Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 11 Runs | SL: 123/7 | RR: 6.15

  • Sachithra Senanayake12 (9b)
  • Thisara Perera35 (28b)
  • Farhad Reza2-0-16-0
  • Rubel Hossain4-0-34-1

TTA: "2 cliff hangers, 2-0 just doesn't tell it all. BD played like real tigers. Lot to take away from this before world t20"

Raghu: "How I wish Senanayke would have been in IPL... Great show.. calm and composed"

Sen: "Credit where credit is due BD push the lankan - first with the ball and now with the bat - prefect preparations for the T20 World cup #noeasy games in T20"

Phew! that was a cliffhanger, strewn with some awful shot-selection, but I suppose few will remember that at the end of a tense T20. Thisara Perera showed he's not just a slogger, calmly working the ball around late in the chase, Sangakkara showed the other batsmen how to bat till he gave it away near the end, and Bangladesh showed superb resilience, even after the batting failure and the early Kusal Perera onslaught. There were very few bad balls even as the nerves increased towards the end of the game (though the very last one could have been better), with the quicks regularly finding the blockhole.

Joy: "If there is no dew, i would go for Shakib, if there is dew, i would go for Shakib, even if he had to bowl with some pace!"

Chandra Sekhar : "It was indeed a Lion vs Tiger battle."

Danush: "Everyone talking about the world T20 already. Relax guys there is an ODI series and Asia cup before it. I wonder how the pitches will be for wrold T20. God bless Bangladesh pitches."

Sanjaya: "OMG, Stop killing us. my heart beat is still over the recommended count. you are trying to kill us on Valentines day. What a thriller. I don't how to tell how much I love these games and How much i hate them as well."

Lahiru: "Dew or no dew, you dont bowl spinners to Thisara in T20. It's a rule in T20 cricket."

Prabhath: "Reza must be wondering why i didn't bowl a waist high fulltoss"

Presentation ceremony:

First up, Mashrafe Mortaza: "We win the toss, decided to bat, but our batsmen couldn't go through, at the same time, the bowling and fielding was outstanding. I told the boys, 'we have nothing to lose in this match'. Lot of young players have come through in these two matches."

Dinesh Chandimal: "Credit goes to all the bowlers, after that we lose 2-3 wickets, after that Sanga-Thisara batted really well, at the end, Thisara batted really well for the end. We have to do some homework, we never under-estimate Bangladesh."

The Man of the Match is Thisara Perera. "After six wickets gone, I was under pressure to show who am I, I wanted to support my team-mate Sanga. Thanks to the Sri Lankan crowd."

The Man of the Series is Nuwan Kulasekara: "Very exciting games. It is a pleasure to win the matches, we have some areas to improve. Bangladesh keep improving everyday, full credit to them in both games. The one-dayers will be a different ball game, looking forward to the ODI series."

Righto, time for me to sign off, thanks for the many comments, apologies to those who were not published. See you at the one-dayers.

Farhad Reza to Senanayake, FOUR runs, yet again Senanayake is the man for the last ball, he does the job for Sri Lanka with a boundary behind square leg, wasn't the best of deliveries, short of length and sat up for Senanayake, who put it away, once again Sri Lanka snatch it on the final ball, Bangladesh are heartbroken once again, twice in three days they have pushed Sri Lanka all the way only to come up short
Farhad Reza to NLTC Perera, 1 run, slams this towards deep midwicket, just a single, Perera off the strike, SL need two, a single means a Super Over

More discussion between the captain and the bowler

Farhad Reza to Senanayake, 1 run, a single as Senanayake thumps the ball to long-on

Another conference about the field

Farhad Reza to Senanayake, 2 runs, pitched up, driven towards wide long-on, superb stroke from Senanayake, this was a yorker, not easy to get that away anywhere, two more for Senanayake, well bowled by Reza but can't stop that from going for two
Farhad Reza to Senanayake, 2 runs, length ball is driven past a diving extra cover, they race through for two, a dive from Senanayake to make sure he is in

Shan: "If we need a six off last ball, Sachithra is the one to do it. He's done that twice before.."

Farhad Reza to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full ball just outside off, Thisara again moves across the stumps, works this towards midwicket for a single

No spin again. It is Reza to bowl the final over. Huge test this for him.

TTA: "9 runs 6 balls... Heart throbbing!!! Ppl with heart condition better stay out of this!! Come on Far had!!!"

19 | 9 Runs | SL: 112/7 (9 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.89, RRR: 9.00)

  • Thisara Perera33 (26b)
  • Sachithra Senanayake3 (5b)
  • Rubel Hossain4-0-34-1
  • Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-29-2
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, 1 run, thumped to long-off for a single, so Sri Lanka need nine off the final over
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, no run, Thisara looks to repeat the shot that fetched him a boundary earlier this over, this was a lot fuller from Rubel, Thisara misses it, and somehow the ball misses the off stump as well, Rubel can't believe it
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, full and wide, the yorker is crunched towards extra cover, where a misfield from Shakib doesn't just make the first run a comfortable one, it concedes a second
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, FOUR runs, high-risk stroke from Thisara, in keeping with the batting choices made in this game, a length ball just outside off, Thisara moves across the stumps and deftly guides this towards fine leg for four
Rubel Hossain to Senanayake, 1 run, short, slower one outside off, slams this towards long-on for a single
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, 1 run, good start from Rubel, gets the yorker in, pushed towards mid-off for a single

A team huddle as they confer over who will bowl the penultimate over. It will be Rubel. Big call this.

TTA: "Mash has done his job as a bowler. Can he make the right decisions and guide BD home??"

18 | 5 Runs | SL: 103/7 (18 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 9.00)

  • Sachithra Senanayake2 (4b)
  • Thisara Perera25 (21b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza4-0-29-2
  • Rubel Hossain3-0-25-1
Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, no run, short of length ball, a slower one is defended towards point, a dot ball to round off another excellent over from Bangladesh

Prasad: "Bangladesh cannot be favorites as long as Thisara is at the crease. Also the target is very low, it's just touch and go. SL doesn't have to take any risks, they can just work it out with 1's and 2's."

Mashrafe Mortaza to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full and wide, drilled to extra cover for a single, fifth in a row this over

MAB: "SL looks still favorite, 23 in three overs is not a huge target, Perera would be key player now, Sena could also play big shots. fingers hurting now. (crossed since half an hour)"

Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 run, short of length ball is driven towards deep point for a single
Mashrafe Mortaza to NLTC Perera, 1 run, low full ball is thrashed to extra cover for one more
Mashrafe Mortaza to Senanayake, 1 run, angling in towards the pads, Senanayake gets SL to hundred with a single towards square leg

Keeping back the spinners because of the huge amount of dew, I suppose.

Mashrafe Mortaza to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full ball from Mashrafe, drilled past the bowler for a single

17 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 98/7 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.76, RRR: 7.66)

  • Thisara Perera22 (18b)
  • Sachithra Senanayake0 (1b)
  • Rubel Hossain3-0-25-1
  • Farhad Reza1-0-5-0
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, 1 run, length ball on middle, tucked towards deep square leg for a single
Rubel Hossain to Senanayake, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, the ball rolls to the leg side, a leg bye is taken
Rubel Hossain to Sangakkara, OUT, game-changer this, Sangakkara has perished! he just guides this outside off delivery towards short third man, good low catch there, the crowd loves it, Bangladesh favourites now?

KC Sangakkara c Tamim Iqbal b Rubel Hossain 37 (59m 38b 1x4 1x6) SR: 97.36

Rubel Hossain to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full ball is punched back past the non-striker's stumps, a good sliding stop by Sabbir at long-off, time enough to get a couple
Rubel Hossain to NLTC Perera, 1 run, a yorker on the pads, he manages to defend it towards cover

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st23TM DilshanMDKJ Perera
2nd2TM DilshanLD Chandimal
3rd7KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
4th10KC SangakkaraAK Perera
5th4KC SangakkaraAD Mathews
6th4KC SangakkaraKMDN Kulasekara
7th46KC SangakkaraNLTC Perera
8th27NLTC PereraSMSM Senanayake