Asia Cup - 6th match

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Mahela and Dilshan walk out to open, Mortaza with the first new ball

Joydip: "Thanks himanshu. However, we (Bangladeshi supporters) will prefer a boring win to an exciting one. Close chases are taking a toll on our nerve system."

abhi: "Finally more depends on Xavi & Inesta ! How they bat in the 1st innings." Sanga & Mahela?

himanshu: "Good to see Bangladesh having a chance to qualify among heavyweights. They have chased well in this tournament and will be doing the same tonight...A tight match would be welcome."

So Bangladesh are through to the final at India's expense if they win today, whether by a bonus point or without it.

1.30 pm Toss: Mushfiqur Rahim has won the toss and Bangladesh will chase again. Nazmul Hossain comes in for Shafiul Islam. Sri Lanka have made a couple of changes. Dinesh Chandimal woke up with a bad stomach so he sits out and Kapugedera replaces him. Senanayake comes in. The teams will be updated above.

1.20pm: Good day everyone and welcome to the coverage of the final league game of the Asia Cup between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The toss is on very soon.

There is a prospect of rain later in the evening, says Sunil Gavaskar.

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jayawardene, no run, holds its line from back of a length first up, lots of bounce too, Mahela opens up and drops it on to the pitch

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jayawardene, 1 run, fuller and coming in just outside off, Mahela is away with a soft push behind point

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, well bowled, angled into Dilshan, ending around middle and off, he brings bat down quickly to keep it out

One slip, shortish point

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, pushed away on the off side

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan has the width to go after, he gives it a thump but the off side infield is packed, cover fields

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, on to the pads with the angle but he can only tuck it to square leg

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0
TM Dilshan    0* (4b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (2b)     

1.1

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, no run, checks his forward push and plays out the length ball to mid off

1.2

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, no run, tries to drive the pitched up ball this time, finds mid off again

1.3

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, no run, pushed in front of cover

1.4

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, 1 run

1.5

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, no run, tidy start so far from Nazmul, Dilshan softly defends a pitched up straightish one around off

1.6

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, FOUR, but he gives it away off the last ball, overpitched, widish, Dilshan gets front foot out and clobbers it over covers

End of over 2 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0
TM Dilshan    4* (6b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    1-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    1-0-1-0

2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jayawardene, 2 runs, Mahela decides to charge Mashrafe, does not quite get hold of the pull and earns a single as the ball rolls to the right of midon

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged on the leg side

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, pushed on the off side

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, pitched fuller, just around off stump, he carefully plays it out towards mid off

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, FOUR, crack! more width for Dilshan and more punishment for the bowlers, he allows the length ball to come on, stays beside the line and just sends it scurrying past cover with quick hands

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, 1 run, angles it in towards the stumps now, Dilshan is not in control as he leans to force it past the non-striker, mid on cuts it off

End of over 3 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0
TM Dilshan    9* (10b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-9-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (8b)      Nazmul Hossain    1-0-5-0

3.1

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, FOUR, even more width, and the field cannot even react even as Dilshan stands in the crease, and wallops the back of a length ball through cover

3.2

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a quick single

3.3

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, no run, defended towards covers

3.4

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela leaves his crease again, looking to scythe this one through cover, but ends up hitting it to point

3.5

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, no run, slowish delivery outside off, guided to point

3.6

Nazmul Hossain to Jayawardene, OUT, he's bowled 'em, what a strike early on for Bangladesh, Mahela is gone with a nothing stroke, length delivery outside off stump, angled in a shade, Mahela leaves a big gap between bat and pad as he ends up wafting tentatively across the line, the ball sneaks through and takes out off

DPMD Jayawardene b Nazmul Hossain 5 (17m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Apologies for the commentary not being visible for some time. A technical glitch

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 19/1
     Nazmul Hossain    2-0-10-1
TM Dilshan    14* (12b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    2-0-9-0

4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, pushed on the leg side

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, 1 run, worked in front of square leg for one

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, a punch from the crease is fielded by point running in

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, bat beside pad as he pushes forward to softly defend a length ball around off

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, slowish and bounces on Sanga, he is already well forward and adjusts to keep it down

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, nice line going across Sanga just outside off, he lets it go

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 20/1
KC Sangakkara    0* (4b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    15* (14b 3x4)      Nazmul Hossain    2-0-10-1

5.1

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, 1 run, allows the back of a length ball to come on and works it from around off in front of midwicket

5.2

Nazmul Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, on the front foot and pushes safely to short extra cover

5.3

Nazmul Hossain to Sangakkara, 3 runs, well played, he gets back and across, wasn't quite to the line of one going across, delayed his stroke, and pushed with an open face between cover and point, you would not think it was just a push with the way the ball speeded across, Nasir cannot stop it cleanly with a slide and concedes a third run

5.4

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, 1 run, tight single with a nudge through square leg

5.5

Nazmul Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, watches closely as this one goes across him and leaves it alone

5.6

Nazmul Hossain to Sangakkara, no run, reaches across and drives on the front foot but straight to the man at point

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 25/1
KC Sangakkara    3* (8b)      Nazmul Hossain    3-0-15-1
TM Dilshan    17* (16b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    3-0-10-0

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, 1 run, swivels eagerly for the pull but cannot get much on it, earns a single towards square leg

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, excellent line, drew Sanga forward and had him pushing at the original line of one that moved away after pitching on a length, beaten

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, leading edge rolls towards extra cover, Dilshan has to get back as the throw comes in

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, no run, this time Sanga wants the single with a push towards extra cover, Dilshan sends him back

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Sangakkara, 1 run, they get a tight single finally, Sanga tucks in front of square and they set off, slight hesitation as they stop in the middle, then make it safely in the end

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Dilshan, no run, runs it to point with an open face

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1
TM Dilshan    18* (18b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    4* (12b)      Nazmul Hossain    3-0-15-1

7.1

Nazmul Hossain to Sangakkara, 2 runs, slapped towards extra cover, a misfield allows him the second run as the fielder cannot stop the ball with one hand

7.2

Nazmul Hossain to Sangakkara, OUT, oh dear, Sanga has smacked a pitched up delivery straight to extra cover, nothing much in the delivery, it was widish and slanted across Sanga, who got forward and thumped it straight to the fielder, Bangladesh celebrate with glee, Sanga walks off quickly

KC Sangakkara c Nazimuddin b Nazmul Hossain 6 (14m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Kapugedera in at No 4

7.3

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, skiddy pitched up delivery on middle and leg, turned through midwicket

7.4

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, no run, the two wickets have made even Dilshan a tad cautious, he sees some width and does not go after it like he usually does, punches to extra cover

7.5

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, 1 run, worked wristily to deep square

7.6

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, coming in a tad from a good length, bit of an inside edge to fine leg

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 32/2
CK Kapugedera    2* (2b)      Nazmul Hossain    4-0-20-2
TM Dilshan    19* (20b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    4-0-12-0

8.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, huge shout for leg before, umpire Davis shakes his head, replays show a big inside edge on to pad as Kapu pushes outside the line of one that nips back in

8.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, played out very carefully to point

8.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, straightish one way outside off stump, but he refuses to go after it

James: "Nice opening combo by Bangladesh. Mortaza keeping it very tight, and Nazmul taking big wickets."

8.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, goes for the yorker, not quite full enough, dug out towards extra cover

Devan: "If Bangladesh wins this; people shall have a myth - whenever Kohli hits century in final leage match, even though India wins that match, they do not enter Finals ; similar to the myth that India loses when Sachin hits a century!"

8.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, played out to mid on

8.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, tries to hammer a pitched up wide delivery through the off side, but ends up mishitting it to mid on, wonder if he was the right choice to come in at No 4, looking tentative

End of over 9 (maiden) Sri Lanka 32/2
CK Kapugedera    2* (8b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-1-12-0
TM Dilshan    19* (20b 3x4)      Nazmul Hossain    4-0-20-2

Rajeev: "Both Xavi & Iniesta were out. Since Messi(Chandimal) is not playing today, its the responsibility of David Villa(Dilshan) to remain in the crease till the end." Chandimal? Messi? Chandimal will be overjoyed

9.1

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, no run, coming in from back of a length, punched away to extra cover

9.2

Nazmul Hossain to Dilshan, OUT, oh boy, Nazmul is all over the Sri Lankans, this time Dilshan has played on, he had become a touch wary after those two big wickets, but that is just not his game, this time he tries to force a length ball through the off side, with no foot movement, the ball was not wide enough, and he ends up getting an inside edge on to the stumps, some start for Bangladesh

TM Dilshan b Nazmul Hossain 19 (43m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 86.36

9.3

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, opens up and keeps a back of a length ball down on the pitch

9.4

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, moves well forward and smothers a pitched up ball safely

Sunit: "David Villa also gone & india will take tomorrow morning's flight." Who's Puyol? Thirimanne? What about him?

9.5

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, chopped to point

9.6

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, consecutive maidens, close to off stump and getting bounce from back of a length, played out towards point

End of over 10 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 32/3
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (4b)      Nazmul Hossain    5-1-20-3
CK Kapugedera    2* (8b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    5-1-12-0

Glenn: "Chandimal might not be playing but things are looking a bit Messi for the Sri Lankians at the moment."

Wide slip in place

10.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, another tight delivery, defended off the front foot towards cover

10.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, 1 run, worked with the angle off the pads behind square

10.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Thirimanne, no run, ending on the off stump line, defended solidly down the pitch

10.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Thirimanne, no run, now one headed for middle, blocked off the front foot

10.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Thirimanne, no run, back of a length ball punched to the man at cover

10.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Thirimanne, no run, tries to squeeze this one past point but runs it straight to him, cannot get the run

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 33/3
HDRL Thirimanne    0* (8b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-1-13-0
CK Kapugedera    3* (10b)      Nazmul Hossain    5-1-20-3

Manoj: "Instead of Messi we have Torres; lot of promise .. always misfiring! .... well, that's a bit harsh on Torres actually. He used to fire at LFC; CKapu never fired, ever!"

11.1

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, played out towards point

11.2

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, coming in a tad from a good length, he bends forward and blocks, Bangladesh not giving anything away

11.3

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, nothing to be done with this one outside off apart from a block

11.4

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, he decides to walk down the pitch now, but has to defend again, as Nazmul shortens the length

11.5

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, a single after ages, as he runs this length ball to third man

11.6

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, Thirimanne is away finally with a confident straight push past the non-striker to a pitched up ball, mid off gets around to it

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 35/3
HDRL Thirimanne    1* (9b)      Nazmul Hossain    6-1-22-3
CK Kapugedera    4* (15b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    6-1-13-0

Shahadat replaces Mashrafe

12.1

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, starts off short, starts off wide, but sweeper cover will keep this cut shot to one

12.2

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, shot! gets on to the front foot and drives a full one through cover, but there is a sweeper in place

12.3

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, he gets across and brings bat around pad to work from outside off through square leg, quite competently done in the end

12.4

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, some away movement and lots of bounce outside off, left alone

12.5

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, coming in this time from short of a length, he stays back and guides it towards point

Abhijeet: "Sri Lanka's problem in this tournament is their batting, if they lose few wickets at top, the middle order looks very fragile & really don't know how to score the runs.."

12.6

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, 2 runs, now they get two, the second due to some slow work from the third man fielder, Kapu stays beside the line and steers wide of that man

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 40/3
CK Kapugedera    7* (19b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-0-5-0
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (11b)      Nazmul Hossain    6-1-22-3

First sight of left-arm spin, here is Razzak

13.1

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, defended down the track

13.2

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up outside off, played out on the off side softly

13.3

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, fired full towards the pads, worked to deep midwicket

Neil: "What middle order? Sri Lanka's tail is huge. Not showing enough respect to Bangladesh. I really hope they kick on and take that step up everyone wants them to."

Slip in place

13.4

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, full on middle and off, played back to the bowler

13.5

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, coming in with the angle, just outside off, he had shaped up for the cut, and adjusted to play it to point

13.6

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, half a shout for leg before as this flat delivery is angled in, he takes it on the pad as he presses forward, seemed to be going down leg

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 41/3
CK Kapugedera    7* (22b)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-1-0
HDRL Thirimanne    4* (14b)      Shahadat Hossain    1-0-5-0

14.1

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, 2 runs, a steer wide of third man earns them an easy couple

14.2

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, FOUR, amid all the wickets and the tight bowling, Thirimanne finds a welcome four, full delivery, he pushes it with a very straight bat and it races past the bowler, mid on and mid off give up

14.3

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, digs out a full delivery on to the off side

14.4

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, shuffles across and drops a bouncing shortish one to point

14.5

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, reaches out and drives a widish one hard, but point saves four as he quickly goes low to his left

14.6

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower one on the stumps, he is already forward but adjusts to work to deep square

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 48/3
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (20b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    2-0-12-0
CK Kapugedera    7* (22b)      Abdur Razzak    1-0-1-0

Ricky: "The main problem is sri lanka dont seem interested enough.they've got all the right to be so-after long tours of south africa and australia,they are now in dhaka with almost no gap.also they've a very important home series vs england coming up.the asia cup was hastily organised."

bowling Powerplay is on, deep square, deep midwicket and long on in the deep

15.1

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, pushed back to the bowler

15.2

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, played to midwicket with the spin off the pad

15.3

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, some flight, draws him out, he drives it past the non-striker to long on

15.4

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, comes out of the crease but can only push this length ball away off bat and pad

Slip in place

15.5

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, pushed back to the bowler

15.6

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, driven off the front foot to sweeper cover

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 50/3
CK Kapugedera    8* (25b)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-3-0
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (23b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    2-0-12-0

anup: "I was planning to take off on Thursday for Ind Vs Pak final..By looking at this have to cancel my leave."

Bilal: "If you play an opener like Upul Thranga in the middle order and a great middle order batsman like Mahela Jayawerdene at the top of the order, you are going to face the trouble of getting out for low scores..Mahela may play a few good innings at the top but he should not become a regular opener while an opener is playing in the middle order..This has been the story of SL batting collapse throughout the tournament..."

Shakib comes on

16.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, straightening on middle, pushed to extra cover

16.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 2 runs, he charges out and has a go, not quite in control but manages to loft it over midwicket

16.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 wide, angled down the leg side

16.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, flight outside off, he mistimes the drive but picks up one wide of point

16.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, well bowled, tossed up slower through the air, he ends up getting beaten as he pushes inside the line

16.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, worked to square leg

16.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, there was width as this flat delivery hurried across him, but the cut found point

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 54/3
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (26b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-4-0
CK Kapugedera    11* (28b)      Abdur Razzak    2-0-3-0

Usman: "Why is Everyone Saying SriLanka is Playing bad? I Say Bangladesh has Improved and Improved Alot. They Might Win This Cup."

17.1

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, cut straight to point once again, direct hit at the non-striker's end, but the batsman is in

17.2

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, this time, Shakib at point cannot stop this guide, and a run is conceded

17.3

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, falls short of midwicket, it was driven in the air with the spin

17.4

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, tossed up full delivery squeezed past point with an open face

17.5

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, tries to whack this tossed up delivery but mistimes it completely, it rolls back to the bowler

17.6

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, a cleaner pick up from Nazmul at mid on might have tested them as they went for a tight single

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/3
CK Kapugedera    13* (32b)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-6-0
HDRL Thirimanne    13* (28b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-4-0

18.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, FOUR, goes for the sweep and manages to get it wide of short fine leg, the shot is timed well enough to beat deep square leg running across

18.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, pushed back to the bowler

18.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, cannot put this wide one away, backs away and hammers it straight to cover, that should have gone

18.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, some turn from off, he runs it softly in front of short third man

18.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, down the track and an easy single down to long on with a push

18.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, fine stop from extra cover, saves some runs with a dive to his left, the drive had been timed well off the front foot

End of over 19 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 63/3
CK Kapugedera    18* (37b 1x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-10-0
HDRL Thirimanne    14* (29b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    3-0-6-0

Sanjay: "It's time for people to respect Bangladesh as a good team. Both India and Srilanka are paying the price thinking otherwise. Bangladesh deserve a place in final."

19.1

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, whips a flat one but only as far as square leg

19.2

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, another flat one, this time around off, pushed back to the bowler

19.3

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, no run, worked to midwicket with the spin, he denies them the run with a dive to his right

19.4

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, FOUR, that will go, widish and flat outside off, thirimanne eases back and cuts in the air, but wide of short third man

19.5

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushes forward, opens the face and runs it to short third man

19.6

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, pulled straight to deep square leg

End of over 20 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 69/3
CK Kapugedera    19* (38b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-12-0
HDRL Thirimanne    19* (34b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-10-0

AbuShariz: "Can Kapu & Thirimanne dig INDIA out of the hole? 250 at least pls! Whole Indian praying for SL today... I wonder, what would SEHWAG say about Bangladesh today????"

Mahmudullah comes on

20.1

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, no run, tossed up delivery worked with the spin to midwicket

20.2

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, FOUR, this shot is on against the offspinner, advances down the pitch and lifts him from outside off over midwicket

20.3

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, 1 run, goes back in the crease to nudge behind square

around the stumps

20.4

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, pushes a full delivery awkwardly on the off side

20.5

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, squeezes a length ball hurrying on off to short third man

20.6

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, in the air but well short of short extra cover, Thirimanne pushes tentatively

End of over 21 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 74/3
HDRL Thirimanne    19* (37b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-5-0
CK Kapugedera    24* (41b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    4-0-12-0

21.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, nudged behind square leg

Akhilesh: "Sehwag is always remembered whenever Bangladesh does better. But nobody remembers Sehwag's comments were for test matches. He even in the same sentence clarified that Bangladesh is better ODI Team."

21.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, pushed back to the bowler

21.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up ball driven to the bowler who gets a hand to it and parries it to midwicket

21.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 2 runs, goes down and scoops in the air wide of fine leg

21.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, flicked to deep midwicket off the pad

21.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, gets forward and defends solidly

End of over 22 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 78/3
CK Kapugedera    25* (43b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-14-0
HDRL Thirimanne    22* (41b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-5-0

22.1

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, 1 run, punched to sweeper cover

22.2

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, 1 run, shortish offbreak, pulled away to deep midwicket

DP: "IMHO, this was a badly timed series to begin with. And then, the rule of looking at head-head wins ahead of the run-rate seems unfair, considering that every team gets to play only one match against an opposition. In the CB series, it made sense since there were multiple matches played by a team against the same opposition, in the league phase. Here, I feel the organizers got it wrong!! But, I am not going to take away anything from the way Bangladesh have played, just that India has not been too bad either to be knocked out of this tournament."

22.3

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, flat one cut to point

22.4

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, 1 run, quickish delivery punched to long on

22.5

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, no run, defends a tossed up offbreak off the front foot

22.6

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, no run, dabs a fuller delivery straight to short third man

End of over 23 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 81/3
CK Kapugedera    26* (46b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    2-0-8-0
HDRL Thirimanne    24* (44b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-14-0

23.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, leaves the crease and brings up the 50th run of the stand with a drive to long on

23.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, gets forward and pushes to extra cover

23.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, another push to a tossed up ball, to cover

23.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, digs out a very full one down the pitch

23.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, bends the knee and swings, the ball goes on the bounce to deep square leg

23.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, full outside off, pushed wide of point

End of over 24 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 84/3
HDRL Thirimanne    26* (46b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-17-0
CK Kapugedera    27* (50b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    2-0-8-0

Abhinav: "Contrary to DP's opinions, I feel head to head is a better determining factor when there's just 1 match against each team, because there are not enough matches to get a good sample run-rate ! If Bangladesh go through, they totally deserve it! (PS: I am an Indian)."

24.1

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, whipped off the pad, midwicket runs to his left and dives to save the run

24.2

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, 1 run, spinning away but shortish, and slapped away to sweeper cover

24.3

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, 1 wide, well bowled, carries on away from the batsman after pitching on a length, he misses with the cut

24.3

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, no run, full now, eased back to the bowler

24.4

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, 1 run

24.5

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, played out to midwicket

24.6

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, 1 run, punched down to long on

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 88/3
HDRL Thirimanne    28* (50b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    3-0-12-0
CK Kapugedera    28* (52b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-17-0

25.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, worked towards square leg

25.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, flat and shortish, but the cut is stopped by point

25.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, no run, full and down the leg side as he misses the nudge

25.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, again point goes leaping, this time to his right, and takes pace off the cut, Shakib applauds the effort from Mahmudullah

25.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Thirimanne, 1 run, cut away to sweeper cover

25.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, pushes a tossed up delivery to extra cover

End of over 26 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 92/3
CK Kapugedera    30* (56b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-21-0
HDRL Thirimanne    30* (52b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    3-0-12-0

Abdul: "ICC should allow the teams to use the two balls whenever they like. Maximum limit of overs per ball should be set i.e. 25. Team can opt for ball number 1 or 2 and once selected minimum of 5 overs should be bowled with the ball selected. This would enable the bowling team to strategise better against different batter and balance the power between bat and ball."

26.1

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, 1 run, swept from outside off, in the air, but on the bounce to deep square

26.2

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, 1 run, whipped in front of square leg

26.3

Mahmudullah to Kapugedera, 1 run, steered to short third man and the non-striker does well to race to the other end, beats the throw comfortably

26.4

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, punched from the crease to cover

26.5

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, no run, drive falls short of short extra cover

26.6

Mahmudullah to Thirimanne, 1 run, quickish delivery punched to long on

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 96/3
HDRL Thirimanne    32* (56b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    4-0-16-0
CK Kapugedera    32* (58b 2x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-21-0

Anand: "Can't believe that Kapugedera with a batting avg. of 22 has played 91 ODIs for Sri Lanka!"

Nazmul is back

27.1

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, is met with a heave first ball, but the shot is mistimed to mid on

27.2

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, hangs his bat out to one going across and runs it to third man

Gaurav: "Excellent suggestion by Abdul. It will take the game closer to chess in terms of strategy and will make ut even more difficult to explain to layman."

27.3

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, slower one tucked square off the pad

mayank: "@ abdul - I wonder how will the umpires get to know which ball has been used for how many overs though. They can paint the balls differently and keep another score counter for each ball."

27.4

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, more brilliant fielding from Bangladesh, the short ball had been guided neatly to his right, but Nasir tumbled to his right at backward point to take the pace off it

27.5

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, whoa, that came back in a mile from a length and pinged him on the glove, he had no time to get into position to play it

27.6

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, slower one guided behind point

End of over 28 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 100/3
CK Kapugedera    34* (61b 2x4)      Nazmul Hossain    7-1-26-3
HDRL Thirimanne    34* (59b 2x4)      Mahmudullah    4-0-16-0

Razzak is back

28.1

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, on leg to start off, nudged to short fine

28.2

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, punched to extra cover

28.3

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, pushed towards point

28.4

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, on leg stump again, dropped square for a single

28.5

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, punched with the turn to long on

28.6

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, punched from middle wide of point

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 103/3
CK Kapugedera    36* (66b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    5-0-15-0
HDRL Thirimanne    35* (60b 2x4)      Nazmul Hossain    7-1-26-3

29.1

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, bowls it a touch short and he slaps it to deep point

29.2

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, 2 runs, stays back and punches it towards long-on and they take the first run quickly

29.3

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, slower ball turns into a full toss as Thirimanne punches it past the bowler, mid-off slides and misfields

29.4

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, another slower ball becomes a full toss, a low one outside off which he drives to sweeper cover

29.5

Nazmul Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, flashes at one outside the off stump and he gets an outside edge to third man

29.6

Nazmul Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, nearly gets another wicket, tucks him up for room as he tries to cut and misses, seemed a bit slower

End of over 30 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 109/3
CK Kapugedera    38* (69b 2x4)      Nazmul Hossain    8-1-32-3
HDRL Thirimanne    39* (63b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    5-0-15-0

Shahadat returns

30.1

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length on the body and he clips it straight to midwicket

30.2

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, hits the deck hard and he tries to flay that past the keeper but misses, good bounce

30.3

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, uses his feet to make room and advance down the track but he;s beaten again for pace

30.4

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, FOUR, misdirects the short ball down the leg side and he swivels and pulls him down to fine leg, beats the fielder, boundary after ten overs

30.5

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, no run, punches it to the off side

30.6

Shahadat Hossain to Thirimanne, 1 run, short and he mistimes the pull, fine leg collects

End of over 31 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 114/3
HDRL Thirimanne    44* (69b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-0-17-0
CK Kapugedera    38* (69b 2x4)      Nazmul Hossain    8-1-32-3

31.1

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, worked from outside off behind square with a shuffle across the stumps

31.2

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, punched wide of point

31.3

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 1 run, taken from off and turned to deep square

31.4

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, makes room and punches, they advance for the single, but a big dive from extra cover makes them stop, he could not stop it cleanly though

31.5

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, 2 runs, they take on the throw from deep midwicket with a second run, and Thirimanne makes it back as Rahim takes the bails off

31.6

Abdur Razzak to Thirimanne, OUT, unfortunate, how unfortunate is that for Thirimanne, he has been stumped off Rahim's pads, he missed the nudge as this one went down the leg side, it all happened so quickly that Rahim was in no position to collect the ball, it rolled onto the stumps off his pad with Thirimanne's momentum having taken him outside the crease, Bangladesh breaking through before the batting Powerplay

HDRL Thirimanne st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Abdur Razzak 48 (89m 73b 3x4 0x6) SR: 65.75

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 120/4
     Abdur Razzak    6-0-21-1
CK Kapugedera    40* (71b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    3-0-17-0

32.1

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, reaches out and squeezes a very wide and full one towards point, throw misses at the non-striker's

32.2

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, no run, somehow he keeps this rising back of a length ball down

James: "Bit lucky for Bangladesh: that stand was repairing some of the early damage. But the best attribute a captain can have is to be lucky." True, helps further if you can create your own luck, like Rahim managed to

32.3

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, no run, drive off a low full toss stopped by a leaping point

32.4

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, FOUR, poor line, way down the pads, and a tickle is all that is needed to beat the keeper's dive

32.5

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, no run, on target this time with a length ball, dead-batted to mid off

32.6

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, 1 run, shortish now, pulled away for one to deep midwicket

End of over 33 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 126/4
WU Tharanga    5* (5b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-0-23-0
CK Kapugedera    41* (72b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    6-0-21-1

33.1

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, no run, quick work from Rahim, he had the bails off in a flash as Tharanga was beaten on the forward push, they check with the third umpire but Tharanga had his back foot in the crease all the time

33.2

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, no run, tossed up ball forced back to the bowler

33.3

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for one

Tim: "We talk about luck but is it really surprising that luck went to the keeper who got his pads into line with the ball rather than the batsman who left his crease cos he was beaten. Good play Bangladesh, they deserve to have the upper hand."

33.4

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, a push with the spin to extra cover

33.5

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, 1 run, width from back of a length but the punch finds extra cover again, who misfields to concede the run

33.6

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, 1 run, makes room to a shortish one turning in and slaps it past point

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 129/4
WU Tharanga    7* (9b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    7-0-24-1
CK Kapugedera    42* (74b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    4-0-23-0

34.1

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, no run, pitched up delivery driven to extra cover

Azim: "Honestly, its possible to complete 50 overs without Shahadat. Its better for Bangladesh to stop using him now."

34.2

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, 1 wide, sprayed well down leg from a good length

34.2

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga picks up four through his favourite area, gets some width outside off stump, bends the back leg and times it past point, pure timing, third man did not move

34.3

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, FOUR, another four, through midwicket now, Shahadat is leaking runs, short and sitting up, he pulls it from outside off and gets it through midwicket

34.4

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, 1 run, more runs, Tharanga back away now and slices to third man

34.5

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 wide, oh dear, Shahadat is clearly having an off day, he sprays another one way down the leg side with some inswing, Rahim does well to stop it with a dive

34.5

Shahadat Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, short-arm pull to the short delivery, to deep midwicket

34.6

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, no run, ends with a decent delivery on middle and off which is blocked

End of over 35 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 141/4
WU Tharanga    16* (14b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    5-0-35-0
CK Kapugedera    43* (75b 2x4)      Abdur Razzak    7-0-24-1

Saqib: "@Azim, that's what we thought 2 days ago when Misbah kept giving Wahab the ball. Honestly just complete the 50 overs without him!"

the batting Powerplay has to be taken now

35.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, flat delivery worked wide of midwicket

35.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, no run, fuller one defended on to the leg side

35.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, whipped to deep midwicket

35.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, backs away outside leg, Shakib follows him, worked through midwicket

35.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, no run, flat delivery, he backs away and cuts hard, straight to point

35.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, no run, excellent over from Shakib, Tharanga forces a full delivery to him on the bounce

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 144/4
WU Tharanga    17* (18b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-24-0
CK Kapugedera    45* (77b 2x4)      Shahadat Hossain    5-0-35-0

36.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, comes down the track, but misses the straightish length ball as he looks to go over mid off

36.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, worked straight to midwicket

Shuvo: "Somehow i feel that chasing 230 odd would be far more difficult today that 290 the other day."

36.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, 1 run, tries to swing this one with the angle over square leg, cannot get hold of well enough

36.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tharanga, 1 run, pitching outside leg stump, strikes him on the pad off an inside edge

36.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, no run, slower one now, Mashrafe has been superb today, off cutter is pushed back to him

36.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, 1 run, comes down the track and works from outside off to deep square leg

End of over 37 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 147/4
CK Kapugedera    47* (82b 2x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-1-16-0
WU Tharanga    18* (19b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-24-0

Arun: "@Shuvo: That is because the bowling attack is different!! ;)"

37.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards cover, Rahim goes charging towards the ball

37.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, worked in front of square leg

37.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 1 run, whipped across the line to deep midwicket, quick work in keeping them to one

37.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball worked to deep midwicket

37.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, 2 runs, nudged through vacant midwicket, that will be a hard-fought fifty for Kapu, Shakib in pursuit of the ball

37.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Kapugedera, FOUR, short, too short, sitting up, and he backs away to dispatch if past extra cover

End of over 38 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 157/4
CK Kapugedera    55* (86b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-34-0
WU Tharanga    20* (21b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    7-1-16-0

38.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length ball on leg, nudged to short fine

38.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, 2 runs, this is what he has been looking to do, makes some room and lifts the length ball over extra cover, it is pulled back just inside the rope

38.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, 1 leg bye, hit on the pads as he walks down the pitch, big appeal for lbw, umpire Davis shakes his head, replays show it would have just about clipped leg, cannot give those

38.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tharanga, 1 run, slowish and full, flicked to midwicket on the edge of the circle

38.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Kapugedera, 1 run, backs away outside leg and reaches out to flat-bat this one past the bowler, mid off does well to get across and stop it with a dive

38.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one nudged through midwicket

End of over 39 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 164/4
WU Tharanga    23* (24b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-1-22-0
CK Kapugedera    58* (89b 3x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    7-0-34-0

romeo: "When Kapugedara scores a fifty, its the same feeling for the indian fan when R. Jadeja scores fifty ! - " oh no! he is going to stay around for another fifty matches !""

39.1

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, no run, turned straight to short fine with the turn

39.2

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, 1 run, down the track and drives to long on, Sri Lanka not going anywhere in the Powerplay

39.3

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, no run, backs away and drills a yorker-length delivery to cover

39.4

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, FOUR, succeeds this time as he makes room outside leg, lofts the tossed up ball from middle over extra cover

39.5

Abdur Razzak to Kapugedera, OUT, sharp catch from Shakib, Kapu cannot believe it, he had smashed this full delivery inside-out but it carried low to Shakib at extra cover, the former captain goes low to hold on

CK Kapugedera c Shakib Al Hasan b Abdur Razzak 62 (138m 92b 4x4 0x6) SR: 67.39

Bangladesh into the tail now

39.6

Abdur Razzak to Maharoof, no run, hit on the pads, Rahim shouts, Razzak doesn't, it was skidding down leg

End of over 40 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 169/5
MF Maharoof    0* (1b)      Abdur Razzak    8-0-29-2
WU Tharanga    24* (26b 3x4)      Mashrafe Mortaza    8-1-22-0

Mukul: "@Romeo: this is a bit harsh on Kapugedera...there has not been a single comment on how well he has batted today under pressure...remember he was promoted up the order."

40.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, no run, tossed up ball worked from middle to square leg

40.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 wide, flighted ball goes down the leg side, tharanga misses with the sweep

40.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, makes room and times the guide wide of short third man

40.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, 3 runs, the line was taking it down leg, he got some glove on it as he went down for the sweep, rolls fine past the keeper

40.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, no run, beats him on the drive with a tossed up ball that goes across with the angle

40.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, pushes a full ball to long off

40.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Maharoof, OUT, Shakib strikes, Maharoof going for the cut to a tossed up ball that straightened and skidded, gets an edge through to Rahim

MF Maharoof c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 3 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 41 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 175/6
     Shakib Al Hasan    8-0-40-1
WU Tharanga    26* (30b 3x4)      Abdur Razzak    8-0-29-2

Tharanga needs support

41.1

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, no run, punched to mid on

41.2

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, 1 run, does not get hold of the shot but manages to run the sweep to short fine leg with the spin

41.3

Abdur Razzak to Kulasekara, no run, length ball dropped straight to midwicket

41.4

Abdur Razzak to Kulasekara, 1 wide, flighted ball slides down leg

41.4

Abdur Razzak to Kulasekara, 1 run, again on the pads, nudged to short fine leg

41.5

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, 1 wide, fired miles down leg, really poor delivery

41.5

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, FOUR, that will go into the boundary, a dive from sweeper cover cannot prevent the four, Tharanga gets some width and few batsmen time the ball through point better than him

41.6

Abdur Razzak to Tharanga, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 183/6
WU Tharanga    31* (34b 4x4)      Abdur Razzak    9-0-37-2
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      Shakib Al Hasan    8-0-40-1

42.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Kulasekara, no run, defends a generously flighted ball to the bowler

42.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Kulasekara, OUT, slow left-arm strikes once more, Kula given leg-before as he pushes forward, could there have been an inside edge, if there wasn't he was gone, Shakib getting the flat delivery to skid on, replays show it would have struck middle

KMDN Kulasekara lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

42.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Senanayake, no run, defended off the front foot on to the off side

42.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Senanayake, no run, inside edge saves him as the tossed up ball rolls on the leg side

42.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Senanayake, no run, presses forward in defence

42.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Senanayake, no run, full delivery worked straight to midwicket, wicket maiden from Shakib, priceless

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 183/7
SMSM Senanayake    0* (4b)      Shakib Al Hasan    9-1-40-2
WU Tharanga    31* (34b 4x4)      Abdur Razzak    9-0-37-2

Shahadat is back

43.1

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, 1 run, and immediately the first ball flies off the bat, Tharanga gets forward and thumps the drive to a wide and full delivery, extra cover stops it

43.2

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, no run, nudges a length ball with the angle to midwicket

43.3

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, 1 run, whipped in the air to deep midwicket

43.4

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, 1 run, width outside off, he reaches out and chops it wide of third man who keeps them to one with a quick run to his left

43.5

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, no run, cannot get hold of the pull as Shahadat bangs in the short ball into the body

43.6

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, no run, cannot get this one away as well, gets forward and pushes, straight to mid off

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 186/7
SMSM Senanayake    1* (8b)      Shahadat Hossain    6-0-38-0
WU Tharanga    33* (36b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    9-1-40-2

44.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 2 runs, drives a full delivery wide of sweeper cover to pick up a couple

44.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, worked off the pad through square leg

44.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Senanayake, 1 run, slogs, from outside off, gets it along the ground to deep square

44.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, SIX, here comes Tharanga, gets to the pitch and clobbers it high over long on

44.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 wide, misses the sweep as Shakib sprays it down leg

44.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, FOUR, another poor delivery down the pads, and this time Tharanga takes toll, gets enough on it to send it racing fine down leg past the keeper

44.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Tharanga, 1 run, keeps strike with a push to long off

End of over 45 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 202/7
WU Tharanga    47* (41b 5x4 1x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    10-1-56-2
SMSM Senanayake    2* (9b)      Shahadat Hossain    6-0-38-0

Shahadat to continue

45.1

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, no run, runs it straight to backward point

45.2

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball swung behind square leg, would have gone for four past short fine had he connected well

45.3

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, 1 run, another short ball, pulled to deep square with the angle

45.4

Shahadat Hossain to Tharanga, OUT, important strike, Tharanga goes caught behind, to a full away swinging delivery just outside off, Tharanga bent across, tried to run it away but only managed a thick edge to Rahim

WU Tharanga c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shahadat Hossain 48 (60m 44b 5x4 1x6) SR: 109.09

Shahadat not doing too badly in this spell

raman: "The idea of bringing Tharanga down the order doesn't look bad... He played some gritty innings down the order and found some form too....."

45.5

Shahadat Hossain to Malinga, no run, Maliga is greeted by a near-yorker first up, and carefully pats it away on the off side

45.6

Shahadat Hossain to Malinga, no run, fine end to a tight over, sharp back of a length ball worked away to midwicket

End of over 46 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 204/8
SL Malinga    0* (2b)      Shahadat Hossain    7-0-40-1
SMSM Senanayake    3* (10b)      Shakib Al Hasan    10-1-56-2

46.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 leg bye, misses this length ball and they take a run as it rolls away on the off side off thigh pad

46.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Malinga, 1 run, works this short of a length ball to square leg for one

46.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, FOUR, that is a very competent stroke, slightly short, he waits for it and swings it calmly over square leg and into the boundary

46.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 run, chops this one from very close to the body towards point

46.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Malinga, no run, slower one, neatly bowled, Malinga ends up chopping it on the bounce to the keeper

46.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Malinga, 1 run, slaps a widish one away to sweeper cover

End of over 47 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 212/8
SL Malinga    2* (5b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-1-29-0
SMSM Senanayake    8* (13b 1x4)      Shahadat Hossain    7-0-40-1

Neil: "Their balance is all wrong, Marahoof and Kula batting far too high. Badly missing Angelo and Perera."

47.1

Shahadat Hossain to Malinga, 1 run, fullish one heaved down past the non-striker to long on

Kishore: "Raman: Finding form at the cost of Jayawardene's precious wicket? Just think like this. Dilshan playing attacking innings at the top and Tharanga keeping his wicket at one end and playing around Sanga and Jayawardene! How nice it will be for SL."

47.2

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, no run, slow bouncing delivery, he cannot chop it away, edges it on the bounce to Rahim

Drizzling a bit

47.3

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, FOUR, well played, takes the full delivery off the pads and lifts it powerfully over midwicket

47.4

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, no run, cannot connect with the cut to this wide and slow delivery

47.5

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, 2 runs, worked with the angle behind square leg for two

47.6

Shahadat Hossain to Senanayake, FOUR, more runs off Shahadat, wide and full outside off, he has a go at it and ends up slicing it over cover, sweeper cannot cut it off

End of over 48 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 223/8
SMSM Senanayake    18* (18b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-0-51-1
SL Malinga    3* (6b)      Mashrafe Mortaza    9-1-29-0

Spinner to bowl, Razzak is on, Nazmul has two overs left

48.1

Abdur Razzak to Malinga, FOUR, four more, Malinga advances down the track, gets some bat on it to get it past the keeper, no chance for RAhim

48.2

Abdur Razzak to Malinga, no run, has another heave and cannot get it away this time

48.3

Abdur Razzak to Malinga, no run, and again, wants to hammer it down the ground but cannot connect

48.4

Abdur Razzak to Malinga, 2 runs, slogged wide of long on who runs across, slides and parries it back to deep midwicket

48.5

Abdur Razzak to Malinga, no run, in the blockhole as he makes room outside leg for a big swing, misses again

48.6

Abdur Razzak to Malinga, 1 run, he's had all sorts of heaves and swings this over but hardly connected, leaves the crease, but can manage only an inside edge to short fine

End of over 49 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 230/8
SL Malinga    10* (12b 1x4)      Abdur Razzak    10-0-44-2
SMSM Senanayake    18* (18b 3x4)      Shahadat Hossain    8-0-51-1

49.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Malinga, OUT, Mashrafe has been outstanding today, fools Malinga with a slower length ball, he ends up having a slog all around it, off stump is rattled

SL Malinga b Mashrafe Mortaza 10 (16m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

49.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Lakmal, 1 leg bye, length ball rolls off the pads behind square leg

49.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, no run, bends his knee and tries to fetch this one from outside off, misses

49.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, no run, lovely work from Mashrafe, has him digging back a very full delivery, then dives full-length forward to take the ball, hits the ground hard

49.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 run, OUT, pull falls short of deep square leg, who lets rid of the ball quickly with a sharp throw to the keeper, Rahim has the bails off before a diving Lakmal can get in

RAS Lakmal run out 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.50 pm We will have an 8 pm start. Bangladesh have a revised target of 212 in 40 overs. The three Powerplays will be cut down to eight, four and four overs. Each bowler gets a maximum of eight overs.

7.35 pm Some Sri Lanka players warming up on the field, says Sid Ravindran.

7.20 pm More delay. There will now be an inspection at 7.45 pm

6.50 pm We could have a start at 7.30 pm

GK: "I dare say that Bangladesh may welcome some level of over reduction. On the back of the BPL, i'd imagine they'd be more comfortable chasing a higher run rate with fewer overs."

Read Kanishkaa Balachandran's innings report while we wait.

6.45 pm Siddarth Ravindran, our man at the ground, informs us that there do not seem to be wet patches on the outfield. No rain at the moment.

6.35 pm Hang on, the covers are being removed now

Vibhor: "Hey, just a query that caught me right now. Suppose the match is rescheduled to a 35-over one and Bangladesh play 10 at the end of day's play, will they play with the revised target or the original one when they continue tomorrow?" The revised target

6.30 pm Mohammad Isam, our reporter at the ground, sends us this: "If they can't start the game by 9.25 pm, the match will go into the next day and continue from the position where it ended today. At 9.25 pm, a 20-over innings is possible, which constitutes a game," according to the event director Iftekhar Mithu. We will start losing overs from 7.25 pm, if play does not start by then.

6.15 pm Rain has become very light now. Supersoppers coming out.

6.05pm: Just been informed that it's really pouring down in Dhaka. Looks rather bleak.

5.45 pm The pitch and square being covered. There has been a drizzle around. We are informed that there is a reserve day tomorrow to continue today's match in case Bangladesh do not reach 20 overs today due to the weather.

If Bangladesh chase as well as they have done in this tournament, this is their game. They have the Malinga threat to counter though. Middle order doing decently to get Sri Lanka to 232 from 32 for 3, the three being Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. The expensive Shahadat persisted with over Nazmul Hossain. Apart from that, a good showing with the ball and in the field

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Nasir Hossain jumps in celebration of Bangladesh's win, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 20, 2012

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