Not the greatest of starts to the tournament, but Bangladesh have done themselves a world of good with this spectacular win against Sri Lanka. It could have been a lot better sans the dropped catches and the horrific usage of DRS, by both teams indeed. We hope tomorrow will satiate your cricket cravings as Pakistan take on Hong Kong in the second group game of this Asia Cup. Same place, same time. Do remember to tune in for that. "Life's going to be full of a lot of little setbacks, but that doesn't mean you stop trying," one of my favourite lines from Atypical, a Netflix binge-worthy telly series. Hope Sri Lanka could draw some inspiration from that. On that note, we [Raju Peethala along with Sagar Chawla, Rishi Roy, Varun Dixit, Akshay Maanay and our scorer Sulthan] bid goodbye and good night. Cheers!!
Today's stats roundup, courtesy Deepu Narayanan-> Lowest all-out totals for SL vs Ban:124 Dubai, 2018 (Lost by 137 runs)147 Mirpur, 2009 (Lost by 5 wkts)157 Mirpur, 2018 (Lost by 163 runs)180 Mirpur, 2014 (Won by 13 runs)-> Biggest losses for Full Members in Asia Cup ODIs:158 Ban vs SL, Karachi, 2008139 Ban vs Pak, Dambulla, 2010137 SL vs Ban, Dubai, 2018 *131 Vab vs SL, Lahore, 2008** 131 Ban vs SL, Lahore, 2008-> This is Bangladesh's first win in six ODIs in UAE.-> This is only Bangladesh's 7th win in 45 ODIs against SL.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Man of the Match: Thanks to almighty for giving me strength. We need to win both our games to qualify for the next round. Mithun plays really well and I knew it was easy to bat and I took my chances. When I saw Tamim walk out to bat I knew I had to do something for him and for my country. It's difficult to concentrate each and every ball. I thought I've ben in great nick in the last one year and I was determined to score big runs in this tournament. I'm really happy that I'm able to contribute to my team's win.
Mortaza: I should thank Mushfiq and Mithun. They batted really well and also Tamim came out to bat under real pressure. It was good to see Mushfiq get a big score. People should remember him (Tamim). The way our seniors are performing, I think it's time for our juniors to step up now. There's lot of things we can improve. Hopefully we can look after our batting in the coming games. We have to improve a little bit in our bowling as well. Thanks for the fans for coming out in numbers and supporting us throughout. We really need your support for the rest of the tournament. Good thing that we didn't field first, but somewhere in the tournament we have to be prepared for that.
Angelo Mathews: It was a pretty bad effort from the whole team. After having them 3 wickets down for 3 runs, we let them off the hook by dropping catches. And mushy batted very well. We made lot of bad decision while batting. It was a good wicket to bat to. I had to use Lasith to get the wickets in the middle overs. I thought 260 was a chaseable total. We made a lot of mistakes while batting. The decision making by the whole batting unit was poor. We need a good start when we are chasing 260. We lost too many wickets and no one got going today. In the first 10 overs, after losing wickets, batsmen had to do the repair job. Unfortunately we could not get going today.
22:36 local: After having Bangladesh on the mat - effectively 3 down for 3 runs - Sri Lanka tripped over with overexcitement and in the process dropped catches and let themselves down enabling a game-changing 131-run third wicket stand while at it. And from that instant, the momentum was firmly with Bangladesh who - led by the brilliance of Mushfiqur Rahim - ensured their valiant, gritty efforts with the bat didn't go in vain. They were pinpoint discipline with the ball and the fact that six of the ten Sri Lankan dismissals were either bowled or lbw adds substance to my conviction. In contrast, Sri Lanka only had two. Go, figure!
Shakib to Aponso, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Lasith Malinga, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mosaddek Hossain to Dilruwan Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
That'll be drinks then! Mere formalities left you'd think but a score of 150 would do no harm to Sri Lanka's confidence
Shakib Al Hasan [7.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
Mosaddek Hossain, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Amila Aponso, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Two slips in now...
Mustafizur to Lakmal, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Mustafizur Rahman [3.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
Lakmal struggling in the heat, goes down with cramps. Physio is out to loosen up his left leg
Shakib Al Hasan [3.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Suranga Lakmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mehidy Hasan to Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dilruwan Perera, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rubel to Mathews, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Rubel Hossain, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mehidy Hasan to Mathews, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Time for drinks! Sri Lanka in a perilous situation. One mis-step and they could be done. Mathews is huge here.
Mehidy Hasan [2.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Regarding Kusal Perera's dismissal, there's a spike on UltraEdge as the ball passes bat. Inside edge? The bottom of his bat was quite close to the pad too, so that may also have produced the noise. There was little in his reaction to suggest that he was aggrieved, that's for sure. Took it rather well.
Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mehidy Hasan to Kusal Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Mehidy Hasan, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mortaza to D de Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mortaza to Tharanga, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Kusal Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mustafizur to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Mustafizur Rahman, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Do I hear a fizzzzz?
Tharanga and Kusal Mendis are at the crease. Tharanga is on strike. Mortaza will open the attack