Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh, 2008/09 / Commentary

Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh - 3rd match

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)

Unfortunately we have missed the first two overs of the chase thanks to the television coverage

0.1

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

0.2

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

0.3

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

0.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

0.5

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

0.6

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, OUT

Junaid Siddique run out 0 (0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Bangladesh 0/1 (148 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 3.02)
Tamim Iqbal    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0
    

1.1

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

1.2

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

1.3

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

1.4

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

1.5

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

1.6

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run

End of over 2 (maiden) Bangladesh 0/1 (148 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 0.00, RRR: 3.08)
Mushfiqur Rahim    0* (6b)      T Thushara    1-1-0-0
Tamim Iqbal    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-1-0-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, makes a lot of room and cuts wide of point

2.2

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, FOUR, drops it short of a length and he swivels and pulls it away one one leg down to deep square leg

2.3

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

2.4

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, nudged to the on side

2.5

Kulasekara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run

Unfortunately we lost the first two overs thanks to the wonderful television coverage

2.6

Kulasekara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

End of over 3 (10 runs) Bangladesh 10/1 (138 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 2.93)
Tamim Iqbal    9* (11b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-10-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (7b)      T Thushara    1-1-0-0

3.1

Thushara to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, another one bites the dust, Thushara bangs it in short and angles it across the right-hander, he tries to dab it away and gets a thick edge and Sangakkara flings himself to his right, tumbles and takes the catch

Mushfiqur Rahim c †Sangakkara b Thushara 1 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Bangladesh in trouble here

3.2

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, bangs it on a good length on off and middle and he defends with an angled bat

3.3

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, Ashraful nearly gives it all away as he hangs his bat out to a ball angled across him and glides it wide of third slip

3.4

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, no run

3.5

Thushara to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Bangladesh are in really deep trouble here, Tamim hops and fends off a good length ball towards point off his pads and sets off for a run which was never there in the first place, Kapugedera takes aim and Tamim wasn't even close to getting back

Tamim Iqbal run out 9 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

3.6

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 leg bye, angles it on the pads and the ball trickles to the on side

End of over 4 (2 runs) Bangladesh 12/3 (136 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 2.95)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (1b)      T Thushara    2-1-1-1
Mohammad Ashraful    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-10-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, lands it outside off and he shoulders arms

4.2

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets behind the line to a good length ball and defends

4.3

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets across his stumps and pushes it back to the bowler

4.4

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, angles it across the stumps and he drives firmly to extra cover

4.5

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, short and wide, he gets across and spanks that in the air and right in to the gap between backward point and cover, the third man fielder gives up the chase

4.6

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, angles it on the pads and he works it away past the gap between mid-on and midwicket

Bangladesh need to achieve this target in 24.5 overs to get a bonus point

End of over 5 (7 runs) Bangladesh 19/3 (129 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 2.86)
Shakib Al Hasan    7* (7b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-17-0
Mohammad Ashraful    1* (2b)      T Thushara    2-1-1-1

5.1

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, bangs it in short and he swivels and pulls it away down to fine leg

5.2

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, short and wide outside off, he chases it and mistimes the cut

5.3

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

5.4

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler

5.5

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, pulls and hits it firmly, he bangs it in short, Shakib swivels and finds the gap between midwicket and square leg perfectly

5.6

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, short and pulled away again, this time he gets more elevation and clears square leg, the ball sits up nicely for that shot

End of over 6 (10 runs) Bangladesh 29/3 (119 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.83, RRR: 4.76)
Shakib Al Hasan    16* (12b 3x4)      T Thushara    3-1-11-1
Mohammad Ashraful    2* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-17-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he works it away to fine leg

6.2

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, this one keeps a little low and he gets behind the line and defends

6.3

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets behind the line to a good length ball and defends

6.4

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, angles it on the pads and he gets his pad across and works it wide of midwicket

6.5

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, 100 marks for placement there , he drops it fractionally short and Shakib swivels, gets under the bounce and pulls it in front of square, the fielder at deep square leg had no chance

6.6

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, he pitches it up outside off, he leans on to the drive and caresses it past the covers, that's three fours in the over

End of over 7 (11 runs) Bangladesh 40/3 (108 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 4.50)
Shakib Al Hasan    26* (17b 5x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-28-0
Mohammad Ashraful    3* (4b)      T Thushara    3-1-11-1

7.1

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, tries a cheeky glide and nearly gives his wicket away

7.2

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, 4 leg byes, tries to mow him across the line and the ball keeps low, clips his pad outside the line of the offstump and beats the keeper, Thushara appeals

7.3

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, shoulders arms outside off

7.4

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, shoulders arms outside off, there;s no movement

7.5

Thushara to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, taps it on the front foot towards mid-off and sets off very quickly, he takes a chance with Murali but th under arm flick is wide

7.6

Thushara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets a half stride forward and defends to mid-off

End of over 8 (5 runs) Bangladesh 45/3 (103 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 4.47)
Shakib Al Hasan    26* (18b 5x4)      T Thushara    4-1-12-1
Mohammad Ashraful    4* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-28-0

Mendis comes on. A reminder - Bangladesh need to reach the target in 24.5 ov to get the bonus point

8.1

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, gets well forward and smothers the spin

8.2

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, just strays on the pads and he trickles it to short fine leg

8.3

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, drifts on the pads again and he flicks it to deep square-leg

8.4

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Big appeal! It pitches marginally outside the line of the legstump, he shuffles and tries to flick it away but the ball clips his pads, good decision in the end by Doctrove

8.5

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, slides on the pads and he tucks it to the on side

8.6

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, gets well forward and defends

End of over 9 (2 runs) Bangladesh 47/3 (101 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 4.59)
Mohammad Ashraful    5* (13b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-2-0
Shakib Al Hasan    27* (20b 5x4)      T Thushara    4-1-12-1

9.1

Mathews to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, what a shot, he errs by giving him width outside off, he reaches out and clobbers that on the front foot past the covers, the sweeper cover fielder dives in despair

9.2

Mathews to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, shuffles at the crease and taps it back to the bowler

9.3

Mathews to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, gets across his stumps to a good length ball and defends to the off side

9.4

Mathews to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, the crowd's come alive, Mathews drops it too short and the bounce sits up nicely for Shakib who swivels and bludgeons it high over deep midwicket

9.5

Mathews to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, the slower ball outside off, he reaches out and dabs it to third man

9.6

Mathews to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, shuffles and works it to the on side

End of over 10 (12 runs) Bangladesh 59/3 (89 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 4.23)
Mohammad Ashraful    6* (14b)      AD Mathews    1-0-12-0
Shakib Al Hasan    38* (25b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    1-0-2-0

10.1

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, gets behind the line and punches it through the line to long-off

10.2

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, makes room, cuts to sweeper cover and brings up the 50 stand

10.3

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, angles it wide of the pads and wide called

10.3

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, doesn't get much turn and he defends to the off side

10.4

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and angles it away to the off side

10.5

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, the sharp offbreak squares him up, he shapes to flick it away

10.6

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, another one skids through, turns away and beats the bat, Mendis only now starting to look threatening here

End of over 11 (4 runs) Bangladesh 63/3 (85 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.72, RRR: 4.25)
Shakib Al Hasan    39* (28b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-6-0
Mohammad Ashraful    8* (17b)      AD Mathews    1-0-12-0

11.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, full on the pads and worked to the on side

11.2

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, he stays at the crease and waits for the ball to turn and come onto him before pulling

11.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, gets forward to a full ball and pushes it through the line to long-off

11.4

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, stays beside the line and defends

11.5

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, works it against the turn and places it to the on side

11.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, floats it on the pads, he gets his front pad across and nudges it to the on side

End of over 12 (5 runs) Bangladesh 68/3 (80 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 4.21)
Mohammad Ashraful    11* (20b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0
Shakib Al Hasan    41* (31b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-6-0

12.1

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, angles it on middle and leg and he tucks it to the on side

12.2

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, appeal for a lbw, lands just a shade outside leg and clips him on the front pad in line with the stumps, Doctrove again and good decision

12.3

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, shapes to pull but fails to make contact as the ball skids on to him

12.4

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, gives him a bit of width and cuts hard to the fielders in the deep on the off side

12.5

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, no run

12.6

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, gets forward and steers it down to the covers

End of over 13 (4 runs) Bangladesh 72/3 (76 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 4.22)
Shakib Al Hasan    44* (36b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0
Mohammad Ashraful    12* (21b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0

13.1

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, he takes his chances against Murali and sweeps against the turn and finds deep square-leg

13.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, angles it down the leg side and he fails to make contact with the sweep

13.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, steers it wide of backward point and pushes for the second run but he's sent back

13.3

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, he bravely tries to play him from the crease, the ball skids through and he just manages to dig it out to the off side

13.4

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, gets on his knee and slogs him over midwicket, he doesn't want Murali to settle

13.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, pushes him to the on side

13.6

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, exposes his stumps and goes for another wild slog but the ball nearly shaves the stump

End of over 14 (5 runs) Bangladesh 77/3 (71 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 4.17)
Shakib Al Hasan    46* (40b 6x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-10-0
Mohammad Ashraful    14* (23b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0

14.1

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

14.2

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, gets forward early and tucks him away towards square leg

14.3

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, commits to the front foot and just checks his stroke a bit, he just manages to beat cover

14.4

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, lunges forward and defends to the off side

14.5

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, gets well forward, opens the face of the bat and steers it behind square on the off side

14.6

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, very good improvisation there, he exposes his stumps and plays a paddle scoop down to fine leg

End of over 15 (4 runs) Bangladesh 81/3 (67 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 4.18)
Shakib Al Hasan    48* (42b 6x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-14-0
Mohammad Ashraful    16* (27b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-10-0

15.1

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full on the offstump and driven to the off side

15.2

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, drops it a fraction short, he rocks back at his crease and pulls it away to long-on

15.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, chips it in the air slightly but it's well short of cover

15.4

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, thrusts forward to defend and the ball clips his pads and rolls away

15.5

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, makes room and cuts the doosra down towards deep point

15.6

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, stays back at his crease and punches it wide f the bowler, that's an entertaining and very crucial 50 for Shakib, he simply has to stay there till the end

A lot of confusion as to whether just a win will be enough to place them in the final. At the moment they will target the bonus point and Shakib seems to have that in mind. They need to attain the target of 148 in 24.5 overs to get the bonus point.

End of over 16 (3 runs) Bangladesh 84/3 (64 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 4.26)
Shakib Al Hasan    50* (45b 6x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-13-0
Mohammad Ashraful    17* (30b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-14-0

16.1

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, Mendis offers him some generous width outside off, he makes room and gets a thick outside edge past the vacant slips and shot third man

16.2

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, stays back at the crease and punches it towards mid-on

16.3

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, gets well forward and smothers the spin

16.4

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, angles it on the pads and he clips it away to long-on

16.5

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, commits to the front foot early and punches it to long-off

16.6

Mendis to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, just opens the face of the bat and angles it away to point

Ashraful's doing the right thing by letting his guard down

End of over 17 (8 runs) Bangladesh 92/3 (56 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.41, RRR: 4.00)
Mohammad Ashraful    19* (33b)      BAW Mendis    5-0-22-0
Shakib Al Hasan    56* (48b 7x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-13-0

17.1

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, now Ashraful joins the fun, Murali angles it towards middle and leg, he makes room and carves it nicely over extra cover

17.2

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, fuller in length and he makes room and crashes along the turf it to cover

17.3

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, pushes it to long-off

17.4

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, rocks back and mistimes the pull back to the bowler

17.5

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, rocks back and cuts with the turn to the sweeper cover fielder

17.6

Muralitharan to Mohammad Ashraful, 2 runs, punches it past the bowler and down the ground and he pushes for the second run

End of over 18 (8 runs) Bangladesh 100/3 (48 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 3.69)
Mohammad Ashraful    26* (37b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-21-0
Shakib Al Hasan    57* (50b 7x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    5-0-22-0

18.1

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, slides it wide down the leg side, he shuffles across to paddle it away and misses

18.1

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, strays on the pads and he shuffles and works it away to deep square leg

18.2

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, pitches outside off and he misses out on placing it to the off side

18.3

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, backs away a little and he bangs it in short, Ashraful fails to play a stroke

18.4

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full outside off and driven straight to the off side

18.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, Ashraful succumbs to the hook, Kulasekara bangs it in short, Ashraful is lured on to the hook and he fails to the desired elevation, Jayasuriya runs across from fine leg, falls to his left and takes the catch, so Bangladesh lose a wicket against the run of play

Mohammad Ashraful c Jayasuriya b Kulasekara 26 (41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.41

18.6

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, angles it on the pads, he shapes to glance it to the on side but the ball skids through, clipshis pad and rolls to the off side

End of over 19 (3 runs) Bangladesh 103/4 (45 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 3.75)
Shakib Al Hasan    59* (52b 7x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-31-1
Raqibul Hasan    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-21-0

45 needed off 35 for the bonus

19.1

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, there's four of them, he makes a bit of room on seeing the turn and slices it easily past short third man, he picks his spot and finds the gap

19.2

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, makes room to cut but he chops it down to point

19.3

Muralitharan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, angles it on middle and leg, he clips it to the on side for a single

19.4

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 3 runs, he bravely walks across his stumps, exposes all of them and plays another deliberate paddle scoop over the keeper

19.5

Muralitharan to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, gets well forward and defends to the off side

19.6

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, gets on his knee, exposes his stumps and sweeps to long-on

End of over 20 (9 runs) Bangladesh 112/4 (36 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 3.27)
Shakib Al Hasan    66* (56b 7x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    5-0-30-0
Raqibul Hasan    2* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-31-1

A win will be enough to put Bangladesh in the final.

20.1

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, awesome shot, he toys with the bowler by moving across and playing a controlled paddle scoop past the wivketkeeper, it was audacious and very effective

20.2

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full outside off and defends to the off side

20.3

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, take that! Kulasekara bangs it in short towards the leg stump, he makes room and slaps it over deep extra cover, there was tremendous bat speed on that one,

20.4

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, strays on the pads and he clips it towards fine leg, he puts pressure on Murali

20.5

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, taps it with soft hands and sets off quickly

Shakib's been very entertaining to watch. Bangladesh should win this comfortably

20.6

Kulasekara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run, places it in front of mid-off with soft hands and sets off very quickly

End of over 21 (14 runs) Bangladesh 126/4 (22 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 2.20)
Raqibul Hasan    3* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-45-1
Shakib Al Hasan    79* (61b 8x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    5-0-30-0

21.1

Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, no run, defends softly to the off side and Raqibul sends his partner back

21.2

Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, no run, defends with soft hands again

21.3

Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, OUT, very poor shot and an excellent catch by Murali, Raqibul goes for broke and tries to clear long-off, he plays away from the body and the ball is skied towards mid-off, Murali runs back, tumbles and takes a difficult catch

Raqibul Hasan c Muralitharan b Mendis 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

21.4

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, shuffles at the crease and whips it down to midwicket

21.5

Mendis to Naeem Islam, no run, gets beside the line and steers it to point and Shakib sends him back

21.6

Mendis to Naeem Islam, no run, same ball and the same result, he taps it to point

We are already in the 3rd Powerplay which is for 3 overs

End of over 22 (1 run) Bangladesh 127/5 (21 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.77, RRR: 2.33)
Naeem Islam    0* (2b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-23-1
Shakib Al Hasan    80* (62b 8x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-45-1

Murali continues

22.1

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, what a treat it is watching this guy bat, Murali comes round the wicket, he makes plenty of room and slams it square of the wicket on the off side, he finds the gap and beats sweeper cover

22.2

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, the quicker one, he chops it back to the bowler

22.3

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tucks it off his pads to the deep on the on side

22.4

Muralitharan to Naeem Islam, 1 run, full on the pads and driven to long-on

22.5

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, take that again! Murali overpitches outside leg, he makes room and smacks it in the front foot with brute forces and crashes it past the arc between mid-off and cover

22.6

Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, makes room to slam it again but finds short extra cover

End of over 23 (10 runs) Bangladesh 137/5 (11 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.95, RRR: 1.37)
Shakib Al Hasan    89* (67b 10x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    6-0-40-0
Naeem Islam    1* (3b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-23-1

23.1

Mendis to Naeem Islam, 1 run

23.2

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, very risky but he just clears the offside, he makes room to carve it over but it's just out of the reach of jayawardene at extra cover

23.3

Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, gets on his knee early and paddles it away to fine leg

23.4

Mendis to Naeem Islam, FOUR, now Naeem gets in to the act, he charges down the pitch and drives him firmly past mid-off, in all the excitement he hugs his partner

23.5

Mendis to Naeem Islam, SIX, going, going gone! Mendis overpitches on middle and leg and he takes a few paces down and lofts him through the line over long-on, there are several green shirts on the field

Bangladesh have claimed the bonus point and they have edged out Zimbabwe and will meet Sri Lanka again in the final on Friday. Shakib finishes unbeaten on 92 off 69 balls and his team-mates must be overawed. He certainly took my breath away with his confidence and audacity. Murali and Mendis were negated and attacked and that proved to be the turning point. It came to a stage when Jayawardene ran out of ideas but any captain would have been helpless in the end. It seemed impossible to set fields for Shakib, who regularly made room and improvised.

Mashfiq, our reader from India: "Wish I were there in the ground now to witness this innings. I guess, it's one of the best ODI innings that any Bangladeshi batsmen has ever played."

Golam, from Bangladesh: "Cheers to Shakib Al Hasan. He is the only consistent player in Bangladesh team. We expect good success for him."

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Here's Jayawardene: "It was a bit difficult batting first, but there was no excuse for falling 25-30 short, but obviously credit to Shakib. The batsmen didn't take any responsibility, I don't think we can blame the bowlers much."

Ashraful: "We played professional cricket, all the guys bowled well and we fielded well. Shakib played a brilliant innings and I supported him. I hope we play well in the final."

Shakib: "Best innings in my career so far, I was middling it well. The plans worked well. I didn't target anyone and played each ball to its merits. I'd like to thank the crowd."

So Bangladesh record their second win over Sri Lanka in ODIs. The first was at Bogra in 2006. Thanks for your company, especially through the agonising three and a half hours in the morning when fog delayed play.

We'll see you in the final on Friday. Let's hope the weather cooperates. Cheers!

Tournament Results
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Jan 16, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Jan 14, 2009
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Dhaka - Jan 12, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 130 runs
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Dhaka - Jan 10, 2009
Zimbabwe won by 38 runs
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Photos

Jan 14, 2009

Shakib Al Hasan with the Man-of-the-Match award, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Tri-Series, Dhaka, January 14, 2009

Shakib Al Hasan with the Man-of-the-Match award

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Jan 14, 2009

Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan are ecstatic after beating Sri Lanka, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Tri-Series, Dhaka, January 14, 2009

Naeem Islam and Shakib Al Hasan are ecstatic after beating Sri Lanka

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