The Nidahas Trophy, where Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in a tempestuous encounter to move into the final, has been a talking point in South Asian cricket since 2018, and Hathurusingha was the coach of the Lankan team at that time, having just defected from the Bangladesh dugout. But the coach simply brushed aside any notion of any lingering rivalry
It was another heartbreaking defeat, and there were tearful faces once again as Soumya Sarkar knelt, broken and face down on the R Premadasa Stadium turf after Dinesh Karthik bludgeoned a flat six that just made it over the extra cover rope when five runs were needed off the last ball to win the T20I tri-series Nidahas Trophy final last night in Colombo.
Toss could play an important role in the outcome of the match but the key remains whether the Tigers can keep their belief and unpredictability intact against India.
Liton Das seems to have finally found his mojo and gotten a grip of the demands of international cricket after a series of disappointments, despite always having shown promise and scored tons of runs in domestic cricket.
When Bangladesh completed their record chase of 215 to beat Sri Lanka in their second Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20I game at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday, the series was thrown wide open for all involved.
Emotions were running high for the Bangladeshi journalists covering the Nidahas Trophy after the Tigers' scintillating record 215-run
Sri Lankan cricket is looking to regain its pride and the Nidahas Trophy has emerged as the ideal platform to stage a turnaround as the country celebrates its 70th anniversary of independence and also Sri Lanka Cricket's 70th year when the hosts take on India in the tournament opener at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today.