Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh- ICC Champions Trophy- a Review

  So, the mini World Cup of Cricket kicked off at the PCA stadium in Mohali with 2002 edition joint winners Sri Lanka taking on Bangladesh. The crowd wasn’t anything to speak of, with barely a few people in the stadium. But the limited fans who were there were pretty enthusiastic though. Especially the ladies cheering for Lanka 😀

Sri Lanka didn’t play their best, to be honest. But in the initial stages of a tournament, I think you can excuse that . Upul Tharanga played pretty well, although he slowed down a bit in the initial stages of the 90’s. His conversion rate from 50’s to 100’s is pretty good, 5 out of the 8-let’s see how he does against the biggies.

Bashar missed a trick or two by allowing Sangakarra and Tharanga to settle, after getting rid of Jaywardene. And if you consider the Lankans were at 193/2 after 32 overs, 303 looks a little less than what they would have wanted. They lost their way a bit after that, but recovered with a bit of slogging in the last two overs.

As for Bangladesh, same old story. Nafees and Ashraful went after consuming too mnay overs. They did maintain their rate of 5, thanks to the likes of Farhad Reza, Aftab Ahmed and not to forget Dilhara Fernando :p

Saqibul Hasan, for all the newspapers described as a lone warrior, is good square off the wicket, he plays the square cut well, but nothing else IMO. He looks in the Jimmy Adams mode to me. He doesn’t have a wide variety of strokes and isn’t a treat to watch, but he can occupy the crease.

Anyway, commendable effort by Bangladesh, but they have lots of work to do if they are to rise to the top.

Three bloopers spotted by an ardent fan who lives in India

1.) Aftab Ahmed was once called Mohammad Aftab.

2.) The Vaas runout , if it had happened would not have saved 10-15 runs.

3.) Saqibul Hasan reached 50 before he actually did, according to a commentator.

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  1. Thanks for the analysis and updates.

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