Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Sri Lanka make much from the soft target

Bangladesh are no more the team they were a few years ago when victory against the same was announced even before the match started. But, all these words can never ever stop Bangladesh from losing to any opposition. This may not be true if the opposition is a non test playing country or someone like the West Indies. Bangladesh, in the first match of the tri series involving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were able to put up a total in excess of 250 against Sri Lanka, reminding once again their improvement in international cricket. Bangladesh are now found doing what other test playing nations were found doing a decade ago.

Bangladesh are now found frequently posting team totals above 250 which was not the case even some four years down the lane. And, the other test playing nations were at that time posting regular scores in excess of 300 and sometimes many a times even chasing the same. However, if Bangladesh could show the cricketing world about their improvement in cricket, on the other hand, Sri Lanka could now breathe free after winning a one day game irrespective against the opposition which it has achieved. Sri Lanka could manage just 1 victory from the 4 games that it played against India in the recently concluded ODI series.

Prior to that, all that Sri Lanka could manage was a win against South Africa in the ICC Champions trophy 2009 which was followed by losses to England and New Zealand. Prior to that, Sri Lanka had won a bi lateral series against Pakistan by a 3-2 margin which evoked suspicion regarding the matches to be fixed in August last year. And before that Sri Lanka could win just one game in the bi lateral series against India in early 2009 out of the 5 games that were played. So, Sri Lanka could manage just 5 wins from 17 games prior to this victory against Bangladesh.

It was nice to see the Sri Lankans playing a calculated innings against Bangladesh at Dhaka which saw them not lose many wickets and also keep the scoreboard ticking. This was more of a practice match for the Sri Lankans which can ensure them a better performance in the remainder of the series that also involves matches against old rivals India defeating whom would obviously be on the top of the agenda for the Sri Lankans. The entire Sri Lankan innings didn't contain even a sngle maximum compared to the 3 sixes that the Bangladeshi innings had. So, with this, Bangladesh are found to master only in the batting dept and yet to prove something in the bowling dept.

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