'Not a good look': Cricket world stunned by 'ugly' altercation

·Sports Reporter
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Liton Das (pictured left) points his bat and argues with Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara (pictured right).
Liton Das (pictured left) entered into an ugly confrontation with Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara (pictured right). (Images: Fox Sports)

The cricket was left stunned after a heated confrontation broke out before Sri Lanka's record T20 World Cup match run-chase against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka, who hit nine sixes in the small Sharjah venue, chased down Bangladesh's total of 4-171 with five wickets and seven balls to spare. 

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It was their highest successful run chase in a T20 World Cup.

"It was not the easiest target to chase but once batsmen are set, any target can be chased," Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said.

"It was an outstanding innings from [Charith] Asalanka. It's very important that youngsters step up at this stage, it was really nice to see that."

However, the match took an ugly turn when Bangladesh's Liton Das confronted Lahiru Kumara.

Tensions had risen after fellow opening bat Mohammad Naim played the ball back to Binura Fernando, only for Fernando to throw the ball threw the ball back narrowly missing the batter's head.

Not long after Das was caught at mid-off after he charged down and failed to clear the fielder.

Das walked down the wicket and appeared to exchange words with Kumara as the pair came face-to-face.

The Bangladesh batter could be seen pointing his bat at Kumara as teammates and umpires jumped in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

Cricket world reacts to fiery clash

Commentator Mark Nicholas was certainly taken aback after the confrontation.

“Well, well, well – I don’t think I’ve seen that. That’s not a good look for the game of cricket,” he said during commentary.

“I’d like to say that it was handbags, but I don’t know that it was.

“It was quite unpleasant.”

Fans were also shocked at the 'ugly' spat.

Naim went on to make 62 off 52 balls though the key innings was that of Mushfiqur Rahim, whose 37-ball 57 provided much-needed acceleration.

"I thought 171 could be defended," Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said. "We were in the game 'till the tenth over, but things went wrong for us after that. We will correct that in the next game."

Sri Lanka began well, recovering from the fourth-ball dismissal of Kusal Perera to reach 1-71 after eight overs. Then Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets in four balls as Sri Lanka slipped to 4-80 at the mid-point. That made Shakib the T20 World Cup all-time leading wicket-taker with 41, two ahead of Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.

Rajapaksa and Asalanka had to take risks, thanks to Das's drops they got away with them.

with AAP

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