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Things go from bad to worse

  • Published at 12:54 am August 1st, 2019
Mahmudullah
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah walks back to the dressing room following his dismissal against Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Colombo Wednesday AFP

The Tigers will head home Thursday morning with concerns looming in the dressing room

Bangladesh players were seen heading up the dressing room in a gloomy mood whilst Sri Lanka were celebrating their first home series win in almost four years. 

A group of the home side were seen giving a lap of honor to the supporters in the stands, riding on the bikes which were gifted away in the presentation ceremony. 

The Tigers had come to Colombo for the three-match ODI series with the expectation of recovering from their recent lows.

But as it happened, the Tigers will head home Thursday morning with concerns looming in the dressing room.

Irony of the situation, they are yet to sort the things out which went wrong in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. 

Bangladesh suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series to a lower-ranked Sri Lanka and none of the former’s departments – batting, bowling and fielding – were functional.

Top-order batsman Soumya Sarkar scored 69 off 86 balls but the left-handed batsman could not cherish the moment as Bangladesh failed to chase down 294 and lost the game by 122 runs. 

On top must have been the feeling that the southpaw finally scored some runs after failing to convert in 10 innings at a stretch, despite getting starts, only to see the team in trouble.

The defeat was Bangladesh’s fifth in a row in the format.

“We need to admit that we played badly and failed as a team. We have ourselves to blame. Above that, they have won a series after almost four years at their home. They played well and got the result. For us it was about playing our best which we could not unfortunately do. The scenario could have been different if we had played well in the three departments,” said Soumya, who batted at No 3, Wednesday.

It is not the first time Bangladesh lost a series or faced a clean sweep. 

After all, it has only been a few years that the team have been rising in the game.

But the way the side lost, or on occasions gave away the initiative have left many puzzled.

Many consider it to be positive that in the month ahead the team have nothing to do other than sitting back and thinking of what has gone so wrong. 

Bangladesh in their next assignment have a home series against Afghanistan, the format yet to be decided.

“Yes, we could have finished the matches differently and there were points when the games were in our control. But as it happened, we lost wickets in succession. It would have been different if the batsmen had tried more to stay in the middle than looking at the scoreboard. Even [Wednesday] we went all-out with many overs remaining. That way the defeat wouldn’t have been this big. The pressure was built on us with the top-order not performing. I think a bit of indecision has also worked when in the middle,” said the left-handed batsman.

3RD ODI

SRI LANKA INNINGS            R    B

Fernando lbw b Shafiul        6    14

Karunaratne c Mushfiqur b Taijul     46    60

Perera c Mushfiqur b Rubel         42    51

Mendis c Sabbir b Soumya         54    58

Mathews c Mushfiqur b Soumya     87    90

Shanaka c Sabbir b Shafiul         30    14

Jayasuriya c Tamim b Shafiul         13    7

Hasaranga not out             12    5

Dananjaya c Sabbir b Soumya     0    1

Rajitha not out            0    0

Extras (w4)                 4

Total (50 overs)             294/8

Fall Of Wickets

1-13 (Fernando), 2-96 (Karunaratne), 3-98 (Perera), 4-199 (Mendis), 5-251 (Shanaka), 6-280 (Jayasuriya), 7-284 (Mathews), 8-284 (Dananjaya)  

Bowling

Shafiul 10-2-68-3(w1), Rubel 9-1-55-1(w1), Taijul 10-1-34-1, Miraz 9-0-59-0, Soumya 9-0-56-3(w1), Mahmudullah 3-0-22-0 (w1)

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Anamul c Fernando b Rajitha         14    24

Tamim c Perera b Rajitha        2    6

Soumya b Dananjaya             69    86

Mushfiq c Mendis b Shanaka         10    15

Mithun c Kumara b Shanaka         4    11

Mahmudullah c Perera b Shanaka     9    12

Sabbir c sub b Kumara         7    17

Miraz c sub b Kumara             8    6

Taijul not out                 39    28

Shafiul c Perera b Hasaranga         1    5

Rubel run out                 2    6

Extras (lb 2, w5)             7

Total (36 overs)             172 all out

Fall Of Wickets

1-4 (Tamim), 2-29 (Anamul), 3-46 (Mushfiqur), 4-60 (Mithun), 5-83 (Mahmudullah), 6-105 (Sabbir), 7-117 (Miraz), 8-143 (Soumya), 9-149 (Shafiul), 10-172 ( Rubel)

Bowling

Jayasuria 6-0-40-0, Rajitha 5-0-17-2 (w3), Dananjaya 10-0-44-1, Shanaka 6-0-27-3 (w2), Hasaranga 3.5-1-16-1, Kumara 5-0-26-2

Sri Lanka won by 122 runs

MoM & MoS: Angelo Mathews