Sabbir’s commanding half-century
Sabbir Rahman scored a fine half-century against the Lankans in Dambulla on Saturday. Sabbir dominated the home side from the very beginning of his innings. Sri Lanka were on top after taking the wicket of Soumya Sarkar in the fifth over. But the Sabbir-Tamim Iqbal partnership released all the pressure for Tigers. And the visiting side soon took control. These two formed a crucial 90-run stand for the third wicket. Generally, Tamim plays a lot of shots when he is well set. But in this case, Sabbir took command, smashing some brilliant boundaries. Sabbir’s 54-run knock was composed with 10 boundaries. Almost all of the 10 fours were proper cricketing shots. His knock eventually proved to be vital as Bangladesh posted a challenging total.
Sloppy Lankan fielding
Sri Lanka are generally a very good fielding side. They have continued a high level of fielding for decades. But the young Lankan side are struggling to maintain the quality in the last few series. And it was also evident in the first ODI against the Tigers. Their ground fielding was very poor while body language was also not up to the mark. Upul Tharanga took a sharp catch to send Sabbir back to the pavilion. But apart from that, Sri Lanka were very poor on the field. There were certain boundaries which could have been stopped if the fielders tried their best. Such sloppy fielding cost them heavily in the end.
Miraz’s wickets on debut
Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz’s inclusion in the ODI squad was dramatic to say the least. He was sent back home after the two-match Test series. But following the one-off practice match, he was called up immediately. The right-hander had to travel almost 3000km to join the squad again. And interestingly, he opened the bowling for the Tigers alongside captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza. He was rewarded not once but twice as he took the important wickets of Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal.