Kind gesture by the Indians

Sri Lanka was hampered with their practice session last night at the Shere Bangla national stadium due to a technical fault with the lighting system. The Indian team in a kind gesture helped by giving a part of their practice slot to facilitate Sri Lanka to practice for today’s game against the hosts.

The highest runs recorded in this stadium were by India, who made 330 for 8 wickets against Pakistan in June 2008.

The Sri Lankans don’t have great memories at this venue. So far they have played only two limited over games against the hosts at Shere Bangla stadium and that too was in January 2009.

The first game was reduced to 31 overs each due bad weather. The home team did well with the help of Shakibul Hassan the current captain who made a match winning 94 to beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets. Sri Lanka just managed to beat the hosts in the second ODI by 2 wickets in a low scoring game.

The Bangladeshis were bowled out for 152 in 49.4 overs. Kulasekera captured 3 for 19, while discarded Ajantha Mendis scalped 3 for 24 and injured Muttiah Muralitheran picked up 2 for 33. Sri Lanka in pursuit of 153 were in dire straits, Sangakkara top scored with 59 and Maharoof a watchful 38, thanks to a 16 ball 33 by Muralitheran the visitors managed to romp home by 2 wickets. This game is better forgotten than remembered from a Sri Lankan perspective since they were an appalling 5 wickets for 6 runs at one stage.