Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, only Twenty20, Pallekele March 31, 2013

Kusal Perera sets up Sri Lanka's win

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Sri Lanka 198 for 5 (Kusal Perera 64, Mendis 37) beat Bangladesh 181 for 7 (Ashraful 43, Mushfiqur 39, Thisara Perera 2-25) by 17 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A marauding Kusal Perera set the platform for Sri Lanka's 198 for 5, which proved 17 runs too many for the valiant Bangladesh batsmen, in the one-off Twenty20 in Pallekele. His 64 from 44 balls saw Sri Lanka travel at nearly 11-an over during the Powerplay, before their middle-order allrounders exploited generous bowling to close the innings at a gallop. Though three Bangladesh batsmen threatened to rally a forceful response, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all fell before their side could mount a serious challenge.




Kusal's onslaught began from the second delivery which he whipped aerially off his pads behind square, before he picked up the fifth ball and deposited it in the stands and then blasted the next behind point for four. Like a young Sanath Jayasuriya with a ballet coach, Kusal flitted about the crease - venturing swiftly out of it on occasion - before sending the ball hurtling, with a rapid swing of the blade.

At 25 for no loss at the end of the second over, Mushfiqur introduced Sohag Gazi to change the pace of the game, but Kusal welcomed him into the attack with a mighty slog-swept six over cow corner. When Abdur Razzak came on to bowl, he was spared first ball, but slammed into the grass bank behind deep midwicket next delivery.

The fours flowed too: over cover, through point, behind square on the leg side - five in total, to go with four sixes. Kusal reined in the big shots when the field spread, rotating the strike first with Dinesh Chandimal, then Lahiru Thirimanne, and the first shot he mishit in the game was the one that brought his demise. He top-edged a cut shot off Mahmudullah, three balls after having sent him high over deep midwicket. When he departed at 100 for 4 after 12 overs, only a middle-order collapse would have restricted Sri Lanka to an average total, and the Bangladesh bowlers' generosity ensured that would not eventuate.



But despite the tall Sri Lanka total, Bangladesh batted so well, they might justly feel aggrieved at the officiating. The match was marred by contentious decisions - at least two of which had the potential to change the game's narrative dramatically. The clearest of these was Ashraful's lbw, which came off a thigh-high Thisara Perera full toss. Ashraful had struck two sixes and a four off the three previous deliveries, signalling an imminent sustained barrage, but it was cut short when the umpire ruled him out despite the ball having struck his thigh pad outside the line of the stumps.

Earlier, debutant Shamsur Rahman had been given out to his first ball in international cricket, after being struck above the knee roll, some way outside the popping crease. The first ball of the match, however, had been a close call for Kusal, and two more marginal decisions in Sri Lanka's innings went the hosts' way.




Bangladesh began their innings more slowly than Sri Lanka, hitting only 45 from their Powerplay overs, for the loss of Shamsur and Jahurul Islam. When Ashraful fell in the seventh over, Mushfiqur assumed the aggressor's role, but soon after, Mahmudullah also began scoring quickly. Mushfiqur first struck two fours in three balls off Sachithra Senanayake, before lifting a low full toss from Shaminda Eranga over the long-on fence two overs later. Angelo Perera had not had a chance to bat on debut, but his part-time left-arm spin disappeared for 17 off Mushfiqur's blade in the 13th over, to complete a six-over stretch that saw Bangladesh maul 72.



But in two balls in the fifteenth over, Bangladesh lost both set batsman, and with them, their hopes of a triumphant end to the tour. Mushfiqur top edged a gentle full toss from Senanayake to deep square leg, and next ball, a mix-up while attempting a third ended with both batsmen stranded mid-pitch, and Mahmudullah eventually given out, having not crossed his partner. With six wickets down, Mominul Haque then faced a required run-rate of 12 with five wickets to go and the tail for company. He finished unbeaten on 26 from 16, having hit three boundaries that made the end result perhaps seem closer than it was.

During Sri Lanka's innings, Bangladesh's spinners combined through the middle overs to force several setbacks, but a dropped catch off Angelo Mathews in the deep, borne from miscommunication between long-on and midwicket, cost the visitors a chance to keep Sri Lanka to a manageable score. Next over, with six wickets remaining and only four overs to go, Jeevan Mendis felt it appropriate to throw his bat early in the over, sweeping Razzak over midwicket, then blasting him over cover, to herald Sri Lanka's final charge.

The fast bowlers' indiscipline hurt Bangladesh further, as they continued pitching too short throughout the final overs, with several wayward deliveries served up as well. Mendis pulled Rubel Hossain high into the stands early in the 17th over, before murdering a short wide one through point next ball. When he got out, Thisara completed a sorry night for Shahadat Hossain, when he launched his over of criminally poor bowling into the night for 24, to leave the bowler with no wicket for 54 from four overs. Mathews, who had held the innings together after Kusal fell, finished on 30 from 27 deliveries.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sinhaya on April 1, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    At whoever who said Sri Lanka has no future after Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela and Herath quit, here is the answer. Kushal Perera is excellent and no one can deny it. He already averages over 50 in ODIs in Australia. Also those who are negative about Sri Lanka are deluded to forget Chandimal who has excelled in England, Australia and South Africa. Just look at his batting average in tests and ODIs in those 3 countries. As for bowling, last night was not good and dew too played a part. Anyway, Sachithra Senanayake can easily be our future Murali just by looking at his bowling average in the domestic circuit. Dimuth Karunaratne too can feature in tests and ODIs. Kithruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Angelo Mathews, Thirimanne, Rambukwella are no doubt future heroes.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    On a positive note, Bangladesh had a good tour of Sri Lanka. Our boys landed on the Lankan soil without some of our key players and in the middle of the tour we lost some other performer. This injury ravaged side have shown enough character to fight against adversity. In the past Sri Lanka tour was equivalent to total humiliation. But this time around our boys didn't bog down so easily but fought hard to earn enough respect til the end! The Tigers are on the right track. It's time to move forward with the positives earned from this tour and build a prosperous future specially targeting to find some new talents in the pace bowling dept which was so poor throughout the series!

  • Prem2248 on April 3, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    The Country's situation is as such the youth are a neglected lot; due to lack of sponsors and funds e. g. it was B'deshi companies that came to the rescue of holding this Test & ODI series. The inaugural SLPL too was held with thr help Indian sponsors and the 2 Test & ODI series against SA & WI too were cancelled in order to save funds, so this is how the things are taking place in SL. For information of all, the SLan youths' 1st Cl Cricket careers start only after leaving school, in contrast, when B'deshi Anamul Haque was sent to the last Youth WC in AUS he already had a 1st Cl experience of 40 odd innings. These irresponsible authorities foreign to the Game have very often failed to arrange most needed practice matches for youth, even before a big tournament in order to cut cost.The SLan youth aren't given appropriate incentives (compared to other countries), for them to continue with the Game, as a result many a promising players give up playing soon after leaving School.

  • Prem2248 on April 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    All these decisions are part & parcel of the Game there is nothing new about it. The majority of the B'deshi fans and some media persons too are very emotional as if this kind of decisions has been seen for the 1st time. After all these Hawk-eyed TV replays aren't 100% correct that is why most countries still vary of using DRS system and there are some doubts and correctness over Hawk-eyed replays where the contact of the ball with the body cannot be precisely spotted. To the naked eye there was nothing irregular about those 2 decisions. By the way the B'deshis fans have given high highly value for their players (very well looked after by their Cricket authorities) who start their International careers as teenagers, because they do well at times against the SLan inexperienced schoolboy Cricketers. SLan youths have zero 1st Class experience when they take on youth teams of other countries where there top class administrators are. (2 B CNTD)

  • Prem2248 on April 3, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    These irresponsible authorities foreign to the Game have very often failed to arrange practice matches for youth, even before a big tournament to cut cost. Therefore these raw talented players are sent to youth WCs straight from school without adequate training given and one may find 3-4 henchmen also in these SLan teams. However, when the talented players start playing 1st Class Cricket, they will become world class players in a very short time. Pls check stats of some of these young players who are yet to represent the Country(Angelo Perera,Kahusal Silva, Roshen Silva, Ashen Silva, Shehan Jayasooriya, Gayan Maneshan, Malinda Pushpakumara, Tharindu Khaushal,Umesh Karunarathna …. Although most of the B'desh players are young in age, when their experience is taken into account they are not second to a veteran of another country. Interestingly Almost all B'deshi National players have very poor 1st Class Averages.(Stats courtsey Cricinfo)

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, it is totally wrong to say Kushal Perera is only a T20 player. He averaged 50 in the ODIs against Australia in Australia. He only top scored for us when chasing 74 and was not out when victory was achieved that day. Also, he has scored the highest score by a Sri Lankan in the local 3 day format which is 336 off 275 balls barely 2 weeks ago. He is definitely going to be our future best and miles better than Sanga and Mahela. No one has ever scored a triple ton in our domestic 3 day format until Kushal Perera managed this achievement. Cricinfo please publish.

  • The_Ashes on April 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Its funny when these fans talk about Bangladesh playing away means no crowd rubbish!! we saw the crowd for this T20 game and even before that when they toured England especially in one of those games which Bangladesh won in England were packed crowds. People have work/school to go to so of course Cricket overall will struggle to get some crowd. But there were no crowd for South-Pak test series or even India matches with large gaps and the last matches between Sri-New :)

  • Rafelgibt on April 2, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    @SL_rockz on (April 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT) This is the time you must take a big pause.I really want to know If that 2 decisions would go against SL and they loss, would say the same WISE talks or you would change your stands???Time to grow up...Frankly speaking we really don't care what you think but the way CRICINFO emphasize your comments that let me to reply....

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    @BOND_OO7, absolutely buddy. We are after all brothers of the same mother.

  • on April 2, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Dilshan and Sanga didn't play but in stead two umpires played a crucial role here to grab Sri Lanka's Victory by hook or by crook. They should be named MOM for their relentless controversial decisions in stead of Perera. Hat's off Sri Lanka.

  • Sinhaya on April 1, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    At whoever who said Sri Lanka has no future after Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela and Herath quit, here is the answer. Kushal Perera is excellent and no one can deny it. He already averages over 50 in ODIs in Australia. Also those who are negative about Sri Lanka are deluded to forget Chandimal who has excelled in England, Australia and South Africa. Just look at his batting average in tests and ODIs in those 3 countries. As for bowling, last night was not good and dew too played a part. Anyway, Sachithra Senanayake can easily be our future Murali just by looking at his bowling average in the domestic circuit. Dimuth Karunaratne too can feature in tests and ODIs. Kithruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Angelo Mathews, Thirimanne, Rambukwella are no doubt future heroes.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    On a positive note, Bangladesh had a good tour of Sri Lanka. Our boys landed on the Lankan soil without some of our key players and in the middle of the tour we lost some other performer. This injury ravaged side have shown enough character to fight against adversity. In the past Sri Lanka tour was equivalent to total humiliation. But this time around our boys didn't bog down so easily but fought hard to earn enough respect til the end! The Tigers are on the right track. It's time to move forward with the positives earned from this tour and build a prosperous future specially targeting to find some new talents in the pace bowling dept which was so poor throughout the series!

  • Prem2248 on April 3, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    The Country's situation is as such the youth are a neglected lot; due to lack of sponsors and funds e. g. it was B'deshi companies that came to the rescue of holding this Test & ODI series. The inaugural SLPL too was held with thr help Indian sponsors and the 2 Test & ODI series against SA & WI too were cancelled in order to save funds, so this is how the things are taking place in SL. For information of all, the SLan youths' 1st Cl Cricket careers start only after leaving school, in contrast, when B'deshi Anamul Haque was sent to the last Youth WC in AUS he already had a 1st Cl experience of 40 odd innings. These irresponsible authorities foreign to the Game have very often failed to arrange most needed practice matches for youth, even before a big tournament in order to cut cost.The SLan youth aren't given appropriate incentives (compared to other countries), for them to continue with the Game, as a result many a promising players give up playing soon after leaving School.

  • Prem2248 on April 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    All these decisions are part & parcel of the Game there is nothing new about it. The majority of the B'deshi fans and some media persons too are very emotional as if this kind of decisions has been seen for the 1st time. After all these Hawk-eyed TV replays aren't 100% correct that is why most countries still vary of using DRS system and there are some doubts and correctness over Hawk-eyed replays where the contact of the ball with the body cannot be precisely spotted. To the naked eye there was nothing irregular about those 2 decisions. By the way the B'deshis fans have given high highly value for their players (very well looked after by their Cricket authorities) who start their International careers as teenagers, because they do well at times against the SLan inexperienced schoolboy Cricketers. SLan youths have zero 1st Class experience when they take on youth teams of other countries where there top class administrators are. (2 B CNTD)

  • Prem2248 on April 3, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    These irresponsible authorities foreign to the Game have very often failed to arrange practice matches for youth, even before a big tournament to cut cost. Therefore these raw talented players are sent to youth WCs straight from school without adequate training given and one may find 3-4 henchmen also in these SLan teams. However, when the talented players start playing 1st Class Cricket, they will become world class players in a very short time. Pls check stats of some of these young players who are yet to represent the Country(Angelo Perera,Kahusal Silva, Roshen Silva, Ashen Silva, Shehan Jayasooriya, Gayan Maneshan, Malinda Pushpakumara, Tharindu Khaushal,Umesh Karunarathna …. Although most of the B'desh players are young in age, when their experience is taken into account they are not second to a veteran of another country. Interestingly Almost all B'deshi National players have very poor 1st Class Averages.(Stats courtsey Cricinfo)

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, it is totally wrong to say Kushal Perera is only a T20 player. He averaged 50 in the ODIs against Australia in Australia. He only top scored for us when chasing 74 and was not out when victory was achieved that day. Also, he has scored the highest score by a Sri Lankan in the local 3 day format which is 336 off 275 balls barely 2 weeks ago. He is definitely going to be our future best and miles better than Sanga and Mahela. No one has ever scored a triple ton in our domestic 3 day format until Kushal Perera managed this achievement. Cricinfo please publish.

  • The_Ashes on April 2, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Its funny when these fans talk about Bangladesh playing away means no crowd rubbish!! we saw the crowd for this T20 game and even before that when they toured England especially in one of those games which Bangladesh won in England were packed crowds. People have work/school to go to so of course Cricket overall will struggle to get some crowd. But there were no crowd for South-Pak test series or even India matches with large gaps and the last matches between Sri-New :)

  • Rafelgibt on April 2, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    @SL_rockz on (April 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT) This is the time you must take a big pause.I really want to know If that 2 decisions would go against SL and they loss, would say the same WISE talks or you would change your stands???Time to grow up...Frankly speaking we really don't care what you think but the way CRICINFO emphasize your comments that let me to reply....

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    @BOND_OO7, absolutely buddy. We are after all brothers of the same mother.

  • on April 2, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Dilshan and Sanga didn't play but in stead two umpires played a crucial role here to grab Sri Lanka's Victory by hook or by crook. They should be named MOM for their relentless controversial decisions in stead of Perera. Hat's off Sri Lanka.

  • WorldWideCricket on April 1, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Thanks to SriLanka to host our Tigers. It was a wonderful tour, loved every moment of it.

    Majority of Bangladeshi fans support Sri Lanka against any team (except BD) even when SL was a minnow. I personally got addicted to cricket seeing SriLanka, and always dreamed of BD to be in cricket like Sri Lanka.

    This is just a game, there is no need to verbally abuse each other. No one will gain anything doing this.

    The players who played the games, did not fight or abuse each other and end of the game they all shake hands. As a fan we should also do the same. We just should support our team without abusing others.

    I apologies to all Sri Lanka if any BD fan hurt your feelings in any way.

    Long live BD-SL friendship !

  • Cric_Sanity on April 1, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    SL_RokZ, you have clearly misunderstood the remarks made by the BD Captain when he said "I think rather than thinking about the leg-before decisions, we should avoid getting hit on the pads". He meant, in order to avoid getting wrong side of be bargain, BD players have to protect their pad under any circumstances. Because, they'll be given out if the ball hits the pad - irrespective of ball pitching outside off/leg stump. On the other hand, the appeal was completely ignored when Kusal was hit plum in front on the first ball. In the end, BD ballers with the help from umpire conceded the game, SL players didn't win it.

  • BOND_OO7 on April 1, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    @All : would you please stop throwing mud to each other? I feel ashamed to be an asian. Why wouldn't i be? No country's fans show least of respect to others. Just sick of seeing this same thing after every match.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 1, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Apparently early next year Bangladesh Sri Lanka will be playing eachother in Bangladesh for 2 test matches, 5 ODIs and a tri series also involving Pakistan.

  • samlord on April 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    We are fighting here like babies for nothing..while players will go to IPL earn heaps of money and have a jolly good time..For both BD n SL fans,grow up ppl let it go .We don't even get a penny for talking about these.

  • SL_rockz on April 1, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Friend i am not talking about sakib being verbally aggressive and rahim being not verbally aggressive ok.I dont care which one you like and which is good..I care about the attitude after a lost mushfiquer has before next game ...The outcomes he gains in a lost..Mate your words still make me clear that you still are in pain of loss and donot clearly think of what you should learn from a defeat..You guys just lament here about umpires and so on..Is that the thing to do ??? Can i reverse the win of SL?? NO ...So what should be your plan mate??? beating us in next encounter.by making excuses and lamenting will give you a win against us in nest match ?? :O I am afraid no..So learn to accept defeat and learn what sought of attitudes you should have after a loss for a future win.You guys donot have..sakib didnot..But this small man has that mindset and attitude..The attitude is the thing i respect.It is the most lacked part of your fans as well.Learn from your captain.He is a wonderful man

  • Sinhaya on April 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    I am glad that my comments became featured comments for the first time when I commented on Sri Lanka. I did manage to make my comments in the featured comments section 5 times before but they were on non Sri Lankan matches. Thanks a lot Andrew Fernando for making my comment featured.

    I understand the disappointment of Bangla fans over Ashraful LBW. Yes if he batted on it would have been a thriller indeed. But the solution to this sort of umpiring errors is for the ICC to change the rules where in cases where DRS is not used for the 3rd umpire to intervene and pinpoint that the ball pitched outside leg. Surely that is simple and why cant that happen??

    It was great to have Bangladesh in our shores and thanks for the entertainment. My apologies if I antagonized any BD fan cos I was forced into it at times. I look forward to meeting you all again early next year when we visit your shores for 2 tests and an ODI tri series with Pakistan. Good luck tigers for the tour of Zimbabwe shortly.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    SL_rockz Yes, Our captain is an intelligent captain but he is not verbally aggressive.So, he will keep quiet in these controversial issues.Had it been Shakib, you would hear different words.But that's the reason why Shakib lost his captaincy.But we BD fans love Shakib's approach more than Mushfiq's.

  • SL_rockz on April 1, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    i am saying we cannot excuse any loss on the basis of those reasons..Those are unpredictable reasons...you may win or still u may loose..You cannot be certain and t z same for both sides .So do not back your team of winning with that decisions "".Mushfiqur Rahim: "I think rather than thinking about the leg-before decisions, we should avoid getting hit on the pads" "" These are your captains words...He accept the defeat..That is called backbone and it conveys the precious feeling of learning from mistakes..To end up in winning side first you have to admit that you loose and then learn without worrying about umpires,pitches or dew or D/L method or whatever mate.This type of attitude will transfer you to a winning track...Your captain is a intelligent captain not as your ordinary fans.He knows when you have subjected to suffering side of marginal LBW's he know what we should practise is avoid getting on hit on pads next time.Look at that attitude bro..WOW ....Precious cricketer for BD .

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    SL_rockz Yes, but we at least know that Kusal Perera was given not out and he ended up scoring 64 off 44 and became the MOM.Also, some closed appeals of A.Razzak were turned down at the later part of the innings while Ashraful's and Shamshur's out should have got benefit of the doubt.

  • SL_rockz on April 1, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim: "I think rather than thinking about the leg-before decisions, we should avoid getting hit on the pads" It is good and sweet to hear even thouh no fan in BD have understood the correct way to think about and learn from a defeat your captain does....I hope all BD fans attitude will change like that...This what i meant ....This tye of thinking makes your nation move forward ..excusing blllshit followed by BD fans will leave their team below all ranked team forever..But RESPECT MUSHFIQUER RAHIM ONLY YOU HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE WAY TO THINK BUT THESE FANS AROUND YOU WILL WITH ATTITUDE OF EXCUSING WILL BE A HUGE BARRIER FOR YOUR SUCCESS..So be carefull about them...You are in the r8 mood of thinking and you are NOT THINKING LIKE A MINNOW PERSON....Great asset for BD team..Honestly I fear for your attitude because that sought of attitude will make you number one team in future.But i am afraid it seems that you are the only person thinking like that..But Respect u.

  • SL_rockz on April 1, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    you never know he will stay forever and win the match for you orelse will get bowled in the next delivery.So those unpredictable reasons are not expressed by any good cricketing nation as excuse...What ever comes good teams can win...Sanga was given out in australia 192 it was clearly not out.we could have won our first test in aussie soil if that went good..But we never complained.umpire apologize for that later and we respectfully said it is ok sir and it is part of the game and you should bear the mistakes..With in that match also we blamed our top order could have done more yet we could have won the match never excused on umpire ..That is the spirit of cricket we and all other nations share except you.We don't take those things and say hail SL actually we won and they loose etc.We just say lost is lost however we lost the match as a good cricket team and world class team we should pave our way to victory in any situation.That is what BD lack.Till they lack they are minnows.thanks

  • SL_rockz on April 1, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Excuses and Excuses!! All over the comments of BD fans...They were so heart broken that after every loss they have heaps of excuses with them....But when they rarely won, Nothing went wrong..Umpires,pitches,dew etc everything was just fine :) ....Umpiring decisions are part and parcel of game...Both decisions are not brutal mistakes like hitting bat before pad it can go either way...if it did not came our way we feel like we are badly treated...Marginal decisions can go either way that is the nature of game and you have to cope with that..Irrespective of ur country decisions are made good or bad but look at other countries do they say we could have won if umpiring decision went their way.That is not an excuse..good teams are always cope with that .That is nature...But here ur comments say u are still maturing side..because no proper cricketing nation will give excuses on umpiring decisions and say we cud have won if that person stayed bit longer..You never know such things..

  • The_Ashes on April 1, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    This series is finished and should soon focus on the next one which is the tour to Zimbabwe and I want to see this 11 - Shahriar, Marshall, Ashraful, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Mominul, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Rubel and Robiul. Bowlers like Rubel and Abul should focus more on tests because they are clearly expensive in the shorter forms but have the right pace for a format like tests but really they need to sort out their line and lengths in order to go for less runs and get more wickets.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    samlord The guy who scored 64 off 44 balls was actually out first ball but not given.When BD came to bat, their opener was given LBW out of nowhere.Then it makes both their batting and bowling look bad.How will you judge what they deserve?

  • on April 1, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    BD should take taskin ahmed . he is a good find from BPL. shahadat hossain will never learn the line & length .

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    This series was a good one and not one sided as most expected like the Zim-West recent series. I like Bangladesh fighting spirit when they bat because usually in the past whenever they lose quick 3-4 wickets early on, they give up and play cautiously but we don't see that as much these days from them. Major concern for Bangladesh is their pace bowling which will dearly let us down if not sorted. Seems our fast bowlers cannot even stick to basics what a pity its time to drop them for good now and move on for the betterment of the Bangladesh team. We want to see performing talented players in the team not the ordinary ones who usually let us down and hopefully for once we won't see them in the coming tour to Zimbabwe and future series.

  • Herath-UK on April 1, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    BD have the luck of being in the right place at the right time as they were with WI & now in Sri Lanka when a young team & novice captains put in place against them.They benefitted also scoring the first win over SL when MJ was sent as the new captain to BD a few years ago.Or is it SL as Jayasuriya pointed out taking risks considering their lowly status.However the game looked more competitive after resting the whole clan of Dilshans,Sangas& Heraths etc.But BD should be happy as they show some progress after all & wish them well. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 1, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @All my fellow BD fans: we have to move on. We have to streghthen our domestic cricket giving priority to pacy and bouncy wicket. Moreover, BCB should launch a campaign aiming to collect seamers aged 15- 18 from very root level and bring them up under proper care and facilities. Please let us be united and tell this to BCB . Its high time to do this. Right now.

  • sohan_faisal on April 1, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @Hussain Faiaz : Are you out of your mind dude? Srilanka is now a team that can sometimes win with Bangladesh. They are no more a class team that they used to be. without your oldies like Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan ur team is nothing but a joke who can win with the help of umpires. When Ash started hitting your bowlers out of the field, your crazy umpire gave him out LBW!!! A school level umpire could understand that the impact of the ball is outside leg but you need ur umpire to win and he helped you to win. So funny

  • Samin on April 1, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    "NEVER EVER TAKE SHAHADAT AGAIN"-I wnt to tell this to Mushy and BCCI. I hope the pace department of Bangladesh will improve after Mashrafe and Nazmul(if he is on a good form) comes. bangladesh missed Shakib and Tamim toooo much. they could have made us win the game.If Ashraful was in the crease a bit longer, I believe bangladesh would have won this match.

  • samlord on April 1, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Why u guys are not talking abt BD horrible bowling performance,pathetic fielding , 3rd class death bowling which cost 70 runs in the last 5 overs.plus 20 wides in just 20 overs.All of u are crying abt a one bad decision.No one is talking abt those.At the end of the BD didn't deserve to win with such a horrible performance.

  • pitch_curator on April 1, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @ Bond_007 - I find no reason why anyone should put up with incompetent umpires. Why is everyone blaming the BCCI and not addressing the root cause?? I agree that marginal decisions should not be scrutinised to a fault but blatantly wrong decisions (that too on a consitent basis) should not be tolerated. FYI - BCCI went after Bucknor because there were (hold your breath) more than TEN wrong decisions in a test match. After the Ashraful decision Perera appealed vociferously in the next over for a wide ball (which was dropped by the keeper!!) because he KNEW that he had the umpire's number. If this is the quality of umpiring then why should anyone put up with it?

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    This has been taken from ESPN Cricinfo's live commentary:

    NLTC Perera to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, he's been given leg before, after a shout from Perera that went on and on and on, Ashraful swung and missed a full toss, but did that strike him outside leg? yes, it has, that is seriously poor from the umpire, at a crucial stage in the chase, against a batsman who's just hit three successive boundaries, the umpire has just caved into Thisara's long appeal

    Mohammad Ashraful lbw b NLTC Perera 43 (40m 27b 4x4 2x6) SR: 159.25

  • Dian007 on April 1, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Please give captaincy to Jeewan Mendis, am not justified by the decision of including players in the caliber of Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne... Bring in players like Kapu, Kithruwan this type of game which is the T20, is not easily meant for Lahiru and Chandi., I am very much sure that the players who are sound with cricket with be beside with my comment.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    SL's D TEAM beat bangladesh's A side, so how good does that make Sri lanka now? One lucky win and they thought they were world beaters. Just like the lucky win against Aussies some yrs back. It was all down to luck and not of merit. Their fielding is a joke, Bowling is a disaster. Just a couple of decent batsmen to keep them afloat and they think they are on top of the world.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 1, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Sabbir Asgar ; What are you talking about ? Kusal even hit sixes to your best bowler Gazi. Have you seen how Kusal played in Australia against the likes of Starc ? Ash is no match for the class n aggressiveness of our New Master Blaster Kusal Perera. :)) Kusal made headlines, Ash did NOT. End of the story...

  • BOND_OO7 on April 1, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Had this kind of wrong decisions been given to India ,i am sure BCCI would not spare these umpire for sure.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Facebook User We know SL fans,umpires and commentators well.If Ashraful were out how come Kusal was not out? It is funny that many BD batsman got LBW but so SL batsman got.

  • BOND_OO7 on April 1, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @facebook user; did you watch the match? Why afford to become laughing stock when you dont know the real fact?

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 1, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @gnanzcupid ; Of course Kusal is the new Jayasuriya. And he is bringing the fear into the bowlers' hearts around the world like our Master Blaster Sana did. And He is not just a T20 player. Obviously you don't know much about Cricket as it seems. He has a very good domestic FC records such as double n triple centuries. And He doesn't play lose shots. How can you say he is a T20 player when he did well in ODI's. Just take your "not expert" opinions else where pal.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    One umpiring mistake is enough to change any game in any format. It is funny being fans of a senior team how Lankans are justifying their win! Cricket becomes a loser when partial umpiring changes the course of a match. Among the 22 players Mohammad Ashraful still was the best performer and do not get elated with Kaushal whatever as he was facing worst pace attack ever not like Jaya hitting McGrath out of the park twice in every over.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Two bad decisions robbed Bangaladeh the victory. I dont consider the Sri-Lankan victory too great except for the Batsmaship of some young Cricketers, like Kushal, Mendis,Angelo Mathews

  • gnanzcupid on April 1, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    This guy kusal is interesting. Lets see if he can still survive in long run. He is aggressive and is more of a t20 player

  • nayonika on April 1, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    There must be some punishment meted out to umpires who give blatantly wrong decisions even if it is unintentional or unbiased. We all criticise bad batting or bad bowling or bad fielding of the teams but bad umpiring is just tolerated. The ICC officials through the match referees should bring umpiring also to be reviewed at the end of the day.

  • nayonika on April 1, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    There must be some punishment meted out to umpires who give blatantly wrong decisions even if it is unintentional or unbiased. We all criticise bad batting or bad bowling or bad fielding of the teams but bad umpiring is just tolerated. The ICC officials through the match referees should bring umpiring also to be reviewed at the end of the day.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    And gud luk for Zimbabwe tour,they are improving faster

  • 100Asraf100 on April 1, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    YES! YES ! We beat the Tigers...YES we can... (Though we got some help from the umpires)

  • deathstar01 on April 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    So bad umpiring. And why shahadat once again?

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Bangladesh Fans and Players Crying after every match.ha ha NEW ERA OF CRYING BABIES :P :P.They still havent played soil of South Africa and Austrailia.They just played only in Bangladesh,and shouts after every match thinking that they lifted a WC.you dnt have 2 blame umpires,Shamsur was out and Ashraful is just 5'4 man and it was clearly hits the wicket. ha ha Shahdat the best bowler ever bowls upto 160kph and 7'1 inches tall strong lad

  • Third_Gear on April 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    EUREKA EUREKA ha ha ha both the umpires were SRILANKANS many congratulations to them as their team WON the match yesterday. Total 13 players played for SL.

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @vim_equal, no one has said SL players played poor cricket here.we BD fans also know our pace bowling was really poor.we don't have pace bowler like malinga.but the fact is,and yes it is,the umpiring was really poor there.we didn't say that was the only reason that we lost the match.but these poor umpiring definitely impact the result.

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    ICC should investigate the Shamsur's and Ashraful's dismissal

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 1, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    I think the biggest mistake Rubel made was not his "hit me for six" bowling BUT get Mendis out n bring Thisara to the crease. LOL And Shahadat Hossain had to pay for it. C'mon Rubel... you should have known better. :)) By the way It was an entertaining tour. Tnx BD fans for keeping it alive n G'luck with up coming ZIM tour !!! Peace out......

  • saifur.raffael on April 1, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Best umpires of 2013 are Ranmore Martinesz & Ruchira Palliyaguruge !!!!!!...........wow ...who made them the umpire, they dont even know the BASIC of umpiring.....

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 1, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    BCB should pay attention to this bowling concern. Its time to strengthen domestic cricket giving priority to pacy and bouncy wicket. Moreover, A pacer hunt campaign can be launched to collect seamers aged 16-18 from root level and bring them up under proper care. Please,my fellow bd fans ,tell bcb to do this. We have to make a move and its right now

  • jackthelad on April 1, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    It is extraordinarily tedious to hear people who - I'd bet - have never played good class cricket whining about umpires. There is a Law in the Laws of Cricket which states - 'The Umpire's decision shall be final.' End of story, that's the game - live with it or go and play rounders or netball.

  • The.Real.Deal on April 1, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    with some fair umpiring, we could have a different result. interesting match though.

  • Common_people on April 1, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    how many times Bangladesh have to suffer due to bad umpiring?

  • vim_equal on April 1, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    See SL fans r appreciate BD players but BD fans always complaining and find a way 2 escape frm losing. I didnt c any other lbw appeal is correct when SL batting, but Ashraful was unlucky. BD are improving, we love them, but pls BD fans pls understand SL is no 1 in t20 and lot better in other formats also.

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    I believe Bangladesh played very good cricket perticularly in Sri Lankan Conditions. Lost by 18 runs only because of the 18 extra extras given by B'desh. This happens in the game and could have happened with Lanka also. We should appreciate the growth of B'desh cricket.

    A bowler like Malinga was thrashed for 54 runs in 4 overs by Samuals in T20 final and that to in home conditions., so nothing is strange. It is the spirit of game which lives on in the end. one may lose, other may win but it is highly unjustified to rate one team superior with one odd match.

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Very lower class umpiring hampers Bangladesh. It's really not expected at this stage of cricket.

  • LOVE_TIGERS on April 1, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Young Kushal played brilliantly............congratz! but its so unfortunate that ICC selected umpires so poor in their performance in all respects............it was matter of 17 runs for BD to win and Ashraful was in full flow! GOOD LUCK Srilanka n many many congratulations to bangladesh for playing better cricket!

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 1, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Keeping behind all the cricketing issues ,i would like to bring some mutual issue. First thanks to sri lanka for hosting us . You are the one who has always been friendly with BD unlike other asians. So thanks. SL fans dont mind some of fellow fans comments as you know emotion is taking place and this was a close game too. You are welcome to our country next year. Thanks

  • Third_Gear on April 1, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    BAD umpiring was the main cause of Bangladesh defeat otherwise they reach to target easily. Specially the out of Shamsur & Ashraful was impossible to accept although there was many more biased decisions by the umpires which went toward SL and gave them the narrow win.

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    We demand an official ICC inquiry against both the official (Umpires)

  • indirockz on April 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    @kingoflions....as if we care who you support!!! go ahead support whoever you want....at the end of line we are still reigning world champions and world no1 ODI team at the moment. And start having a reality check and go ahead for head-to-head Win/lost ratio of your mediocre team with our champions and see for yourself that your team is our pat bunny whom we thrash at will (in India, in Sri Lanka as well as at Neutral venues)

  • jackthelad on April 1, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    It wasn't as one-sided as the figures would have you believe, and the only thing Bangla lacked really was international experience - which will come in time. But still, congratulations to SL who proved they can still fire even when the big guns are not on board.

  • matchfixerpkn on April 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    bangla shoiuld have easily won..just a mistakes by fast bolwer on wide cost them....and both the pareras are overrated..it will prove soon whne they start playing crikcet agianst other teamws..

  • JACK.SPARROW on April 1, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Well, in a t20 match , 26 extraz !!!. A bowlers figure ; 4 overs 54 runs : Shahdat cost us the Asia cup , now this match. How long selectors will persisting with him? Better playing with all spinners. Get rid of shahdat

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @kingoflions, soory bro the emotions are taking place !!!! really respect srilankan cricket board for giving us the tour!!! and keeep suporting us!!!

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    As expected, no rain today, no win for Bangladesh. Bangladesh not good enough.

  • ajithabey on April 1, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Young team doing good augurs well for Sri Lanka without its' stalwarts.I thought Malinga and Mendid too should not have played so that two more youngsters would have an opportunity.Bangladesh was let down by the bowlers who sent down 18 wides (3 overs) which was finally the margin of victory.However,they too have played beyond expectations during this tour which will enable them to grow in confindence when on overseas tours.Ashraful, Mushfiqur,Nazir Hussain,Ghazi & Razzak led from the front with some new players also contributing well. All in all a competetive tour and an eye opener for Sri Lanka too.

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    I saw the T-20 match yesterday. To me it seemed that bangladesh had to play against srilanka & umpires at the same time.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 1, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Don't forget Rain Scored 100 runs for you to win the 3 rd ODI. Otherwise you will be staring at empty barrels.

  • Crickyboy on April 1, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Wow...Kushal Perera, how exciting... Just brings the old feeling (sri lankans had in late 90s) of a devastating batsman who can rip the bowlers apart and bring fear among opposing teams even before the match starts.. With that technique and mental strength, he will surely go a long way.. All the best Kushal... More than anything thanks for brining old memories..

  • cricket2u on April 1, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    biased umpires decision [Sl favor] blur the results.question is what is the best option in subcontinent fast balling or spinning.BD had quality spinners than sri lanka. Gazi,razzak,mahamadulla,this is the strength of BD side need improve fast balling deparment of both.Now they should labeled giant killer.

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    For all the Bangaldeshi losers who are babbling about that umpire decision was the only reason for their defeat, go and suggest a better fielding coach and bowling coach for pathetic team. Even our school under 17 team fields better than you so called Bengali Tigers :P :P

  • KriKett on April 1, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @CricketFan365, Are you out of your mind? Nafees, Enamul, Nazmul, Mashrafe are out due to injury not because BD is looking for better players.

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    I agree with Saaif Kaowser...especially Ranjit Fernando. And also Angelo was out LBW, which was not given. And somehow, Ashraful was absolutely plumbed!!! Also, Thishara Perera is very difficult to hit!!

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Regardless of the controversies, it was a great match to watch and everyone should appreciate that instead of bashing each other. SL has always been a good supporter of BD cricket (and vice-versa) and probably share BD's hatred towards the other teams in the subcontinent. SL fans, please don't mind our emotions as we often tend to loose control. Thanks for hosting a great competitive tournament. @Kingoflions- don't start hating us for this one-off incident. Emotions and the love for the game gets the better of us when it's such an exciting match.

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Three decision has gone against BD team, if there were UDRS present we would have won that match easily!! Dear SL fans, just remember how pathetically we knocked you out from Asia Cup!! In case of test cricket you are definitely better that us but not in T20 or ODI!!!

  • zuvv on April 1, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Though umpiring was poor,biased; but they could have made mistakes given such tensed environment. but my question to SL fans, how come boring Ranjit Fernando said the lbw of Ash was plumb lbw after watching replay. Ranjit get some lessons from Athar, Arnold. Hats off to BD players.....

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    bangladesh has now been in international cricket for how many years ? i'll say 13 since they gained test status in 2000. during that how many major tournaments have they won ? ( i mean tournaments which doesn't include zimbabwe,west indies,scotland, ireland you what i'm getting at ) as i can remember only one and that's also with New Zealand. DO they look anything close to a world cup winning side ? (yep guess not)

    P.S. sri lanka won the world cup in 96 after 15 years of having test status. do Bangladeshi's honestly feel that they could win a world cup? seriously ?????

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    man of the match should be given to the Umpire's couple. They have done their job superbly. ICC should come forward to keep cricket free from corruption, just like srilanka has done throughout the tour. Otherwise, every country will try to follow the way srilanka has shown.

  • Udendra on April 1, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I think Kusal Janith is better than SJ. He has shots all round the wicket.

  • BOND_OO7 on April 1, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    With due respect to SL team and fans it was a match that Bangladesh lost rather than SL won.See even your own country's reporter mentioned about such poor umpiring. Its not an excuse or whin but these are the factors and catalysts that had bad impact thoroughly on BD. Yes we bowled poor but such umpiring hurts more. If this happened to big names then they wouldn't spare these umpires for sure. But in bd case it will be lost in shadow.... and in future it will continue

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    I am so proud for my team bangladesh...i consider it's a victory......if they loosed only for wrong decision from umpire. Ashraful has been turned down again by the bad decision from Srilankan umpire, where as Srilankan umpire did not show any interest what so ever to the Bangladeshis positive appeals....oh my Gosh.....Srilankan umpires must be thanked by the locals for favouring their team.Lol.....its time to have their eyes tested by ICC. ICC must consider to have good umpire in these sort of matches.

    But again, they fought like a Bengal tiger.

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    It was srilanka A team vs Bangladesh B team mach i think srilanka will improve and they will play good game and no needs to play 13 player including umpire in future.

  • Sir.Ivor on April 1, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Kusal seems to be a chip of the old block. The Buddha who showed the world what belligerence was all about. Yes Sanath. But Kusal will get the correct perspective of his innings in the fact that even Bangladesh without many of their galacticas came to within 17 runs in the chase. Both seem exciting teams and the Champions Cup, the last one to be played promises much excitement.

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Mmmm! Not sure about the future of Sri lankan cricket. The problem is we are finding it dificult to bowl a side out twice in a test match and bowl well in ODIs. It seems that teams batting second have a disticnt advantage due to dew, in ODIs and T20s. Perhaps, they should start the matches a bit earlier, in the afternoons.

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    SL B team beat BD C team with the help of mr extra and the umpires! Congrats umpires and mr extra! they are the real men of the match!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 1, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    BD fans reactions are pathetic. When they didn't get a tour, they criticize others, if they got one they will come up with big claims. If they won it, bash at others in full swing, if they lost it blame on DRS, umpires. They cannot accept the fact that other teams are better than them!

  • breaking_bad on April 1, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    it's funny how fans of Bangladesh are whinging about umpires making bad decisions like it was the first time they had seen it. SL is a better team, accept that. SL was better and we have better players. Probably these fans haven't seen enough cricket to see these stuff happen in cricket, probably because BD don't play enough cricket. also the ones who say it was the B or C team of Bangladesh were playing the game last night, y'all remind me of Australian fans..they thought it was their B playing agains SL last feb but turned out that their 'A' team was crappier..

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    On a positive note, Bangladesh had a good tour of Sri Lanka. Our boys landed on the Lankan soil without some of our key players and in the middle of the tour we lost some other performer. This injury ravaged side has shown enough character to fight against adversity. In the past Sri Lanka tour was equivalent to total humiliation. But this time around our boys didn't bog down so easily but fought hard to earn enough respect till the end! The Tigers are on the right track. It's time to move forward with the positives earned from this tour and build a prosperous future specially targeting to find some new talents in the pace bowling dept which was so poor throughout the series!

  • yohandf1984 on April 1, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Dear BD fans , i appreciate that yo team gave a good fight . But don t whin and excuse after each loss which really pathetic . Yes there were couple of umpiring errors in the match and that is part and parcel of the game. So don t tell you lost coz of umpires . Instead see how many wides yo bowlers gave and how many misfields. that s what mattered at the end . So don t hide behind umpires .Also don t mention this is your C team or D team . Only Shakib is the player who can make an impact out of your never-ending injured list . When is Mashrafe not injured? Are Nafees , Naeem are world beaters ? I dont think it ll make a difference considering how well yo current team played . So look ahead than reasoning . We Sri Lankan are happy to end the tour on high .

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I think, Mr Extra & Umpires were included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD! :) Firstly the umpires didn't give out to 2/3 LBW decisions against SL and then they had given horrible out to Shamsul and the crucial Ashraful! These umpires very funnily also didn't give some wides to Sl bowlers too! So cheers and congrats to the umpires and Shahadat! They are the true men of the match of this game.... :)

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    @ Gayan Ekanayake congo for winning with the 13 men team(11+2 umpires)

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Poor BD. we admit that ur guys played really well. but stop crying for the umpire decisions at least now and be professional. SL has a bitter past more than u guys with bad umpiring decisions including in 2007 WC finals. but they never complained again and again about those uncontrollable incidents. u have more important areas to get corrected in your bowling. mind them 1st and try next time. D/L does not come everyday. you are still not up to the standard of defeating SL young team. thanks and try again

  • kingoflions on April 1, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    While Bangladesh has improved immensely, I have lost all my respect for their team through their fans. As a SL fan, I used to support Bangladesh in all their matches including some of the ones against SL. @the Bangladeshi fans going on about the Asia Cup, did you know that 99% of the SL fans wanted Bangladesh to win that much. Now seeing that the majority of Bangladesh fans are sore losers, worse than even Indian fans, from now on, I will be supporting all teams AGAINST Bangladesh and India.

  • on April 1, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Srilankan umpires are extremely biased .. so is Ranjit Fernando.

  • fariha_loves-afridi on April 1, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Rubel and shahadat lost the match for BD.anyways bad umpiring though.i doubt about ashraful's lbw.whatever congrats to SL

  • uksar on April 1, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Watching the match it proved again that DRS is most urgent for the lower ranked team like Bangladesh. Umpires often favour big teams & big names.

  • jummon007 on April 1, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    BD has played tremendously well,and the result could have been different,from my point of view SL had played with 13 players including in their side REJ Martinesz and RSA Palliyaguruge, and these two played very well for their side.If think the ICC should look in this kid of situation , the whole world is disappointed with the standard of umpiring .

  • on April 1, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    The umpires should have been given men of the match. Shahadat should have been kicked out after the asia cup. The commentators kept on saying this Srilankan team was playing without Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela. But nobody once said Bng played without Shakib, Tamim, Mortoza, Nafis, Naeem, Shafiul and Nazmul (all suffered injuries).Very bizarre.

  • Shafin1987 on April 1, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    SL played well with 13 players in the field.......no sanga,no dilshan.........but no prob................they had 2 umpires to support them................how come ashraful out...............even a lower class club level umpire would not give him out on that occasion.............the umpire Ruchira.........I remembered he gave out shakib in the asia cup being a third umpire...........now my ques is if an umpire can't judge what is out even getting help from technology then how he get chance to operate an int match......shamsur wasn't out also............these 2 wickets cost us the match............on the other hand kushal was out n wasn't given...............seems partiality.....anyway time will come 4 us also.........but 1 thing is sure..........lions this time feared by tigers.

  • prineo on April 1, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Nice to see Sri lanka win. With 13 players in the field ( including 2 umpires) defending Bangladesh, I am sure that was the expected result. Still Bangladesh showed good heart with a Team B lineup and 11 vs 13 player disadvantage. It was enjoyable.

  • visionbangladesh1 on April 1, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    The double standard maintained by the SriLankan umpires were quite a shock. Bangladesh was lucky to play cricket there. Imagine what would happen if we went there to play soccer instead! lol. But anyways, there is nothing fair in love and war. Cricket is a war. So congratz SL team for the win and also for the awkward umpiring :P Do visit BD soon. Lets play fair and see who wins next time!! Joy Bangla.

  • Ramansilva on April 1, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Lions are superior to tigers. Lion cubs were even more superior to tiger cubs as well as lions themselves. See what the lion cubs could do without any of the big lions around.

  • ostad on April 1, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Right, so many appeals for lbw were ignored when SL was batting, but SL appeal was granted although there was no lbw. bad umpiring snatched the victory from Bangladesh and gifted to SL.We are disappointed.....

  • Raj_Bd on April 1, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Alas Ban couldn't win against 13 SL player..... and i thought the umpires hav played better than kusul perera. with dis SL supporters r so proud of SL, may b that was the way to win against BD tigers. In the end i can only say to BD that well played even after all this u played toe to toe with SL. hats off to u guyz..... dont worry we r still ur supporters...........@_@

  • Hasan_SG on April 1, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Bangladesh played against 13 man team. 11 players and 2 umpires. During SL innings 3 LBW was not given but BD innings Shamsur and Ashraful's LBW was given unfairly. Very poor umpiring. Ziaur Rahman should have been selected instead of Shahadat. Overall BD played good. Specially batting. We could win if there was good umpiring.

  • Lakpj on April 1, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    this game showed that chandimal is the best person to captain SL in the future. though it was only 20 overs he was willing to gamble with bowlers like Jeewan and Anjelo something that was missing when Mathews was captaining. and i seriously don't understand the logic behind playing day & night matches when there is heavy due, it clearly puts a huge weight on the toss. if not for the due i don't think Bangladesh would have scored more than 160.but well played Bangladesh, you had come a long way from where I saw you last time.

  • TheBlackMonk on April 1, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Bangladesh conceded 26 Extras while SriLanka conceded only 8 extras, the difference is of 18 runs and BD lost by 17 runs!

  • kevepere on April 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    kusal perera the young cricketer in top form . wow that jeewan mendis he can bat he can bowl and also field ! cricket looks bright for sl apart from new fast bowlers. sl badly need to find a another top fast bowler

  • indirockz on April 1, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    here we go again.....with every loss BD fans would cry that this is their B and C team...how hard it is to understand that you don't have an "A" team whatsoever. All of your players are mediocre, club level cricketers. For god's sake, stop crying and start accepting that your team is just not good enough yet to be in big lead.

  • on April 1, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    @wiseshah: why didnt BD play their best team then?? Did SL ask them not to? LOL

  • KhalidBD on April 1, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    The Title should have run " Bangladesh Undone by some GREAT Umpiring" ....

  • on April 1, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    The title's a joke! It should be 'SL powered to victory by umpires'. Didn't give the right ball an out yet somehow managed to get 2 players out for no reason! I don't see how SL could have won if the umpires were honest about their job!

  • on April 1, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    andrew well done ..............................................

  • on April 1, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    BD didnt deserve to win period. You cant win T20 by giving 19 wides. As far as bowling is concerned can someone please explain me why Shahadat is part of BD squad!!! He cost us Asia Cup with the terrible 20+run last over and here he is again 24 runs in the last over. He was clueless what to do and should never get an opportunity to international cricket. Easily the worst opening bowler in bd history who has no idea how to bowl at the death. Sad performance and bad selection. You lose.

  • on April 1, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    lol wrong headline it should be umpire sets up Sri Lanka's win

  • on April 1, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh both played a relatively young team. Overall the way I see this tournament is a great achievement for Bangladesh. Ofc you see trash talk from Bangladesh fans, but we all know that Bangladesh team is yet unpredictable. I am happy as end of this tournament Sri Lanka or anyone CAN'T say "We owned Bangladesh". Bangladesh was on par pretty much every game and I expect to see nothing less from Tigers. 2 great findings from this tournament, Shahadat should be kicked out of Bangladesh team and Kusal is a great find for Sri Lanka.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 1, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal 9 runs off 13 balls @ 69.23. He would struggle to make it to a domestic t20 final XI in IPL. And rightly, he was unsold.

  • Rafelgibt on April 1, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Thanx Mr.Andrew for writing the report from a neutral point of view.So, i dont need to elaborate anything from this match.I wish Mr. Isam would learn something from him.Overall the whole tour was a milestone for BAN cricket history.From this tour we must have a understanding that if we play according to our potential then its very possible to show a better performances in the foreign soil.Thank you very much to all the SL cricket authorities and FANS for their supports for last few days.Wish you all the best.See you soon.Bye from a DIE HARD BAN CRICKET FAN.Roar Tigers Roar>>>>>

  • ashqarmahi on April 1, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    This is a nice article....Ashraful out is totally doubtful...ICC should take care of this...but this is part of game so far unless ICC take any initiatives...From my judgement bangladesh lost game when they lost MUSH and Mahmudullah in the same over....But this is the best series so far against Srilanka in Srilanka...I wish both team will face again in short period...and i wish on that series our Three main performer who changed the face of our cricket TAMIM,SHAKIB and MASHRAFEE will be in the team....!!! (no comment for our fast bowlers...BD selector can pick spinners instead of fast bowler..because they are actually doing the job with new and old ball..please drop Shahadat,rubel,abul-give them a break)...

  • on April 1, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    I know Sri Lanka played a young team.. And Bangladesh also young. But almost in every match Bangladesh played against a big team like Sri Lanka they faced some bad decision. I'm just asking why Bangladesh??! We don't have team like India with 7-8 power pack batsman. Just a couple of batsman can score runs for the team. If Ashraful stayed there for couple of more overs it would have been a good result for Bangladesh. In Sri Lankan Innings Bangladesh appealed more then 10 times( Some were not so close)but they haven't got a LBW, In Bangladesh Innings Sri Lanka appealed only twice and they got both the wickets and both were wrong decision. I think Bangladesh played against 13 young Sri Lankan(11 player & 2 Umpire) player who knows how to win a match for his country. Specially UMPIRES.

  • Sanga2014 on April 1, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Dont worry guys. The way we bowl in Australia showed that our bowling is not weak attack. Kulasekara bit of out form. Both of them definetly will enjoy england seaming bouncing pitches.

  • ziggy500 on April 1, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    we can't say the umpires affected us completely, because duckworth lewis drastically reduced sri lanka's percentages in the 3rd ODI. in the end it was 17 runs, and i believe we gave away 50 runs from incompetence of fielder, indiscipline in so many extra's and shahadats bowling. if we had just hung on to those catches, bowled less wides and if the penultimate over was saved up for someone else, the result should have been a bangladesh win. having said that, the incompetence they showed, they don't deserve a win

  • on April 1, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    In today's match Bangladesh Played against a Sri Lankan Team of 13 Players(Including Umpires). Despite of this shortcoming, Bangladesh team has shown their guts & played well.....

  • on April 1, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Well played by Srilanka and their umpires! Why always Bangladesh gets these fatal decisions? Many may argue that it's part of the game but when it comes from the opposition teams umpires then ICC should reconsider allowong both umpires from the hosting side.

  • on March 31, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Wow!Sri Lanka. That is quite a T-20. By the way how many more Perera's are waiting in the wings! All Pereras wired to bat like this?

  • on March 31, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Sorry to see the state of BD cricket.They are not at all improving and couldnt win against a second tier Srilankan team.At this position,even the associate teams can win or give a tough fight for this BD team

  • Dewan_Jaglul on March 31, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    I cannot understand why Shahadat has to be in BD team in any format of the game. His nonchalant attitude for giving away runs, being wayward in line and length renders him capable of taking wickets only when the batsmen choses to give theirs wickets away. Sri Lanka lacks such irresponsible batsmen and Shahadat can only bleed torrents of runs. He doomed BD in the opening spell as he had doomed BD in the final of the Asia Cup. If he has some common sense, he should retire as pace bowling is not just about hurting the ball fast. He lacks control and that is perennial. So I hope I have seen the last of him playing for BD.

  • on March 31, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    First of all, THANKS Sri Lanka for this tour and hope you guys do well in Champions Trophy. But...Once again the pacers lost us the match. Shahadat please get lost, havnt the management realised that he is a useless bowler. Well we lost because of Shahadat (all blame on him) and rubel. Razzak can be forgiven as he had a bad game. Ashrafuls dismissal is the worst decision by an umpire. These reasons why we lost the match. Also we had some main players missing but they have nothing to do with this match. Anyway thanks Sri Lanka :)

  • AzAb12754 on March 31, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    In order for Bangladesh to win matches, they have to get rid of their ordinary fast bowlers because they have just damaged the team. Why Shahadat time and time again??? look at his record not that difficult bad average, too expensive etc. I'd rather have fast bowlers than can bowl 70mph (120kph) with control and accuracy than those with speed who bowl all over the place because it restricts runs. Bangladesh really needs a bowling coach fast. Its because of our fast bowlers we struggle in tests because they cannot pick up 4/5 wickets per innings. But very impressed with Bangladesh batting and spin bowling which has improved considerably but fast bowling including fielding needs a lot of work.

  • on March 31, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Well done BD. Awesome performance minus the fast bowlers, especially Shahadat. SL played with 13 players today, including the 2 umpires, vs BD's 10 ( who are playing with half their original team, due to injuries ) . SL has a lot of thinking to do in terms of player selection, their bowling is pretty thin really.... If this was AUS or IND Sri Lanka would have lost by 7 wickets within 16 overs. I quote from a fellow BC member "I don't know how to say this, I don't know how to vent my frustration time and time again, but why? Why do we have to suffer all the time? Ashraful's decision was the most shocking I have seen for a long time. And there is no way I can forgive the umpiring this time. This has gone way out of control, I hope the Bangladeshis lodge an official complaint against all those responsible. I urge the fans to make a video with evidence of time and time again how we are robbed of victory with biased umpiring."

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on March 31, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Thanks Andrew, I think this is a fair report.

    However, I would like to sincerely congratulate Sir SHAHADAT HUSSAIN (he surely deserves his knight-hood after this game). He is by far the best international standard bowler I have ever seen. Even the greats such as Wasim, McGrath, Vaas, etc would be feeling jelous after his performance of today. What a shocker!!!!

    Kushal Perrera is a beast of an opener. He has a bright future ahead of him and I hope SLC equally do their part aswell to makesure they nurture him properly, because he is a rare talent that don't come by in decades of time.

    Finally I would like to apologise to Ashraful for forever giving him the harsh treatment of my bad comments. This is the Ashraful we all want to see and honestly hand over my heart I am genuinely happy for Ash and I hope he also opens with Tamim in Odi's too. As a die hard fan of BD, I am very happy with this series despite results and umpiring decisions. Bd boys have done us proud.

  • UK_Chap on March 31, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    nuwandevinda: it is incredible that I was watching the same match as you, Bangladesh were robbed today, you seem to think that Sri Lanka were incredible and "easily proved it". The umpiring helped Sri lanka by a huge margin today, I have seen many teams undone by umpiring in Sri lanka and this match was no exception. It`s funny I though the number one T20 team was the West Indies... didn`t they recently beat you at home in a final.

  • on March 31, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    The two umpires also have credit for the Sri Lankan's win in this match. Sorry to say that the Sri Lankan reporter intentionally hided the fact. BD had a good chance to win in this match if the umpires did not give wrong decisions multiple times against BD.

  • sallu123 on March 31, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    thanks andrew for the truth

  • on March 31, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Am I the only one who noticed the 26 extras in the SL innings? That is simply a ridiculous amount, experienced or not. Some tighter bowling would have made Bangladesh's chase much more manageable. BD is better than this, come on lads!

  • on March 31, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Whoa - another memorable T20 game !! Forgotten by tomorrow.....if not sooner. This format is ruining cricket.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 31, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    @hawlkeye are you kidding me mate? "Ash's out was doubtful." do you even understand cricket accept 4 or 6? umpire just can not give a batsman out on LBW if the impact is outside Leg Stump! it doesnt matter where the ball going etc. its just not out. if you review it with drs the decision will be ruled out instantly. it goes the same with the off stump but with drs its an umpire call. how could an INT. Umpire could make such mistakes even with a full toss ball :O so it was intentional from the umpire. a looser i remember the Asia Cup matc against india when the same umpire given shakib out on that crucial situation. it could cost us the match but we were lucky to win it. but today he cost us the match. two key wicket in crucial situation. :@ this umpire should be banned.

  • r0ketman on March 31, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    SL Played well, Kushal was a joy to watch. SL took full advantage of BD weakness in pace bowling department, and kudos to them for that. However, the umpiring decisions really hurt. Granted that Shamsur in his first International match may not have done much, and Ashraful may have been out the next ball (he was timing the ball really well, he can be dangerous when he gets going); but now we will never know if the contest would have been closer if those poor decisions were not made by the umpires. Anyway, a halfway decent series for BD. Time to look forward to the next series.

  • Bang_La on March 31, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Thank you Andrew for your beautiful and just reports throughout the series. I also thank SL supporters for showing true sportsmanship during the matches. Wish SL very best of luck in Champions Trophy and know it, almost whole BD Cricket fans are behind you. Cheers!

  • sallu123 on March 31, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    i know most of the srilankan fans will think ,we are crying afterlosing the match.but any neutral pesron can say what happened today. what a shameless kind of umpiring we have watched today. if same thing was happend with lanka ,they wouldnt have made 198. ashraful and samsur were very unlucky.its happening for long big fish eating small fish. shahadat should be banned. best of luck srilanka and bangladesh.

  • Shantunu07 on March 31, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Why Mushfiqur you don't use others bowler in place of Shahadat Hossain after 2 overs of his bowling ????? There were Nasir Ashraful Mominul you didn't see them?

    Sri Lanka use 7 bowlers and they are successful & you use only 5 why??

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket team is now new Australia... Everyone is going to hate them if they don't change their attitude... can't win without help of umpires or grounds men.... HUH NO. 1 T20 team... Lets see how long you can keep it....

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Very bad umpiring, I would say biased umpiring. How can an umpire give Ashraful out? The ball was outside the leg stick. Had not he given out, Bangladesh would have won this match.

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    BD fans should stop whining about umpiring calls. If you didn't bowl so many wides and fielded better you would have won the game. The SL side is still a weak bowling side.

  • yohandf1984 on March 31, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka . Young team showed the world that there is life beyond Sanga , Mahela , Dilshan in SL cricket . Good luck . Fantastic fight from BD . You can end the tour yo heads high . As a Sri Lankan i feel our bowling has been weakened in shorter format . Kula is out of form so is Thisara . Malinga is accurate while Sachitra is doing ok . We need to improve in bowling prior to Champions trophy . Batting prospects are bright and KUSAL , heading for a long career . Plz dont tag him next Jayasuriya and create pressure

  • bootlicker on March 31, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Congrats BAN. You played well. You are an improved team now. True SL played a very young team but BAN are also played a young team. The luck worked both ways ; in the 3rd ODI SL was unlucky because the play was restricted. In the 20/20 BAN was unlucky as Ash's out was doubtful. However BAN are improved enough to give a big challenge to SL.

  • gahapanmachan on March 31, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    "BD is playing without tamim, shakib, nafees, mashrafe, najmul, enamul jr"

    Well done BD for a brave effort. Playing against odds in foreign conditions, unfavorable decisions, its good as it gets . Being a SLankan and Asian, happy for you.

    But if BD did play the above, many who played well would not have been there and the contest would have been poorer.

  • CricketFan365 on March 31, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    @wiseshah C team? Are you out of your mind? Why are there fairly new players in the first place? It's because BD is looking for better players. Nafees, Enamul, Nazmul have been in and out of the side for quite some time. They were given plenty of chances but they failed to cement their places. You can say it's between A and B team of Bangladesh without their 3 star players and few semi star players like Shafiul, Nazmul.

    Bangladesh have come up a long in terms of batting department. They have 5-7 players in the side who can score hundred against any opposition arguably. I haven't seen Ashraful batting this good before, it's a big plus for BD. I hope he continues to score plenty of runs. It's the bowling department that is hurting BD, specially fast bowlers. If they find few bowlers like Mashrafe, every team will find hard time to beat them. 18 year old Taskin was good in BPL. I heard he hit few national players in the net with his pace and bounce. Can't wait to see him in the side.

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Let's not take away the fact that SL batted very well to amass such a score. Umpiring may have cost us the match, but both teams did give a good game of cricket.

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    All this nonsense about B C D teams. Both teams played the best available resources they had. Injury, rotation and new players are all part of the game. Sri Lanka won as the better team. Bangladesh did have some poor luck today but they only have themselves to blame for persisting with Shahadat in the shorter formats despite his abysmal record for the past year and half. Also if this series proved anything, it is the fact that Bangladesh victories are no longer a one off thing. They are far more consistent side and finally can go toe to toe with all teams.

  • nilb on March 31, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    All credit to Bangladesh team on this tour since they gave they gave a very good fight and I understand they are also without their key players. BD cricket is for sure on the rise. But guys don't talk about umpiring decisions, bee attacks ground power cute, slow out fields and make excuses because it just shows the loosers attitude. No need to do that cos the team can go after this tour on a high. SL being a tiny nation compared to BD is still ahead in cricket and is also about 15 years ahead of BD cricket. A day will come when BD will become a cricketing powerhouse and beat SL or any team but it is definitely not today.

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Shahadat could manage to play only 2 games for his team Khulna in this year's BPL and yet he gets selected of International match!!! wtf was that, why the hell no Tashkin for T20 atleast. The world could hav also got first glimpse at a exciting new BD talent.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Overall it was a great game of cricket. However, I am really disappointed with the standard of umpiring. The match could have been a lot tighter if Ashraful and Samsur were there. Sakib and Tamim were badly missed.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @wiseshah I dont know what BD fans wants SL fans to say, Do you really think BD is better than SL. Well if so you guys need to come up with a list of achievements that BD did in last decade. I will write SLns highlights starting fro 2003. IN 2003 World cup semifinal, 2007 WC Final, 2009 T20 WC Final, 2011 WC Final, 2012 T20 WC Final, Well those are some of SL cricket highlights from 2003-2013. Now lets here about BD achievements during this period. (Lets just not say winning a series against Zimbabwe as you can see I have completely omit the Asia cup victories and series victories). This is why we SL fans say BD fans have not earned the right to say there team is superior to any other team in the world (except zimbabwe). All other team fans have earn the right to call they are better than the other. Well one thing is for sure I can ask this question in 2023 from BD fans to say the list of things they achieved during 2013-2023 and I doubt there will be a good list.

  • Sid-LDN on March 31, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    @Rajithwei, It's actually SL's near future 1st team because Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan are old and over 35 and will retire soon.

    IN FACT, Bangladesh played their second string team without Sakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Nafees, Safiul and Nazmul. Because these players will regularly feature for BD in the next decade for BD because all of them are still well below 30.

    Not sure if it's the dip in SL's talents or improvement of BD side that it took SL in their HOME GROUND some (4/5) naked biased umpiring decisions in SL's favour to get the victory. Still BD gave a very close fight and the match was in balance until the penultimate over. Now I hope you're clever enough to make your understanding. But one thing for sure the gap between SL and BD has narrowed and it's 19/20.

  • SpitFire on March 31, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Congratz to SRL Team from a die hard BD fan... not only BD bowled poorly (26 extras - thats 3 more overs bowled already) but SRL young stars show cased what they have for the Future....

    another thing was also visible... more "Asoka De Silva"s are in the making

  • Rezaul on March 31, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Total 5 decisions were dubious in this match and all 5 went against Bangladesh. That says the poor umpiring in this match. Among those 5, Shamsur and Ashraful LBW were crime. Ash was hit outside leg stump and at no rule you give that OUT, this was absolute shocking. And it changed the game completely. Umpire just played with the hand of long long appeal from SL bowler, which is why we need neutral umpire even in T20 also.

  • rony1008 on March 31, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Too bad though, like their world champion team Srilanka has not produced world-class umpires. Just watched the highlights and there were couple of decisions that were not just wrong, but they were crucial to the match. Ashraful scored 18 runs prior to given out the next ball to a ball that pitched outside leg, hit Ashraful's leg outside the line and Ashraful was playing a shot. The funnier thing was, like SL umpires commentator Ranjit Fernando said it was "plumb". So when the other commentator (not a Bangladeshi) asked if the point of impact was on the line, he said "almost there". See how 'plumb' becomes 'almost there'! And Kushal Perrera was out the first ball lbw to Shahdat (only good ball that he bowled in the entire match. But somehow Ranjit Fernando decided not to waste time too much time on that incident. Perrera went on to score 64 runs. Its a shame how crucial decisions always goes against Bangladesh.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Over all Congrats to SL but umpire helps them more then they played.... I can't understand why ICC use this C class umpire for Bangladesh match.. Everyone saying well played of tried Bangladesh but I would like to say we are not the team like well played anyone. We know we play not only well we play the best like other strong teams.... We are capable to win any contest in any time & recently we show that that's why we are the runner up of Asia.. So well tried by Sri Lanka ....

  • arif29 on March 31, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Good article. An accurate depiction of the match. Thanks andrew!

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    that were 2 POOR LBW decisions from SL umpires...that costed us the match..they didnt acted in identical fashion when BD team had 2 similar appeals...!...these were simply too heavy to act upon in such a short format....umpires simply killed it for Bangladesh..if the one for debutant S Rahman was out, then the one for Kusal was definitely out in the 1st ball of the match...and that setback wouldnt let SL go past 160 even...Nevertheless, the game went close as BD team still wanted to give their best.....I also think this should end Shahdat's career and selectors should put a fullstop for him...all the best with yr upcoming wedding Shahdat but stay in the domestic circuit only..@Ash: dont be disheartened..we feel so good to see you back to yr best..you will get more opportunity to compensate the love given unconditionally by yr fans for years..be consistent and we will see many centuries from you to bring victories for BD..all the best BD team..we are proud of you...

  • Sadequl on March 31, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Congratulations to SL for their win as well as for taking this gamble to play with so many fresh legs against BD for this match. This is good to see BD lost the battle with a good fighting spirit & well enough within their limitations. Yes BD might lose this match but we can easily see the differences in their game plan alongwith their run chasing approach from their earlier performances. Also in addition BD has lost & missed most of their top class players for the series like; Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Shahrier, Shafiul, Nazmul etc. Anyway still with this kind "A" graded strength what ever show you guys showed against this balanced SL with the whole series we are happy enough to welcome you & wish you very best of luck for the Zimbabwe tour.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Thank you for writing the truth mr reporter. Wish you a good career ahead on sports writing.

  • abs.liton on March 31, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @ SL fans: From my childhood specially from 1997 when I was able to understand about cricket, I used to support Srilankan cricket and still I support SL cricket. But today, I was very disappointed to see the worst umpiring of Srilankan two umpires'. Especially the turning point is obviously Ashraful's LBW out. We can be a small team but Bangladesh can know now how to fight against a big team. But the spirit we have has been damaged for the poor umpiring by Srilankan two umpires. If this match was held between India vs Srilanka then this umpire never decided to give this worst decision. Anyway, we are small team, but we won't be small or minnow. We have the ability to be a big team like yours. Just need time to show it. In shah Allah, it will be happened.

  • 9ST9 on March 31, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    @BanglaBandhu - as much as i agree with you on the poor umpiring there's no way that the umpire can refer it to the third umpire. There is no DRS and the practice of refering the third umpire for lbw is no longer there.

  • emrose.shoeb on March 31, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    BD played against team of 15 members (11 Srilankan players,3 Umpires & Sahadat).this is BD's 2nd string team (As absent of 9 major players).Obviously,ICC should a look on Umpiring against BD.They are much sufferer than others.If the umpiring would fair enough,then Bd must win this match.... I dont understand,why da selectors often picked Sahadat??? because of that guy,we lost da trophy of ASia cup.His career should be rest in peace.......

  • cyborg909 on March 31, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    BD fans quickly developing a reputation of sore losers good job SL

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @DINITH85, I agree, Srilanka now does not depend on Sngakkara, Dilshan or Jayawardene to perform. They also ensure that the local umpires perform on their behalf. Shame on Srilanka.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    i firmly beleive that if there were Sangakara in replace of Md Ashraful.. the decision would go to their side its mean the umpire would give it "NOT OUT".... but its Ashraful... a bad luck boy!!!!! BD tigers we still love u and proud of u that u fought today briliantly against 13 playes.... althoug we all know it suppose to have 11 players each in a team... truly and unfortunately they were today 13 players in the field.... By the by Kusal played tollay outsatanding.... i wish bright cricket future!!! and good luck D.Chandimal... and inviting ur team to come BD.. and do prove ur skill on abroad soil...!!!!!

  • 9ST9 on March 31, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    What's with Asian sides' fans and their inability to digest defeat? Bangladesh when they lost the Asia cup final also moaned and complained. Come on Guy's grow up - I know wins for you are very rare and true the umpiring was appalling but that's how it goes sometimes You guys are struggling to show maturity and are also making excuses such as X,Y,Z didn't play. if you look closely even the Sri Lankan team was made up of a set of virtual unknowns who were probably driven to the ground's in their mom;s MPV. After a side bowls 18 wides in 20 overs they don't normally win unless they were the WestIndians of the 1980s.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    it was difficult for Bangladesh ( without key players like Shakib,Tamim, Mushrafe, Nayeem, Nafees) to win against a strong Srilankan team(also without key players) of young talents and two umpires in the team! Congrtas to new players(umpires) in the Srilanka team!

  • Rezaul on March 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Really got frustrated with two things today: 1. lackluster fast bowling by Bangladesh pacers, giving away easy runs. 2. Poor poor umpiring to give both LBWs (Shamsur and Ashraful). Shamsur's was going over the stump and he was well forward, hitting above knee of a rising delivery, only one way is over the stump. Ashraful was hammering hard and a chase was on card. Then he was hit outside the leg stump which should be direct NOT OUT. Both cases umpires gave decision against Bangladesh and I dare to say, umpires killed the promising mouth watering contest in this game by giving on song Ash LBW. At the end SL is the winner, congrats young SL team for keeping the top of ranking.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    The performance of umpire was very poor.....request to ICC not to give chance this kind of poor umpiring......

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lankan team for their winning effort from the Umpires. Great LBW decision was taken "in the nick of time" against Ashraful. Congrats to ICC umpires too.

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Bangladesh always plays with 12 opponent not 11 ( Including Umpire). Ashraful's LBW just proves that.

  • anw.chw on March 31, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    On a positive note, Bangladesh had a good tour of Sri Lanka. Our boys landed on the Lankan soil without some of our key players and in the middle of the tour we lost some other performer. This injury ravaged side has shown enough character to fight against adversity. In the past Sri Lanka tour was equivalent to total humiliation. But this time around our boys didn't bog down so easily but fought hard to earn enough respect til the end! The Tigers are on the right track. It's time to move forward with the positives earned from this tour and build a prosperous future specially targeting to find some new talents in the pace bowling dept which was so poor throughout the series!

  • anw.chw on March 31, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I think, Shahadat & Umpires were included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD! Firstly the umpires didn't give out to 2/3 LBW decisions against SL and then they had given horrible out to Shamsul and crucial Ashraful! These umpires very funnily also didn't give some wides to Sl bowlers too! So cheers and congrats to the umpires and Shahadat! They are the true men of the match of this game.... :)

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    ashraful was clearly not out.i dont knw wht happend in umpire mind ...how could he gave tht out...it was clearly leg stump.....if ashraful was not out thn result might be goes with bd

  • anw.chw on March 31, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    The 2nd string SL beat the 3rd string BD ! but the true men of the match are umpires and Shahadat!!! :)

  • cricfan66 on March 31, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Say what you will but please note that this is not full strength BD team! SL fielded 11 excellent players and 2 umpires. Bangladesh was without Tamim, Shakib and Masrafee. True BD lost the plot with Shahadat, who should not be playing, but did great to get to 181. Had Shamsur and Ashraful gotten fair decisions the result could have been different. When SL was batting the umpires seemed to favor the Lankan batsmen. I hope ICC looks into the umpiring decisions and removes these inept and biased ones from future international matches. To the SL fans...congratulations from a former SL fan. SL played well and you now have a great looking young team. But, have the courage to call a spade a spade and understand our frustration with the poor decisions.

  • anw.chw on March 31, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Shahadat & Umpires were included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD!

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    simply unfair with ashraful...even in the previous match it was inside edge...nothing to say

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    All I can say is that better team lost today... :(

  • anw.chw on March 31, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @ rajithwijepura: SL's 2nd string beat the 3rd string of BD as they are hit by the injuries and exam of Anamul! Bd is missing the service of their regular players like Shakib, tamim, masrafee, nafees, anamul, shafiul, najmul, enamul jumior during this series! and u have won this match, coz Shahadat (with all his wides & wayward bowling) & Umpires were included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD! :)

  • on March 31, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Congratulations to SL for their win as well as for taking this gamble to play with so many fresh legs against BD for this match. This is good to see BD lost the battle with a good fighting spirit & well enough within their limitations. Yes BD might lose this match but we can easily see the differences in their game plan alongwith their run chasing approach from their earlier performances. Also in addition BD has lost & missed most of their top class players for the series like; Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Shahrier, Shafiul, Nazmul etc. Anyway still with this kind "A" graded strength what ever show you guys showed against this balanced SL with the whole series we are happy enough to welcome you & wish you very best of luck for the Zimbabwe tour.

  • SaadRocx on March 31, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    LOL@ Bangladeshi fans...in the last ODI they were unwilling to accept that RAIN helped them..in winning the match..and were saying to Srilankan fans to show some Sportsman's Spirit and stop whining over the Rain..and lmao now they are blaming the Umpires ...Ashraful was looking dreadful before that Perara over anyway...and Bangladesh Poor Bowling cost them the match.!!! Simple as That!!

  • Truesupporter on March 31, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Guys stop complaining... As a Sri Lankan Fan I am greatfull for the Bangladesh team for putting off a great fight, and bangladeshi fans dont complain about the umpire decisions when you guys got all the decisions in the 3rd ODI in your favour i DIDNT see any of you complaining. Some days your lucky and some your arent. Deal with it.

  • nuwandevinda on March 31, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    welldone Sri Lankan Lions.. We are the no1 of T20.. our young team easily proved it..

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Sri Lanka didn't not deserve this win.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Umpiring decisions can be wrong with any team but when these wrong are made continuously with the same team even in the same series.....then there are many things to do for ICC. i'm not disappointed with BD's performance but with the ICC's for not doing anything.

  • jantrikunmad on March 31, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Shahdat scores 54 from jst 24balls!! #respect

    lolz, he is going to marry on 5april. he is now a great celebrity in his country, i guess!! pity

  • dmqi on March 31, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    SL is a better side with the full team no question, but with this young team, the match could go in BD's direction if two very marginal LBW decisions were not given against BD. DRS was needed. BD gave too many extras to loose the match but at the time when Ashraful was going strong that decision really hurts. It was a good game though.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @rajithwijepura: If that is SL's second string, then this is BD's third category without the biggest stars like Mashrafee, Shakib, Tamim etc. Forget about Shakib or Tamim, only if Shahadat was replaced by Mashrafee, think what would have happened. Anyway too many extra runs in the form of wide costs the match for BD. I don't want to talk about the bad umpiring here. Because it's a regular thing for the umpires giving stupid decisions against BD. Anyway congrats to SL team. This was a much needed win for them. Otherwise some over enthusiastic IND/PAK fans would have started to brand them as minnows.

  • ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on March 31, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Nice to see Chandi starting his captaincy career with a win.Wish him all the very best.SL young brigade played tremendously well today.Umpiring errors are part of the game.Unfortunately Bangladesh are in the receiving end today.But most of the times in the past SL were in the receiving end.Remember SL missed a golden opportunity to beat AUS in a test match in AUS due to a umpiring error in 2007.Poor depth bowling & fielding let Bangladesh down.But now I can say one thing for sure.That is Bangladesh no more a minnow..! Likes of Mushfiq, Nazir & Sohag Gazi will do wonders for them in the future.Wish them all the very best for upcoming Zimbabwe tour.Thanks to Bangladesh..Congratz to both teams from a SL fan....

  • wiseshah on March 31, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    i dont know what writer is thinking. bangladesh played their C team-- except mushfiq, nasir and razzaq, most members in BD team is fairly new. BD is playing without tamim, shakib, nafees, mashrafe, najmul, enamul jr and three shameless out by umpire and still they make 183 and they talk about SL power house. Shahadat shouldnt be selected, if opposition has shahadat, BD would make 400 runs. he is worst bowler In bd even in domestic league

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    4 overs 54 runs. Oh.. atrocious. Weed out Shahadat. He is bad news all the way. There should be an award for "no-man of the match" where a player single handedly cost the game and Shahadat will win it every single time. Selectors should pay attention and take notice. One positive though: highest BD t20 runs. Love the fighting spirit.

  • SapnerJadukar on March 31, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Enough matches cost because of this dynamic due batman and Robin (Shadat and Rubel). Please BD selector stop selecting them on any format, that's the end of them, they won't learn any more and we don't want to loose any more matches because of their continues poor performance! !! Curtail them or risk your self to be curtailed for poor performance as a selector. - on behalf ot BD fans. Cric info please publish.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @ rajithwijepura: SL's 2nd string beat the 3rd string of BD as they are hit by the injuries and exam of Anamul! Bd is missing the service of their regular players like Shakib, tamim, masrafee, nafees, anamul, shafiul, najmul, enamul jumior during this series! and u have won yhis match, coz Shahadat (with all his wides & wayward bowling) & Umpires were included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD!

  • JACK.SPARROW on March 31, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Ashraful was given out by poor decision in such period when he was in good rythm. It would not have mattered if he was given out after 100 runs. In addition ,Kusal and mathews survived two close calls.Now SL fans dont say these are excuses. These are the factors that would have made a great impact. The reporter also mentioned it in this article. Btw, kudos to tigers for such fought- hard spirit. Well done

  • Sadequl on March 31, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Congratulations to SL for their win as well as for taking this gamble to play with so many fresh legs against BD for this match. This is good to see BD lost the battle with a good fighting spirit & well enough within their limitations. Yes BD might lose this match but we can easily see the differences in their game plan alongwith their run chasing approach from their earlier performances. Also in addition BD has lost & missed most of their top class players for the series like; Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Shahrier, Shafiul, Nazmul etc. Anyway still with this kind "A" graded strength what ever show you guys showed against this balanced SL with the whole series we are happy enough to welcome you & wish you very best of luck for the Zimbabwe tour.

  • British_North_America on March 31, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I love this match report.Despite being a Sri Lankan, Andrew has written the truth.

  • Baseball-Sucks on March 31, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I think the biggest mistake Rubel made was not his "hit me for six" bowling BUT get Mendis out n bring Thisara to the crease. LOL And Shahadat Hossain had to pay for it. C'mon Rubel... you should have known better. :)) By the way It was an entertaining tour. Tnx BD fans for keeping it alive n G'luck with up coming ZIM tour !!! Peace out......

  • SILVERSANGA on March 31, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    SL proved they are the better team

    1. Yes bangladesh conceded lot of extras, bowled poorly and fielded poorly but that's their weakness. While SL were much better. The weak team loses and the better/strong team wins..It was what exactly happened.

    2. SL won even after losing the toss where dew played a huge role and bowling second was really hard

    3. SL doing it without Mahela Sanga or Dilshan :) proves that our youngsters are better than BD youngsters!

    4. In the last ODI D/L reversed target helped BD to win. They played T20 ckt there chasing down 100 more from 80 balls! But this is a fair T20 match and SL proved they are the better T20 team!

    Last the credit should be given to BD as well bcz they made a great effort but fell short simply bcz SL was better and that's the bottom line....

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Mushfiq should use 2 overs by mominul & nasir reducing 2 from Shadad & Rubel.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka won by the help of the umpire actually. Congrats to Bangladesh !!

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Shahadat & Umpires were included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD ! Firstly the umpires didn't give out to 2/3 LBW decisions against SL and then they had given horrible out to Shamsul and crucial Ashraful! These umpires very funnily also didn't give some wides to Sl bowlers too! So cheers and congrats to the umpires and Shahadat! They are the true men of the match of this game.... :)

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    SL fans@ rajithwijepura and SL_ROKZ..you guys must give thnks to the SL umpiers...its very easy for SL if these umpiers can give decission in every series..unfortunately they can't!!!!!

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    clear partiality by umpire for sri lanka

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    clear partiality by umpire for sri-lanka

  • emon009 on March 31, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    how could we win this match?????we played 11 players & sri lanka played 13(including 2 u m p i r e s)........so it was not even.......shame to lanka......

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    shame!!!! on the srilankan 2 umpires......both of them cost the match for bangladesh.....really it unforgiven to see this kind of mistake by the home umpires......shame on u guyzz

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    What Shahadad & Rubel did, did there their level best. And we saw their level best. You can't expect more than this from them - so it gonna work for future Bangladesh.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    How often has Shahadat cost Bangladesh the match with his ridiculous death overs ... And yet they persist. Will they ever learn?

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Cricket really needs to implement the use of technology to avoid poor decisions from the umpires. These poor decisions in vital moments of a match, really takes out the standard of International cricket. Bangladesh maybe considering them unlucky for those decisions going against them. But overall they really had a good tour against the mighty Sri Lanka. And Bangladesh would only get stronger when 4-5 of their main players come back from injury. A good competitive series ends.

  • azahid09 on March 31, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Throughout the whole series same mistakes has been done with the team selection, like inclusion of Shahadat and Rubel over and over again!!! There was a quality spinner in the squad (Mosharaf) but he didn't get a game. Today they also left out Ziaur who is supposed to be a T20 specialist!!! And also captain Mushfiq never tried his part time spinners (Nasir, Mominul, Ashraful) in the ODI and T20. I don't know why, they at least could bowl better than the fast bowlers, right? I am so frustrated and disappointed with these things!!!

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @ Htc-Android buddy Sl is really big team no matter is mahela sanga and dilshan in da team or not but buddy plz give some lesson to your umpires how to operate they da judge not home team representative ...if Ashraful not misjudged it could more close match even we could win...SL umpires are the worst ICC should ban SL umpire

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    well done sl and also the BD. They really were much more better than we expected through out the series. Specially Kushal done brilliantly through out the series. but i am very disappointed about the sri lankan bowling through out the whole series. I think they were not fully prepared for matches.Specially pace bowlers were way wood. Sri lankan selectors as well as the couches need to think seriously about the our bowling .

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    A good series for Bangladesh comes to an end. However, they would have liked to end the tour on a winning note. Nevertheless, The overall organizing and management of the Sri Lankan Cricket board was extremely poor throughout the series. A few issues which I believe are the highlights of the whole tour, other than a valiant effort by Bangladesh are: 1. A very non competitive pitch prepared in the first test.(Seriously, I doubt if the match would have produced a result even after 10days.) 2. Very poor outfield in the 2nd test. 3. The power cut issue in the 1st ODI. 4. Extremely poor umpiring throughout the ODI series and the t20 match. 5. Almost an empty gallery in each and every match.(For those who think it's because they are playing Bangladesh, it was the same in the T20 WC last year)

    These issues combined together indicate a simple conclusion: Sri Lankan Cricket has bad days coming for them in the near future.

  • Sadequl on March 31, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    This is the first time I would say I didn't felt that sad even after my team lost the battle, because I can say they fought well enough within their limitations. Congratulations to SL for their win as well as for taking this gamble to play with so many fresh legs against BD for this match. Yes BD might lose this match but we can easily see the differences in their game plan alongwith their run chasing approach from their earlier performances. Also in addition BD has lost & missed most of their top class players for the series like; Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafee, Shahrier, Shafiul, Nazmul etc. Anyway still with this kind "A" graded strength what ever show you guys showed against this balanced SL with the whole series we are happy enough to welcome you & wish you very best of luck for the Zimbabwe tour.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Sri Lanka fans should be happy for quite a few reasons - they found a wonderful opener Kushal Perera, they still have the great Malinga, and last and most importantly they have a cricket board that does not allow a ridiculous bowler to play any kind of national or international matches who can make his team be humiliated once and again.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Shahadat & Umpires was included to the Sri Lankan squad and its cost the match for BD ;) firstly the umpires didn't give out to 2/3 LBW decisions against SL and then they had given horrible out to Shamsul and the crucial Ashraful! These umpires very funnily also didn't give some wides to Sl bowlers too! So cheers and congrats to the umpires and Shahadat! They are the true men of the match of this game.... :)

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    A few years ago, in a match between Pak & SL, Kamran Akmal hit the ball with bat.But astonishingly Kulasekara appealed for LBW.SL umpire initially shouted not out & moved from his stance.Kula went on appealing. Kamran was eventually given out LBW when he completed 1st run!!! That's why I dont trust SL umpires anymore.Even SL commentators are biased. How Ranjit Fernando told Ashraful hit on line??

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    The umpiring was little-bit biased. Two close appeals for LBW were rejected during Srilankan innings, I said Good decision! But two relatively less-close appeal were given against Bangladesh at crucial moment. However, after giving away 26 extras and such brainless seam bowling, we can't deserve to win!

  • British_North_America on March 31, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    This is taken from ESPN Cricinfo's live commentary:

    NLTC Perera to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, he's been given leg before, after a shout from Perera that went on and on and on, Ashraful swung and missed a full toss, but did that strike him outside leg? yes, it has, that is seriously poor from the umpire, at a crucial stage in the chase, against a batsman who's just hit three successive boundaries, the umpire has just caved into Thisara's long appeal

    Mohammad Ashraful lbw b NLTC Perera 43 (40m 27b 4x4 2x6) SR: 159.25

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Perhaps none in Bangladesh is unhappy with the result, but the decisions in which debutant Shamsur and Ashraful were involved surely making us unhappy.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    ... Once again the difference between two team is the seamers... and the difference is not about ability but brain. Everyone, even Shahadat and Rubel know that typical subcontinent pitches are not for short-pitch bowling. This is more true when u can't even bowl at over 140km/hr. If u take a closer look on last over of Srilankan innings, u see, 5 out of 6 balls were almost full length and that over cost only 8 run. But previous two overs were full of short-pitch deliveries and Perera needed only one thing to do. that is ensuring some bat on ball and lift it towards on-side. After how many failure, they will learn? Its pathetic. Full-length or at best Yorkers are the right way to go during slog-overs. Yes, u cannot master it, and may deliver some fulltoss and give away runs... but u have to try the right thing. u cannot make the same mistake over and over again...U have to show some cricketing BRAIN...!

  • Shah71 on March 31, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Really sad! why is this happening with Bangladesh cricket team always? We hope ICC will take strong action against them .

  • Legaleagle on March 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Amazing game from the young Sri Lankan team. Bangladesh team with so many players with so much experience still couldn't control the inexperienced Lankans. Awesome game overall.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Congrats to Srilankan team.There were few umpiring blunders that even Srilankan fans will not be proud of. It was an entertaining game nevertheless. Well played tigers, better luck next times.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    We gave wides, we miss fielded, and we did not have any clean hitters, yet we came this close ! Actually I am a bit surprised to see the chase came this close.....Srilanka's Performance was great. They batted superbly, their bowling line and length was awesome and the effort they displayed in the ground fielding showed their commitment.

    One more thing to add here... i can't help myself :) Their umpires also showed their commitment to their own country. Such should be one's love for own country.

  • Shopno186 on March 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    congrats BD team 4 there beautiful performance. I thanks SL team 4 there bright performance in this match with there all 13 player (with 2 umpire ). BD should develop there fast bowling. Bad luck Samsur but no problem bro its happen. when u play a team like BD. But I hope u will show what U r. Ash is a class player ......he show what he is.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Bangladesh and Sri Lanka both played well, I can see the improvement of Bangladeshi players. Bangladesh got their Test Status on 2000, it's 13 years only. Every great cricket nations got their talented cricketers after passing 20-30 years in international cricket. I hope(In Sha Allah) Bangladesh will able to do the change within next 3 years. ICC should give Bangladesh more opportunity to play test cricket. Australia played terrible with India, According to some Commentator "Australia should stay back from Test cricket"; should they ?? Bangladesh is a new team, everybody should inspire them to go ahead.

  • arif29 on March 31, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Russell Arnold: ''The decision for Ashraful's dismissal was not fair. If I was Ashraful, I would have been really disappointed. Even the earlier decision of Shamsur looked confusing because of the height and the impact outside the line.''

  • JACK.SPARROW on March 31, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    When you think of chasing 199, its a early mental setback. You lose 50% of the match. But Bangladesh have shown real fighting spirit. They fought till the end

  • rajithwijepura on March 31, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @Fogu - Srilankans never predicted wipe off. But expected wipe off from BAN after all SL seniors were rested and 2nd class batting and bowling lineup. It is really poor bowling and poor batting cost BAN this match. Haven't you read the preview for this match?

  • rajithwijepura on March 31, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    At the end srilanka's second string team is too good to beat for bangladesh. BD must have win this game considering the amount of help given this pitch for batsmans in second innings and dew factor. Better luck next time Team BAN

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    congrtz team SL 4 a close victory....but those who think that this game is won by the team effort only 4 them i would like to say that please see the match replay and consider team srilanka lucky because umpiring was a big ask there in the entire game and they had that home like advantage all the way through...bad decision at the top moments pull BD backwards....so plz dnt understimate the effort of BD....one day we will be the power house of Asia....:)

  • JACK.SPARROW on March 31, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    I am not at all upset with bd defeat but i am proud of my team. They showed never-give-up spirit and fight till the end. Its our poor bowling specially by shahdat and some poor decisions by the umpires( not excuse but the truth). However,its part of the game and luck. After all well done to tigers

  • fariha_loves-afridi on March 31, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Rubel and shahadat lost the game for BD. Ashraful was a little bit unlucky though. However good to see gazi bowling so well and mahmudullah finaly regaining his form. In addition, mahmud bowled very impressively taking out kusal. And an overall good chase from BD with a batting line up that features no tamim and shakib. And ofcourse congratz and hats off to SL.

  • Sinhaya on March 31, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @Fogu, yes I agree. No doubt there are good youngsters in both the sides. Future is indeed bright. Looking forward to meeting you all in your shores early next year which includes a tri series with Pakistan.

  • AzAb12754 on March 31, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    There's just no hope if you still continue to select fast bowlers like Rubel or Shahadat really feel bad for our batsman and spinners who do everything right but then our pathetic fast bowlers spoils it. Anyone can score runs of these 2 but shocking decisions from umpires. When Bangladesh bowled they had plum LBWs but wasn't given while Sri Lanka were given the wrong decisions in their favour. I don't understand why DRS wasn't used in this series.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 31, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Once again the pacers lost us the match. Shahadat please get lost, havnt the management realised that he is a useless bowler. Well we lost because of Shahadat (all blame on him) and rubel. Razzak can be forgiven as he had a bad game. Ashrafuls dismissal is the worst decision by an umpire. These reasons why we lost the match. Also we had some main players missing but they have nothing to do with this match. Anyway thanks Sri Lanka :)

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    well played both teams,hard luck 2 bd fans ur team has improved alot n shudnt b considered amongst da minnows now,i m posting my comment 4 da very first tym on any sports forum n my reason 4 dat is ,,,,we da subcontinental fans almost always tend to through mud 8 each other which in my view is totally wrong we hav always suffered 8 da hands of the rest of da world teams(unfair play) n therefore v hav 2 stand united n show 2 da world dat v form da real core of da cricket.peace.

  • asiacricket1234 on March 31, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    First of All Congratulation SL fans. It was a good match to watch. Your batsmen were fantastic. Really upset about Bangladesh;s lose. I know many people will blame Umpire decision for our lose. Yes umpiring was pathetic but than it is a part of the game what really made me angry is Selectors choosing Shahadat for T20 and Mushfiq asking him to bowl at the end. We lost many matches because of him. He is not just a bad bowler he is as bad as a bowler could possibly be. WHY WE KEEP PICKING HIM??? 54 from 4 over can u believe it? Yes Ashraful, Shabbir wasn't out but if the target wasn't 198 we could've got it. Rubel seemed to forget how to bowl. Honestly get rid of these useless bowlers BCB. We could've won this match if we had better bowlers :@

  • ExtremeSpeed on March 31, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Very good T20 game! packed ground as well. Yes Ashraful dismissal was obviously wrong but it wouldn't have made much of a difference since how badly and shamefully our ordinary fast bowlers bowled and where its about time they are left from the team for good. It was a good series overall and thank Sri Lanka for inviting Bangladesh all the best!!

  • Prabodha99 on March 31, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    That's so unfaire. Some bangla fans talk about asraful's wicket after their loss. Seems that they are trying to find way to hide their shame. Because they said they can win this. But Lions prevail!!!

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    i am wondering ho will be the match Shahadat or the Umpire?? :P :P (just fun)

  • Rezaul on March 31, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Really got frustrated with two things today: 1. lackluster fast bowling by Bangladesh pacers, giving away easy runs. 2. Poor poor umpiring to give both LBWs (Shamsur and Ashraful). Shamsur's was going over the stump and he was well forward, hitting above knee of a rising delivery, only one way is over the stump. Ashraful was hammering hard and a chase was on card. Then he was hit outside the leg stump which should be direct NOT OUT. Both cases umpires gave decision against Bangladesh and I dare to say, umpires killed the promising mouth watering contest in this game by giving on song Ash LBW. At the end SL is the winner, congrats young SL team for keeping the top of ranking.

  • Ruchiralk on March 31, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    This is a very "Inexperienced" Sri lankan team. Bangladeshi's can also say they have a young team, but they have experienced players. This match clearly shows that Sri lankan youngsters talents exceed the Bangladeshi's by a long way. To those who critizes SL for depending heavily on Dilshan,Sanga,Jaya and Herath, here is your answer. Kushal Perera is going to be a World class player at the end of his career, there is no doubt about that. Bangladesh have improved and showed fight in these game and they aren't the "push overs" anymore in World cricket. However the Dew did disadvantage the Sri lankan Bowlers too.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka fans should not talk about this game. J Mendis was out but he was given not out. Shuvo's LBW was 50-50, went in Lankan's way. And finally Ashraful was given out in a way; which has to be considered as one of the worst umpiring decisions ever. And still Ranjit Fernando was telling umpire was right. Such a disgrace for Cricket. If the Sri Lankan fans are still talking and cheering about their win, it will prove how much shameless they are as nation.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @ The_Ashes I feel bad about these BD fast bowlers as they bowled in the first 6 overs where the field is up and then during last few overs where charge takes place. Considering the fact BD spinners gave away at avg economy of 8.08 with the field is spread I wouldn't blame it on fast bowlers. I must say BD has really improved but I think their problem lies on outside the subcontinent. considering the fact that next WC is on australia I dont think BD will have a chance there. As far as SL is concern they did really well in australia during last 3 tours in ODI and T20. So they are improving their record on bouncy surfaces.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @DINITH85: Play with 11 player then talk.

  • iftekharmukul on March 31, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    there is no consolation for tigers ! they deserve the lost against young lankan side. due to failure of restrict them in 160/170. which was very possible but shahadat and rubel hossain puts huge pressure on Bangladesh with their ordinary medium pace ! they never bowl in their own merit ! how disgrace !!!

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    the tigers played well against those umpires.. sorry to say it.. but Bangladesh is really struggling in international cricket for bad umpiring.. Ashraful was given out just after he hit two 6 n one 4.. just imagine he stayed in the crease for some more time.. and Sahdat hossain was real horrible.. its not clear why the selectors are still picking him.. however its a good show considering Sakib, Tamim n Mashrafi is not in the team..

  • ashqarmahi on March 31, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha.....to the all srilankan fans....u r too happy with this win...for the reminder....through out the series you played with bangladesh nearly second string team...and in the T20....those two dismissal..specially ashful dismissal...shame to you guys....if you want to win like this way go ahead.....your future is bright.....and someone is telling srilanka is thrashing bd in this match....how many time you made 181 in 20 over game...it is a close match and bangladesh played with 13 man instead of 11....!!! we will see in the champions trophy....!!

  • Perera32 on March 31, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Good win by the Sri lankan youngster, don't forget the amount of DEW in the pitch when Sl was bowling. The batting from Kushal, Thisara and Jeewan was outstanding and a shame Angelo Perera didn't get a go. The bowling was good but the Dew factor did help bangladesh a lot though. C'mon now Bangladeshi fans are going to say they lost because of Poor umpiring? I really have lost a lot of respect for some Bangladeshi's this tour.

  • British_North_America on March 31, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    SL fans, can you realize how we feel? You saw the outs of Shamshur and then Ashraful when he was in supreme touch.You know only one man was responsible on both the occasions.Once again, we have been denied a T20 victory.

  • Prabodha99 on March 31, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    They said that they can beat this young SL team. And Mushfiquer said that he needs to end this series with another win. Bangladesh fans were dreaming about their win against world's best T20 team. They entered this match with big bang. But Lions prevail...! Proud to be a Sri Lankan!

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    well played srilanka ! congrats from BANGLADESH :))

  • stupid_comments on March 31, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    borhans my mate, its just a different format of the game that im sure the country u r supporting must be like Indian women's team and cant get the rankings up... dont underestimate that sl always brings something unique to the scene and continue to perform better. this time its Kusal Perera so watchout for him and we dont care about time wasting Tests so will continue to perform in the shorter formats of the game just fine.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    I think Ashraful & Mahmudullah's out was the turning point of the match. Anyway, well done tiger.

  • borhans on March 31, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Have to give credit to Bangladesh that even after giving 18 wide they still manage to keep the score under 200 .Who gives extra 3 over in a 20 over match ..Even if we minus the 24 in sahadats last over our wide & runs on those extra balls could have crossed over 250 ..Have to feel sorry for BD batters ..they not only have to score the runs what srilankans batters score but also they have to score the runs which bangladeshi bowlers score ..maybe BD selectors could have acted more smartly by not bringing a test specialist bowler like sahadat on T20 .

  • krazy.cricket.fan on March 31, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    India and England is no match for Bangladesh. BD could beat them easily..

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Umpire has to be more concentrated on giving decisions. The game wraps up with just frustration but wont feel that worst as it was a fight really. Its been long time since Bangladesh used to say they were learning, now i think, its time to prove that they are just a threat to the sub continent cricket world!!! Good luck Bangladesh, you did great \m/ (Y)

  • BOND_OO7 on March 31, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Why cant bcb get rid of shahdat ? 4 overs for 58 !!!!! That took the match away from us. Though i am a bd fan ,i liked kusal's batting. Congrats sl and kudos to tigers. you really fought hard

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Fantastic match. The very young SL team answered a lot of people who had doubts in their capabilities. Future looks bright. Oh and Jeewan needs to bowl more

  • Sinhaya on March 31, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    @borhans, yes but it is also a form of cricket. A team must ideally target success in all 3 formats. T20 is hit or miss cricket which is correct. But for some players, T20 style is their strength.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Shahadat should never bowl at the death overs. His last over lost BD many matches. He shouldn't even be in the team. Unfortunately BD dont have any better bowler.

  • PrasadGunawardane on March 31, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Bangladesh should not b considered as minnows if they continue such a form for another least two consecutive series!

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on March 31, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    BD bowlers really leaked too many runs. Fielding was pathetic too. That cost you guys match.

    Both teams batted well on Flat Tracks. Against likes of Malinga and co. BD batsmen really did well. Reaching 180+ that too chasing, that too against better bowling and fielding attack, that too in front of opposition's crowd is not easy.

    Being a neutral fan, I can safely say, BD is here to stay for LONGER period of time.

    About SL:- U guys have really found some exciting shorter format players. Loved the batting of KJ Perera. Surely some of his shots reminded me of Jayasuriya especially the one he played over cover fielder for FOUR. And being a Delhi Daredevils.DD fan, my eyes were on Jeevan Mendis and he didn't disappoint me either. ;) Only Munaweera seems to be a Joke as he has poor footwork. Rest are good.

  • salman2510 on March 31, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    In my opinion we lost the match due to

    1) Too many Extras (18 Wides) 2) Shahdat Hossain (This guy should be jailed for 13.5 years for his performance today) 3) LBW of Samsur & Ashraful (Very Poor Match Officials) 4) Run Out of Mahmudullah (Mominul needs a crash course of CRICKET 101)

    Weirdly, 1, 2 & 4 could have been avoided especially number 1 & 2 !!

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Well done, Bangladesh! And great batting display from Lanka. Would've been a much tighter finish and a treat of a match had the umpires not stood there with a blatant pro-Lanka bias, giving doubtful LBW outs and ignoring clear leg-side/above shoulder wides on three instances in the match. Whatever happened to referrals and hawk-eye?

  • priceless1 on March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    SL won but that was a very close game than the final score card shows , don't know it was because of the dew or some thing else but all SL bowlers apart from Malinga and Sachitra looked terribly out of form

  • smukhles on March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Shahadat Hossain: 4-0-54-0, what else was needed to loose the match? Yet he was chosen for the death overs, Razzaq and Gazi both had two to three overs left and they were not chosen, Rubel managed to get one finally but Shahadat? Thanks to him for handing the match over to Sri Lanka almost single handedly. Bangladesh scored 181, not bad and could have been a better result without this decision by Mushfiqur Rahim, don't know when they will learn.

  • Shah71 on March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    The two umpire was totally wrong with their decisions and it's always favour SL . I don't think they have any quality to maintain an International match. I also want the bangladeshi captain don't satisfied . He must need to go ICC for the decisions against the two umpire.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    congrats SRIlanka but Sl umpires should learn basic umpiring !

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Sri Lanka won by 1 Shadadat Hossain (4 overs, 54 runs, 0 wickets, economy: 13.50) :p

  • srilankan1984 on March 31, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Everyone can see the difference of the class of the BATSMEN S by watching the shots they played, SL played some nice,copy book type of shot while BD hit the ball hard @ not timing the shots even..

  • fr600 on March 31, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    BD needs fast bowlers. These average fast bowlers need to be eliminated. BD would be better off playing with 5 spinners.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Umpires set up Sri lanka's win

  • BanglaBandhu on March 31, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Firstly well done to SL, Kusal played brilliantly so hats off to him. I will say that BD gave a a brilliant chase and it can be said that Bangladesh lost the game rather than SL winning the game. Other than a brilliant batting display from SL other factors in the game included dubious officiating in both inning against BD. IMHO, the first ball of the game should have led to a dismissal. Both Shamsur and Ashraful were not out. For Ashraful, he was getting into a rhythm (Especially in that over) and the umpire took a long time to make a decision - Why not go to the third umpire if he was so undecided? However, the KEY factor has to be the BD Bowling. Too many wides and too many extras. BCB, NEVER AGAIN bring in Rubel and Shahdat. Well done SL well played. BD - you had a good tour and you know where you went wrong but overall you should be more happy with the overall outcome more so than SL.

  • Ahgg on March 31, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Good win for the lankans. But bd gave a good fight to show that they are no more pushovers. I think sl missed a trick in this series by not playing to their strength in bowling which is to play about three spinners n do a choking job. The fast bowlers were way too wayward and have much to learn. But awesome to see the future is secured with fantastic young batsmen coming up. Keep up the good work lads!!!

  • Fogu on March 31, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @SL fans: BD showed that they have a lot of fight in them too. Their youngsters performed well too but definitely fast bowling needs to be better. The difference was three overs at the end of BD bowling. It was a good match. No need for SL fans to crow about since BD put up 181. Good win though but not a wipe out like you guys predicted. SL have some good youngsters for T20. Hopefully they can transfer their skills to ODI and Tests as well. BD has also proven that they can compete with the big boys. Definitely need to be better at fast bowling otherwise we will not be competitive. it was a good series for BD and we need to play more. Go Tigers and much respect to The Lions!

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    There's no team is Strong and no team is poor,, who did the minimum mistakes on that day will win the contest, that's T20 guys..

  • abdul.alim on March 31, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    weldone Ampire to adjudge Ashraful LBW!!!!!!!!!!

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    very good game. Happy as a Sri Lankan fan of the performance of a very young side, some real talent to replace the big guns. Hats off to Bangladesh for playing good consistent cricket throughout the series. As a Lankan fan its nice to see Bangladesh improve alot. Well done

  • British_North_America on March 31, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    I think DRS is even needed in T20.Feeling bad for Ashraful.

  • The_Ashes on March 31, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    A big congratulations to Rubel and Shahadat Hossain for undoing all the hard work our spinners did. These fast bowlers are just terrible and please for once realise that BD management. They are going to cost us more games like that. But I'm happy we reduced the deficit against a quality bowling attack to just 17 runs good effort but our fast bowlers just ruin their hard work everytime. No more Abul, Rubel and Shahadat.

  • Chandima.Ceylon on March 31, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Congratulation SL kids you done it well.Thanks for BD giving teribble counteratack.As a whole BD improved their batting to profesional state.Nasir fell erlier otherwise 17 runs not so hard to get from his hand.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    congrtzz SL team...! kusal wow..but still we need another bowler in our team! wicket taking spinner! thisara plz in t20 we need your bowling contribution than this! you becoming the weakest link of our bowling attak

  • Sinhabahu on March 31, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I totally agree with borhans. Good to see the win but we need to know what our priorities are.

  • on March 31, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan Fan I cant help but admire the courage shown by the Bangladesh Team in chasing a big Total. True they had a bad day in the field having a vital dropped catch and perhaps the very first wicket should not against there favor.Bangladesh have certainly come of age and Sri Lanka have found a good Opener in the form of Kusal Perera .

  • masiveduck on March 31, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    good bye srilanka, thanks you all guys :D,

  • borhans on March 31, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Boys T20 performance don't determine any future for a team ..so don't judge anything ..even Australia was in the 9th position for over a year ..But good to see Srilanka really giving T20 top priority but would love to see their youngster doing better in odi & test ..T20 record for BD was never better its a format where BD choke most of the time ..As a cricket lover you can't be that upset with T20 performance which is hit or miss by the way Why T20 number one team srilanka ranked 5-6 in odi test ..maybe T20 is to blame for that ..hope srilanka teach their young boys more about test -odi & less about T20 cz if bad habbit is build playing too much T20 then odi -test performance will go down & example not hard to find

  • Htc-Android on March 31, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Well. you asked us whats our future and we showed it to you. Bangladeshi fans, Are u happy now? And they said we are nothing wiithout sanga, mahela, dilshan and herath.

  • 3rd_umpire15 on March 31, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    shahadat hossain...is he even thinking what he is doing??? just going through the paces...Bangladesh should try and find a few containing medium pacers if not wicket takers. this match though is gone for them!!

  • on March 31, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Two wrong decisions by Srilnaka umpires both lbw went against BD. Questions about their ability to stand the international match! Think they need to be in the domestic match more and more before they come in international match. ICC to think about this!

  • SILVERSANGA on March 31, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Lol where are the BD fans who called SL depends on Dishan and Sanga only? :p?

    See who's youngsters are better now? lol. KUSAL PERERA! have a good hard look at him! The next Jayasuriya! He thrashed your bowlers with the greatest of ease. And JEEWAN MENDIS remember his name! And Tisara the smasher!

    Well done Lankan LION CUBS! Even the cubs can take down tigers! The future of SL cricket is crystal clear! This is why I told you BD fans earlier that u should never overestimate your team until they REALLY prove themselves! BD is still a child in cricket. Perhaps they may have improved from minnow status but still just average...

    And see who can play the real T20 cricket in a fair game and fair conditions unlike D/L reversed targets lol SL is better than u in all formats. Accept in dear Bangladeshi brothers. It's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

  • Warm_Coffee on March 31, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Time and time again Shahadat and Rubel stop selecting them, they are far too expensive and ruin Bangladesh matches.

  • SL_rockz on March 31, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    HE heee :) now find a place to hide BD :) ...You have to set a record to win this one :) Btw they havenot seen the 200 mark in t20 chasing :) ..165 is the best and it is in 2007.....And they are playin against world number one t20 nation ....Lets see how wll they face??? Fake BD boosters boost their team like world number one..Past or present they are the same old fashioned tail ender team...

  • Fogu on March 31, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    BD do not have quality fast bowlers. That should be the first priority for BCB. Most often the fast bowlers make it impossible for batsmen and spinners to control the game. The spinners did pretty well today but fast bowler gave away 94 runs in 8 overs. The batsmen will be under constant pressure now. 30 runs too much, I think. Let's hope we pull this off but it is a tough ask. Go Tigers!

  • krishindian on March 31, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    now the score of the lions is 198/5 and tigers have to chase 199 in matter of 120 balls they have to bat like the perera's and mendis did for lankans and it will be difficult against the new vc of lankan t20 team the toe crusher malinga at early overs and also death overs so becareful tigers

  • on March 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I am sorry to say that BD has no fast bowler............and also the fielding is so bad.......26 extra runs in 20/20 match! You killing the match guys!

  • Rafelgibt on March 31, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Shahadat Hossain must have been dropped from BAN team and never be selected for any format of the game.He is just a failure of everything.Just look at his bowling 4 overs 52 runs (24 runs from his last over)...Pathetic...

  • Neutral_Criciki on March 31, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Bangladesh's "so called" fast bowlers is never going to have a good performance until they get it into their heads that just trying to bowl fast(which i doubt is in them) rather than concentrate on their line and length is just clear dumb!!7th most populated cricket crazed country yet to produce a good fast bowler..BCB must be done having that tea of yet

  • on March 31, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    go tigers go....its time to be dazzled :)

  • on March 31, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    go tigers go....its time to be dazzled :)

  • Neutral_Criciki on March 31, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Bangladesh's "so called" fast bowlers is never going to have a good performance until they get it into their heads that just trying to bowl fast(which i doubt is in them) rather than concentrate on their line and length is just clear dumb!!7th most populated cricket crazed country yet to produce a good fast bowler..BCB must be done having that tea of yet

  • Rafelgibt on March 31, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Shahadat Hossain must have been dropped from BAN team and never be selected for any format of the game.He is just a failure of everything.Just look at his bowling 4 overs 52 runs (24 runs from his last over)...Pathetic...

  • on March 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I am sorry to say that BD has no fast bowler............and also the fielding is so bad.......26 extra runs in 20/20 match! You killing the match guys!

  • krishindian on March 31, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    now the score of the lions is 198/5 and tigers have to chase 199 in matter of 120 balls they have to bat like the perera's and mendis did for lankans and it will be difficult against the new vc of lankan t20 team the toe crusher malinga at early overs and also death overs so becareful tigers

  • Fogu on March 31, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    BD do not have quality fast bowlers. That should be the first priority for BCB. Most often the fast bowlers make it impossible for batsmen and spinners to control the game. The spinners did pretty well today but fast bowler gave away 94 runs in 8 overs. The batsmen will be under constant pressure now. 30 runs too much, I think. Let's hope we pull this off but it is a tough ask. Go Tigers!

  • SL_rockz on March 31, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    HE heee :) now find a place to hide BD :) ...You have to set a record to win this one :) Btw they havenot seen the 200 mark in t20 chasing :) ..165 is the best and it is in 2007.....And they are playin against world number one t20 nation ....Lets see how wll they face??? Fake BD boosters boost their team like world number one..Past or present they are the same old fashioned tail ender team...

  • Warm_Coffee on March 31, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Time and time again Shahadat and Rubel stop selecting them, they are far too expensive and ruin Bangladesh matches.

  • SILVERSANGA on March 31, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Lol where are the BD fans who called SL depends on Dishan and Sanga only? :p?

    See who's youngsters are better now? lol. KUSAL PERERA! have a good hard look at him! The next Jayasuriya! He thrashed your bowlers with the greatest of ease. And JEEWAN MENDIS remember his name! And Tisara the smasher!

    Well done Lankan LION CUBS! Even the cubs can take down tigers! The future of SL cricket is crystal clear! This is why I told you BD fans earlier that u should never overestimate your team until they REALLY prove themselves! BD is still a child in cricket. Perhaps they may have improved from minnow status but still just average...

    And see who can play the real T20 cricket in a fair game and fair conditions unlike D/L reversed targets lol SL is better than u in all formats. Accept in dear Bangladeshi brothers. It's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

  • on March 31, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Two wrong decisions by Srilnaka umpires both lbw went against BD. Questions about their ability to stand the international match! Think they need to be in the domestic match more and more before they come in international match. ICC to think about this!