The virtual semi-finals of the Nidahas Trophy turned out to be a close affair. The temperature soared like never before and the two sides- Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had a go at each other. Tiger’s batsman Mahmadullah sealed the victory for the visitors with a six but that was not the only drama fans witnessed.

Visitor’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan lost his cool and asked his batsmen to walk back to the dressing room after a decision went against them. The captain later said that the second bouncer in the final over was clearly a no-ball and that the umpires missed the call, which created all the chaos.

Bangladesh’s Nurul Hasan (L) exchanges words with Sri Lanka’s skipper Thisara Perera (R) during the sixth Twenty20 (T20) international cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on March 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

It was the second time in as many games that the Tigers got the better of the home side and they didn’t shy away from performing their trademark ‘Cobra’ dance at the conclusion of the game. While Shakib had an animated discussion with the match officials at the sidelines, Sohan Gazi and Kusal Mendis got involved in a war of words.

The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mahmadullah and coach Courtney Walsh tried to get the situation under control. Later, news circulated regarding damage in the Bangladesh dressing room. A picture of shattered glass was doing the rounds in social media and former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya posted a picture on Twitter and slammed the visiting team.

He expressed his disappointment and said that it was third class behavior from the Bangladesh cricketers. Interestingly, Jayasuriya later deleted the tweet to everyone’s surprise. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) issued a statement accepting the poor conduct of their players during the match against Sri Lanka.

“The BCB regrets the unfortunate happenings during Friday’s Nidahas Trophy match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Board accepts that conduct of the Bangladesh team in certain instances was unacceptable on a cricket field,” said the statement.

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