Saturday, 9 January 2010

Bangladesh have not learnt from the past

This was the third time in the tri series that Bangladesh did what they were supposed to do with the bat but nowhere when it came to doing the same with the ball. In the first encounter against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh posted a total in excess of 250 and lost the game by 7 wickets showing that their bowling was nowhere close to the requirement. And in the second encounter with the Indians, there was no reason for the Bangladesh team to lose so badly despite putting up a massive score of 296 on the board. And now in the 3rd ODI as well, Bangladesh have done exactly that.

Put up a comparatively decent total on the board and forget what to do next. Bangladesh did well to post a total of 249 on the board despite losing wickets at regular intervals with almost every batsmen from the Bangladesh team contributing upto his caliber. The single digit scorers were the ones who came in at number 8 onwards. But all these efforts from the Bangladeshi batsmen could hardly guarantee them even a close encounter against Sri Lanka. All that the Bangladeshi bowlers were able to do with the ball was to get the wicket of Mahela Jayawardane not before the batsman scored a century and ensured that Sri Lanka won the game.

The Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan bought in as many as 8 of his bowlers all of whose efforts were outplayed by just 2 Sri Lankan batsmen in Mahela Jayawardane and Upul Tharanga. There was not even a single bowler from the Bangladesh side who was found bowling his entire quota of 10 overs. Sri Lanka reached the target of 250 runs with as many as 8 overs to spare. On the other hand, Sri Lanka needed the efforts of just 5 of his bowlers (though there were 6 players from Sri Lanka who bowled) to restrict the Bangladeshi batsmen. The 6th bowler in Samaraweera going in for 17 runs of the only over he bowled.

The only reason for the Bangladesh to feel better was the fact that the Bangladesh innings had 4 hits out of the boundary compared to none from the Sri Lankan side. However, given the caliber of Bangladesh team, strong teams like India and Sri Lanka should be found resting their key players and playing some young talent which has not been the case so far in the series. The Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is found playing his full strength team with the likes of Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag and Yuvraj though it has been Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli who proved to be better in their area.

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