Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Hambantota

Tough fight without Tamim for Bangladesh

Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 24, 2013

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Match facts

March 25, Hambantota
Start time 1430 local (0900GMT)

Nuwan Kulasekara had early success on day three, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day, November 19, 2012
Nuwan Kulasekara was expensive in the first ODI © Associated Press

Big Picture

"Demolished" was the word Angelo Mathews used to describe what the Sri Lanka openers did to the Bangladesh attack in the first ODI. An eight wicket victory with more than five overs to spare is difficult enough for Bangladesh to swallow, but the psychological setbacks incurred during that violent stand may take some getting over as well. The visitors now only have one day in which to launch a series-saving comeback, and with Tamim Iqbal heading home because of a finger fracture, Bangladesh's chances of levelling the series seem slim.

The tourists' best hope lies in dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara early and attacking Sri Lanka's inexperienced middle order, who have not always been an assured ODI unit, particularly against spin. Kushal Perera may have been a capable walloping assistant to Dilshan in the first ODI, but he is yet to make a half century in international cricket, while Dinesh Chandimal has a poor record at home in limited overs cricket, and Angelo Mathews has not been at his best against high-quality slow bowling. Bangladesh must ensure they do not allow the seniors to walk the young Sri Lankan batsmen through their innings, like they have for much of the tour.

The hosts, will have been thrilled with the crushing first-up win, and the partnership that set it up, but there was plenty to dislike about their cricket on Saturday evening as well. The bowling was wayward, particularly at the death when Nasir Hossain led the charge, but even earlier in the innings, when Tamim made use of the dross being served up at regular intervals. Sri Lanka have in their ranks a man who at his best can deliver yorker after searing yorker, but Lasith Malinga has been wildly inconsistent over the last 14 months, and Sri Lanka have bled late runs as a result. The hosts gave up 90 runs in the last ten overs in the first match, and captain Angelo Mathews may be prudent to devise a failsafe plan, should Malinga have an indifferent outing.

Sri Lanka's fielding has also been abysmal throughout the tour, and despite a diving catch from Kushal Janith Perera to dismiss Mohammad Ashraful, they will not have been pleased with their overall effort on Saturday. Mathews poor catching form hit rock bottom when he spilt a sitter off Tamim when he was on 55, and wayward throws and a lack of fielding initiative led to bonus runs and reprieves.

Form guide

Sri Lanka WLWWL (most recent first, completed matches only)
Bangladesh LWLLW

In the spotlight

Nuwan Kulasekara was the worst of Sri Lanka's bowlers in the first match, having conceded 67 runs in his nine overs. He had had an exceptional limited overs tour of Australia, but after playing him in both Tests, Bangladesh's batsmen have grown wise to his inswing, and his away-seamer has not been effective in this tour so far either. Control is often his best asset, but Bangladesh's batsmen seemed to have targeted him by backing away and blasting him through the off side. Kulasekara has 132 matches experience, and he will want to maintain his reputation for reliability through the rest of the series.

With Tamim gone, and Shakib Al Hasan never having been on tour through injury, the batting burden for Bangladesh falls heavy on the shoulders of captain Mushfiqur Rahim. He made his country's first international double-hundred in Galle, but was less impressive in the second Test, and fell playing an ugly swipe to Mathews in the first ODI. He is already tasked with rallying his side to prevent a series loss, but will now feel he has to contribute substantially with the bat as well.

Team news

Mathews said after the last ODI that his side would not look to make major changes, and with no injuries plaguing their squad, Sri Lanka will likely retain the same XI.

Sri Lanka: (probable) 1. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2. Kushal Janith Perera, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Dinesh Chandimal, 5. Lahiru Thirimanne, 6. Angelo Mathews (c), 7. Jeevan Mendis, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Nuwan Kulasekara, 10. Sachithra Senanayake, 11. Lasith Malinga

Jahurul Islam is the like-for-like replacement for Tamim but there is the option of using Mohammad Ashraful as the opener and letting Mominul Haque bat in the middle-order. It is a fair call given how much they need more batting stability, but they could also stay with a similar line-up. In the bowling, Shahadat Hossain may replace Abul Hasan.

Bangladesh: (probable) 1 Anamul Haque, 2 Jahurul Islam, 3 Mohammad Ashraful, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Abul Hasan/Shahadat Hossain, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Pitch and conditions

Winning the toss may go a considerable distance towards winning the match, with the side fielding second having been hampered by both the dew in the evening, and a pitch was not at its best for strokeplay until later in the evening. The strip prepared for the second match looks similar to the first, and will likely have some assistance for the seam bowlers early on, with moderate turn for the spinners as well.

A thunderstorm only just missed the cricket on Saturday, having hit the nearby Sooriyawewa town, but not the stadium itself, and similar storms are forecast for the region for the 25th.


"Our bowling and our catching was not successful today. I dropped a catch as well. But our batsmen covered up all those mistakes. I think in the future we need to sort those problems out before they have a big influence on the match."
Angelo Mathews identifies his sides weaknesses.

"Somebody has to stand up and take the opportunity in my absence. We are a good one-day team, so we have the ability to bounce back. We have to win the next game and I think it is possible."
Tamim Iqbal is optimistic that his team will fare fine without him.

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

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Posted by stormy16 on (March 25, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

I reckon SL should consider moving Sanga down the order and playing Thiri and Chandi ahead of him. He is the exeprienced hand and must be used to support the youngsters which cannot be done if they dont get to bat. I dont expect SL to win by 9 wickets everyday but there should some intent shown by batting the younger chaps up the order. When there is a batting collapse it's the younger chaps who end up batting with the tail and that role really should be taken by the experienced hands. Bangladesh should consider batting both Rahim and Nasir higher up the order. These guys are their class acts but are batting too dar down, specially Nasir who should be given a chance to bat longer and have a game changing impact.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

It's very difficult for bangla to defeat Srilanka now without key players. Lets hope for the best. Ashraful can never be consistent players. He should dropped for ever from the odi side

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (March 25, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

@rowdypeter , SK5983 and all the others who say that Mathews is not a good captain? Do you remember Arjuna's , Marvan's , Mahela's 1st matches as captain? Did they handle the team extra-ordinary well in their 1st match as captain? SK5983 - You say Mathews is not a good all-rounder. Look at the score card. He was the best bowler on that day. If Dilshan & Sanga had got out early, Mathews would've definitely turned things on SL's way like he has done many times in the past. If you haven't played atleast plastic ball cricket in your backyard, please do not comment on professional cricketers cluelessly.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

So whats the today's trick for Srilankan management, is it putting grass big, or just problem with floodlight or something else. It will never come to my mind about suspicious things as i have observed and noticed something that was little bit abnormal and different. In 2nd test when BD bat they just don't know the condition about sluggish and slow outfield . Surely did not have any idea for accelerating the score and just lost too many wickets , other hand Srilanka was well aware and use the particular side of the field to scored many runs in quick session! that's story of 2nd Test. In first one day not once, twice when BD was in top position,play just stopped that surely hampered the flow,game shifted towards Srilanka, Who knows if Tamim was there a little longer, BD may score near 300. After scoring 260 (which was tuff to chase),when Srilanka was in back foot then 2 hours play stopped and focused has been lost.Recent time Australia did same treatment with Srilanka if i am not wrong

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 25, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

@SK5983, You have a point that I also share. Mathews is over-hyped and he is mediocre in batting, bowling, fielding and most importantly captaining. With the talent pool we have, he might not even survive if he is not the captain. As a captain he is nowhere near Arjuna, Sanath, Marvan, Sanga, Mahela.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

@ SK5983 pls don't worry about SL. he just began. he will learn and improve. this is great period for all young players. there are enough talented players in SL who can replace the seniors.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

BD selectors are doing awful job. Picking wrong players for wrong format. Obviously that will produce same results. It's a time for change. Abul Hasan and Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain should be dropped permanently from every single format. They hardly take wickets in a test cricket and pretty expensive in a ODI. BD selectors must pick fast bowlers who are doing well in a domestic cricket. At the end of the day it is not the experience but skills & talented cricket will produce better results. In this match, Robiul Islam & Ziaur Rahaman should have been picked as a pace bowlers. Gazi & Razzak should have picked as spin bowlers. The fifth bowler could have been shared between Mahmudullah & Mominul. Batting order is not correct either. BD must stick with following batting order, 1) Tamim 2) Anamul 3) Nasir 4) Shakib 5) Mushfiq 6) Mominul 7) Mahmudullah, that will produce much better resuls moving forward. In absence of Tamim & Shakib, Jahurul should open and Shamsur should bat at no 4

Posted by SittingTiger on (March 25, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

A tough enough task made even tougher with this injury. With Tamim gone, I can't see any other result other than a 3-0 series defeat. Even with Tamim it might've been 3-0. Really a shame that Bangladesh is now having to fight such a strong SL team without their two best tigers.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

winning toss seams very important in this condition. but still got to play well. bangladesh will miss tamim. but bangladesh has no lack of tallent in batting in the one day format. but again toss is going to be decisive factor

Posted by ashqarmahi on (March 25, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

BD should give chance to samsur rahman....this guy is in form in the limited over format...dont drop anamul....give him more chance....he can score runs with his faulty foot mark....he already did....120 run in his second ODI....mominul/jahurul can get a chance in the place of ashraful i think...and for fast bowler....rubel,abul,shahadat...come on...neither of them is reliable....BD should be tensed about their fast bowlers...Mashrafe is great but badluck for suggestion is get rid of one fast bowler and give chance another left armer...!! that would be wise from my point of view....!!!

Posted by ghtvnath on (March 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

I agree with SK5983, Mathews is tend to get injuries and has cost the World Cup 2011, and 2012 Common Welath Series in Australia.Imagine losing the captain at the crucial stage of a tournament.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

Very interesting stats on Shakib and Mortaza, who are the missing "key" players BD fans are crying about. Shakib's batting average is 9.25 and bowling average is 71.00 vs SL in SL. For Mortaza bowling average is 50.50 vs SL in SL. If they were their in BD side in this tour, for sure SL would be whitewashed.

Posted by FOTO on (March 24, 2013, 23:34 GMT)

If BD had Shakib and Mashrafee in the team and no Tamim then we would say we would win. Only one man from the SL team is not there to make a power house squad. We have like the Sri Lanka A team without ANY of our world class players. No pace bowling, no consistent batsmen, NOTHING!!! Ashraful has to preform for BD as well as Mushfiqur and Nasir. Anamul should now keep his head up as we have no Tamim and he would be the one batsman to start the batting cause of his hundred. Anamul has been dismissed for 13 runs too many times. In the test and now in the ODI. BD should look at the pace attack also! What is this Abul and Rubel? They gave the match away in the first 5 overs! We need Robiul to replace one of them. Keep Ziaur he has a good economy. Either remove Ashraful and put Mominul or keep Ashraful and leave Mominul. Mahmudullah is now the actual allrounder that can fit in Shakib's shoes like he did against the West Indies. He needs to preform. Anyways best of like Tigres!

Posted by rahman.onik on (March 24, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

Banladesh should use zia as a second fast bowler !!! include Mosharaf Rubel ...wise to back in our own strength !!!nd that is spin !!! Mominul should be included ..that will give a boost in the middle order!! still confused about MD.Ashraful ..although he made that 190 !!!!will miss Tamim badly !!! he was very vital against Malinga...

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

If Bangladesh chase , they will win, Absence of Shakib, Tamim, Mashrafe and Inclusion of Ashraful already made Bangladesh half of their strength. And very bad pace bowling combination making us more and more weak..... Nasir, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah are the 3 remaining regular players, hope they can match the brilliance of Dilshan and Sangakkara. I myself feel lucky to see Sangakkara, and Dilshan , very good 2 batsman, but what I think is They are making full use of very bad bowling unit...........

Posted by fah4 on (March 24, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Mominul should get a chance after making runs in all the innings he played in test.Is Ashraful becoming Afridi of BD with the bat? Need some performance Ash others are waiting for the chance.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

For god sake kick ashraful out of the team. We dont need someone averaging 15-20, that 190 was one of notable in what 100 caps? Lets be honest this guy id overrated and the century he scored in galle, trust me on that dead pitch I would have scored a hundread. The amount of chances he is getting is unfair to other players who are looking to get into the team. Looking for a pacer why not forhad reza? Experianced no mug with the bat he had a good bpl too

Posted by hasib9 on (March 24, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

I hope BD realized that SL bowlers showed weakness against left handed batsmen. Opt for Mominul and drop Anamul. Also stick to the winning combination: 4 spinners, 1 fast bowler. So Musharraf for Rubel makes sense. 1. Jahurul, 2. Ashraful/Shamsur, 3. Mushfiq, 4. Mominul, 5. Nasir, 6. Mahmudulah, 7. Zia, 8. Gazi, 9. Musharraf, 10. Abul, 11. Razzak. The first 10 can somewhat bat.

Posted by borhans on (March 24, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

so many getting injured in this series even the replacement getting injured in srilanka ..why this is happening it the fault of their bad training facility for foreign players or uneven field ..Tamims injury will be a great loss for BD hope he get well soon ..BD don't have any of the strike bowlers .their batting line up is broken . ..its becoming an A team & nothing better than that ..its a shame we can't bring our full strength team against this Srilanka team .we had a good chance against this young srilankan side but it seems we brought more inexperienced young team than this Srilankan team

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

Sl should change the captaincy of Mathews not doing well. Kula not bowling well Make him rest for two games. He needs rest. Bangladesh is doing much better. Go tigers

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (March 24, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

the only batsman for BD who has been consistent since his debut is Nasir Hossain. if Bangladesh bat first,then Nasir should come in at #5 ahead of Mahmudulla .best of luck tigers. Roar up!!!! .

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (March 24, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

"if we could do our best,then result might come in our favor". this should not be BD's attitude. Our attitude should be like this" we must do our best,and result must have to come in our favor". this is the spirit team should be united through. good luck tigers

Posted by QingdaoXI on (March 24, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Sorry Srilankan fans, but i dont think Mattews is good captain. SLC should have done something like South Africa did 10 years back, giving captaincy to youngster who is looking good for future i.e Chandimal and Thirmanne as his deputy. and in presence of Jayawardhene (a shrewed captaiin) they would have learn more in next 2 years. Mattews is over-hyped and injury prone too, Thisara is better allrounder than him or even Mahroof.

Posted by Ruchiralk on (March 24, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Kulasekara just had a rare off day in the first ODI. I don't think he will be under too much pressure tbh. Kulasekara is one of the players that I respect a lot in the team, the work he has done for SL in his short career has been shadowed by Malinga. Almost every game he goes for less than 45 runs and picks up 1 or 2 wickets. I think Malinga should be under pressure because he only got 2 wickets and went for 51 runs!! vs a weak team.

Posted by bigcric27 on (March 24, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

I hope sangakkara will not take this the wrong way & from my point of view he should not play the remaing 2 ODI's cause he being one of the great batting legends for SL, sagakkara's got nothing to prove against BD. Get one of the new kids to play (Angelo Perera / Kithuruwan Vithanage). Mr. Sangakkara we love to watch you play but not against BD.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

anamul is useless in odi or test for having a poor footwork.if u look towards the dismissals of him in this tour,u r bound to accept the jahurul and mominul is in form then my squad will be 1.jahurul 2.ashraful 3.musfiq 4.mominul 5.riad 6.nasir 7.zia 8.gazi 9.razzak 10.mosarraf 11.rubel/ABUL/shahadat(i am helpless to mention no 11).plz hit like if u r liking it

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Two wickets are desperately important for the Bangladeshi bowlers( Dilshan and Sangakara). These two can make the difference. But, others are not as bad. So, it's gonna be a tight match for the BD as they lost centurion of the first match. Shamsur Rahman could be a good decision as he is 2nd highest scorer of BPL 2.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Kula under presure? What rubbish. If it was someone under presure, it should be Malinga.

Posted by Perera32 on (March 24, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

I don't think you can call the Sri lankan middle order (Chandi,Thiri,Mathews,Jeevs,Thisara) Inexperienced now because they have played over 270 ODI matches between them 5 players. I really doubt Kulasekara will be under pressure, he is a very calm mature cricketer who isn't easily distracted by little things. He did ok in the Tests and if he was more lucky could've got more wickets. Almost all the fast bowlers struggled in the 1st ODI except Mathews and Rahman. Im sure Kula will come back to his best in the second ODI.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 24, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

That's good that Kula's name finally came up. :))) Dilshan n Kushal saved his butt from yesterday headlines. It was good that BD batsmen took him for a ride coz It was like a wake up call for him to get his acts together :P C'mon Kula.... you are better than this. Show 'em what you are made of 2moro by uprooting couple of stumps. LIONS LEAD THE WAY !!!!

Posted by KingOwl on (March 24, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

I think there is a big elephant in the room. The IPL! The SL fast bowlers don't want to go quite 100%. Nor do the fielders want to go for heroics and get injured. Millions are at stake. It's not great, but it is the reality.

Posted by Energetic. on (March 24, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

We have 0 chance now our bowling attack is very very bad and batting is vulnerable.

Posted by rowdypeter on (March 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Fernando is writing utter rubbish about Nuwan Kulasekera being the worst SL bowler of the first test. His record speaks for itself and we were quiet happy to see him bowl in Australi and swing and seam more than any of the other bowlers. If eight hundreds were scored in one match any man who knows anything about cricket will realise that the Galle wicket was a batsman's strip. Arjuna Ranatunga once told me that it was a pity that all sports journalists had not played proper cricket and had hardly any understanding of the game. I agreed then and agree now seeing what rubbish is written. Angelo Matthews has been saved by the good performances of his team because he is not captain material if he could not have contain the Bangladeshi by field placing. Something Arjuna, Mahela and Marvan were very good at.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

I wish Bangladesh Team will come back strongly

Posted by Lakpj on (March 24, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Rest Sanga play Anjelo Perera instead he is a good player off spin bowling. And I think SL should try out Eranga for Kule. Seems that he has lost his bowling touch after the Aus tour.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

i hope bd will fight back tomorrow with hard and soul.

Posted by faizan_feroz on (March 24, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

bpl was suppose to do wonders for the team , i am only seeing them giving injuries to players , true some players are missing but its the fault of bcb and bpl governing body to check the fatigue of cotracted players , lets expect competitiveness tomorrow :)

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