Bangladesh ended their Sri Lanka tour with a fighting 17 run
loss against the hosts at Pallekelle International Stadium at Kandy today. Bangladesh invited Sri Lanka after winning the
toss and the hosts piled up 198 for 5 in 20 overs against an ill disciplined
Bangladesh attack. However, it would be fair to say that the outcome of the
match was largely decided by some inept umpiring decisions which have again
raised the importance of neutral umpires in all international matches.
Both on-field umpires showed complete disregard to the
spirit of the game as they handed out one after another error strewn decisions;
not surprisingly all of them went against the visitors. Sri Lanka total was
boosted by some helpful umpiring decisions as the hero of Sri Lanka innings
Kusal Perera was out first ball of the match and Angelo Mathews was truck plumb
in font in the 15th over before the late flourish, but both of them
were declared not out. However the umpires changed their allegiance from the
batsmen to the bowlers when Bangladesh came onto bat.
Shamsur Rahman was outside the popping crease in the first
over of the chase and the ball would have sailed well over stumps, and Ashraful
was hit outside leg stump in the 8th Over of Bangladesh innings;
this time both of them were given out. Bangladesh were hard done by both
decisions, but Ashraful’s one was a rank poor decision even if it was backyard
cricket match. Four mistakes at crucial junctures of the game show the umpires
are not simply fit for purpose or wholly biased.
Despite the unhelpful officiating, Bangladesh fought
admirably and was well on course to challenge the total. However, two quick
wickets in the 15th over of Bangladesh innings derailed the chase as
both set batsmen, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah, fell to the spin bowling of Suchitra
Senanayake. Some late hitting by Mominul
Haque could only reduce the margin of defeat who did not have enough support at
the other end to seriously challenge the Sri Lankan total.
Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 17 runs to win the one-off T20 cricket international in Pallekele on Sunday. The game had the Bangladesh fans hopping mad after a series of umpiring mistakes allowed the Sri Lankans to post a high score and derailed the spirited chase by the Bangladeshis.
During the Sri Lankan innings, Kusal Perera was out first ball, while Angelo Mathews was plumb and but both of them not given.
For Bangladesh, debutant Shamsur Rahman was outside the popping crease and the ball would Have sailed well over stumps. Both men were given out.
Four mistakes at crucial junctures of the game. The jury is still out as to whether the umpiring is sub-par or wholly biased.
Sri Lanka 198 for 5 (Kusal Perera 64, Mendis 37) beat Bangladesh 181 for 7 (Ashraful 43, Mushfiqur 39, Thisara Perera 2-25) by 17 runs.
The 2nd ODI was abandoned after only 5 overs when persistent rain prevented any further play. Bangladesh won the toss and sent in Sri Lanka to bat. The Lankan openers got off to a rapid start, punishing the wayward Bangladesh fast bowlers. They had reached 33 runs for no loss when the heavens open up. The two teams now move on to the third and final ODI with the hosts leading the series 1-0.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today (Wednesday) announced the ODI squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka. The first and second ODIs will be in Hambantota on 23 and 25 March while Pallekele will host the final ODI on 28 March:
Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Jaharul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Muminul Hoque, Mahmud Ullah (Vice Captain), Nasir Hossain, Shohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mosharraf Hossain, Abul Hasan, Ziaur Rahman.
Top all-rounder Shakib Al hasan may miss the Test series against Sri Lanka next month. According to BCB physician Debasish Chowdhuty said that the scans revealed that Shakib is suffering from "exertional compartment syndrome" on his shin bone, a condition that leads to pain and swelling and can be caused by frequent running.
"The CT and bone scan didn't reveal any major damages. His problems can be managed by physiotherapy, physical exercise and controlled participation in sports," Chowdhury said. "Whether he will play Tests will depend on Shakib and the selectors."
Shakib had missed the recent ODI home series against the West Indies and was given six-weeks rest.
The decision on Shakib's participation will be taken at a BCB operations committe meeting.
Bangladesh will play two Tests in Sri Lanka in March, as well as three ODIs and a Twenty20.