• Wednesday, October 22, 2014

'You need luck sometimes'

Naimul Karim from Chittagong
LAST-BALL BLUES ... A dejected Bangladesh side make their way out of the field after losing the second and final T20I by three wickets against Sri Lanka at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. PHOTO: ANURUP KANTI DAS
LAST-BALL BLUES ... A dejected Bangladesh side make their way out of the field after losing the second and final T20I by three wickets against Sri Lanka at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. PHOTO: ANURUP KANTI DAS

The T20 series may have ended with Sri Lanka winning it two-nil, but there was clearly a lot more than what the result reflected, evidenced by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal's statement after the match.
When asked if the visitors considered themselves a bit lucky to complete a flawless series win, he replied, “Yes. But sometimes we need luck. Bangladesh are good in the shorter formats and we never underestimate them, so I think we do need luck sometimes.”
“I am really happy the way we played. As a unit everybody did their part. It was a tough wicket to bat on, especially with the new ball and it also turned a bit. We lost quick wickets but [Kumar] Sangakkara helped us out and at the end Thisara Perera batted brilliantly,” he added.
With all of Sri Lanka's group stage matches of the ICC World T20 scheduled to take place at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Chandimal believed that the series had done them a lot of good.
“It was a really good opportunity for us to play before the World Cup. We have the advantage now, especially with respect to when the dew factor will come into play and how the wicket behaves, we have something up our sleeves,” he said.
Bowler Nuwan Kulasakera, who was declared man of the series for a good run with both bat and ball, took a blinder of a catch in yesterday's game to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan, who was looking dangerous.
Kulasakera, who sprinted from mid-on to long-on and dived full length to dismiss Shakib and then tumble only to stop inches short of the boundary, however, claimed that it was not his best effort!


“I initially thought I would not get that catch. I ran a lot and somehow got it in the end. That was not my best catch; I took a better catch in Dambulla against Bangladesh,” he said.

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