SL vs BAN: Spinners bowling no balls is a crime, says Shakib Al Hasan after defeat against Sri Lanka
SL vs BAN: Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said spinner bowling no-balls is a crime and that they must improve their death over bowling after losing to Sri Lanka in a dramatic game and being eliminated from the present Asia Cup.
After defeating Bangladesh by two wickets in a Group B match on Thursday, Sri Lanka advanced to the Super Four round of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 thanks to a late blitz from Asitha Fernando and Dasun Shanaka. Sri Lanka successfully defeated Bangladesh to earn a spot in the Super Four.
“In the back-end of the innings, we did not bowl well, but we batted really well. We started well as we kept on taking wickets. Also we scored 10-15 runs more than what we expected. We need to take that on our chin and move forward taking the positives keeping the World Cup in mind,” Shakib Al Hasan said in a post-match press conference.
Mahedi Hasan, a right-arm off-break bowler, produced a no-ball in the match’s final crucial over when Sri Lanka required three runs in four balls. Asitha Fernando of Sri Lanka seized the chance and smacked the ball squarely leg-side. The hitters completed two runs after long-on was too wide, helping their team to a two-wicket victory.
Talking about Mahedi Hasan and the match, Shakib said:
“He (Mehidy Hasan) has done well in domestic cricket. He did well under pressure. No one likes their team bowling no balls. Spinners bowling no balls is a crime. We bowled a lot of no balls and wides. I think we were under pressure. We need to work on it for the world cup. We are looking to improve gradually.”
Sri Lanka maintained composure under duress to eke out a two-wicket victory and advance to the Super Four round of the Asia Cup 2022 in a game that swung back and forth.
The Bangladesh captain praised Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis for his strong 60 runs in 37 balls. And said that Mendis can play spin bowling with ease. He also stated that they needed to strengthen their last five over bowling.
“Kusal Mendis is a good player of spin bowling. We have to improve on bowling our death bowling. If we can improve our last five overs of bowling then I think a lot of things will get better,” he added.