3rd Match, Dhaka, Jan 14 2009, Tri-Nation Tournament in Bangladesh
(30.3/31 ov)
(23.5/31 ov, target 148)
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
BDESH Innings
Full commentary

Bangladesh have claimed the bonus point and they have edged out Zimbabwe and will meet Sri Lanka again in the final on Friday. Shakib finishes unbeaten on 92 off 69 balls and his team-mates must be overawed. He certainly took my breath away with his confidence and audacity. Murali and Mendis were negated and attacked and that proved to be the turning point. It came to a stage when Jayawardene ran out of ideas but any captain would have been helpless in the end. It seemed impossible to set fields for Shakib, who regularly made room and improvised.

Mashfiq, our reader from India: "Wish I were there in the ground now to witness this innings. I guess, it's one of the best ODI innings that any Bangladeshi batsmen has ever played."

Golam, from Bangladesh: "Cheers to Shakib Al Hasan. He is the only consistent player in Bangladesh team. We expect good success for him."

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Here's Jayawardene: "It was a bit difficult batting first, but there was no excuse for falling 25-30 short, but obviously credit to Shakib. The batsmen didn't take any responsibility, I don't think we can blame the bowlers much."

Ashraful: "We played professional cricket, all the guys bowled well and we fielded well. Shakib played a brilliant innings and I supported him. I hope we play well in the final."

Shakib: "Best innings in my career so far, I was middling it well. The plans worked well. I didn't target anyone and played each ball to its merits. I'd like to thank the crowd."

So Bangladesh record their second win over Sri Lanka in ODIs. The first was at Bogra in 2006. Thanks for your company, especially through the agonising three and a half hours in the morning when fog delayed play.

We'll see you in the final on Friday. Let's hope the weather cooperates. Cheers!

Mendis to Naeem Islam, SIX runs
going, going gone! Mendis overpitches on middle and leg and he takes a few paces down and lofts him through the line over long-on, there are several green shirts on the field
Mendis to Naeem Islam, FOUR runs
now Naeem gets in to the act, he charges down the pitch and drives him firmly past mid-off, in all the excitement he hugs his partner
Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
gets on his knee early and paddles it away to fine leg
Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs
very risky but he just clears the offside, he makes room to carve it over but it's just out of the reach of jayawardene at extra cover
Mendis to Naeem Islam, 1 run
end of over 2310 runs
BDESH: 137/5CRR: 5.95 • RRR: 1.37 • Need 11 runs from 48b
Shakib Al Hasan89 (67)
Naeem Islam1 (3)
Muttiah Muralitharan6-0-40-0
Ajantha Mendis6-0-23-1
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run
makes room to slam it again but finds short extra cover
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR runs
take that again! Murali overpitches outside leg, he makes room and smacks it in the front foot with brute forces and crashes it past the arc between mid-off and cover
Muralitharan to Naeem Islam, 1 run
full on the pads and driven to long-on
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
tucks it off his pads to the deep on the on side
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, no run
the quicker one, he chops it back to the bowler
Muralitharan to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR runs
what a treat it is watching this guy bat, Murali comes round the wicket, he makes plenty of room and slams it square of the wicket on the off side, he finds the gap and beats sweeper cover

Murali continues

end of over 221 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 127/5CRR: 5.77 • RRR: 2.33 • Need 21 runs from 54b
Naeem Islam0 (2)
Shakib Al Hasan80 (62)
Ajantha Mendis6-0-23-1
Nuwan Kulasekara6-1-45-1

We are already in the 3rd Powerplay which is for 3 overs

Mendis to Naeem Islam, no run
same ball and the same result, he taps it to point
Mendis to Naeem Islam, no run
gets beside the line and steers it to point and Shakib sends him back
Mendis to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
shuffles at the crease and whips it down to midwicket
Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, OUT
very poor shot and an excellent catch by Murali, Raqibul goes for broke and tries to clear long-off, he plays away from the body and the ball is skied towards mid-off, Murali runs back, tumbles and takes a difficult catch
Raqibul Hasan c Muralitharan b Mendis 3 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, no run
defends with soft hands again
Mendis to Raqibul Hasan, no run
defends softly to the off side and Raqibul sends his partner back
end of over 2114 runs
BDESH: 126/4CRR: 6 • RRR: 2.20 • Need 22 runs from 60b
Raqibul Hasan3 (3)
Shakib Al Hasan79 (61)
Nuwan Kulasekara6-1-45-1
Muttiah Muralitharan5-0-30-0
Kulasekara to Raqibul Hasan, 1 run
places it in front of mid-off with soft hands and sets off very quickly

Shakib's been very entertaining to watch. Bangladesh should win this comfortably

Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run
taps it with soft hands and sets off quickly
Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs
strays on the pads and he clips it towards fine leg, he puts pressure on Murali
Kulasekara to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX runs
take that! Kulasekara bangs it in short towards the leg stump, he makes room and slaps it over deep extra cover, there was tremendous bat speed on that one,