Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Hambantota

Dilshan powers Sri Lanka towards victory

The Report by Mohammad Isam in Hambantota

March 23, 2013

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Sri Lanka 238 for 2 (Dilshan 113*, Sangakkara 63) beat Bangladesh 259 for 8 (Tamim 112, Nasir 73*) by eight wickets (D-L method)
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Kusal Perera blasts one through the off side, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Hambantota, March 23, 2013
Kushal Janith Perera brought back memories of Sanath Jayasuriya © Associated Press
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Bangladesh's first ODI of the year should be remembered for several events, including a Tamim Iqbal century, but the assault on their bowlers by the Sri Lanka openers overshadowed all that. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kushal Janith Perera, playing only his fifth ODI, took less than an hour to decimate an already feeble pace attack and demoralise the spinners, Bangladesh's strength. Sri Lanka eased to an eight-wicket victory, giving them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Bangladesh's score of 258 for 9 was supposed to test Sri Lanka, especially in Hambantota where the previous highest successful chase was 211. The added advantage for Bangladesh was the 85-minute delay in-between innings due to a power failure in two light towers, which gave Sri Lanka a revised target of 238 in 41 overs.

Sri Lanka's task had been made more difficult, but Dilshan and Perera responded ruthlessly. They added 106 in just 12.1 overs, hammering 13 boundaries and a six. Seven of those fours came off the first 14 deliveries that Abul Hasan and Rubel Hossain served up. It was one of those games the late Tony Greig would have loved to call; one of those carving the bowling, Kushal, was almost a copy of Sanath Jayasuriya.

Save the superstitious touches of the pad, helmet and bat, the stance and the shots of Kushal were reminiscent of Jayasuriya's style of play. The first square cut threw you back to the mid 1990s, when Jayasuriya gained the reputation for being a destroyer of bowling attacks.

As the fours poured in, there were signs of more similarity. Kushal's grip tends to stay towards the bottom of the handle as well, but his attacking instincts almost led to an early dismissal when he swept one straight to deep square leg. But Abdur Razzak parried the chance over the boundary ropes.

Kushal took a lot of the limelight, being the younger batsman, but it was Dilshan who was the wrecker-in-chief. Dilshan contributed 56 to the opening partnership, and later consolidated on the start with Kumar Sangakkara. It appeared as if the pair had slowed down considerably but they scored at a fair clip, though the Bangladesh bowlers bowled better with an extra fielder outside the 30-yard circle. Sangakkara made 63 off 68 balls, adding 128 runs for the second wicket. He was caught at the third-man boundary, five runs short of victory.

Dilshan reached his 15th ODI century*, his second against Bangladesh, in the 31st over. He was severe on anything overpitched, and there were several offerings from Rubel Hossain, Abul Hasan and Abdur Razzak, who were unable to stop the flow of boundaries.

The other century of the day came from Tamim's bat, but Bangladesh suffered a setback as he was ruled out of the series after injuring his right thumb during the chase. The century, his fourth in ODIs, was his first in international cricket in almost three years. It was also the first hundred in the format against Sri Lanka by a Bangladesh batsman in 31 matches between the teams.

Tamim's 112 off 136 balls, and an unbeaten 73 off 59 balls by Nasir Hossain, was undermined by the others' failure to make a significant contribution. Sri Lanka's bowlers showed patience to induce Anamul Haque, Mohammad Ashraful and captain Mushfiqur Rahim to play ordinary shots, and get out against the run of play. One dragged it on, the other fell to a lobbed drive, and Mushfiqur fell to an ugly hoick - the Bangladesh top and middle-order collapsed in the space of 31 deliveries.

Tamim held the innings together till the 44th over, being involved in key partnerships with Mahmudullah (for the fourth wicket) and Nasir (for the fifth). He played some of his favourite shots, especially the cuts and drives, as he found different angles and enough height to clear the fielders. Whenever the bowlers pitched it up or provided him width, he was at it quickly. Each of the twelve boundaries was well thought, while the six off Lasith Malinga was a calculated loft over long-on late in the innings. After he was run out, Nasir took over the baton to give the innings a final flourish. He smashed six fours and three sixes, as Bangladesh added 90 runs in the last 10 overs.

Sri Lanka picked up those 90 runs in the first 9.3 overs, without losing a wicket, facing two new balls and against bowlers who represent Bangladesh's "best available options" at the moment. The home side, too, has to fare better with the ball, but their challenge in this department is going to be much easier.

08:22am GMT, March 24: Article has been updated to reflect actual number of ODI centuries Tillakaratne Dilshan has scored

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 26, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

BD were not even in the picture and still the fans arguing with 'if's , 'but's! Some one commented that pitch improved during delay and that helped SL! What a logic! BD still not grown enough to beat top teams consistently. They can beat any top team only once in a year -thats all.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 25, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

@Adnan_Mamoon: Wrong! Actually Shakib is number 1 ranked all-rounder in not just tests but one-day as well check it out. Seems your Hafeez wasn't good enough against the mighty South Africans :)

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

And Bangladesh loses again. A whitewash would have been in order had the second ODI have happened. BD's a mediocre cricket team that show be demoted to Associate Level, give more capable nations like Ireland or even Afghanistan a chance.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

bd batted really well but the way startedthe things, i thought it could have been 290+.unfortunately they lost the game,bowled badly.anyway we all have to say as the time goes pitch was really a beauty to bat on at the same time ball was a bit wet due factor. i am really disheartened the way rubel bowling in odi even aganistwest indies at home.this guy can not deserve a position in national odi side.abul also did the same thing but he is still inexperienced.srl batted aggresivelyand they got the result.

Posted by AkDoN on (March 25, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

@BDforever i guess you lack in Maths also the revised target was much tougher than the original one.Accept the fact and dont give any foolish reasons to make other BD fans ashamed off

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

That was a great match no matter how people look at it Bees Electricity dew these things tend to happen one can't put any blame on them for a change I witnessed aa interesting and exciting match thanks Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka and to all the players (I do not like to mention individual players ) I still say not to underestimate your opponent if you do you will pay the price some commentators criticizes about drop catches that's bull no one like to drop them but it happens (like accidents) life goes on and so is the matches plus I have seen some of those commentators were players Ha Ha don't call the kettle black when you guys dropped catches which cost us the match one is an umpire now (no need to mention names) as u can see I was watching cricket for a long long long time . Murali's era is finish so don't try to bring it on and try to compare to now all the time let the team cope with it

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 24, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: Your story doesn't even make much sense :) half our first team players are missing anyway which is a fact btw :P

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 24, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

I apologize to SL fans for some of my fellow people's comment. The truth is we did not play well enough to win that match. Please,dont hurt us

Posted by TIGER_THE_KILLER on (March 24, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu: i am a Banladeshi and i fully agree to your thoughts some bd supporters shows lots of excuses. actually they r mad for Bd cricket. but as a Bangladeshi i dont excuse anymore bd played last match like minnows. The nature of Bd is when they play badly nothing worse than that but when they played well nobody could stop them as we saw them in 2005 against Australia and recent Asia cup.In Asia cup they could be the champion but they actually lost by experience.Bd has no experience to win final before.Again i say Bd could not be improve with this toothless pace bowling.They have to find pace bowlers.and if i talking about Srilanka, the first time i saw kushal perera and i impressed with his batting.dilshan,sangakkara is a class act.i think Srilanka is very balanced.It is a challange for Bangladesh where there is no sakib,tamim,mashrafee but Bangladesh have a ability to beat any team without stars.Good luck Srilanka and Bangladesh.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 24, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

The best Folk Story of South Asia goes to BD fans - "Once upon a time there was a Cricket match between SL and BD. BD heroic batsmen batted first in a nasty pitch deliberately made by villain SL curator and still scored 259 which is a match wining score. BD hero's were attacked by bees, which were released by SL villains (Release the Kraken). SL villains deliberately blackout the ground switching off the floodlights. In that dark SL villain curator changed the pitch and the outfield to facilitate villain SL batters. SL inning was delayed due to the deliberate blackout, giving them a small target (238 in 41 overs) and facilitating dew accumulation. Then BD great hero bowlers couldn't grab the balll and villain SL batters hit the ball all over the park. BD hero's lost. SL villains are so bad. They stole the victory from our little BD hero's"

Posted by Fogu on (March 24, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

I guess some SL fans will read what they want to read. Plenty of BD fans have commented positively about SL here and over the past weeks. I have even called Sanga one of the all time greats but I guess you want to comment the way you want to, so you will have selective reading abilities. Sure the lights shouldn't have gone out and BD is missing key players but yesterday was SL's day. The way they batted and we bowled, it wouldn't have mattered much. It was just SL's day. BD bowled poorly in the 1st 10 overs and gave away a few wickets with rash shots. Very simple. Need to do better next game. Our batting is more reliable now (obviously need to get better with shot selection still) and spin bowling is fine. Need better fast bowlers and improved fielding. Fast bowlers don't grow on trees, just ask IN fans. We need to focus on developing fast bowlers. Anyone not seeing the improvement in BD side has developed a blind spot. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka stole the win yesterday! The game was a travesty the way I see it. A game where Sri Lanka finged any mean to obviate Bangladesh from holding the aces high. One of this plan, or perhaps the only conniving plan was the "blackout" the power failure so to speak! The blackout lasted as long as it took for the dew to obnubilate. The curator might as well transmorgified the track or did something to the track in the mean-time. Because, had play transpired on the scheduled time, Things could've certainly wound up differently. Besides, the target was attenuated. Why would the target be attenuated? Why would Bangladesh, the guests suffer the hosts debacle. If something had to be attenuated "real bad," it should have only been the overs. This is very lugubrious and very dispiriting......" Hope the Tigers avenge the injustice by contriving a win tomorrow.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

How is ICC letting SL host international matches is beyond me! They can not maintain their grass in an international test ground, they have bee's in their fields attacking players, can not maintain floodlights for a day/night match! The lights were flickering when BD was batting, but that is not a legitimate point to discuss. I think anyone would common sense will see that lights going on an off in a day night match, where batsmen had to track a 3 inch cricket ball traveling excess of 80 MPH should be a major issues. But not to SL fans. Why would they complain, I did not see a single issue with the lights when SL was batting! How is Hambantota an international venue again? Can someone enlighten me?:-)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

@Adnan_Mamoon Right you are. Shakib is #1 Allrounder in tests and #2 in ODIs (from current ICC Rankings).

Posted by Tamimfan on (March 24, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

@Ohm Rat.. no.1 odi allrounder is Mohammad hafeez not sakib ul hasan.

Posted by mgsperera on (March 24, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

The Way BD playing is very intersting..As an Asian wud love to see they will be a very competitive team in the world cricket.but shud learn from the mistakes...for the God sake BD fans shud not be imitate what Indian Fans doing.jst support your own team rather than get hamerd from the others...

Posted by mgsperera on (March 24, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

It was a great win & good start for Angi too ..but my worry is Angi is too much defensive , He has to adjust very soon to Aggressive mode otherwise we cnnt win WC...Kushal will be great asset for sure ...Some ppl talk abt Dimuth to open the ODIs , first let him establish in Test .He cannt play long inning & Century with these BD attack...Seems He is going to be a another Para or Tharanga kind of batsmen...Go SL & win all 3 matches as we need to climb up in the rankings too...

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 24, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Congrats to SL for the win,it was easily done than I thought.BD should not lose hope,they performed well,especially with the batting.They need to improve the rest.Dilly and Kushy were really entertaining.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Lakpj Mate, you have to admit that there is some reason for which the highest successful chase was never more than only 211 while the average first innings score was 266.

Posted by SSJG on (March 24, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Not sure what Jeewan Mendis role is? is he in as a batsman only?

Posted by KingOwl on (March 24, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

I think Bangladesh has improved a fair bit. I think they are now a force in home conditions. But away from home, it looks like it will take another few years. But clearly, SL were supreme in this win and based on how easy it was, I can't believe that this result would not be a bit demoralizing to B'desh. It was not as if B'desh played poorly. They played well. Yet, they were demolished. That can't be good for morale. Anyway, I still think the series will be competitive. SL could take things easy too - complacence is quite possible. Great to see Kushal bat. He looks good. Is Thisara Perera developing a thick waistline or am I imagining things? He better take care of his body, and watch his diet if he wants to remain fit.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 24, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Clobbered were Bangladesh after putting up a decent score. Not sure which rock some of you crawled out of but that was a decent game of cricket and the better side won. Some of you need to first wake up and then grow up before you comment here. I thought the most heartening thing was the two youngsters playing attacking shots, Kusal and Nasir were brilliant. Wonder if Bangladesh want to consider moving Nasir up the order, he is constantly battling with the tail. Obviously Tamin and Dilshan hundreds stole the show and Dilshan was a runaway train and Bangladesh had their lights knocked out in the first 10 overs. By the time Sanga came in the damage was done and I wander why SL didnt consider sending in Thiri or Chandi to get some game time instead of a guy who has made a mountain of runs and doesnt need game time. I also dont understand why SLC dont play more cricket on this wicket.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

It was a simply one sided game. Bangladesh could show nothing while Sri Lanka was batting. BD team as whole has nothing to defend; Only thing they could do is to score some more run while they were batting but it did not happen as only two of them scored runs and the rest did what most of the time they do.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 24, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

I question mushfiq's approach in the match. You cant be too defensive if you want to defend something. Great that everyone contributing in the batting department.bowling is a concern. Anyway, Best of luck to BD for next game

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

another victory for over rated srilankan team agiant 2nd tire team also in home docotred pitch, light and night moisture...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

BD odi specialist Shakib and Mash are this are making main difference . if those two players are played their is no way dilshan can bat like that . Anyway its cricket . now TAMIM got injured so no hope for bd in this series.

Posted by first_slip on (March 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

request to all my Sri lanken Brothers, please dont waste your time arguing with brainless people, we have nothing to prove here and our prmier league club team will beat this bangladesh team each day of the week.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

at ohm rat , What we achieved since murali`s retirement ? We won a Test vs South Africa in South Africa..Beat ENgland.Since his retirement we won 60% of our ODI matches in Australia against them.reached T20 WC final,Murali didn`t play a big part in reaching ODI WC final as well.Beat Pakistan in Test series and ODI series..Reached finals of CB series in Australia.and the list goes on !! Now that is more than Bangla achieved in their whole cricket history !!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Unbelievable comments from most BD fans. You guys are minnows. You will continue to be minnows with that attitude. Learn to compliment opponents instead of bashing them just because you got thrashed. You people remind me of Indian fans.

Posted by ibbani on (March 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

@masud rana - you are saying to those 8 players as if all are match winners lol. Guysm somebody tell the fBD fans, your team is just playing natural game ( They dont know what win maens< as their winloss % is something like 3-40, and thos 3 wins are against BCanda,Kenya or Ireland, bcos even Zim and WI are too hot for you to handle, see your plate than saying anything to SRL cricket. This is the reason that Vriendra Sehwag told very much directly to the worl, they are ORDINARY SIDE, what a lovely and a heartening comment, imagine, he told it on the face of the world. lol, god save BD cricket, they might not grow under the chatter box Mushifq, better he join politics, he talks more than playing

Posted by Sidath346 on (March 24, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I believe B'desh should not give up cricket. Its crazy to say that. True enough B'desh has taken a lot of time to improve but they are really showing now that they are indeed a good unit. Their batting was hopeless those days but now, every batsman is stepping up and playing their part. It's their bowling that needs improvement. Having said, SL's bowling and fielding has to improve as well. Loved to see the way Dilly and Kusal batted. Reminds me of Kalu and Sanath. We need to support and encourage B'desh to keep on rising up the ladder.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 24, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Please ,SL fans dont blame all the bd fans only for a very few guys' comment. We admit,we lost comprehensively but some of your people telling us to give up playing cricket ! How stupid......

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

SL openers played outstanding. congratulations. no excuse. SL is better than BD no doubt. However Tamim and Nasir played really well but bowlers needs real improvement to play at this level

Posted by borhans on (March 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

the pitch was 250 on the day but became a 350 pitch on the night ..it was those pitches where batting second win the match ..so BD bowler can do little in that batting heaven pitch in the night

Posted by borhans on (March 24, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Dilshan is like gayle when these type of player get settle nothing can stop them ..bad luck for BD they didn't pick dilshan early if they could have done that then the result could be different but it was really a pleasure to watch dilshan's blade moving like samurai ..nice innings to watch

Posted by Lakpj on (March 24, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 your excuses are so pathetic and kind of hilarious mate. any team would like to make 260 off 50 rather than trying out 238 off 41. if you consider scoring 17 runs off an over as something huge, it just shows how primitively you think about your team. scoring big in the last overs isn't a big deal anymore with only 4 fielders out side the circle. as a result a score of 260 isn't daunting as it was sometime back. it is a fact that many people forget and i think it is more advantages from the chasing team's point of view than from the team batting first. Bangladesh have improved with their batsmen, but due to some stupid comments by their followers they may not get the due respect from other cricket fans even if they play good cricket.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 24, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Here we go. Latest excuse. "Dew factor". Is it new to the sub-continent? No way. As sub-continent teams both SL and BD should to know how to deal with it. No excuses.

Posted by RANILSAM on (March 24, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

I see some comments from BD fans that their team is missing like 8 players. Are yo saying that if these players were available all 8 of them will be in the team?Then who are you going to drop from this current team? Because last time I check only 11 players are allowed in a team. These excuses are so pathetic.

Posted by lukecannon on (March 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

@Sinhaya- Nuwan Pradeep? He's no where near international standard.

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kushal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kithruwan Vithanage , Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Tharindu Kaushal, Akila Dananjaya and Shaminda Eranga Reserves:Roshan Jayatissa, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Perera I want Upul Tharanga in the team but really can't find a spot for him because Dimuth is too good of a solid opener.

Posted by lukecannon on (March 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

r0ketman - So i guess that's why the previous highest chase at Hambanthota was 211. Give me a break. You guys were outplayed fair and square. The floodlight failure helped out BAN cause. My hands were on my head when i saw the revised target and the rate required. Dilly and brand-new-Sanath (Kushal) provided a great start and Sangakkara capitalized on it not letting the rate favour BD and finished off without hiccups. BD fans really have to accept defeat. You people are beginning to sound more like Indian fans. Even most Indian players are like that. I v listened many times Dhoni saying he lost because of dew and rain stoppage and all that but i'v never seen him compliment the opposition for their performance. Same story with BD fans.Get a grip folks.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 24, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Baseball-Sucks..same lions who lost badly in asia cups, who are humilaited agianxst india in srilanka 1-7 lose..who are humilated by newzealand in srilanka and 0-3 white wash in australia.. and funny is that this lions still not won single test in india or in australia... kusal perera will be anohter over rated cricketer who isll score 90% or runs in srilanka agianst week team and agian will score telephone number outside srilanka..(

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

what did Shewag say about Bangladesh? For your information, this is BD's highest score against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.Now we have batsman like Nasir who can take 17 runs in Kulasekara's over in an ODI match.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

This was the problem I feared.If SL won due to the improvement of pitch for power delay, they will never accept that rather criticize Bangladesh more.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

SL Fans did you just notice how the wicket was behaving when BD was batting and how it was behaving when SL started batting after a long night dew effect? Nothing to be so critical.It is your home ground.The highest successful chase in this ground was 211 before that match.It definitely had reasons which did not take place in this match.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 24, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

I am not sure why Mohammad Isam think it is Bangladesh who was solely benefited from power failure.First of all, Sri Lankan players got a long rest after fielding team played for 50 overs.Usually, on batting second, the openers do not usually remain fresh but Sri Lankan openers were fresh due to that long gap.That extra 2 hour gap helped dew to fall in plenty and made the batting easy.Also spinner faced more problems to grip the bowl.One thing in darkwarth lois, it cannot reduce wickets.Sri Lanaka had 10 wickets intact but for 41 overs to survive instead of 50 overs.So, the price of wickets went down and that allowed openers to play more shots.And also the pitch was changed significantly.SRI LANKAN FANS, we wanted a 50 over match because many equations get changed in a curtailed match.It was not rain that stopped play.In case of rain, pacers get extra movement which Bangladesh pacers did not get.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

Seriously calm down SL fans, its just a cricket match, u know for sure that the nature of the pitch changed significantly, the bowl came to the bat more easily and there was hardly any lateral movement. Anyhow, we all know for fact that BD doesn't have good any pace attack but the silly power interruption and then the dual nature of the pitch did not help either.

Posted by Legaleagle on (March 24, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

Useless excuses again from a mediocre team. Bangladesh needs to grow up and take defeats on their chin. Unless they start accepting defeats, they will not improve. Every series against Bangladesh will remain an unknown affair with no viewership.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Okay most of the comments are pretty negative! Hey its not easy to beat Sri Lankan, Even India, Australia, England they get tought time to beat Sri Lankan. Sri Lankan cricket is World class, this does not mean BD did not improve. Yes BD improved, see senior players of Sri Lanka, many years of experience, hats off. This is also true BD requires more consistency in wrapping up things. BD fans loves cricket, sometimes loosing against Tough team is not shameful at all. BD team has it all but needs more aggressive approach against Sri Lankans. Show it, do or die in next match.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

Congratz to SL.... no question we hv been outperformed in the match. Positives to take WRT to BD: better batting performance. But how long we hv to keep finding positives amidst huge defeat??? Hope to see a truly fighting match tomorrow with BD keeping up d gud work they did n correcting d mistakes they committed.

Posted by yasid on (March 24, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

sl should not invite Bangladesh.sri lanka is giving more matches for them than other country s. even they r not thankful for them. Well sad that there was a power failure. This is the first ever time that a power problem occurred in Sri Lanka. even with shakib 31-3 ..lol

Posted by real26_03 on (March 24, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

BD fans please dnt post lame excuses!! I am also a Bangladeshi and I say that Srilanka outplayed Bangladesh.. Just admit it..

And i dnt know how long do we have to tolerate Rubel Hossain's pathetic bowling!!

Posted by t2_t24 on (March 24, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

I dont know why Abul is playing? and another one Shahdat hossain...Coming to join ..Shahdat is most nonsense bowler i have ever seen..He doesn't have any sense so does Abul hasan.. Even Abul Can't survive in international with this line and lenth.. Taskin/ Rabiul should be given chance..Come on Akram Khan

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 24, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

After 13 years in the big league BD team still cannot shckle their minnow tag. When they beat some big boys in their home turf BD fans think that that they can beat anybody anywhere. 13 years is enough grow up to be a college boy if in the school. But BD fans still behave like primary level kids, complaining about everything.

Posted by Balumekka on (March 24, 2013, 3:01 GMT)

Bangladesh fans have an inheritant problem of overestimating thier team. After getting thrashed (which BD get regularly) they get grief reactions for short periods. This may include long list of excuses starting from young side, low match exposure, injuries, long grasses, floodlights ect, and these reactions could go crazy (rarely) at times even stoning the visiting team bus. However, they have one good thing, they do not complain about flat wickets!. LOL

Posted by Lankanforever on (March 24, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

I believe that we shud stop this arrogance and focus on cricket. whatever the excuses may be Bangladeshis lost. in my opinion its their policy about the players which is not letting them improve. I have seen them play a long time yet they have a lot of newcomers. can't really think of a reason. they are not persistant enough. even now some are saying drop Ash. really? that is the problem. give them enough time. what happened to players like Aftab Ahmed. Shahaddath Hossain. there would be lot more like that. Ithink it's time they be persistant and put up a good team and let them play for few years despite the results. you will then see the results.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

The absence of Sakib and Mashrafee was felt badly.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

@ BD fans:- No matter Bangladesh lost this match I do respect your team a lot and Hats of for the Ever improving Bangladesh. We love to see our brother countries grow in cricket and shine... Specially your batting line up show good skills. With some more patience.. Team could do wonders in the world.. Even Sri Lanka started from ground level at the start. So your team could do it guys.. And my best wishes to BD in this series and also for their future series.. And also My congrats to our winning team. Remember, many Sri Lankans backup BD when they r playing against other nations. That much we love ur cricket. And love to c you at the top level in the sport. Also I hope SL new captain will grasp the stuff soon to perform against tough nations

Posted by SittingTiger on (March 24, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

It's useless to make excuses as a Bangladesh fan. We simply were outplayed by Sri Lanka in all aspects. That being said, we are much better than this. The potential is there. We must perform more consistently in order to gain respect.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 24, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Flood lights loss really cost the game for our tigers. During the Flood light break our tigers had too much meals and went to sleep on the field. Thats why our tigers couldnt control the Sri lankan batsmen

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 24, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu. Yup u summarized everything that was said by the BD fans. Its quite funny some BD fans are considering every single player who played for BD as their key players. That means we are missing kapugedera, chamara silva, lakmal should be a huge loss for us..lolz. I cant beleive they made a story like we cut the outfield grass to beat their mediocre team.

Posted by Tipu606 on (March 24, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Yeah, Tony Grieg would have loved to call the BD bowling totally "robbish" in his charactaristic accent LOL

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (March 24, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

SL are a strong ODI team but no excuses today we bowled poorly, once again Abul Hasan bowling bad but i dont know what has happened to Ashraful... also we had nazmul,shakib,mashrafee,nafees missing. Nazmul,Shakib,Mashrafee would probably have not let SL score so quickly but im Impressed with Ziaur Rahmans bowling. Now that we have tamim missing Sri Lanka is basically playing 'Bangladesh A'.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 24, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

Its actually BD who benefitted from the floodlight failure. After the match was called off at the 42nd over of the BD innings BD came in and scored 73 runs runs in 8 overs when we were set to restrict them for 230. We got a difficult target of 238 in 41 overs. Remember chasing 260 in 50 easier than chasing 238 in 41 overs.

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 23, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

Bangladesh played below par especially with the ball simple as that deserved to lose so please no excuses my fellow Bangladesh fans. Yes a lot of our key players are missing but that doesn't meant we can't win. The only positive thing I spotted for Bangladesh today is Nasir Hossain who I feel will become a top class batsman one day but that's as long as he can work on his defence a bit more which he lacks currently.

Posted by nilb on (March 23, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

@Anwar Chowdhury Never heard of any them to be honest except for maybe Sakib ul Hassan. Are they any good? So Sri Lankan team is full-strength? The truth is SL is testing many young players in this tour because it's safe with weak team like BD.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 23, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

To those Bangladesh fans moaning about the power cut. We won the game in 35 overs do you really think we wouldn't have scored the extra forty runs in the remaining 15 overs..be realistic and not making yourselves look illy and admit we outplayed you...great innings from Tamim but we were too good. You seem to forget WE are better at odi's than test too...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

Some pacer in BPL performed well but was not called for the tour. Shamsur Rahman was the highest scorer in BPL but not included. Marshal Ayub was called, sent to SL and sent back to BD without plousible reason. Ash was not in initial squad of 25, but he was called in. Mr. Bashar is there like he was in the last tour of ZIM & WI after which Shakib & Tamim were beheaded. Is it going to happen again for Mushi? When ash gets run even after so many innings, our media roared with adjectives, but when he fails very poorly, the same media observe "hartal" on that issue. Our selectors (specially bashar) manipulate things to accommodate ash in the team as if BCB is rehabilitation centre for that chap. Ash should be dropped permanently and sent back to BD without delay. No Shahadat please. Send Taskin or Sajjadul instead. Mominul should be included to play at no2 as he did in Tests. Nasir should get chance ahead of Mahmudullah. Mushi would do wonder as soon as bad omen is removed. GL BD players.

Posted by arif29 on (March 23, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

I don't see any point in playing this series any more. We should just go home. After the injury of Tamim, the remaining squad is just too weak to beat the Sri Lankan side.

Posted by FOTO on (March 23, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

BD did terrible in the bowling departement. Sri Lanka, thank you for giving a wonderful match to watch. Nice seeing Tamim getting a century and congrats to Dilshan. I think that BD can only get through the pace bowling with Mashrafee and Nazmul Hossain in ODI to win. Otherwise they are doomed. No Shakib is really making the team even more miserable. But BD is rated 9 and SL is rated 5 and BD is playing SL in SL so this is super hard then. Which is not bad of an effort of BD but with this team they cannot win. I think they need a pace bowling wicket taker like Mashrafee and Nazmul they usually trouble the likes of Dilshan, Sangakarra, Jayawardene. But since we have them we have no pace bowling. WE don't have an experience pace bowler who can give advice on the field. Mash is out and Nazmul is out this might be a great miss and maybe a whitewash. Lets just hope we can atleast win one game in Sri lanka. Good luck Tigres.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 23, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Can't believe that floodlight disaster. All this should've been sorted out way before the match. We had so much momentum after our innings where we didn't even look like getting 200 at one stage and then the floodlights disappear leaving us no chance. But our fast bowlers Rubel and Abul were terrible and need to be dropped and bring in Taskin and Robiul.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

@SL_rockz It seems you have forgotten Asia Cup boy.This BD team is not with the full strength. Specially Shakib al Hasan, Mashrafee Mortaza, Shafiul Islam, Sharear Nafees And Tamim Iqbal (from 2nd odi) ; They all are ruled out by injuries. 5 players including the no 1 all rounder in odi. Do i need to say anything more? I think I should. Tell me some good performance SL did after Muraitharan had retired. I am afraid to say it is not a big list. Well I am coming to the point, This BD team with full strength can challenge any team on any day including no1 odi team India.You ask MSD. He knows what BD tigers can do on their day.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 23, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

We could've won that match had it not been for the floodlight because Bangladesh were full of momentum towards the last 10 overs of batting and were happier of the 2 teams obviously and then were eager to get on the field as quickly as possible but suddenly the lights were at fault which left us stranded considering the later the second innings starts, the easier it will be for batting especially when there was dew and the amount of times our bowlers had to wipe the ball. Consider yourself lucky but we will still win the next 2 games anyway.

Posted by r0ketman on (March 23, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

@SL_Rocks: Never heard lame excuses from "great" cricketing nation? What about calling the pitch a flat road for the draw on the first test match? I have never heard of a lamer excuse. Everyone knows dew will be a facotr for team bowling second on a day-night match in the subcontinent in March. That is a known fact. However, if you know anything about dew, the amount of dew keeps getting thicker as the night gets older. So for a team bowling second, dew hampers bowling (specially spin bowling) towards the latter part of their 50 overs. When you push a match by 2 hours in the night, the dew is heavy when the bowling begins, giving bowlers no chance. Look at this page for Abdur razzak: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/56283.html?class=2;home_or_away=2;opposition=8;template=results;type=bowling;view=innings. His econ rate tonight was 5.44, Two out of 3 matches in SL where his econ rate was over 5 rpo was played on a second innigns of a D/N match. Coincidence?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

But one thing i can say flood light trouble hearts very much. When they are in top , not once twice the concentration just shifted away from BD to Srilanka. People has to realize the fact. In this pitch the highest chase was 210. and when BD came after 1 and half hour they just lost the plot or concentration. Their pacer give away too many runs and lost the match in first 10 overs.

Posted by The_Ashes on (March 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Bangladesh deserved to lose simple as that. I did a research on the pitches at Hambantota and it seems our players didn't even do their homework properly because this pitch in past matches here has generally been suited for medium pacers whereas as fast bowlers that can bowl over 135kph get hit all over the park. Just look at Zia Rahman figures who is a medium pacer and Sri Lanka medium pacers Perera and Matthews. Apart from Tamim and Nasir, the rest of our batting was pathetic and bowling was embarrassing couldn't even maintain discipline which was needed. I still stick with Rubel in the next match but bring in Taskin for Abul and still keep Zia because his bowling is vital on this pitch.

Posted by Fogu on (March 23, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

Looks like SL found their new destroyer for the future. BD batted well in spurts but needed a couple of other batsmen to atleast score 20+ runs. However, the way SL batted and our fast bowler bowled, I don't think it would have mattered. And to those who says power failure affected BD, please stop such nonsense. SL is a much better team than BD and they showed us why. We need to bowl better line and length and not give away our wickets with rash shots. It is as simple as that. Come on Tigers, I know you can do better.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

first they cried over their loss against Pakistan in Asia cup ,Now they are crying over the fact that power failure actually made them loose this match ,Srilanka would have even scored 350 with this rate....dear Bengalis look at your record aganist these two great cricketing nations ,you have just won thrice aganist Srilanka and against Pakistan you have just won once ,who is your greatest cricketing legend btw let me guess it Mohd Rafique? ,Ashrafull? Athar Ali Khan HAHAHAHAHHAHA?? while Srilanka have produced one of the finest cricketers in this world ......And please icc take away their test status please they are horrible esp when it comes to test cricket ....

Posted by r0ketman on (March 23, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

@appkhi: How is the power failure at the Superbowl relevant in this situation? The superbowl was played in Superdome, it is a domed "air-conditioned" stadium. The delay during the superbowl did not cause a change in weather condition to help one team or another. The 2 hour delay in Hambantota resulted in the match starting at a time when the dew was much heavier than it would have been if the match started on the right time. The dew affects how the bowlers grip the ball, and can control it. Day and night matches should be banned in the subcontinent, and they should definitely be abandoned if the start time for the second innings is delayed by 2 HOURS!!! Look up day night matches played in the subcontinent record, and see what the ratio of win loss is for the team batting second. Show me one other example where the start of the second innings was delayed by two hours on a subcontinental pitch! The superbowl example does not work in this instant.

Posted by fr600 on (March 23, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

The result has nothing to do with power. Sri Lanka batted well when needed, so they won. As for Bangladesh, we need real fast bowlers. Batsmen are doing well, spinners do well, fielding is good as well, but fast bowling is the only department that is holding the team back.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 21:30 GMT)

what about Shakib Hassan is he being rested 4 IPL. Well good thing to see him in 1st IPL game. who cares about playing 4 BD.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (March 23, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

This entire series i have not seen any bangladeshi comment about sangakkara being a class batsman. they only say sri lanka would be nothing without sangakkara. and they haven't said anything about herath being a good bowler as well. and today no mention from them about the Sri Lankan batting display which was simply brilliant instead going on about the floodlights. Sri Lanka run rate 6.67 and only lost two wickets > BD run rate 5.18.

Posted by Legaleagle on (March 23, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

To all Bangladesh fans:

1. Grow up and stop looking for excuses everywhere except your own team. 2. Bangladesh is not the world cup champion, so there is no conspiracy to dethrone them. (Power failure conspiracy) 3. Cannot make same excuses over and over and over again- young team, injuries, more matches, more exposure.

Accept the fact that Bangladesh is a mediocre team and it needs to put in a lot of effort in building local infrastructure before the team can start performing at the international level in all formats.

Bangladesh doesn't get any more matches than that get right now because they CANNOT and DO NOT perform well. No cricket would like to waste their time in hosting Bangladesh because no one watches those matches.

Well played Sri Lanka! Please say thanks to Sri Lanka for hosting a mediocre Bangladesh team for a full series.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Power failure was a disadvantage to Bangladesh? In fact it was a disadvantage to SL (9 overs reduced but only 21 runs subtracted from target). Either way, we all know SL would have chased even 256 in 41 overs if they wanted to.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Poor performance by BD once again. Honestly, BD don't deserve to play as a regular nation given their weakness against stronger teams. They have talent but for how long will they and their fans continue to provide excuses for frequent drubbings ? Having one or two 2-bit players doesn't make you a world beating team dear Bangladesh. Why don't you go and have some competitive fun with the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Afghanistan ? Cause that's where you belong sadly.

Posted by Extraz on (March 23, 2013, 20:38 GMT)

A well deserved win by the Lankans sanga and dilshan showed their class again...i don't know why some BD fans are whining over the power failure as if it doesn't happen so they would won the match...@SINHAYA...totally agreed with you mate, this type of mishap can happen to anybody and the sri lankan board have also apologised for it so there is no point of whining over it.Best wishes to you guys from PAKISTAN.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

I am not showing any excuses of today's defeat but stop insulting and See injury list. Main 8 players who was selected for the main squad in this series are not playing. They are 1)Shakib 2)Tamim 3)Mashrafee 4)Shahriar Nafees 5)Naeem Islam 6)Shafiul Islam 7)Nazmul Hossain 8)Enamul haque jnr. Though Tamim has played today and played last test match but won't be available for next matches. Bangladesh playing with their less than half strength against full strength team. You have to keep that in your mind.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (March 23, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

All these excuses from Bangladesh fans are so amusing. They are so creative. Its juvenile no other cricketing nation would do this. What they should do instead is look at the scorecard and think of ways that they can improve as a team. I mean comon this is cricket and its an outdoor game and conditions always change and players get injured. Thats just a part of cricket.

Posted by AK47_pk on (March 23, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

There will only one more top class team from asia which will be afghanistan. Look at their bowling. Top class fast bowlers nd their batsmen are not afraid of any bowler. Has any1 watched new kid dawalzai bowling? Wat a bowler. Hasan, shapoor, zardan, dawaltzai are top class fast bowlers nd now they will get only better with the help of pakistan. We had hopes from bangladesh but they disappointed cricketing world. Maybe they need to sit down nd get serious about cricket cuz cricketing world is having enough of these 3rd class performences nd soon other countries will start refusing to host them. Wake up nd bring in talented players in rather then tried nd tested shakibs nd tamims nd mushfiqers. These all failed to do anything for their country.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

I think that those who worried about the future of SL cricket got their answers LOUD n CLEAR today. We, Sri Lankans are blessed by the Cricket-God to have young players like Kushal Perera. The tight bottom hand grip, excellent wrist work , strong bottom hand, risky square cuts thru cover n cover point, ruthlessness , hunger to go after bowlers , relentless aggression.. NEW SANATH JAYASURIYA HAS BEEN BORN fellas !!!! He is gonna rock the world of Cricket just like Sana did a few years back. The funny thing is that not only his stance, shots n batting style but the man himself is also pretty similar to Sana while he is wearing the headgear. :)) WOW I'm so proud to call myself a SRI LANKAN. - LIONS LEAD THE WAY-

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Only one person requested power failure to be investigated. So many Srilankan fans are reacting and commenting in defense. If nothing questionable is done why so many Srilankans are reacting in such a manner?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

To SL fans congratulations to you all & with all due respect to your team, some way or other we all know what your team is capable enough to do. So no need to make harsh on little BD boys cause these boys are not organize enough to be compared with a world champ team like yours yet. Yes SL got world class talents like Dilshan & Sanga to out played BD boys with both sectors [test & ODI] of the game atm but just compare the rest of the team's performance with the BD boys & you would not find much of a big differences in between them. So mathematical future also says only one country left out to bring the WC trophy in their home still in the sub continent & no one would be too surprised if this up growing & current Asian runner up team can accomplish that near future with all your positive feed back with such kind of more mutual tours among our two friendly nations.

Posted by mush_shak_mash on (March 23, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

no excuse ...not taking away the credit of srilanka i want to say that with this poor captency and bowling even kenya or canda will win the world cup as well.what a poor show musfik is showing in a continous basis.a captain can not effort to stand with a pale face under pressure rather than thinking of the best solution!bring about mosaraf,momin,jahrul replacing ash,abul and rubel.and pls use ur resourses wisly musfik!

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (March 23, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

As long as the like of Rubel and Abul in the team, BD won't won a single ODI against a better team!! The BD selector should take the major responsibility of today's failure. And captain should also take some responsibility to fail us again with poor batting and irresponsible bowling change. Saying that all credits goes to SL Batsman.. cause they played simply mind blowing !!!

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

No ther country's fans are as passionate as we are about cricket. So it's expected that some of my fellow people will express their emtion through comments. My bd bros,come and let us look into what went wrong for Bangladesh over the years. Why cant we produce some genuine pacers ?.Lets ask BCB for something that needs to be done for Bangladesh. We just cant let it go like this.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

what did Shewag say about Bangladesh... Hope every BD fans remember those golden words.. FRom ordinary team BD team is going to worse... Hope this constructive criticism is taken positively.. Also remember Sidhus advice and comparison between BD and Eagles

Posted by hasib9 on (March 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

It's not about the 22 runs that was reduced, it's about the timing of the start. Had the match started an hour ago, with no dew on the field, I wonder if Dilshan would have started in this manner. Or rather, if he could have started with the ball stopping.

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 23, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

Future Sri Lankan XI sans Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kushal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Perera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Tharindu Kaushal, Kasun Madushanka and Nuwan Pradeep.

Reserves: Kithruwan Vithanage, Roshan Jayatissa, Upul Tharanga, Akila Dhananjaya

I welcome any comments if I have missed names.

Posted by Sadequl on (March 23, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

To SL fans congratulations to you all & with all due respect to your team, some way or other we all know what your team is capable enough to do. So no need to make harsh on little BD boys cause these boys are not organize enough to be compared with a world champ team like yours yet. Yes SL got world class talents like Dilshan & Sanga to out played BD boys with both sectors [test & ODI] of the game atm but just compare the rest of the team's performance with the BD boys & you would not find much of a big differences in between them. So mathematical future also says only one country left out to bring the WC trophy in their home still in the sub continent & no one would be too surprised if this up growing & current Asian runner up team can accomplish that near future with all your positive feed back with such kind of more mutual tours among our two friendly nations.

Posted by kc69 on (March 23, 2013, 19:34 GMT)

Bangladesh clearly is feeling the psychological disadvantage of Shakib-Al-Hasan not present in team.However worries are still present for SL who are way too much dependent of Sanga and Dilshan.It would have been nice to see SL promoting Chandimal,Mathews or Jeevan at #3 and getting a win with their major contribution.Else you are easy prey's to teams like Eng,SA and Aus who can assume that getting Sanga,Dilshan(or Probably Mahela) wickets is game over for SL batting lineup.

Posted by ibbani on (March 23, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

@dhutugemmu - I strongly support your comments, just dont leave these BD fans to rise at all. These BD fans are nasty, they think, that, once in a year, if they defeat strong teams like Aus (2005) Ind (2007WC and 2012Asia Cup) Pak in 1999 WC, they have thought that BD is the world # 1 team. It was a fluke that you won those, you just cant win matches in any soil, accept that, Remember 375 in 2011 WC, how Viru and Virat thrashed your wonderful bowling, remeber the same 2011 WC match against the Minnows WestIndies, the same number #1 BD team were bowled out for 58, this was not on any Aus/Eng/NZ soil, it was in BD itself. so dont dare to talk about cricket at all you nasty fans.

Posted by indirockz on (March 23, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Soooooo BD fans......let's hear your excuses....Power failure, absence of Shakib or just a below average club level cricket team....hahahaha.... go and play afghanistan and try to win and gain some dignity for your team

Posted by smukhles on (March 23, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Srilanka was a better team today, played like a champion and hammered Bangladesh in every way. But one thing for sure, today the TOOTHLESS bowling attack of Bangladesh contributed to this SHOW OF FIRE CRACKERS, power failure was not the main issue, also Ashraful has gone back again to his own format and who knows for how long this time! As a ODI team the difference between Bangladesh and Srilanka now is not like the north and south pole that Srilanka wins or will win every game against Bangladesh like today by vast margin. It was just one of those days in cricket and it was indeed Srilanka's day. Nothing we can take away from them. Well played Lankan team! People who are looking down on BD team, I'll remind them of last years ASIA CUP, we have. we can and we will beat Srilanka again. Cricket continues so no worry. Everybody have their days otherwise it would not have been a eight wicket victory in this way for Srilanka today. They are better team than BD but we have reduced THE GAP.

Posted by mark2011 on (March 23, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

good flawless & chanceless inning from Dilshan....and Kushal seems very impressive and he just need to bat on little more... no doubt he is resemble to Great Sanath Jayasuriya in all his shots... cuts,drives,pulls,sweeps..... great future ahead...!!

Posted by NeverGvUp on (March 23, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

This power failure took the game away from Bangladesh??Seriously??come on BD fans your better than this...just admit that you guys outclassed and accept the defeat...dont be so lame

Posted by faizan_feroz on (March 23, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

its hilarious to see the excuses of bds this tym :D jokes apaert all of us want bd to succeed in cricket so as to increase the number of cometitive cricket teams in the world but when facing srilanka they shudnt compare their last wins against wi to this series because of two reasons 1) this is not bangladesh there is no home crowd no supporting pitch 2) they r facing srilanka , excellent players of spin , excellent batsmen any where in the world :) it myt be an expected 3-0 but lets hope the series is competitive :)

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 23, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

I hve a doubt in whether this team will ready for the proper ODI status as well..because they 've given 13 years to improve but today also they looked so poor....how many years will they get to improve..every time BD says they have young talent and every time they say that they loose..loose badly.....just won 3 matches out of 31 ODI 's against SL and with other nations it is also really not good..Change your attitude mates..blame your team criticize them positively...yeah they will loose few years but one day they will be like lions or cangaroos...One day they will lift WC to their soil...............But this type of fan attitude will never do that....thanks.

Posted by Crikoot on (March 23, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

1. Overall, SL players are more a) matured b) skillful and c) physically strong an fit than BD -- Tamim loses his stamina as soon as he crosses. Today he was lucky besides some classy shots. 2. Bangladesh needs to do well in body language,especially Mahmudullah and Zia radiated so much negative aura after they got out. It impacts other players. Nasir has the right body language. 3. BD do not have any excuses -- except to acknowledge that SL played a better cricket.

Posted by nilb on (March 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

@Nurul Alam Anik Ah no that would be because no one cares about a one match with Bangladesh and no one thinks beating Bangladesh with 8 wickets as an achievement.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

I think mushfiq's approach in defending the total was wrong. You have to be attacking if you want to defend something. Sanga and Dillu were comfortably batting as pacers just fed them with some juicy deliveries. Starting with spinners would have been a good option for BD to go with.but,nevertheless Batting was up to the standard in the sense that BD were able to post a competitive total from a stage when they were reduced to 211 for 7.To all Other fans,plz dont make it messy. Be tolerable to other

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 23, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Well..Well..Well. Dear BD fans, You certainly asked for it. And we delivered. LOL. I hope y'all are very satisfied. What A thrashing it was. :)))) BD players knew that the game was over for them from the get go as our "NEW SANA BOY" Kushal cut the very first delivery of the innings thru cover point for a boundary. Then the carnage began. LOL. It was a treat to watch how Kushal n Dilly took BD bowlers for a ride. :)) For those who complain about power failure, It actually helped BD a lot. It took 9 overs away from us just for 21 runs.So we received the wrong end of the rope. But we finished the game off with 6+ overs to spare n 8 wickets in hand. So here I have 4 words to describe the way BD played. "Mediocrity At Its Best " LOL. C ya at the game !!! Peace out.

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Look at the rate SL have maintained ....they cud easily go near 350 ...you could argue about the power supply if power supply was working well some other pace bowlers did bowl ah then we can argue....what nonsense is this lights worked or not is the problem your bowlers and bowling lenghs are really waiver that is why you were blasted....With due factor did teams have never defended 238 or less score???? ..... hmany times many great cricketing nations have defended even fewer totals in much more excessive due as well.... You are not a proper cricketing nation nor you have that proper attitude of this gentlement' game....gentlemen accept defeat with same spirit as win...they naver put lame excuses after that defeat and say hell yeah we cud have won that if that and this went through....I never saw in any comments by any nation making such lame excuses to protect own team...proper thing is to accept and move frward with positives..That is the real way of winning next game.

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 23, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Well sad that there was a power failure. But please stop singling out Sri Lanka. A light tower issue caused a delay in the Sri Lanka India game in Hobart where Kohli clobbered us. Similar issue happened in an NZ SA ODI 2 months ago. This is the first ever time that a power problem occurred in Sri Lanka.

As for Kushal Perera (KP) he batted well but I still dont want to talk much about him until he impresses in the IPL and also in the Champions Trophy and beyond. He should use the remaining 2 ODIs to get more touch and play against quality bowling in the IPL and in the plenty of ODI matches coming up after that. No doubt he is a great find for us. I also hope Angelo Perera gets a chance in the 3rd ODI should we win the 2nd ODI. Please drop Kulaserakara as his bowling was pathetic.

Great that Tamim Iqbal scored a ton, but sad he is out of the series. Hopefully Bangladesh bowlers will bowl better in the remaining games.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 23, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

Come on BD friends. Analyze the reasons for the loss. Okay. Flood light was one issue, No Shakib and Mortaza was one issue, Unlucky was another issue. What about umpiring decisions and pitch or outfield? was it good this time? What about Bee attack? If Ashraful wasn't out for zero he would have score a 100. isn't it? Tell us about SL old players and SL future. You are gonna win next two matches and win the series 2-1. Right? Oh forgot the best part. BD are going to whitewash SL next year at home. Isn't it? So scary.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

Oh man just waste of my time, when BD fan said its gonna be 3-0 I really thought BD have improved but what happened to you. Somebody challenge SL to beat BD by 50 runs, or 5 overs to spare or by 5 wickets then they will accept BD is a minnow so I guess in that regards BD is still a minnow as we won a 41 over match by 5.2 overs to spare with 8 wkts. I think SL gonna win 3-0. Pls dont make excuses about lights. It was a blessing in disguise for BD cos target was reduced to 238 from 41 overs. And suppose we had to play 260 then SL would have done it in 40 overs. Damn this minnow BD waste my saturday. I expected a better match than this.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 23, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Nasir is the most promising batsman in BD , I think he should bat in middle order at number-4, before mahmudullah and mushfiq . This will allow nasir chance to develop/improve. Shamsur rahman should play instead of anamul. ziaur rahman may in future turn out to be a much needed decent pacer for BD. Well done lanka, hope sl rise back to where they belong soon.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

SL outplayed BD, simple as that. To BD Fans, Don't even go blaming the floodlight issue, SL played very well, and their task was actually made harder due to that same issue.

BD bowlers bowled poorly, we need to accept that fact.

Dilshan, Perera, Tamim and Nasir- Play like this often guys, the cricket world could use more decent performances from all of you.

Posted by Artificialintelligent1 on (March 23, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

it's really difficult to score 238 runs in 41 overs but vs a poor bowling attack like Bangladesh.....it's not a big deal. Dilshan and Kushal were really impressive specially kushal perera, seems like SL fans were right about him, actually he has stolen some shots from Sanath Jayasuriya. at least I felt so sorry for that Bangladeshi cricket fans......

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Injury list for BD : 1)Shakib 2)Tamim 3)Mashrafee 4)Shahriar Nafees 5)Naeem Islam 6)Shafiul Islam 7)Nazmul Hossain 8)Enamul haque jnr. These are not only just numbers but all are recent performers and was selected in the main squad for this series.....this is not excuse of today's defeat but im sure that such incident didn't happen with any team in the past. The strength of present BD team is like less than half of their main strength that is playing against an almost full strength (only Mahela missing) Lankan team. So being optimistic the expectation shouldn't be high in this tour. Just hope we'll fight till the last and our youngsters will make some impression......

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 23, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

By the power failure SL was punished not BD ..But they talk like they 've been punished :) ....9 overs deducted and only 21 runs were off....original rate is 5.2 and new rate is almost 6 an over...Only 9 overs were left out....In chasing under lights in 6 an over for 41 overs is much more difficult than chasing within 50 overs at a rate of 5,2...And just forget about power failure ....If there was power or not will your opening fast bowlers would change ???? If there was power same will bowl and if there was not power same will bowl ....Dont make childish arguments to protect your team...And there are rules by the ICC to conquer and apply for this situations even BD fans donot accept that BCB and all other nations have accept that...So no questioning about it...And remember if BD won they will never say this reason..This is called PURE OPPURTUNITISM..Have backbone to accept defeat...we lions do ...if we lost we never blame to l8 or D/L method coz we agree to follow the rules so as u.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 23, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

As I mentioned in one of my earlier comments Tamim is the only batsman that may challenge the SL team it was on his platform that players like Nasir and Mahmadullah can finish games. It was exactly what happened. Now with Tamim gone I can't see them pose a big treat during the rest of the series. But I seriously don't like the Bangladeshi attitude of bringing lame excuses to cover up their bad performance. if they had bowled first and bowled this rubbish they could have being chasing 350. One other thing that most people forget is that with this new rule of allowing only 4 fielders outside makes it tough for the fielding team when batsmen are searching for quick runs. as a result getting 100 off the last 10 is much easier than doing it 1 year or so ago. i think it favors the chasing team more.

Posted by BDforever on (March 23, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Power failure should have been named as the Man of the match instead of Dilshan. It was the turning point of the match.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (March 23, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

well as usual the BD fans have heaps of excuses but none in the results category.. but i really feel for them loosing tamim but im sure in the next match they would give this as a reason for their loss.. stop being a pessimist and try finding talent in all 11 players who play in a match instead of whining about 1 or 2 who are missing.. SL are missing mahela but we certainly dont care much as our youngsters are capable .. without sanga n dilla too we can win this one im sure but hope BD can pull themselves and atleast challenge SL in the remaining matches.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Well played Dille, Sanga and Kausal ..Come on lets make it 3-0...

Posted by samlord on (March 23, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

9 overs(54 balls) reduced to power failure.but only 21 runs were reduced.So actually it benefited Bangladesh..STOP hiding behind lame excuses.except for tamim iqbal others r just ordinary players..specially those new ball bowlers seriously is that he best u got..LMAO

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

@Anando Dhara - dude have some back bone to accept the defeat and go through it for win.it just not only 4 cricket but also for your life.non of any SL guy didnt let bangala fans down here.all talk abt how they bat greatly.even thought its 8 wicket win.the only who really get problems with that power trouble is us.it high up run rate almost 6 an over.have some spirits or we will surely feel like banga fans also like indians.seriously i thought BAN fans are friendly and kind

Posted by Sidath346 on (March 23, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Quite surprising the way BD fans are complaining. For all those saying that the power failure was deliberate; for heaven's sake, it was SL that was inconvenienced and not BD. SL's target was reduced by only 22 runs and balls reduced by 54 which makes the target even tougher and results in a higher initial required run rate so get your facts right before complaining. Just admit that the opposition played a lot better. Be sportive. However, BD's batting was excellent. SL's bowling and fielding needs to be improved before the next game.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Bangladesh bowling strength is basically spin, and very dependent on the trio Shakib, Shohag and Razzak. Razzak had an ordinary day, Shohag was not used wisely--when the seamers were wayward, why persist with them and not immediately get Gazi in, especially on a reduced target. The captain put Gazi in after the run pressure on batsman had melted. The absence of Shakib was keenly felt. Not sure if Shakib would have made all the difference, but he is the one who invariably makes variation of his bowling and comes up with a wicket after being hit for six in the same over. He is confident and does not get flustered easily. Mushfiq should learn from his mistakes. Of course, Dilshan and Perera played well, but Bangladesh should have been a lot closer.

Posted by AK47_pk on (March 23, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Not surprised at all. One sided match is wat all expect when bangladesh is playing. Same old story same old excuses same old result. Sl were robbed off 9 overs nd bangladesh had only 21 runs taken off so power failure clearly benefitted bangladesh.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 23, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

With due respect to BD team , its a reality check for them . Dear BD fans dont hide yourselves behind lame excuses . already seen somebody mentioned tht power failure was deliberate to beat BD . It actually helped BD coz SL suddenly had to score almost run a ball that too during 41 overs . It your bowlers inability caused a defeat . Only way forward is to accept mstakes and sort them out next time . We Sri lankans are happy and looking forward to next match .Good luck both teams .

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

@Anando Dhara : you might not know fact that power failures in sports is quite common around the world. This years super bowl in USA went through the same problem. Another thing you need to know is D/L gave a unfair target to sri lanka. Use your common sense. Would you prefer to chase 238 in 41 overs instead of 260 in 50?.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

well played bangaladesh.specially tamim.he played the game very friendly with lions.i saw alot moments he joke with them.bangaladesh will need to get a new oper for the slot.no need to talk abt lions.they are briliant.specially dilshan and kushal.but i think kushal is too much aggrasive that he needs to be.i think lions should maintain the this team till champions trophy.absolute beaty.

Posted by hasib9 on (March 23, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Power failure needs to be investigated as it occurred at a crucial time. And there is absolutely no excuse for not mowing the outfield in the 2nd test.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Denial is strong with some of the BD supporters it seems. Blaming things like the power outage is just silly. Just look at the scorecard. Won by 8 wickets. The way the batsmen were going 300+ would have been achieved easily in 50 overs. And this is with the batsman taking it relatively easily towards the end of the game

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

the way the tamim and nasir batted the batting is very impressive they seriously missing shakib matorza shafiul and in the next match tamim rahim gazi anamul nasir and rubel perform well bangladesh can win the next match bangladesh are the team to watch in future they should target 2015 world cup semis

Posted by yasid on (March 23, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

iam a srilankan fan and bd batting is really improved . dont be like msdoni "We lost the match coz of that blah blah...They are words of ppl who dont have the back bone to accept loose. may be some bd fans r still dreaming abut 3- 0 whitewash. even we lost to bd in asian games i realy enjoyed your team spirit. but If u cant respect other u cant get it either. since this srs no respect for bd fans ..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

This power failure took the game away from Bangladesh. ICC should investigate the matter seriously to rule out intentional sabotage.It would be a shameful way of winning a cricket game. I had lots of respect to Srilankans. That respect is sure being faded. Serious investigation by an independent body will satisfy me, nothung else will.

Posted by suve on (March 23, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

So you think Shakib could've got 8 wickets and scored another 60-70 runs? Don't forget Sri lanka are not playing Jayawardene. Sanga or Dilshan maybe rested for the next few games too. C'mon mate just admit Bangladesh were outplayed without saying they were "unlucky".

Posted by Perera32 on (March 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

I think Sri lanka need to pick this same ODI team until the Champions Trophy, even with out Mahela this team is strong. With Kulasekara batting at no 10, the batting is definatley covered and If Kulasekara can get his bowling right, then the bowling is covered. Bangladesh were comprehensively beaten today however Sri lanka's effort in the field was not up to the standard we saw in Australia.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

today,the most poorer bowling was performed by medium pace bowlers of the Bangladesh. Mushfiq, why he had not started the bowling with the spinners from beginning of this defendable total ? Mushfiq could easily implement the spinners from 1st over and upto 12 overs so on. How more our Bangladeshi cricketers would have to acquire learning lessons by losing miserably along with sorts of technical mind game for cricket playing ??!!!

Posted by manojdis on (March 23, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

@ Rush1373 No we were trying to give the poor bengali alley cats a chance to save their "dignity" (if they have one) by not getting massacred, but due to ur spectators huge demand, we hv decided to fix the prob and start the killing! And look at the result!! LOL. U were asking for it! Just because u were able to draw the Galle test on a flat bread wicket, u thought u r the next world beaters. Well, fat chance!! See how ur alley cats running into their shelters stuffing their puny tails between their legs! Now, I will not be surprised u guys will start the bickering and whining about the due and other silly excuses just to cover ur countries cricket's sorry state. And Mushfiqur is asking for more opportunities. Give me a break!! At least try to perform continuously on giving a fight and making the matches more competitive before even worrying about winning! How many years do u want to improve? Huh?

Posted by BDforever on (March 23, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

This time it was just bad luck guys. The only difference is Shakib's absence. Otherwise results could have been in favor of tigers. Tamim's injury is a big blow. Best of luck for the rest of the series!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

absolute demolition of Bangladesh bowling attack, which lacks any penetration or control. Such an easy chase

Posted by SL_rockz on (March 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Look i ve said before :) excuses excuses written all over the BD fans...:) Power failure is an unavoidable unexpected scenario...But it is not the first time in the world..In NZ it has happened before..But there we have proper rules in cricket both BD and SL are accepted if such problem occurs how to revise the match...It had been done here by the rules and regulations...So no talking or arguing about that fact....Dont try to sneak in that reason and say "We lost the match coz of that"\...They are words of ppl who dont have the back bone to accept loose..So dont be in that category...It is really funny if u say that was the reason ...:) If 50 overs played u say u will win that match ??? :O if 50 overs are played dont that same openers will start the innings or a different one ? :P

Posted by indikalocal on (March 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Oh! I'm really impressed by the comments of BD fans. "The power failure was deliberately made to avoid a defeat." It's really humerous. Don't overrate your team just because they made 600+ runs in a test for the first time.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

What the hell is bcb doing? Cant they find good seamers? We cant keep going like this weak bowling.

Posted by ibbani on (March 23, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

BD team is the same natural game players since last 30 years with no improvement, thisidiotic team has never won a match any time convincingly. ICC - please strip their 1 day status too.These guys cant defend 238 in 441 overs, why the hell shud they play international cricket. What a lousy team to boast off, I pity the BD fans that you are supporting such a wonderful iditic players. @Thevillain - even if the floodlights were fine, you guys can never win, lets see the next match. srilanka will sweep this series 3-0, T20 also without BD even winning any match.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I question mushfiq's approach in this game. He is too defensive with his attack. Neither Abul nor Rubel has any consistency of line and length. It's the time to start a campaign of hunting real pace bowlers across the country like Grameenphone pacer hunt that held about 8 years ago. We are in dire need of genuine pacers

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

What an absolute thrashing that was. I have high hopes for Kushal who played beautifully.

Posted by samlord on (March 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

LOL This bangladesh attack is so pedestrian..Don't blame the pitch it was the lack of skill and control of bangladeshi bowlers.Not up international standards.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Great Srilanka..........today they show how to implement politics in the cricket ground. Bowling pitch>>>>Dark Falls>>>>Batting Pitch. just WOW and WOW

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

This time BD fans got another excuse. The Floodlight Issue. Come on friends.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 23, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

Bangladesh cannot afford to loose Shakib actually.However, at the end of the day, you need both batsman and bowler to win a match.I wonder whether Rabiul could do better here.Abul and Rubel needs to be replaced ASAP for long term indeed.Don't pick a pacer just because he is a pacer.Even spinners would have got better starts at the beginning.

Posted by appkhi on (March 23, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

@BOND_OO7 Similar generator problem also happened during super bowl in USA they also have generator problem. Super bowl is an major event in USA millions watch the game.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 23, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

it was unfortunate that little Sana could not get to his 50. but the potential is there for big things in the future. Boy isn't he looking like Sanath when cutting and cover driving :)

Posted by Swopnosari_BD on (March 23, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Bangladeshi bowling attak is so poor. Replace rubel with Mosharrof ( man of the match of BPL 13)

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Is there any record in the history of cricket that a match has been called abandoned due to power failure? Maybe this match will have this record. Lol.....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Ashraful is back to his usual self. One decent score and then he is back to his dismal scores. Time to give him a break and try another batsman. How about Marshall? Wouldn't hurt as no one can do worse than Ashraful at the moment. Its statistically impossible.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal innings was one of the greatest innings in SL like on this pitch..

Posted by Rush1373 on (March 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

isn't there any good engineer in srilanka 2 fix d problem?? or its their team strategy of saving own selves...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@Dhutugemunu....we can say the same thing....After being scared to chase 259 suddenly there is a power outage...lol

Posted by AzAb12754 on (March 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

What a real shame, the chase of 260 would've been so interesting. Tamim and Nasir played brilliant though I'm a little disappointed the way Tamim got out when there was never a run.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 23, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

This is really unprofessional from Sri Lanka unsporting pitch for first test match, heavy outfield for second test match and now floodlight failure. This needs to be dealt with as its spoiling this whole series no wonder Cricket is disliked by many.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

no idea but why mominul is out from 11

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Some SL fans are talking like that SL are the Monstar and none can defeated them. Shame on you guys!!! A lot of excuses while Bangladeshi players are in a good position they always stand one or another excuses like cutting outfield grass before bat them, Flood light problem and turn the match like a T20 Match. Before this drama we knew only the Srilanka & Sout Africa are the teams who always play fair in their ground. But apart from this BD tour in SL they totally lost the cricket world believe. Hope they will soon understand this and give us a wonderful cricket loving nation.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

It is always happening in Srilanka when a cricket series going on -- Either Rain or Storm destroy the presentation . Now Floodlight issue added . Really painful as a cricket Fan ..........

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

EVen pakistan might be all out within 30 odd overs AK47_pk, it's not that so ez to bat there, even SL lost to BD not too long ago in Asia cup, if they lose today in Home condition that will certainly embarrass them

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 23, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

So looks like Sri Lanka will be winning because of the floodlights. Good strategic move since more than 250 will be impossible to chase on this uneven wicket but at least Sri Lanka team know who they are really facing :D

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Even if we lose this match playing competitive cricket,it wont matter. There is win or loss in any game but contest and competition is what we want to see. Come on tigers........ We are with you

Posted by Energetic. on (March 23, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

The wicket may be tough to bat on but still Bangladesh batting apart from a few was disappointing.

Posted by NILI7 on (March 23, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Them who r talking non sense about ashraful should shut their mouth...they knw the capability of da batting genius!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

may be the match will be abandoned... what is the problem with the light! it is very awkward..

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

I think 260 is a bit too much for Sri Lanka so they may have to chase a much lower score cause of the floodlight :) so even if we do lose, nothing to be ashamed of still have 2 more games to go good luck!!!

Posted by qazi255 on (March 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

ohh come on SL you can do it so easily

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

@ jpnana , where are your young guns in perspective of bowling.........or the pitch is flat

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

monimul haque should be there instead those ziaur rahman or even enamul ...who had wonderfull test series ..ashrafull should bat low down 5 ...nasir should bat on 3

Posted by iamabir12 on (March 23, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

well bangladesh will win today.....!!!! Now just waiting for the official margin..

Posted by AK47_pk on (March 23, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Sl batting is too strong for bd. Sl shud chase it down in 30 odd overs. Below average score on a flat track.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Issues regarding Floodlights....well.. its a normal problem in cricket....it cannot be a Srilankan strategy...lol

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

after seeing that less crowd attendence in srilanka..one may assume cricket is dying in the island.

Posted by imranhossain7440 on (March 23, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Dhutugemunu, better spend some money to improve your outfield and floodlight. :) whatever the result is, we are playing better day by day. and don't forget before 1996 nobody knows that srilanka can play good cricket. so don't underestimate BD team.

Posted by KingAjmal on (March 23, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Batting was disappointing despite the late recovery. There's no need to for early risks, its also important you consume a lot of balls in one-day Cricket and get yourself set. Congratulations to Tamim for first 100 in over 2 years and Nasir for a fantastic 50. But I agree Ashraful should not be in the Bangladesh national team anymore especially next months tour to Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

I saw some Bd supporters are mad about light. Come on boys. Im also a crazy bd cricket fan. But if u ask qus about even accident like light (It can happend with any stadium.) then we lose our respect and dont bother about our true logical problems. Dont do this. Support our team like crazy. bbut dont disrespect. If u cant respect other u cant get it either.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

I think enough run 259...This stage bd can win bcz they have quality spiner specily shag gazi n abdur razzak ......

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Dont disappointed about Zia. give him proper chance. He will be next surprise of bangladesh. He has that ability. Give him some time.

Posted by borhans on (March 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

monimul haque should be there instead those ziaur rahman or even enamul ...who had wonderfull test series ..ashrafull should bat low down 5 ...nasir should bat on 3

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Ashraful got enough chance. We don't need such an inconsistent player like him. last 2 innings in test and this innings in oneday he has failed badly. Mominul must get chance in next match instead of Ashraful. Well payed Tamim and very well done Nasir.

Posted by chemstry on (March 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

I am very surprised about floodlight.ICC shuold monitor seriously& the stadium management team is not responsible to their duites.

Posted by BDTigersCW2011 on (March 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

They got a good chance.... after those quick fall of wickets... the Nasir and Tamim pair did a wonderful recovery job...!! They gave the bowling a chance to defend a wonderful total.... lets see how the bowling fares up to the likes of Sri Lanka's batting line up....

Posted by supporter_of_minnows on (March 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

good batting by tamim (although he was dropped) & nasir!!! nasir shud remain at that position to provide boost to BD innings at the death. now lets hope for some good bowling by gazi, razzak rubel n others!!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Hope to get the best from Tigers.

Posted by suve on (March 23, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Remember the rules have change to have only 4 outfielders in ODI's now. So this total is about 225/230 runs. Bangladesh have done well but I still back SL with their batting.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

@ Dhutugemunu , What if BD wins the match then what you guys are gonna say? "Flat Wicket"?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Mr.Angelo Mathews....doubt about your usage of bowlers...Off day for Kula...Dilshan is bowling..Still you have not given any chance to bowl Jeewan Mendis to ball....Just see his bowling stats in Domestic cricket for Tamil union......

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

I don't know why Akram khan and co. taking Ziaur Rahman and Ashraful in their oneday team. Should think about it. Shahriar Nafees and Alok Kapali should chance in obeday

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

What kind of poor floodlight is this ?? Pathetic...

Posted by roonie_bd on (March 23, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

If you dont have a good outfield or proper electric supply; why do you organize international matches? Now both the batsmen have to get used to the pitch again! Good strategy, by the Lankans! 1st outfield and now flood light!

Posted by Energetic. on (March 23, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Just when Bangladesh batsman Tamim and Nasir got set suddenly the floodlights are not working? all this was supposed to be sorted out way before hand. We lost because of floodlight ;)

Posted by Energetic. on (March 23, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Again Ashraful! see that's why he shouldn't be part of our national team anymore. That odd performance will always come but most of the time we know how he plays. Its time to move on from him because there's no need to have him in the squad. Our batting is very disappointing today with the quick wickets we're losing and deserve to lose now after that good start.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Let's assume BD loses this match. We might see some comments from BD fans that the BD batters were distracted by the Bee attack which cost them the match. lol

Posted by chemstry on (March 23, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

Hope that Bangladesh will fight strongly

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