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1st T20, Ban vs SL: as it happened


Cricketnext Staff
Feb 12, 2014 at 08:55pm IST

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To prepare for the bigger battle at the ICC World Twenty20 will be on Sri Lanka and Bangladesh's mind when the two subcontinent teams face each other in the first T20 international at Chittagong on Wednesday.

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The two-match series will also be a battle between the top-ranked T20 team Sri Lanka and the No. 10 Bangladesh, and an upset is what the Bangladeshis will be hoping for as they get set to host another mega ICC event after co-hosting the 2011 World Cup.

1st T20, Ban vs SL: as it happened

A file photo of Tillakaratne Dilshan. (Getty Images)

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Sri Lanka: 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt and wk), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Nuwan Kulasekara, 8 Sachithra Senanayake, 9 Ajantha Mendis, 10 Seekuge Prasanna, 11 Lasith Malinga

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque (wk), 3 Shamsur Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Nasir Hossain, 6 Mithun Ali,7 Farhad Reza, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Arafat Sunny, 10 Masrafe Bin Mortaza (capt), 11 Rubel Hossain

Commentary (Bangladesh 1st Innings)

That's it from us today. Hope you enjoyed this thriller. Join us once again for the second T20I in Chittagong itself on 14th February at 1700 local time. Until then, good bye and take care!

Kusal Perera is the Man of the Match. Says things are going well for him. Looks to bat till the end. Knows Bangladesh are good in this format!

Credit to Sri Lanka's effort who held their nerves and survived in the match. Perera, who bowled the final over finished up grabbing two wickets along with Kulasekara. Sri Lanka lead the 2-match T20I series 1-0!

An action packed game! Bangladesh tried their best but just couldn't go past the line! They got off to a superb start but Sri Lanka fought back well with wickets at regular intervals. Anamul Haque then played a brilliant knock and looked as if he'll guide Bangladesh through. Wickets at the end denied Bangladesh a memorable win.

19.6 T Perera to A Haque, OUT! Sri Lanka prevail in this thriller! Full toss, Haque couldn't have asked for a better ball than this but instead he gets out. He tries to smash it over the leg side but mistimes. The ball goes high up in the air and Perera himself takes the catch. The third umpire calls it a legal ball although it looked pretty close. The fielders celebrate and the Bangladesh dug out looks stunned! 166/7

Well well well! The umpire is checking for a waist height no ball!

Bangladesh need three runs off the last ball to win. Can they script off a win?

19.5 T Perera to A Haque, FOUR! A boundary, this is getting close! Outside off, Haque lofts it hard over the cover region for another boundary. 166/6

19.4 T Perera to A Haque, FOUR! Bangladesh not giving up! Full outside off, Haque drives superbly over the cover region for a boundary. 162/6

Sohag Gazi is the next man in.

19.3 T Perera to A Haque, OUT! Fuller length ball outside off, Haque gets an outside edge once again but this time Sangakkara gets to the ball and throws at the non-striker's end. Reza is sent back there but falls short to make it in. Dot ball for Sri Lanka! 158/6

Maiden T20I fifty for Anamul Haque!

19.2 T Perera to A Haque, Outside off, Haque lofts it over covers and takes a couple. 158/5

19.1 T Perera to A Haque, FOUR! Edge! Bangladesh won't mind it at all! Full ball outside off, the batsman tries to smash it through the off side but gets an outside edge. Sangakkara dives to his right but fails to reach to the ball which goes past the third man fence in no time. 156/5

Thisara Perera to bowl the last over. Bangladesh need 17 runs off the last over!

18.6 L Malinga to A Haque, Low full toss on off, Haque smacks it back to the bowler. Malinga puts down a tough chance and a single taken. 152/5

18.5 L Malinga to F Reza, No damage done! Yorker on off, Reza gets an inside edge down the leg side and just a single taken. 151/5

Free Hit coming up....

18.5 L Malinga to A Haque, NO BALL! Full ball on middle, Haque drives it through mid on and takes a single. The umpire signals a wide. 150/5

18.4 L Malinga to F Reza, Full ball outside off, Reza guides it towards third man for a single. 148/5

18.3 L Malinga to A Haque, Low full toss on off, Haque looks to smack it over the leg side but mistimes it towards mid-wicket for a single. 147/5

18.2 L Malinga to A Haque, On middle, Haque drives it to long on and sets off for the second. Malinga doesn't collect the ball cleanly and the batsmen take a couple. 146/5

18.1 L Malinga to A Haque, FOUR! Good length delivery on middle, Haque pulls it nicely through the backward square leg region. The ball races away to the boundary rope. 144/5

17.6 N Kulasekara to A Haque, Full ball outside off, Haque drills it to Dilshan at point. He aims at the striker's end but misses his shy. Single taken. 140/5

17.5 N Kulasekara to F Reza, Shortish on off, Reza pulls it through square leg for a run. 139/5

17.4 N Kulasekara to F Reza, FOUR! Fuller length outside off, Reza goes after it and gets an outside edge. The ball goes from right of Sangakkara who can't reach to the ball. It races to the third man fence for a boundary. 138/5

17.3 N Kulasekara to F Reza, Fuller on off, Reza drives it back to the bowler. 134/5

Farhad Reza walks out to bat.

17.2 N Kulasekara to M Ali, OUT! Straight to the fielder! Touch fuller and slower around off, Ali hits it straight to Mathews at short mid-wicket. Easy catch for him, another soft dismissal. Bangladesh slip further. 134/5

17.1 N Kulasekara to A Haque, Landed around off, Haque who is batting without a helmet drives it through mid on for a single. 134/4

16.6 L Malinga to A Haque, Landed outside off, Haque taps it towards point and sets off. The fielder collects the ball and misses his shy at the non-striker's end. Had there been a direct hit, he was a goner. Risky run taken. 133/4

Mithun Ali walks out to bat.

16.5 L Malinga to N Hossain, OUT! Malinga strikes! Full ball on off, Hossain hammers it straight down the ground. The ball goes high up in the air but Perera runs in hard to his right from mid off and takes a superb catch. Crucial wicket for Sri Lanka! 132/4

16.4 L Malinga to A Haque, Full on the pads, Haque tries to play but misses and gets hit on the pads. The ball goes towards mid-wicket and the batsmen pick up a quick leg bye. 132/3

16.3 L Malinga to A Haque, Good length delivery outside off, Haque tries to steer that one but gets an outside edge which falls short of Sangakkara. 131/3

16.2 L Malinga to N Hossain, Full and slower one outside off, Hossain tries to play that one but misses it completely. Sangakkara fails to collect it as well and the batsmen pick up a bye. 131/3

16.1 L Malinga to N Hossain, Yorker on middle, Hossain gets his bat on it luckily towards long leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. 130/3

Senanayake back on. Hang on... Lasith Malinga brought back on now.

15.6 A Mendis to N Hossain, Outside off, Hossain comes forward and drives it towards point for a run. 128/3

15.5 A Mendis to A Haque, Shorter around off, Haque pulls it through the leg side for another single. 127/3

15.4 A Mendis to N Hossain, Shortish on middle, Hossain pulls it through square leg for a run. 126/3

15.3 A Mendis to A Haque, The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. They pick up a single. 125/3

15.2 A Mendis to N Hossain, Hossain comes down the track and drills it to long on for a run. 124/3

15.1 A Mendis to N Hossain, SIX! Could have been another spectacular catch tonight! Full on middle, Haque comes down the track and smacks it over the long on region. Perera fielding at the boundary rope jumps as much as he can and gets hands to it but fails to grab. Superb effort though. The ball lands over the ropes for a biggie. 123/3

14.6 T Perera to N Hossain, Slower one outside off, Hossain cuts it through point for a run. 117/3

14.5 T Perera to A Haque, Landed outside off, Haque punches it through covers for a single. 116/3

14.4 T Perera to A Haque, Yorker on off, Haque plays it through the off side for a couple. 115/3

14.3 T Perera to N Hossain, Shortish on middle and off, Hossain pulls it to the leg side. Superb effort from the fielder at fine leg to save a run. 113/3

14.2 T Perera to A Haque, Outside off, Haque punches it away off his back foot for a single. 110/3

14.1 T Perera to N Hossain, On the pads, Hossain tries to play that one but the ball brushes off the pads to the keeper behind. Leg bye taken. 109/3

13.6 N Kulasekara to N Hossain, Fuller outside off, Hossain pushes it through the cover region and takes a single to get off the mark. Successful over for Sri Lanka! 108/3

13.5 N Kulasekara to N Hossain, Length ball outside off, Hossain dabs it to the off side. 107/3

13.4 N Kulasekara to N Hossain, Touch shortish outside off, Hossain cuts it to point. 107/3

Nasir Hossain is the next man in.

13.3 N Kulasekara to Al Hasan, OUT! Gone next ball! Fuller length ball on middle and leg, Shakib goes after it but misses it completely. Stumps are disturbed and Sri Lanka pick up a huge wicket. 107/3

13.2 N Kulasekara to Al Hasan, FOUR! Smart! Fuller length ball around off, Shakib knows the fine leg fielder is inside the circle. He gets across and paddles it to fine leg for a boundary. 107/2

13.1 N Kulasekara to Al Hasan, Outside off, Shakib flashes at it but misses. 103/2

12.6 S Senanayake to Al Hasan, On middle, Shakib flicks it to the leg side for a single. 103/2

12.5 S Senanayake to Al Hasan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 102/2

12.4 S Senanayake to A Haque, On the pads, Haque looks to play that one but misses and gets hit on the pads. The batsmen pick up a leg bye. 102/2

12.3 S Senanayake to Al Hasan, On middle, Shakib gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a run. 101/2

12.2 S Senanayake to Al Hasan, Outside off, Shakib cuts it through point for a couple. 100 up for Bangladesh! 100/2

12.1 S Senanayake to Al Hasan, FOUR! Excellent shot! Full ball outside off, Shakib comes down the track and hammers it straight down the ground over the bowler's head for a boundary. 98/2

Senanayake back into the attack.

11.6 A Mendis to Al Hasan, Floated outside off, Shakib goes on his back foot and punches it through covers for a single to end the over. 94/2

11.5 A Mendis to A Haque, Landed outside off, Haque tries to play it to the leg side but gets a leading edge towards covers. Single taken. 93/2

11.4 A Mendis to Al Hasan, On middle, Shakib clips it through mid-wicket for a single. 92/2

11.3 A Mendis to A Haque, Flighted outside off, Haque drives it through mid on for a run. 91/2

11.2 A Mendis to A Haque, Full on off, Haque pushes it back to the bowler. 90/2

11.1 A Mendis to Al Hasan, Around off, Shakib punches it away off his back foot for a single. 90/2

Mendis back on.

10.6 T Perera to A Haque, On middle and leg, Haque clips it through mid-wicket for a run. 89/2

10.5 T Perera to Al Hasan, On middle, Shakib pulls it through the leg side for a single. 87/2

10.4 T Perera to A Haque, Good length delivery outside around off, Haque taps it towards square leg and takes a quick single. 86/2

10.3 T Perera to Al Hasan, Outside off, Shakib punches it through cover-point for a single. 85/2

10.2 T Perera to Al Hasan, SIX! Top edge! Fuller length ball around off, Shakib targets the leg side area and goes for the heave. He mistmes and gets a top edge. The ball flies over the third man region for a biggie. 84/2

10.1 T Perera to A Haque, On the pads, Haque flicks it to long leg for a run. 78/2

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