Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Clash In Nidahas Trophy Match

Sri Lanka national cricket team loses in 2018 Nidahas Trophy match

The Premadasa Stadium witnesses Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2018 Nidahas Trophy match on Friday. Sri Lanka loses to Bangladesh by two wickets to reach the final of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy with India. It is going to be the final of the Twenty20I tri-nation series on Sunday. The dramatic encounter between the two teams led to chaos due to some indecisive umpiring. Consequently, the game raised their temperament of the stadium and audience were clueless.

In the play, Bangladesh just had to score 12 runs from four deliveries in the final over against Sri Lanka. The bafflement started somewhere at the point when Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh missed two bouncers from Lankan player Isuru Udana. There was a pause in the play and the two umpires halted for any decisive outcome for the second ball. Bangladesh captain Shakib-Al-Hasan was speaking agitatedly to an off-field umpire and even gestured the batsmen asking them to return back to the pavilion. Hence, the Bangladeshi players contested the call urging that the event was a no-ball due to its seemingly shoulder-height delivery.


The ugly scenes led to both the teams clashing with each other after the run-out decision. Bangladesh was up in arms against it, an incident which will surely warrant further inspection from the ICC. Even their substitute fielder came up with an argument against the Sri Lankan fielder, Thisara Perera. Both the players involved in a heated altercation of words.

Had Bill Lawry been present on commentary, he would have aptly summed the tension in his typical style: “It’s all happening here.”

“Emotions take over, I need to be careful as a leader of a team, I will be careful next time.”- Shakib-Al-Hasan

But then coming back to senses the players resumed action and the flow of the game took a turn in the favor of Shakib’s team. Thanks to Mahmudullah who finished the game with a maximum extra cover and then followed it up with a quick brace.

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Colombo: Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah reacts after scoring the winning run to defeat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets during their second Twenty20 cricket match in the Nidahas triangular series in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, March 16, 2018.

A quick review

Bangladesh didn’t have a promising start with opener Liton Das departing early and Sabbir Rahman also following the way. With a target of 160,  Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal got together with the reliable 64-run partnership. Lanka fought back valiantly, picking the players the Lankans kept themselves in the game with three wickets — Mushfiqur Rahim, Tanim Iqbal, and Soumya Sarkar —in quick succession. Spirited Mahmudullah could score an unbeaten 43 out of 18 balls with his fixed composure and lead Bangladesh home. At one stage, the Lankans were 41 for 5 in the ninth over.

Thisara Perera on facing 37 balls struck three fours and as many sixes for his 58. Kusal Perera needed 40 deliveries for his 61 ended up hitting seven fours and one six. Mustafizur had in-form Kushal Mendis in the fourth over and just dismissed Dasun Shanaka in his next over. Shakib Al Hasan had the breakthrough by claiming opener Danushka Gunathilaka. Mustafizur in his second over had run out of Upul Tharanga, as the sixth over yielded two wickets.

By the end of powerplay overs, the back of Sri Lankan batting was broken and they were reduced to 35 for 4 at the end of sixth over. Mehidy Hasan Miraz joined by removing Jeevan Mendis in the ninth over. By that time, Sri Lanka lost half of their wickets for just 41 runs. Thisara and Kusal duo flaunted their batting innings in the later stages.

Bangladesh won in verdict!

”Following the win, the Bangladeshi players also broke into a ‘Nagin’ dance.

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh-nagin-dance

Regarding the temperaments that raged the scenario, the match referee Chris Broad is yet to take action. Surely there will be some repercussion for the Bangladesh team, including skipper cum captain Shakib-Al-Hasan, for some inappropriate behavior during the match.

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