Resurgent Bangladesh stun Sri Lanka
The Asian minnows pulled off an emphatic four-wicket victory over the islanders for the first time in their cricketing history.Updated: Feb 22, 2006 21:02 IST
A half century by Mohammad Ashraful and his 63 run fourth-wicket partnership with captain Habibul Bashar inspired Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka by four wickets with two overs to spare on Wednesday in the second limited-overs cricket international.
It was Bangladesh's first ever win against Sri Lanka after 15 previous limited-overs and five Test-losses.
Bangladesh have previously only won 10 of their 116 one-day matches— including victories over Australia, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
"We bowled well today and batted sensibly," winning captain, Bashar said.
"Now we are looking at winning the series, we want to be more competitive," he added.
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore, who once coached Sri Lanka to a World Cup victory, was simply "happy."
Bangladesh began their innings— after restricting the visitors to 212— with the loss of opener Shahriar Nafees (17), who was caught behind by Kumar Sangakkara off Dilhara Fernando.
Farveez Maharoof then trapped super-sub Rajin Saleh (6) lbw, before Javed opener Javed Omar was also dismissed lbw at 40 by Malinga Bandara with Bangladesh at 91.
Ashraful and Bashar's 63-run partnership edged Bangladesh's total to 154, with Ashraful's 50 coming off 68 balls with four boundaries.
Bangladesh then lost two quick wickets in successive overs, when Bashar (33) was caught at long-on trying to hit one over the boundary off Sanath Jayasuriya, followed by Ashraful (51), who was dismissed in a similar manner by Hasantha Fernando.
Aftab Ahmed and Alok Kapali picked up the reins, with a 51 run partnership to tally the score to 206, before Kapali (18) was dismissed by Dilhara Fernando.
Khaled Mashud (2) joined Ahmed (32) to complete the 213 runs needed to ensure a historic victory to the cheers of more than 20,000 fans in a packed Shaheed Chandu Stadium.
Ahmed's 32 off 21 balls, with 2 boundaries and 1 six, earned him the man of the match title.
The hosts won the toss and elected to field first on a moist pitch, as morning fog delayed the start of the match by half an hour and each inning was curtailed to 49 overs.
Sri Lanka opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya's top scored for the visitors with 96 off 110 balls, with 8 boundaries and one six before Rafique dismissed him lbw. He was earlier dropped at 2 by Nazmul Hossain.
Syed Rasel, Alok Kapali and Mohammad Rafique took two wickets each as Bangladesh got off to a good start with the disputed dismissal of Sri Lankan opener Jehan Mubarak, who was caught behind by Khaled Mashud off Syed Rasel.
Television replays later showed that Mashud took the ball on the first bounce.
Wicketkeeper Mashud also caught Kumar Sangakkara (23) off Rasel. Spin bowler Rafique then dismissed Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who was caught for five at short fine leg by Habibul Bashar.
Kapali, who returned to the team after a year of poor form, had Chamara Kapugedera caught by Mashud at 13, before he claimed Tillakaratne Dilshan caught and bowled for three.
Aftab Ahmed followed with the wicket of Hasantha Fernando (3), trapped lbw. Bashar took a good catch to dismiss Farveez Maharoof (21) off Mashrafee Bin Mortaza, while Malinga Bandara (18) was run out off Rasel and Dilhara Fernando was caught by Mohammad Ashraful off Nazmul Hossain.
Bangladesh's win leveled the three-match series 1-1, with Sri Lanka winning the first by five wickets on Monday. The next and final match will be played on Saturday in Chittagong.
Sri Lanka: Jehan Mubarak c Mashud b Rasel 2, Sanath Jayasuriya lbwRafique 96, Kumar Sangakkara c Mashud b Rasel 23, Mahela Jayawardene c Bashar b Rafique 5, Chamara Kapugedera c Mashud b Kapali 13, Tillakaratne Dilshan c&b Kapali 3, Hasantha Fernando lbwAhmed 3, Farveez Maharoof c Bashar b Mortaza 21, Malinga Bandara run out 18, Dilhara Fernando c Ashraful b Hossain 13, Ruchira Perera not out 4, Extras: (b-1, nb-2, w-8) 11, Total: (all out in 49 overs) 212.
Fall of wkts: 1-5, 2-72, 3-87, 4-116, 5-122, 6-132, 7-168, 8-187, 9-196, 10-212.
Did not bat: Upul Tharanga (super-sub).
Bowling: Mashrafee Bin Mortaza 10-2-31-1, Syed Rasel 10-2-28-2, Nazmul Hossain 7-0-59-1, Mohammad Rafique 10-0-40-2, Alok Kapali 6-0-29-2, Aftab Ahmed 6-0-24-1.
Bangladesh: Javed Omar lbw Bandara 40, Shahriar Nafees c Sangakkara b D Fernando 17, Rajin Saleh lbw Maharoof 6, Mohammad Ashraful c Bandara b K Fernando 51, Habibul Bashar c Kapugedera b Jayasuriya 33, Aftab Ahmed not out 32, Alok Kapali c K Fernando b D Fernando 18, Khaled Mashud not out 2, Extras: (lb-1, w-6, nb-7) 14, Total: (for 6 wkts, 47 overs) 213.
Fall of wkts: 1-38, 2-45, 3-91, 4-154, 5-155, 6-206.
Bowling: Perera 7-1-30-0, Maharoof 9-0-38-1, D Fernando 8-0-48-2, Bandara 8-0-42-1, Jayasuriya 9-0-36-1, K Fernando 6-0-18-1.
Umpires: Hariharan Krishna (India) and Mahbubur Rahman (Bangladesh).
TV Umpire: Nadir Shah (Bangladesh). Match Referee: Alan Hurst (Australia).
First Published: Feb 22, 2006 12:41 IST