275dThe Report by Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

Sabbir's one-man act too much for Sri Lanka

After they ran into early trouble, Sabbir Rahman scored more than half of Bangladesh's runs. Their bowlers followed it up by squeezing Sri Lanka in the 148-run chase, eventually picking up their second win in the Asia Cup by 23 runs

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Sabbir Rahman
Sabbir Rahman
80(54) 10x4 - 3x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
10 2 1 1 14 4 17 31
LD Chandimal
LD Chandimal
37(37) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • steered
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
18 4 2 7 2 1 1 2

Best performances - Bowlers

PVD Chameera
O4
M0
R30
W3
Eco7.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Al-Amin Hossain
Al-Amin Hossain
O4
M0
R34
W3
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 124/8 (24 runs required, RR: 6.20)

  • Chamara Kapugedera12 (7b)
  • Dushmantha Chameera1 (1b)
  • Al-Amin Hossain4-0-34-3
  • Mustafizur Rahman4-0-19-1

11.15pm And that is that. Bangladesh join India with two wins, and a good, solid chance of getting into the final. An outstanding performance from them today. Tomorrow's game sees Pakistan taking on UAE. Do join us for that, and keep sending in your feedback. Until then, goodbye!

Mashrafe Mortaza: "T20 we have always struggled a bit. This was a good win for us, going forward. The wicket was pretty good to bat on, 147 you can still fight it out. After a couple of catches missed, we stood up and did our best. Wicket was on the slow side today. Shakib played a big role along with Mahmudullah, but Sabbir was brilliant."

Sabbir Rahman is the man of the match: "It was a good opportunity to come in early. I just rotated the strike and played to my strengths."

Angelo Mathews: "We could have just milked it around after we got the initial start. We just lost our way, and once we hit that 12-runs-an-over mark, we just kept losing wickets. Credit to Bangladesh for bowling and fielding well. We could have taken better options, but we kept losing wickets through the middle section. We have to be patient, it's a learning curve for all of us. It will be hard work, we'll need to beat India and Pakistan to qualify for the final, and we'll try our best."

Dinesh: "Bangladesh 2016 is like Sri Lanka 1996. Full of gutsy players whom the other teams cannot underestimate anymore.."

11.03pm This is the first time Bangladesh have beaten Sri Lanka in T20Is. This was the fifth meeting between the sides.

Mahmudullah says he needs to "talk with Mash", and get to bowl more regularly. He also credits the Sabbir-Shakib partnership for digging partnership out of a difficult situation. "Mustafiz really came good, because it was sticking up a bit, and with the new ball Al-Amin and Taskin were outstanding."

10.57pm What a performance this was from Bangladesh. They lost a heap of wickets at the top of the order, but Sabbir Rahman kept counterattacking, and made an outstanding 80 full of crisp cricketing shots. Still, 147 was only a par score, as Shakib Al Hasan admitted, but the bowlers were brilliant in defending it. Mustafizur wasn't just landing everything exactly where he wanted to, he also seemed to know exactly what the batsman's intentions were, every time. Al-Amin, Taskin and Mashrafe backed him up perfectly, and the spinners were outstanding on a slow deck, slowing it up, making the batsmen create all the power themselves. A disappointing batting display from Sri Lanka, it has to be said.

19.6
0
Al-Amin Hossain to Kapugedera, no run, slower bouncer outside off, Kapugedera misses the pull, and all of Bangladesh celebrates
19.5
6
Al-Amin Hossain to Kapugedera, SIX runs, full on off stump, and that's a clean strike from Kapugedera. All too late, but a good shot nonetheless, clears his front leg and swings through the line to hit straight back over the bowler, to the right of long-off
19.4
1
Al-Amin Hossain to Chameera, 1 run, dug in short outside off, pulled to deep midwicket

love - cricket : "There was a time Bangladesh used to depend heavily on spinners and there were not enough quality pacers. Things have changed!"

Mark: "It comes to something in T20 when you think that you can defend 100, 120 is a good target and 140 is just about impossible to chase. This is T20, but not as we know it, Jim."

Samia: "Best match of the tournament so far, don't you agree?"

19.3
W
Al-Amin Hossain to Kulasekara, OUT, full on off stump. Kulasekara plays a whippy lofted hit down the ground, picks out long-on

KMDN Kulasekara c Soumya Sarkar b Al-Amin Hossain 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.2
1
Al-Amin Hossain to Kapugedera, 1 run, yorker on off stump, squeezed back past the bowler, down to long-on
19.1
W
Al-Amin Hossain to Shanaka, OUT, low full-toss close to off stump, Shanaka slogs, and the ball hits high on the outside half of the bat, loops up in the air, and straight into short cover's hands

MD Shanaka c Mushfiqur Rahim b Al-Amin Hossain 14 (19m 14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Mustafizur has been absolutely magnificent. Only 19 off his four overs. It leaves Sri Lanka 32 to get from the final over. It's still possible, mathematically... Here's Al-Amin.

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First win

0

Wins for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka before this, in four meetings. This is Sri Lanka's second defeat in 10 T20Is in Bangladesh

Recovery-innings

3

No. of higher individual scores for Bangladesh in T20Is, than Sabbir Rahman's 80. Top 3: Tamim Iqbal 88*, Shakib 84, Nazimuddin 81.

Holding one end

35

Runs scored by Sabbir Rahman in the first 6 overs - second-most by a Bangladesh batsmen when batting first in T20Is. Aftab Ahmed had made 36 v SA, WT20 2007.

A boost?

18

Runs scored by Bangladesh in the 4th over. In the first 3 overs they had scored only 6 runs.

Top Opener

10

No. of wickets by Mathews in SL's first over in T20Is, including that of Mhd Mithun - already the most by any bowler. Kulasekara is second with 8 such wkts.

Quite a long time

2013

Last time Mathews captained SL in T20Is. Since Feb 2013, SL played 26 games - 17 under Chandimal and 9 under Malinga. This is Mathews' 5th match as captain.