Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Colombo April 6, 2017

Shakib, Mustafizur deliver 45-run win for Bangladesh

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Bangladesh 176 for 9 (Shakib 38, Kayes 36, Malinga 3-34) beat Sri Lanka 131 (Kapugedera 50, Mustafizur 4-21, Shakib 3-24) by 45 runs
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Shakib Al Hasan followed up a brisk innings with three wickets to help Bangladesh level the series © Associated Press

A thundering start with bat, and an incisive turn with the new ball ball set Bangladesh on track to a series-leveling victory, and provided a happy T20 swansong for Mashrafe Mortaza. It was in the first six overs of each innings that the game was won and lost. Bangladesh's openers were fearless inside their Powerplay, smoking 68 runs for no loss, and looking stylish while they were at it. Sri Lanka, however, slumped to 47 for 5 in their Powerplay, and their pursuit of 177 never looked likely to succeed from there. They fell 45 runs short, and the tour got its third 1-1 split, with the Tests and ODIs having had that same scoreline.

This Bangladesh victory despite a late hat-trick to Lasith Malinga, who now has four in limited-overs cricket, though this is his first in T20 internationals. That hat-trick had actually come in the midst of a Sri Lanka resurgence. Having looked like they would concede 190 or 200 for much of Bangladesh's innings, Sri Lanka claimed four wickets and conceded only 10 runs in their last two overs. As it turned out, they had already suffered enough damage during the first 18 overs, however.

That Bangladesh's openers had forged that rapid stand was all the more remarkable given it was the second-choice opener - Imrul Kayes - who took guard at the top of the order, in place of the injured Tamim Iqbal.

It was Soumya Sarkar, however who truly shone among the pair. There was a timeless serenity to Soumya's hitting. He leant back and smote Lasith Malinga behind point first ball, and was soon lifting Vikum Sanjaya over long off and cracking him over cover, in the fourth over. He also hit Malinga for successive fours in the sixth over, and though he was dismissed soon after the Powerplay had ended, had produced perhaps the highest-impact innings of the match - 34 runs having come from the 17 balls he faced. Kayes, meanwhile, himself motored to 36 before he was run out in the eighth over.

Shakib Al Hasan then ensured the innings did not lose momentum, surviving two early dropped chances in the space of three balls, but continuing to attack despite this. Bangladesh were well-placed to attempt a score of over 180. The late blur of wickets scuppered those ambitions however - though 176 for 9 seemed like a good score nonetheless.

Shakib then opened the bowling and dismissed Kusal Perera - Sri Lanka's hero of the first match - and the opposition did not recover from there. Dilshan Munaweera holed out in Shakib's next over, before Upul Tharanga sent a catch to mid on after making 23 off 21. When Mustafizur Rahman's introduction brought the wickets of Asela Gunaratne and Milinda Siriwardana off successive deliveries, Sri Lanka were reeling.

Chamara Kapugedara attempted a recovery, hitting 50 off 35 balls, but once Thisara Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna played their small hands and departed as well, there was too much left for him to do. Kapugedara eventually fell to the best bowler of the evening - Mustafizur - in the 17th over. With his departure Sri Lanka's hopes were extinguished, and Bangladesh completed the final formalities, taking the last two wickets by the end of the 18th over. Mustafizur wound up with 4 for 21 from three overs.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • CRICFAN564789 on April 11, 2017, 13:46 GMT

    @cricfan35950766: I haven't said that UT won those matches for us, but my point is, in his brief stint of 6 matches since recalled after 5 yrs, he had helped to win some matches with most productive/consistent upfront stands put up by any t20 Opener during past 2 yrs. The fact of the matter is, within his brief stint of 6 matches played so far, UT had involved in 3 valuable partnerships of the 6 MOST productive 1st wicket stands seen from a total of 28 x T20s matches SL played during past 2 yrs. It carries a lot of weight, since productive 1st wkt stands provide any team the essential upfront boost to launch later for any settled batter or power hitter. For Example, in the 1st T20 vs BD, although KJP played a good inning with 77, in initial overs he was shaky and managed just 5 runs from 7 balls, while Tharanga played the aggressive role taking the strike & kept the scoreboard clicking to maintain healthy RR around 8 (above RRR) by picking gaps with 4x 4s, until KJP settled. If Not?

  • cricfan35950766 on April 11, 2017, 10:11 GMT

    @CRICFAN564789 : I am not disagree with the fact that Tharanga was involved in some good opening partnerships. But you are not correct with the fact that SL won all 3 matches which Tharanga involved in your list. 3rd T20 against Aus (No 2 in the list)which Tharanga and Muna had a blazing start SL lost the match convincingly by 41 runs. Other two matches SL won not purely because of the start but due to there were match winning contribution from other opener. No3 - KJP scored 77 runs. No6 - ND scored 68 runs. It is evident that these matches were won not because of Tharanga. The fact is he has not won a single T20 for SL and not deserve a place in the team. Dhanushka Gunathilaka will be a better replacement since he is a better fielder and can bowl as well.

  • CRICFAN564789 on April 10, 2017, 15:36 GMT

    Also, those Three 1st wicket stands put up involving UT helped SL to win all three matches , sealing the series in South Africa & Australia.

    Here is the link to see the most productive t20 First-wicket stands worth More than 30 runs put up by Openers, maintaining Above 8.5 extremely healthy upfront Run-Rate to give the side the initial boost it needs to win t20 matches, with a projected score over 170 runs;

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=fow_run_rate;partnership_runsmin1=30;partnership_runsval1=partnership_runs;partnership_wicketmax1=1;partnership_wicketval1=partnership_wicket;qualmin2=8.5;qualval2=fow_run_rate;spanmax1=10+Apr+2017;spanmin1=10+Apr+2015;spanval1=span;team=8;template=results;type=fow;view=innings

  • CRICFAN564789 on April 10, 2017, 15:02 GMT

    @cricfan35950766 : Before talking about Tharanga's suitability as Opener in t20.... First look at the Best Productive 1st wicket stands put up by all SL Openers(including all those so called hitters), EXCEEDING 30 Runs & maintaining ABOVE 7.5 Run Rate during past 2 years since April 2015.

    1) DMdS/ND - 59 runs - 5.1 Ov - 11.41 RR - 1/59 v South Africa -Jan 2017

    2) Muna/ UT - 41 runs - 3.4 Ov - 11.18 RR- 1/41 v Australia -Feb 2017

    3) KJP / UT - 65 runs - 6.5 Ov - 9.51 RR - 1/65 v Bangladesh -Apr 2017

    4) TMD /KJP - 91 runs - 9.4 Ov - 9.41 RR - 1/91 v West Indies -Nov 2015

    5) Chandi/TMD- 45 runs - 4.5 Ov - 9.31 RR - 1/45 v South Africa- Mar 2016

    6) ND / UT - 36 runs - 4.1 Ov - 8.64 RR - 1/36 v South Africa-Jan 2017.

    REALITY is Tharanga had played just 6 ings, but he had involved in 3 stands out of BEST 6 seen during past 2 yrs. Also, UT involved in 2nd & 3rd BEST 1st wicket stands seen during past 2 yrs from 28 x t20 Matches played by SL

  • cricfan35950766 on April 10, 2017, 10:43 GMT

    I think it is time to consider Tharanga's suitability for this format. While all the hitters(Kusal,Mune,Dicka) are around him batting at the top his role should be to bat through the inning and consolidate. But that never happen in last 6 matches after his comeback. A run a ball 20 from Tharanga will not going to help the team. It is harsh to criticise Kusal after single failure. Anyway Kusal has a decent record in T20 with 6 half centuries while Tharanga has none.

  • ডি. এইচ. সোহেল on April 9, 2017, 4:47 GMT

    Well done Bangladsh. Good see Mustafiz strongly came back. we will badly miss MASH

  • CRICFAN564789 on April 8, 2017, 14:34 GMT

    @Ratne: Why you blame Tharanga for not putting pressure on BD bowlers? UT scored 23 from 21 balls with 3x4 & kept the scoreboard clicking without any support whatsoever from 2 openers. Both Openers crumbled inside 8 balls, leaving UT to do all the scoring absorbing the score board pressure as well. In reality do you expect anyone to create pressure on BD bowlers under such circumstances? Tharanga did his best to stop the initial flood gates opened by Master of single digits Kusal Janith Jayasuriya & Domestic blaster Munaweera. Somehow UT kept the run rate around 8.5 close to the initial RRR despite those early 2 wkts. He gradually improved the RR (7,8, 8, 11) single handedly in each over & perished while trying to maximize.The actual turning points of the match were early two wkts 1-4/ 2-19 & the 2 quick wkts fell just after UT. Gunarathne 5.1 ovs 4-40, Milindha 5.2 ovs 5-40. Clearly it wasn't UT to be blamed for batting collapse, since it is hard to chase with such upfront flop

  • CRICFAN564789 on April 8, 2017, 14:14 GMT

    @Ratne: You have missed the point here & it seems you don't understand the basics strategies involved. Bowling changes done according to the situation prevailing at the moment & NOT just looking at their economy rates. Especially in fast changing t20 format this is essential when trying to take wickets & some times there can be a bowler with relatively low economy rate left with a few overs remaining at the end, unlike in 50 over format. If the left handed batters are there at both ends you prefer to go with off spin & opposite applies to right handed batters Gunarathne is not a spinner & Prasanna is an orthodox leggie. Munaweera was the only off spinner available in the XI & UT had to try him out upfront when initial wickets were badly needed with 2 left-handed openers Soumya Sarkar & Imrul Kayes were there. So don't blame him absurdly for a match lost due to poor batting flop of No 1, 2, 4 & 5 all ended in single digits, giving no chance to recover.

  • Ratne on April 8, 2017, 12:42 GMT

    Poor bowling selection by Tharanga, Not giving full overs to Gunarathna and Prasanna (both had best figures in last match), and instead giving bowling to Munaweera , who isn't really a bowler..... Did the same mistake in australia series too.. but luckily Gunarathna saved the series with good batting... Bangladesh openers scored 70 runs from 42 balls... SL openers and Tharanga failed to put pressure on bangla bowlers... Dickwella (man of the series in SA) should come to opening coz u need a good young player there..

  • i_amVIVA on April 7, 2017, 19:29 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER: I agree with your team combination below, but I'll put Riyad and Mossadek, the two more stable batters, in #3 and #4 spots. Sabbir is too risky of hit or miss at #3, he should be better served at #6 after Shakib, where be can blast his way to rapid acceleration once the top order hands him over a good platform. If not he can try to build at that point as needed under the situation. So the order of Bangladesh X1 for T20 needs to - 1.Imrul Kayes. 2.Soumya Sarker. 3. Mahmudullah Riyad(VCPT) 4.Mossadek Hossain. 5. Shakib Al-Hasan(CPT). 6.Sabbir Rahman. 7.Mohammad Mithun(WK). 8.Mehedi Hassan Miraz. 9.Mohammad Saifuddin. 10.Taskin Ahmed. 11.Mustafizur Rahman. Hope BCB, Ban selectors and their directors take a note of this. Also, next comes the challenge for the ODI combination as well, especially for the Champions Trophy tournament coming in England very soon. The team combination also needs to be revamped here for a stable, reliable and sensible Bangladesh team. All the best.

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