At the halfway stage, Uthura seemed to have done enough, not too often is a target of 180 chased, and especially not on a track which was affording some turn. But as it turned out, Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal gave their opposition no chance and carved out a 176-run stand for the first wicket. None of the bowlers were spared, with even Muthiah Muralitharan going for 36 in his four overs. A convincing couple of points for Wayamba then.
Back with the presentation in a while.
Mubarak: We thought it was enough, harsh game when you get those many and lose. Tamim and Kamran played some clean strokes and put us back. We were hoping that after the six-over mark we would be able to rein them in. If someone gave me 180 at the beginning of the game, I would have taken it every time.
Jayawardene: It is a good win, we will take it any day, the guys played well upfront. It was a good wicket and got better and the openers batted well. We knew we needed a good start and that is what we got, and the two finished it off well. We only had three overseas players, Kamran landed at 2 pm and we managed to get him into the side.
Tamim IqbalThe pitch played well, the ball was coming on to the bat and I enjoyed myself. We discussed that we will not look at the scoreboard, and we batted well to get there. I was not well the last two days, the way they cook here with the coconut oil! Kamran did well to get here just before the game and play the way he did.
Three runs for the win. It is captain Mubarak bowling this one.
Taron: "It's truly a joy to see all these new T20 competitions. It gives so many local players a chance to shine on the world stage. Even guys who don't get selected in IPL get chances in these sorts of leagues. As a Bangladeshi living in UK it so good to see Bangladeshi's getting chances in the teams and doing well!"
Tamim's definitely doing well and on the verge of leading his team to a win here. Three more needed for the win.
Nine more needed from 12. They haven't lost any wickets. Cooper to continue.