Shakib puts ugly T20 behind to focus on India final

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Cricket often conjures up images of a good-natured sporting contests in contrast to football or rugby.

Sri Lanka will continue to play without Dinesh Chandimal, their regular skipper, who is serving a two-match suspension.

Although India may seem to be the better side in the final, in theory at least, Karthik remained wary of their neighbours, who twice beat hosts Sri Lanka to book their spot in the final against India.

There was attempted aggressive bodily contact, yelling, finger-pointing, unclothing and even a shattered dressing room door.

The off-pitch fracas could have been predicted after the aggressive nature of match.

Shakib Al Hasan and Nurul Hasan were fined 25 per cent of their match fees and given one demerit point for their conduct in a dramatic climax to the clash in Colombo.

It led to a Bangladeshi sub fielder confronting umpires and Sri Lankan players before Shakib called off his players. I was overjoyed. Excitement was there. I don't know much about the wicket, but if the dew settles it's much easier for the team that bats second. I will be careful.

The Bangladesh team alleged that the square-leg umpire had signalled a no-ball and then changed his decision, prompting Shakib to call the batsmen back to the pavilion. I didn't think it was the right judgment. Mahmudullah pleaded with the umpires to call it a no-ball, which would make the equation 11 off five balls with a free-hit, instead of 12 off four. But the Bangladeshi players and administrators have to take it on their chin and move forward when things do not go their way.

After the winning runs were hit, the Bangladesh team charged the field, to enter into euphoric celebrations, but more vitriol was exchanged as the teams were walking out. In case, the second semi-final gets washed away, Sri Lanka will proceed to the final, owing to a better net run-rate.

Speaking after training on Saturday Shakib said: "We haven't discussed the final so we are not thinking about it as pressure yet". It would help us to play well. Just like I would want my team to win at all cost, they would have the same feeling.

"I sometimes take some time for my batting, I can do something only after that (what went wrong)". India hold a psychological edge going into the tournament decider, with a 7-0 record in T20s against lowly- ranked Bangladesh. You can also check out CricketNext's LIVE blog for all the latest action from the match including live scores, ball-by-ball commentary and analysis. "It's a very crucial game, but we're preparing as normal".

"The Bangladesh Team members have been reminded of their responsibility in upholding the spirit of cricket at all times", it added. Players have great relations too.

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