Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Match Marred by Controversy
Bangladesh will play India in the finals on Sunday after they beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in the last league match.
The final league match of the Nidahas Trophy between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Friday was marred by some unpleasant actions on the ground. Although Bangladesh edged past Sri Lanka in a nail-biter match, they could have done it in a better way.
When Bangladesh needed 12 runs from the last five balls, Sri Lankan pacer Isuru Udana bowled two short balls which resulted in Mustafizur Rahman's wicket.
Bangladesh players thought that the square leg umpire had signalled a shoulder height no-ball, which the umpire didn’t give. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan even came out of the dressing room and asked his batsmen to come off the field.
Later, Bangladesh substitute fielders also got into some kind of argument with Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera. But when umpires interfered, play was resumed and Mahmudullah hit Udana for a four and six to help his team win the match by two wickets.
When asked about the matter after the match, Tamim Iqbal said: “It's very emotional. We saw the leg umpire signalling a no ball and that’s why we were complaining. That created the confusion.”
“It's a gentleman’s game, everyone should have behaved better, especially from our team, we could have done it nicely. It’s all done and dusted now,” said Tamim.
We all are friends here. We do get carried away sometimes but I need to be careful as the captain and the leader of the team.Shakib Al Hasan, Captain, Bangladesh
Bangladesh will face India in the final on Sunday.
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