If you carefully study the previous two losses, in both ocassions
- We lost the toss.
- They posted a total 250+
Chasing 200+ scores is really difficult in Dubai. The past match records shows that only very small percentages of matches were won by the chasing team when the target was 200 or more. Furthermore Afganistan is not a bad team at the moment.
- Bangladesh has many players who have 10 years or more experince
- Afganistan has the most matches under their belt in dubai compared to any other team (by huge margin)
Please note that prior to this tournament, sri lanka's had scored almost 300 vs South Africa in 4th and 5th matches. So that mind set make them to believe that 250 and 260 are chasable targets. But that overconfidence make them loose this time. Batsmen were carefree throught the inning.Have to understand that sri Lanka did not have any luck on their way too.
- Drop catches
- crazy run routs
- changing batting order
- giving loose balls to rahim at the death overs
Were the main mistakes happened from Sri Lankan side.
- Good spin attack from Afganistan
- Experince line up of bangladesh.
- Tamim Iqbal's , unexpected second return to the crease
Were the opposition side's possitives.
Anyway the point of this artical is to prove that the last two losses were not unbelievable results. These things will happen in matches. Also this tournament was too quick. only one loss is enough to be knocked out. The sri Lanka had back to back matches with travelling involved between. The toss, past records, tournament arrangement, injuries,etc every thing happened against the team. So we should the accept this result as a good thing where we can make possitive changes to the team.