A decent top order show and 300 at long last and the rain had to arrive...Aaaarhhh!
Great performance by the boys to square the series. Yes that's right, we just squared the series, like the test series, against a lower ranked team. Top order runs again and what a difference that makes. I still felt we should have got 300 after that start and lost out way but alas, Tissera comes to the party. Now two games in a row he has made match defining 50's. Despite the customary dropped catch we fielded really well for the rest of the game which made a huge difference.
Mendis keeps getting batter and vital knocks by the openers and Gunaratne. I thought Chandi's run out was really really poor!. We had the advantage another 5 overs would have transferred the pressure but somehow, with an easy two on offer, we managed to gift them a wicket.
Kula's opening spell was sensational and set up the game and Dilruwan got two important wickets. All in all good show by the boys and glad to see some fight and a win of course.
It was our fielding which put bangladesh in trouble . Their body language shows that they didnt expect such resistant from our fielders . They must use this fielding effort as a base and try to improve fielding here onwards.
Following to win this series after the last two win against SA and Aus. Also happy that the selectors have finally taken to the aggressive approach and selected the correct players. Ironically the one player I would probably leave out is the captain Tharanga! That question again: do you select the best team and the captain from that team or do you select the captain first and then the best 10 players.
Main reason for this lose is the unnecessary urgency of our top 3 batsmen (KJP, Munaweera & Tharanga). I thought that they were going to reach the target within 10 overs. Without loosing a wicket 48 runs (8 r.p.o) within the power play would have been more than enough to chase this target.
Players like Kusal Perera & Munaweera proved their past stats again. They score exceptionally well one match and fail in 7-8 matches. Actually it is difficult to build up a team with this kind of inconsistent players. In this scenario how much valuable asset is Dickwella for us. He was consistent and gave good starts in almost every match.
Another worry is Milinda Siriwardane. He could not deliver through out this series.
Yeah i agree. I think if anyone needs to be dropped its Siriwardana and Munaweera. Siriwardana has not shown a good batting performance in a long time. He has not been used as a bowler either so no point having him in the team. Munaweera should be dropped when Dickwella returns. Mathews will take Siriwardanas place. I dont know whats going to happen to Tharanga in T20. He has some good starts but fails to capitalise on it. I hope there are no further injuries to the team for a long time becauae these injuries are hurting the team badly.
Consistency has been ONE of many issues SL have and it showed up again yesterday as Bangladesh who has lost their last 8 one dayers put in a polished performance to out run SL in style. Lets face it, they had all bases covered and we were floundering. They had the perfect start in both innings and we were chasing the game and the better teams will always put you away. Was disappointed with the batting unit who looked overly aggressive and out of their depth in chasing a challenging but gettable total.
Well that is the end of the tour and good thing is we didn't lose anything which was a possibility at the beginning of the tour. What's worrying is Bangladesh have plenty to build on and the next tour, they will probably have the same playing eleven as none of them are over 30 and the big three in Tamim, Rahim and Saquib will be even more experienced - worrying proposition when you apply the same logic to SL and look forward.
At the beginning of the tour my comment was we need to put in a proper performance to beat Bangladesh this time and suffice to say we didn't but just did enough to draw the series.