3rd Match (N), Colombo (RPS), Mar 10 2018, Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series
(19.4/20 ov, target 215)
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
BDESH Innings
Full commentary

11.03pm from Mushfiqur. What celebrations from him. Mushfiqur was suffering from cramps but he overcame it and manipulated the field expertly in his 72 off 35 balls at a strike-rate of 205.71. It was Liton Das who had set the early tempo for the chase with an equally punchy 43. A shocked Sri Lanka will try to make sense of how they let this game slip after piling on 214 for 6 - the highest T20I score at this venue.

Bangladesh's stunning turnaround sets up the Nidahas Trophy nicely: all three teams are locked with one win each. Do come back on Monday for Sri Lanka v India. This is Deivarayan Muthu saying phew.

11.10pm Presentations:

Mushfiq (who else?) is the Player of the Match: Really, we badly needed that win. Credit goes to the batsmen for holding their nerve. The way Liton and Tamim set it up for us was outstanding. It was a nice track to bat on. I dedicate this knock to my son; he's just 35 days old. At the end of the day, winning is the most important. I was just having a cramp, and hopefully I will recover for the next match.

Chandimal: It was a really good game of cricket and credit to the batsmen. It was a really good wicket but as a bowling unit we did not execute well. I am sure they will come back in the next game. We tried but the wicket was too good to bat. The Kusals are in good form and it really gives the batting unit confidence. So, looking forward to the next game.

Mahmudullah: I think it was a game of quite a bit of nerves. The bowlers did try in the first innings but it was a really good wicket to bat on. It was great the result came in our way. To be honest, from the beginning we thought we could win. Tamim and Liton gave us a good start. Then Mushy was outstanding. It was amazing to see and good inspiration for us. We knew they might bowl Akila Dananjaya in the first or second over, and that's why we sent Liton at the top of the order.

Ruchit: "Mushfiqur Rahim is currently the best wicketkeeper batsman from the subcontinent.. Even better than my favorite MSD !! He is a massive contributor at the moment to Bangladesh's fortunes.. He may end being a legend like MSD !"

Vijay: "This time Mushfiqur started the celebrations only after hitting the winning runs unlike he did against India in world cup...#lessons learnt"

SYED AL NURAIN: "What did Chandimal thought?! Mushi would do another 2016? so keep the midwicket open?"

SudarshanaSL: "Not taking anything away what SL achieved recently. Though batting clicks, it's a long way to go for SL bowling. Still couldn't find a half replacement of Malinga. Hathurusinghe has more work in bowling department"

Seth Miller: "4th highest T20 chase ever! Good job Tigers!"

Delwar Hossain: "Bangladesh did it will less wickets and less balls!!!! What a knock!!"

ashik: "It required something special to beat Hathuru's new Sri Lanka. At last, BD delivered that special ...."

Junaied: "Yes BD did deliver that something special. But I still feel that inclusion of Sabbir and Taskin was their mistake. "

Vivek: "Takes you back to Ind vs Bang, doesn't it? This was much better effort to finish the match with so much thought with conviction and sensibility."

NLTC Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
a limping Mushfiqur pulls off a record chase for Bangladesh! He buries the ghost of Bangalore 2016. Look at him celebrating like a madman. Scenes at the Premadasa, He swipes his bat in the air and screams right in the face of Thisara. Mushfiq then brings out the nagin celebration, a la Nazmul Islam. How did he win it for Bangladesh? Low full-toss, angling in at off stump, he coolly flicks it away through the vacant spaces at midwicket. Heartbreak for Thisara and Sri Lanka

Bangladesh's players line up by the edge of the boundary to begin the celebrations

NLTC Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
off-stump yorker, excellent ball on off, jabbed down to long-on. Danushka goes for the ball with just one hand and drops the ball. Sloppy stuff. Pressure can make you do strange things
NLTC Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs
full and wide outside off, Mushfiq reaches out for the ball with his hands and deliberately slices it up and over backward point. Beats deep third man to his right. He punches gloves with Mehidy. What a boss. Great awareness of the field

Surjithbhaskar: "Chandimal is too often having this conversation just after the batsman has hit a boundary. Just trying to slow things but too often for it to be a good thing"

NLTC Perera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
off-stump yorker, Mushfiqur carves a drive to sweeper cover and hobbles across for the second

Bangladesh need nine of the last over. It's all down to a limping Mushfiq v Thisara. Sit tight. Mushfiq has a word with Mehidy.

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 206/5CRR: 10.84 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 runs from 6b
Mushfiqur Rahim63 (31)
Mehidy Hasan0 (1)
Nuwan Pradeep4-0-37-2
Dushmantha Chameera4-0-44-1
Pradeep to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
Mushfiq hobbles across to the other end. Back of a length on the leg stump, cramps the batsman for room, the ball grazes the thigh pad and rolls to the leg side...or he might have got an inside edge there. Given as a run

Chandimal, Tharanga, and Pradeep converge

Pradeep to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX runs
Pradeep aims for another yorker. This comes out as a full-toss on off stump. Mushfiq clears his front leg and launches it hiiiiigh over midwicket. Pinged off the middle of the bat and into the stands. Mushfiq powers Bangladesh past 200
Pradeep to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 leg bye
full-toss, snaking in at the leg stump, socks the thigh pad and rolls to cover
Pradeep to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
really full on middle - near yorker - punched down to long-on. Outstanding bowling from Pradeep
Pradeep to Sabbir Rahman, OUT
Thisara you beauty! He nails a direct hit from deep-ish mid-off. Poor running between the wickets from Sabbir. He doesn't bother to slide his bat in or dive. He just gave up. This was a top ball to begin with: pinpoint yorker on middle. He jabs it to mid-off, takes on Thisara, and is caught short by a long way. What a game this is turning out to be. Bangladesh's lower order exposed
Sabbir Rahman run out (NLTC Perera) 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Pradeep to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
nails an off-stump yorker, jammed down to long-on

Pradeep will bowl the penultimate over

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 196/4CRR: 10.88 • RRR: 9.50 • Need 19 runs from 12b
Sabbir Rahman0 (1)
Mushfiqur Rahim54 (27)
Dushmantha Chameera4-0-44-1
Jeevan Mendis2-0-25-0
Chameera to Sabbir Rahman, no run
off-stump yorker, good finish to the over, dug out to midwicket
Chameera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
dipping full-toss on middle, punched down the ground to long-on
Chameera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
Mushfiq is struggling to run between the wickets but a fumble in the deep from Jeevan Mendis makes things easier for him. He steps out, manufactures a full-toss, and forces to deep cover

Sabbir is the new man

Chameera to Mahmudullah, OUT
Kusal Mendis charges in from deep square leg, dives forward, and snags a sharp catch. Slower offcutter, shorter in length, on off, Mahmudullah is way too early into his leg-side swing and holes out
Mahmudullah c BKG Mendis b Chameera 20 (11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 181.81

Mushfiq is limping, but continues to soldier on. One of the greatest innings by a Bangladesh batsman in T20Is?

Chameera to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
Mushfiq steps down the track, reaches out for this short ball outside off and scythes it to deep point

MahneelMusa: "That no ball reminded me of Sami's no ball against BD in the 2016 Asia Cup under similar circumstances. Mahmudullah was on the crease and he went on to clinch it for BD"

Chameera to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs
short, wide outside off, Mushfiq gets on top of the bounce and middles a cut to the left of sweeper cover. The fielder fumbles and concedes a boundary. Kusal Perera lets the ball through his legs

Bangladesh might breathe easy now. They need 27 off three overs. Mushfiqur and his brother in law Mahmudullah are ushering Bangladesh towards a famous win. Can Chameera stop them?

end of over 1713 runs
BDESH: 188/3CRR: 11.05 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 27 runs from 18b
Mahmudullah20 (10)
Mushfiqur Rahim46 (23)
Jeevan Mendis2-0-25-0
Thisara Perera3-0-27-1
BMAJ Mendis to Mahmudullah, 2 runs
Mahmudullah has a dart down the track, swinging a length ball down to long-off
BMAJ Mendis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
fired on off, jabbed into the covers and they chance a single. Thisara can't effect a direct hit
BMAJ Mendis to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX runs
fuller and outside off, Mushfiqur stretches out, gets underneath the length and clears deep midwicket with a flat, hard sweep
BMAJ Mendis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
pushed through outside leg, Mushfiq reverse-sweeps it to Kusal Mendis at sweeper cover. Mushfiqur scampers back for the second
BMAJ Mendis to Mahmudullah, 1 run
tossed up and breaks away outside off, Mahmudullah stretches out and carves it away to the other Mendis at sweeper cover

Saleem : "1 extra ball costing 11 runs. Will this be the turning point. "

BMAJ Mendis to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
pushed through on middle, eased down to long-on

Jeevan Mendis. Bangladesh need 40 off 4 overs

end of over 1618 runs
BDESH: 175/3CRR: 10.93 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 40 runs from 24b
Mahmudullah17 (8)
Mushfiqur Rahim36 (19)
Thisara Perera3-0-27-1
Nuwan Pradeep3-0-28-2
NLTC Perera to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs
the free-hit ball is sent clattering to the square-leg boundary. Back of a length on middle, Mahmudullah sat back, waiting for it, and pulling it away with great authority. Mahmudullah rounds out an 18-run over
NLTC Perera to Mahmudullah, (no ball) SIX runs
Thisara loses his length. Full-toss above the waist outside off, Mahmudullah throws his bat at the ball and clubs it over long-on