Asia Cup - 6th match

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

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

Tamim and Nazimuddin out to open. Malinga has the first new ball. Now for some play

0.1

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, no run, swinging in full for the off stump, Tamim gets forward and pushes to mid off

0.2

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, this time it ends up as a low full toss as it swerves into towards the pads, tucked fine but not wide enough of fine leg

Two slips

0.3

Malinga to Nazimuddin, 1 run, phew, 144.3 kph yorker screams in for the stumps, Nazimuddin somehow manages to get his bat down, just in time, and squeezes it out to third man

0.4

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, sharp single, comes forward and across and nudges the length ball in front of midwicket

0.5

Malinga to Nazimuddin, FOUR, shot! superbly done, Malinga straying full onto middle and leg, Nazimuddin could not be bothered as he flicks elegantly between midwicket and mid on

0.6

Malinga to Nazimuddin, 1 run, the ball goes flying across the outfield to fine leg as he shuffles and powerfully whips this one with the angle

End of over 1 (8 runs) Bangladesh 8/0 (225 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.59)
Nazimuddin    6* (3b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-8-0
Tamim Iqbal    2* (3b)     

Kula with the second new ball

1.1

Kulasekara to Nazimuddin, no run, defends a length ball that comes back in

1.2

Kulasekara to Nazimuddin, no run, tries to force a similar delivery down the ground, mishits it to the bowler

1.3

Kulasekara to Nazimuddin, no run, he has been in the same area for all the three deliveries, another one moves in just outside off, bounces too, beats Nazimuddin who tries to slap it through the off side

1.4

Kulasekara to Nazimuddin, OUT, he was not looking comfortable with the one coming in, and it has got him on the fourth attempt, Kula gets it to jag back in from a good length, Nazimuddin still wants to force it through the off side, ends up playing a loose stroke from the crease, and inside-edges onto the stumps

Nazimuddin b Kulasekara 6 (6m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

1.5

Kulasekara to Jahurul Islam, 1 run, slightly widish as it comes back in again, cut away to third man

1.6

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, moves forward and pushes towards cover, immediately sends back the advancing non-striker

End of over 2 (1 run) Bangladesh 9/1 (203 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 5.34)
Tamim Iqbal    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-1
Jahurul Islam    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-0-8-0

2.1

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, thick outside edge towards point as he defends a sharp back of a length ball

Arun: "One team bowls out the other for 232 in 50 overs RR 4.64 and then it has to chase just 20 less in 40 overs at a runrate above 5. I will never understand Duckworth Lewis." It accounts for that fact that it is easier to bat 40 overs with ten wickets in hand as compared to 50 overs

2.2

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid off

2.3

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, 1 wide, sends the slower one well down the leg side

2.3

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, huge appeal for a catch, Sri Lanka are totally convinced, umpire Reiffel is not, he was in no position to tackle the short ball as it reared up at his head, tried to swat it away awkwardly with a bent knee, before that could happen, it had pinged him on the helmet, and popped up to cover, did not seem to be any bat involved

2.4

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, 1 wide, follows it up with a slow and full one, which goes down leg

2.4

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, alternating between the bouncer and the slower one, Jahurul gets out of the line of this nasty one

2.5

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, another bouncer, well avoided, Jahurul bends his knee, goes low, drops his wrists and allows it go over

2.6

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, that's got to be close, this is fast, furious and testing stuff, a length ball now, comes in and raps him on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down, would have clipped the top of middle, as replays show, too much doubt with the height

End of over 3 (2 runs) Bangladesh 11/1 (201 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 5.43)
Jahurul Islam    1* (7b)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0
Tamim Iqbal    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-1

3.1

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, superb delivery, there is lots of movement for Kula, Tamim tries to follow this one zipping across him, and is beaten

3.2

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 4 leg byes, tickled fine past the keeper, poor line on the pads

3.3

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, supreme drive from Tamim, he got forward so soon and walloped this length ball, extra cover cuts off the four

3.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, so he goes over extra cover now, delays his stroke for an instant to get the elevation, Kula going widish outside off

3.5

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Kula gets it right this time, starts it on leg, Tamim wants to clip it through midwicket, but the ball swerves away to take the leading edge behind point

3.6

Kulasekara to Jahurul Islam, no run, length ball nipping in to the right-hander, defended

End of over 4 (9 runs) Bangladesh 20/1 (192 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.33)
Jahurul Islam    1* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-1
Tamim Iqbal    7* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-0

4.1

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, incredible striking from Tamim, wide from Malinga, he gets front foot across and clatters it past point with a dismissive swing of the bat

4.2

Malinga to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, takes a single in front of mid on with a push off a length ball

4.3

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, inside edge on to pad as he tentatively pushes at one outside off

Nick: "I think Duckworth Lewis is flawed at times. But think about it this way, Bangladesh has to last only 40 overs rather than 50 and if they do they win. So yes it is easier to last 40 instead of 50 overs for a team."

4.4

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, the bouncer arrives, on target into Jahurul, who wants to hook, but is beaten

4.5

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, low full toss now, pushed back to the bowler, Malinga smiles

4.6

Malinga to Jahurul Islam, no run, better from Jahurul, he has been tested by Malinga a lot, gets a wide and full delivery, throws his bat at it as he goes for the drive, mistimed to extra cover

End of over 5 (5 runs) Bangladesh 25/1 (187 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.34)
Jahurul Islam    1* (12b)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-0
Tamim Iqbal    12* (11b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-6-1

5.1

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, more aggression from Tamim, he has the crowd roaring its approval, picks up this length ball going across him and lofts it cleanly over the non-striker

5.2

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, pushed towards point

5.3

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, worked off the pads wide of fine leg

5.4

Kulasekara to Jahurul Islam, 1 run, widish one cut away to third man

5.5

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, another boundary, Tamim gets another one on leg stump, and leans across to tuck it past a diving midwicket

5.6

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, once more, Kula sends in another one towards Tamim's pads, this time he goes squarer with his tuck, giving midwicket no chance at all

End of over 6 (14 runs) Bangladesh 39/1 (173 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 5.08)
Tamim Iqbal    25* (16b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-20-1
Jahurul Islam    2* (13b)      SL Malinga    3-0-15-0

Lakmal comes on

6.1

Lakmal to Jahurul Islam, no run, fullish one worked to midwicket

6.2

Lakmal to Jahurul Islam, OUT, and Jahurul has thrown it away, with Tamim in such supreme touch at the other end, saw Lakmal pitching it short, went for the pull belatedly, and ended up spooning it to squarish midwicket

Jahurul Islam c Kapugedera b Lakmal 2 (24m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.33

Rahim in at No 4

6.3

Lakmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, gets across to a back of a length ball and defends

6.4

Lakmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, worked away to midwicket

6.5

Lakmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, a cleaner pick-up from midwicket would have tested Rahim as he set off after tucking this one in that region, Kapu could not pick up the ball with a dive, though

6.6

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, gets on his toes and defends a rising back of a length ball

End of over 7 (1 run) Bangladesh 40/2 (172 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 5.21)
Tamim Iqbal    25* (17b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-1-1
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-20-1

7.1

Kulasekara to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, massive strike, Kula has bowled Rahim, superb delivery, fullish enough to make him go for the off-drive, and swings in late to go past the bat and hit off

Mushfiqur Rahim b Kulasekara 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Shakib the crisis man walks into another crisis

7.2

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, looks to leave one moving away from him, it hits the outer part of the bat and rolls towards slips

7.3

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, turned behind square leg

7.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, loose, he goes for a drive to a widish one going across him, beaten

7.5

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, length ball pushed to Malinga at mid on

7.6

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, punched to extra cover, Tamim takes a start, Shakib follows him, Tamim stops as he sees the fielder has got to the ball, Shakib makes it back just in time

End of over 8 (1 run) Bangladesh 41/3 (171 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 5.34)
Tamim Iqbal    25* (20b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-21-2
Shakib Al Hasan    1* (2b)      RAS Lakmal    1-0-1-1

8.1

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, chops a straightening back of a length ball to third man

8.2

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, 1 leg bye, nudged off the pads fine down leg, Sanga goes after it

8.3

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, short ball just outside off, he goes for the pull, edge flies just over Sanga

8.4

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, they continue to go for their shots, Shakib goes for the lofted drive off the front foot, not in control at all as he manages to get it over cover

8.5

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, comes back in sharply, he is caught on the crease and inside-edges behind square leg

8.6

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, goes for the punch to this slowish length ball, mistimed to point

End of over 9 (9 runs) Bangladesh 50/3 (162 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 5.22)
Tamim Iqbal    25* (22b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-9-1
Shakib Al Hasan    9* (6b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-21-2

9.1

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, worked through square leg off the pad for an easy couple

9.2

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, opens up and defends a length ball on middle and off

9.3

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, they keep going after the bowling, a charge down the track and a flail to a widish one, thick edge flies to third man

9.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, withdraws out of the line of a short ball dug in really short outside off

9.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run, driven off the front foot to mid on

cris: "This is beyond comprehension..when these shots come off, they look great. But more often than not, it backfires. Why can't these guys learn from Kohli? Did he swing at every ball? Hmph.."

Around the stumps

9.5

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, uses the changed angle to tuck the length ball to deep square

9.6

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stays beside the line and plays his typical stroke, a quick-wristed slap to point

End of over 10 (5 runs) Bangladesh 55/3 (157 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.23)
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (10b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-26-2
Tamim Iqbal    26* (24b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    2-0-9-1

10.1

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, they have provided lots of width outside off, the Sri Lankans, he stays in the crease, and punches past point

10.2

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, punched off the back foot to short extra cover

10.3

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, reaches forward and across and pushes to point, a needless shy from the fielder hits the non-striker's stumps, Shakib was comfortably in his crease, an overthrow conceded

10.4

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, thwack! another boundary, Bangladesh are not going to change their approach, Shakib gets across to the line of this pitched up delivery and belts it with a big followthrough past a diving cover

Sweeper cover in place

10.5

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, it makes no difference, Shakib goes wide of the deep fielder now, again he gets forward confidently, drives through extra cover this time, just beats the man running across near the rope

10.6

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, third four on the trot, they might win some, they might lose more, but are they entertaining to watch when in flow, now Shakib goes through point with a whiplash cut, third man runs hard to his left, dives, but the ball rolls into the rope

End of over 11 (15 runs) Bangladesh 70/3 (142 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.36, RRR: 4.89)
Shakib Al Hasan    24* (13b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-24-1
Tamim Iqbal    29* (27b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-26-2

Jayawardene turns to off spin, slip in place

11.1

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, defended off the front foot

11.2

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, nudged towards square leg from middle and leg

11.3

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he opens the face and runs this one from off to point with sharp wristwork

11.4

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, looks to cut from close to off, finds point

11.5

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

11.6

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, tossed up, dips on him around off, he mistimes the drive

End of over 12 (1 run) Bangladesh 71/3 (141 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 5.03)
Shakib Al Hasan    24* (17b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0
Tamim Iqbal    30* (29b 5x4)      RAS Lakmal    3-0-24-1

Rohit: "If Bangladesh wins this, they would have beaten the WC finalists... not a bad effort.. expected them to be pushovers... !!!"

12.1

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, defended down the track

12.2

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, no run, driven off the front foot to mid off, decides not to go for the single after taking some steps out of the crease, rightly so

12.3

Lakmal to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, driven hard to sweeper cover

12.4

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended towards cover, Tamim sends Shakib back as the fielder gets to the ball

12.5

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, misses as he looks to steer to third man

12.6

Lakmal to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, mistimes the forcing drive to mid off

End of over 13 (1 run) Bangladesh 72/3 (140 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 5.18)
Shakib Al Hasan    24* (20b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-25-1
Tamim Iqbal    31* (32b 5x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0

13.1

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, don';t ask how that missed! Straightened and sneaked past the pad and bat and off stump

13.2

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, gets forward and pushes it to the off side

13.3

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, collision! He pushes it to the off side and scamper a single, Tamim collides with the bowler, the throw was wide

13.4

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

13.5

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, goes for the hoick and gets an outside edge that just about swirls over the keeper and slip and Maharoof manages to slide and pull it back at third man

13.6

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it to the on side

End of over 14 (5 runs) Bangladesh 77/3 (135 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 5.19)
Tamim Iqbal    33* (36b 5x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-6-0
Shakib Al Hasan    27* (22b 4x4)      RAS Lakmal    4-0-25-1

Maharoof to bowl

14.1

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, and is met with a quick cut that races past point, third man is squarish and cuts it off

Short extra cover in place

14.2

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, cannot swing the shortish ball off the pads, it rolls away on the off side

14.3

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, this will be close, Maharoof has got to the ball on the leg side and found the sutmps, Shakib dropped the ball and went for the run, Tamim has just managed to sneak his bat in at full stretch

14.4

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, he charges out and tries to slog Maharoof out of sight, chops it into the pitch

14.5

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, safely worked away to deep midwicket

14.6

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, another one worked to midwicket

End of over 15 (4 runs) Bangladesh 81/3 (131 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 5.24)
Shakib Al Hasan    29* (25b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0
Tamim Iqbal    35* (39b 5x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-6-0

15.1

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, chops the cut from very close to off stump, gets it past short third man who gives chase and pulls it back

15.2

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, bat in front of pad as he smothers a tossed up ball

15.3

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, here comes Tamim, he is not quite close to the pitch, but adjusts to swing it over midwicket

15.4

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, allows the tossed up ball to come on and punches it to sweeper cover off the front foot

15.5

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, goes back and across and takes one with a nudge towards square leg, 50-run stand is up, they are right back into this

15.6

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, smack! finds sweeper cover with a forcing cut as he backs away

End of over 16 (10 runs) Bangladesh 91/3 (121 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.68, RRR: 5.04)
Tamim Iqbal    41* (43b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-16-0
Shakib Al Hasan    33* (27b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-4-0

16.1

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, bat gets down just in time in front of pad as he drives through midwicket, Maharoof holds his head as he knows how close that was, but the stroke has been timed so well that it beats midwicket's dive and runs into the boundary

16.2

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Dilshan gets his hand to a screaming cut as he dives to his left, it rolls away to sweeper cover

16.3

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, this is frenetic, this is absorbing, a forcing punch goes through the infield wide of sweeper cover

16.4

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, another one, confidence oozing in Tamim Iqbal's drive as he sends the full delivery racing through the non-striker's legs with a big followthrough, mid off has no chance, that is also 50 for Tamim, to think that he was left out of the original squad for the tournament

16.5

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, no run, pushed towards cover

16.6

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, pushed to mid off for one

End of over 17 (11 runs) Bangladesh 102/3 (110 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.78)
Tamim Iqbal    51* (48b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-15-0
Shakib Al Hasan    34* (28b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-16-0

17.1

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim has been dropped, Senanayake has put down a sitter, he drove well away from his body as this flighted ball dipped on him, it was at a decent height close to Senanayake's left, but popped out

17.2

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, defended off the front foot safely this time

17.3

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, nudged towards midwicket off the pad

17.4

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, makes room and slaps this shortish one to sweeper cover

17.5

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, 2 runs, forcefully punched wide of sweeper cover, 'keeper, keeper' is the shout for the throw from Sanga, which is at the non-striker's end unfortunately for Sri Lanka, Tamim was struggling a shade to make his ground

17.6

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, driven back to the bowler, what a miss that could prove to be, for India

End of over 18 (4 runs) Bangladesh 106/3 (106 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 4.81)
Tamim Iqbal    54* (53b 8x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-20-0
Shakib Al Hasan    35* (29b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-15-0

18.1

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, slower one cutting across the left-hander on a length, he does well to open the face and run it fine wide of third man

18.2

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short-arm jab to a shortish delivery in front of square leg

18.3

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, emphatic, dismissive, the pull shot is on to the short ball, it is picked over midwicket with authority

18.4

Maharoof to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, lovely to watch, he arches back as the shortish one bounces on him and guides it crisply to third man

18.5

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, too much on the pads, tucked fine, Malinga has to run across a long way from fine leg

18.6

Maharoof to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stands tall and drives hard but straight to mid off

End of over 19 (10 runs) Bangladesh 116/3 (96 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 4.57)
Shakib Al Hasan    40* (33b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-25-0
Tamim Iqbal    59* (55b 9x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-20-0

19.1

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, no run, appeal for leg before as he misses the tossed up full ball, looked close

19.2

Senanayake to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, he is gone this time, big wicket, Tamim has cut this shortish ball in the air and point has held on to a sharp catch, tumbling low to his right, still a long way to go for Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal c Thirimanne b Senanayake 59 (89m 57b 9x4 0x6) SR: 103.50

19.3

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, punched down to long on with the spin

19.4

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

19.5

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, inside edge pops up towards midwicket as he pushes forward

19.6

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, no run, full delivery pushed hard back to the bowler

End of over 20 (2 runs) Bangladesh 118/4 (94 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 4.70)
Nasir Hossain    1* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-22-1
Shakib Al Hasan    41* (35b 4x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-25-0

bowling Powerplay being taken now, and Malinga is back, test for Bangladesh

20.1

Malinga to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, runs a length ball to third man

20.2

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, reaches out and pushes a straightish length ball to extra cover

20.3

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, the slower and full delivery, he ends up working it in the air, but midwicket is vacant

20.4

Malinga to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, hangs in the crease to a length ball and crashes it to sweeper cover

20.5

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, bouncer now to the new batsman who goes down under it

20.6

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, again the slow and full delivery, he reaches forward and eases it to mid on

End of over 21 (3 runs) Bangladesh 121/4 (91 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.76, RRR: 4.78)
Nasir Hossain    2* (6b)      SL Malinga    4-0-18-0
Shakib Al Hasan    43* (37b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-22-1

21.1

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, that was close, that would have been a dolly for cover, Shakib making room and almost spooning up this turning delivery, falls short

21.2

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, and another one, closer this time, gets a leading edge as he tries to work on the leg side, bowler dives forward but the ball falls just short

21.3

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, defended safely off the front foot now

21.4

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, he backs away, and takes the ball off the stumps, connects superbly with the cut and it races past backward point

21.5

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, appeal for lbw, Shakib staying in the crease to a length ball that came in, that was going down leg though

21.6

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, what an over, he could have been gone twice, but he gets to his fifty, moves down the track and lofts inside out over extra cover, totally in control of the shot

End of over 22 (8 runs) Bangladesh 129/4 (83 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.86, RRR: 4.61)
Shakib Al Hasan    51* (43b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-30-1
Nasir Hossain    2* (6b)      SL Malinga    4-0-18-0

22.1

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, goes for the drive to a pitched up ball but mistimes it

22.2

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, he was late to pick up this bouncer but got out of the way calmly in time

22.3

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, nothing calm this time as he tries to swat a short ball that rears up at him, loops it up towards vacant square leg

22.4

Malinga to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full delivery driven hard into the pitch and over the bowler's head for a single

Hussain: "Oh Malinga.... Where are your yorkers??? Please do it for India."

22.5

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, he had no clue this time about the bouncer, ducked right into it, ball popped up off the glove but fell short of point

22.6

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, another bouncer, but this time he is prepared and gets head out of the way

End of over 23 (2 runs) Bangladesh 131/4 (81 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 4.76)
Nasir Hossain    3* (11b)      SL Malinga    5-0-20-0
Shakib Al Hasan    52* (44b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-30-1

23.1

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, he takes on the offspinner once again, skips out, and lofts it with the turn over extra cover, he took that from around leg stump

23.2

Senanayake to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, that is close, that is plumb, Shakib is gone, tosses it up, gets it to drift in, lands on middle, does not turn away, skids in with the angle, Shakib is caught on the crease and caught plumb in front, that was taking out leg

Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Senanayake 56 (72m 46b 7x4 0x6) SR: 121.73

Senanayake providing the big wickets, of Tamim and Shakib

23.3

Senanayake to Mahmudullah, no run, defended off the front foot

23.4

Senanayake to Mahmudullah, 1 run, nudged square on the leg side

23.5

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, no run, forced back to the bowler from the crease

23.6

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, no run, width for the cut, but he finds cover as he makes room and has a go at it

End of over 24 (5 runs) Bangladesh 136/5 (76 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 4.75)
Nasir Hossain    3* (13b)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-35-2
Mahmudullah    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    5-0-20-0

24.1

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, no run, gets beside the line and pushes it to the off side

24.2

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, no run, has him duckling under the bouncer

24.3

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, 1 run, swings it in, he clips it away very close to his pads and works it down to fine leg

24.4

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, 1 wide, bangs it in really short and he ducks under that, he leaves it alone and wide called

24.4

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, fullish on the stumps and clipped away down to mid-on

Now he has a short mid-on

24.5

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, squeezes out a full delivery back to the bowler

24.6

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, 3 runs, makes a bit of room and punches it wide of diving short cover, Senanayake does well to slide at the deep cover boundary and save a four

End of over 25 (5 runs) Bangladesh 141/5 (71 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.64, RRR: 4.73)
Nasir Hossain    6* (16b)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-30-1
Mahmudullah    2* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-35-2

25.1

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, no run, turned to midwicket with the spin

25.2

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, no run, works a full ball to midwicket

25.3

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, nudged fine down the leg side, work for Malinga as he runs across from deep square

25.4

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, no run, length ball punched from the crease to midwicket

25.5

Senanayake to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, goes for the pull, does not time it at all, deep midwicket fields

25.6

Senanayake to Mahmudullah, no run, defended softly off the front foot, that is the end of Senanayake's quota for the match

End of over 26 (3 runs) Bangladesh 144/5 (68 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 4.85)
Mahmudullah    2* (6b)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-38-2
Nasir Hossain    9* (21b)      RAS Lakmal    5-0-30-1

Malinga still has three overs to go

rohit: "I am an ardent INDIAN fan but still i would love to see Bangladesh winning this... its been a while we have seen some competitive cricket... will end the one sided games and all the big ones will be alert and careful while they play the Associate nations or the so called 'MINNOWS' (i hate this term though)"

26.1

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, reaches out and drives along the ground to sweeper cover

26.2

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, no run, punched to point from the crease

Natasha: "Extremely commendable the way Bangladesh batsmen have kept their score ahead of the required RR throughout the match, and that too by quite a margin."

26.3

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, no run, bends forward and defends on to the off side

26.4

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, no run, misses the cut off the slower one, goes on the bounce to the keeper

26.5

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, well played, swivels and pulls the short ball in the air over midwicket

26.6

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, that is a quite needless shot, he made a lot of room to a pitched up ball and ended up slicing it high to sweeper cover, but it falls just short of Malinga running to his right

End of over 27 (5 runs) Bangladesh 149/5 (63 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 4.84)
Mahmudullah    6* (11b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-30-0
Nasir Hossain    10* (22b)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-38-2

27.1

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, moves across and defends a length ball down the track

27.2

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, another shot in the air, another one falling short, he arches back and makes room as he pulls, on the bounce to deep square

27.3

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, FOUR, low full toss on the pads, put away easily fine past the keeper

27.4

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, 1 wide, sprays it wide down the leg side now

Narayan: "I would love Bangladesh to win this and also the final match. It just pushes their cricket to the next level. Commendable if they make 3 in a row against the Big 3."

27.4

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, 1 run, line going wrong again for Lakmal, batsman moves across and tucks off the pads to fine leg

27.5

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, sensibly dabs a slower one down to third man

27.6

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, 4 leg byes, oh dear, this is really poor stuff from Lakmal, he sends another length ball on to the pads, and is taken for four fine down leg

End of over 28 (12 runs) Bangladesh 161/5 (51 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 4.25)
Mahmudullah    11* (14b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-38-1
Nasir Hossain    12* (25b)      MF Maharoof    4-0-30-0

Gokul: "The feature in this series that stands out is Bangladesh's consistency. Their top order has performed in all the matches and the bowling has also been spirited. They have hung in there in all the 3 games. Hopefully they go through to the final with a winning performance today."

28.1

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, "almost delicious" shot, says Ramiz Raja on air, Nasir bends his back leg, pushes at a length ball and squeezes it in the air to the left of third man

28.2

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, no run, played out towards point

28.3

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, more stuff on the pads, he gets outside the line and tucks it to fine leg

Shruti: "I'm glad I'm not the only Indian backing Bangladesh here. If they win here, it will be due to a complete all-round performance. Unlike India which had below-par bowling. They deserve it more."

28.4

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, no run, keeps a back of a length ball down close to the pitch on the leg side

28.5

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, no run, bends forward and smothers a pitched up ball

28.6

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, no run, straightens outside off stump, met with a calm and resolute block

End of over 29 (5 runs) Bangladesh 166/5 (46 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.72, RRR: 4.18)
Mahmudullah    11* (17b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-35-0
Nasir Hossain    17* (28b 1x4)      RAS Lakmal    6-0-38-1

shams: "Being a Bangladeshi supporter, my heart is beating louder and louder as they are closing down the chase. Finger crossed for what would be first final for us in a bigger stage competing with all the big names."

29.1

Kulasekara to Nasir Hossain, 4 leg byes, all of a sudden, the preferred length seems to be down the leg side, Kula gets it to move in but it was ending up on the pads, and it put away past a diving Sanga

29.2

Kulasekara to Nasir Hossain, no run, stays in the crease and pushes to point

29.3

Kulasekara to Nasir Hossain, no run, plays out a length ball to extra cover

29.4

Kulasekara to Nasir Hossain, no run, played out without intent of scoring to covers, they can afford these quiet deliveries

29.5

Kulasekara to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, nothing working for Sri Lanka, Nasir gets a top edge off an attempted pull that flies over Sanga, Kula has hands on his hips

29.6

Kulasekara to Nasir Hossain, no run, comes back in and is played out on the leg side

End of over 30 (8 runs) Bangladesh 174/5 (38 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.80, RRR: 3.80)
Nasir Hossain    21* (34b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-30-2
Mahmudullah    11* (17b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-35-0

tkp: "Enough of this Indian loves Bangladesh. Malinga, can we have a hattrick please?"

Raqib: "Damn!! Failed one exam watching India vs Bangladesh and will soon fail another. Got exam in two hours. End of the day, its all worth it if BD wins."

Malinga comes on, last chance for Sri Lanka, and for India

30.1

Malinga to Mahmudullah, 1 run, stays in the crease and dabs a slow and full one to third man

30.2

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, keeps a short ball down on the off side, wants the single but is sent back

30.3

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 wide, attempted yorker screams full down the leg side, a tickle would have earned four, Nasir could not get anything on it

30.3

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, reaches out, hops and stabs a wide and rising delivery in the air down to third man

30.4

Malinga to Mahmudullah, 1 run, nudges a rearing back of a length ball behind square leg

Crowd's anticipation building up with each run

30.5

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, yorker, almost got him, he jams down his bat on it, it rolls on to thigh pad, and almost on to the stumps

30.6

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, eases a pitched up ball down to mid off, one over negotiated, Malinga has two more overs left

End of over 31 (4 runs) Bangladesh 178/5 (34 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.74, RRR: 3.77)
Nasir Hossain    22* (38b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-24-0
Mahmudullah    13* (19b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-30-2

Mahela gives the ball to Dilshan, around the stumps

31.1

Dilshan to Mahmudullah, no run, Dilshan shouts for leg before, the ball landed well outside leg stump, and would have gone down leg as well

31.2

Dilshan to Mahmudullah, FOUR, lunges for the sweep, and belts it through square leg, past the man in the deep, four more, they get closer

31.3

Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, paddles it just past Sanga

31.4

Dilshan to Nasir Hossain, no run, cannot work it away and it rolls on the leg side

31.5

Dilshan to Nasir Hossain, no run, runs it straight to short third man, not getting the run

31.6

Dilshan to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, would have been a wide had he not nudged it to short fine

End of over 32 (6 runs) Bangladesh 184/5 (28 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.75, RRR: 3.50)
Nasir Hossain    23* (41b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0
Mahmudullah    18* (22b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-24-0

Pushkar: "When India were getting beaten left right and center, the tone was that "We'll go back to our home conditions and be the kings again". I am glad it's not happening."

32.1

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, pushes it wide of point to bring up the 50 of the partnership

32.2

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, 3 runs, cut away into the ground, over point, almost runs into the rope, sweeper cover scrambles across, manages to pull it back

32.3

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, swung behind square leg, they even come back for the second, the crowd roars with glee

32.4

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, no run, pushes a very full one from the stumps to mid on, Mahela looks out of ideas

32.5

Maharoof to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, reaches forward and pushes the slower one down to long off for an easy single

Maharoof pulls out of delivery stride and looks towards the non-striker, who gets his bat down in the crease, just in case

32.6

Maharoof to Mahmudullah, FOUR, another four, Bangladesh doing it coolly, shortish ball, Mahmudullah swivels, and pulls through square leg, fine leg was around, it was too quick for him

End of over 33 (11 runs) Bangladesh 195/5 (17 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.90, RRR: 2.42)
Mahmudullah    25* (24b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    6-0-46-0
Nasir Hossain    27* (45b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-6-0

33.1

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, yorker arrives, on the stumps, dug out safely, even a single squeezed out , Malinga cannot get to the ball in time, Mahela cannot believe it

33.2

Malinga to Mahmudullah, no run, no need for this from Mahmudullah, he exposes his stumps, stands outside leg, and misses the full delivery just outside off

33.3

Malinga to Mahmudullah, 1 run, goes for the yorker again, not exactly in the blockhole, he shuffles and turns it to deep square

33.4

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, fullish outside off, he reaches out to push firmly down to mid off

33.5

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, low full toss swinging in, calmly kept out to midwicket

33.6

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, slow and full, just outside off, dug out on the leg side

End of over 34 (2 runs) Bangladesh 197/5 (15 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.79, RRR: 2.50)
Nasir Hossain    28* (49b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-26-0
Mahmudullah    26* (26b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    6-0-46-0

Habib: "Malinga magic no more, mighty india no more, mediocre bangladesh in the final, time for BCCI to invite BD for a tour."

34.1

Lakmal to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he really had a crack at that pull as he arched back, straight to deep midwicket though

34.2

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, close call for Nasir, he is sent back after dabbing a slow one towards backward point, Dilshan lets the throw rip, it misses

34.3

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, yorker arrives just on off, Nasir digs it out to point

34.4

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid off

34.5

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, 1 wide, wide called, the short ball gets up, it gets up too much

34.5

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, drives a near-yorker back to the bowler, nothing happening for Sri Lanka, India's hopes nearly gone, Bangladesh wait eagerly

34.6

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, no run, they keep going for yorker after yorker and Bangladesh continue to deny them, another very full one pushed hard to mid off

End of over 35 (2 runs) Bangladesh 199/5 (13 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.68, RRR: 2.60)
Nasir Hossain    28* (54b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-0-40-1
Mahmudullah    27* (27b 3x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-26-0

prabhakarp: "Habib, we are the world champions (twice), you folks are celebrating reaching asia cup finals, the gap is too much (in case you are thinking that the two teams are comparable), And yes, Bangladesh team is welcome to India."

35.1

Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, nudged wide of short fine leg

35.2

Dilshan to Nasir Hossain, no run, forced back to the bowler from the crease

35.3

Dilshan to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, tucked through square leg for a single

35.4

Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 1 run, he took it from middle and leg, made room and slapped it to sweeper cover

35.5

Dilshan to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, easy work off the pad to deep square

35.6

Dilshan to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, two more, worked in front of square leg, they come back by the time deep midwicket gets across

End of over 36 (6 runs) Bangladesh 205/5 (7 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.69, RRR: 1.75)
Mahmudullah    31* (30b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-12-0
Nasir Hossain    30* (57b 2x4)      RAS Lakmal    7-0-40-1

batting Powerplay time

36.1

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, appeal for lbw as the yorker zooms in towards the legs, rolls towards fine leg, it took the bat, as replays show

36.2

Malinga to Mahmudullah, no run, bends forward to a low full toss, inside edges it to midwicket

36.3

Malinga to Mahmudullah, no run, full delivery, driven to extra cover

36.4

Malinga to Mahmudullah, 1 run, very low full toss tucked off the pad to fine leg

36.5

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, no run, inside edges a yorker to Sanga's left, the keeper does superbly to collect it

36.6

Malinga to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, full toss played out to mid on for a single

End of over 37 (3 runs) Bangladesh 208/5 (4 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.62, RRR: 1.33)
Nasir Hossain    32* (60b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-29-0
Mahmudullah    32* (33b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-12-0

37.1

Lakmal to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, that will be it, Bangladesh are through to the final of the Asia Cup, mid on's dive cannot prevent the drive from rushing towards the straight boundary

So Bangladesh will meet Pakistan day after in the Asia Cup final. Do join us then, for the moment this is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Have a look at Kanishkaa Balachandran's match report, and log on for stories from Siddarth Ravindran and Mohammad Isam later. And all Bangladesh fans, savour the taste of a well-deserved victory. Bidae nicchhi

Shakib Al Hasan, wearing a tall Bangladesh-flag-coloured cap, is the Man of the Match. Shakib: "The way we expected our crowd to support us, they did exactly that. We have been consistent throught the tournament. Hopefully we will put up a good show in the final. Nazmul bowled really well, he came back after two-three months, it is not easy to do well. Nasir and Mahmudullah played terrific innings, their partnership won us the game. We have found some players who can win matches for us."

Mushfiqur Rahim: "It has been a great tournament for us. Everyone chipped in. Nazmul Hossain did well, that set up the game. We had a stiff target after the rain, but Shakib and Tamim batted well. There are five or six people performing in every game. The final is one of the biggest achievements in our cricketing history. Hopefully we will cross that hurdle. It is a great boost to have the crowd supporting you."

Mahela Jayawardene: "We did not play to our potential, quite a few mistakes, never got into a rhythm, Bangladesh played very well today, they created opportunities from the start. We felt the wicket was much slower, it came on better after the rain. We had our opportunity when they were 135 for 5, but some wayward bowling gave it away. It was a team effort from Bangladesh. Always going to be tough when you play Bangladesh at home."

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stands up and applauds, Nasir Hossain screams in delight, Shakib Al Hasan is the first to run out of the dressing room. The team are taking a lap of the Shere Bangla, Bangladesh flags waving proudly all around. They have taken out both the World Cup 2011 finalists and came close to beating former ODI world champions Pakistan. Massive moment for Bangladesh. No one gave them a chance in the lead-up to this tournament. They have made a mess of all predictions. At 135 for 5, the Bangladesh of old would have folded. Not this Bangladesh team though. They did it in their frenetic way at the top, but look no further than Nasir Hossain for one of the coolest young heads going around.

Coming on the back of a gruelling tri-series in Australia, Sri Lanka have looked flat, jaded and out of sorts.

Shenbagaraja: "Victory for bangladesh against any team is no longer an upset!!!"

Tournament Results
Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 22, 2012
Pakistan won by 2 runs
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 20, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)
India v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 18, 2012
India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Mar 16, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 15, 2012
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 61 balls remaining)
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Mar 20, 2012

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

Nasir Hossain jumps in celebration of Bangladesh's win

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Mar 20, 2012

Mahmudullah celebrates Bangladesh's victory, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 20, 2012

Mahmudullah celebrates Bangladesh's victory

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