March 21, 2007

Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka match: Live blogging

I am listening to the BBC Radio commentary. Video is available via sopcast but speed is sluggish. And the Cricinfo ball-by-ball commentary of the match is very useful.

Bangladesh won the toss and put Sri Lanka to bat. Sri Lanka looking solid and taking on Bangladeshi bowlers. Sri Lanka 32/0 in 6 overs and Jaysuria has already launched an over boundary of Rasel's bowling.

Signs of inexperience by Bangladesh as per Cricinfo live commentary:

3.6 Syed Rasel to Jayasuriya, no run, madness! A good length ball moves in some from off stump, Jayasuriya defends to leg, Tharanga sets off at some pace and is sent back about half-way down the track and looks a goner, but Rasel, who picks the ball up and has all the time in the world to hit the nonstriker's stumps, fires in a throw that misses the stumps, wow that would have been out if he'd hit...where's the back-up fielder?

14.2 overs: Bangladesh finally breaks the opening partnership at 98 runs. Tharanga was caught by Aftab brilliantly of a not so good ball by Rafique. Rafique strikes in his first over, but cannot contain Jayasuria. Jayasuria is on 67 not out in 53 balls. ; Sri Lanka 108/1 in 16.

Bangladesh missed another run out chance. Wicket Keeper Mushfique missed a sitter.

19.4 Abdur Razzak to Jayawardene, no run, quicker one, turned to square leg, he sets off and gets sent back, the 'keeper Rahim moves quickly, collects it, Jayawardene is some seven miles down the track...all he had to do was run in and flick the bails off, but instead he has a shy at the stumps and misses...oh ho

Rain stopped play after 24 overs with 136/1 on board for Sri Lanka. Jayasuria is on 83 in 77 balls. Is the stop of play a blessing or trouble for Bangladesh? Only time will tell.

33 Overs: Sri Lanka 182/1 with Jayasuria back in the Pavilion retired hurt. A genuine nick of Jayawardane to wicket keeper was not given by the umpire. This is simply not the day for Bangladesh.

We have seen a couple of dropped catches although they were tough. A few run out chances should have been taken by Bangladesh. Will prove costly later. A few lapses in the field also. Surely this is not the team we saw last Saturday against India.

48 Overs: Sri Lanka is on a run feast here. Jayasuria just departed with 109 and Sri Lanka is 300/4. Bangladesh has a huge target to chase. No doubt the Sri Lankans have played well. They surely look a strong contender for the World Cup.

Sri Lanka ends with 318/4 in 50 overs. It will be a daunting task for Bangladesh. Actually Sri Lanka did their home work well they unsettled Bangladeshi bowlers and could pile on the runs.

Let see how Bangladesh replies.

If anyone is looking for live free video links for todays match:

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(Thanks Arup)

Bangladesh's bad phase continues. They lost their openers within 3 overs with 7 runs on board. Sri Lanka's opening bowlers are very accurate and penetrating. Hope Bangladesh reach 220 to prevent a bad run rate.


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