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The Power of Motivation: Problems of Assessment

April 8, 2017

Michael Roberts

Though Sri Lanka had defeated Bangladesh in their first t20 encounter at Premadasa Stadium with a measure of comfort, well before the match I felt that Bangladesh would win the second. My reasoning was based on the news that this would be captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s last game under this format. It followed that Chandika Hathurasinghe and the coaching team would deploy this impending departure as a incentive for the players to perform out of their skin.

A reasonable surmise, Yes. but how does one measure the impact of t such a factor over the course of a match? and provide proof to sceptics? There is no easy answer. Even the eleven players of the Bangla team would be ahard-pressed to supply concrete proof.

After all, winning a match is usually based on a combination of factors and to weight the determination of all XI players to do their best as a decisive force that stands on the top of the list is a tall order.

Mortaza himself was out for a duck as one element in Lasith Malinga’s hat trick of wickets; while his bowling spell was as follows

Mashrafe Mortaza 4 0 30 1 7.50 8 3 0

So his personal contribution was largely as skipper ringing the bowling changes and geeing up his side as they fielded. Not unimportant that dimension, but how important? Victory in cricket is often a combined team effort …and in this match the key contributions were (A) the cracking opening partnership  of 71 runs between Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar, the performance with both bat and ball by Shakib al Hasan and the excellent bowling of Mustafizur Rahman.

 Rahman celebrates a wicket ... as does Shakib al Hasan

Bangladesh won by 45 runs
06 April 2017 – night match (20-over match)
Bangladesh innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Imrul Kayes run out (Tharanga/†MDKJ Perera) 36 25 4 1 144.00
View dismissal Soumya Sarkar c & b Gunaratne 34 17 4 2 200.00
View dismissal Sabbir Rahman b Sanjaya 19 18 0 1 105.55
View dismissal Shakib Al Hasan b Kulasekara 38 31 4 0 122.58
View dismissal Mosaddek Hossain b NLTC Perera 17 11 1 1 154.54
Mahmudullah not out 4 5 0 0 80.00
View dismissal Mushfiqur Rahim b Malinga 15 6 1 1 250.00
View dismissal Mashrafe Mortaza* b Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal Mehedi Hasan Miraz lbw b Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal Mohammad Saifuddin run out (Kulasekara) 6 5 1 0 120.00
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 176 (8.80 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets SL Malinga 4 0 34 3 8.50 10 4 1 (1w)
View wicket KMDN Kulasekara 4 0 30 1 7.50 9 5 0
EMDY Munaweera 2 0 22 0 11.00 4 2 1 (3w)
View wicket JRMVB Sanjaya 3 0 32 1 10.66 4 1 2 (1w)
View wicket DAS Gunaratne 2 0 15 1 7.50 3 0 1
S Prasanna 2 0 17 0 8.50 2 2 0
View wicket NLTC Perera 3 0 24 1 8.00 5 1 1
Sri Lanka innings (target: 177 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MDKJ Perera b Shakib Al Hasan 4 2 1 0 200.00
View dismissal EMDY Munaweera c Mahmudullah b Shakib Al Hasan 4 3 1 0 133.33
View dismissal WU Tharanga* c Mehedi Hasan Miraz b Mahmudullah 23 21 3 0 109.52
View dismissal CK Kapugedera c Mehedi Hasan Miraz b Mustafizur Rahman 50 35 5 1 142.85
View dismissal DAS Gunaratne c Mosaddek Hossain b Mustafizur Rahman 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal TAM Siriwardana c Soumya Sarkar b Mustafizur Rahman 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal NLTC Perera st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 27 23 3 0 117.39
View dismissal S Prasanna b Mashrafe Mortaza 11 11 0 0 100.00
KMDN Kulasekara not out 2 5 0 0 40.00
View dismissal SL Malinga b Mustafizur Rahman 0 3 0 0 0.00
View dismissal JRMVB Sanjaya c Mahmudullah b Mohammad Saifuddin 6 3 1 0 200.00
Extras (lb 2, w 2) 4
Total (all out; 18 overs) 131 (7.27 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 24 3 6.00 9 2 0 (1w)
View wicket Mashrafe Mortaza 4 0 30 1 7.50 8 3 0
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 2 0 15 0 7.50 4 2 0
View wicket Mahmudullah 2 0 15 1 7.50 6 1 1
View wickets Mustafizur Rahman 3 0 21 4 7.00 9 3 0 (1w)
View wicket Mohammad Saifuddin 3 0 24 1 8.00 5 3 0

MATCH DETAILS


Toss – Bangladesh
Series – 2-match series drawn 1-1
T20I debut – Mehedi Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh)
Player of the match – Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Player of the series – SL Malinga (Sri Lanka)
Umpires – REJ Martinesz and RSA Palliyaguruge
TV umpire – RR Wimalasiri
Match referee – AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire – WN de Silva

MATCH NOTES


    • Bangladesh innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 68 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Bangladesh: 50 runs in 4.5 overs (29 balls), Extras 4
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 29 balls (Imrul Kayes 28, Soumya Sarkar 18, Ex 4)
    • Bangladesh: 100 runs in 9.5 overs (59 balls), Extras 6
    • Bangladesh: 150 runs in 16.5 overs (101 balls), Extras 7
    • SL Malinga took a hat-trick with the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
    • Innings Break: Bangladesh – 176/9 in 20.0 overs (Mahmudullah 4)
    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 47 runs, 5 wickets)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 6.5 overs (41 balls), Extras 3
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 39 balls (CK Kapugedera 28, NLTC Perera 24, Ex 1)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 13.2 overs (80 balls), Extras 3
    • CK Kapugedera: 50 off 34 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
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