A calm and collected Mahmudullah took his side to victory against a spirited Sri Lankan side yesterday in a nail-biting contest. An umpiring error, where the leg-umpire failed to call a no-ball to a delivery that can be questioned for its height, started all the chaos. It was the second bouncer in the over, and both ended up being dot balls.
The Lankan players had an animated chat with a Bangladesh player, who had come in during a short break with drinks. Some of the fielders later pushed him and that is when Tiger’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan took matters in his hand. The captain had signalled both the batters to walk out, but better sense prevailed and the game resumed shortly.
Mahmadullah smacked a boundary and ran two before sending one to the crowds for a maximum to register an emphatic win. While the visitors floored the hosts for a second consecutive time in this series, they also booked a date with India in the finals. The ugly scenes resulted in a fine of 25% of the match fee for the winning captain Shakib, along with a demerit point against his name. Nurul Hasan, who carried the drinks to the field, and had a heated exchange of words with the Lankan players, was also fined 25% of his match fee along with a demerit point.
“There’s nothing that we want to discuss. What happens on the ground, remains in the ground. Both Cricket Boards had good relations for last 10-15 yrs, players have good relations” said Shakib.
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