Last night’s game, Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh, was nothing less than a thriller. Right till the end, there was no way of knowing which way the game will end. Though it will be Sri Lanka who moves ahead in the tournament, securing a place in the Super 4. The Sri Lankan tail-enders held their nerves towards the end and sealed a wonderful victory chasing down the highest total in Asia Cup T20 history. While on the other hand, Bangladesh’s blunders caused them to pack their bags. Even after projecting an enormous target of 183, Bangladesh, lost the game by 2 wickets and 4 balls to spare.
Let’s take a look at the 5 Reasons why Bangladesh lost the Game
1. Unable to take Early Wickets
While Ebadot Hossain got a couple of crucial wickets in the last over of the Powerplay to peg Sri Lanka back slightly. Pathum Nissanka and the player of the match, Kusal Mendis had already laid the initial foundation for Sri Lanka. As their 45-run partnership gave a boost to their team, chasing a historic target of 184 runs. In T20 format the 6-over Powerplay is very essential. Sri Lankan batters were able to utilize this Powerplay to the fullest, as they managed to complete one-fourth of the target in the first 6 overs itself.
2. Couldn’t Utilize the Spree of Dismissals
Even though, while chasing Sri Lanka got off to a good start but two quick wickets lowered their scoring rate. They kept losing wickets thereafter in an endeavor to pick up the scoring rate. However, Bangladesh’s bowlers were unable to utilize this opportunity. As they failed to get rid of the dangerous Mendis and Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka.
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3. Lack of Discipline Displayed by the Bowlers
Bangladesh skipper, Shakib Al Hasan will be very disappointed with the number of extras his bowlers conceded as they were unable to maintain discipline in such a crucial match. However, they continued to chip away at the wickets but were unable to maintain control as the part-time spinners were taken to the cleaners. Although they were really good in the field, taking almost all the chances that came their way.
4. Gave Kusal Mendis a Lifeline
Player of the Match Kusal Mendis was looking dangerous right from the start of his innings. Yet the decline in scoring rate made Mendis over-commit on a ball bowled by Mehidy Hasan. However, Mehidy’s this ball got called off a no-ball, giving Mendis a lifeline at such a crucial point of the game. This was the pivotal point, as Mendis went on to notch up a half-century, ending his innings on 60 runs of 37 balls. Along with that Mendis ended Bangladesh’s chances to move forward in the continental tournament.
5. Poor Captaincy by Shakib Al Hasan in Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh
While everyone was expecting Shakib to display his abilities as a player, he failed to do that. As he was unable to score any runs with his bat, however, his bowling was even less effective. Not only this but Shakib’s captaincy also floundered. As he decided to bowl out his front-line bowlers and left an off-spinner for the end. That ploy backfired and they were unable to defend the healthy total. They lost giving an extra run as they bowled a no-ball to end the innings.
According to Shakib, their death bowling overs cost them the game and it is something they are looking to improve. In such a crucial match you cannot defend even the mightiest target with something that is already in the middle of improvement. Shakib is one very experienced player, however, he juggled to make decisions that caused them an exit.
Shakib Al Hasan- led Bangladesh would have been thrilled with their effort with the bat. As they put up a healthy total of 183 runs on the board courtesy of cameos from several batters. However, their bowling attack had multiple loopholes. As they couldn’t defend a mighty target and lost their chances to move forward in the Asia Cup 2022. While Sri Lanka joins India, and Afghanistan in the Super. There is one more match left in the group stage, Pakistan Vs Hong Kong. The winner of this game will join the rest of the teams in the Super 4.
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