Player of the Match
Player of the Match
258dThe Report by Mohammad Isam

Bangladesh hold nerve to seal final berth

Bangladesh held their collective nerve against Pakistan, as Mahmudullah's cameo secured a five-wicket win and a place in the Asia Cup final

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed
58(42) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 13 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 6 9 7 13 1 4 18
Soumya Sarkar
Soumya Sarkar
48(48) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %57%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 5 5 8 18 1 0 7

Best performances - Bowlers

Al-Amin Hossain
Al-Amin Hossain
O4
M0
R25
W3
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir
O4
M0
R26
W2
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Shashank Kishore

That brings us to end of what has been a pulsating game. Time to rest my fingers. Got a little too tight at the end to give us hopes of a last ball thriller, only for Bangladesh to seal it with five balls to spare. Join us on Thursday for India's final group engagement against UAE. Dhoni's hinted at a few changes. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us here at the commentary desk. Cheers!

Mortaza: It's a big won for us, this was like a semi-final. Told the boys to just grab it, because we knew there would be plenty of such matches in the future. There was a bit of pressure in the middle, but we coped well. Final will be another pressure game, the trick is to just back each other. It's a pleasure for us to play at home, thanks to the crowd for coming out in supporting us. Hopefully they'll continue to do that.

Soumya Sarkar is the Man of the Match for his solid 48.

Afridi: I want to congratulate India and Bangladesh for qualifying for the final. We made too many mistakes. It wasn't a good total, but the bowlers did superbly. We have to do something very special (at the World T20) because ours is a tough group. We've given youngsters plenty of opportunities, what else can you do? Sri Lanka is an important game, a win there will be good for our morale.

Tariq: "I think selectors need to answer few questions. They can't get away with this selection. Doesn't happen anywhere in the world."

Dr. Lobzang: "So Bangladesh not only won this match, but also eliminated two Asian giants out of the Asia cup."

Pakistan have lost seven out of their last 10 T20Is. The wins have come against Zimbabwe and UAE. Can't help but wonder if that merits a few changes for Pakistan ahead of the World T20. There's still time till March 8.

Mahmudullah: The final of the Asia Cup in 2012 was on my mind, this win will help us forget that. Sarkar played a superb knock at the top. The pressure was always there, you need to know when to calm down and when to play the big shot. I wanted to give myself a chance to take it till the end, since I knew Amir and Sami were bowling the 18th and 19th over.

So it's an India v Bangladesh in the final on March 6. The stadium roars to life! The Bangladesh players hare towards the middle to congratulate Mashrafe and Mahmudullah. The match was on an even keel when Shakib was out to a poor stroke, but a combination of poor bowling and those no-balls from Sami turned the game on it's head. Three off the final over was never going to be enough.

What tension, what energy. This has been a pulsating clash. The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is all smiles as she waves to the crowd from the VIP enclosure. The moment Mahmudullah hit that, he knew it was all over. Slides across as if he was having fun in the swimming pool. What a moment this, they're out taking selfies and waving the flag. No one's moved. Spare a thought for Mohammad Amir. Brought the game back to life at a time when it was slipping away, but surely he couldn't do it all alone

Arshad: "As a Pakistani fan, I have one question to ask right now: Is it possible to change the teams for T20 World Cup? " There's time till March 8

19.1
4
Anwar Ali to Mahmudullah, FOUR runs, full toss on middle, helped over deep midwicket in style. What power he generates off the bottom hand! Poor ball, and he duly put that away. What pressure? He did that so easily

Anwar Ali to bowl the final over. Mahrafe has a word with Mahmudullah

END OF OVER:
19 | 15 Runs | BDESH: 127/5 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 3.00)

  • Mahmudullah18 (14b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza12 (7b)
  • Mohammad Sami4-0-30-0
  • Mohammad Amir4-0-26-2
18.6
1
Mohammad Sami to Mahmudullah, 1 run, hit towards deep midwicket, 15 off that over, the mood has changed, and how at the Sher-e-Bangla
18.6
5nb
Mohammad Sami to Mahmudullah, (no ball) FOUR runs, splits the gap between point and short third man. What's worse is it's another no-ball. But take nothing away from Mahmudullah's presence of mind. It was full, he held his shape and then angled his bat nicely to pick the gap. Big no-ball
18.5
2
Mohammad Sami to Mahmudullah, 2 runs, hit over the bowler's head, didn't get enough power behind the stroke, long-off gets around quickly to hurl the throw at the non-striker's end
18.4
1
Mohammad Sami to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, yorker outside off, squeezed to the diving point fielder, excellent stop, Mashrafe is angry that he missed a boundary there
18.4
3nb
Mohammad Sami to Mashrafe Mortaza, (no ball) 2 runs, oh, dear! He's overstepped, and Mashrafe holes out to long-off. What drama! Surely he didn't hear the call, but they scoot back for the second. What's worse is it's a free-hit . Once the catch was taken, the fielder threw the ball in the air in delight, and they stole another

Mahmudul Islam: "Even as a Bangladeshi I would not tolerate such behaviour. Shakib should be warned against his premature rage after he gets out in such fashion. If continues he must be penalised heavily"

Poor batting

135

Previous lowest total for Pakistan against Bangladesh in T20Is, in 8 innings. They have made 129 for 7 in this match.

Lowest ever

34

Runs scored by Pakistan in the first 10 overs today - lowest for them in all T20Is. Previous lowest was 35 against West Indies at this same venue in WT20 2014.

Bowlers tournament

14.41

Average runs per wicket in the Powerplays in this Asia Cup, including Pakistan's innings today. The run rate has been just 5.44 and 34 wickets have fallen in 15 inns.

Opening Woes

14.16

Pakistan's average opening stand in T20Is in 2016, including this match - lowest among the full-member teams. Their highest stand has been only 33.

They have been beaten

7-1

Pakistan's win-loss record against Bangladesh in T20Is, in 8 matches. In their last meeting in April 2015, Bangladesh had won by 7 wkts chasing 142 at this venue.