2nd T20I (D/N), Chattogram, Feb 14 2014, Sri Lanka in Bangladesh T20I Series
(20 ov, target 121)123/7
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets
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• The Report by Mohammad Isam

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win

Sri Lanka sealed the two-match Twenty20 series 2-0 after beating Bangladesh by three wickets in Chittagong

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Scorecard summary
Bangladesh120/10(19.5 overs)
Sri Lanka123/7(20 overs)
end of over 2011 runs
SL: 123/7CRR: 6.15 
Sachithra Senanayake12 (9)
Thisara Perera35 (28)
Farhad Reza2-0-16-0
Rubel Hossain4-0-34-1

TTA: "2 cliff hangers, 2-0 just doesn't tell it all. BD played like real tigers. Lot to take away from this before world t20"

Raghu: "How I wish Senanayke would have been in IPL... Great show.. calm and composed"

Sen: "Credit where credit is due BD push the lankan - first with the ball and now with the bat - prefect preparations for the T20 World cup #noeasy games in T20"

Phew! that was a cliffhanger, strewn with some awful shot-selection, but I suppose few will remember that at the end of a tense T20. Thisara Perera showed he's not just a slogger, calmly working the ball around late in the chase, Sangakkara showed the other batsmen how to bat till he gave it away near the end, and Bangladesh showed superb resilience, even after the batting failure and the early Kusal Perera onslaught. There were very few bad balls even as the nerves increased towards the end of the game (though the very last one could have been better), with the quicks regularly finding the blockhole.

Joy: "If there is no dew, i would go for Shakib, if there is dew, i would go for Shakib, even if he had to bowl with some pace!"

Chandra Sekhar : "It was indeed a Lion vs Tiger battle."

Danush: "Everyone talking about the world T20 already. Relax guys there is an ODI series and Asia cup before it. I wonder how the pitches will be for wrold T20. God bless Bangladesh pitches."

Sanjaya: "OMG, Stop killing us. my heart beat is still over the recommended count. you are trying to kill us on Valentines day. What a thriller. I don't how to tell how much I love these games and How much i hate them as well."

Lahiru: "Dew or no dew, you dont bowl spinners to Thisara in T20. It's a rule in T20 cricket."

Prabhath: "Reza must be wondering why i didn't bowl a waist high fulltoss"

Presentation ceremony:

First up, Mashrafe Mortaza: "We win the toss, decided to bat, but our batsmen couldn't go through, at the same time, the bowling and fielding was outstanding. I told the boys, 'we have nothing to lose in this match'. Lot of young players have come through in these two matches."

Dinesh Chandimal: "Credit goes to all the bowlers, after that we lose 2-3 wickets, after that Sanga-Thisara batted really well, at the end, Thisara batted really well for the end. We have to do some homework, we never under-estimate Bangladesh."

The Man of the Match is Thisara Perera. "After six wickets gone, I was under pressure to show who am I, I wanted to support my team-mate Sanga. Thanks to the Sri Lankan crowd."

The Man of the Series is Nuwan Kulasekara: "Very exciting games. It is a pleasure to win the matches, we have some areas to improve. Bangladesh keep improving everyday, full credit to them in both games. The one-dayers will be a different ball game, looking forward to the ODI series."

Righto, time for me to sign off, thanks for the many comments, apologies to those who were not published. See you at the one-dayers.

Farhad to Senanayake, FOUR runs

yet again Senanayake is the man for the last ball, he does the job for Sri Lanka with a boundary behind square leg, wasn't the best of deliveries, short of length and sat up for Senanayake, who put it away, once again Sri Lanka snatch it on the final ball, Bangladesh are heartbroken once again, twice in three days they have pushed Sri Lanka all the way only to come up short

Farhad to Perera, 1 run

slams this towards deep midwicket, just a single, Perera off the strike, SL need two, a single means a Super Over

More discussion between the captain and the bowler

Farhad to Senanayake, 1 run

a single as Senanayake thumps the ball to long-on

Another conference about the field

Farhad to Senanayake, 2 runs

pitched up, driven towards wide long-on, superb stroke from Senanayake, this was a yorker, not easy to get that away anywhere, two more for Senanayake, well bowled by Reza but can't stop that from going for two

Farhad to Senanayake, 2 runs

length ball is driven past a diving extra cover, they race through for two, a dive from Senanayake to make sure he is in

Shan: "If we need a six off last ball, Sachithra is the one to do it. He's done that twice before.."

Farhad to Perera, 1 run

full ball just outside off, Thisara again moves across the stumps, works this towards midwicket for a single

No spin again. It is Reza to bowl the final over. Huge test this for him.

TTA: "9 runs 6 balls... Heart throbbing!!! Ppl with heart condition better stay out of this!! Come on Far had!!!"

end of over 199 runs
SL: 112/7CRR: 5.89 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Thisara Perera33 (26)
Sachithra Senanayake3 (5)
Rubel Hossain4-0-34-1
Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-29-2
Rubel to Perera, 1 run

thumped to long-off for a single, so Sri Lanka need nine off the final over

Rubel to Perera, no run

Thisara looks to repeat the shot that fetched him a boundary earlier this over, this was a lot fuller from Rubel, Thisara misses it, and somehow the ball misses the off stump as well, Rubel can't believe it

Rubel to Perera, 2 runs

full and wide, the yorker is crunched towards extra cover, where a misfield from Shakib doesn't just make the first run a comfortable one, it concedes a second

Rubel to Perera, FOUR runs

high-risk stroke from Thisara, in keeping with the batting choices made in this game, a length ball just outside off, Thisara moves across the stumps and deftly guides this towards fine leg for four

Rubel to Senanayake, 1 run

short, slower one outside off, slams this towards long-on for a single

Rubel to Perera, 1 run

good start from Rubel, gets the yorker in, pushed towards mid-off for a single

A team huddle as they confer over who will bowl the penultimate over. It will be Rubel. Big call this.

TTA: "Mash has done his job as a bowler. Can he make the right decisions and guide BD home??"

end of over 185 runs
SL: 103/7CRR: 5.72 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 from 12b
Sachithra Senanayake2 (4)
Thisara Perera25 (21)
Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-29-2
Rubel Hossain3-0-25-1
Mortaza to Senanayake, no run

short of length ball, a slower one is defended towards point, a dot ball to round off another excellent over from Bangladesh

Prasad: "Bangladesh cannot be favorites as long as Thisara is at the crease. Also the target is very low, it's just touch and go. SL doesn't have to take any risks, they can just work it out with 1's and 2's."

Mortaza to Perera, 1 run

full and wide, drilled to extra cover for a single, fifth in a row this over

MAB: "SL looks still favorite, 23 in three overs is not a huge target, Perera would be key player now, Sena could also play big shots. fingers hurting now. (crossed since half an hour)"

Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 run

short of length ball is driven towards deep point for a single

Mortaza to Perera, 1 run

low full ball is thrashed to extra cover for one more

Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 run

angling in towards the pads, Senanayake gets SL to hundred with a single towards square leg

Keeping back the spinners because of the huge amount of dew, I suppose.

Mortaza to Perera, 1 run

full ball from Mashrafe, drilled past the bowler for a single

end of over 1711 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 98/7CRR: 5.76 • RRR: 7.67 • Need 23 from 18b
Thisara Perera22 (18)
Sachithra Senanayake0 (1)
Rubel Hossain3-0-25-1
Farhad Reza1-0-5-0
Rubel to Perera, 1 run

length ball on middle, tucked towards deep square leg for a single

Rubel to Senanayake, 1 leg bye

appeal for lbw, the ball rolls to the leg side, a leg bye is taken

Best performances - batsmen
Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara
37 runs (38)
1 four
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
11 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
Thisara Perera portrait
NLTC Perera
35 runs (28)
3 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
1 four
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Lasith Malinga portrait
SL Malinga
Sachithra Senanayake portrait
SMSM Senanayake
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
TossBangladesh, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka in Bangladesh T20I Series
Player Of The Match
Thisara Perera
Thisara Perera
Player Of The Series
Nuwan Kulasekara
Nuwan Kulasekara
Series resultSri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I no. 358
Hours of play (local time)17.00 start, First Session 17.00-18.15, Interval 18.15-18.30, Second Session 18.30-19.45
Match days14 February 2014 - daynight match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Sabbir Rahman
Sabbir Rahman
Bangladesh Image
Anisur Rahman
Bangladesh Image
TV Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Gazi Sohel
Reserve Umpire
Bangladesh Image
Masudur Rahman
Match Referee
Australia Image
David Boon