Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh - 4th match

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)

Right, Tamim to face Kulasekara

1.30pm Kumar Sangakkara has won the toss, and no, he won't bat first. He will field first and make Bangladesh bowl with a bar of soap later in the night - not sure if a 30-minute early start will cause that big a difference. Chanaka Welegedara and Suranga Lakmal are being rested, back comes Nuwan Kulasekara. Also Malinga Bandara and Mahela Jayawardene are in.

Shakib Al Hasan says he too would have fielded had he won the toss. Says his side needs to bowl better, batsmen are doing their job well. Same XI for Bangladesh.

Welcome to the live coverage of the fourth match of this tri-series, between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. A reminder: US users can watch every match of the Bangladesh Tri-Series live online on ESPN360.com. This service is available free to all users in the USA who have access to ESPN360.com

0.1

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, good start, starts around leg, moves away, the batsman reads the angle well and lets it go

0.2

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, this time it's even straighter, makes him play, uppishly back to the bowler

0.3

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, plays with soft hands towards mid-on, and rushes through for one

0.4

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, starts off outside off, goes away with the angle, Kayes shoulders arms

0.5

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run

0.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, 3 runs, nice shot, gently flicked past midwicket, but the timing is really good, it was a length ball on the pads

End of over 1 (4 runs) Bangladesh 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
Imrul Kayes    3* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (3b)     

Thushara to bowl now

1.1

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, starts off with a length ball outside off, left alone

1.2

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 2 runs, uppishly driven, clears point, smart shot actually, doesn't go all out, just makes sure he clears the infield, with an open face

Wijekoon from Sri Lanka: "Starting half an hour earlier raelly is a joke. It is like switching one defective light bulb for another - same result. It really is a joke. As you say, a bar of soap. It is why day-night games in this part of the world become so predictable. No matter the runs on the board, the team batting second will always win."

1.3

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, short ball, looks to duck, then changes his mind at the last moment, and pulls unconvincingly, he is safe though

1.4

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, hangs his bat outside off, is beaten by the slight away movement

1.5

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, goes for the big shot through the covers, goes too hard at it, gets the inside half of the bat, towards mid-on

1.6

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, this time he gets onto the front foot and defends, soft hands

End of over 2 (3 runs) Bangladesh 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
Tamim Iqbal    1* (6b)      T Thushara    1-0-3-0
Imrul Kayes    6* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-4-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length, angled across him, defended off the front foot

no swing for Kulasekara so far

2.2

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, and he bowls short and wide, and although Kayes is on the front foot he cuts - rolling his wrists over it, all along the ground and wide of cover

second slip goes to short point

2.3

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, gets fuller and straighter this time, defended back to the bowler

Suki from Sri Lanka reminds Wijekoon of another predictable venue. "Its different in the R.Premadasa stadium Colombo. Team bats first wins..."

2.4

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, stays back, defends towards mid-off

2.5

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, comes forward, the ball is slightly shorter than he likes, and he defends

2.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, dropped, rather neither keeper nor slip goes for it! Reminiscent of Sehwag and the Tests last month. This is edged hard, between Sanga and Jayawardene, Sanga looks to go for it, then pulls out, and Jayawardene hasn't moved

End of over 3 (8 runs) Bangladesh 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
Imrul Kayes    14* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-12-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (6b)      T Thushara    1-0-3-0

3.1

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, nice shot, salt meets wound, length ball, and it's lofted nonchalantly over covers

3.2

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, pulls the length back, and meets a defensive shot off the back foot

3.3

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, flicked off the hips, wide of square leg, comes back for two, despite brushing Thushara on the way back and losing his bat, but not for a mili second does he wait

3.4

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, that's an ugly swish, every now and then he does that, and misses the edge by feet at least

3.5

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, stays back, defends towards short cover

3.6

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, SIX, that's a biggie, Thushara tries the bouncer, Tamim's weight is forward but he goes ahead with the hook, gets elevation and gets it over the square-leg boundary, six rows back, swivel-hook it was

End of over 4 (12 runs) Bangladesh 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
Tamim Iqbal    13* (12b 1x4 1x6)      T Thushara    2-0-15-0
Imrul Kayes    14* (12b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-12-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, angled across Kayes, he shoulders arms

4.2

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, length ball, angling across, gets on the front foot and defends

4.3

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, starts just outside off, Kayes covers his stumps and lets it go

4.4

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, slashes and misses, back of a length, slight width, goes for it and is nowhere near it

4.5

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, slower ball, full, outside off, left alone, bounces twice on the way to Sanga

Ashutosh from India: "Agree Wijekoon, unfortunately the timings for broadcasters for making revenues, revenue from viewership, revenues from more spectators is more important than the balanced game of cricket....."

4.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, another play and miss, and it's a maiden, a rare commodity these days, the ball stayed low a touch

End of over 5 (maiden) Bangladesh 27/0 (RR: 5.40)
Imrul Kayes    14* (18b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-12-0
Tamim Iqbal    13* (12b 1x4 1x6)      T Thushara    2-0-15-0

5.1

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, width outside off, played with an open face, gets a single to third man

5.2

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, extra bounce here, from back of a length, but it's way outside off to make him play

5.3

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, backward point, cover-point, short point, all are there, and he finds a way through them! Lesson of the ball: don't ball short and wide to Kayes

5.4

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 2 runs, strays onto the pads, and is flicked wide of mid-on, gets a couple

5.5

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, looks to run it down to third man, is early into the shot, plays it more towards point

5.6

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 2 wides, the arm drops early in the stride, and he bowls a Test wide, two bounces to Sanga also

5.6

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, wild slog, hands on heads, but it goes safely through midwicket

End of over 6 (11 runs) Bangladesh 38/0 (RR: 6.33)
Tamim Iqbal    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      T Thushara    3-0-26-0
Imrul Kayes    20* (22b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-12-0

Vijay Sharma: " Its toss which is deciding a win or loss in this tri series. And its now because of broadcasters we are not able to prepone matches not more than by 30 min.

Its better for Nimbus to telecast only toss and we will have a winner and loser. Not at all reasonable conditions for play."

6.1

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, punched off the back foot, with an open face, gets a single to third man

6.2

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, looks to cut, but it's too close to his body, handcuffs him as he goes for the shot, lucky he doesn't get an edge

6.3

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, driven on the up, and this is no driving length, he sees mid-off is fairly wide and goes ahead with the shot, big stride and not looking to hit too hard, just wanting to go straight

Ankit: "I disagree with Wijekoon. Yes Dew factor does make bowling difficult in 2nd half, but that doesn't mean you cannot win a game just because you've batted first. Put on 350 or more on the board batting first, dew or no dew, more often than not you will end up defending it successfully !"

6.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, goes for the cover-drive this time, doesn't get the timing, plays towards cover

mid-on goes to long-on; Kula goes round the stumps

6.5

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, and he pushes a length ball towards long-on for one

goes back over the wicket

6.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length, angled across him, he shoulders arms

End of over 7 (6 runs) Bangladesh 44/0 (RR: 6.28)
Imrul Kayes    21* (24b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-18-0
Tamim Iqbal    21* (18b 2x4 1x6)      T Thushara    3-0-26-0

Spin already. The pitch is keeping a bit low. Randiv to bowl. Round the stumps. One slip in place

7.1

Randiv to Tamim Iqbal, no run, starts with an accurate delivery, defended off the front foot

7.2

Randiv to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fuller, airier this time, Tamim defends watchfully

7.3

Randiv to Tamim Iqbal, no run, this is flatter, pushed off the back foot, towards midwicket

7.4

Randiv to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, premeditated sweep, from in front of the stumps, the ball straightens, Tamim misses, Randiv goes up for a spontaneous appeal, middle and leg stumps visible, Taufel upholds it, and spin has struck in the first over

Tamim Iqbal lbw b Randiv 21 (32m 22b 2x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

Ashraful is the new man in. A slip and a backward short leg in place

7.5

Randiv to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, big lbw shout first up, starts just outside off, turns in sharply, beats the bat, but Ashraful is saved because of too much turn

7.6

Randiv to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover, wicket-maiden, what start

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 44/1 (RR: 5.50)
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (2b)      S Randiv    1-1-0-1
Imrul Kayes    21* (24b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-18-0

round the wicket to Kayes

8.1

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, aggression there, good bouncer, tailing him, pulls out in time

8.2

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, 2 runs, this short one doesn't get up much, and he pulls it down into the ground and gets two to midwicket

8.3

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length, turned away to midwicket

goes over the wicket

8.4

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, fuller delivery, starts outside off, is left alone

Pavel from Bangladesh puts in the broadcasters' view. "Everyone seems to be blaming the broadcasters happily. Contrary to popular belief, you can't move live broadcasting time slot whenever you feel like. Time slots are in demand and they are "leased" from satelittes well in advanced. They can move around 30 minutes or so because cricket often goes to over time for many reasons and players are fined for that. Broadcasting earlier than 30 mins is not possible because it means you have to bump off whoever else is leasing the satelitte time slot during that period.

Corporations are evil, not as often as you might think. If you really want to blame anyone, blame the organizers for insisting on holding day/night games - who are in turn pressured by advertisers because it is peak time to get maximum viewers."

8.5

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, punched away off the back foot, but finds short point

8.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, gets onto the front foot, meets the ball with soft hands, and pinches a single to mid-off

End of over 9 (3 runs) Bangladesh 47/1 (RR: 5.22)
Imrul Kayes    24* (30b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-21-0
Mohammad Ashraful    0* (2b)      S Randiv    1-1-0-1

9.1

Randiv to Imrul Kayes, no run, looks for a sharp single to midwicket, but he hasn't created much distance between the shot and the fielder

9.2

Randiv to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, swept, quite similarly to how Tamim did, but he connects

9.3

Randiv to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, flighted, around middle, turning in, defended to leg

9.4

Randiv to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, draws him outside off, defended back to the bowler

9.5

Randiv to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, lovely shot, slight risk involved in playing against the spin, but he gets close to the pitch, covers the spin, goes inside-out, all along the ground

9.6

Randiv to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, gets straighter this time, Ashraful comes forward and defends to leg

End of over 10 (5 runs) Bangladesh 52/1 (RR: 5.20)
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (6b 1x4)      S Randiv    2-1-5-1
Imrul Kayes    25* (32b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-21-0

Bowling Powerplay taken. No slip in place

10.1

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, looks to run it down to third man, can't beat point

10.2

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, FOUR, nice shot, he knew there was no slip, waited an extra second on it, and then opened the face at the last moment, the third man is too square

10.3

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, length ball, gets on the front foot, defends to cover

10.4

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, yorker, digs it out with an open face

10.5

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length, not much room, defended towards cover

10.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, bouncer, gets good bounce, shoulder high, decides against hooking

End of over 11 (4 runs) Bangladesh 56/1 (RR: 5.09)
Imrul Kayes    29* (38b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-25-0
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (6b 1x4)      S Randiv    2-1-5-1

Thushara comes back

11.1

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, starts off with a short and wide delivery, cut away with soft hands, gets two to wide of third man

11.2

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, driven hard, good-looking shot, but sweeper-cover is in place

11.3

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, back of a length, just outside off, Kayes covers the off stump, and lets the ball go through

11.4

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 2 runs, stays low a touch, but he does well to place it square of third man and comes back for two, it's a tight second run but Kulasekara's throw is wide

11.5

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, SIX, another pulled six, it's a chest-high bouncer, gets under it, swivels back as he pulls, goes behind the stumps and deep square leg has no chance of getting around

11.6

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, slower ball, beats a prod outside off

End of over 12 (11 runs) Bangladesh 67/1 (RR: 5.58)
Imrul Kayes    37* (42b 4x4 1x6)      T Thushara    4-0-37-0
Mohammad Ashraful    7* (8b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-25-0

12.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, Randiv saves four at backward point, full driven, full-blooded drive, but Randiv dies full length

12.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, back of a length now, defended towards cover

12.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, another lovely cover drive from Ashraful, perfect drivable length, gets the stride in, opens the face a touch and gets it wide enough of mid-off

12.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, again he goes back to short of length, and is defended towards cover

12.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, runs this one down to third man for a single

12.6

Kulasekara to Imrul Kayes, no run, bouncer, outside off, sways out comfortably

End of over 13 (5 runs) Bangladesh 72/1 (RR: 5.53)
Imrul Kayes    37* (43b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-30-0
Mohammad Ashraful    12* (13b 2x4)      T Thushara    4-0-37-0

Roshan doesn't empathise with the broadcasters as much as Pavel. "Pavel - isn't this the very reason we get fed up of watching games on TV? I think it is high time that ICC get's involved and have codes of conduct when playing commercials inbetween overs or during matches as a whole. Something like what FIA did with the Formula1 racing for BBC sports. I am sure that the TV stations can ask for a flat fee for a number of repeats of commercials to cover their costs. I mean it would not make much difference if they play the commercial 20 times or 100 times. We do see it and there is a limit we could take it. The idea is to enjoy cricket and be informed, not to watch cricket during commercials." Perera to bowl meanwhile

13.1

Perera to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, OUT, two days in a row an ambitious second run has claimed a Bangladeshi wicket! and what a ripper of a throw from Thushara from third man! Ashraful opens the face and gets it wide of second slip, Thushara is pretty square and has to run around, Ashraful decides to come back, and Thushara hits the stumps direct on a half-volley, finding his diving bat past the line but in the air

Mohammad Ashraful run out 13 (26m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.85

Raqibul is the new man in, not Shakib

13.2

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, the ball stays low again, left alone by Raqibul but it dies on Sanga

13.3

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, full delivery, driven to sweeper-cover for a single

13.4

Perera to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, lbw appeal, angling across, not straightening enough, it's given a run strangely

13.5

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, full, driven down to mid-on, straight to the fielder

13.6

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, Thirimanne dives at sweeper-cover and fumbles, it was driven on the up, the boundary was saved but they got the extra run

End of over 14 (5 runs) Bangladesh 77/2 (RR: 5.50)
Raqibul Hasan    3* (4b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0
Imrul Kayes    38* (44b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-30-0

14.1

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, short ball, gets big on him, played wristily off the back foot, keeps it down

14.2

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, another short ball, he stands tall, gets on the top of the bounce and turns it around the corner for one

14.3

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, pushed down to mid-off, straight and forcefully, so no single

14.4

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, goes for the expansive drive, gets an inside edge that misses the leg stump by inches

14.5

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, short ball, doesn't get up much, but he ducks under it successfully

14.6

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, this time he doesn't duck, and the short ball chases him as he sways out of the way, dropping the wrists, and he is safe

End of over 15 (2 runs) Bangladesh 79/2 (RR: 5.26)
Imrul Kayes    39* (48b 4x4 1x6)      T Thushara    5-0-39-0
Raqibul Hasan    4* (6b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0

Bowling Powerplay over

15.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, but mid-on is still up, and keeps this down to a dot

15.2

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short, outside off, runs it down to third man

Sri Lanka have shortened their length considerably, giving them nothing to drive

15.3

Perera to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, a rare length ball, flicked off the pads, gets a single

15.4

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, beats him outside off as he looks for that easy single down to third man

15.5

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, into the pads, worked away into the leg side for one

15.6

Perera to Imrul Kayes, no run, looks for a single to leg side, turns the bat face too early, but the ball is angling across the off stump

End of over 16 (3 runs) Bangladesh 82/2 (RR: 5.12)
Imrul Kayes    40* (50b 4x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-8-0
Raqibul Hasan    6* (10b)      T Thushara    5-0-39-0

Suresh has a new angle to the early-start debate. "Leave aside the broadcasters, do you feel the cricketers will be ready to play an early game if told they have to take cut in their pay." Thushara to continue after drinks

16.1

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, nicely cut away, to sweeper-cover for one

16.2

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, no run, short delivery again, gets good bouncer, gets tall, and rolls his wrists on it, dropping it right down at his feet

16.3

Thushara to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, the plan almost works, another short delivery, he goes for the big pull, two men waiting in the deep, but gets the toe end of the bat and gets a single towards third man

16.4

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, dropped, sitter, at short cover, knee high, uppishly driven, not much power into it, and Jayawardene is late in reacting, letting it go out of his hands

16.5

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, defended towards cover

16.6

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, driven wide of mid-on, gets himself a single

End of over 17 (3 runs) Bangladesh 85/2 (RR: 5.00)
Raqibul Hasan    8* (14b)      T Thushara    6-0-42-0
Imrul Kayes    41* (52b 4x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-8-0

So both the batsmen in the middle have enjoyed a reprieve each, and Jayawardene has been involved in both

17.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, stops at him, he goes for the hard straight drive, and it lobs past the bowler

17.2

Perera to Imrul Kayes, 1 run, dabs this one down for a single to third man

Satya: "I don't think cricketers bother about their match pay. They earn a lot from other endorsements and their passion for cricket and to play for the country is more important that their match pay." Short mid-on in

17.3

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, back of a length, defended with an open face

17.4

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, length ball on the pads, flicked away to fine leg

17.5

Perera to Imrul Kayes, OUT, poor shot, asking for trouble, getting the front foot across and playing across the line, it's a straight delivery, bowled from close to the stumps, and Taufel has no hesitation in lifting his finger - he came too far across here

Imrul Kayes lbw b Perera 42 (84m 54b 4x4 1x6) SR: 77.77

HK: "Commercials are the reason you get to see these games so cheap, outside pay-per-view. Even cricinfo has so many distracting ads around its commentary, but these commercials are one of the reasons cricinfo has such great coverage. 3 cheers for commercials." The captain walks in to bat

17.6

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length, just outside off, he lets that one go through

End of over 18 (3 runs) Bangladesh 88/3 (RR: 4.88)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (1b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-11-1
Raqibul Hasan    10* (17b)      T Thushara    6-0-42-0

18.1

Thushara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short, across him, pushed to sweeper-cover for one

Shahid Shafi: "Satya...this is only true for Indian or Aussies players as they make most of their money from endorsements. Things work differently for other teams and reality is they do depend on their match fees a lot."

18.2

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, another bouncer, Shakib lets it go, too high it is

18.2

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slightly fuller this time, defended back to the bowler

18.3

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, driven on the up, but straight towards mid-off

18.4

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, too wide outside off

18.4

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full ball this time, defended watchfully

18.5

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, this is a half-volley, and eased through the cover field, gets two to wide of sweeper-cover

18.6

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, pulls the length back, doesn't let him drive, pushed to cover

End of over 19 (5 runs) Bangladesh 93/3 (RR: 4.89)
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (6b)      T Thushara    7-0-47-0
Raqibul Hasan    11* (18b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-11-1

silly mid-on still in place

19.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, and it comes into play, driven one bounce to silly mid-on

19.2

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, back of a length, defended with soft hands, towards cover

19.3

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good bouncer, chest high, shapes to pull, but pulls out

19.4

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, jags back off the seam, beats the flick, there is an lbw shout, but maybe doing too much

19.5

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, goes for the cut, gets a thick outside edge, is safe

19.6

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, angling across him, pushed towards cover

End of over 20 (1 run) Bangladesh 94/3 (RR: 4.70)
Shakib Al Hasan    2* (7b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-12-1
Raqibul Hasan    12* (23b)      T Thushara    7-0-47-0

Malinga Bandara to bowl now

20.1

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, drags this one short, cut away to sweeper-cover

20.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, tossed up, goes straight with the angle, defended to cover

20.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, nicely flighted again, driven down the ground for one

20.4

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 bye, kick, turn and bounce, from a full, driving length, beats the drive, and bounces nearly rib-high for Sanga

20.5

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, paddle-scoop, cheeky shot, it helps that the ball is on the leg stump and is flat

20.6

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, looks to cut, but this is neither the length nor the width to do so

End of over 21 (6 runs) Bangladesh 100/3 (RR: 4.76)
Raqibul Hasan    13* (26b)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-5-0
Shakib Al Hasan    6* (10b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-12-1

21.1

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, driven on the up, but back to the bowler, who does well in his followthrough

21.2

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length this time, pushed to mid-off

21.3

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, this is slightly too full and drive, eased through to wide of sweeper-cover for two

slip in place now

21.4

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, on the pads, and helped away for an easy single

21.5

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, pushed down to mid-off, no run

21.6

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, looks for the cut, and is beaten by the lack of bounce

End of over 22 (3 runs) Bangladesh 103/3 (RR: 4.68)
Raqibul Hasan    13* (28b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-15-1
Shakib Al Hasan    9* (14b)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-5-0

22.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, nicely tossed, pushed towards midwicket

22.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, good flight, good length, not too close to him, he has to stretch to defend

22.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 4 wides, turn this time, but starts too straight and gives away wides

22.3

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short this time, rocks back and cuts away for a single

22.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, that was dangerous, going deep into the crease to a fullish legbreak, got his bat down just in time

22.5

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, looking for the cover drive, and finding the cover fieldsman

22.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, another flatter delivery pushing him back, again he is hurried, again he gets his bat down in time

End of over 23 (5 runs) Bangladesh 108/3 (RR: 4.69)
Shakib Al Hasan    9* (19b)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-10-0
Raqibul Hasan    14* (29b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-15-1

23.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 wide, bouncer, called a wide, has to be marginal, slightly over the head

23.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, fuller now, looks to run it down to third man, finds point

23.2

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, back of a length, slightly outside off, no room, defended back

23.3

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, again back of a length and slightly outside off, this time he waits for it and opens his face, and gets a single

23.4

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slower offcutter, 100ks, cutting away to just outside off, defended to cover

23.5

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, this is usual pace, on the stumps, driven to mid-off

23.6

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, another slower ball, this time Shakib opens the face of the bat and rushes through for single to cover

End of over 24 (3 runs) Bangladesh 111/3 (RR: 4.62)
Shakib Al Hasan    10* (22b)      NLTC Perera    6-0-18-1
Raqibul Hasan    15* (32b)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-10-0

24.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, flighted delivery, driven down the ground, gets a single

24.2

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, goes back, cuts a shortish delivery to sweeper-cover

24.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, looks for the paddle again, he bowls it short, Shakib gets it past square leg somehow

24.4

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, slightly fuller, Raqib still wants to cut, and is beaten by the turn

24.5

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, fuller still, just outside off, brings him onto the front foot, defended

24.6

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, stays back to a similar length delivery and works it past point

End of over 25 (4 runs) Bangladesh 115/3 (RR: 4.60)
Raqibul Hasan    17* (36b)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-14-0
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (24b)      NLTC Perera    6-0-18-1

Change in bowling. Randiv comes back now

25.1

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, turn there, but too short, and is worked away on the on side

Solanga has a question that many are asking. "I wonder why SL fielding standard has gone down last few months."

25.2

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stays back and defends a topspinner

25.3

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, fuller ball, turning away, defends towards cover

25.4

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets a thick edge this time, drawing him forward, turning it away, but it doesn't carry to point

25.5

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, strays onto the pads now, and is worked away to fine leg

25.6

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, some dip on it, but it's turning into the pads and goes for one to fine leg

End of over 26 (3 runs) Bangladesh 118/3 (RR: 4.53)
Raqibul Hasan    19* (38b)      S Randiv    3-1-8-1
Shakib Al Hasan    13* (28b)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-14-0

26.1

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, overpitched, driven down the ground

26.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, powerfully swept, all along the ground, gets a single to square leg

26.3

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, again looks to cut a delivery too full, is beaten by the turn and the bounce

26.4

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, the getaway shot, the sweep, in front of square, powerful, all along the carpet, and beats deep midwicket

26.5

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, nudged away to one side for one - nobody inside the circle there

26.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, overpitched, driven down to long-off, gets one

End of over 27 (8 runs) Bangladesh 126/3 (RR: 4.66)
Shakib Al Hasan    15* (30b)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-22-0
Raqibul Hasan    25* (42b 1x4)      S Randiv    3-1-8-1

27.1

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, drops it a bit short and he gets back and cuts to point and pushes the single

27.2

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, waits for the turn and clips him down to midwicket

27.3

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, clips him to midwicket and there's a misfield but they don't take the run

27.4

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, pushed just wide of midwicket

27.5

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, goes back, waits for the turn and works it wide of square leg

27.6

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, gets forward to cover the turn and turns it to midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) Bangladesh 129/3 (RR: 4.60)
Raqibul Hasan    26* (46b 1x4)      S Randiv    4-1-11-1
Shakib Al Hasan    17* (32b)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-22-0

Saket from India: "@Solanga, I guess its because they've been playing India for the last few months. Must have got complacent because India's fielding is several notches worse than the worst sri lankan fielding."

28.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, goes deep into the crease and works this towards fine leg

28.2

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, stretches forward and nudges it for one to cover

28.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, goes for sweep from wide outside off, hits himself in the pad

28.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, looks to nudge him from outside off, it turns and gets an inside edge onto the pad

28.5

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, again beaten on a cut to a ball too full

28.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, flatter this time, pushed back to him

End of over 29 (2 runs) Bangladesh 131/3 (RR: 4.51)
Shakib Al Hasan    18* (37b)      HMCM Bandara    5-0-24-0
Raqibul Hasan    27* (47b 1x4)      S Randiv    4-1-11-1

29.1

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, stretches forward, opens the face, plays it straight towards short third

29.2

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, goes for the Dlishan-like scoop, gets Sanga in the chest, Sanga covers his face with the gloves as he can't get out of the line. Immediately he asks for the helmet

29.3

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, driven down the ground this time

Ananda: "Well...too much cricket is killing the enthuciasm of the players, this could just be a major reason why the fielding standard has gone down..."

29.4

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, big shout for lbw on a sweep, Taufel waits and waits and says not out, it just got the glove on its way through, so good call

29.5

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended off the front foot

29.6

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, steps out of the crease, and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 30 (1 run) Bangladesh 132/3 (RR: 4.40)
Shakib Al Hasan    18* (40b)      S Randiv    5-1-12-1
Raqibul Hasan    28* (50b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    5-0-24-0

30.1

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, looks to cut a ball too full, almost chops it on

30.2

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run

30.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, steps out again, pushed back to the bowler

30.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended back to the bowler again

30.5

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, this is flat and cuttable, and cut he does, square of sweeper-cover, gets two

30.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, another sweep, this is safe, and gets him one

End of over 31 (4 runs) Bangladesh 136/3 (RR: 4.38)
Shakib Al Hasan    21* (44b)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-28-0
Raqibul Hasan    29* (52b 1x4)      S Randiv    5-1-12-1

Only 18 off the last five overs. Shakib is getting edgy, moving about, premeditating sweeps

31.1

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, nicely flighted, defended to cover

a slip and a gully in place

31.2

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, bowls flat, and is cut away for a single

backward short leg in there

31.3

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, FOUR, another scoop, this time he clears Sanga, right in the V behind the stumps

31.4

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turning into the pads, turned away to short fine

31.5

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good drift there, as he gets forward and defends

31.6

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, straighter one, pitches middle and goes straight, almost a leading edge

End of over 32 (5 runs) Bangladesh 141/3 (RR: 4.40)
Raqibul Hasan    33* (56b 2x4)      S Randiv    6-1-17-1
Shakib Al Hasan    22* (46b)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-28-0

32.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full ball, can't get power into the drive, back to the bowler

32.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, pitches leg, goes with the angle, worked away for one

32.3

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turn and bounce, and beats an attempt at drive

32.4

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, flatter this time, pushed to sweeper-cover for one

32.5

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full, driven past the bowler, to long-on

32.6

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, rare rank short delivery, and is cut away towards sweeper-cover

End of over 33 (4 runs) Bangladesh 145/3 (RR: 4.39)
Raqibul Hasan    35* (59b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-32-0
Shakib Al Hasan    24* (49b)      S Randiv    6-1-17-1

round the wicket

33.1

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, driven past Randiv, who dives but can't prevent a single

33.2

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, is driven down the ground

33.3

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, no run, turning into the pads, looks to turn it short fine, but is beaten

33.4

Randiv to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, worked away to square leg

33.5

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Shakib goes for the scoop now, gets the front foot across, and lofts it over Sanga's head, Thirimanne makes an ordinary effort running from fine leg, overrunning the ball and letting it slip under his hand

33.6

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, swept in front of square this time, will be just a single

End of over 34 (8 runs) Bangladesh 153/3 (RR: 4.50)
Shakib Al Hasan    30* (52b 1x4)      S Randiv    7-1-25-1
Raqibul Hasan    37* (62b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-32-0

34.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, steps out of the crease and drives him down to long-off

34.2

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, shout for lbw, flatter delivery, but no spin on it and it's angling down the leg side, all three stumps visible

34.3

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, no run, gets onto the front foot and defends

34.4

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 2 runs, good shot, chipped over the infield, inside out

34.5

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, goes back into the crease and forces a shortish delivery down the ground

34.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, jumps out of the crease again, but his drive can't beat cover

End of over 35 (4 runs) Bangladesh 157/3 (RR: 4.48)
Shakib Al Hasan    31* (54b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-36-0
Raqibul Hasan    40* (66b 2x4)      S Randiv    7-1-25-1

Randiv replaced by Perera

35.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, short ball, slightly outside off, helped away to third man

35.2

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, slower ball down the leg side, just brushes the pad on the way

35.3

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, looks for the cut, too close to him, chops it into the ground, it bounces over a leaping Sanga

35.4

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, fuller this time, no room either, played back to the bowler

35.5

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, slower off cutter, pushed down the ground one

35.6

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, no run, good short delivery, not much room, and he sways out of its line

End of over 36 (4 runs) Bangladesh 161/3 (RR: 4.47)
Raqibul Hasan    41* (68b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-22-1
Shakib Al Hasan    34* (58b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-36-0

36.1

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, goes for the big shout, drags it from outside off and goes one bounce to wide long-on

36.2

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, gets on the front foot and pushes a wide delivery to sweeper-cover

36.3

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, google, doesn't turn much, played towards cover

36.4

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, gets onto the front foot, and drives it to long-on

36.5

Bandara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, pulls the length down this time, and is worked away for an easy single in the off side

36.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Shakib steps out again, Bandara goes slower and airier, he is beaten in the flight and is forced to defend back to the bowler

End of over 37 (4 runs) Bangladesh 165/3 (RR: 4.45)
Shakib Al Hasan    36* (62b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-0-40-0
Raqibul Hasan    43* (70b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-22-1

37.1

Perera to Raqibul Hasan, OUT, length ball, wide, looks like a four-ball, slapped away powerfully, and straight to Randiv at point, life's like that, and Bangladesh are four down

Raqibul Hasan c Randiv b Perera 43 (95m 71b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.56

Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man in. One wide slip in place

37.2

Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, full, outside off, left alone

37.3

Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, comes forward, opens the face on a length ball, towards point

37.4

Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, looks to tuck him up with a short one, doesn't get high enough, is worked away for one to square leg

37.5

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length, pushed away to mid-off

37.6

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, driveable length, he does drive, but one bounce back to the bowler, good over for Sri Lanka, a run and a wicket

End of over 38 (1 run) Bangladesh 166/4 (RR: 4.36)
Shakib Al Hasan    36* (64b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    8-0-23-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (3b)      HMCM Bandara    9-0-40-0

38.1

Bandara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flat delivery into the pads, worked away for one

38.2

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, gets forward, opens the face of the bat, gets a single to point

38.3

Bandara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, nicely tossed up, Mushfiq comes forward, defends back to the bowler

38.4

Bandara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, topspinner, hurries him up as he looks to turn it to leg, ends up playing straight back to the bowler

38.5

Bandara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, dances down the track, drives him down the ground for one

38.6

Bandara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, wrong'un, again not much turn, Shakib gets deep into the crease and cuts him towards sweeper-cover

Bandara has done well, 10 overs for 44

End of over 39 (4 runs) Bangladesh 170/4 (RR: 4.35)
Shakib Al Hasan    38* (66b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    10-0-44-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    3* (7b)      NLTC Perera    8-0-23-2

39.1

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, swipes a length delivery over square leg, gets a couple

39.2

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, bouncer, pulled away towards fine leg

39.3

Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, looks to clear mid-on, who is in circle, mis-hits, gets too much under it, but still manages to clear the fielder

39.4

Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, dabs this one down to third man

Joy: "I dont know why performance is not appriciated in bd. Mahmudullah is better than rahim and shud be sent before rahim"

39.5

Perera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, another short delivery, pulled convincingly but can't find the gap in the deep

39.6

Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, looks to run it down to third man again, but hits straight towards point

End of over 40 (7 runs) Bangladesh 177/4 (RR: 4.42)
Mushfiqur Rahim    6* (10b)      NLTC Perera    9-0-30-2
Shakib Al Hasan    42* (69b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    10-0-44-0

Last 10 overs in. Powerplay nowhere around. Captains have sworn not to use them. Not even worth mentioning here. Meanwhile Samaraweera is introduced

40.1

Samaraweera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full delivery outside off, driven down the ground for one

40.2

Samaraweera to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX, shot, big shot, goes with the turn, over midwicket, clean hit, fielders as witnesses

Sam goes round the wicket now

40.3

Samaraweera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, goes leg side again, doesn't get enough bat into it, just a single to long-on

40.4

Samaraweera to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, flat delivery, pushed down to long-off

40.5

Samaraweera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, flighted full, driven straight down the ground, between long-off and long-on, enough time to come back for two

40.6

Samaraweera to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX, good shot, goood shot, into the stands this time, slog-sweeps, from outside off, makes crisp connection, and gees over midwicket

End of over 41 (17 runs) Bangladesh 194/4 (RR: 4.73)
Mushfiqur Rahim    21* (14b 2x6)      TT Samaraweera    1-0-17-0
Shakib Al Hasan    44* (71b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    9-0-30-2

Randiv comes back now

41.1

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short into the body, pulled to fine leg

41.2

Randiv to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flighted generously, worked from outside off to square leg

41.3

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, pushed past over, uppishly, but gets a single

41.4

Randiv to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, topspinner, gets a leading edge as he looks on side, but it bounces just in front of him

41.5

Randiv to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, goes for the big sweep from outside off, kicks off the back of his bat into Sanga's chest

41.6

Randiv to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, dances down the track, and gets a single to long-off

End of over 42 (5 runs) Bangladesh 199/4 (RR: 4.73)
Shakib Al Hasan    47* (74b 1x4)      S Randiv    8-1-30-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    23* (17b 2x6)      TT Samaraweera    1-0-17-0

Powerplay is on now. They have built some sort of momentum going into this set of five overs, thanks to that Samaraweera over and two stunning hits from Mushfiq. Thushara to bowl

42.1

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, and he is out first ball of the Powerplay, he walks into the trap, short ball, drags from outside off for the pull, gets under it and is caught nicely at the square-leg boundary

Shakib Al Hasan c Tharanga b Thushara 47 (92m 75b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.66

42.2

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, shapes up for the shot over midwicket, gets a full and wide yorker, digs it out for a single to cover

42.3

Thushara to Mahmudullah, 1 wide, goes for another wide yorker, too wide this time

42.3

Thushara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, this is a better yorker, close to off, can't do anything with it

42.4

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, walks across the stumps, and sweeps the fast bowler, a slower ball from in front of his stumps and gets four to fine of fine leg

42.5

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, that's a crunchy shot, the yorker misses, he makes it into a low fulltoss, gets under it, and goes over the on side, Mushfiq is on fire

42.6

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, gets the yorker right this time, gets a dot ball

End of over 43 (11 runs) Bangladesh 210/5 (RR: 4.88)
Mushfiqur Rahim    32* (21b 2x4 2x6)      T Thushara    8-0-58-1
Mahmudullah    1* (1b)      S Randiv    8-1-30-1

Randiv to continue, even in the Powerplay

43.1

Randiv to Mahmudullah, 1 run, turning into the pads, worked away for one to fine leg

43.2

Randiv to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, superb bowling in a Powwerplay, still keeping it slow, and beating a dancing-down Mushfiq in flight, and because he is not close to the pitch of the ball he gets under it and the mid-off doesn't have too far back to run to catch this

Mushfiqur Rahim c Bandara b Randiv 32 (28m 22b 2x4 2x6) SR: 145.45

43.3

Randiv to Mahmudullah, 1 run, turned away off the pads for one

Naeem to face now

43.4

Randiv to Naeem Islam, 1 run, turning into the pads, and he works it to square leg for one

43.5

Randiv to Mahmudullah, FOUR, smart shot, backs away early, makes him fire down the leg side, moves back to the stumps and sweeps him square of short fine leg

43.6

Randiv to Mahmudullah, 1 run, flighted towards the pads, and worked away to short fine

End of over 44 (8 runs) Bangladesh 218/6 (RR: 4.95)
Mahmudullah    8* (5b 1x4)      S Randiv    9-1-38-2
Naeem Islam    1* (1b)      T Thushara    8-0-58-1

Shrikanth: "Weren't these powerplays introduced to assist batsmen, to help them hit more boundaries and bring more crowd into the grounds? Looks like atleast 8 out of the 10 times it has benefited the bowling side. Someone wants to refer this to Steven Levitt? He might be interested in including this in his Freakonomics studies!" Meanwhile Kulasekara comes back

44.1

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, no run, starts off with a length, ball, hit well, but back to the bowler

44.2

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, another length ball, can't get under it, though, not looking to take risks just as yet, driven straight to cover

44.3

Kulasekara to Naeem Islam, FOUR, goes for the big, clumsy swipe this time, gets a big chunky inside edge on a slower delivery, and gets four because fine leg is square

44.4

Kulasekara to Naeem Islam, OUT, bowled him, yorker, on off stump, not many can get adventurous with it, he tries to run it down to third man and is beaten

Naeem Islam b Kulasekara 5 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Razzak is the new man in. Ivo: "What I find intriguing about the powerplay, is that every team waits for 2 settled batsmen and some momentum before they take it. Why not use the powerplay to take control of the momentum in the game?"

44.5

Kulasekara to Abdur Razzak, 1 run, inside edge while looking to dab it to third man, gets a single to fine leg

44.6

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, misses out on a leg-side freebie with fine leg up, and the bowler misses out on a run-out. He flicked the fulltoss straight to short fine and didn't run right away, and while he could have been run out Kula got a big bounce on the throw and couldn't collect cleanly

End of over 45 (7 runs) Bangladesh 225/7 (RR: 5.00)
Mahmudullah    10* (8b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-37-1
Abdur Razzak    1* (1b)      S Randiv    9-1-38-2

45.1

Randiv to Mahmudullah, no run, flighted on the stumps, extra bounce there as he looks to work it behind square on the on side

45.2

Randiv to Mahmudullah, no run, looks for the scoop over Sanga's head, and is beaten by the extra bounce and is hit in the shoulder

45.3

Randiv to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, OUT, fourth wicket in the fourth over of Powerplays, he looks to work it past short fine, the ball sneaks under a diving Thirimanne and they run. Razzak wants the third, which is not on, especially when Kula's throw is right on the top of stumps and Sanga is quick in whipping the bails off

Abdur Razzak run out 1 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Rubel to bat now

45.4

Randiv to Rubel Hossain, no run, topspinner, looks to turn it to leg, gets the outside half of the bat as it doesn't turn

45.5

Randiv to Rubel Hossain, no run, flighted around middle, played towards middle

45.6

Randiv to Rubel Hossain, no run, looks to push a topspinner down the ground, is hurried by the pace and ends up playing back to Randiv, whose 10 over shave gone for 2 for 40, well bowled

End of over 46 (2 runs) Bangladesh 227/8 (RR: 4.93)
Rubel Hossain    0* (3b)      S Randiv    10-1-40-2
Mahmudullah    12* (11b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-37-1

46.1

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, 1 wide, yorker misses the direction and is a wide down the leg side

46.1

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, no run, slower ball, no room, and he is caught not knowing what to do with it, and defends

46.2

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, low fulltoss on the pads, flicked to wide of long-on

46.3

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, full delivery, driven powerfully, can't get through extra cover, though

46.4

Kulasekara to Rubel Hossain, OUT, that's five wickets in Powerplays, Kula bowls a bouncer, Rubel goes for the pull, gets afaint tickle on the way through to Kula

Rubel Hossain c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Syed Rasel is the new man in

46.5

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, no run, full delivery, played with an open face towards point

46.6

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, no run, sharp bouncer, he lets it go

So 5 for 32 in Powerplays, next only to Pakistan's 5 for 41 against India in Centurion. Perhaps? But that's all that comes to mind

End of over 47 (4 runs) Bangladesh 231/9 (RR: 4.91)
Syed Rasel    0* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-41-2
Mahmudullah    15* (14b 1x4)      S Randiv    10-1-40-2

Thushara comes back

47.1

Thushara to Mahmudullah, no run, length ball, defended to cover, Mahumdullah looking to bat 50 overs?

47.2

Thushara to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, almost plays it on, but gets it fine of fine leg and more importantly comes back for two and retains strike

47.3

Thushara to Mahmudullah, 1 wide, this bouncer goes too high and is duly signalled wide

47.3

Thushara to Mahmudullah, no run, full delivery, just short of being a yorker, can't do much with it

47.4

Thushara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, length ball, driven inside-out, gets a isngle to sweeper-cover, two balls for Rasel to survive

47.5

Thushara to Syed Rasel, 1 run, takes a single fifth ball, now Mahmud will need to take another

47.6

Thushara to Mahmudullah, FOUR, that's better than a single, it's a poor fulltoss down the leg side, asking to be tickled for four, and Mahmudullah obliges

End of over 48 (9 runs) Bangladesh 240/9 (RR: 5.00)
Mahmudullah    22* (19b 2x4)      T Thushara    9-0-67-1
Syed Rasel    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-41-2

48.1

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, no run, slashes and misses outside off, the ball dies on Sanga

48.2

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, no run, length ball, again goes for the big shot, and is beaten, not looking for the single, surprising

48.3

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, FOUR, that's why he wasn't looking for a single, gets under a short ball, and cuts it over point, keeping the bounce under control throughout

48.4

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, no run, back of a length, pushed straight to cover

48.5

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, 1 wide, big swipe outside off, misses, and it is a marginal wide

48.5

Kulasekara to Syed Rasel, 1 run, crashed through the off side, length ball, driven with an open face, gets just a single

will he look for a single or a boundary?

48.6

Kulasekara to Mahmudullah, 1 run, yorker goes slightly awry, chipped away towards midwicket, keeps strike for the final over

End of over 49 (7 runs) Bangladesh 247/9 (RR: 5.04)
Mahmudullah    23* (20b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-48-2
Syed Rasel    6* (8b 1x4)      T Thushara    9-0-67-1

Perera to bowl the final over. Four minutes into overtime

49.1

Perera to Mahmudullah, no run, slower ball, beats the big swish outside off

49.2

Perera to Mahmudullah, no run, yorker, played back to the bowler, two very good deliveries

49.3

Perera to Mahmudullah, no run, slower ball again, hit powerfully down the ground, turns down the single

49.4

Perera to Mahmudullah, 1 run, doesn't time this attempted big hit over the on side, gets just a single to long-on

49.5

Perera to Syed Rasel, no run, swinging yorker, misses the off stump by inches

49.6

Perera to Syed Rasel, 1 run, flicked away to midwicket, gets just a single

So thanks to some reckless cricket in the last 10 overs, and also smart bowling, Bangladesh fall one short of what would have been a big achievement for Bangladesh: totals of 250 in three straight matches against Test-playing nations. And with dew expected later, it's advantage Sri Lanka. Join us for the chase

End of over 50 (2 runs) Bangladesh 249/9
Syed Rasel    7* (10b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    10-0-32-2
Mahmudullah    24* (24b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-48-2
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