The low bounce in the Sharjah surface was evident when a delivery from Sri Lanka pacer Chamika Karunaratne snuck under the pull of Bangladesh batsman Shakib Al Hasan. The two teams locked horns on Sunday in Sharjah for their first Super 12 match.
On the fourth ball of the 8th over of Bangladesh’s innings, Chamika Karunaratne struck with the big wicket of the in-form Shakib. The left-hander moved towards the leg side to make some room, but the seamer followed him with a short of length delivery which pitched outside leg before seaming in line.
Already thinking for a big shot, Shakib looked to pull it away. To his surprise, the ball remained a bit low and went past his under-edge before hitting the top of the leg-stump which got uprooted and laid flat on the ground.
Chamika Karunaratne’s elation was apparent as he celebrated the wicket animatedly.
Bangladesh get a good start; Sri Lankan bowlers strike twice
After asking Bangladesh to bat first, Sri Lanka kept things tight for a couple of overs against Liton Das and Mohammad Naim. But, the third over, bowled by Dushmantha Chameera, proved to be the pressure-releaser as the speedster bowled two front-foot no-balls, conceding 12 in the over.
17 runs came from the next two overs as both the opener freed their arms before pacer Lahiru Kumara struck with the wicket of Das, who was caught at mid-off for a run-a-ball 16 while trying to hit over the fielder. Bangladesh ended the powerplay at 41/1.
Shakib Al Hasan started off briskly with a couple of fours before being bowled by Chamika Karunaratne. At the time of writing, Bangladesh are 58/2 at the 8-over mark.