In a major drama on Friday, cricket lovers witnessed Bangladesh skipper not being so gentle in the gentleman’s game.
During the clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for the final spot in Nidahas Trophy 2018, Shakib al Hasan called off his players from the ground after they thought that the on-field umpire had given a wrong decision.
The high voltage drama happened in the second innings’ last over when Shakib Al Hasan’s squad just needed 12 runs to beat the Islanders.
Lankan bowler Isuru Udana had started the over with two short-deliveries, in which Mustafizur was sent back to the pavilion on the second ball.
Thereafter, the Bangladesh squad thought that the square leg umpire had given the second bowl a no-ball, which the umpire didn’t give. And the rest is history.
Here is the video of the incident:
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Not just Shakib called his players off the field, even the substitute fielders of Bangladesh were seen in a verbal fight with Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera.
Meanwhile, riding on some brilliant batting from middle-order batsman Mahmudullah (43 not out), Bangladesh edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets to enter the final of the Nidahas Trophy.
At one point, the hosts were tottering at 41/5 inside 10 overs and then somehow, scored a decent score of 159 which Bangladesh chased down with a ball to spare.
Bangladesh will now face India in the final on Sunday.
Chasing 160, Bangladesh started off on a bad note as they lost opener Liton Das (0) and Sabbir Rahman (13) in first three over of the innings.
Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, opener Tamim Iqbal (50), along with new batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (28), kept on playing his shots which mounted some pressure on the Sri Lankan bowlers.
At one point, Bangladesh were cruising at 97/3 in 13 overs but the sudden fall of wickets at the other end worried in-form Iqbal and as a result, the opener was dismissed after scoring a half-century.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan (7), who was earlier out of action in the series due to injury, also failed to contribute.
But towards the end, Mahamudullah rose to the occasion and held his nerve till the end to make sure his team entered the final.
For Sri Lanka, Akila Dananjaya picked up two wickets.
Earlier, Thisara Perera (58) and Kusal Perera (61) helped Sri Lanka post a decent score of 159/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Apart from them, no other batsmen stepped up for the cause and went back to the pavilion one after another.
For Bangladesh, pacer Mustafizur Rahman scalped two wickets.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 159/7 (Kusal Perera 61, Thisara Perera 58; Musafizur Rahman 2/39) A against Bangladesh 160/8 Tamim Iqbal 50; Mahmudullah 43; Akila Dananjaya 2/37).
-With IANS inputs.