, driven to mid on where Malinga doesn't stop cleanly

27.3

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, bit of air, outside off, fullish, Ash goes for a square drive, well away from the body and it goes in the air past the diving backward point fielder

27.4

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

27.5

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, slow through the air, on the off stump line, driven to long off again

27.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, flatter, on the middle and leg, wristed past square leg

End of over 28 (4 runs) Bangladesh 74/4 (RR: 2.64)
Aftab Ahmed    24* (48b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    5-0-18-0
Mohammad Ashraful    26* (54b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-9-0

28.1

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, on the leg stump line, attempts a sweep shot doesn't connect though

28.2

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

28.3

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, charges out, Jayasuriya slows up the pace and Aftab has to lunge forward and he has a swing across the line and it goes to right of mid on

28.4

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, no run

28.5

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, no run, slow through the air, outside off, Aftab tries to paddle it away and it strikes him on the hip, in front of off stump. Shout for lbw. Not given. V Very close.

28.6

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, driven through point for a single

End of over 29 (6 runs) Bangladesh 80/4 (RR: 2.75)
Aftab Ahmed    29* (52b 2x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-15-0
Mohammad Ashraful    27* (56b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    5-0-18-0

29.1

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the middle and leg, is struck on the pad while pushing forward to defend

29.2

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, bit more air, more loop and it dips outside off, Aftab leans forward to drive through cover point

29.3

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and off, driven past the diving bowler to long off

29.4

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the middle, driven inside-out to long off

29.5

Bandara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to right of mid on for a single

29.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 wide, pushes it from front of the hand but loses control and it goes down the leg side

29.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, leans forward to push a delivery to cover point

End of over 30 (6 runs) Bangladesh 86/4 (RR: 2.86)
Aftab Ahmed    32* (56b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-24-0
Mohammad Ashraful    29* (58b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-15-0

30.1

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the middle and leg, swept to long leg

30.2

Jayasuriya to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, Ashraful is gone. It drifts in from outside the off stump, turns a touch, Ashraful tries to play a late cut and ends up guiding it in to Sangakkara's gloves. They appeal. Ashraful stands rooted and suddenly decides to walk as he sees Rudi about to get into action.

Mohammad Ashraful c †Sangakkara b Jayasuriya 29 (94m 59b 1x4 0x6) SR: 49.15

30.3

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, leans forward to defend

30.4

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, leans forward, drives to left of Jayasuriya who moves across to make the stop

30.5

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, turns in from outside off, defended on the back foot

30.6

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, on the middle, worked to widish mid on

End of over 31 (1 run) Bangladesh 87/5 (RR: 2.80)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (4b)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-16-1
Aftab Ahmed    33* (57b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-24-0

31.1

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, leans forward to drive to the bowler

31.2

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, leans forward, waits, guides to backward point

31.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, flighted well outside off stump, stretches across well to drill it through extra cover. Nice use of the feet and lovely balance.

31.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stays back to defend a full delivery on the middle

31.5

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, lands outside off stump, turned with the turn to midwicket

31.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the middle and leg, turns, Aftab stays adjacent to the line, drives inside-out, with the turn, to extra cover

End of over 32 (6 runs) Bangladesh 93/5 (RR: 2.90)
Aftab Ahmed    34* (60b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-30-0
Shakib Al Hasan    5* (7b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-16-1

Jayasuriya has taken 297 ODI wickets so far. Can he get to 300 today? But er... it's Fernando who is going to bowl now.

32.1

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Full and on the middle, jabbed away to the on side

32.2

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, yorker length, outside the off stump, stabs at it and does not get a touch and Sanga gathers with oohs and aahs

32.3

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked to midwicket region

32.4

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Dropped by Chamara Silva again. This was a dolly. A lovely slower one- split-fingered grip, full and outside off, Aftab is sucked into a loose drive and it goes straight to extra cover where Silva drops it.

32.5

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run

32.6

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

End of over 33 (1 run) Bangladesh 94/5 (RR: 2.84)
Aftab Ahmed    34* (63b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-18-0
Shakib Al Hasan    6* (10b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-30-0

33.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, topspinner on the middle stump line, tries to play across the line, thinking it will turn in and gets a leading edge to the off side. Good delivery.

33.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, on the middle again, this time he spots the delivery and plays to the off side

33.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, comes down the track and almost yorks himself in the process, pushes it down the track

33.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, goes back to work to midwicket region for a single

33.5

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, drifts in towards middle and leg, turns, defended on the front foot

33.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the middle and off, driven to long off. Drinks break

End of over 34 (2 runs) Bangladesh 96/5 (RR: 2.82)
Aftab Ahmed    35* (65b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-32-0
Shakib Al Hasan    7* (14b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-18-0

34.1

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Oh ho! Aftab has another charge and a miss. He came down the track, moving outside leg stump in the process and has a wild swish.

34.2

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, climbs up from a length, on the middle and leg, Aftab is surprised at the extra bounce and swats it away towards square leg

34.3

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, short of length, around the off stump, Shakib jabs it away to the off side.

34.4

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full and outside off, punched to extra cover

34.5

Fernando to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, full-pitched on the off stump line, punched to cover

34.6

Fernando to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, bouncer on the leg stump line, ducked under

End of over 35 (3 runs) Bangladesh 99/5 (RR: 2.82)
Shakib Al Hasan    8* (17b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-21-0
Aftab Ahmed    37* (68b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-32-0

35.1

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, lands on the middle and off, turns, and Aftab goes for a reverse paddle, doesn't connect well

35.2

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, no run, legbreak around the off stump, edged to short third man

35.3

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, fuller and on the leg and middle, Aftab brings up Bangladesh's 100 with a inside-out drive to long off

35.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full and driven to long on for a single

35.5

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, flighted delivery outside off stump, driven to extra cover

35.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, quicker, just outside off stump, turns in, Shakib goes back to cut through backward point and Maharoof cleans up from sweeper cover

End of over 36 (6 runs) Bangladesh 105/5 (RR: 2.91)
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (19b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-0-38-0
Aftab Ahmed    39* (72b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-21-0

36.1

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, flighted delivery outside off, driven to long on

36.2

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, slow through the air, flighted above eye-level, outside off, driven through the off side for a single

36.3

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery turning in from outside off

36.4

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full and well outside off and Shakib stretches across to drive to sweeper cover

36.5

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, charges out, Jayasuriya slows up the pace even as he follows Aftab who had backed outside leg, jabbed away to wide mid on

36.6

Jayasuriya to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned past square leg for a single. Interesting over. The batsmen were looking to attack and Jayasuriya kept changing his line, length and the pace.

End of over 37 (5 runs) Bangladesh 110/5 (RR: 2.97)
Shakib Al Hasan    15* (23b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-21-1
Aftab Ahmed    41* (74b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-0-38-0

37.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, turns from outside off stump, goes back to work it to fine leg

37.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, slips down the leg side, Wide called

37.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, comes down but tentative steps and he just pushes a loopy delivery back to the bowler . Bandara is bowling well here.

37.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, And he reaps the reward. Flighted full and just outside off, Shakib goes for a sweep shot and plays all over it as the ball turns in to peg back the stump. Another one down. 111 for 6

Shakib Al Hasan b Bandara 15 (29m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.69

37.4

Bandara to Farhad Reza, no run, beaten. Slightly short of length, slightly quicker, outside off and turning away, he tries to cut and is beaten

37.5

Bandara to Farhad Reza, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long off

37.6

Bandara to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run

End of over 38 (3 runs) Bangladesh 113/6 (RR: 2.97)
Aftab Ahmed    42* (75b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    10-0-41-1
Farhad Reza    1* (2b)      ST Jayasuriya    5-0-21-1

38.1

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the off stump line, driven to long off

38.2

Jayasuriya to Farhad Reza, no run, flighted on the off and middle, driven to cover

38.3

Jayasuriya to Farhad Reza, no run, beaten. Slow through the air, lands on a length on the off stump and broke away, Reza pushes at it inside the line and is beaten by the turn

38.4

Jayasuriya to Farhad Reza, no run, beaten again. Just like the first ball he faced today, he goes for a cut and misses.

38.5

Jayasuriya to Farhad Reza, no run, leans forward to push a length delivery back to the bowler

38.6

Jayasuriya to Farhad Reza, no run, and again

End of over 39 (1 run) Bangladesh 114/6 (RR: 2.92)
Farhad Reza    1* (7b)      ST Jayasuriya    6-0-22-1
Aftab Ahmed    43* (76b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    10-0-41-1

39.1

Dilshan to Aftab Ahmed, no run, huge shout for lbw. Flighted delivery on the middle, Aftab plays a nothing shot across the line and is struck in front of middle and leg. Very close shout. Umpire felt it would have turned down leg.

39.2

Dilshan to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, flicked past square leg for as ingle

39.3

Dilshan to Farhad Reza, 1 run, outside off, cut to backward point for a single

39.4

Dilshan to Aftab Ahmed, no run

39.5

Dilshan to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, OUT, 117 for 7 now. A run out. on the middle, flighted delivery, leans forward to work it past square leg. They rush across for a single, turn for the second but Jayasuriya fires in a accurate throw at Dilshan who grabs at it and the ball slips out of his hands and hits the sticks. The bails are off. It is out.

Farhad Reza run out 2 (7m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

39.6

Dilshan to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned past square leg

End of over 40 (4 runs) Bangladesh 118/7 (RR: 2.95)
Aftab Ahmed    46* (81b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
Abdur Razzak    0* (0b)      ST Jayasuriya    6-0-22-1

40.1

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, on the off stump line, driven to long off

40.2

Jayasuriya to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long off

40.3

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, 1 wide, slips down the leg side, Aftab fails to connect his flick and Sangakkara gathers down the leg side

40.3

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, no run, on the middle and leg, mistimes a sweep to short fine leg

40.4

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, no run, flatter, quicker, punched to cover

40.5

Jayasuriya to Aftab Ahmed, OUT, Wicket no 298 for Jaysuriya. Floated short of length, on the middle and off, Aftab shapes to pull and ends up swatting it lamely to midwicket. Soft dismissal. Bangladesh teetering on the precipice here.

Aftab Ahmed c Jayawardene b Jayasuriya 47 (107m 85b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.29

40.6

Jayasuriya to Shahadat Hossain, no run, land on a length around off stump, pushed to the off side

End of over 41 (3 runs) Bangladesh 121/8 (RR: 2.95)
Shahadat Hossain    0* (1b)      ST Jayasuriya    7-0-25-2
Abdur Razzak    1* (1b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

41.1

Dilshan to Abdur Razzak, no run, lands full outside off, spins away and he is beaten inside the line

41.2

Dilshan to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, from round the stumps, really slow in the air, tossed up, on the middle and leg, driven through the on side

41.3

Dilshan to Shahadat Hossain, no run, quicker, flatter, on the middle and off, almost trapped in front as he was mightly late in getting his bat forward to keep it out

41.4

Dilshan to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, gets this one to long on for a single

41.5

Dilshan to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, outside off stump, pushed to cover point for a single

41.6

Dilshan to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, on the middle and leg, Shahadat stays back to work it past square leg

End of over 42 (4 runs) Bangladesh 125/8 (RR: 2.97)
Shahadat Hossain    2* (4b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0
Abdur Razzak    3* (4b)      ST Jayasuriya    7-0-25-2

42.1

Jayasuriya to Shahadat Hossain, no run, full and on the middle, defended on the front foot, back down the track

42.2

Jayasuriya to Shahadat Hossain, no run, similar delivery, same result

42.3

Jayasuriya to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, full, on the middle and leg, Shahadat stays back, works it to square leg

42.4

Jayasuriya to Abdur Razzak, no run, beaten. It lands outside off stump and spins in, past the defensive blade, and pops up off the thigh pad to Sangakkara

42.5

Jayasuriya to Abdur Razzak, no run

42.6

Jayasuriya to Abdur Razzak, no run, tossed-up, full and outside off, Razzak tries to heave it away to the on side, gets a inside edge to the boot

End of over 43 (1 run) Bangladesh 126/8 (RR: 2.93)
Abdur Razzak    3* (7b)      ST Jayasuriya    8-0-26-2
Shahadat Hossain    3* (7b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-8-0

43.1

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, full and just outside off, driven to mid off

43.2

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, bangs this one short, outside off, Shahadat is late on the pull shot and the ball flies to Sangakkara

43.3

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, Ouch. Nasty lifter at the body, Shahadat is caught in a tangle, eyes off the ball, and the ball crashes in to the gloves and rams in to the helmet grill. Hmm.... What next?

43.4

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, Another lifter. 130 k this time, the previous one was much slower, and Shahadat fends it off ungainly as the ball thuds in to his right forearm

43.5

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, another short-pitched stuff, below-chest high this time, and Shahadat somehow manages to swat it away to the on side

43.6

Malinga to Abdur Razzak, no run, full and slanting across the batsman who lets it go past him. That was a furious over from Malinga.

End of over 44 (1 run) Bangladesh 127/8 (RR: 2.88)
Abdur Razzak    3* (8b)      SL Malinga    8-2-18-3
Shahadat Hossain    4* (12b)      ST Jayasuriya    8-0-26-2

44.1

Jayasuriya to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, teasing flight, just outside off and Shahadat drives uppishly past a diving Jayasuriya to mid off region

44.2

Jayasuriya to Abdur Razzak, OUT, Wicket no 299 for Jayasuriya. Tossed-up really full, outside off stump, Razzak took his front leg from the line and wanted to swing it to the on side but it was too full to go across and he sent it straight to long off.

Abdur Razzak c Mubarak b Jayasuriya 3 (23m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

44.3

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, no run, almost got his 300th. Fired in real quick and full, just outside off and Rasel had no clue, had a stab and a miss.

44.4

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, 2 runs, full and outside off, squeezed to third man region. The Malinga throw came to Sangakkara who swivelled to fire in a throw at Jayasuriya, who again is not behind the stumps and he lunges to stop the ball and tries to back flick to the stumps. But the ball slips out of his hands and he breaks the sticks with his arm

44.5

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, no run

44.6

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, no run, beaten. Spins with a bit of bounce from outside off, Rasel goes for a cut and misses

End of over 45 (3 runs) Bangladesh 130/9 (RR: 2.88)
Syed Rasel    2* (4b)      ST Jayasuriya    9-0-29-3
Shahadat Hossain    5* (13b)      SL Malinga    8-2-18-3

45.1

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, What a lovely slower one. It looped in full and just missed the off stump. Shahadat was beaten comprehensively

45.2

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, almost a yorker, on the middle and leg, stabbed away to the off side

45.3

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, 1 wide, banged in short and it sails harmlessly down the leg side

45.3

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, 3 runs, another loopy slower one, full toss, Shahadat backs away and just about manages to put bat to the ball and it rolls through midwicket

short midwicket in place

45.4

Malinga to Syed Rasel, no run, Furious yorker at the leg stump line, Rasel digs it out.

45.5

Malinga to Syed Rasel, 1 leg bye, slides on to the pad, runs off the pad. One ball to go. Will Jayasuriya get a chance to go for his 300 or will MAlinga finish it off here?

45.6

Malinga to Shahadat Hossain, no run, he seems to have taken a fancy to Shahadat. Another short-pitched stuff, at the body, Shahadat backs away a touch, takes the bottom-hand off the handle, and jabs it away to the on side

End of over 46 (5 runs) Bangladesh 135/9 (RR: 2.93)
Shahadat Hossain    8* (17b)      SL Malinga    9-2-22-3
Syed Rasel    2* (6b)      ST Jayasuriya    9-0-29-3

46.1

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, no run, full and outside off, slides in, pushed to cover

46.2

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, 1 run, slow in the air, spins in from outside off, worked through midwicket. Four balls left for Jayasuriya to have go at that 300th wicket

46.3

Jayasuriya to Shahadat Hossain, 1 run, Mahela drops that 300th wicket floated in on the off stump line, and it holds up a touch on Shahadat who ends up driving early and it goes to right of Mahela at silly mid off who ends up palming it away. Jayasuriya almost caught the rebound

46.4

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, no run, lands outside off stump, Rasel goes for a sweep and is struck on the pad, outside the off stump. While Sangakkara goes to retrieve the ball, Jayasuriya lets out a huge cry for lbw. Rudi is unmoved. Jayasuriya wants that 300th wicket today.

46.5

Jayasuriya to Syed Rasel, OUT, That's his 300th wicket! Jayasuriya has done it. He tossed it up outside off, Rasel went for a lofted drive but could not clear mid off. Jayasuriya is chuffed. He gets the ball from the umpire and walks off with it. The crowd are on their feet to applaud him. Trevor Penny and other Sri Lankan players in the balcony, also join in the applause. Congrats Jayasuriya.

Syed Rasel c Mubarak b Jayasuriya 3 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Join us in a while for the chase. Quite a few of you have emailed in with tributes to Jayasuriya. What a champion he has been for Sri Lanka and a great entertainer. I remember he used to be languishing in the lower middle order before Ranatunga saw a spark in the man and promoted him up the order. What a great move it has proved to be.

I stumbled across a old article in the Sunday Observer, a piece by A C De Silva on Jayasuriya. This is what he has to say about Jayasuriya's younger days.

"Natural talent has to get its due place someday - so the saying goes. This is particularly so in the case of Sanath Jayasuriya, who hails not from an influential school, but from the Southern Province - Matara where he was a leading figure in cricket at St. Servatius' College. His exploits in inter-school cricket will fill a book, but unlike today where inter-school cricket is spread far and wide with the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket and Scorers Association arranging matches for schools that are members of the association. Though there was a Schools Cricket Association in the eighties, the schools in deep South didn't get much of a look-in and the schools in Matara district had to play matches against the lesser known schools and they didn't get the opportunity of matching their wits against the better known schools.

Jayasuriya, born on June 30th 1969, became the first cricketer from St. Servatius' College, Matara to be picked to represent a national side when he went on that tour of Australia with the under 19 side in 1987/88 and the second tour was in 1988/89 with the Sri Lanka 'B' team to Pakistan. It was great that Jayasuriya showed his batting skills in no uncertain manner, even though he hailed from a school that had only a matting wicket.

The fact that he made several centuries here and also abroad even at the under 19 and under 20 age group, clearly showed that there was talent in the boy. He was the first Sri Lankan to score two successive double centuries in two unofficial 'Tests' against Pakistan in the 1988/89 tour and Pakistan teams were by no means chicken feed for the Sri Lankans as the Pakistanis had Test players like Iqbal Qasim, Ijaj, Manzoor Elahi, Iqbal Sikkander. "

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Jul 23, 2007

Tillakaratne Dilshan  is watched by  Mushfiqur Rahim as he nudges the ball to the off side, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 23, 2007

Tillakaratne Dilshan plays one late

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Jul 23, 2007

Chamara Silva's 36 steered Sri Lanka to a series win, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 23, 2007

Chamara Silva readies himself to play a shot

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