World Cup: How Bangladesh blew their lines in the field vs Sri Lanka

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 26, 2015 18:39 IST

Bangladesh's slip-shod fielding powered Sri Lanka to a mammoth total of 332 for the loss of only one wicket in a World Cup Pool A clash against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday.

Bangladesh's ground fielding, backing-up and catching was horrendous and did not look as if they are a Test playing nation.

Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed reacts after a failed attempt to catch out Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara. REUTERS

Sri Lanka opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was reprieved three times before his charmed life ended on 52, having been dropped on the fourth ball of the match by Anamul Haque who put down an easy, waist-high chance at slip off the bowling of his captain Mashrafe Mortaza.

That set the tone for an afternoon of grassed catches, missed run-out opportunities and leaked runs from sloppy fielding that made Bangladesh's place at the global showpiece seem an embarrassing anomaly.

Bangladesh bowler Shakib Al Hasan (C) reacts after missing an attempt at dismissing Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara (not pictured) as Sangakkara's teammate Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) runs down the pitch. REUTERS

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim had a nightmare afternoon, failing to go for a nick by Thirimanne behind the wicket that flew between the stumper and slip in the ninth over.

Midway through the innings, he missed a stumping chance to dismiss the opener and later a run-out chance in the 43rd over when Dilshan was well short of his ground after being sent back at the striker's end.

Bangladesh bowler Rubel Hossain sits on the ground after fielding a ball off Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. REUTERS

That ended a partnership of 122, but Sangakkara picked up where the opener left off, again profiting from Bangladesh's abysmal fielding.

After striking an imperious off-drive for four off paceman Taskin Ahmed to move to 23, the classy lefthander was nearly out the next ball when the bowler banged in a short one.

Bunting the ball straight back, Taskin dived low to gets hands to it but spilt the tough chance.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (L) and first slip Anamul Haque watch after they allowed the ball to go through to a boundary. REUTERS

Dilshan brought up his 21st ODI century with a streaky two from an inside edge behind the wicket after dancing down the pitch to Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed celebrates after catching out Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne.REUTERS

Bangladesh players celebrate the wicket of Sri lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne. AFP PHOTO

Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne (R) walks off the field after being caught out by Bangladesh's Taksin Ahmed as incoming batsman Kumar Sangakkara (L) walks on. REUTERS PHOTO

Shortly after, Sangakkara was dropped again on 60 off the bowling of Rubel, cutting straight to point where Mominul Haque put down a sitter at chest-height.

Monimul's petulant response, throwing the ball at the bowler's end in frustration, caused three runs from an over-throw. Sangakkara responded by slapping a six straight over Rubel's head.

Bangladesh's Taskin Ahmed reacts after dropping a catch off his own bowling. AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh fielder Shabbir Rahaman watches after miss fielding the ball. REUTERS

Bangladesh's Anamul Haque sits on the field after dropping a catch off Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne. REUTERS

Thirimanne's wicket was the only success for Bangladesh in the first session as it was a pure Sri Lanka show thereon as Dilshan and Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 210-run partnership which also turned out to be Sri Lanka's highest second-wicket partnership, breaking their own record of 200 against India in 2012.

Dilshan hammered 22 boundaries in his 146-ball knock while Sangakkara smashed 13 fours and the lone six in his 76-ball innings.

The Bangladeshi bowlers did not have much to boast about as they also gave away 14 extras to skipper Mashrafe Mortaza's dismay.

A Bangladesh supporter with his face painted. AFP PHOTO

A stunned Bangladesh supporter . AFP PHOTO

With IANS, PTI, REUTERS inputs. Photos from AFP, REUTERS

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